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- Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Hello and Namaste! 🙏
Thanks for letting me be a part of this. I am a 25-year-old girl, based in India. I completed my postgraduate degree in English Literature back in 2019. My hobbies include reading, writing, photography and swimming.
My blog came to fruition in 2017, when I made it with the help of a friend. My aim was to use it as a creative outlet. However, over the last year, it has grown into something more than what I had hoped for. Now, I write about productivity, book review and mental clarity – things that I took an interest in and trying to inculcate in my life in order to live more meaningfully.
- When did you start blogging and what pushed you to do so?
I had a blog before this. I started my first blog when I was 18 (that is, 2014 for me) and was fresh out of high school. The reason was simple – I loved writing. However, I only wrote a few posts on that blog before I abandoned it with the excuse that I was too busy for it. I decided to get back to blogging in 2017 when I was 21. I made a new site since I thought that the previous blog was too juvenile for a 21-year-old. I still love writing and this blog is the little corner on the internet where I can furnish my thoughts and beliefs.
- What is your favourite post that you’ve written on your blog so far?
I don’t know if it’s weird but I do not have any favourite post? Everything on this blog is a result of the things I’m passionate about. However, I must admit that the post – How to get over a reading slump? – is one of the posts that resonate with me a lot. Especially since I have gone through a long period of reader’s block for years before I reconnected with reading again.
- How has your blog evolved since you first started blogging?
Very much! As stated earlier, I started this blog to post creative stories and articles. However, now, it has turned into so much more. I write book reviews, topics about productivity and mental clarity. These are the things that I am trying to inculcate in my life too. I have suffered from the uncertainty of putting myself out there but with time, I have managed to put that behind me. I also started doing requested book reviews recently – which is something that I never thought would happen until I actually got contacted by authors. I feel like writing about topics like productivity, books and mental clarity is actually a great way to hold myself accountable and try out the things that I am preaching about. I never really thought that I could write non-fiction for a long period of time. Now, the majority of content on my blog is non-fiction.
- Do you have a favourite topic to write about on your blog?
I have a bunch. Also, everything on my blog is something I love and is passionate about. My two favourite topics here would be books and organisation & productivity. I am really passionate about those things and I believe that it shows.
- You have a lot of great book reviews- what has been your favourite book to review so far?
The books I review on my blog (apart from the ones that are requested) are all about the books I liked. I think that it is better to write reviews for the books I enjoyed and would recommend rather than the ones I don’t. Among the requested ones, I only posted 3 of them till now and I have been lucky enough to get the good ones. However, the last 5-stars review from me was Lucia’s War by Susan Lanigan. Although it is historical fiction, set in the times of early to mid-1900s, it features some relevant topics that are prevalent even to this day and age – like race, sexuality and gender. I really liked it and would recommend it to the people looking for book recommendations.
- What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?
After experimenting with different schedules, I found out that I am better off with set routines. I do not have number goals in case of followers. That is not something I can control so I try not to dwell on it so much. What I can control is the number of posts I can churn out every week. So, nowadays, I am looking to post twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I started 2020 with one post a week and ended up loving blogging so much that I ending up writing multiple times a week. So, this year, my goal is to post twice a week. I also want to touch on newer topics like minimalism and stoicism – something that I have been experimenting for quite some time. I am still very amateur in terms of these topics but would love to explore them more in future.
- What is your favourite genre to read?
I am normally a crime and thrillers fan – my favourite crime fiction author being Agatha Christie. I also love John Grisham. I also love self-help books that would help me become a better version of myself. Recently, I have started liking contemporary/modern fiction too.
- What is your favourite food?
Garlic Chicken – been so for over a decade now and nothing really topped it.
- Which Hogwarts house do you belong to?
I am a Pottermore-certified Hufflepuff. Go Badgers!
- If you could go to Hogwarts for a day what would you do there?
Become a student, attend classes, learn magic, and go to the quidditch tryouts! I believe that I’d be an excellent Chaser. I am really good at catching and throwing stuff. How hard can it be with a Quaffle?
- Who are some of the people that inspire you to write?
I do not have a specific name for this question. I believe it is a cumulative effect of many people I came across in my life. I have been interested in writing ever since I wrote my first essay – “Myself” – back in kindergarten. I also sent a Facebook message to an Indian author named Priya Kumar after reading one of her novels. She mentioned my writing skills and encouraged me to continue writing. I guess that incident crystallised the idea of me writing more and publishing it online. It was around the same time I started my first blog.
- Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you want to share with the readers.
Hey there! If you have managed to read till here, then thanks for sticking by! If you are interested in topics like productivity, books and mental clarity, then feel free to check out my blog – Felix Felicitated. I hope you’d find something valuable there.
Stay safe and healthy! 👋🏾
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