Blogger Interview With Aadhya

Blogger Interview With Aadhya

I am so pleased to be sharing this interview with Aadhya– a brilliant young blogger that I have really enjoyed the work of! Feel free to check out her blog which will be linked below.

  1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

My name is Aadhya. I’m 11 years old and I live in British Colombia, Canada. I love to read, write, sing and listen to music. I love camping, cooking, dancing, swimming, origami, coding, hanging out with my friends, and trying new activities! I love dogs, cats, and pigs (yeah, I just said pigs). I am also in an organization for girls called Girl Guides of Canada. In my free time, I work on my small fundraising project to support some charity organizations. I make and sell handmade greeting cards and donate the income to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and for literacy causes.

My blog is technically how I express myself in my OWN way. I write what I’m thinking of, my thoughts, feelings and emotions (sometimes it’s really random). Even my life experiences, what I’ve been through and other stuff like that.

  1. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging in June of 2020 during the quarantine. It wasn’t that easy for me during that time, it was really stressful with school, being safe wherever I went and being away from family. I needed some way to release my thoughts and I did not have blogging on my mind, but it still happened, so here I am.

  1. You’re a little younger than most of the bloggers I’ve interviewed which is great- you’re getting an early start to blogging which I wish I had. What are some advantages and disadvantages of blogging at a younger age?

It’s definitely easier for me to write. Just, it goes smoothly when I start, I can add what I want. At this age, it’s ok for me to make as many mistakes as I want, that’s how we learn, although it’s not a good thing, but readers aren’t that expectant. I can express my opinions, perspectives and share my experiences. Something that is a bit hard blogging at my age is thinking of what to write. I always write a post a day before posting because it always takes me at least a week to figure out what to write and there’s still editing to be done. Also, being a young blogger, I still have school, homework, family, and days where I’m just not in the mood. It’s very time-consuming, I can’t always take time out after school to write a new post.

  1. How has blogging changed your life?

Blogging has changed my life in many different ways. I love writing and it makes me happy. It has opened different learning avenues and helped me grow as an individual.

  1. Do you see blogging as something you would like to do as a career/full-time or do you think it will be more of a hobby?

I’m honestly going to keep blogging as a hobby rather than a career. There are many other things I want to do with my life. I am a lot better at other things, but who knows, it might change in a couple of years. I still love blogging, but I’ll keep it as a hobby.

  1. What has been your favourite blog to write so far?

Okay, so um… this is a hard one. I think my favourite posts to write so far are probably The Power of Peer Pressure and The Story of My Biggest Fear. They’re both about something I went through, that’s what makes them special. My most favourite post to write so far is More About Me just because it’s about me. Lol

  1. What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is quiche. You can have it for any meal! That makes it the best!

  1. Who are some of your favourite writers?

Two of my favourite writers are, Robert Munsch, I read him a lot as a child and his books were always so entertaining (I still read his books now), and Tui T. Sutherland. At one point, I had a major obsession with her novel series “Wings of Fire”.

  1. What is one place you really want to travel to?

I really want to travel to Bora Bora, Mauritius, Tanzania, Poland and France, but if I were to pick one, it would be Bora Bora.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers

Thank you so much, Pooja for taking the time to interview me! And thank you everyone for taking the time to read! I would love for you to drop by my blog and comment, like and perhaps follow! Thanks again!


If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Aadhya’s blog by clicking here.


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Blogger Interview With Robin

Blogger Interview With Robin

I am so excited to share today’s interview with the absolutely lovely Robin– she is such a wonderful blogger and I really hope you guys take a few minutes to go check out her blog which will be linked below!

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Well, first, Pooja, thank you so much for the opportunity to tell you about my blog! I would describe my blog as being a conduit for the voice I felt I lost early in life. I started journaling at a young age because no one was listening to me. Of course, what I wanted them to hear were my feelings, so maybe I was asking too much. A little later, life confirmed that I was alone and so I felt I had no voice. That’s why I named my blog Proof of My Existence and the subtitle is “ . . . she left breadcrumbs.” It appears over the title in the header. This blog is my breadcrumbs, giving me back my voice and proving that I do exist and am worthy of being heard.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started my blog in February of 2020. Of course, this wasn’t my first blog. I had started others in the past but abandoned them. This one though, this one has stuck; this one I’ve settled into and it’s settled into me. I can’t imagine this one not being. I originally started it for two reasons. The first reason is because I wanted to set up another future business for myself. I’ve been working freelance for probably 18 years or so by now and, in addition, I’d been in the performing arts in multiple ways since the early 70s. Over the last 10 years I’d been teaching dance-fitness and also performing as a dancer and I’m just tired; I’m talking bone tired. So I knew it was time to start thinking ahead to something new. Then the pandemic hit and in the space of just one week I lost all 13 of my assisted living communities where I was teaching. I knew that blogs don’t make money overnight but still, it was my intention, at the time, to turn my blog into a business. The second reason I started it – and this is actually explained in the very first entry, Parallel Lives (The Long Intro) – is because of frustration over having to prove to New York State that I am actually the daughter of my deceased father. (eye roll going on)

3. What are some of your long term blogging goals?

As far as long-term goals for my blog, well, I just want to keep on writing my voice, speaking my thoughts and sharing things I learn about myself and about life along the way. Ironically, I did try to do the whole this-is-how-you-make-money-with-a-blog thing but, to be brutally honest with you, that just doesn’t resonate with me; my efforts felt false and made me feel ashamed. I am not motivated by money (maybe that’s why I’ll never really have a bunch – HA!). When money is the goal, I sort of go limp and get bored and frustrated. It can’t be the reason I do anything. I have to have some meaningful purpose behind any activity to even bother with it. I hated trying to monetize. Now, I’m not naïve; I know eventually I’m going to have to make this a thing, so I guess I will one day. I’m hoping that it’ll find me as opposed to me having to find it. Now, that is naïve!

