“In a country full of Instagrammers, I decided to be a Blogger.”
Hello, myself Sagar Samy – Media Blogger and Social Media Influencer from
Karachi, Pakistan. Being blogger and influencer, you need to be an all-rounder.
The journey of blogging started in 2015 when I thought to have such website
where I can share my views. So, I joined WordPress as a blogging platform for
My first blog was about Fashion – Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) – then I shift
towards entertainment, I started writing reviews about dramas/films and begun
sharing highlights of the events. Once I get enough recognition as Lifestyle
Blogger, then I started writing about tech and travelogues as well.
I read many national and international blogs, but particularly for film critics, I
followed Shafiq Ul Hasan Siddiqui’s blog. As he does excellent reviews about
films. So, I couldn’t stop myself taking inspiration from him. I have also
contributed my content to Dunya Blogs and Trending in Pakistan amongst others.
That’s how my blogging career officially kicked off. I have earned money from
blogging, but due to lack of consistency and time management. It’s hard to post a
blog regularly; but still, I try my best to post quality content whenever I get time.
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is about breaking free from the herd – whether it is to attain free financial literacy to be financially independent or to overcome life’s challenges and succeed, I write my heart out in hopes of helping someone out there.
Life is a combination of various hills and valleys, and I strive to help others in overcoming every hurdle along the way.
I began writing this blog merely to explore my love for writing and to vocalize my thoughts, not knowing it would offer a profound meaning to the proverb Pen is mightier than the Sword.
I write about my personal experiences, simply in hopes of reaching out and connecting with anybody who could benefit from it.
We are all searching for a unique balance in our lives — a balance between our emotional, physical and financial well being and I welcome everyone to join me on this journey to Seeking a Utopia.
To be free from the herd, we must stop thinking and acting like the herd !
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I started this blog as a birthday gift to myself. I was inspired to blog, only to fight the fear of committing to publishing all that I write. I started out, with an intent to capture the unsaid and the abstract. It was key for me to become a versatile writer and branch out to incorporate a potluck mix of themes, genres and approaches to my posts. After a couple of years, I can fairly say that I’ve accomplished the goals that I envisioned at the outset. Yet, fighting my lack of willingness to post what I pen is certainly a work in progress. Today, my blog largely encases different styles of poetry but I’ve also dabbled in terribly tiny tales, listicles and prose pieces. Thank you for reading my story.
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New Lune is a beauty & lifestyle blog written in English and French. I feature a variety of posts ranging from blogging tips to products reviews, study tips to home décor ideas in order to give inspiration and tips to others.
One of the things that inspired me to create a blog was the fact that I loved reading blogs and I was interested in the blogging world in terms of blog design, social media, etc. Also, I wanted to have a platform to share my hobbies and passion, to raise awareness on issues that are close to my heart and to speak with other people who share the same passion as me.
Pointless Overthinking blog
My blog is about our world from a mindset point of view. The way we see the world is deciding the type of world we’re living in. We can change that if we want to even though it requires lots of hard work, but I believe it is worth it because we matter! Always!
I was in a place I didn’t know what to do with my life. I had some sort of a fog over my mind and because of this I couldn’t clearly see where I’m heading to. I started to read more about mindset and about how it’s influencing our lives and I started to write about what was going on in my head and also about what I found in my readings. This brought some clarity for me and I want to share all of these with other people because I don’t want for people to have the fog I had over my mind and I also want for people to realize that it’s more important what’s within ourselves compared to what’s outside.
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Question 1: what lead you to start blogging?
It might be funny to say this, but joblessness made me start blogging about 7 years ago. Since I was young, I liked writing, but didn’t have any direction, or know what to do, or where to start from. However, the internet changed my life after I acquired my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but didn’t have any job.
During that time, I always browsed the internet for the fun of it, till one day when a strong thought compelled me to type these words on Google: “how to make money by writing”. Every blogging-related experience I’ve had since that day has made me happy to have Google-searched that popular long-tail keyword, and follow up instructions with consistent action, persistence and patience.
Question 2: Has your motivation changed since starting?
Answer: Generally, it hasn’t. There have been ups and downs on my personal blogging platforms whenever I do freelance writing jobs, but my motivation for both self blogging and freelance blogging has always been quite high, even when I do both at the same time.
Question 3: What has the experience been like?
Answer: Challenging but rewarding ($$$); interesting, self-satisfying and entertaining. I earned my first $10 from a website I blogged on in January, 2012. Since then, I’ve written—and even edited—for quite a number of websites and clients. I got a regular job in May, 2012, and in less than 2 years, while I was doing the job, I started earning at least $1000 per month from online freelance writing; at certain times it was much higher than that.
It’s exciting to earn that amount of money (which you might say is little) while living in a poverty-stricken and corrupt nation. Convert $1000 to Naira, and you won’t get anything less than 320,000 Naira. No Ph.D holder (and probably professor) in my country earns that amount of money as salary from the government or any university/academic institution.
