Today I am going to introduce you all to someone with whom I can relate to on so many levels, actually not going to introduce you as I am sure you guys already know her. She’s someone who doesn’t care what the world thinks about her, she has her own style, great sense of humor and she talks about real stuff. She is a fun person and I like how she lives her life in a light way. She’s the “Desi Wonder Woman” and there’s no doubt about that. In today’s world, you’ll come across many bloggers daily but there are very few whom you can connect and relate to, I’ve always find her talking about things that matter. I must say she’s a genuine human being and knows what she is doing. She worked in corporate world before she became a full time blogger. She lived in Dubai before shifting to Sydney, Australia and I get to see Sydney through her insta stories which are equally as good and fun as her posts. These are all the reasons I wanted to feature her on my blog specially for this series and that made me her fan.
Now without any further delay, read what Shehzeen Rehman has to say!
Q1) Hi Shehzeen. I feel so honored to be able to interview you for my “10 Questions” series. I hope everything’s great. Tell me how’s your life going? Any exciting projects coming up?
Hey, happy to be chatting with you. Life is good, projects are happening. To be honest, the ones I’m *extremely* excited about, I don’t even want to hint about what they are because I want to keep them as a big surprise. But for the medium-excitement ones, heh, I have some interesting brand collaborations happening, some social work that I’m able to do through the blog, so lots of good stuff.
Q2) Can you tell the story behind your blog? Like how did you get into blogging, and how was it when you started?
I just started writing very randomly. I’ve always written in some capacity or the other, even had published stories in children’s magazines growing up. But then college and work got in the way and I only came back to writing when I guess I needed to try something different with my life. I put out some random posts, they somehow got instant traction, brands got interested, I slowly moved into it fulltime and since then I’ve been here.
Q3) Describe your writing process and How do you attract new readers?
I don’t really work on pulling anyone towards what I write. I appreciate when someone mindfully chooses to follow what I talk about so I leave my readership growth upto the natural workings of the universe. As for my writing process, it’s very moody, because I only write when I feel like my whole heart and soul is in a piece (even a mini insta post) and if that doesn’t happen, I just drag that topic for months in my notebook (where I jot down ideas as they come to me).
Q4) What has been your most successful post? Why do you think it was appealing?
Generally all posts on social conversation topics and random musings get the most eyeballs. I think they work because in the desi context, there aren’t any professional bloggers writing properly drafted posts. Insta posts exist, sure, but detailed blogging isn’t really done on such issues, and I guess that’s why they work.
Q5) What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that? and also what has been the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Failures are my favorite. They teach you the most so I don’t even like to call them failures. They’re steps to growth in my dictionary. And because I don’t view them that way, honestly my brain can’t recall anything that was catastrophic. Everything that’s worked for me and hasn’t worked for me, has at the end of the day, made my life the way that it is and I’m on board with all of it.
As for a challenging moment, I think when I started off, there hardly were any bloggers in Pakistan (and no lifestyle bloggers) and to get your work to be taken seriously enough to be paid could be a bit of a challenge with a lot of brands. Now it’s easy, nearly everyone asks you for your coverage rates but in the beginning people wanted to offer ‘freebies’ and be done with it. I think setting the tone that work cannot go uncompensated used to be a challenge and it’s great that we’ve come so far.
Q6) What is your favorite thing to blog about and why?
Social conversations always. And home décor.
Q7) What are your 10 favorite things?
Chai. Dessert. Chai and dessert together. Plants. A good smelling home. Vintage. Oxidised jewelry. Anything handmade. Music. Peace of mind.
Q8) Who would you like to live like for a day?
As a professional chocolate chip cookie taste taster. And have all the cookies.
Q9) Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
Just having the drive to work for my own self and being honest with my approach, has helped me the most.
Q10) Last but definitely not the least, the most asked question to bloggers, give some advice related to blogging to new bloggers out there who want to be successful like what is the biggest mistake they are making and how can they make money through their blog?
I always say, I’m the wrong person to take blogging advice from because I say all the wrong things that a strategic blogger won’t tell you. I don’t believe in chasing followers, or creating networks to grow fast, or creating content to generate an income. I trust in having your voice, not going after what’s working for someone else, having integrity in what you talk about (branded and unbranded content), remembering that fame is an illusion so it can’t be your driving force and occupying your corner on the internet and doing your own thing. People get frustrated and want things to happen fast. I don’t understand that format, my advice is old school. When you create good content that’s authentic to you, people want to read what you talk about, whether you have the most amazing pictures or not. When I started my blog, I was anonymous for about a year, and I still got traction – and the only reason was not because I had something super special to offer but because I was honest about what I was putting out. Do what works for you, have patience.
Thank you for your time Shehzeen. Sending you lots of love and best wishes for your new projects. Really looking forward💛
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I hope you guys enjoyed reading this conversation as much I did.
Thank you for stopping by. Xoxo