BLOGGER INTERVIEW (Savio: The Author of ‘Goin’ the Extra…aaamile’ Blog)

When it comes to discussing about Blogging or Blog related topics, you will find every Blogger at the peak of enthusiasm. Same was the case with Savio, a fellow blogger of mine. Savio has a wonderful Blog over there with some amazing contents. I am really happy that I tried doing a Blogger interview. I hope this will help us to know our fellow bloggers better as well as get some inspiration to grow in this Blogosphere. Moving on to the Q&A.
Me: Can you tell us a few words about you and your blog?
Savio: Me? I am as simple as it gets. My name is Savio Paes and I live in Goa. Doing & keeping things simple in life is what I believe in. A simple ice-lolly over a fashionable sundae at Baskin Robbins or talking face-to-face rather than over a telephone or skype. My Blog (www.theextraaamile.com) on the other hand, is the extension of my life that I live. It contains everything that goes on in my mind but am unable to express verbally. You can find NOTHING serious in my blog. On the contrary, it will bring a smile to your face and maybe even a thing or two to ponder about!
Me: What was your feeling when you published your first blog post?
Savio: My first post dates back to 2011 (about a train journey). The feeling was, to be honest, “very nervous”. Thoughts of what would people think of it? Was it good enough? Should I have even written it in the first place? etc etc. More importantly, it was a start, look at where I’ve got to now.
Me: Can you share any funny question that people ask you about your blog?
Savio: They’ve been many questions people have asked, not sure if I can recollect any particular one. Wait! I just remembered one, not funny though. “Why so many a’s? There are 4 a’s in the Blog name (Goin’ the Extra..aaamile)
Me: Do you get any income from your Blog?, if yes, would you like to share the idea with others?
Savio: My blog is not monetized and I do not wish to do so. This blog is all about me, and about me, it shall remain. Making money out of something that’s my passion, is not something I can see myself doing. Money can be made in other ways.
Me: Any two blogs that you would recommend others to follow and why? Do share their link.
Savio: Yes definitely! But narrowing it down to just two would be unfair – there is so much of talent out there. The first two that come to mind are:
(a) Pradita Kapahi, she blogs at https://thepraditachronicles.com/ (If it’s good quality posts/articles you want to read, her blog is where you have to visit)
(b) Iti Jain, she blogs at https://mindyourwings.wordpress.com (Simple girl, simple thoughts…) View her blog to know better.
Me: What according to you are the benefits of blogging?
Savio: Why does one need to see the “benefits” of blogging? Blogging is like informal writing, writing from the heart. Blogging is therapeutic to some, acts as a stress buster to others. Blogging does help to express myself better (that could be one reason why I blog) and also maybe to refine my writing skills. I am a storyteller and this is where I write them down.

Me: When did you first come to know about the blogging thing or from whom?
Savio: It would be a friend’s suggestion that got to me create an account on WordPress initially, I soon realized that I loved writing and moved from strength to strength. Though my writing style hasn’t changed much, it’s the different topics that I write upon that makes me a versatile blogger.

Me: Who are most of your visitors? (Options: fellow bloggers, social media followers, others)
Savio: Indians are my most loyal visitors, followed by the U.S and other parts of the world that make up the numbers. My views come from mostly fellow bloggers and friends (who know about the blog) and a few random visitors through various social media handles like Face Book, Twitter, Gmail etc.

Me: When did you first come to know about the blogging thing or from whom?
Savio: It would be a friend’s suggestion that got to me create an account on WordPress initially, I soon realized that I loved writing and moved from strength to strength. Though my writing style hasn’t changed much, it’s the different topics that I write upon that makes me a versatile blogger.

Me: Who are most of your visitors? (Options: fellow bloggers, social media followers, others)
Savio: Indians are my most loyal visitors, followed by the U.S and other parts of the world that make up the numbers. My views come from mostly fellow bloggers and friends (who know about the blog) and a few random visitors through various social media handles like Face Book, Twitter, Gmail etc.

Me: How about your reading habits?
Savio: I love reading, especially when on journeys. When I pick up a book, I must complete it. Reading transports me to another world and I don’t like to be disturbed when doing so. I read a lot of books of Indian authors, have also read a few foreign authors like Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks etc. I’m more of a reader of fiction rather than non-fiction.
Me: Do you have any message for the readers of Snapshot?
Savio: A piece of advice I’d like to give to all readers out there; Blog because you love to, and not because everyone else is doing so. When reading a blog post, pay attention to the content of the post, the blogger is trying to tell you something through the written words, try and recognize it and lastly leave an appreciative comment, don’t be harsh. Even the harshest of things can be said in a diplomatic way.
“Life’s short, go the extra…aaamile and out of your way, to make someone else’s day better” – Best wishes, Savio.
Thank you Savio for spending some of your precious time to answer my questions. Wish you all the best !!!
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