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Eleena Korban




Rita El Khoury








1- How long have you been blogging?

Four months, since the beginning of this semester

I've been blogging since January 2007 so I guess a bit more than 3 years.

2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog?

About two hours per day, some days planning

If you consider actual writing for my different blogs, it's an average of 1-2 hours/day. But given that I blog about technology, I'm almost always involved in a blog-related activity, whether it be testing new accessories or software or mobile phone, emailing developers, accessory manufacturers, company employees, or reading other blogs and sites to keep up with the information, or even following news sources on twitter.

3- Has it been worth it so far?

Yes it has definitely been worth it – working on developing it further, going to get serious about it in summer

Definitely. I've learned so much in the past 3 years, about marketing, mobile, company policies, technologies, other countries and cultures...

I've been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. I've also been invited by Nokia twice to Germany, once for Nokia World 2009 and once for a private visit to the Carl Zeiss factory that manufactures their mobile phone camera lenses (and tons of other lenses). Those were life-changing experiences, thanks to the people I met and the short/long discussions I had with them. I was also invited to Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona but I couldn't make it.

Also, after 3 years in a "boy's world", the different job offers I get and the respect I earned are a good proof that the time I invested is more than just worth it.


4- How many page views does your blog get daily?

25 I guess

Well, it depends on which blog you're talking about and the target audience of each one. FoneArena, India's Number1 mobile website, where I am an International Advisor gets roughly 500000 page views daily. The others, well, they pale in comparison, but are really good for their target audience.

5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently?

One- my personal blog http://eleenakorban.wordpress.com


 I currently own my personal blog and have recently co-founded NokiaLB with Hagop Kavafian. I'm an Assistant Editor on Symbian-Guru and an International Advisor and Photogallery / Video Review Contributor on FoneArena.

6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day?

Like I said before about two hours, but I don’t post daily

I'm more active on Symbian-Guru which roughly takes 60-90 minutes daily. I work on FoneArena in bursts, as in 10 consecutive hours per 2 weeks. As for DotsisxBlog and NokiaLB, I write on them rarely.

7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful?

No I don’t think that one needs to post daily, I mean people hardly have enough time to check a lot of blogs daily, But I do think that one needs to post often and regularly

 It depends on the blog's topic and audience. In the tech and mobile world, you miss one day and you're left out, you miss more and you start falling faster than you imagine, no matter how respected you are. It also takes much more time and effort to gain back what you lost. The techie audience doesn't forgive a missed news. They require their information and they require it instantly. It's an ungrateful topic.

8- Is there an ideal posting frequency?

I guess maybe 3 times a week

 Again, it depends on the topic and audience. In the mobile/tech scene, 3-5 posts daily are almost a necessity, depending on your scope.

9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did?

I put the name of another blogger who did not want their name there. I guess also I put up some screen shots with personal information in there

 None. I'm pretty happy with where I am and the decisions that brought me here.

Joining Symbian-Guru less than a year after I had started blogging was an amazing career changer and earned me much more respect and a wider audience than I could've dreamed of getting.

Joining FoneArena later on was the logical decision, and helping it move forward to the behemoth it has become now is a lesson in perseverance and hard work.


10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?


I don’t know, I don’t really look at the design, just the content “{

Lack of a "Contact Me" section. Some blogs don't even have the author's name anywhere, no matter how hard you look! You can't imagine how many times I've needed to contact a certain blog and wasn't able to because the author had neglected that part.

11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool?

Amazing promotional tool. My blog would barely exist if it weren’t for twitter. Its great to promote and to find out about other blogs.

Well, with 1400+ followers, I can't really deny that it's a good promotional tool, can I?

The problem with Twitter isn't the distraction, it's the fact that it sort of negates the need for blog posts in the tech/mobile scene. Plus it makes it super hard to be the first to break a news or have a brand new device. I mean when Nokia employees and managers are on Twitter, and brag about having a super cool phone months before it's available for sale, you can't really compete with that. There are many times when I've felt irrelevant thanks to this. But at the same time, it pushes us to do our work harder and find other ways to attract our audience.


12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog?

Definitely! Blogs are self expression, and I am a firm advocate for freedom of expression and no one can censor your blog. I think that everyone has something to say and should say it. There Is always someone out there who wants to know what you have to say.

In this day and age, yes, absolutely. I despise software/services companies that don't have their own blog because I'd love to learn about the people behind the product, get a feel of their vision, their thinking, in order to appreciate more whatever they have to offer. And it applies to professionals in other domains too.

13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be?

Well I am kind of a novice blogger myself, but my advice would be to read other blogs, comment on them and definitely build your network of followers on twitter, gain their trust because they will help your blog sky rocket!

 Pick a topic other than tech/mobile, heh ;)

No, seriously now, no matter how crowded the blogging scene is, no matter how hard the competition is, there's always a chance for success. Persevere. Never let go. Seek the best in the domain you blog about and learn from them. And most importantly, find your limitations and your weaknesses, admit them openly, and work on them so they become your strength. You can read this for my story on how I (a female Lebanese pharmacist) broke into the male-dominated worldwide mobile blogging scene.


14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?

Non-existent (at this point :P) if I were a successful blogger, I would say Passion


It's easy to copy/paste the press release or the spec sheet when you blog about mobile. But what readers love is to know your story, why you love a certain product, why you hate it, what it brought into your life, whether or not you actually use it, and what improvements you think can be done. This personal approach to tech and mobiles is the secret of my success.


15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick?

Hmmm tough question, if Robert Fisk had a blog I would post there.

None. I got many offers for other sites and turned them down, I'm pretty happy with the people I work with now and the audience I get through my blogs.

But if I had to choose one, I'd guess either LifeHacker or Boy Genius Report.


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