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Today's Bloggers need no introduction, just bring your coffee from MichCafe and enjoy the topics from Survival First on the difference between Sweden and Lebanon.

 

 

 

Micheline Hazou

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– Mich Café –

http://michcafe.blogspot.com/

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http://www.survival-first.com

http://onthego.survival-first.com
1- How long have you been blogging? I started blogging three months ago, in mid-July. For a little more than two years now.
2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog? I’m thinking of the next post all the time – looking for ideas, gathering information, preparing pictures or taking them, doing research… The actual writing could be one or two hours a day, but it’s a non-stop process. 

A post for Survival First takes around two to three hours, but I only update about once a week.

For On The Go, I dedicate about half an hour every day
3- Has it been worth it so far? Definitely. It’s so much fun and so stimulating to write about what you want when you want. It makes me look and listen to everything around me in a different way. And the reception to Mich Café has been so overwhelming that I find myself more and more speechless and thankful. Definitely. I got to know a lot of interesting people through blogging, and I’ve developed my writing instincts tremendously.

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

When there’s a new post, the page views go up, now reaching the 400 mark. Then it goes down gradually, until the next post…  It depends on what I post on that day. The last guest post by Sareen from Ink On The Side got about 200 hits in the first two hours, which was a bit of a record for Survival First. The Sex In Public post on On The Go also got tremendous attention from twitter from the moment it was posted. It also sometimes happens that some posts get almost ignored and get relatively few hits…
5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently? Just the one, Mich Café. At the moment, two: Survival First, and (Survival) On The Go.
6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day? ---- I’m a very impulsive writer, I hardly ever plan my posts (hence the erratic schedule), and so this is a function of how “inspired” I feel. It can go from half an hour to three hours, but hardly ever longer.
7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful? No, I don’t think you need to post daily unless you are micro-blogging or doing it fulltime. No, but it helps. There are lots of blogs that I follow that post at longer intervals, but posting daily definitely keeps a certain momentum going, and that’s one of the reasons why I started the On The Go blog.
8- Is there an ideal posting frequency? I don’t really know. I’m still feeling my way. But to build readership, I think twice a week isn’t bad. For the format of Survival First, it would’ve been ideal to have three posts a week (my posts tend to be somewhat long), I just don’t have the time or energy for that.
9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did? Quite a few, I’m sure… but that’s for the readers to tell me. I would say not actively promoting my blog through social media from the beginning, particularly in the Lebanese blogger circles.

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

I find black backgrounds impossible to read. Also long paragraphs. I’d have to say a tie between “Too much clutter” and “Not enough identity”. Bloggers sometimes think that by emulating a successful design or throwing a lot of widgets on the blog they can keep people interested. Clutter just makes me run away from a blog.
11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool? I don’t think a blogger like me can make it without Twitter. It’s the ideal platform to introduce your blog, promote the posts, get feedback and increase readership. You have to keep a good balance. Using it strictly as a promotional tool makes you sound like a TV commercial: people just phase you out after a while. You have to connect with your audience, especially when you’re starting out. Besides it’s a great way to have both interesting conversations and mindless fun.
12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog? No, I don’t. Not necessarily. Although an active presence in social media is becoming a must, and it can be a very powerful tool if used properly.
13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? Ohhhh! I need all the advice I can get, being a novice myself!!! But, as with everything in life, I’d say: “Go for it!” Take it somewhat seriously in the sense that a blog requires some amount of effort and maintenance before it draws sustainable traffic, but also take it lightly: if it’s not fun for you, it won’t be fun for your readers.
14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? I think it’s too early to talk of success but my posts, so far, have been in one word, heartfelt.

Passion.

I write about the things that make me tick, and I hope my passion seeps through my writing.

Oh and success is still way far ahead :)
15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick? Well… I’m quite happy in my café, but any collaboration with a blog like this one or any Lebanese or regional blog would be great. And I wouldn’t turn down The Huffington Post,  just for the exposure and to get a zillion page views! I would love to be behind the idea of an XKCD or “Cyanide and Happiness” comic. Unfortunately, I can’t draw to save my own life…

 

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