Meet the blogger – Khyati Gautam
In our latest interview series which I like to call “Meet the Blogger”, where I spotlight inspiring creatives on this Blogger Magazine. We caught up with Khyati Gautam who runs khyati gautam blog.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog?
Hello, I am Khyati, a content writer, poet, and a book blogger. I started Bookish Fame as a hobby but over the time, I have become more serious about developing it professionally. On my blog, I mostly talk about books – reviews, interviews, etc. With each day, I make a new effort at making my blog, my exclusive space, better and more valuable.
2. Describe what inspired you to start your blog?
My love for writing pushed me to create a blog. It was started at the spur of the moment, in 2016. It was only in 2017 that I turned more serious toward developing it. I started reviewing books and writing bookish content on it. I kept on experimenting, reading, researching. As I got more involved into book blogging, the blog became my valuable asset. And that was how Bookish Fame truly came into being.
3. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I believe that my passion for book blogging motivates me. There’s this thing – if you want to do great work, do what you love. I love writing about books and I aspire to take Bookish Fame to greater heights. This dream itself pumps me up instantly and keeps me hustling harder.
4. How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
I usually do 4-5 posts a week on my blog. I do respond to all the comments on a regular basis. I am more active on Instagram where I post daily and keep engaging with my readers.
5. What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
Take my word for it – be consistent with your content and engage. Blogging is all about expressing yourself and building a community. It is not just about you, it is also about who are listening to you. Create content which is valuable and relatable, something that addresses problems of your readers and provides a solution. Focus on building yourself as a brand and building meaningful relationships with your readers too.
6. Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
Of course. It is super easy. Even if you find having a blog or website cumbersome, you might probably opt for micro blogging sites such as Instagram or Facebook. Have a blog only if you are ready to be truly committed to it. Or else, there are tons of other things you can do J
7. A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
I usually earn through the books I review on my blog. I haven’t yet ventured into converting my blog into a website so monetization isn’t an option for me. You might do sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, and display ads on your blog to earn. But don’t just make it a money minting machine. Put your heart into it. Show it through your work that you value your blog and only then, people would value you.
8. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I haven’t encountered a challenging moment so far. But whenever it would crop up, I know I’ll sail through it.
9. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I am a published author of 5 anthologies. I am yet to achieve bigger things, I guess.
10. Who is your blogging hero And Why?
In my niche, I absolutely adore Vidhya Thakkar. She’s an amazing book blogger who takes her blog seriously and works for it diligently.
11. What advice would you give to a new blogger starting out?
Be patient. Do not think that you’re going to be successful over night or that money would come by easily. No. Blogging asks for dedication and passion. It also asks for inquisitive human with a hunger to learn more and do more. Only then, you can create an impact. Above all, love what you are doing.
12. Have you collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
I have collaborated with publishing houses such as Bloomsbury, Penguin, Hachette India, Rupa publications, Fingerprint publishing.
13. Finally, what are your thoughts about BloggerMagazine?
I appreciate BloggerMagazine’s initiative of hearing the bloggers out and creating a collaborative platform for them. Keep up the good work, team.
Follow Khyati Gautam on her journey at:
khyatigautam.wordpress.com | instagram.com/bookish.fame | facebook.com/bookishfame | twitter.com/khyati_gautam