Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. I’ve always loved reading, but I never wrote anything until age 14 when I began to write a few short stories. I studied Economics at the University, but I now pursue a passion for writing.
The first poem I wrote was ‘morally wrong’. I still cannot bring myself to recollect the erotic words of Climax, but that was what broke the ice for me. I found my voice in poetry, and this is what I love to write/blog about now.
Q2. Tell us about your blog(s), when and why you decided to blog
I discovered poetry somewhere in 2012. The idea of blogging was introduced to me by a good friend—a tech geek I knew back then. He said to me, ‘You can actually do this; share your writing with everyone’. So I decided to give it a try, not exactly knowing what I was getting myself into. Lol.
I started with Google’s Blogger, and later migrated to WordPress because I felt it gave me better theme options. I was blogging mainly about poetry.
Q3. Is blogging a part time hobby or is it your career
So far as poetry is involved, blogging is a hobby I never seem to get enough of.
Q4. How has blogging benefited you?
Blogging has given me the platform to do what I love, without restrictions, or boundaries. I find myself exploring depths, trying new things, discovering gems, and meeting amazing people. The feedback I get, the appreciation, the feeling that something I wrote made someone feel right at one point in their lives; this is all the reward and more.
Q5. Did your audience ever dictate your blog content? Or you just blog for yourself
I wouldn’t say I blog for myself. I do pay a lot of attention to the voice of my audience, and through their comments and feedback, in addition to my blog statistics, I get a fair idea of what I should write about.
Q6. How have you dealt with writer’s block?
A couple of months back, I wrote a post on my blog about how I deal with the block. I call it “The weird trashing tip”; weird because it may not make sense to someone if they have to trash something they worked hard at writing just to get past a block. In my case, I discovered that when I trashed my work, it opened me up to better ideas. Perhaps, it’s the feeling of being blank new, I don’t exactly know, but it works for me.
Q7. How is blogging viewed in your country? Is it where you feel it should be?
It’s definitely in a better place than it used to be. More and more people are getting recognized for what they love to do, but there’s still a long way to go because now it isn’t just about blogging. It goes a little beyond owning a blog.
Q8. What can the blogging community do to attract reputable brands and in turn generate income?
The foremost priority of a big brand is to safeguard its reputation. A reputable brand will avoid any form of association that can tarnish its image. Make sure the content of your blog is wholesome for public consumption and meets general standards of decency and etiquette. Numbers are also important. Blog on issues that are trending at that given point in time to keep viewership at a constant high. Reputable brands equate big numbers with good business. In other words the relationship must be mutually beneficial.
Q9. Who are your favourite African authors?
I have only recently started reading a lot of books by African Writers. I’m yet to find a favourite, but I do enjoy quite a number of them.
Q10. One thing you now know but wish you had known before starting your blog
Readers expect to see a unique identity when they read your blog. Trying to fit into the blogging community by adopting popular existing concepts will turn people away. Infusing your own style, and having your own voice is always better.
Q11. Your words of advice to aspiring bloggers
The same words that got me to start blogging, ‘You can actually do this; share your writing/art with everyone’.
Q12. In your opinion share one blogging fail you would advise other bloggers to avoid?
A couple of months back I wrote a post on a number of things bloggers do that show they are probably not serious about blogging. Blogging is not something you do out of world-weariness or for lack of something better to do. Once you go in with this mindset, you’re doomed for failure.
Q13. What do you like most about Africa?
Its diversity. Africa is a melange of cultures, tongues, races, contrasts. You can find inspiration for any idea within this interesting medley.
Q14. What is your favourite food?
I love Chicken soup, with very soft fufu.
Q15. One book you wouldn’t mind reading again and why?
There are a lot of books I wouldn’t mind reading again, I cannot even begin to list them here. But more recently, I’d say The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book took me on one remarkable journey of life. The way it struck me, I don’t think I’d come across another like this anytime soon.
V Naa Takia Studied Economics with no passion. Now writes poetry, reads books and things and totally loves it! She blogs at www.poetryetal.wordpress.com. You can connect with her on twitter : @naatakia