Prelude : Rahul Miglani : It has been a pleasure to interview one of the most prolific bloggers privy trifles , Its been my second Interview with privy trifles and it has been worth the effort. So guys here you go.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your blog, and your aspirations and your hobbies!!
I blog under the pen name Me, and have two blogs.
Memoirs of Me – privytrifles.blogspot.in
Reviews and Musings – wingstomywords.blogspot.in
The first blog is purely a mish mash of fiction, nonfiction and poetry while the other one is all about book reviews, photography and other stuff. I love writing for that is an integral part of me I believe, giving voice to my inner most thoughts. My online identity is Me – coz my blogs are the only place on earth where I can just be myself.
I aspire to bring a smile on someone’s face , touch heart and make a difference in their life through my words.
Apart from writing I enjoy reading, dancing, painting, cooking and listening to music.
Rahul Miglani : how cleverly the mention of Real name is avoided (again)
2. How you first got involved in with blogging, are you an imaginative person?
Blogging happened just by chance to me to be honest it was never planned at all. And yes I am a very imaginative person. After blogging for 2 years now that imagination has just multiplied like anything.
3. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
I blog mostly about relationships, love and life- the most challenging thing in them is that every person is right in his/her own perspective and there is no wrong here. So you need to be very careful the way you present your thoughts as emotions are at stake here. You don’t want to hurt someone!
4. Tell me about some of the people you have met while working on your blog?
Oh there are loads of them…. Rachit, Ashna, Arti, Sridevi, Gayatri, Kalpana, SG, Srishti, Aaekay, Rejo John and ofcourse you J
Rahul Miglani : At-least I am being mentioned !! I love it!!
5. How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
Though I would like to reply to this with ask “someone” but I will reply to his coz I have been told this many times – it is straight from the heart and hence touches them!
6. What do you do when you are not working on your blog?
Thinking about what to write next!!
7 .Where do you see yourself blogging wise in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?
6 months down the line I see myself being more regular in blogging of course with a steep improvement in the content.
5 years down the line I see myself as a blogger with whom people connect good times – good stories – good place to be when you have nothing to do J
8. What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
I have just tried Facebook till now apart from being a member at Blog Adda and Indiblogger. Have just joined Twitter. I think Facebook in itself has emerged as a very strong place for networking recently.
9. How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog? Many people struggle with coming up with different articles/posts and they only have one blog.
I carry with myself a notebook and a camera 24*7. Its an inseparable part of me, coz I never when I will get something which can be written about or should be captured in my camera.
Writing block I believe is too hyped compared to the reality. Sometimes you need to take a break and its perfectly fine. You cannot push yourself beyond your limits. And writers block is just your minds way of saying I am tired, I need some break.
10. Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
There is no strategy at all for you cannot do something you love with your mind, right?
11. Any specific tips you have for newbee bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?
Firstly write because you want to, not because someone will read you. Secondly try to be a part of Blog Adda and Indi blogger to meet some likeminded people, hang out in FB groups, talk, chat, discuss and comment… rest all will fall in place!
12. What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
Content ofcourse for it will attract good readers who in turn with get traffic !
13. Whats the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
A wonderful read which a he/she carries along with himself long after he/she has finished reading it.
14. A lot of people are interested in blogging for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
I am not the right person to comment on this coz I have never tried this aspect of blogging at all.
15. What motivates you most in life?
LIFE is my biggest motivator. I observe it very closely, in its various forms that I see around me and it amazes me everytime with something exemplarily making me wonder in awe.
16. What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
Nothing much in particular – I am a part of Blog Adda and Indiblogger apart from being on FB in blogger groups.
17 What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
Adding gadgets. I still fumble with that coz technically I am not that sound.
18. Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
Well there are many specially in the later categories and its difficult to choose one but will still try for I am my own critic and the worst possible one for that matter.
(Rahul Miglani : There is only one person so far who have mentioned the worst blog !! Respect !!)
To add to this list I can just say that out of some 350+ posts that I have written till now on my blog, my favorites are barely some 20. So from that you can imagine the rest!
19. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
Rachit – for he writes beautifully!
Arti Honrao – amazing story writing
Momina – Believe me when I say she conjures magic with words.
The list is long but as of now I can think of these three the first.
20. What is the story behind the name of the blog.
Memoirs of Me / Privy Trifles – Me because this is the only place where I am myself. Privy Trifles was the name of my diary as a teenager and has today metamorphed into my online identity,something I am extremely proud of. Privy means private and Trifles means trifle / small things in life which are of no importance. My blog is about such things like love, laughter, friends, special someone, memories etc.
Reviews and Musings / Wings to my words- Both my blogs are like my two faces. While the one above is all about the good things of life this one has the bad things of life, things which upset me like a social cause or something apart from the book reviews, photography and poetries that I share here. Hence the name Reviews and Musings. Wings to my words, coz here I just let my thoughts fly, high.
21. your connection with Indiblogger and the experience ?
Indibloger has been a wonderful place to learn and make new friends. The whole experience has been out of the world.
22.Which genre do you feel gets the raw deal?
23.Which one plugin would you suggest all bloggers to have?
Subscribe by email.
24.Five adjectives that describe you.
**scratching my brains**
Tried hard.. but could not think of any – well do you have some to say?
25.What book would you say has made the biggest impact good or bad on you?
Aleph by Paulo Coelho and believe me it’s a masterpiece. Every human being should read that one to know life better.
26.Do you get easily provoked by positive/negative comments ??
Well no. I find myself very lucky to have one such wonderful person who is perhaps the worst critic I can ever have as he dissects my whole post from spacing to full stops. But then that helps me give my best each time for I want him to say Superb!
I enjoy brickbats and compliments for that’s how it is supposed to be taken. There is always a scope for improvement for everyone and if you are getting people who let you know where you can then it means they know you could do better than this and are in a way helping you to perfect your art.
27.Do you plan to write a book , as every bloggers dream it is ?
I would be lying if I say NO to this one, so yes I also do. Though not now, maybe soon.
28.Are you a judgmental person , Do you prefer to take sides instead of standing neutral ?
Nope. I have been told that I am a very gullible person who is neutral in all the situations and if has to decide then its more emotional than logical.
29. Your collaboration with other bloggers, are you much into social networking, tell us everything about it ?
As I said before I am only on facebook. Just 2 days back have joined twitter so I am still exploring it. But yes, facebook has opened the doors to a lot of opportunities for me in terms of networking. Groups, friends, pages… oh it’s a different world altogether there.
30.What genre attracts you the most and which genre you avoid ?
Romance fiction for I am die hard romantic and I avoid writing tech stuff, horror or upto some extent comedy too.
31.Your Views on Contests and increasing plagiarism ?
To be honest contests is something I usually avoid for I cannot do forced writing. I write because I love doing that and I write what comes to my heart.
Plagiarism is a very shameful part of this beautiful world of blogging and it appalls me to see how someone can do that even in the first place. I mean do those people really get a good sleep at night? Does not their conscience pinch them?
32.Words for me and my blog .?
I truly enjoy reading your blog solely for the variety you keep bringing in. I love the way you experiment with your writing and of course I truly admire your attempts to being together all the bloggers.
Twitter : @Privy Trifles