Ugandan Blogger Amanya adamantly proclaims that his secret for blog success is writing about the one thing that everybody relates to … love! He regards himself as an endlessly flowing natural who has a unique way of writing. He shares his blogging journey and the discipline that has helped him become a better writer even though he is self taught
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Writing just like any other art form should be presented with utmost attention to detail. From the graphics, to the content; the punctuation, to the flow.
You have no right to go AWOL on your readers! As any dedicated reader will tell you, it’s disheartening when a blogger just disappears. Consistency keeps a reader hooked and connected to the blogger.
The Comments section should be the gist for all blog engagement. A blogger should engage the readers, air out everything that seems to not have been comprehended the way it was intended, and make a connection with the readers.
Do you have a strategy for creating visibility for your blog?
My strategy is to offer Consistency, Quality and Engagement.
I’ve managed to perfect engagement, trying intently to understand each and every reader, knowing more about them by keeping in touch.
I also pay the most critical attention to every blog post before I publish, I make it a point not to compromise on quality. I believe this has helped me connect and maintain new readers, world over.
What has been the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
Apart from the frequent lulls in writing, I can’t think of many.
Perhaps this, 2016 has been that kind of year when the national mood has been low in Uganda. And most Ugandan writers just aren’t writing anymore. This keeps my morale down.
How do you hope to improve yourself in the next year?
Consistency. A piece a day would really satisfy me.
And a chronicle of Amanya is in the pipeline. There’s a lot to share. I tend to think I’m a bit wise sometimes and give great advice.
I would also like to improve on my presence on Medium, Wattpad and Tumblr.
What has been your biggest blogging frustration and what have you learnt from it?
I over censor myself. I’ve chosen not to write about politics, feminism and erotica even though I have a whole lot to share. And I feel I’m not being true to myself, to my readers and the blog.
What has been your biggest blog achievement?
Thus far it’s the number of followers really, the +250 people who think my blog is worth their time. Above that, the friends I’ve made off blogging. As far as Nigeria, India and Canada. I’ve also gotten a best friend, it’s that deep.
Feature Written By: Sinawo Bukani
She is a Digital Marketing Recruit at Umuzi Photo Club. She recently resigned from her corporate job as an Asset Management Associate to invest in her SuperPowers in Literary Journalism, Lifestyle Blogging and Content Marketing.