Today we have a talented and very young Indian blogger with us to share his experience. Lets welcome Rohan Chaubey…
Happy to have you in DigitalVani Today. How are you doing?
Thank you so much Arun for inviting me for an interview at your blog. As you know I have been following DigitalVani[dot]com for a while. And I am quite impressed with the posts you have been sharing on your blog.
I am doing pretty well and I hope you and your readers too are having a great time.
Please introduce yourself so that we can know more about you.
Here is my short introduction for your blog readers –
I am Rohan Chaubey, a blogger, an enthusiast presentation designer and a learner from Mumbai, India. I write about Programming, Social Media, Blogging, Technology, Self development and Designing. I am mostly known for appearing as a guest author on various blogs and a few popular ones include Aha-now.com, DigitalGYD.com, Amfastech.com, Reachoutsid.com, Tricksroad.com and you will soon see me on MBT (MyBloggerTricks.com) too.
Apart from being a relevant guest author, I have also appeared as an expert on a few blogs and you would often find me working behind the scenes on a few tech blogs. I have designed presentations for websites like Techgig.com.
I have been a contributor to some motivational sites too and you can find my inspirational quotes floating around the web mostly on Twitter and Tumblr (Obviously I am not the one making them float, its wonderful people quoting me).
Tell a little more about your blog and your story to enter into blogging.
Answer: I am a proud Blogger (blogspot) user, and my blog name is “Learning With TeamSR”. One of my college friend Soham insisted on starting my own blog. Previously we used to write articles related programming and later on I started exploring other niches too which made it a multi-niche blog.
Before being a blogger I used to write short blogs on a Big Brother gaming website and I used to gain a lot of attention through my blogs over there. So in a way that site too help me to take up blogging seriously. And now I am thinking to take up blogging professionally and I wish to do something on a greater scale. This coming summer I am thinking of expanding my horizons as I will be completing my Diploma course.
Why a tech blog came in your mind? Whom do you envision as your target reader?
Answer: I know there are many blogs out there having “Tech” as there main niche. The reason I first selected tech niche is because I used to share some programming tutorials on my blog and later it became a multi-niche blog where I started sharing social media, designing and blogging tips. So now it is a multi-niche blog.
Many advise that a multi-niche blog doesn’t do well on search engines but this didn’t scare me as I have been closely following one of the famous multi-niche blog that is none other than Aha!NOW managed by Harleena ma’am and Vinay sir.
My blog can be followed by anyone who is interested in improving himself/herself. It deals with programming, social media, designing, blogging, technology and self development. So anyone who has keen interest in any of these niches can join me on my journey. As the blog name suggests “Learning with TeamSR”… I am a learner and I want my readers to join me on my learning journey.
According to you what are the biggest challenges of being a blogger?
Answer: I think as a blogger we don’t faces challenges but we get opportunities to learn and understand new things. And some of the challenges which provides me an opportunity to learn new things are time management and SEO.
Talking about time management, I am a student pursuing Diploma in Computer Engineering so I have to make sure I divide my time wisely for both – Studies and blogging. And through out the day I am either at college (Studying) or at home (blogging). And since we only have 24 hours a day Lol… It is pretty hard to struggle with managing my time effectively.
About SEO, I get traffic to my blog mainly from social media or due to my guest posts (Backlinks). And lately, I have started learning some SEO skills to rank better on search engines. I firmly believe in this quote – “The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunities.”
How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
Answer: As I mentioned before, Social media is the biggest source of traffic for my blog. My blogger friends are doing me kind favor of promoting my posts. And I am quite good when it comes to social media. And Google+, twitter and Facebook are the greatest source of traffic for my blog. I use social media not only for promotion of my blog but also to connect with like-minded people.
I don’t spend much time on SEO as I am not an expert in that. But I am learning and constantly improving in it. And the results are quite visible.
How do you keep coming up with regular content for your blog?
Answer: Yes, I do regularly post articles on my blog. Every week I come up with something different which was never discussed before in the blogosphere whether it be something controversial, inviting experts, raising unanswered questions or having celebrities on my blog. My subscribers keep getting the content which was hardly seen before. Furthermore, I plan my posts very creatively.
What do you find most challenging about blogging? And what’s your strategy with your blog?