4. You write about a number of topics- what inspires you to share these posts especially the more personal ones which can sometimes be difficult to share?

Well, I’m really glad you noticed that. My favorite posts are the personal ones. I share personal experiences because, one, I need to speak them to the air; that having-a-voice-and-proving-I-exist thing again. And two, because personal experiences do tend to be universal. We all share common, human experiences. Sharing my experiences and reading and commenting on the experiences of others is a sort of community-building. I’ve always been a misfit: existing in so many different types of communities and yet always feeling like the oddball – no, knowing I’m the oddball. I think in a lot of ways creatives are always some level of misfits; sharing my experiences helps me to find my peeps, so to speak. I’ve also learned, over decades, to live and manage my life in a way that makes me satisfied and grateful, despite the underlying depression that is simply a permanent part of my being. Sometimes, because of this blog, I get to try to be encouraging to others who deal with the same issues.

5. I love that you talk about mental health and wellness on your blog. What are some tips you would give to people who may not be feeling the best they could be?

Well, first I would tell people never, ever stop trying. Do not give up! I believe with all my heart and soul that life is an ongoing project, not what you’re doing right here, right now, today. I had to stop paying so much attention to the events of my life (because seriously, doing that was killing me) and I had to start seeing my life as a whole. What I wanted for my whole life was not about any single events that occurred, no matter how bad they were. I wanted, on a whole, to feel important and valuable and so I started to do things for myself that made me feel important and valuable. I say that like it’s so easy but, no, building your life for you, your way is hard. I probably swung too far in the opposite direction but I most certainly did stop letting others dictate – by their words or their behaviors or their insinuations – my value, my choices and my direction. But again, this is not easy; I hope I’m not coming across as though it is. And it’s not quick. Again, it’s a lifelong learning process and, I believe, the most impactful educational process you’ll ever go through. But one more thing: gratitude. I’m not being Pollyanna-ish here (is that a word?). It’s absolutely imperative that you start realizing that, whatever your circumstances are, you do have reasons to be grateful. Start acknowledging those things everyday and the other things will get smaller and smaller as your sense of gratitude gets bigger and bigger. Again, this is a long-term, lifelong process. Start today.

6. How has your blog evolved over time?

Well, right now I’m in a poetry class. Prior to starting the class, I knew nothing – for real, NOTHING – about poetry except that I like spoken word and that once I took (stole) a poetry book from my college library (I sent it back) because I just couldn’t let it go out of my life, I was so struck by it. It was a book of poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. So I’ve been dabbling in poetry on the blog, both as assignments and as personal attempts. I don’t believe I’m a poet although I believe that sometimes I might wax poetic when trying to get my thoughts across. I really think I’m more of an essayist. I’ll have to explore the differences and definitions between poetry, prose and essays. At any rate, right now I’m sort of in an experimental mode on my blog. I try not to be afraid. If something works, that’s fine; if it doesn’t, that’s fine, too. I want to be honest about things, including failures. I think I’ve even included a little art, very little, and that will increase because I’m starting to delve into fabric art now and I’ll probably want to share a little of whatever I make. Maybe.

7. What is your favourite food?

So, favorite foods is a very difficult question to answer because I don’t tend to have favorite things. I have so many favorite foods that I had to stop calling them that: all things Italian; steak (which I’ve cut back on a lot in the past few years); junk food – pizza with extra sauce!; my own creation called The Big, Stinky Salad (tastes and looks a lot better than it smells): lettuce, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, tuna, feta and cheddar cheese, and a hard-boiled egg. I make this salad as a meal, not a side dish; Chinese food; all things crab, especially steamed crabs; homemade minestrone, chili, bean soup. All of these things bring me joy! See what I mean?

8. What is your favourite hobby?

My number one favorite hobby is going out dancing with my hubby. We hand-dance and we’re very good at it. People are always stopping us to talk about it and trying to figure out what style we dance. We tell them we were teenagers in the 70s, during disco; we’re both Zumba instructors and love Latin dance; and we’re old, married people (31 years), so our style is undefinable and totally our own. Going out to dance with my husband is also the number one thing I miss losing because of the pandemic. We used to go out a minimum of twice a month. Sometimes we dance in the living room or out on the deck when a great Latin song or an old-school jam comes on but it’s not the same as going out and dancing in the middle of a crowd of other dancers. Funny thing, the moment we join hands and start dancing, I start laughing! It happens every time!

