Another week, another Cape Town Blogger Interview. Today we have Lipalesa ‘Didi’ Kolane with her blog “100% humanwithhair“.
Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am a 25 year old, ambitious & highly driven Mosotho Woman who lives in Cape Town.
I am a brand Manager in the fashion industry & am passionate about the communication industry. I have a bubbly personality and I just go out there & make it happen.
Read our questions and her answers:
How did you first got involved in with blogging?
When a dear friend, Janette from Groundglass constantly stressed about all the compliments I often would get from all my hairstyles. She came up with the idea of me taking pictures everyday & writing about my hairstyles. Next thing you know the idea grew into a hair blog!
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
Being offensive to people who might not have any hair due to illness or unexplainable scenarios.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog?
I have met alot of extroverts, no one famous yet ( so if you out there, please contact me!)but just people who have guts to do the most outrageous hairstyles.
How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
It’s informative, somewhat educational & also funny. It’s easy for one to relate about my topics.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
I am constantly trying to convince people to better themselves in the little things they do & I work on changing people’s perceptions about the brands I develop.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business? Really hitting the hair salons & speaking to the everyday people on the ground is what I would say is my form of networking plus speaking to my girlfriends. I get so much info from them.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
I am inspired by the creativity that’s behind one’s personal brand. There are loads of individuals out there who make hair a
no. 1priority. My content is mainly driven by what’s happening in & around our different societies.
Where do you go for news and information online?
I read about a lot new hair products & hair extensions. I also really also search for African hair related content. The hair product sites such as ‘Dark & Lovely” and “Black like Me-UK, keep me a breast of what’s happening in the hair world.
Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
I share my personal thoughts about hair affecting ME and how it affects women of today. It’s a way of reaching out & saying “Hey, I fully get what you have to go through and deal with when it comes to hair issues”. So as much as it’s about black women’s hair, it’s also about black women’s sense of identity, self-expression and self-esteem, manifested through their hair.
What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Information they can use to go out there & make a difference.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog? Sharing it amongst my friends & close networks.
What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
Trying to get the real truth from underprivileged women.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
‘Whatta Man, whatta man, oh whatta man” is by far one of my favorites on my blog.It’s so personal, loads of women could relate to that one. I loved it.
What is the ultimate Goal for a blogger in your opinion?
To have the right group of people following your blog & lots of engagement. To build a great database from your loyal readers. My blog will become an online hair destination for all kinds of hair types.
Which one plugin would you suggest all bloggers to have?
Buddypress, anything plugin that can help with building & expanding your social network is great.
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
The ‘Satorialist’ because I love fashion & photography. And in SA, I seem to enjoy Robyn Cooke & her team at styleguidecapetown.blogspot.com
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Be niche & don’t write essays as posts!
A big thank you from Cape Town Active to Lipalesa for this interview. Please check out her blog100percenthumanwithhair.wordpress.com now.