It was an uplifting moment when I saw people appreciating this initiative of Bloggers Interview Series on DigiMother blog. Most importantly, I was ecstatic to see that bloggers (newbie & experienced both) found the content helpful and inspiring.
What could be a better way to learn from the experiences of others? So, today continuing with the series, here’s the second post, wherein, Sid Balachandran (Dad Blogger) of www.iwrotethose.com shares his blogging wisdom with all of us.
Sid is an independent writer, multi-award winning blogger and a short-story author. He has been published in a number of leading magazines and online portals. Sid is an engineer by qualification, and now a work-from-home dad. He writes on parenting, social satire, humour, lifestyle and writing in general.
Now let’s read the interview without wasting a moment:
Q.1 Please tell us something about yourself and your blogging journey so far.
Sid: I’m a professional engineer who decided to take a break from the corporate world and wear the hat of a stay-at-home father when we returned to India after almost a decade in London. I started blogging as a hobby around mid 2013, and today, writing and blogging is pretty much a full-time affair for me.
My blogging journey has probably been similar to most, where we started blogging either as a passion or because you thought it was an idea worth exploring. There have been plenty of ups and downs, and a few really good ups – but most of all, if I can consider myself somewhat successful, it is mostly because of the immense support that I’ve got from my readers and fellow bloggers who constantly motivate me.
Q.2 What led you to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Sid: I don’t think I started blogging thinking that it would become a full-time career option. To be honest, I still don’t blog full-time. Because a lot of the posts on the blog are still personal and not sponsored, but it did open up avenues for me. I had started blogging merely as a fun activity to keep me sane during the early days of parenting, I soon realised that if I was looking to attract some audience for my work, I would need to market my work effectively too. It was mostly after the BlogAdda award in 2015, that I started to consider blogging as a full-time thing. I started looking at things like what my niche was, looking at if I could make it work better as a business, while not compromising on my standards and values. And it’s worked so far.
Q.3 How much money do you make through your blog and what techniques do you use to monetize your blog?
Sid: Haha! As if I’d reveal that 😛
Money is a criteria, but I never started blogging with a view of making money. Once the blog started to get a bit popular, I thought about monetising it. However I was quite adamant that I wouldn’t sell out just for making money. So I set my self some ‘Do’s and Don’ts’, and decided that I would stick by it. Currently most of the money I make off the blog is through sponsored posts on topics that I know my readers can relate to, as well as commissioned freelance work. I also do a little bit of website designing on the site. I am not too keen about having adverts on my site – so I haven’t opted for them. But yes, that and backlinks can be quite easy ways to make some quick money.
Q.4 What message would you like to give to new bloggers who want to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Sid: If I’m honest, if money is a criteria for you, do not give up your day job to take up blogging full time. It is very much an entrepreneurship of sorts and you have to make plans, strategise and think long-term in order to be successful. You’ll also need to narrow down your topics, strengthen your writing and make it your core focus. Blogging and writing, much like other creative arts, are evolutionary in nature – so be prepared to take feedback (both good and bad), work on them and adapt for improvement. And no, blogging is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ or ‘get-popular-quick’ scheme. You have to work hard on it, just like you would with any other work.
Q.5 Where do you see the future of professional blogging in next 5 years?
Sid: I think blogging as a profession has definitely taken off. But success takes a lot of hard work, and a whole lot of luck too. You need to be able to adapt to changing requirements and change your styles accordingly. At the same time, it is important to remember why your earlier followers or readers came to your blog in the first place and make sure you retain those elements too. The future is as bright as you want to make it out to be. But yes, remember it’s a saturated space – so finding what makes your work stand out and finding your USP is imperative for success.
Hope you all had a great time reading his interview. Let me know your views in the comments below.