9. What is your favourite movie?

Favorite movie, hands down, no time needed to think about it: Gaslight – Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Angela Lansbury, Joseph Cotton. “Elizabeth, Elizabeth! Elizabeth, Elizabeth!” I watch it EVERY time it comes on. I need to buy it.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

Again, thank you so much, Pooja. It’s such a privilege to be interviewed by you. Your questions really got me thinking! I shared some links in the answers; I hope they prove helpful to your readers. Thanks, again!


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Blogger Interview With The Confessions of a Random Blogger

Blogger Interview With The Confessions of a Random Blogger

I have been a fan of this blog for a while and therefore super excited to share this interview with you guys! Be sure to check out the blog- as always it will be linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Well, I’m 17 years old and I’m a first year college student. I’ve lived all over the world, but I’m currently in India. My blog is sort of a cocktail of every single niche out there; it’s kind of hard to describe! I simply talk about whatever is on my mind at the moment. I write about music, movies, cooking, poetry, psychology- you name it! My blog, quite simply put, is the confessions of a random blogger.

2. When did you start your blog and what inspired you to start a blog?

I started my blog in June 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. I was going through a lot mentally, and I really just needed a creative outlet. I needed a place where I could say whatever I wanted without feeling like I was burdening the people around me. I started noticing that a couple of my friends had their own blogs where they published niche content every now and then. I’ve also always loved writing- many of my blogs have been drafts sitting in my notes app for years that I didn’t know what to do with. So, I decided to start my own blog!

3. What are some of your long term blogging goals?

I would be lying if I didn’t say the typical goals that almost every blogger has- views, likes, followers! For now, my long term blogging goals are just to be consistent. Maintaining a blog while trying to manage university can be extremely difficult. However, if I’m dreaming bigger, I would love to be featured in larger forms of media such as magazines and newspapers. Maybe even write my own book someday?

4. What inspires your posts/inspires you to write?

Almost everything around me inspires me to write. From movies, to music, to conversations with friends. For example, the other day I was watching a movie about the supermodel Gia Carangi, which inspired me so greatly to the point that I wrote an entire article about it. Inspiration is everywhere. You just have to find it.

http://theconfessionsofarandomblogger.com/2021/02/05/the-tragic-demise-of-gia-carangi/

5. What are some of your favourite topics to blog about?

Although my blog does sort of cover every niche out there, I would say that my favourite topics to talk about are movies, music and psychological analysis.

6. How has blogging helped you as a person?

Blogging has completely transformed me as a person. Before I started writing and posting regularly, I always felt this sense of incompleteness. It was sort of like I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing but I didn’t know how. Blogging has also helped my anxiety both due to the pandemic and otherwise. As many of my fellow bloggers will testify to, blogging is hard work! It takes a huge amount of time and effort to consistently post. Therefore, it has really helped me to have an outlet to pile my extra energy and time into. There’s also a sense of belonging that comes with blogging- the community is always so welcoming and supportive!

7. What is your favourite food?

Tough question! I know it doesn’t necessarily count as a food, but coffee! Coffee in an IV please!

8. Where would you love to travel to if you could go anywhere in the world?

This is an answer I always have prepared! So I was born in Peru, but I only lived there for a year, which I obviously don’t remember. So if I could travel anywhere after the pandemic, it would definitely be Peru! I’d like to be able to answer the question I keep getting asked- “What is it like there?”

My second answer would absolutely have to be Paris. If you know me personally, you know that I cannot get through a conversation without mentioning France or The Eiffel Tower at least once.

9. What are some of your pet peeves?

Ah this could be an entire blog post! I’m one of those people that’s easily irritated by almost everything. However, since this is a blogging interview, I’ll talk about blogging pet peeves. I absolutely HATE those spam comments that are either trying to sell some sort of useless product or are literally just promoting their own blogs. I mean…what sort of answer do they expect? “Thank you so much- I’ll take two?”

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
Thank you to the readers that took the time to read this far; things are so incredibly uncertain right now, and the fact that you decided to take the time out of your busy schedule to read this interview means so much to me. I would also like to thank Pooja for interviewing me! Your blog was one of the first that I came across when I started blogging and you have been nothing short of an inspiration ever since.

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by The Confessions of a Random Blogger by clicking here.


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Blogger Interview With Derrick

Blogger Interview With Derrick

I had such a wonderful chat with Derrick and I am so happy to share this interview with you guys- I hope you enjoy reading it because we had a lot of fun with the interview and if you did enjoy it check out Derrick’s blog which will be linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Thank you Pooja for this opportunity. My name is Derrick Ogara, I blog about wellbeing, I’d write about anything that touches on our wellbeing from mental health to fitness.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging in June 2020, we were under a lockdown, I wanted something to keep me busy and distract me from the outside world that’s when I figured blogging would help me sail through those moments. I didn’t only help me sail through the pandemic, it also became part of me. Initially,  I wanted it to be my health journal to trace my own progress health-wise  and help my readers at the same time. Nothing changed, I am still working with the initial plan.

3. What are some of your long term blogging goals?

I have always wanted to touch lives and that’s what I live for. As long as my writing is helpful to a soul out there, even if it’s just one, I won’t stop writing.

