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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