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Interview with Blogger Hemant Mehta

By Amna Gilani • Oct 30th, 2012 • Category: Interviews • No Responses

Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

The site has been around for over 5 years and receives well over 1,000,000
page-views per month

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

I love being able to share the stories of young atheists and helping
people start groups or fix problems by shining a spotlight on the issues.
I’ve also raised over $100,000 in scholarships for young atheists who
stood up for their rights.

If you had to describe life as a blogger in a Twitter message (140
characters) what would you say?

It can be stressful and frustrating, but ultimately very rewarding

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?

It sets a positive tone and offers a constantly updated and opinionated
feed of national/world news as well as local kerfuffles

If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success
in life, what would it be?

Confidence in myself to make good decisions

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

I’m generally happy… gloomiest was probably when I moved away from my
closest friends when I was much younger

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no
worries about how it?s paid for - what would your top 3 choices be?

I would love to visit Italy, Greece, and Finland

What is your favorite book and why?

Richard Dawkins’ the Ancestor’s Tale is the book that really explained
evolution to me in a way I’d never been taught before. It hooked me onto
his books and science writing in general.

How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

It’s tough… mine didn’t make money for the first couple of years. But I
think if you create a product people want to visit, there are ways to make
money, whether it’s through ads, donations, or getting paid for your
writing through the blog or other venues

What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more
friendlier and less hostile?

They can shine a light on stories the mainstream media doesn’t cover.
They can also offer a more nuanced take on these stories without having to
go through editorial censorship

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

I read everything at Boing Boing, Pharyngula, the Daily Dish, the Comics
Curmudgeon, and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most
powerful reaction from people?

Too many to remember… people love stories about politics and young
atheists, though

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?

No

What is the future of blogging?

Opinionated journalism is too important to ignore, and people who present
a fair-minded approach on tough issues will always have a future in
writing, whatever the medium

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your
personal and professional life?

I try to keep them separate. But my personal life is tied into my blog
now. My professional life focuses on teaching and my students.

What are your future plans?

Keep writing, teaching, and learning

Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

Speak out. Share your thoughts. People are listening whether you know it
or not.

Thanks!


 
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