4. You talk about a number of topics on your blog- where do you draw inspiration from for your posts?

My life and the things I come a across on a daily basis. To help others improve their wellbeing, I have to improve mine first and that’s what inspires me. I even wrote about living by my words in my post “blogger backsliding”  http://healthcheck.health.blog/2021/02/18/blogger-backsliding/

Lots of reading has also helped me pick inspiration for blogging.

5. What are some things you love about blogging?

I love the blogging community. Bloggers here are so friendly and supportive, that’s priceless.

6. What are some of your blogging pet peeves?

I don’t know how to answer this… I’m always focused on the positive side, I can’t think of any pet peeve I have come across or let’s just say I have not been around long enough.

7. What is your favourite food?

I have two; corn and chicken prepared in any way.  Haha!

8. What animal would you love to have as a pet if you could have any animal in the world as a pet?

I would still choose a dog. Dogs are outgoing, friendly and intelligent, I just love them.

9. What is your current favourite tv show?

Breaking Bad will always be my favourite, the creativity behind it is unmatched.  I also love animes.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

You can stop by my blog here

https://healthcheck.health.blog/blogs/


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Blogger Interview With Rachel McAlphine

Blogger Interview With Rachel McAlphine
I have been very excited to share this interview with you guys! A couple of weeks ago I was able to chat and interview Rachel McAlphine who is a writer and blogger. At 81, she has accomplished so much and continues to keep going which is so inspiring! I hope you guys enjoy the interview and take some time to check out her wonderful blog which will be linked below.
1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.
Hello from New Zealand! I’m a lifelong writer who now writes mainly poems. Previously I was a pioneer in digital content and so I’m a geek with a poetical streak. My blog is about the facts, perils and joys of growing older. It includes cartoons about aging and news of my cat, who fancies herself as a social influencer. But the main focus is on finding your personal strategies for growing older the way you want.
2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?
This particular blog is not my first. The first one, long ago, was just a kind of a database for my poems. Then I blogged for my business. I started Write Into Life about six years ago when I was almost 75 and suddenly began to wonder how much longer I would live. The shock of finding the answer was probably “99!” set me thinking, researching, taking action…and blogging.
3. What are some advantages and disadvantages of blogging at an older age?
Speaking for myself, I know heaps and have experienced heaps. This means that I can think fast, even if my memory causes me to judder sometimes. Also, I can often see things in proportion and I am less volatile. I really, really appreciate being alive. But my energy is lower and I can be very lazy and easily distracted.
4. How has blogging helped you as a writer?
Production! As a writer I have no outside pressure to write and very few deadlines. So I welcome the self-imposed requirement to blog once or twice a week. Also, writing is essentially a lonely job so it’s marvellous to get instant responses from readers.
5. With writing, blogging and a podcast among other things you have a lot going on which is great. What inspires you to keep going and trying new things?
Um, I’m not sure. I think it’s just my nature. I like having just slightly too much on my plate. I’ve always written for the joy of it and every time I finish one project my busy brain pops up with a new one. (They say “energy begets energy”.) At present I’m focused on sharing my book How To Be Old with as many people as possible, which means a busy year with readings, festivals, house concerts, and a one-day workshop.
6. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a professional writer?
Just do it. If it’s not fun, something’s wrong. Embrace mistakes and messes. Abandon perfectionism. The time to tidy up is when you’ve written a lot … for fun. Keep reading: reading is feeding your brain.
7. What is your favourite food?
Vegetables.

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Blogger Interview With Tenywa

Blogger Interview With Tenywa

I want to thank Tenywa for participating in this interview. It was so much fun and if you enjoy it as much as we did be sure to check out Tenywa’s awesome blog which will be linked below!

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Woooww, am so pleased to to be interviewed. I can’t believe it. Am I dreaming?

I am Tenywa Cositantine from Uganda, East Africa, the Pearl of Africa. I am single and not contented, seeing someone already. I love children, actually I have worked with kids for the last three years as a Sunday school teacher. I am a Christian. My blog is about motivational articles, I write about self-help and inspiration life stories with life lessons. I use story about anything to bring out life lessons.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started writing in 2019. I started writing out of passion. I am an aspiring motivational and I listen and watch great speakers. I realised that most of them are in advanced ages and the young people hardly listened to them. So I though I Could step in to cater for the young era. There are time when the world feels like its against you and all you need is some to whisper into your ears and tell you, “its going to be fine.” Inspirational words are powerful. Thats why I thought I could use blogging to inspire and motivate the youths.

3. What are some of your long term blogging goals?

Acquire a big following so as to reach as many young people as possible.

I also intend to use the blogging platform to market my books because I am an author. I have written two books so far. I also want to coach people on how to use blogs for positive change.

4. What inspires you to write?

Life inspires me a lot. Life has many stories, lessons, memories and setbacks that teach us if we pay attention to it. If I achieve something, I write about it. If I fail at something, I learn from it and write about it to help others not to fail in the same thing.

5. How has blogging helped you or changed your life?

Blogging has helped to see everyhing in life as a lesson and also I now know that whatever happens in life has a lesson. When I write about something, I feel am giving hope to someone out there.

6. What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?

Getting opinions from different people all over the world about life.

