Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and here is the fifth post in the DigiMother’s Bloggers Interview Series to beat some Monday blues and to add to your Blogging wisdom. Blogging is like learning on the job and its beauty lies in sharing it with others.
I am glad to have Romila of Novemberschild blog as our guest interviewee for today and below is her detailed interview to enlighten you on some of the aspects of blogging.
Q.1 Please tell us something about yourself and your blogging journey so far.
I am Romila, better known as Novemberschild in the blogging community. I am Delhi born, Hyderabad settled. I am happy to be a strong, independent and self-driven woman who chose to follow her heart of being a Writer. I started my journey as a blogger in the year 2004. Curiosity was the reason for me to explore blogging. At present I have not just gained 14 years of blogging experience but I have managed to publish articles on various online and offline platforms. I have been a topper academically apart from being the best in music, sports, debates, elocutions and quizzes. I am the go-to person for many bloggers who find themselves on the crossroads of writing and blogging. I am always happy to help. My blog has won numerous blogging contests and awards. I am very glad with my Alexa ranking. The visits, readers and comments I receive daily serves as an inspiration for me to write well and write every day.
Q.2 What led you to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Few decades back Blogging was just one of the hobbies, but in the recent years we have seen a growth in the terms of bloggers and people who started taking blogging as a career option. With the evolution of online businesses, people these days are keen to start something of their own, and blogging is something which anyone can start from, and from anywhere. I had no idea that people could even make money with blogs. I learned everything slowly and through trial and error, and I really came to love blogging. Blogging is a ton of fun. The best blogs are written by those who love to write and love everything that goes into blogging. However, that doesn’t mean blogging is just that simple. My interest for writing ever since I was 13 is one of the main reasons why I decided to take up blogging as a career.
Q.3 How much money do you make through your blog and what techniques do you use to monetize your blog?
Obviously, if you want to become a full-time blogger, then you’ll need to find ways to make money from blogging. I have no fixed amount to mention but yes I do earn decent numbers through my blog in form of types of blogging/writing I do for various brands. Techniques are many and one can pick up of his/her comfort levels of which way works better for them. I plan to start a course on how to monetize your blog, interested bloggers can get in touch.
Q.4 What message would you like to give to new bloggers who want to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Blogging is a risk-free trial where you don’t lose anything if you fail at it. You could decide later on whether you want to do it full time or keep your passion alive by blogging part time, along with your job. No one can write everything on any single topic. You may think no one will read your blog as there are so many books and blogs already out there? Yes, they would, if your content resonates with their problems, and you are able to provide them solutions. The most important thing is that you should be comfortable with the topic. You should also be passionate about learning and sharing on that topic. It could be cooking, parenting, gossip, jokes, criticism, fashion, marketing, finance, travel, product development, software language or anything you feel connected. I am a strong believer that Rome was not built in a day. You need to put your efforts to make things work. Blogging is emerging as a full-time career option, and, chances are, you can earn more income from the blog than your current salary. The good news is that starting up a blog is risk-free. I would be happy to interact with you if you have something to share with me.
Q.5 Where do you see the future of professional blogging in next 5 years?
Professional blogging has evolved in the last few years. It is a relatively new phenomenon, with a great potential for bloggers with a basic understanding of the web technology. There are not many professional bloggers, who depend on blogging for their daily livelihood. Majority of bloggers are people who express their views and experiences on the web, so that others can benefit from it. Such bloggers commit a few hours of a day to their blog, but the financial gain is nothing as compared to daily labour. A blog can sell advertising space to anybody who wants to put up an ad on their page. The Google AdSense program is a program by Google, which buy such spaces and puts up appropriate ads for the audience of your blog. Even companies may directly approach you to buy advertising space. The income from these sources is a slow income which grows with time, but not enough to make blogging the sole profession. Bloggers need to keep themselves updated with the new innovations in the medium, so that they are able to keep up with the changes in web technology. The success of a blogger depends upon his in-depth knowledge about the subject, his ability to gather relevant information and discuss the pros and cons about it as well as his ability to present ideas in a coherent manner which is easy to understand. The future of professional blogging is complicated. A blogger with perpetual audience can only sustain the market. However, the blogger community has been constantly growing, with evolution of software and web application which help bloggers to gather, organize and store information to make their blog informative and engaging.
Hope you enjoyed reading Romila’s interview and took key takeaways from it.
You can quickly connect with her on twitter @romspeaks
You can read past interviews of the bloggers interview series here.