Five Minutes With… My Daily Journal Online @ani81401 #Blogging #FiveMinutesWith

Welcome to Five Minutes With… a new feature where I invite bloggers of all genres to tell us a little about themselves and their blogging journey.

Today’s blogger is Anindya, who blogs at My Daily Journal Online.

AnindyaQ1: When and why did you start blogging? Which platform do you use?

I had a blog previously with WordPress.com last year. But for long I wanted to have a self-hosted blog which will give me greater control and choices to create the content I wanted to. And that’s why this blog came up earlier this year. I have always wanted to write and share whatever has been in my mind and about the things which interest me, music being one major thing in the list.

Q2: What topics/themes do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme

I generally blog about music I love to listen and share, books I read, movies that keep me glued, inspirational and motivational aspects of life, and some travel diaries from my life…..generally I don’t deviate, but when I am inviting Guest posts, I give the creative freedom to the Guests, and never mind the deviations 😊

Q3: Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why do you like this one so much

Well, its difficult to pick out just one favourite post, but I will still say this one is about something which I think is very true not only from the blogging point of view, but also about life as a whole. This post brings out the universal phenomenon which I believe in very much, is, What you give is what you get. It’s awfully simple and true, you get back whatever you give…and if it’s love and goodness and happiness, you get back the same in manifold 😊

Q4: Do you have a top tip to share for any new bloggers that might be reading

Well, I am still working toward that position where I can possibly qualify to give any tips or advice, but still I will share with all of you is that, 1] write what your heart feels to express, not offending anyone, 2] write more and regularly, 3] show respect and love to the entire blogging world, as much as you can…..there’s no shortcut.

Q5: What’s your favourite social media platform?

Twitter…..love to connect, and more so from the blogging point of view.

Find out more about Anindya by connecting with him via the links below:

Blog Link: https://mydailyjournalonline.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rakshitanindya

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ani81401

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rakshitanindya/

Pinterest: https://in.pinterest.com/anindyar05/pins/

I hope you enjoyed this feature. Be sure to check out Anindya’s blog. If you write a blog and would like to be considered for Five Minutes With… then please send me a message via the contact page.

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Five Minutes With… Must Hike, Must Eat @snuffymusthike #Blogging #FiveMinutesWith

Welcome to Five Minutes With… a new feature where I invite bloggers of all genres to tell us a little about themselves and their blogging journey.

Today’s blogger is Shannon Cunningham who blogs at Must Hike Must Eat.

Shannon Must Hike Must EatQ1: When and why did you start blogging? Which platform do you use?

I write on WordPress and I started in January of 2016 when I found out I was going to be laid off from my job of 16 years.  It was a way for me to process that change and begin to look at other directions in my life.

Q2: What topics/themes do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?

Well, you can guess that I write about hiking (spending time outdoors) and eating (a Paleo diet) but my posts are not limited to that.  I write about traveling, restaurants that serve healthy food, mid-life parenting, my faith in God, social issues, book reviews, volunteering and just about anything that happens in my life!

Q3: Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why do you like this one so much?

Oh, I have several favorite posts but I think Definition of Courage will always be dear to my heart. I think it really sums up who I am and what I hope to accomplish with my blog.

Q4: Do you have a top tip to share for any new bloggers that might be reading?

Often we start blogging because we want write to express ourselves but it is important to remember that blogging is about community and connection, too.  Try and find yourself a writing community to join whether is be online or in your own circle; it can make all the difference!

Q5: What’s your favourite social media platform?

My favorite social media platform is Instagram, although I have more followers on Facebook.  It just has less clutter and feels more intimate.

Find out more about Shannon by connecting with her via the links below:

Blog Link: http://www.musthikemusteat.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musthikemusteat/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/snuffymusthike

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musthikemusteat/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/snuffymust/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pursuecourage/

I hope you enjoyed this feature. Be sure to check out Shannon’s blog. If you write a blog and would like to be considered for Five Minutes With… then please send me a message via the contact page.

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Five Minutes With… Diary of a Doting Mom @shyvish #Bloggers #FiveMinutesWith

Welcome to Five Minutes With… a new feature where I invite bloggers of all genres to tell us a little about themselves and their blogging journey.

Today’s blogger is Shailaja Vishwanath who blogs at Diary of a Doting Mom & The Moving Quill.Shailaja Vishwanath

Q1: When and why did you start blogging? Which platform do you use?