Answer: One thing which often haunts bloggers is readership. Just writing up posts and publishing them isn’t a big deal. But getting views and feedback is more important for me. And I feel lucky to have good following. I have developed deep connections with my fellow bloggers and readers. And it is giving me so much in return. I feel blessed to have amazing people with me. And one such place which helped me so much to connect with people is Aha!NOW ABC community.
I don’t have a strategy about my blog. My unfussy brain doesn’t allow me to think much. I just simply believe in having connections, creating never seen before content and promoting it to the best of my capability.
I don’t plan anything about backlinks and SEO, I am sure a lot of people would disagree to my point but I think I am doing great without them.
What/who are your favorite blogs/bloggers you look up and why?
I have a long list to share but before that let me tell your readers that I never ever followed those bloggers who have verified pages and those who ignore people. I believe in giving importance to everyone whether relevant or irrelevant. And I follow those who were kind to help me and were there for me when I needed them.
Harleena ma’am – Apart for being a great writer, she is an amazing supporter who always encourages everyone. Her community has been a great help for me. My guest post on Aha!NOW gave me the much needed limelight to get known to bloggers in the blogosphere.
Sasidhar kareti – He always helps me with serious technical difficulties. One of my first blogging friend.
Swadhin Agarwal – Great supporter, blogger and friend.
Mustafa sir – He is the CEO of STC network who has been very kind and humble even after achieving so much.
The list goes on… Let me name a few in no particular order… Rahul, Ashutosh, Sid, Nikshep, Ajay, Nirmala ma’am, Mi Muba sir, Soham, Ikechi, and Arpit. Many more… I follow tons of blogs and you will literally find my comments on more than 100 blogs…
What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
Answer: If I am not blogging I would probably be at college or at home eating, sleeping and playing like a normal human being haha. On Sundays, I play Monopoly with my family members. Apart from blogging I love painting too but I am too bad in it. I have a small garden at the third floor of my building where I enjoy getting my hands dirty while planting some flowers or veggies.
Most of the people join blogging for its money earning potential. How long did it take for you to reach profitability?
Answer: I did not join blogging to earn. I joined it to establish myself and to help people. I am not a money blogger. And till now I have not earned even a single penny out of blogging. Whatever I have done, I have done it for free.
Tho I was offered money to write for people and design something for them, but I refused to take up. Even without a domain, I get messages from people who want their Ads displayed on my blog but I turned down their offers as I never thought of earning from blogging.
I am into blogging for learning and helping. And I will continue to do so.
To answer your second part of the question, I never reached profitability if monetary benefits are considered. Blogging helped me to improve my skills and my social profiles now look quite impressive and relevant than before.
I feel blessed to be a young blogger whose opinions and ideas are implemented and designs are used across the web.
Let me tell you a short real life incident – One of my college friend was using my article which was published on my blog as a part of a college assignment and he didn’t even knew it was me behind that write up. So, for now I am enjoying working and helping people by being behind the scenes.
From this I learned that there are secret people like me and my fellow bloggers who work through out the day behind the scenes to make resources available on the web for common people who use it without even leaving a thanks in the comments sections. More power to the bloggers, the web developers and all those who work to make the web what it is today!
Can one really make a living by Blogging in India?
Answer: I am not the right person to answer this as I am not a money blogger. But I know about my blogger friends who are earning through blogging and supporting their family quite well.
What are your future plans? Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?
Answer: As I mentioned before, I am planning to launch my blog on a larger scale. I am planning to expand my horizons and I am looking forward to create a team.
In the next 5 years, I wish to work even more harder to reach new milestones. And I want to create a network of people which would be like a nation on Internet. I want to see myself influencing lives of people for their good.
Finally, I would love to have your message for my readers.
Answer: I would like to see more people taking up blogging and writing. Not only for the monetary benefits but for providing value to others and creating a web full of useful resources. Its common people like you and me who have developed it, let’s make it more friendly and less harmful.
The only way to do this is by being genuinely interested in providing value and working hard. “Constant dripping wears away the stone”.
Be Rohanlicious – Real, Optimistic, Honest, Admirable, Nice, Leader, Inspirational, Creative, Insightful, Opportunistic, Unique and Selfless.
Arun, Thanks a lot for inviting me for an interview at your blog. I am sure DigitalVani is going to rock in the near future. All the best!