7. What is your favourite food?

Bananas and Smoked beef in ground nut stew. In my country bananas are eaten as food and we call it “matooke”. The bananas are cooked, smashed and then steamed.

8. What was your favourite subject in school?

Mathematics

9. What is one thing you have learnt about life this year?

Not much, I learned most of my lessons last year, the historical pandemic year.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

I can’t thank you enough. I am pleased x10000000. Life is a beauty and a practical study guide. Writing is fun.


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Blogger Interview With Devika

Blogger Interview With Devika

I was such a pleasure to chat with Devika and I hope you guys enjoy this interview. Be sure to check out her wonderful blog- as always it will be linked below!

  1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Hi Pooja, I am glad I could come and join your stunning blog in exchange for our conversation. My name is Devika Mathur, a lover of nature, believes in mindfulness and who hates small talk. I love everything that moves a soul through art and poetry. I blog about poetry at my valiantsoul. You will find everything that can make you feel melancholic, loved, gloomy and all the emotions that instil our heart and minds with things sometimes unnoticed.

  1. When and why did you start blogging?

If you ask about writing poetry, I think I have been doing that since I can remember and for that as I can recall I needed a platform, so blogging happened when I was in the darkest phase of my life. Nobody would believe but I chose my passion, hard work over things that made me feel trivial back in 2014. I used to be lost at words, feeling quiet and would hardly have the confidence to present my abstract thoughts to the world. So, when blogging happened, I remember the amount of love and support I got on WordPress, people would be so kind that it nearly overwhelmed me.

I consider writing is nothing but liberation to me. I needed to bleed somewhere, in some form and so My valiant Soul happened.

  1. How has blogging changed your life?

As I said, WordPress is my first home when it comes to writing. I have tried and experimented with a plethora of platforms but the genuine love that I receive here is so surreal. Writing poetry on my blog did make me believe in the life that I chose. I chose to inspire rather than being a nobody. I feel it is good that we humans have such a tremendous gift of producing things, of creating things out of nothing and when I created words, sentences, poems here it made me feel something. Something better.

  1. Your blog primarily consists of poetry- what is it about poetry that really draws you towards it?

So there’s this saying “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you done”. And something treacherously was burdening me. I have had moments of anxiety, severe panic attacks and multiple sleepless nights .I still do often but I needed to explode or direct my emotions into something beautiful yet calm. I write poetry to feel that feeling of calmness. As I am mostly a confessional, surrealist poet my work is dark, my imagery is dark and writing dark makes me calm. See, we can’t confine definitions according to one person. To me everything is art and art soothes me only till the time it is there in a conducive form.

  1. What are some of your long term blogging goals?

Sadly, off late I am not much active on my blog as before as I started curating my newsletter. I was busy with my poetry book that was released in 2020 ‘Crimson Skins’ published by Indie Blu(e)and various other anthologies by Indie Blu(e) Publishing and others. I started so many various projects that I was left with almost no time in hand to write my poems for my kind readers. But I see myself expanding my horizon, I see myself working on my areas, spreading shades of my art or whatever I could possibly generate that can help inspire people. I might start some or the other projects soon..you never know!:)

  1. Is blogging something you would like to pursue long term or is it more of a hobby for you?

Yes, I think this is very imperative for me to know as well. I would say it is in a hybrid form. I can’t make myself attached or a representative of my blog forever. It has to be much more than that. How about, if we say blogging is a part of my life and not the entire life? I feel, when we don’t make everything our complete, whole part it is better. But I see blogging as a long term as well as a hobby to me.

7. What is your favourite food?

I love my Indian cuisine, everything home cooked and also love Thai, Continental.

8. Where would you love to travel to?

Ah! Everywhere possible before I die.

9. What is the most inspiring thing someone has ever said to you?

 “Indulging in self -care is such a beautiful thing. Once you begin it, there is no way you feel connected to things that are only trivial”

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

It is completely my pleasure Pooja! I am beyond grateful to my dear readers, anybody who has found some peace, home in my works. If anyone is interested, could check out my published works by visiting my blog. I also happen to dispatch weekly mindful, self- care along with classic poetry newsletters. If anyone wants one, they can subscribe for free! I wish everyone Love and light!


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How To Make Money Online In 2021

How To Make Money Online In 2021

How To Make Money Online

This is a question I get almost constantly and so I thought I would write a post dedicated to this topic. I have written about this on an earlier post, however, if I remember correctly that post concentrated more on making money blogging rather than online in general because at the time I was taking some time off social media. I wanted to do a little updated version of the post because it’s been a while since that post and I thought I would rather talk about making money online rather than just blogging because some of my readers are not bloggers but do use social media and from the DM’s/emails I have gotten they would be interested in learning to make money from their social media pages too.

Here are some of my favourite tips and tricks on how to make money online, however, I have so many more tips which I plan to write a much longer PDF about. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would be interested in reading because I don’t want to make it if people won’t be interested in downloading it since it does take a while to create and I plan on being super detailed so it will be quite long. So please let me know- any thoughts you have on the PDF would be super helpful for me and it will help me figure out what you guys are looking to read about which will help me write something that you guys actually find benefical. If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to write about on the PDF, any specific topics you would like me to cover let me know about those as well.

