1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog?
I'm Hitha, an automobile engineer by profession and a traveler by passion. I hail from the coffee hills and needless to say, I'm a caffeine addict and a mountain girl.
India is a country that never ceases to enchant, mesmerize and surprise anyone. I have been exploring my beautiful country for over 8+ years in search of new landscapes and experiences each time I get out of my house. I have been documenting all my stories ever since through my blog
2. What did you do before Blogging? What inspired you to start blogging?
I have been travel blogging ever since I was in final year of graduation. When I first went out on a trip with my classmates, I was assigned the responsibility to plan and organise the entire thing and everyone had so much fun. Eventually, a few weekend trips happened where I had very new and exciting experiences. I felt like sharing it with a lot of people. I thought documenting it through a book was a nice way (Online blogging was too naive back then) and my words found an online medium over time.
3. As a blogger, what are the challenges you face? How you overcome it?
Keeping the consistency in traffic on www.thelostlander.com by maintaining consistent content is what a blogger needs. With so many bloggers, Vloggers coming up every day, a have been challenged to create content that stands out from the rest. It's no more about ''Been there, Done that". It's about relevance to the current reader and time.
I have slowly drifted from writing itineraries to writing stories about my experiences. What to see/do in a place is available in the internet, but what one can expect (good & bad) once he/reaches there is my current focus.
4. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in your journey so far as a Blogger?
It is rewarding when I receive requests from people I have never seen seeking permission if they could use content from my blog for their research publications. Friends of friends (whom I don't know) read my blogs and send me very encouraging words. Similarly, lot of family and friends approach me to plan their travels.. it's a wonderful feeling!
5. Have you worked/collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
Yes. Jammu-Kashmir Tourism department, thrillophilia, Wrangler denims, Dandeli tourism to name a few.
6. What is your primary income source?
I'm an automobile engineer by profession.
7. Top 3 Blogging tools that you would recommend to your readers?
8. One piece of advice that you would like to share with all new bloggers?
If you're a travel blogger, ensure you give out relevant information in relevant quantities. We bloggers have opened up a new world of tourism( a source of income to a million households) at the same time contributed abundantly to exploitative travel (plastic, cutting of trees to build up new resorts etc.) Do not geo-tag the location for your pictures unless it will help a cause.
9. Finally, what are your thoughts about IndiBlogHub?
It's a great platform to connect with bloggers from other corners of the earth and learn from their experiences and grow together. We could have 'IndiBlogHub' bloggers meetUp perhaps, to make it more interesting :)