Another week, another Cape Town Blogger interview. And again a lady bloggeThis time it is Madelain Burgoyne with her blog “The confessions of a Mad Yogini: Diving deep into self inquiry.” http://madyoginiconfessions.blogspot.com/
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Madelain. I’m 27, been married for 6 years, mother of a 3 1/2 year old. I’m a pretty resilient human being and feel that I have a more than one life-times worth of experience in my short existence on this earth so far.
LOL… I am a yogi… but not the typical yogi. I’m more of a contemporary yogi, finally figuring out what my offering is in this world.
I’m also an artist, nature lover and I dig taking my mountain bike out for adventures.
This year i started my own little business teaching yoga and basically drawing an audience through using social media… mostly. I’m a one man show so far… I put my heart and soul into offering classes that will hopefully help others to have a more consistent practice. I believe that movement & mindfulness can eradicate those low (and so often too frequent) low moments we experience in our fast paced modern, goal orientated lives through shining perspective over low moments. I know because i was there all too many times.
How you first got involved in with blogging?
I read a lot of blogs. I was inspired by how some are so brave to say what’s on their minds. I want to share my human experience without denial, with utter truth and vulnerability. to share my journal with the world… because what else are we on this planet for? Aren’t we here to share, live, learn, evolve, inspire, be inspired?
Through sharing the truth, other’s might be inspired to do the same, stop hiding and share their experience, draw more clarity for themselves though penning their thoughts and interests down. The need for me to create a community that can resonate with my own humanness is what I want to see. That need reached the tipping point on 27 March 2012, where all I could think about was writing what i wanted to share! I spent the entire day putting the beginnings of my blog together and then wrote my first blog entry.
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
I’m not the worlds best writer and I’m not afflicted with false modesty when i say that my grammar, spelling and vocabulary suck! I find it hard to articulate what i feel into words. I’m a very feely type of person… sometimes the rules of language make no sense to me at all. I don’t care though… it’s a very nice exercise for me to get involved in and one i try to challenge myself on all the time.
Trying to translate what I want to say takes a lot of energy… physically for me, because it’s a process of identifying to myself what i feel (emotional articulacy) and then putting it down on the blog so that other’s can understand what I’m trying to convey. So my entries are few and far between sometimes… however.. a blog will always arise when there is this pressing thought i want out with! Then I spew it out like a mad woman!
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog?
None so far, My blog is very new… and i haven’t made a big effort to get it out there yet.
How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
LOL Who knows, you could be the first to comment if you like. I had one friend say that my message was clear & practical.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
I try to bring awareness to the yoga classes I teach through social networking. I’m a mother, I try play hard too, which involves riding my mountain bike and driving my scooter around Cape Town to see people I love. (I’m a two wheel kinda-gal). I teach free Yoga on the promenade during the summer months (running since 2011) and indoors during winter. I am also an artist.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
I’m sure my Facebook friends would be interested in my blog when I decide to share it more. I also tweet. I’m planning on posting YouTube vids… but i kinda got to get a camera first.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
Life never runs out of content! I just feel into my humanness and there is always something to share.
Where do you go for news and information online?
I google a lot. I follow people who I find interesting and discover diverse topics that resonate with my own interests. My husband shares links with me two.
Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
My strategy is: Feel… translate… blog. I’m an action kind of gal… sometimes impulsive. So i just do. I then go over it, refining certain points to make whatever I’m writing clearer.
What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
Definitely content… the quality of the content! I think those that need my bog for inspiration will find me.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Authenticity, showing themselves unedited. With that said, I enjoy readers who share their thoughts etc with a touch of decency & open-mindedness.
A blogger who knows that they aren’t the only ones with an opinion is pretty awesome, because they’re not trying to convert others to a certain way of thinking, but rather they are challenging, giving you food for thought, knowing that their experience is unique even to others who resonate with their posts or have similar experiences.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
Just allowing it to be there. Directing a few friends there by sharing the link. No planned strategy just yet. blog is very new still and I’m still cleaning it up… like you do when you move into a new home. You want to make it welcoming to your guests as well as it being your own sanctuary. So I’m still decorating LOL. I don’t mind if people come to visit me in the meantime though!
What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
finding my way around the back-end. writing my profile content on who I am.. cause I’m a lot of things that make up me. the challenge as always is putting it into words.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
No least favs yet, I only have three up so far… And i don’t publish my post without feeling like it’s complete or has the quality of my thoughts.
What is the ultimate Goal for a blogger in your opinion?
To share what and who they are. Leave a legacy, a message, to connect with other human beings… even if it’s an e-community. I think that that is what we as humans always strive to become part of.
Which one plugin would you suggest all bloggers to have?
Hmmm, Facebook plug in… That’s what i have. i dunno… you got any awesome one that i need to know about?
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
“Damn Good Yoga” by Megan walker… This chick is an inspiring machine in her search to become knowledgeable on all things yoga.
“Ultra Chicks Unite” a sisterhood of extreme athletes living it large!
Meghan Currie… a yogini after my own heart!
Sadie Nardini… My far away cyber teacher who saved my life! reminded me that i am the master of my life.. it’s up to me to make it happen.
the good man project
Dashama Konnah… She also saved my life.
Elana Brower…. the Art of Living. This Woman is a Titan.
Dana Trixi Flynn… a stunning woman, a community women.
Zoe Keating… This woman is amazing on the cello… She speaks through her music.
there are too many to mention!
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Just do it. this way your diary can never be miss placed! Leave a legacy, your message.. yo never know who will reach out & be inspired!
Love and awesomeness to you
Head Mad Yogini
The confessions of a Mad Yogini: Diving deep into self inquiry.
A big thank you from Cape Town Active to Madelain for this interview. Please check out her blog http://madyoginiconfessions.blogspot.com//.
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