Create Content

I know this one sounds obvious but you need to put a lot of thought into what you are providing your audience. You want to create content that people will be able to interact with. As a content creator you probably just want to put out content that you enjoy putting out which is totally okay however if you want to make money online and are planning on making online work your primary source of income you need to put more thought into the content you are providing. Is it content that is going to be beneficial for your audience? Is it content that is going to drive traffic to your blog or your social media pages or whatever you are choosing to use in order do you make your income? I know that as a content creator you may not want to think about things like these however it’s important to think about them if you want to make an income online.

You want to create content that will keep readers, followers or pretty much anyone you are targeting constantly coming back and they need to trust you enough to want to invest in you because at the end of the day when you are trying to sell something either that you created or that you are promoting for someone else you want people to buy it and if sponsors see that your engagement levels are high and they are getting a lot of traffic from your page/pages they will want to keep investigating in you and may even recommend you to others. Furthermore, if you are selling something yourself your audience needs to trust you enough to want to buy it. This is one of the best ways to make a larger income online or at least enough to be a full-time blogger/influencer. Don’t only rely on one way to make money- have multiple streams of income because online work isn’t like traditional work. You aren’t guaranteed a certain amount at the end of each month and multiple streams of income make sure that you will make enough to survive even on slower months.

The last reason why you should take your content seriously is because it’s the first thing everyone will look at. Your potential followers, your potential sponsors and probably your parents if you’re Gujarati like me. This is your chance to make a wonderful first impression especially if your follower count isn’t high. A lot of people ask me if they can still make money online if their follower count isn’t that high and it’s totally possible. If your follower count isn’t that high give your potential followers and clients something else to look at like your engagement rate and your valuable content.

Stan Yourself

Yes, I have officially become one of those annoying Gen-Z kids that say “We Stan…”- kidding of course! But seriously- you need to be your biggest fan. Make sure people can’t escape you even if they want to (not in a Buffalo Bill meets Jason Voorhees kind of way). Post content regularly, cross promote it on all your pages/sites/etc and make sure your audience engages with it as much as possible. This will tell the algorithm that you just put out something valuable and it will push your content too if it sees that your engagement rates are high because it will assume other people will be interested in it.

Once your content is everywhere you have a much better chance of growing as well as meet potential clients/sponsors. Plus, you get on the algorithm’s good pages which is for some weird reason very important- perhaps even more important than humans liking you and your content.

Join Platforms

Joining platforms that help connect influencers with brands/clients are extremely helpful and have been one of my main sources of finding clients that would like to work with me. As an influencer it’s hard to reach out to thousands of brands a day, send them all your data only to have one or two of them accept to work with you eventually. This happens a lot and not everyone has the time or patience to do this. With platforms like these you don’t need to reach out to random brands but rather to specific brands that are already looking for content creators like you. Sometimes they even reach out to you and you don’t even have to do any of the work of finding clients.

If you are interested in the specific platforms that you can join check out this Instagram reel I made with the names of all the platforms I think are great especially for smaller influencers. Click here to view it.

Research

If you only pick up one thing from this entire post, let it be this one. Research RESEARCH RESEARCH. We are living in a time where so much information is constantly available to us so make sure you take advantage of this and do some proper research.

When I say research I mean multiple types of research. First, figure out what your brand is, what it is you want your audience to be paying for, what type of sponsors are you looking for. Once you have this figured out do some research and find out what is popular in your niche, what content gets traffic and sponsors in this niche.

You also want to research your “competition” by which I mean look at other people in the same niche doing what you hope to be doing- making some cheddar. If you are looking to make money on social media, look at what tags they are using, what their images look like, what times they post at and more. Also look at companies/brands/services/etc that have sponsored them and reach out to those companies or brands or etc. Don’t make it sound super obvious that you found the company through them and if possible don’t mention them at all. Instead, in your email mention that you noticed they were working with influencers in your niche and you wanted to reach out and ask if they would be interested in working with you. Give them your follower count, engagement rate etc so they can go through all the information and decide whether they would like to work with you or not. If they choose not to work with you be professional about it and thank them for their time- DO NOT freak out and throw a tantrum because this will get you blacklisted really fast. Also, when I say do your research I DO NOT mean plagiarise other influencers work because that is never okay. Come up with your own content, just draw inspiration from them and if you do end up using their concept or something make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Thoughts

Are you interested in making money online? Would you be interested in learning more about making money online or perhaps even learning how to make blogging/social media your full-time job? Are you currently making income online? If so what are some of your tips and tricks? How is your day going?


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Blogger Interview With Saumya

Blogger Interview With Saumya

I want to thank Saumya for being part of this interview- she is wonderful and so is her blog so definitely do take a minute to check it out. As always her blog will be linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Hey there! My name is Saumya and I’m a teenager from India. I’m currently in 8th Standard. I love to draw, write, dance and listen to music. I also do lettering and calligraphy. I am a proud GryffinClaw and my patronus is a Dolphin. Writing and reading is something I’ve been doing from a long time. My blog is mainly a lifestyle blog. I write poems and songs, make art, currently I’ve been working on the Blogger Interview Series that I started

To know more about me and my blog, you can check out my About Page. (https://drawwriteinspire.wordpress.com/about/

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?
I started my blog in around end of January this year. I used to write many stuff and send it to my friends and I also made my mum and dad read them. They used to appreciate my works and it was one of my friends who suggested me to post my write-ups and artworks somewhere publicly and that is why is started my blog.

