By: Sandy Nene
- What inspired the name of your blog?
The name for my blog was inspired by the need for me to share my views and not be censored hence the name “Rashiedauncut”. Freedom of speech is important. I wanted to create a space to share and interact with others. Not only should we be given an opportunity to share our thoughts, opinions and ideas but we should afford the same to those around us and those who step or come into our sphere of influence.
- How long have you been blogging for?
I have been blogging for one year and three months.
- What difficulties did you come across when you first started blogging?
It was difficult for me to build and audience and promoting my blog has not been easy. I blog at times about painful and very personal topics. I think not many people are keen to read or deal with difficult or personal issues.
- What do you think new bloggers need to know about blogging that most people don’t?
Blogging is about building community. Be confident and connect with other bloggers out there. It is also important to network and use social media effectively to promote your blog. Most importantly be truthful and true to who you are. Your blog is a reflection of you. Don’t strive to be like someone else. It’s ok to get inspiration from other bloggers but let your blog reflect your personal brand.
- What would you say has been a highlight of your blogging career thus far?
The highlight for me would have to be the interaction of the audience, comments left on posts that they have connected with, the support of fellow bloggers and having been fortunate enough to meet some of them in person!
- Who are your favorite bloggers?
Shafeeqa Effendi from Crushland, Namreen Sonday from Life and times of the Fireflies and Wisaal from Wiscelaneous. To name just a few because I could actually go on for days. There are so many great blogs out there!
- Which is the most read blog post on your blog and why do you think people like it?
That would be the post where I featured the poem or sermon “Let it go by TD Jakes”. I think it was the most popular because people could relate to it and also a Canadian blogger named Diana Schwenk who also hosts a blog at word press featured that particular post of mine on her blog. She is also very passionate about blogging and building community!
- What else do you do besides blogging?
I work full time as a training officer, I have a hubby and two kids so that keeps me really busy.
- Where do you see your blog in the next two years?
My vision for my blog is for it to grow and become a place where people can come and share ideas. I would also like in to add a section that features Education Training and Development. I am passionate about ETD and it’s another aspect of who I am so it makes sense to in future add this to my blog.
- Do you look at your blog as a business, hobby or as a portfolio?
None of the above mentioned words actually describes accurately how I look at my blog. Hobby sounds almost too casual. I look at my blog as a means for me to make a positive impact on the world.