Hello SpeakBindas, First of all thank you very much for interviewing me . I am Girish G, I write on http://www.dotgiri.com about everything which may make your life simple. I hail from Cochin, Kerala and working in Bangalore. I do blogging out of passion during by free time. I am a computer graduate (MCA), working with one MNC as Technical Manager. I love to drive long distance(not in Bangalore traffic) and I browse during my free time. 1977 Model.
Q1: Welcome to Speakbindas. Tell us since when blogging has been a part of your life? Was there any motive or inspiration as a backbone of it?
A1: I Started blogging from Jan- 2009, Even though I am using internet for last 10 years, (way back during the period of shell account from VSNL). I was not aware that I can write something. Amit A (labnol.org), Amit B (amitbhawani.com) are the kind of inspiration for me to start the Blog.
Q2: What is your blog all about? Which topics you cover there? Is that you alone running/maintaining the blog, or have a team?
A2: I started my blog (http://www.dotgiri.com) as a pure tech blog which covers Linux, Windows, Free Utility software but later on it has been deviated and I am covering “everything which would make your life easy”; kind of “Getting things Done” theme.
Q3: What are the present statistics for your blog, i.e. number of daily visitors, visitors geographical status etc.?
A3: I am getting almost 1200 Visitors per day, mainly from US and India.
Q4: Is blogging for you just a passion or a medium for earning too? Does it help you to earn enough cash to quit a 9 to 5 day job?
A4: Right now earning money is not my aim, But I plan to do some charity with the money I earn from Blogging. More than making money I am getting so many friends and readers and I am building a medium through with I can express my views.
Q5: Who are your favorite bloggers, whom you read frequently?
A5:Amit (labnol.org), Darren (Problogger.net)
Q6: From the secret bucket of your blogging experiences, what tips you would like to share with the fellow bloggers?
A6:If you are planning to start blogging, it should be out of your Interest, motive should not be making money alone. Of curse this is a very good way to make money; you should have a passion towards it and a good amount of patients too.
Q7: Do you believe that blogging completes you? If yes, tell us how?
A7: I will say; It is add-on advantage for me. It helps me to refresh, refill and rejoice
Q8: What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
A8: When I see first comment from a stranger on my blog, when I see 1000 users hitting my page per day; When I see I have been retweeted 100 times there are quite a few happiest moments
I don’t have any gloomiest moment on my blogsphere (yet) J
Q9: Say, you are sponsored to travel to 3 world destinations, where you need not to worry about costs for food, hotel or anything. Which destinations would you pick up, and why? Would you like to take someone along with you? If yes, whom?
A9: Australia , I could try to meet Daren (Problogger.net) J
I would take my Wife with me.
Q10: Are you into watching movies? If yes, which fills your list of favorite ones?
A10: Very rare.
Q11: How has blogging helped you other than money?
A11: Making friends, Learning more
Q12: What would be the one thing you’d change about yourself?
A12: I am practicing to think out of Box , right now I am sticking to the topics which others write and trying to give my own perceptions ; I would like to cover a new topic , Right now I don’t know what !!!
Q13: What is your deepest fear?
A13: I work with one MNC and if they block my website on local firewall due to high traffic from my workstation, that is my deepest fear J
Q14: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
A14:John chow J
Q15: Which is your favorite television show? Favorite songs?
A15:Music reality shows
Q16: How much money do you have in your purse/wallet right now (including change)?
A16: Rs, 1568 , But today I need put Petrol for Rs 1500 on my car , and 60 Rupees due at my nearby grocery shop J
Q17: What is your favorite food? Any particular dislikes?
A17: All Veg foods are welcome.
Q18: What’s your take on the technological advancement these days? Does it make people’s life simple or complicated?
A18:Technology always makes the life simple, Best example is ATM. It is almost 3 years I have been to a bank. It is all about how we use it.
Q19: List out the 10 bloggers you believe should be interviewed by Speakbindas.com.
A19:AmitBhawani.com, labnol.org, johnchow.com, problogger.net, dailyseoblog.com, nirmaltv.com,
Q20: Any special message you would like to share with your blog readers as well with everyone else?
A20: Live your life, make every moment memorable, don’t worry about failures. Learn from failures. Keep in mind that there are many others who have more problems than you.