Foolchund Saahil is a writer and literature graduate and has written lovely poems on his blog youngwritersandpoets, also he is a Author & Communications Manager at Virtual Library blog
Can you tell readers about yourself and your blog?
Hello everyone! This is my first time participating in an interview. My sincere thanks to Alien Poet for this chance. I am Foolchund Saahil, a young Mauritian poet and writer of 19 years, who will pursue a B.A. in English at University. I started writing seriously at the age of 18 and as far as I remember, it was in the month of September, some time before my A-Level examinations. I know, it was just not the right time but as everyone fervently claims, writing is like a psychotherapy. It just the soothes the stressful state of mind, especially in those dark times. I am a proficient bilingual writer penning down the poetic feelings in both French and English.
If you told me blogging before December of last year, I would shake my head in disbelief. I had vague notions of this world. But since, I learned a lot of new things and befriended quite a number of enthusiast bloggers. The blog Young Writers and Poets is an opportunity for the talents it houses a means to get recognition and appraisal. We publish poetry, short stories and reviews on the blog.
What inspired you to start the blog?
Rather for me, it’s whom. As I knew little of this world, it was rather a good friend and guide of mine who introduced me to this world. Young Writers and Poets was a collectively administered blog until our rupture. She gave up on blogging due to a lack of time and her busy work scheme. She was also disappointed with the way things were going.
How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
Actually, I am fond of procrastination, that’s why, sometimes so I do not keep track of my active period though I regularly check my blog stats. Writing even online is time-consuming. Thus, it varies. I may post once in a blue moon. However, I am making efforts to mend my laziness.
I maintain a friendly and cordial relation with my readers. If I have some time, we may engage in a good conversation even short ones. I like good company. Communication with writers is essential. I love knowing about the different horizons across this immense blogosphere; culture and story of writers.
What do you do in your spare time?
If we include computer games, reading, writing and watching my favourite manga and serials. I am currently trying to finish reading J.M.G. LeClezio’s work, Le Chercheur D’Or/The Prospector, a magnificent window on my country’s history.
Would you encourage other people to start their blog?
If you have time to write and share and possess the strength to bear the ups and downs of the blog stats, do not fear to get in circle. If you are a rising voice in the world of writing, you will definitely get the support of a large writing community. It will take time to grow, but you’ll be surrounded by great people and acquire great experiences.
Is Blogging your profession or hobby?
It is a hobby; one which I really enjoy doing.
What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Points I noted while blogging all this time:
Regular posting, especially timed ones; when your followers know when you are going to post, you have more chance.
Follow back. Become the reader and leave comments behind on the posts you visited as often as you can.
Teamwork brings more followers. team spirit will help you grow.
Award Posts. If you are nominated for a particular award like the Sunshine Blogger Award, create your award post. They can attract new followers and readers.
When you see zero visits/views on your stats, do not panic. Keep up with your writing pace. If you are writing is good, then, readers will be automatically attracted.
Do you have any special goals for the rest of the year?
Not really if it is to continue my studies and maintain a good health with regular practice of exercises.