3. I noticed that you write about a number of topics on your blog- do you have a favourite?
Well, I enjoy doing all types of post because different kinds of post attract various types of people. But my most favourite kind of post are the poems and songs that I write. It is because they are always something very personal and they also make me reach out other people who have gone through the same situations.

4. What are some of your long term blogging goals?
I have been focussing on my blog very much from the past 1 month and it’s going pretty good. I haven’t really thought about it but maybe 5K followers. I’m only on 100 followers but a girl can dream right?

5. How has blogging impacted your life?
Blogging has impacted my life in a good way. It has made my personality better and has obviously taught me time management. When we need to do something we like, we automatically find time to do it. And blogging has taught me that I can manage doing my studies and all my hobies together.

6. What is one thing you love about blogging and one thing you hate about it?
There are a lot of things I like about blogging. But the most important one is the audience that I reach out. WordPress is an amazing community and it has shown me such a nice support so I think that is the best thing about having a blog here. Everyone was so encouraging and I made so many new friends here! I don’t think there is anything so far that I don’t like about blogging, it’s pretty fun.

7. What is your favourite food?
I’m a very moody person when it comes to food. If there are 10 things in the world to eat then I only eat 3 out of them. Trust me, I eat a lot but I’m not a foodie. I don’t like trying new dishes until and unless it’s something chocolate. I think my favourite food has to be Corn and Cheese Pizza.

8. Do you have any pet peeves?
Yes, actually I have a lot of pet peeves but I’m just gonna state one or two. I hate it when people judge me because of my gender. Yes I know we’re living in 21st century but still there still seems to be some kind of inequality. Like when I play badminton with my friends, just because I’m a girl, they think I won’t be able to play like them so they don’t wanna team up with me. So yes, I find it extremely annoying when someone does a kind of thing like that.

9. Do you have any weird phobias?
Oh, I’m probably the most coward in the world. I’m scared of almost everything! Insects, dogs, reptiles, cats, birds, firecrackers, trust me, everything!! Even there are some people around me, who I meet and talk to everyday but I’m still afraid of them.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
Thank-you so much to everyone who has read my blog so far and shown me support. Thank-you Pooja for having me here. All the questions were so much fun.

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Saumya’s by clicking here.


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5 Things I Hate About Blogging

5 Things I Hate About Blogging

Things I Hate About Blogging

I love blogging- it’s probably one of my favourite things to do apart from reading stuff about history because for some weird reason my brain thinks reading hundreds of pages about things that happened hundreds of years ago is fun. But I digress, I love blogging but I have to admit- like everything it has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I read this post by Shelly– an awesome blogger you should immediately check out if you haven’t already- and that’s where I got the idea from this post from. Our posts are a bit different but her post is what gave me this idea and I always want to support other bloggers plus credit should be given where it’s due so do check out her post as well- it’s very interesting and super relatable.

Here are five things I hate about blogging:

Spam Comments

You guys know this had to be at the top of my list. I am so freaking tired of getting “please check out my posts” comments EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I can guarantee you that some people will leave comments like that on this post too because people like that clearly don’t read or even care about your post. They just want to advertise their own blog and think that for some weird reason other people’s posts are the best place to do this.

I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of amazing blog posts by a lot of amazing bloggers and I think it’s just insanely disrespectful to ignore their hard work (I guarantee that every blogger puts at least a certain amount of time and effort to create their posts) and use their blog to grow your own. And to be honest it’s also a really stupid thing to do as well as a great way to destroy the chances of your blog actually growing because most bloggers block or delete such comments/commenters. If you just left a genuine comment talking about their post they would be very likely to check out your blog anyway.

I know some bloggers do this without realizing what they are doing is wrong so I would urge anyone reading this not to leave these kind of comments and instead take the time to genuinely connect with other bloggers. This is a way better way to grow and honestly kind of easier in my opinion.

Feeling Used

As you guys probably know if you’ve been following me for a while I have a lot of posts with blogging advice and I guess because of those posts combined with my following people tend to assume I’m great at blogging (I’m really not I’m just very lucky to have such fantastic followers!) and I end up getting A LOT of messages, emails and comments asking me for help. A lot of them are general questions which I really don’t mind. If I can help someone I usually try to depending on how busy I am with school work. This doesn’t bother me at all.

What does bother me is people who are really rude about asking for help. To be honest,  I’m just a blogger and I don’t have to help anyone if I don’t want to but I try to help when I can because I’ve been blogging for like six years now and I know how difficult blogging can be. However, some people sort of try to use me like tech support which is a bit annoying because that’s not my job?? To kind of explain what I mean- sometimes people ask me about really specific technical issues they are experiencing and I usually tell them to talk to the happiness engineers because they are better equipped to help them with such things. Like one time someone’s blog didn’t have a follow button and they kept asking me why and I told them I didn’t know because I honestly didn’t know what the issue was and told them to contact WP since it could be a glitch. However, for some reason they got super offended that I couldn’t help them and became really passive aggressive which kind of threw me off. That’s just one example, but yeah when that happens it annoys me because I’m not like your blogging teacher- I’m just a girl trying to blog and not go crazy writing research papers all day.

