1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog?
I am Hayyaa Mehta, a Blogger from Mumbai who follow passion for Blogging, Storytelling, and Inspire other for life-changing travel adventures in India and beyond. I plan on covering just about everything that I love from Travel to Lifestyle, Fashion to Food. Why to limit myself?
My blog website goes by name HAYYAAHERE.COM. My blog is a reflection of who I am and things I like and love do to. I started my blog with an aim to provide realistic information about places I travelled and to inspire people to get on the road and to make them believe that it is possible to make your dreams a reality. I considered upon little things that occurs around me and try to share the experience.
2. What did you do before Blogging? What inspired you to start blogging?
Before blogging I worked around 9 years as Senior Consultant in corporate. From corporate life to blogger life it has been a drastic yet whole transition.
Few months ago today, I was sitting in an office, staring out the window, dreaming of travel. I was trapped like a deer in the headlights of life. Paralysed and unable to do anything. Always my dreams turned to travel, adventure, excitement. I would get depressed at work wondering about why I wasn’t on a beach instead. Or standing at the top of a mountain.
I was fooling myself. I didn’t want adventure. I wanted to escape. To get out of the dull hole that had become my life.
This was the start of my own inspiring story and I thought I would find myself. My life was about to change for the better.
So finally I took charge and decided to quit my 9 to 5.
While working I travelled to a couple of places and I also love exploring new cafes, places in and around city, attending events, concert etc. I soon realised that I could start journaling my travel stories with hopes to inspire more people to travel and then branched out Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion and other little tid-bits from my life. I am happy today that I made this decision and started my own blog.
3. As a blogger, what are the challenges you face? How you overcome it?
Blogging is a different ball game altogether. It is a full-time job with writing, training's, social media, building networks, web design and so many functions. It's an ocean of bloggers and coming out with your own uniqueness was another biggest challenge. It naturally gets challenging at times.
With time, I came to realize that I just have to be consistent, honest and dedicated to my work and reminding myself that it is a competitive world out there. That's the rule I am living by.
4. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in your journey so far as a Blogger?
When I get appreciated by my readers or by Brands, I feel like I have achieved it. Especially when someone I never met mail me saying that they saved my link to plan their upcoming trip or message me that my blog helped them and then they reach out to me.
5. Have you worked/collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
Yes, I have worked with Storytel, Prolixr, Everteen, Cadbury, Capitola (USA brand), and many more.
6. What is your primary income source?
7. Top 3 Blogging tools that you would recommend to your readers?
2. Google analytics
8. One piece of advice that you would like to share with all new bloggers?
Believe in yourself, be patient, create your own style and quality blogging is the most important. Don’t think about money for first few months.
9. Finally, what are your thoughts about IndiBlogHub?
As Blogging and influencer marketing is growing rapidly, IndiBlogHub is a great platform for bloggers. Especially for new bloggers.