Say hello to Phil. He is another Cape Town blogger and we are happy to have his interview. Learn more about Phil and his blog “www.takeyourphil.com“.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 23 year old wannabe satirist, working in the radio industry, with a mild obsession with the ukulele.
How you first got involved in with blogging?I used to work as a columnist and sub-editor at a local paper in Bloemfontein (when I still lived in the Free State) and when that ended I felt I needed to keep my writing practice up. I love the way you can use the net to create, integrate, and share fresh content all the time.
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
The fine lines between being funny, sarcastic, pathetic, and just being a plain moron.
How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
Serious issues expressed with a touch of sarcasm. Petty issues expressed with a touch of seriousness. It can make one chuckle a bit. (I say all of this with a hopeful expectancy).
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Well, you know one has to eat right? When I’m not at work, or working on my blog, or pretending to work at work whilst working on my blog; I enjoy experiencing the culture of Cape Town. Things are very exciting and diverse here, there’s a lot to experience, especially if you’ve only been in the city for 6 months. Did I mention my mild obsession with my ukulele? Yes, I play one of those too.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
Constant networking helps. I’m always looking for fresh ideas and I’ve found the best inspiration comes by chance when you get out there and experience the world. I’m also constantly chatting to journos, bloggers and social media folks for advice.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
I’m always looking for fresh experiences that I can hopefully relate to my blog and the style one finds there, be it personal experiences, news, or random spouts of inspiration.
Where do you go for news and information online?
The general news websites, Youtube, Twitter, Fark etc.
Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
In general – write what I want in a style that isn’t controlled by an editor.
What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
I would probably say content but I know one should look equally into all of them, it’s a learning curve for me I guess.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Entertainment and an alternative perspective.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
I tried to create something with an ongoing theme that spread across the content, design, Twitter, and Facebook. That way it consistently brings a style across all platforms.
What is the ultimate Goal for a blogger in your opinion?
Readers, comments, recognition from anyone a little more ‘established’…you know J
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I read quite a few but one person who really stands out for me as an individual is Jacques Rouseau. He’s a troublemaker who knows what he wants to say, can back it up, and sticks to his opinions. Otherwise, the folks from Hayibo are inspirational to all sarcastic and satire wannabes like me.
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Find something that interests you and stick to it, while at the same time have an audience in mind that will actually relate to it. Don’t force it. Don’t do it for anything else other than the fact that you enjoy it.
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