Interviews

Q & A: SHE’S A TOMBOY…

Rael Achieng is an up & coming fashionista…

One can read her blog here…

The 411…: Can you give us a picture of yourself?

She’s A Tomboy: Picture? Sure, I will send you.

The 411…: When did you start blogging?

She’s A Tomboy: It’s been a year since I started blogging.

The 411…: Did you have any specific goal in mind when you began blogging?

She’s A Tomboy: Be a voice for the not so girly girl. I want to encourage them to be bold and proud of who they are, girly or not.

The 411…: What was the first blog you ever read?

She’s A Tomboy: I don’t remember my first blog but I remember my favourites: I Am Galla and He Spoke Style. These revolve around men’s fashion, architecture and travel.

The 411…: How much time per day do you spend on blog-related activities (i.e. writing, promotion, design etc)?

She’s A Tomboy: Hard to quantify per day. Most of the blogging work is done over the weekends: photography, writing, reading. In the course of the week, I just do pushing on social media (takes a few minutes of my day).

The 411…: How do you attract traffic to your blog?

She’s A Tomboy: I heavily push my work through social media, besides that, I follow and comment on other bloggers work and most of them return the favour.

The 411…: What do you think sets your site apart from others?

She’s A Tomboy: The tomboy fashion. I think it’s a field that has not been much explored in the country.

The 411…: On your blog, is there a post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

She’s A Tomboy: Yes! Yes! On That Break. A story about the loss of a pregnancy. The reactions and how other ladies who had been through similar experiences, were really powerful. Moments that make you realize that behind all the smiles, there are painful moments people have been through.

The 411…: In your most creative words, finish this sentence: “To blog means…”

She’s A Tomboy: Blogging is sharing pieces of you with the world.

The 411…: If you weren’t blogging now, what would you be doing?

She’s A Tomboy: Photography, maybe? 🙂

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

1) Your favorite browser? Google Chrome.

2) Your favorite search engine? Google.

3) Best thing about the Net? You get most if not all the information under the sun.

4) Worst thing about the Net? Can be quite addictive.

5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? WhatsApp, does this count? 🙂

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Q & A: Writing My Heart Away…

Norryn Busingye is the charter President of the Rotaract Club of Kigali City…

One can read her blog here…

The 411…: Can you give us a picture of yourself?
Writing My Heart Away!: Well, I am a big thinker. I maintain a positive attitude towards whatever happens in my life, despite any circumstances; by associating with uplifting and encouraging people. I like making friends,

The 411…: When did you start blogging?
Writing My Heart Away!: Not very far from now…I actually started in 2012. To be specific, my first post was on February 22nd.

The 411…: Did you have any specific goal in mind when you began blogging?
Writing My Heart Away!: Sure…I the initial idea was actually to write a novel (probably because I had read so many). Then with time, I realized I would probably take a long time to bring together ideas in my mind. So I resorted to a blog. I haven’t given up on writing a book yet though.

The 411…: What was the first blog you ever read?
Writing My Heart Away!: OMG! Like I can actually remember the name! One thing I know is that it was an IT-related blog. I wasn’t really attracted to the content; but the idea of owning a blog.

The 411…: How much time per day do you spend on blog-related activities (i.e. writing, promotion, design etc)?
Writing My Heart Away!: Actually, I don’t spend so much time as yet… Let’s say (averagely), an hour per day. Depending on circumstances though, some days go without my attention to blog stuff.
The 411…: How do you attract traffic to your blog?
Writing My Heart Away!: Social media is my winning tool for that..I try to make sure that once published my blog posts are shared automatically on all the social networks I use. Plus, I keep talking about my blog to friends I interact with on addition to engaging other people’s blogs through commenting, liking or reblogging their blog posts.

The 411…: What do you think sets your site apart from others?
Writing My Heart Away!: Hmmh! I write from my heart…rarely out of others’ experience. I write what I feel. To me, my blog is my way of letting out those words that sometimes go unsaid in different dimensions; Life, Events, Government policies, that’s why I gave it that title.

The 411…: On your blog, is there a post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
Writing My Heart Away!: Yes, a little poem I wrote to a special someone, “Dedicated to a True Love.” It might not win “most powerful” title but for now, it has the most powerful reaction.

The 411…: In your most creative words, finish this sentence: “To blog means…”
Writing My Heart Away!: To freely share or express one’s thoughts through writing…and share experience with fellow writers..The most free platform to write my heart out.

