BG- Tell us something about yourself. Which five words would describe you the best?
Novemberschild- I would like to be called with my blogging name “Novemberschild” as it’s the name/identity which suits me. I am known in blogging sphere and in twitter with that. I am a freelance writer/editor/book reviewer and a blogger. It’s my dream to become a published author or run my own lifestyle magazine.
The five words which would describe me best are – Smart, Intelligent, Inquisitive, Logical and Insightful.
BG- When did you start blogging and what was your motivation behind starting the same?
Novemberschild- I’ve been running this blog for 3years and have been an active blogger since 2004 at Rediff. Frankly speaking I had no motivation or no one inspired me to start my blog, I wanted to become famous, wanted people to read and appreciate my writings, and blogging served that perfect stage for me.
BG- Can you give us an idea on the theme of your blog ( thewhitescape ) and what kind of content your readers love?
Novemberschild- It is my personal space on the web to jot down my ideas/musings. I don’t have any particular theme. You can find content on all genres in my blog. Most of the readers/subscribers like/love my posts on relationships/books/lifestyle articles.
BG- How much time do you keep for blogging on a weekly basis?
Novemberschild- I have no fixed time for blogging as I am online throughout the day, I write whenever I get an idea in my mind. I schedule my posts in advance so that it gives me chance to give time for my freelance projects and help my brother in his office. I prefer being ahead of the times.
BG- What are the top three lessons that you have learnt in your journey so far?
1. Be updated: I realized bloggers tell a better version of telling any news, and if I was to blog I’d have be updated and then write the news/happenings in the way I’d like to read it.
2. Time Away from the Computer is required: Life online is alluring and tempting in this way that real life isn’t. The Internet was enforcing my coyness to an unhealthy degree and finally forcing me to have a life outside of the screen was the key to finding real balance.
3. Use your blog as a proving ground: One of the things I like about my blog is that I can share ideas in a contained environment to see what kind of a reaction I get from my readers. If the reaction is good, then I pursue the idea. If it’s not, then I need to either tweak the idea or drop it altogether.
BG- How did you get to where you are now with your blog? To what do you attribute your success?
Novemberschild- I never thought I would come this far when I started 3years back. My participation in various blogging contests (and also winning them), regular writing on theme prompts and my own thoughts and opinions beyond doubt have attributed to my success. I gain a new follower every day; this is definitely a blessing to my writing as well to my blog. I thank all my subscribers.
BG- One of the hardest things for beginner bloggers is getting traffic. What tips can you give bloggers to drive traffic to a new blog?
Novemberschild- I’ve been helping and guiding a friend of mine since a month for developing traffic to his new blog and I am glad it worked. Be original, if you copy paste something you read elsewhere please credit the source and the writing ideas are all over your surroundings, concentrate and look around, you will never get disappointed, all you need is time and patience to write about it.
BG- Where do you see your blog five years from now?
Novemberschild- Well 5years from now is a long time, I never thought 3years from that day I started my blog and it’s been unbeaten 3years with 40,000 hits and 250+ subscribers. I wish to cross the one lakh hits and at least 500+ readerships in the coming 5years.
BG- What are your five favorite blogs to read? What makes those blogs special?
1. http://greatbong.net/ Run by Author of three books. PhD, Computer Science. Wannabe politician Arnab Ray. He blogs about every current issues let it be politics/cricket/movies/TV shows in such an interesting way that everything and anything serious can be read in humor.
2. https://naughtauthentic.wordpress.com/ is by Mr. Naught Authentic a good friend of mine. He has just taken baby steps into blogging but his posts are so well written like an experienced blogger. He is a compulsive thinker and his words make us think.
3. http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/ owned by Murtuza Ali, is a an eclectic selection of avant-garde, auteur-driven, thought-provoking films from across the globe that aims to acquaint the masses with the realm of cinema, especially as the ultimate medium of human expression by analyzing movies—art house, classic, indie, or cult—through the means of reviews, essays, critiques, etc. and through its coverage of major international award functions and film festivals.
4. http://jaiarjun.blogspot.in By a Delhi-based freelance writer and journalist Jai Arjun. From books and films, water tanks, Delhi traffic, the Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer tennis rivalry, why not to call your parents-in-law “mom” and “dad”, Ekta Kapoor’s Mahabharata, and his pet canine child Foxie, everything can be read in a single blog.
5. http://www.giasaysthat.com/ of Gia Kashyap. Being a huge fan of fashion/makeup, I get to read the new trends and fads through this blog.
BG- What does Baggout mean to you?
Novemberschild- I never knew about Baggout, only did in twitter through a co-bloggers random tweet I came to know about its existence. The blogging contest sounded interested and I gave a try. I did read about Baggout during my attempts of writing the contest entry. Baggout helps us all, spot that deal across all the big online retailers – Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Snapdeal, Jabong, HomeShop18, Yepme, Fernspetals and I am a huge supporter of online shopping and this website is just good one for me. I believe many of the deals showcased on Baggout have a cashback component in addition to the discount offered on the retailer’s site.