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Charlie Dhillon [vanillasuicide] 

What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
vanillasuicide.wordpress.com I blog about the dying art of reading. People are more interested in movies, tv shows and video games these days so I'm hoping to set an example by trying to read 300 books in 900 days.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
I started a little over a week ago. I have no idea what was my motivation to blog. All I remember is that I came up with the idea to read like a mad person and thought it would be a good idea to blog about it.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
I was contemplating between wordpress and blogger. Eventually I picked wordpress because some friends who are bloggers said it would be the easiest to handle. Haven't regretted it since!
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
I'm still very new to the blogging world so I would say I get roughly 5-10 hits per day and currently the comments I've received are from friends showing me their support, but I would love to get more from strangers who stumbled upon my blog while looking for book reviews.
How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
It's definitely got me out of a rut. Before having a blog, I would take my time doing things, wouldn't remember things that happened and wouldn't care about what was going on. Now, I take note of everything that happens around me because it's a source of inspiration for a blog post. It's helping me keep track of what's going on in my daily life which is really helpful!
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
I have friends who are bloggers so I occasionally visit their blogs to check up on what's going on with them, but as for readers of my own blog, I'm waiting for a following so I can check them out and make more friends!
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
I post once every 3 days. Then there are the extra posts for the book reviews that I write. I would say the typical entry isn't too much of an effort because I type what I think. It is however a LOT of effort when it comes to the book reviews. I write notes about the review while reading, then write about 3-5 drafts of the review, pick the best one and send it to my friend who edits it for me. Then she sends the edited version back, I make the right changes and THEN it finally gets posted online. Lots of work!
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
I do know of bloggers who make money from blogging. They get invited to events, have fun and later blog about it and get paid for it. But they are also bloggers with a large following. For people who are new to blogging, you're not going to be making any money. Plus, if you start blogging for the sake of making money, you're in it for the wrong reason. Blogging is about sharing your thoughts with the world, and if it ends up making you money, that's a perk. It shouldn't be the goal of your blog.
How do you promote your blog?
I do on facebook, twitter and through word of mouth. I'm hoping as people read, they find it interesting and funny and subscribe to the blog to read during their free time. That would be so exciting!
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
I consider my friends who visit my blog to be my faithful audience! Hopefully!!! At the moment since I'm still very new to blogging, I dont have many readers so I wouldn't be able to define them correctly.
Are there any blogs you follow daily or regularly?
I love the pictures posted by http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ and the other blog I frequent is of my friend who is traveling the world at the moment. She blogs about personal things that happen to her at http://www.thegreatbigelephant.blogspot.com/
Have you ever received gifts for blogging about your opinion of products or services? What do you think of bloggers who do that?
As previously mentioned, my blog is still very new so I definitely have never received gifts for blogging. But I do know of bloggers who accept gifts or products or even cash. Personally, I dont see anything wrong with accepting stuff from companies. If a company would like to send me books to read and pay me for the reviews, I would be quite happy! But at the same time, I'm not going to sell my soul and accept EVERY offer that comes my way.
How do you see your blog evolving in the future?
I'm hoping that the review section of my blog gets noticed by magazines or newspapers and I get a job offer to be a paid reviewer. But what would be even more awesome is if my blog gets picked up to be converted into a column for a newspaper! A girl can dream!
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
The first question to ask is "Is my blog's content unique and an interesting/fun read?" the second, "Can I keep this blog for over 3 years and have it remain fresh that entire time?" If you answered yes to both questions, then you're on the right track to blog. It's easy to begin a blog, but it's not easy to keep it going for years. Only start if you're serious and if what you're blogging about is close to your heart.

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