By: Courtney Rehman
What inspired the name of your blog? When I started my blog (2012) it was called ‘High Tech SA’ and the aim was to promote robotics in South Africa. More especially FIRST Lego League and other DIY projects and SA innovation. There was very little info (or even online awareness of) available at the time on the topic of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) IN SOUTH AFRICA. I wanted to change that. When I saw Liron Sigev (the techie guy) blogging about, I decided that’s the route to go.
How long have you been blogging for? Since 2012, but I recently did a complete overhaul and name change on my blog – though the purpose has pretty much remained in tact – it is more focused now than before. It is now called THE STEM BLOG SOUTH AFRICA.
What difficulties did you come across when you first started blogging? I was really stumbling around in the dark, I had no real plan or strategy or even any idea of how to spread the word on what I was blogging about. My idealistic side kicked in with the mindset of ‘build it and they will come’. Well it’s been a couple of years now and it’s only starting to gain some good momentum now.
What do you think new bloggers need to know about blogging that most people don’t? Blog about things you have a passion for or you will soon run out of steam. Have some kind of strategy or plan. Engage with other bloggers and/or influencers to help you spread the word. If your content is good enough, you will soon start seeing results.
What would you say has been a highlight of your blogging career thus far? Being invited to events that I would otherwise not even have known about and then being told ‘someone said they liked your blog and thought you should be here’. My blog has opened up some exciting opportunities, which I am currently developing and pursuing.
Who are your favourite bloggers?
Clare Petra (Gadget-Gal.com)
Robyn Farah (robynfarah.com)
Simone Giertz (more a vlogger)
Which is the most read blog post on your blog and why do you think people like it? By far the most popular post on my blog is ‘FIRST South Africa graduate studies at MIT’
I think it’s the most popular because it shows what a positive impact FIRST robotics participation can have.
What else do you do besides blogging?
I work full time, volunteer some of my time to the SAIMC at national level (www.saimc.co.za) and I am in the process of setting up robotics training for grades 3 – 12 at schools in my area.
Where do you see your blog in the next two years?
I see my blog growing to a go to site for #STEMinSA related news, events, advice and possibly also online training for young and old.
Do you look at your blog as a business, hobby or as a portfolio? It’s a platform for sharing information about STE(a)M in South Africa (this includes robotics, innovation, education and industrial knowledge and developments).
Social media links:
blog link: https://theSTEMblogSA.co.za