Greg has been in the blogging industry for 7 years telling people his thoughts, writing about lunch, and whatever else. 2 year mark realized people wanted to learn the ins and outs of blogging instead, and launched Dear Blogger. Among lots of publishings since then, an important one for Greg was getting a column on Huffington Post (where he was initially rejected twice).
You’ve built a pretty nice website. Did you start out with the goal of building a huge following, or was this a passion project that gained momentum over time?
More of a passion project with a really small yet strong following at first. I’ve always believed that if your blog can help 10 people change their lives and mindsets, why can’t it help 100, 100,000?
The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?
Forever. I wanted a domain with “blog” in it, but searching GoDaddy for every ridiculous name I could think of, I realized they all cost 1000s of dollars. So I moved to a more community based extension, .org, and called myself Dear Blogger because I wanted people to know they could write in to the blog.
WordPress. It’s easy now but I actually was afraid of it at first. I didn’t get how posts and logos and menus and widgets interacted. It’s now the kind of thing I need to do everyday, and with every new theme or item i build, there’s a little bit more excitement.
What are your top three plugins, the ones you can’t live without?
Tough question. The ones I use the most these days are Page Builder by SiteOrigin, Revolution Slider, and I guess probably WP-Post-Views. I talk about my favorite ones on youtube.com/narayguy whenever I find them. I also love the new Blogger to WordPress importer.
How much time do you spend blogging?
About 7 hours a day if you include tasks like web design and brainstorming.
Which social media sites do you consider the most important?
YouTube and Facebook at the moment. I used to care about Twitter but now it’s all YouTube and Facebook.
Do you still have a “day job” or is this your main source of income? If yes, how do you maintain a work/life balance working for yourself, in the 24/7 reality of the internet?
Not anymore – it was incredibly stressful trying to do both. Once you can leave your day job, just do it. No one else can make that decision.
If you had to pick the top three things people do wrong, the things holding them back from success, what would those be?
1. Focus too much on numbers. 2. Not get design advice / help early on, before its too late. 3. Change topics too soon before one idea has time to blow up.
How would you suggest people avoid these mistakes?
Find a reasonably good and available idol or mentor, and just tell yourself that it will work out.
We like to wrap up with a bit of fun, so if you could get a guest post from anyone, living, dead, or mythological, who would you tap for it?
From? The founders of WordPress or maybe a huge plugin developer. For? New York Times.
Photos ©: Greg Narayan