Cape Town Blogger Interview: Jiyaad Samaai

Cape Town Blogger Jiyaad Samaai
Cape Town Blogger Jiyaad Samaai

Another week, another Cape Town Blogger Interview. Today we have Jiyaad Samaai with his blog “ElectroHavoc“.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 21 year old proud South African who wreaks havoc in the beautiful mother city. I’m currently busy trying to finish a degree in Psychology and I run an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) blog. Someday in the future I plan on hopefully breaching into events management.

I plan on launching my own clothing label “21” within next year. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with 1 step; I have big dreams and ambitions which I plan on making a success of. As the saying goes “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”

How you first got involved in with blogging?
I always had an allure about blogging so it was only a matter of time before I found my way into the blogging world. I started two blogs back in high school and posted like 3 articles combined so I guess with me 3rd time is lucky as I am currently running my blog ElectroHavoc for just over 7 months and things are going awesome.

What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
Honestly? I would have to say choosing what to write about with the amount of material that’s out there for you to base content on. Oh and replying to fan mail 😉 lol

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Out catching crocodiles, playing with snakes and baking cakes

How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
At first I had to constantly check most social networks and sites like Youtube for content to base my material on. As my blog grew and started to get recognized many artist mangers/agencies and record labels started to send me the latest information on their people. So my material comes from the content I get sent as well as my own research.

What’s your strategy with your blog in general?
I’ve structured the blog to have various monthly features, for example each month we will feature either a DJ/Producer or vocalist in our “Spotlight article”. Originally I had 2 monthly interview features but as demand has change, the blog now squeezes as many interviews as possible every month.

What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
I think as a blogger you have to prioritize all the above mentioned if you are aiming at becoming a successful blogger. If you are blogging for more a of personal stress reliever then I think not so much.

For me it started with prioritizing my content but after the first month of blogging I started to take things serious and my readers became the most important.

Traffic is a very important factor when you are considering attracting advertisers to place their ads on your blog, as for SEO, well I think you can either design your blog to become successful in popping up in top search engines by using creative blogging techniques OR you could hire companies that will do that for you, either way never prioritize it above your readers as they are the most important factor in blogging.

What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
Two words > “Social Networking”, man sites like Facebook and Twitter are the driving forces for many companies, bloggers, and initiatives in the 21st century. I would go as far as saying print media doesn’t even have the pull of online media. In today’s society everyone spends most of their day in front of a computer.

Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
I don’t think I could pick a favorite or least fav post, but I would say that my review of what is probably one of the top contenders for Trance track of the year in Armin van Buuren’s ASOT was a unique one. I’m not quite sure who posted the link on Twitter or Facebook at 1am {CAT} but in that hour alone that specific article got over 1000 views.

You can check it out here > http://bit.ly/v7uE0U

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
First things first, blog about something you have a passion for unless it’s a personal blog. Before choosing a blogging platform do your research, if you feel you not quite sure how to work “Wordpress” or “Blogger” for example then sign up and play around with it, you can always delete it and then start again.

Try and bring something unique to the game, when I blog I look at what my competition are doing and I go a completely different way. When I blog, as strange as this may sound I never stick within what is “grammatically correct” but most importantly I treat my subject with all respect even if I have to do a slight negative review.

Get in touch with other bloggers, email them if you have to and get involved in social networking.

A big thank you from Cape Town Active for this interview. Please check out his blog now.

Blog like > http://electrohavoc.blogspot.com
Twitter > @electrohavoc {Blog} –  @JiyaadSamaai {Personal}

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