1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog?
A certified NLP and Mindfulness practitioner. I conduct webinars and sessions on stress management with Institutes, teenagers and women groups. Author of “26 Days and 26 Ways for a happier you” , ” Ardhaviram” , “Broken and Beautiful” and two anthologies. I have won multiple awards for my literary work. I manage 2 blogs, a YouTube channel, and a Podcast dedicated to spreading mental health awareness.
I have always been passionate about writing and all other creative things like doodling, painting and any form of art. Being an open learner, I don't cease to upgrade my skills and learn new things. When I took up blogging, I knew I need to learn a lot here. I am still learning.
I have written over 900 blogs and created 50 podcasts episodes on mental health topics. I use every medium to talk about things that hurt an individual and how we can work on ourselves.
2. What did you do before Blogging? What inspired you to start blogging?
I am an MBA in finance with 6.5 years of work experience. Before blogging happened, I use work in a full-time job until a critical illness hit me up and I had to quit my job to undergo one year long treatment. That's when blogging came into picture. I use to write ever since college days and my treatment period was making me restless, so I decided to do something about it and created an open diary blog named, "Virtual Siyahi" in 2016. Later, in 2019, I launched Sanity Daily, a mental health portal.
When I started writing about self-help and self-improvement measures of my personal experiences, I realized I am somehow using the most powerful medium to bring about a change around me. No matter how small but, if I can sensitize people using the power of my pen then why not. Hence, I found my purpose in spreading mental health awareness, advocating mental illnesses and I feel so content with the work I do.
3. As a blogger, what are the challenges you face? How you overcome it?
Being a non-techie, I faced a lot of challenges understanding the backend work and the Google Algorithms. Being consistent with my blog and doing everything by my own, helped me learn a lot. I did a few SEO courses online, which helped me to write in effective manner. Monetizing the blog was another challenge but last year I was able to cross my first threshold from Google Adsense .
Being completely from a non-psychological background, I was initially afraid of writing about mental illnesses but I read, researched and defined my objective, which was to spread awareness and not cure anyone. Today when I have been consistently working in this field, people approach me for sessions and webinars, I clearly tell them I am not a psychologist or therapist, but it is my dedication which had helped me to make a place for myself.
4. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in your journey so far as a Blogger?
My blogging journey was featured at YourStory and SHEROES. Today my blog is listed at the 2nd position among the top mental health blogs and has also got me many awards and recognition. Love and support from my readers is my biggest motivational factor here.
5. Have you worked/collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
1. Peer Collective
2. Dharma Life Sciences
3. Fenced & DTC Ayurveda.
6. What is your primary income source?
1. Translation work
7. Top 3 Blogging tools that you would recommend to your readers?
1. Google Alexa
3. Semrush & Canva
8. One piece of advice that you would like to share with all new bloggers?
Patience and consistency is the biggest factor in blogging. Learn SEO, Create your own graphics using Canva and identify your niche. Writing requires discipline so having a content calendar helps to keep things in order.
Before getting into blogging, research the topic of your interest, develop a niche. Understand the trends and have a content plan ready for the coming months so that you can stay regular with your blog. Focus on your audience, use social media platforms for promoting your blogs and eventually you will understand who your real audience is.
9. Finally, what are your thoughts about IndiBlogHub?
I have been associated with IndiBlogHub for the past 3 years, it is a great platform for bloggers and content creators. It would be helpful to have a few activities for the community building, sponsored posts opportunities for bloggers in niche-specific areas.