Since my early days of bloging i have had a few loyal readers. Among them is Madhur Kapoor. He has been visiting ever since. I have also been reading his blog which is centered around technology, software reviews mostly. I was impressed by his 3 year birthday on his blog a couple of months back. I was under the impression that he is a new blogger like me. Having been around blogging for more than three years, means that he started out way back, when blogs where not as popular as they are today. Might i remind you that back in ’06 the trend was websites building a community. So, for this insight of his, starting on blogging when it was not a trend but a passion, makes me respect him as a blogger even more.
As always the interview is short enough to be easy for him to answer without being a burden and easy enough for you to read through and get to know him better. So here we go.
1. Tell us a little about your self.
I am a 23 year old blogger from India. I am a Computer Engineer by Profession and a blogger by passion. Apart from blogging, i do enjoy programming and i am also a CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) and SCJP (Sun Certified Java Programmer). I like watching Football and i am a huge supporter of Manchester United. I am also a gamer and play a lot of Computer Games.
2. Your blog recently celebrated three years. Back when you started it blogs where not so popular. Why and how did you decide to start a blog instead of a website?
At that time, i was a member of a few technology forums and i noticed that most of the members had their own blogs. I had a few websites which i remember i created in Geocities, MSN etc so i knew there was some difference. After doing some research, i came across Blogspot, WordPress and found out what a blog was.
3. Why did you choose WordPress? In ’06 it was not so popular, why not Joomla, XOOPS, phpNuke or something else?
Blogspot was quite famous at that time. The first blog which i created was on Blogspot.com. But most of the blogs which read were on WordPress so i decided to try out WordPress too. I created a blog on WordPress.com and found that it had better features. But it had a few restrcitions and so i decided to invest a little on a self hosted blog and thats how things started. The words Joomla, phpNuke etc were still unfamiliar to me at that time. And afer trying out WordPress, there was no looking back.
4. What was the first programming language you used and what programs do you remember being your first?
5. What kind of games do you like to play and what is your all time favorite?
I enjoy playing all types of games which include Action, Role Playing, Adventure, Sports, Strategy etc. I play Pro Evolution Soccer and Football Manager regularly. Some of my all time favorite games include Age of Empires, Half Life, Doom, Mario, Splinter Cell series, Call Of Duty Series, GTA series, PES, Football Manager, Fifa, Virtua Tennis, NFS etc.
6. What is the field of Computer Science you like the most?
Most of all i enjoy Computer Programming. Apart from that i am also interested in Cryptography, Algorithms, Networking and Operating Systems.
7. Describe a typical day of yours…
Generally i wake up around 9-10 Am or sometimes as late as 1 Pm. My typical routine consists working on my blogs, writing a few blog posts, reading feeds, playing games, hanging out, coding or watching movies. Normally i sleep between 2-4 am. This will change a lot in two months when i start working.
8. Looking back, is there something you regret on your online life?
Sometimes i wish i could have started blogging a bit sooner. I started blogging when i was in college and so my Internet Connection was limited a lot ( 30MB limit a day ), if i had a broadband at that time, i could have done better.
9. What is the advice you would give to all other bloggers (starters or not)?
I have seen many people start blogging in order to make money and they soon get bored if they don’t make any money after 1-2 months. I will suggest all the new bloggers to have patience and be passionate.