I am so excited to tell you that starting today; you’ll be reading Bloggers’ Interview on DigiMother blog. The idea behind starting this interview series is to learn from the knowledge & experiences of the veterans of the blogosphere. The new bloggers especially need the motivation & the inspiration to tread the not-so-easy-path of professional blogging. I hope this series will help everyone who would like to make their career in blogging & want to earn-from-the-comfort-of-home. This bloggers interview series would include interviews of successful & popular bloggers across different categories.
I am pleased to have Mr. Vikram Kamboj as our first blogger of this interview series. He is the co-owner and creator of ‘The Sports Mirror’ and also the winner of the best blog in the ‘Sports category’. Do visit & read his blog at: www.thesportsmirror.com.
Q.1 Please tell us something about yourself and your blogging journey so far.
Vikram: From childhood, I was a die-hard cricket/tennis fan and I loved poring over the statistics for the major Indian sports. I started reading newspapers and the cricket scores daily and learned about cricket statistics from that. Combining my knowledge and love for sports resulted into ‘The Sports Mirror’.As far as I can remember, I have always loved sports. However, when this craze for sports turned into a full-time blogging profession is still a question for me.
Q.2 What led you to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Vikram: I always wanted to have blogging as a career not a job. While job is just a means to an end, career needs consistent practice and the dedication to keep showing up even when it gets harder. You never stop getting better and you never stop working in a career!
Q.3 How much money do you make through your blog and what techniques do you use to monetize your blog?
Vikram: Well, there’s no limit to it. It all depends on how seriously you take your work or the extent to which you stretch your work. My monthly earning comes around 6-figures (Indian Rupees).
And, as far as monetization is concerned, I do that through advertising, affiliate marketing, syndication, freelancing, events, partnerships, content sharing, and speaking gigs.
Q.4 What message would you like to give to new bloggers who want to take up blogging as a full-time career option?
Vikram: To make it a profession, you need to stand out from the crowd without being too abrasive, write with flair without being too flighty, and have a skill of some sort that allows you to specialize without losing the flexibility to write outside your comfort zone.
What happens with many bloggers is that they get excited about writing their blog posts and they write a few really good ones. Then, they start tapering off because they don’t get the amount of readers they thought they would. It can be discouraging, for sure, when you’re not attracting the number of people you think you should. Even so, don’t give up. Just like rock stars don’t pick up a microphone and automatically get a record deal, great bloggers are created with time. The more you share your posts on social media, and the more you engage and entertain your readers, the quicker your readership will grow. However, it might take a while. Your patience will pay off, and it won’t be long before you have a nice little following. Trust me.
Q.5 Where do you see the future of professional blogging in next 5 years?
Vikram: Blogging will never be dead. But transformation of blogging will happen, and we should be prepared for that.Focus your attention on building authority and trust in your niche. Upgrade and learn new skills like content marketing, copywriting and also Vlogging. Get ready to adapt to the change.
Say ‘hi’ to him on @VikramKamboj.
Do let me know in the comments what you learned from his interview. Or, any other question that you may have.
Hope you enjoyed reading the first post of interview series here!