The 411…: If you weren’t blogging now, what would you be doing?
Writing My Heart Away!: Huh! I would probably be planning to blog…either way, I would eventually blog. 🙂

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

1) Your favorite browser? Google Chrome.
2) Your favorite search engine? Google.
3) Best thing about the Net? Provides access to a variety of information whenever one needs it.
4) Worst thing about the Net? There are different versions of almost everything…Sometimes it’s not so easy to make up one’s mind when it comes to credibility of information.
5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? Whatsapp.

Q & A: Cheekily Chic…

Maryanne Jelagat, author of Cheekily Chic…

Maryanne Jelagat is an up & coming fashionista…

One can read her blog here…

The 411…: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Cheekily Chic: Well, I’m awesome. I am. 🙂 (Wow, Isn’t this the hardest question?) Okay, I can summarize all about myself by saying I am a lover of life; I like good food, good music (i.e. The Script) and trying out new things.

The 411…: How did you get into blogging?
Cheekily Chic: Reading other blogs inspired me to start my own.

The 411…: Why did you decide to start a blog?
Cheekily Chic: I was actually inspired by another blogger Nancie Mwai. The more and more I read her blog, I realized that I also want to document my fashion journey and share it with others.

The 411…: What was the name of your first blog?
Cheekily Chic: Cheekily Chic. 🙂

The 411…: What blogging platform did you use to start with? What are you using now and why?
Cheekily Chic: I started with WordPress and I’m still using it. I find it very organized and simple compared to other platforms. Plus if I ever want to get my own domain, I think it would be very easy to do so.

The 411…: What makes a good blog post?
Cheekily Chic: One that your readers are able to relate with.

The 411…: What would you prioritize? Content? S.E.O.? Traffic? Readers?
Cheekily Chic: Content. I think with good content, the rest (Traffic and Readers) just follow suit.

The 411…: What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Cheekily Chic: Inspiration.

The 411…: List your three favorite blogs (the ones that you read the most).
Cheekily Chic: (I read so many different blogs)

  • The Fashion Notebook.
  • This Is Ess.
  • It’s Me, Wine Lover. (She recently deleted her blog though)

The 411…: If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Cheekily Chic: I’d suggest that they blog about something they’re very interested in (a general blog can also do). Also I think it’s important to also read other blogs to get ideas, inspiration and the likes.

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

1) Your favorite browser? Chrome.
2) Your favorite search engine? Google.
3) Best thing about the Net? So much knowledge and information available.
4) Worst thing about the Net? Everything is available on the net. Good and bad.
5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? Whatsapp.

Q & A: Susan Wasaba…

Susan Wasaba, author of Rain Drops…

Susan Wasaba is a Customer Service Representative at Regus…

One can read her blog here…

The 411…: Can you give us a picture of yourself?
Rain Drops: Check inbox… (i.e. if you are referring to an image of myself)

The 411…: When did you start blogging?
Rain Drops: Back in 2009.

The 411…: Did you have any specific goal in mind when you began blogging?
Rain Drops: To wake people up to change themselves and stop waiting for the government.

The 411…: What was the first blog you ever read?
Rain Drops: I can’t remember.

The 411…: How much time per day do you spend on blog-related activities (i.e.
writing, promotion, design etc)?
Rain Drops: A maximum of an hour that is if you count the number of five minutes I do it
in the course of the day.

The 411…: How do you attract traffic to your blog?
Rain Drops: Sharing it with my friends and social media

The 411…: What do you think sets your site apart from others?
Rain Drops: This is me, what do you mean.

The 411…: On your blog, is there a post that has gotten the most powerful reaction
from people?
Rain Drops: Fundamentals… (due to obvious reasons)

The 411…: In your most creative words, finish this sentence: “To blog means…”
Rain Drops: To air my linen dirty and clean together.

The 411…: If you weren’t blogging now, what would you be doing?
Rain Drops: Riding on an eagle. (I wish I could)

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

1) Your favorite browser? Chrome.
2) Your favorite search engine? Google.
3) Best thing about the Net? Information is available at the click of a button.
4) Worst thing about the Net? Information is available at the click of a button.
5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? I don’t know… Google Talk?

Q & A: Macharia Njuguna…

Macharia Njuguna, author of Adventure With Mash…

Macharia Njuguna is member of the Rotary Club of Madaraka…

One can read his blog here…

The 411…: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Macharia: Sure, I am an adventurer who enjoys travel, interaction with people from different backgrounds and cultures in a bid to further understand the world and humanity. I live and love life, because if we look keenly enough; every day is an adventure. I am also a businessman in the Insurance and Corporate events sectors (http://thecorporatemc.kbo.co.ke/).

