" If You Want To Write, Write. Also, Read." - Siri Prakash

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Hello, my name is Siri Prakash. A Mysuru girl living in Bengaluru and an engineer by profession. I write in a blog called A GIRL FROM NOWHERE( agirlfromnowhere.com). It’s a collection of my poems and articles describing what interests me.

Most of my writings are based on my own personal experiences. I see this blog as a medium to connect with people and share my experiences in Life.

2. When did you first decide that you wanted to create a blog and how did you start?

I have always enjoyed the process of writing journals but having a blog of my own was a spontaneous thing. I felt the need to break the never-ending cycle of going to work-coming home exhausted- watching random shows on Netflix half-asleep in front of the laptop. So, I got myself a domain and hosted a website using Bluehost.

3. Is Blogging a financially sustainable career?

Yes, it definitely is. There are many ways in which blogging can bring in regular income. With AdSense, Donations from readers, Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, blogging has emerged as a new career option.

4. Who is your favourite Blogger and why? 

Maria Popova. Maria has a blog called Brain Pickings where she writes about what she reads on understanding life. She covers a variety of topics from neuroscience to children’s books. It’s a place where I go to get inspired and she never disappoints.

5. How and where do you find inspiration to churn out content?

Mostly from reading. Like Virginia Woolf says “Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river”

6. What does your typical day look like?

Due to lockdown, my day starts later than usual. I finish work at around 6 in the evening. After that, I either browse the internet for something interesting to learn or read a book or write.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I don’t have a favourite book per se - I have a long list of authors that I enjoy reading. I love to read anything written by Neil Gaiman, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath. Some good books I have come across this year are Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Shashi Tharoor’s The Great Indian Novel, and Patti Smith’s Year of the Monkey.

8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring Bloggers?

It’s simple. If you want to write, write. Also, read.

Connecting with the Audience is what sets successful bloggers apart. Express yourself, let there be depth in your writing but use words simple enough so that your audience can understand it easily.

Follow your Passion, persevere, don’t get impatient or frustrated, you will be rewarded in due time. 

Siri Prakash, Blogger
- Interviewed by Nemichandra

- Edited by Shilpy Sharan

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