With this “Chill Chat With Cool Bloggers” series, I feel extremely happy to feature my best blog guru and a veteran yet kind blogger Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan of Godyears. He blogs about anything and everything under the sky. His kindness stories are my favorites.
- The Best Creative Writing Blog in India (WIN’14).
- The Best Blog from Kerala (Indian Blogging Awards 2017).
He’s a very experienced blogger in this blogosphere. He has already shared his blog success mantra to our readers while celebrating our third blog anniversary last year. And I am delighted to learn again many innovative blogging strategies from him through this chill chat.
We had our chill chat to know more about his successful blogging journey and his fun side too. Carry on to enjoy his words of wisdom.
Chill Chat With Cool Blogger Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan
Hello, Roshan! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Roshan: I’m a proud anesthesiologist by profession who loves to use the written word as well as a means to heal. Other trophies on the shelf include being the winner of ‘the Best Creative Writing Blog in India’ at the first Live Blogging Awards Ceremony, winner of the ‘Best Blog from Kerala’ in 2017 at the Indian Blogging awards and having over two dozen short stories from various genre published in various anthologies, including Write India Season 1 (and Season 2, too, when it releases.)
Q1.An ever since moment in your blogger life or your turning point in blogging.
Roshan: I went viral in 2015 for an article titled ‘Why I will never allow my child to be a doctor in India’. That ended up on BBC, national media and was even debated in journals. Ever since then, whenever I have attended medical conferences or even weddings of doctors, there is always somebody who introduces me to their friends as ‘that doctor whose blog we shared!’ I have to be honest. I have never had that kind of introduction via any blog article in the past.
Q2. Your definition of blog success.
Roshan: It should be content that I enjoy writing that finds a regular crowd of readers eager to read that material. Both factors matter and one without the other leaves the success incomplete, I feel.
Q3. Your top 2 regular practices that have helped you in blogging.
- I take my time and prepare the posts well, correcting errors and ensuring the facts are right before I hit the publish button.
- I always look to evolve – the style of writing, the topics, the presentation. The blog posts from 2005 have no resemblance whatsoever in any aspect from that of 2018.
Q4. Your motivational factor for your best blog.
Roshan: I guess I keep writing because I have something to say.
If I don’t have something new to say, do I have some information that can help people?
If I don’t have something that can help people, do I have something that can make them smile?
Q5. One relationship who contributed to making your blog.
Roshan: This is going to sound conceited, but I will have to say ‘no one’ here. Everything about the blog – its successes and its failures – have all been on my shoulders.
Q6. One factor, out of your comfort zone in blogging.
Roshan: Videoblogging. I know it is a niche thing and the future (present already?) of blogging but I just don’t find myself comfortable facing the cameras.
Q7. A book / movie / person / blog that transformed you.
Roshan: Alan Alda from the original M*A*S*H* sitcom. That was the kind of doctor I wanted to be. Good at his work, yet funny but also one who stood up for what he believed if he felt he was right, even if it pissed people off.
Q8. Your strength and weakness as a blogger.
Strength – the family I made via blogging, many of whom are people I trust implicitly now.
Weakness – I have never been good at monetizing the blog. Considering that today the blog has had over 2.1 million page views, I will always wonder how much I could have earned had I monetized it right from the beginning.
Q9. One principle you are proud of.
Roshan: I have tried to make people smile. Whether it be via fun lists or the Real-Life Heroes of Kindness series, the idea remains to give people something that will leave them having a smile or a little more hope than when they woke up that day.
Q10. Blogging tips to share with your readers.
- Use your own unique voice. Please don’t plagiarize others articles.
- Use your voice for making a positive impact.
- If you can, keep the articles short and to the point (I am a hypocrite in asking this, considering the size of some posts but well, don’t be like me!)
- Take some time to correct errors before hitting the PUBLISH button. Finding grammatical errors throughout a post can be very off-putting.
- Learn to share well via social media. Many an excellent post is lost because of lack of social media participation.
Best Blog – Too many. Varies from time to time.
Best Blogger Friend – Nairita
Best Dream – One where I was at peace and happy.
Best Food – Prawns.
Best Book – Too many. Varies from time to time.
Best TV Series – 30 Rock / MASH.
Best Life Motto – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” By Martin Luther King, Jr
Thanks much Roshan for this awesome interview. You never failed to make me inspired and this interview is the highlight. We feel proud to have you as our Featured Cool Blogger. Dear readers, please leave your queries, if any, in the comment section and we will try to get them answered by him.
Meet you at next chill chat with another cool blogger !!!
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