Our October featured blogger isÂ Ferowza Bowren from The Kaleidoscope Effect. Ferowza enjoys different things, and plays different roles, so she wanted her blog to reflect that. She will post about things she has come across, experienced, enjoyed, disliked, found inspiring, the challenges and joys about parenting, tips she has found usefulâ€¦ pretty much anything she feels like sharingÂ
She entitled her blogÂ â€œThe Kaleidoscope Effectâ€Â for that very reason, as it presents different facets and views, different colours, a variety of things, a kaleidoscope!
WHENÂ AND WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING? DID ANYONE, IN PARTICULAR, INSPIRE YOU TO START BLOGGING?
I started blogging early in 2015. I was searching for some halaal eateries and landed on a couple of blogs that included reviews of halaal places to eat in Cape Town. From there I browsed a few of these blogs and thought “I can do this”. Then one day I just started a blog.
I always had the writing bug I suppose. I used to write keep a diary when I was younger – just a log of whatever wa going on – and then just kept a regular notebook where I could purge my thoughts and feelings into the written word. I found it somewhat cleansing. Besides that I enjoy the creative outlet of having a blog!
TELLÂ Â US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BLOG. THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME AND HOW YOU DECIDED WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT.Â
Â My blog is really just a collection of myÂ opinions, my thoughts, my reviews – my expressions! I don’t have a niche blog, so write about what appealsÂ to me or what has made an impact on me at a point in time. For this reason, I wanted a name that reflected something multi-faceted. So after giving it some thought my blog was christened “The Kaleidoscope Effect”, to reflect the different facets, different colours, different shapes, of my blog. I didn’t want to just write about one particular aspect of my life or what I come across, and I knew I would not be able to maintain a different blog for the different topics that interest me, so “The Kaleidoscope Effect” seemed a fitting choice. 🙂
WHATâ€™SÂ Â THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BEING A BLOGGER AND BLOGGING?
Consistency! For me this is the single most challenging thing about trying to maintain a blog. I am a full-time working mom, so many days I find myself using that last bit of energy to just drop my body on the couch for a little bit of down-time at the end of the day! The thought of whipping out my laptop after I sat in front of it all day simply becomes the last thing I want to do.
ASÂ Â A PARENT, DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FIND THE TIME TO BLOG? HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME?Â Â HAVEÂ YOU EVER FELT OVERWHELMED WITH BEING A MOTHER AND BLOGGING ASWELL
I definitely battle to find time to blog. I’m sure mommies around the globe can agree with me when I say that sometimes I am just overwhelmed with being a mother. Period. What provides me with some relief is that my blog at this point is very much a creative outlet, a hobby, so I don’t feel the pressure to need to get posts or reviews out as a form of income. I do want to grow my blog though, and I found thus far that on the odd quiet day at work I could get a post (or a big chunk of a post) done over lunch! But a good place to start I would say is after Fajr prayers – I haven’t personally done this yet because the idea of extra snooze time is so appealing. But the thought of being able to write a post after my husband has gone back to bed and the girls are still asleep, sounds nice a hot latte on a cold morning… mmmmm.
HAVEÂ YOU HAD ANY OPPORTUNITIES ARISE AS A RESULT OF BLOGGING?
Nothing to date, but that’s pretty much okay with me. At this point as I am growing my blog the highlights are really when someone makes such a lovely comment on a post, that I was not expecting at all. 🙂
WHEREÂ DO YOU SEEÂ BLOGGINGÂ INÂ 5 YEARS? WILL YOU STILL BE DOINGÂ IT IN SHAA ALLAH?Â Â
I would love to still be blogging In Shaa Allah, and by then I hope to have nailed the consistency challenge so that I get out a post a month at least. There seems to be a drive towards Vlogging – I know it’s been around for quite some time, but more and more bloggers are doing vlogs these days. I do prefer the written word, but I’d like to branch out and try a few video reviews as well In Shaa Allah.
WHATÂ ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR YOUR BLOG?
Apart from being more consistent and trying out a few vlog posts, over the next few months I want to invest in my blog a bit. I moved from Google’s Blogger platform to WordPress this year, and love the change. So next steps for me are to host my blog and get in touch with some local graphics / digital artists to just give the aesthetics of my blog a boost and really make it reflect my personality better. In this regard I also received feedback from sisters in the Muslimah Bloggers community on my blog, that I would love to include in making it better In Shaa Allah.
WHATÂ ADVICE AND TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO MAY BE THINKING OF STARTING A BLOG?
It sounds like a daunting task to start a blog and then write, because you’re open to anyone on the web who comes across your blog. But it is actually not as daunting as a new blogger might think. I was once told by another mommy blogger to just post and worry about having ‘a perfect’ blog later. So I did. I moved to WordPress, selected and customised a basic free theme and just went with it. The feeling of writing is a bigger thrill than having the most eye catching blog. So take the leap and just click the button to start the blog. It will flow from there, even if it flows slowly. And don’t give too much thought to how many bloggers are out there. Just remember that everyone has a story to tell.
I would also advise bloggers, newbies or seasoned, to join blogging communities. Apart from being a part of the Muslimah Bloggers groups on Facebook, I also joined a few other blogger groups and it definitely helps. Despite my struggle with posting consistently, and despite not being active on social media like Instagram and Facebook on a daily basis, I can definitely say that interaction on my blog is far greater than it ever was before being a part of a community. You get to interact with a dynamic mix of individuals that you can learn from, and that can even learn from you. You create a support system for each other, a community of creative thinkers and content creators, a positive playground. It’s an invaluable resource in a blogger’s journey.
JazakAllah Khair to Ferowza for taking the time out to answer our questions. If you wish to connect with her further you can follow her blogÂ Â TheÂ Kaleidoscope EffectÂ and find her on social media:Â Â Â Â Â