First of all, I would like to thank Migheille for her enthusiasm and for encouraging me to revive the Bloggers Face-Off.
Second, I would like to thank the two lovely Bloggers today for showing their support and replying so fast to me, much appreciated.
|1- How long have you been blogging?||
Started on the first day of 2009
|My first blog post was on 2009/08/09, I left my blog for a while and recently started blogging again… so maybe a year or so.|
|2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog?||
Since I’m not the “daily” blogger or a news source, but more of a “moody” blogger, I post when I feel like it, or when I get an idea with a really annoying voice whispering to get out.
So there might be several days where I forget that I do have a blog, and the day I post, I give it 2 to 3 hours.
|I dedicate 1-2 hours a day to my blog.|
|3- Has it been worth it so far?||
Like everything else, it has its ups and downs, but in general it feels good to take that idea shape it into something to display, get recognition, and make room for another one …
|Definitely! The blogging experience has been worth it. It has been rewarding personally, and with the comments and feedback I receive, I guess others appreciate it too. It is rewarding when other tell you they “learnt something from you”. My blog focuses on Lebanon, specifically Beirut, and I feel that through my blog I am making a difference… that’s worth it!|
|4- How many page views does your blog get daily?||
It depends and varies a lot between an average day between 2 posts or the day a post get published… but if I must give numbers I would say around 40 in between posts, and it can go to several hundreds the day I publish a new post.
|It depends. If I do a very “different post”, I will get around 400 page visits. But usually it’s between 200-300 page views.|
|5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently?||
1- Schizolax-10mg is where I portray the personal side of me with all its contradiction from deep seriousness to provoking sarcasm (thus the title )
2- Macateeb blog : which is currently invite only and on hold . it was an attempt to attack openly subjects that I avoid in schizolax such as Lebanese politics, and known figures…
3- A professional design blog joining several creators as authors, that will be launched soon, and will be the façade for the business I’m currently founding >> [ abstract ]
N.B: when [ abstract] blog is launched, I’ll be forced to give away my mask #confession
|Just one... “Seif And His Beiruti Adventures”.|
|6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day?||Review – 2||1-2 hours a day. I guess Twitter is a second blog now that I think about it (I spend an immensely large amount of time there).|
|7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful?||
Define successful? And it depends on the genre of posts.
I don’t deny that being omni-present helps self-exposure,
And daily posts for news blogs, or directories are a must.
Then again, you see posts that offer “resources” to receive a constant wave of page views disregarding post frequencies
When it is a design blog or even “moody” blog like in Schizolax you can always stretch the interval of time between posts without getting self-kidnapped for a long time.
|No. However, for new blogs, I think a post a day is good to build a good amount of “solid” followers. But quality is more important than quantity.|
|8- Is there an ideal posting frequency?||
Again, it depends on the genre of blogs
|I try and post something each day… but with school it has been a bit hard lately. I space my posts now, usually post once every two days… my page views stay consistent..|
|9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did?||
To link between Schizolax and macateeb, thinking that I will get the same quality of readers ,which led to a big misunderstanding … which led to putting macateeb blog on hold
P.S: you might be amazed how tribal some comments or mails get. And for the record when I say tribal I’m not referring to hate mails, those I tolerate, but cheering uncivilized mails, where everyone thinks he got your point, and that you belong to its party and describes “graphically” what “we” will do to counterparts …
|The biggest blogging mistake would definitely have to be in my early posts. I was unsure of my blogging topic, and what I would be talking about. I was very “all over the place”. That’s the biggest mistake for any blogger, not knowing what kind of content they want to provide to their readers.|
10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?
|When the “design” is so messed up and far from being clean that you have to look for the posts between meaningless graphics and useless widget||Each blogger has his / her own design preferences, I guess you can say. As long as there is an archive, category list, and a search button I am ok.|
|11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool?||
In a way , It is bothBut if you want other tweeps to bother and get distracted by your promotional tweets and follow your links, you will have to accept the distraction resulting for following tweets.
|Hands-down it is an amazing promotional tool. I suggest it to any new blogger.|
|12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog?||Not necessarily a blog , but definitely an online identity and a promotional tool , and use them wisely||Yes I do. It’s a good way to relax, a good way to get word out, express opinions, and really advertise yourself.|
|13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be?||
Do not try to copy other bloggers, eventually you will be tired of portraying others and the whole purpose of putting yourself out there would suffocate.
Create your own identity , it will be appreciated by readers, and above all you would be true to yourself
|Know what you want to write about. It’s super important. Without knowing what type of blog you want or what your “focus” will be on, you end up hurting your blog and it’s popularity because the readers won’t know what to expect, or what they are “coming back” for.|
|14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?||
Success ??? ( you’ll make the cute blogger with the nice picture in the next column mock me , seriously ;)
I can’t talk about success… but I can talk about satisfaction. I am satisfied of what I posted till this day and still growing and since I blog for fun , or in more precise words, I think out loud, I have all the time in the world to grow …
|I don’t know about success…I still am fairly new, and other bloggers are far more ahead / advanced than I am. But success in everything, especially writing, comes with “dedication”.|
|15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick?||
I never gave this a thought before , so no blog in particular,
But now that you have mentioned it, I think that a kind of collaboration between Lebanese bloggers , exchanging guest posts or even co-writing them could provide all of us with a rich shared experience … so let’s organize “co-blog” week once a year … what do u think ?? <<< all rights reserved :P
http://Trella.org/ – for his topics that I appreciate and can relate to.http://www.thedailybeast.com/ - I learnt a great deal from this blog!