We had no interviews on BaB for some time recently as authors were busy with their professional life and bloggers to whom questions were sent were busy with Christmas and New Year Celebrations.. There were few posts now and then about performance of the blog and asking feedback of the readers about various things. But none of them was able to get out of abyss called “Saved Draft”.
Today I present interview of a very resourceful blogger, Abhinav Sood, whom I met on Authority Blogger Forum
Q. Hey Abhinav, Would you like to acquaint yourself to readers of BaB?
A. Sure, socializing is a great idea. Well, I am a student in my first semester of bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering. Apart from blogging, I like to hang-out with my friends like anyone at my age (I am 18, finally!) does. I hate exams like anything. Not because I don’t like to study or anything… But because they don’t let me blog regularly! And thus, affect the visitors and subscribers to my blog, something that I don’t appreciate.
Q. I sort of Love exams..Could you explain a bit about your blogs and how you got into blogging?
A. I have wanted to try out every new concept that I have ever come across. This, combined with my love for computers and internet since very early age, got me into blogging about 4 years back. I started with a personal blog on “Blogger/Blogspot.” Since then I have wrote many blogs on various topics like art, photography, games, etc. but finally settled at web, computers, technology and internet with my blog techXtreme. This is the one that interested me the most out of all and the one where I found it pleasant to write. I have recently moved to a wordpress blog, Inspirit Blog, where I intend to blog-effectively. Now that I am more deeply engaged with Inspirit Blog but I don’t want to delete techXtreme as the rest, because it is very close to me.
Q. What are your goals for your blog & what benefits do you see in blogging?
A. The biggest benefit that I have seen in blogging is the social culture it is spreading. It is good to know some really intelligent, resourceful and talented people around the globe. I have found more good friends to talk to, online, than I have at college. You learn and gain from the bloggers around you, you are helped when caught in bottle-necks and you come across some great ideas and concepts when interacting in the blogosphere.
I blog for passion, monetary gains have just been a side-effect. And I don’t really want to avoid this when the side-effect is so healthy
As far as the goals for my blogs are concerned, I must tell you that I have virtually moved completely from techXtreme. And I want to concentrate on Inspirit Blog fully. I aim to build an active community of readers at Inspirit Blog, this year rather than just getting more number of visitors who won’t stay for long.
Q. You mainly write about blogging SEO and design in one blog and tech in another… How come two different niches?
A. With Inspirit Blog, I wanted to move out of a binding niche- computers and technology, as with techXtreme and explore the available wider scope. I wanted to be able to express myself more freely and write comfortably about anything I ever feel like. For kick starting Inspirit Blog, I found offering targeted content as the best option for building up readers and developing a network. And hence, the SEO and design tips. I will explore new horizons with time.
Q. What are your basic sources of visitors and contacts in blogosphere?
A. The friends at BlogCatalog, MyBlogLog and DIGG are great assets in bringing me traffic. Besides that I I use various other social networking social services like StumbleUpon, Technorati, twitter, pownce, etc. to attract visitors. Leo of Feedest and Richard of Untwisted Vortex, are good friends and provide great help and support for any kind of problem I face.
Q. Which blogs do you like the most and why?
A. Blogging is not about just writing. It’s about reading as well. That’s where you get inspiration from. That’s where you get an experience of the trends being followed, and get to sharpen your writing skills. There are numerous great resources on diverse topics. For anything from nothing to everything. I regularly read Maki’s and Mert’s blog for great tips on improving blogging skills, RT’s blog for improving my writing skills. He writes everything in the most effective and innovative way, David Airey’s blog for my dose of GFX and design. There are hundreds other nice blogs that I read and like but it’d be hard to list all of them here.
Q Any shout-outs or something you would like to share some success secrets with other bloggers?
A. Work for your work, and let your work, work for you.
Good Luck Abhinav for your exams and blogs. Thanks for wonderful tips
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