Summer is killing here in India and we are just unable to go out of the home.
Temperature is rising 46-49 degree, and it's damn hot outside.
But still I was so courageous that I interviewed one of the best blogger from Nigeria. ha ha !! 🙂 🙂
Although the journey took place from my computer to his computer but having him on my blog is nothing less than a cool warmth for my readers in this hot season.
He is my favorite blogger, when I am talking about writing. All the improvement I have made in my writing style are learnt from his blog and I personally thank him for writing such awesome writing tips on his blog.
I was lucky that I found him in just after 3-4 months of my blogging and I started reading his blog.
Oni has his own identity as a great writer and have worked with many clients who are damn happy with his work.
Today he is going to share his story of blogging and about his writing journey.
1. Welcome here Oni, First of all please tell us about yourself and your background.
Thanks, Kulwant! I'm Bamidele Onibalusi, a young Nigerian blogger, freelance writer and the founder of Writers in Charge – a blog for writers who want to learn to be in control of their writing career.
It was in 2009. I never really intended to be a writer; I've heard about the power of the internet and the possibilities it enables for people who want to make money without necessarily having to work in a job. I created my first website to make money online and after months without result, and some further research, I realized that creating a blog was the way to go. Things changed ever since.
3. Writing; one of the greatest skills. What efforts you made to become a better writer?
Some of the things I've done to make myself a better writer are; writing a lot, reading a lot and actively soliciting feedback that can help my writing improve.
I've also written a lot of guest posts for other blogs so this has been very helpful in helping me get feedback about my writing.
4. Newbies always face difficulty (especially in India) to write in good tone on their blog. What efforts they can make or should make to learn basics of writing very fast? And what are the common mistakes in writing which most of the newbies are making and how they can overcome this?
Personally, I think the best way anyone can be a better writer is by writing more; write A LOT, in as many outlets as you can. Sometimes, you won't really find your voice until you've written a lot; you'll get feedback from others and notice a few things about your writing that really get people to interact with what you write, and you can decide to focus on these things.
I think a major mistake most writers make is restricting themselves to their blogs; start writing for other blogs, especially more popular blogs. Not only will this help you get more exposure but it'll also help you improve since you'll be getting feedback from more successful bloggers/writers and their audience.
5. When you started professional journey as freelance writer and what were the obstacles you faced? How you overcame those?
My main struggle as a freelance writer has always been with getting things done; it's something I still struggle with, but I've noticed that waking up very early to focus on my work has been very helpful.
6. Were your parents with you when you started blogging? How they encouraged you or discouraged you?
I lost my father when I was 7 so I only have my mother. My mother isn't really familiar with how computers work when I started blogging but I had a pastor who understood how computers worked and believed in me. With his help, I was able to convince my mom to purchase my first computer for me and things have been easy since.
Also, it was easy to convince my mom that what I'm doing is productive once my blogging started to produce results.
7. How a writer can make money on the internet and what are the sources to make money?
The fastest way to make money as a writer is by being a freelance writer; and one of the best ways to build a thriving career as a freelance writer is to start a blog. Blog regularly about a topic your clients are interested in and use every opportunity to advertise your writing services in your content. This will help position you as an expert, get more clients to contact you and also ensure they respect you.
You can also make money by creating an e-book or by having a blog that you monetize with ads, through affiliate marketing or some other means. The possibility is limitless but currently, my favorite is being a freelance writer.
8. According to you how important is our writing for our blog’s success?
It's very important. The more you write and the more you struggle to improve the quality of your writing, the more successful your blog will be.
In fact, there was this recent Hubspot study that revealed that blogs that are updated more often are more successful; so you shouldn't just aim to improve the quality of your writing for your blog, you should also publish a lot more articles on your blog.
9. From where you are making most of the money online?
10. How much time you spend with your laptop/computer in day and what are your favorite things which you enjoy most to do online?
It used to be around 8 – 10 hours daily but now, I spend most of my time offline lately.
Also, what I love doing most online is reading blogs and writing articles/guest posts to help my blog grow.
11. Who is behind your inspiration?
Steve Pavlina. He inspired me not only to start blogging but also to focus on the value I can provide instead of the money I can make.
12. What to love to do when you are not online?
Watching movies; recently, I probably spend more time watching movies than I spend online.
13. From YoungPrePro to WritersIncharge. Why this transition? Any special reason?
Yes, I believe the name “YoungPrePro” is actually confusing when my goal for my blog is considered; my goal is to help writers take charge of their writing career, earn more money and be popular, and I think the new domain name – WritersinCharge.com – is properly positioned to communicate that.
14. You future plans and targets to achieve for this year?
I'll focus a lot more on my blog; I haven't spent as much time on it as I hoped to but this will change as we move towards the second half of this year.
15. Messages from the writer’s desk for my readers.
You can do it; you just have to believe in yourself!