Question 4: Have you learnt anything?
Answer: I’ve learnt a lot: more grammar, more punctuation, and more spelling; I’m still learning. Also, I’ve learnt how to work with time, be more positive, always expectant, organized, patient, and use good criticism to develop myself more.
Question 5: Has your writing style changed?
Answer: My initial writing style has changed a bit because the rules and diversity on the internet have compelled me to change it. I’ve observed that there is a way the internet works, and most people are adapting their raw talents to it in order to move in harmony with it and succeed to the greatest extent possible.
If what you’ve known from the onset isn’t in line with the internet, then you may have to change and adapt to its tune (one example is SEO) in order to succeed on its platform.
Question 6: Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?
Answer: I’m planning to write books after I get a domain, publish a lot on articles on it, and start earning a good amount of money from it. Earnings from my site would make it easier for me to give up freelance blogging for clients, and concentrate on my own business.
Question 7: What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Answer: It all depends on what the new blogger wants to achieve in blogging. It’s unlikely we’ll have the same goals.
Does the new blogger want to blog consistently or inconsistently?
Does the new blogger want to blog for freelance purposes (clients), or for themselves?
Whatever the new blogger wants to do, he/she must have passion, be dedicated and disciplined as he/she “works within their own pace”. Remember: “work within your own pace”; don’t try to mimic other people’s work ethics.
However, I want to advice: if anyone wants to be a great blogger, then they must take the bull by the horn:
be consistent in writing/posting valuable content
criticize your work, always learn from good criticism, and be positive
reject bad criticism and negativity
always update your knowledge of words/use of grammar (there’s always something to learn)
always interact with your fellow bloggers on their blogs, especially if their blogs are related to your areas of interest
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When I started this blog I was just trying to share the contents of my lectures. I am teaching a course called “Words & Music” at the University of the Third Age of my small Italian town, with the aim of letting people enjoy a little English in a cheerful way. The blog was intended as a way to reach those who had been unable to attend the course: you know, we are still young, but only at heart!
Then I began to enjoy it … and here I am!
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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF: My name is Bojana and I’m running a blog called Bojana’s Coffee and Confessions to go.
I am a teacher, a writer, a workaholic, a perfectionist, a skeptic, a realist with dreams, an art lover, a travel freak, a tennis fan, a coffee junkie, a carnivore, an environmentalist, a political being, a good person, a bitch, a neurotic, a soul searcher, a careful daughter, a caring daughter, a missing sister, a part-time wife, a part-time friend, and a full-time mom. I am a citizen of the world (who happens to be the citizen of Serbia), once a permanent resident of Canada, now a German permanent residence permit holder, a legal alien in all three.
WHAT AM I DOING HERE? To answer this question, I have to go back a year and a half ago when my blogging adventure started. I remember I couldn’t sleep, being suddenly flooded with dozens of thoughts, a rush of emotions and an unstoppable urge to get out of bed, and start to write. Back then, I wasn’t even sure what about. Last time I had written something had been 20 years before, and I knew how liberating it had felt. As time went by, I stopped. I was constantly pressed for time since I began studying and then working and I simply forgot, not how to write but to write in the first place.
Anyway, I decided to play it by ear. I believed it was a mental breakthrough, a sudden insight, an epiphany. On the other hand, I was aware of the fact those undefined perplexing thoughts which came rushing to my mind were also a result of inner turmoil, disturbance, confusion, sadness, rage, anxiety and restlessness I’d been feeling. My writing actually started as a self-healing attempt, a process of recovery, a journey I was determined to embark on in hopes of getting out of my mess. As a result, my early posts were designed as an attempt to get to the root of my obnoxious mood swings and stress. I would often refer to it as soul-searching, reconciliation and finding peace I had been longing for.
DID I LET THE GENIE OUT? I most definitely did and by doing so I found a whole lot more than I had bargained for. As my readership was growing, and I was discovering new interesting topics, my posts began to undergo a change. Besides, I made friends with some gorgeous people who helped me heal by, among other things, reaching out and asking me to open up. Consequently, I started writing about growing up amidst the crisis, war and challenging post-war years in Yugoslavia where I grew up, which has with time evolved into a series of bitter sweet posts I’m exceptionally proud of.
In the meantime, I started successfully writing engaging poetry and short stories. At the moment, I’m working on a number of posts with a fellow blogger I think the world of, namely a satire about the rise of nationalism and other bad isms worldwide. You can find the first installment on my site already.
If you want to find out more, you’ll have to visit my blog. What you need to know for now is I can’t take bullshit and speaking straight from the shoulder, however painful and shocking, is something I’m rather good at. I have frequently been called a fierce and uncompromising writer who doesn’t want to look away and a force to be reckoned with. I love stream of consciousness, sarcasm, criticizing sentimentality and society, and using both formal and informal language in a single piece of writing. When I don’t bitch about injustice and exploitation, I’m still trying to figure out how to cope the best way I can.