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Gabriel Ghali 



Dar El Akhdar 



1- How long have you been blogging? I started blogging since 2007 but it was irregular back then to slowly become a daily activity. I became a regular blogger as of April 10th 2010
2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog? When it comes to my blog it actually depends, but around 1hr or 2. Reading and commenting on other blogs takes a bit more time though.  I find myself looking for the next thing to write about every time I surf the net, watch television or catch up on my reading – but a typical post takes about an hour to complete 
3- Has it been worth it so far? Well worth it! I’ve met some of the most amazing people around due to this. Absolutely! The conversations that you can have with people who comment on your posts are quite interesting – plus you get to know people who have similar interests :)  
4- How many page views does your blog get daily? Page views depends on the day. When I have a new post up page views increase easily, I’ve recently crossed the 15,000 archived views since I started counting. There were a couple of days with no views at all – and my busiest day so far had 111 views, but the average is around 17 views per day over the past six months
5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently? Only 1, I actually have another page for my music show podcast (no writing there, just music)  Only one: “Note Connection 3,0” where I talk about religion, advertising and branding (http://noteconnection.wordpress.com)  
6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day? I don’t dedicate hours to write. I actually write when I’m inspired no matter the time or place. I once woke up in the middle of the night to put ideas down. I keep my writings aside till I feel the need to publish. Anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours – depending on the day and the mood!  
7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful? Out of experience, it creates a great following, buzz and traffic when done well. Daily posts are not mandatory but are essential to create some flow when starting out.   If you want to make a living out of blogging, sure – but if it is a personal fulfillment experience such as my own, then not necessarily… Besides, I consider my blog to be successful if I manage to reach out to one person and make them think about what I had to say 
8- Is there an ideal posting frequency? I usually aim for a two posts/week frequency.  When it comes to my blog, it would probably be three times a week – but it has been difficult keeping up the pace with my recent new job…  
9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did? I don’t believe in mistakes on that level. You learn from the decisions you’ve made by the results you get. I learned how viral marketing works, and I’m working on it since then. Not getting into blogging earlier in my life :)  

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

Too much clutter, applications, irrelevant ads. The simpler the blog the better. Although some plug-ins are a must these days, keeping it straight to the point and consistent in content and design will create a good following.   Unfriendly reader interface – I find it difficult to read some blogs that have busy and cluttered pages, despite having very interesting content, which is unfortunate  
11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool? One massive promotional tool, but it can also be a distraction when not used correctly. Setting priorities here is key. Definitely a good promotional tool if used diligently – my blog was introduced to more people because of Twitter!  
12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog? I don’t really believe in those generalizations. I think if the person has something of some value to share and likes dedicating some time to do so, then I believe he/she should have a blog, whoever this person might be and whatever “status” he/she might have. We all have some kind of story.  If the blog would enhance the professional experience and act as a resource – sure, but it isn’t mandatory… You need to have passion and commitment to write a blog
13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? Be devoted, passionate and consistent about what you’re doing and what you’re sharing. Write about what you love, stay true to yourself and promote yourself on social media websites – you’ll meet great people along the way!  
14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? Passion  I don’t think I deserve the “success” label for my blogging experience, but I guess writing about interesting topics with my distinct writing style helped me have a following :)  
15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick? I can’t really limit myself to only one. There are so many great blogs out there that I really like and follow regularly. There is something in the works right now that I’ll be sharing soon.  Seth Godin’s blog and the Brandgym blog – but I would also love to guest post on some of my favorite Lebanese blogs including “Seif and His Beiruti Adventures”, “Mich Café” and “This is Beirut”  


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