Hi guys! As you know I have special guests every Friday and the interview of Ananya was supposed to come December 30th but for some reason I did not get her interview on my email and I just found it out yesterday that she had sent it to me. Therefor I will make a out of the schedule post with a Special Guest and I hope you take the time to show some support.
Hi Ananya! So great to have you here. Let’s start the interview.
1 What or who inspired you to start blogging?
It may not quite sound like an inspiration but it was my chaotic soul that made me initiate with “The Verbal Seduction”. Just like many other anxious individuals, I too had so much concealed and buried inside me which I was dying to get rid of or maybe was dying to showcase it to the world. I don’t know. Not being very open or wordy about my pains and tribulations to discuss with anyone, I came across the idea of a blog to lessen the burden I carried.
“The Verbal Seduction” came to my rescue.
Now, I discuss about everything with everyone via words, especially poetry.
2 Can you describe your blog to someone that never read it?
Well, I haven’t (don’t even want to) confined myself to any discrete niche. But, I talk more about what is inside me and you. I talk more about emotions, feelings, love, pain etc. About all that which my reader can directly relate to. https://verbalseductionananya.wordpress.com
“The Verbal Seduction is about the stars within you and me.
Those stars which shine so bright but the world fails to see”.
3 What’s your favourite part of blogging?
Encountering many fellow bloggers from all around the world and reading their mind blowing pieces. And they, reading my own.
4 What is the most difficult things about blogging? And what do you find the easiest?
The blogosphere is so cosmic that no amount of time seems enough to devote. I constantly feel that I need extra hours. Or maybe, it has turned into an addiction of mine.
I’ve never felt what they call ‘writers block’. As soon as I log in, there is something or the other which compels me to craft a piece, especially- The daily prompts.
5 How much time do you spend on blogging?
I wish I could devote 16 hours (8 hours for my beloved sleep) a day but, being an engineering student it depends on how occupied I am. So, there’s no fixed number.
6 What do you think is the best social media strategy to get more visitors to a blog?
The most obvious one- Share each of your post on facebook.
Rest, I don’t use any.
Apart from social media, there’s one strategy I’d like to mention. I won’t like to call it a strategy, just a little something.
Do try to form a relationship with readers via being friendly, addressing them by their names and the most crucial –by replying to their comments. Don’t do this to get more likes or comments or views. Do it to give and receive more and more love.
7 Is blogging worth doing? Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
Apparently, to me, it is of so much worth that if possible, I could start blogging professionally and dedicate my career to it.
Yes, I would suggest others the same but only those who genuinely feel for words and want to feel more via words.
8 How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I possibly have a wrong perception but I think motivation is for them who are not much and deep into what they do. I just simply love to jot down the feelings. If that’s what you call motivation then ‘my love for scribbling’ is the answer.
9 What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
The most challenging moment arrives every single time when I’m about to publish a post. It is –to choose a picture and a title for my piece. It takes me more time to select a picture and a title than to write the whole post.
10 Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
Damn, there are so many whom I both, envy and admire.
Here are a few:
Roberta Pimentel –The Interviewer.
I know you think I’ve mentioned her name because she’s the interviewer but let me give you a better and more profound reason for the mention. It is because of the fact that, with no self-interest, she decided to help her fellow bloggers establish their blog a bit more via her idea of interviewing many of them. I don’t think every established blogger like this beautiful lady would even think of doing the same. Last, her words are capable of hitting the right chords.
Ayoka by Gbolabo Adetunji.
What he writes is poems, some rhyme, some doesn’t. His writing style seem professional. He loves to write rejoinders. I sometimes feel like he even has his book published or something –because of his beautiful yet unbelievable writing style. Until date, there’s not even one single piece of his words which I have liked any less. Every new blog he posts, it adds in to my favorite list.
Love it now by Monika Braun.
The reason I love ‘Love it now’ is because Monika too writes poems, all related to philosophy and psychology of life. Her words make a lot of sense. She, in her blog has talked and continues to talk almost about every aspect of life. Her blogs’ ‘About’ page is one highlight. It is simple yet way too effective. She is that one lady whom I admire the most on wordpress.
The heart of J. Winston by J. Winston.
He is new yet his blogs has left too much of effect on me. He doesn’t write long stories or poems but scribble powerful tiny tales. He’s blessed with the art of making the readers feel the most in just a few words, even just ‘two’ words. Yes, just two. Do read ‘On the feeling of sadness’ by him. It is impeccable. Just two words and it felt so right.
Flowers and Breezes by Sheen.
She writes both stories and poems. It is her poems that stole my heart. It feels like that the blogs she writes somehow are directly linked with her life. Every time, I read a piece by her, I am bound to think and imagine if such a thing has happened to her. Her response to daily prompts is quite a delight to read.
Sasha’s Writings by Sasha.
Sasha is so creative that she has 2 beautiful blogs out there on wordpress. She, both writes and paints/sketches. She does both magnificently. Her writing majorly focuses on happiness which is depicted by her blogs’ tagline itself –“For those who live the life to the fullest”. If anyone wants to smile, be there at her blog.
The Definition Site by Christopher Bland.
As his blogs’ ‘About’ page says, it is about past and present. The part I find the best in his blog posts is the way he treats it. He thinks in the most creative manner. He seems blessed with the art of making the simplest and plainest thing sound so beautiful and also the art of choosing the best of titles for his writings. It is the titles which I love the most and always wonder about how he does that.
8. Orange Dilipan by Dilip.
Dilip owns the most unusual yet amusing kind of writing style. The way he writes is the most unique out of all. I haven’t yet found anyone writing the way he does. His take on things is beyond normal. Apart from poems, he has tried a ‘rap’ too. And a special mention of the rap because it was his first attempt and he came out with something really splendid. I wonder if Eminem reads it, he’ll make a song of it. You must go through it. It’s –Hold My Hands.
11 What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
“I wrote it all from the heart
unveiled the deepest secrets which were once left untold
the kinda secrets which everybody carries within”.
12 What are you doing besides blogging?
I sketch. I read. I procrastinate. I muse. I over-think. I fantasize. I daydream. I crave contentment. I put myself down. I love myself, at times.
“I never forget to step in their shoes”.
13 Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
It is my escape.
It is my source of happiness.
It is my hobby about which I’m as sincere as I would be if it was my profession.
14 A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
Give it all your heart. The hard work you put in automatically pays.
15 is there anything else you would like to add?
All I would want to mention is my blogs’ tag line which I’ve used before in this interview –“Never forget to step in their shoes”. Even if the readers who are reading this interview do not show up on my blog, I at least would expect and request them to give a thought about what I’ve just said.
We all tend to give opinions in a fraction of second without thinking twice. I’m not asking you to think twice, all I am asking you to do is to try and be them and imagine being in the state they are. Only then we all can be partially right and wise about the suggestions or judgments we put.
Because, we are not here to hurt them. It takes just a few words to bring in grief or to bring in bliss. It is a matter of choice. No matter what, go for the latter.
Loads of love to the interviewer –Roberta Pimentel and all the readers. <3
Thank you so much Ananya 🙂