The 411…: How did you get into blogging?
Macharia: I got into blogging pretty much out of the need to reach a larger audience. See, I believe in telling and selling the story of a beautiful, enjoyable Africa full of adventure and attractions for the world to experience. What better way to spread the word than by writing and publishing a blog?

The 411…: Why did you decide to start a blog?
Macharia: I started a blog so that I could document my experiences and publish the same hoping to attract more people into the tradition of travel and adventure. I believe a lot of good comes from travel, as well as pushing one’s mental and physical strength through adventurous undertakings. It helps us understand ourselves better, appreciate others and also learn about the world outside our comfort zone. As Henry Miller says, ‘One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.’

The 411…: What was the name of your first blog?
Macharia: My blog is called Adventure With Mash.

The 411…: What blogging platform did you use to start with? What are you using now and why?
Macharia: I have always used WordPress. That’s where I started blogging and I like it as a platform. I don’t think or see myself changing to another one, unless something drastic happens, like they cease operations. 🙂

The 411…: What makes a good blog post?
Macharia: A good blog post is one that perfectly communicates to the intended audience, provokes them to share or ‘preach’ the message received and as a result catches the interest of those not in the circle of the subject blog followers, converting some into followers who are also incited to share the blogger’s message. Simply, I’d say a good blog post is one that is well crafted and laden with the intended message such that the readers feel the urge to spread it far and wide after reading it. It’s like a bush fire.

The 411…: What would you prioritize? Content? Traffic? Readers?
Macharia: The three aspects of a blog are all important at various stages of the blogging process. I however prioritize my content as I intend to remain true to my blog’s theme which is adventure (that’s what got me followers in the first place anyway ). By prioritizing the blog content, I consider and respond to the needs of my readers who will in turn enjoy the blog and feel the urge to share it far and wide, thus creating traffic and growth in the number of followers.

The 411…: What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Macharia: The best thing that a blogger can give to his readers is relevant content. Readers visit specific blogs in search of specific information. It is therefore paramount that a blogger remains true to his blog’s theme and keep feeding the hunger of the readers on the specific topics under the main theme.

The 411…: List your three favorite blogs (the ones that you read the most).
Macharia: I read several blogs. However, here are my favorite three;

  • Baz – The Landy (out & about having fun).
  • Travellego.com.
  • Retiree Diary.

The 411…: If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Macharia: I would suggest that they blog on a topic they enjoy, know much about and are willing to let in other people into it. It is also necessary to clearly pick out the reason one wants to blog and remain true to it throughout, as a way of retaining and building more followers.

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

1) Your favorite browser? Mozilla Firefox. 
2) Your favorite search engine? Google.
3) Best thing about the Net? It avails most if not all the information we need at the tap of a button or buttons. 🙂
4) Worst thing about the Net? In some instances, it has been used to spread or preach social evils.
5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? Whatsapp.

 

Q & A: Wangari Mwaniki…

Wangari Mwaniki, author of Life Is Love...

Wangari Mwaniki is member of the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central…

One can read her blog here…

The 411…: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Life Is Love: I’m just learning to love my life and inspire others to do the same.

The 411…: How did you get into blogging?

Life Is Love: The seed was planted at a rotaract blogging presentation thanks to yours truly – Bullut.

The 411…: Why did you decide to start a blog?

Life Is Love: Anything I like, I usually write down so you can imagine the number of notebooks I have, surely there had to be a simpler way to do it?

The 411…: What was the name of your first blog?

Life Is Love: It was a statement – Hello World! Considering I was no longer keeping my thoughts and inspiration to myself.

The 411…: What blogging platform did you use to start with? What are you using now and why?

WordPress – I honestly didn’t know any other, at least not until I started reading other blogs.

The 411…: What makes a good blog post?

Life Is Love: It might not get raving reviews or hundreds of likes but as long as your message edifies – It’s good.

The 411…: What would you prioritize? Content? S.E.O.? Traffic? Readers?

Life Is Love: Content. I feel it’s a nobler intention. What’s the opposite of garbage in garbage out?

The 411…: What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?

Life Is Love: Something new or different (but always good) to think about.

The 411…: List your three favorite blogs (the ones that you read the most).

Life Is Love:  The whole-hearted, Concreteloop, Black culture.

The 411…: If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

Life Is Love: I started by reading other blogs of interest – gave me the push I needed to really get things off the ground.

Quickfire Round:

1) Your favorite browser? 

~ Mozilla Firefox.

2) Your favorite search engine? 

~ Google.

3) Best thing about the Net? 

~ Access to the WORLD!

4) Worst thing about the Net? 

~ Access to the not so great stuff.

5) What is your favorite instant messaging software? 

~ Pass – I didn’t take this class in school. 🙂