I started blogging in 2007, ten years ago on Blogger. I started my writing blog in 2014 on WordPress. Last year, 2016, I moved both my blogs to self-hosted WordPress.

Q2: What topics/themes do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?

I blog on parenting and blogging tips on one blog and creative writing and non-fiction essays on the other. I used to write about detailed blogging tips on my writing blog, but recently switched that to the parenting blog. I’ve rarely deviated from my theme on either blog. I knew my niche and was/am comfortable in it.

Q3: Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why do you like this one so much?

There are so many! But this one from my parenting blog is my favourite: A letter to my daughter

Q4: Do you have a top tip to share for any new bloggers that might be reading?

Find a topic you absolutely love to read about and write about. Don’t worry about numbers and stats. That will come with time. Write because you want to. Everything else will fall into place.

Q5: What’s your favourite social media platform?

I love Facebook and lately, I’ve fallen in love with Pinterest. Facebook lets me connect to bloggers on a personal level while Pinterest drives organic and quality traffic to my blog. It’s also a great space to learn more about blogging.

Find out more about Shailaja by connecting with her via the links below:

Blog Link: www.shailajav.com & www.shailajav.in

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diaryofmom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shyvish

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shailajav/

Pinterest: https://in.pinterest.com/shyvish/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shailajav/

I hope you enjoyed this feature. If you write a blog and would like to be considered as a guest on the Five Minutes With… feature then please drop me a note via the Contact page.

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Introducing a New Feature for 2018 – Five Minutes With… #Blogging

Introducing a New Feature for 2018 – Five Minutes With…

IIMG_6811 began blogging five years ago and was instantly drawn in by the community feel, the support, and the online friendships that developed. As a writer I languished in the book blog and author camp, interacting with fellow scribes and devouring book recommendations.

Then I joined a hugely supportive Facebook group for bloggers, Big Up Your Blog, founded by Twitter legend, Suzie Speaks who also founded the trending hashtag #SundayBlogShare. Thanks to this group I met a host of new and interesting bloggers who wrote about a wide variety of topics including travel, beauty, cookery, music, parenting, art, lifestyle, and mental health.

Suddenly the blog-o-sphere exploded, and I stepped out of my comfortable bookish zone and began reading about medieval flooring, travelling across Lisbon, and how to bullet journal.

As bloggers, we do tend to stick to our genre groups, but by doing this we’re missing out on so much. Try searching for another topic and see what you discover.

To celebrate the diversity of the blogging community, I’m launching a new feature in 2018 called Five Minutes With… where I share an interview with bloggers from all over the world, and from every niche imaginable.

I’m so excited to share the incredible bloggers who have signed up already as they enjoy their five minutes under the spotlight. Shailaja from the Diary of a Doting Mom Blog kicks us off on the 5th January 2018.

I hope you enjoy this feature. If you write a blog and would like to be considered as a guest on the Five Minutes With… feature, then please drop me a note via the Contact page.

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Any Excuse For a Party! #VenueReview #AfternoonTea @MalmaisonHotels

IMG_1117My wonderful mum celebrated a ‘special’ birthday recently and as our family is well known for throwing a party to rejoice pretty much anything – even the opening of a new bridge! – it was only right that mum’s 70th received the full treatment.

Born and bred in Leeds, but now living in the West Midlands, my mum is a Yorkshire lass through to the bone, so it was always going to have to be a northern bash to enable family and friends to attend without the added cost of them travelling to Birmingham.

Using my Yorkshire contacts (thanks, Auntie Vicky!), we decided upon a surprise afternoon tea at the Malmaison Hotel in Leeds which I booked for 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon. I organised everything with help from the lovely Aimee in events and then sat back and waited for the date. Read more

The Book Lovers Tag #AmReading

Book Lovers TagThe Book Lovers Tag

I spotted this tag on the fabulous Mint Tea and Elephants blog and thought it would be fun to join in.

Do you have a specific place for reading?

I have a few favourite spots. One is curled up on a comfy chair in my writing cave as it overlooks the garden. I can have a wistful glance at the shrubbery when I come across an incredible piece of prose I wished I’d written! The next is my bed where I’ll happily retire as early as nine o’clock if a new chapter or three is calling. My last favourite spot is in the garden languishing on a sun lounger with a glass of something cold. Of course, I live in the UK so this is a rare occurrence, but I can dream!

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper? Read more