Another thing I get often is people asking me for help to grow their site and expecting some kind of magic formula that will instantly get them from 0-1000 followers. That’s not how it works- it took me years to get to where I am. I try to give them advice and tell them how I grow my blog but some people get super passive aggressive as if I’m hiding some secret about growing your blog. I also have had people ask me to go through their entire site and read every post to see if anything can be improved- I mean why would I do that? I don’t mind giving general pointers but I’m not going to redo your entire blog for you especially when I’m so busy with university that I don’t even have time to write anything except six word stories for my own blog. It’s not my job to teach you how to blog- that’s something you should learn on your own through your own research and I think it’s rude to even ask someone to do something like that for you unless they offer some kind of service to do that and you are willing to pay them for their time and effort.

Plagiarism

I know people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but to be honest it can be quite annoying. Sometimes I see people stealing my posts- like entire posts or using certain sentences word for word and it really annoys me. I don’t mind if one of my ideas inspires you to write something similar- I don’t even want credit for that. What annoys me is when people steal my work word for word.

From what I have seen in all the years I have been blogging I know that bloggers work really hard on their posts and it’s really difficult to come up with unique ideas all the time so it’s really upsetting when someone decides to steal your posts and not even bother changing the words. And it’s not just me who has experienced this. Most bloggers have experienced this at least once which just makes me so sad.

If you are someone who uses other peoples work without crediting them I really hope you stop because it’s just so awful.

WordPress

I love blogging but to be honest WordPress can be super annoying sometimes. I just feel like they don’t take their content creators seriously because they continue to make certain changes to their platform that I personally find quite unnecessary while ignoring certain things that would actually be quite beneficial for users. It would be pretty easy to find out what we would like to see them improve- literally all they would have to do is ask. They also continuously make changes without giving a proper heads up to people so they can brace themselves for these changes which annoys me a lot. As someone with anxiety I like to know if something is changing in advance so I can prepare myself for it and I know a lot of people feel that way too. It’s quite difficult to deal with the changes when they are so sudden especially if you’re like me and are not too tech savvy.

Feeling Unsatisfied

Sometimes I just feel extremely unsatisfied with my posts because I’ll put out a post that I put so much effort into writing and that I’m very passionate about and it will get a really bad response and the next day I’ll put out a post I wrote about something random in a rush and it will do really well. I mean I’m super grateful but at the same time I kind of feel unsatisfied like I wish I had gotten a better response for some of the other posts that didn’t do as well. I don’t know if you guys have ever experienced this but it has happened to me a couple of times. Let me know in the comments if that’s ever happened to you!

Technical Stuff

The thing I love most about blogging is just being able to express myself as I want to. Blogging has always been a place for me where I can just be myself. And then I learnt about SEO and DA and Alexa scores and a million other things and honestly when I think about them they just annoy me so much. Why does a post have to be SEO friendly and all that other stuff to be successful. I don’t get why technical stuff gets so much say in what readers want to see on your posts.

For example, I’ve been using Google for like forever now like most people who are around my age and as the years pass I can tell the results are getting more inaccurate. First, you get a million ads trying to sell you stuff, then you FINALLY get to the posts but it’s all irrelevant stuff that only shows up because it has high SEO scores. You don’t actually get the information you need which is super annoying and you need to go through a bunch of articles before you get to what you were actually looking for, It annoys me so much because I see so many wonderful blogs that honestly deserve so much better. They deserve so much more traffic than they get and most of it is not because their blogs aren’t wonderful but because of stupid algorithms that are screwing their chances of growing.

I see it with Instagram too- if you can get into the algorithm and do everything right you grow and if not you’re kind of stuck even though your content is great. I think that’s ridiculous because it just means everyone on social media just ends up doing the same stuff again and again and anyone who dares to do something different is basically stuck.

Another example of why the technical stuff is stupid is that they tell you what posts people want to see on your blog but guess what? They’re probably wrong. SEO stuff says your posts need to be long- at least 1500 words but how many of you have genuinely read posts that are that long without just skimming through them and picking up on the sections you want to read? How many of you are have even made it till here on this post? People tend to just ramble on and say things that could be said in like 500 words so that their posts reach 1500-2000 words. It’s like writing research papers all over again and it makes something that was created so people could freely express themselves a lot less fun. My six word stories are literally six words and they bring in just as much traffic as my longer posts.

Sorry, this section turned into a bit of a rant but I had to reach my 1500-2000 word goal… LOL kidding… or am I just going to keep rambling till I get to 2000? Kidding again? Or am I? Okay, I’ll stop now- I am very sleep deprived and just finished a three hour class so I am going to stop typing now before I further ruin this post. But I stand by what I said about technical stuff being stupid- it is stupid.

Your Thoughts

Do you also find any of the things I mentioned about blogging annoying too? Do you find anything about blogging annoying? If so what do you find annoying about blogging? What is the worst experience you have had through blogging? How is was your day? Let me know in the comments below because I love hearing from you guys or simply stop by and say hi!


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