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|Interview with Okiemute Omuta (Founder & CEO of DeQeo Consulting) : eAskme|
Q. Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?.
Ans: My name is Okiemute Omuta but I usually go by Kheme. Many people know me either as the "computer guy" or the "website guy" because computers are one of the most common things that people associate me with. However, I consider myself an individual with an interest in several topics and computers is just one of the things I'm good at.
I am now moving my wordpress blog onto my own host and I am going to reform or transform my blog into something better with more structure and organization, something that my readers will appreciate more.
Q. How the idea to make your own blog came in your mind? How you found the right people to develop it and what big obstacles you faced?
Ans: I first came across the word "blog" on the early 2000's and because I loved to write, the meaning (web log) quickly got to me. I was used to taking notes of my thoughts and keeping what seemed like journals, and when I found out about this web log thing that was an online journal, I picked interest immediately. However, I do not recall if there were blogging platforms likes we do today back then. If there were, I most definitely wasn't aware of them. I do remember blogger at one time though, and I had a blogger account long before I tried wordrpess, but I did not find it appealing at that time.
Then in 2012, I had an idea for a simple website for a friend of mine and I chose to do it with wordpress. She never went on to use the website and the account was just there, useless. After I failed at getting my forex blog back online, I decided to user her account and start my personal blog. That's why my wordpress username (not wordpress blog name) is not my name or nickname... it was her's.
So I've been blogging for personal reasons ever since, but it was only recently that I decided to do it properly and then I realized that the wordpress hosted blog was limiting me a lot from achieving what I want with my blog. As a result, I will be moving my blog to my own host so that I can get rid of many limitations that wordpress hosted blogs come with.
Q. Can blogging really change someone`s life?
Ans: If you ask me if blogging can really change someone's life, I will say "hell yea!" Maybe not everybody likes writing like I do, but when you sit down to write or to create content, it is just like living in your own world! Whether you are writing about personal experiences or about the experiences of other, or whether you are writing about your findings on some other topic... it takes you to a place that wouldn't really go, both mentally and emotionally. A few months ago I saw a video of man describing how blogging literally saved his life during a very low time in his life. He had just gone through a divorce and lost his job as well, and as a result was at risk of high blood pressure. The doctors asked him to monitor his blood pressure daily for weeks, and he noticed that his blood pressure was the lowest at the hours during which he blogged daily. So yes, even medically speaking... blogging can change (and save) someone's life. But if not for anything else, it has changed the way I write and express myself, as well as my perspective of life in general.
Q. What are your favorite Internet marketing tools?
Ans: When it comes to Internet marketing tools, besides wordpress itself (if you consider that a tool), my favorites would definitely include:
- Buffer App: I use the buffer app for sharing articles to 3 of my most favorite social media platforms at once. Also, it lets me schedule these posts in a queue so that the post automatically at the times that I set
- Google Keep: This is my all time favorite note keeping app because I can access it from all of my devices and it synchronizes with the cloud so that I can access my notes from any internet connected device
- Google Analytics: This helps me keep track of the traffic on my websites/blog, like where my viewers come from, how much time they spend on the website, what keywords brought them in, and so on
- Adobe Fireworks: This is the go to graphics editor that I use in editing, and sometimes creating the graphics and images that appear on my blogs and website
Q. What is your daily schedule? And how do you maintain your tasks?
Ans: In order to keep up with my tasks for each day, I use an app called Todoist. It is also cloud based like Google Keep and I use it along side Google Keep when I work. Todoist lets me organize and prioritize a list of goals and tasks from daily tasks, to weekly and even monthly tasks. One of the reasons I love Todoist is the recurring deadlines that keeps my tasks always in my face so that procrastinating becomes less of an issue because I get a chance to follow up my tasks on the next occurrence, if I missed it the first (or second) time.
Q. Blogging have different definition for different person. What is it for you?
Ans: To me, blogging is an extension of one's own self, it is the imortalization of one's thoughts and the expression of one's opinions. A blog is like an excerpt from a book write by the author. It is a journal of stories, in bite sizes that are easily assimilated by the reader. It lets the writer tell a story the leaves the user satisfied, but simultaneously wanting more and so they cannot wait for the next piece of information, or they will have to take some action in order to get that "extra". As much as blogging can be used in story telling or closing a sale, it shows the reader that you value them enough to dedicate your time and efforts to write a piece that is worth reading.
Q. Which are your favorite blogs?
Ans: I am a man of many interests, and so my favorite things are usually a mix and sometimes unusual. Nevertheless, my favorite blogs include the following:
- Entrepreneur - entrepreneur.com
- Entrepreneur on Fire - entrepreneuronfire.com
- StartupIst - startupist.com
- Fueal to Launch - fueltolaunch.com
- Foundr Magazine - foundrmag.com
- Laptop Entrepreneurship - laptopentrepreneurship.com
Q. How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
Ans: Usually after uploading a blog post, Wordpress automatically "blasts" it to my social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn). Thereafter, I spend sometime to share the link in a few more places like groups on facebook, as well as facebook groups, and then on my other social profiles like Tsu, Xing, Instagram and Vk. I also share the link directly with my friends on Facebook as messages, and sometimes on Whatsapp. Occasionally, I will vist other blogs, forums and websites like Quora, and share the links as answers to appropriate questions.
Q. How much time do you spend for blogging daily?
Ans: The amount of time I spend writing each day, depends on the length of what I am writing and how much extra time is required to research further into whatever I'm writing (if it's a topic that requires further research). So typically, it takes me about 40 to 100 minutes to complete one blog post, including research and proofreading.
Q. Finally, I would love to have your message for my readers and any suggestions for newbies?
Ans: I have been blogging for a few years now and I really do enjoy it. Maybe it's because I love to write, but I definitely recommend blogging for anyone with more than just regular random thoughts. Everybody has a story to tell, and blogging is one way to tell your story easily.
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