Akanksha Redhu - A Blogger to reckon with!
1. How would you describe the woman - Akanksha Redhu?
Well I'm part woman and part child. I would describe myself as tall, happy and easy-going person. A bit of a health junkie and I do love dressing up most of the times. A huge day dreamer and believes in self preservation over most things. A bit selfish too.
2. Who is your role model in life?
My parents. I can't possibly imagine accomplishing as much as they have in their lifetimes. And my sister, always pushing me to do more.
3. How and when did blogging happen to you?
During college, it was a means to keep track of everything visual that inspires me and also keep a record of our creative projects in college. Slowly the blog evolved and changed according to my tastes and work to what it is now - my personal space of sharing my experiences with my readers
4. What sets your blog, Akanksharedhu.com, apart from other fashion and lifestyle blogs?
The fact that it's my blog and has my voice behind it which will always be different from the style of writing, shooting, etc. from other bloggers. Also the fact that I do not clutter my blog with advertisements which can be very distracting.
5. How often do you blog? What do you love most about blogging?
I add a new blog post about twice a week. The fact that I have the freedom to write or express whatever it is that I want to. There is no editor or boss telling me the topics I should be writing on. I get to have complete creative freedom which can only be achieved if you have your own business. Also I love the fact that I can connect with readers on such a personal level where they know me so well and I get to be a part of their lives too.
6. Do you have any future plan in store for your blog to scale greater heights?
To keep writing more, and travel more so that I can expose my mind to newer experiences, collaborate with the brands I personally love.
7. How do you think blogging has evolved over the past decade?
Blogging has really boomed across the globe with lots of people getting in on it, some people questioning its purpose and some people just downright hating it. In the end all that matters is how well you can express yourself visually and through textual content and reach out to your readers on a personal level. Because that is something that advertisements on television, magazines, etc. just cannot achieve most of the time. Blogging is more real and actually makes a connection with your readers. More and more brands today want to rope in bloggers on projects, collections, campaigns, to reach out to a larger population and seem more real and attainable.
8. If you could change one thing about the blogging industry, what would it be?
Especially in India, The level of professionalism and the misunderstanding that a lot of people have that it's all done for free. No it's not. I make money out of my blog, it's work and a way of means for me. I don't just do it because I'm bored and have nothing better to do.
9. Do you think our women are sufficiently empowered? How can they be further empowered?
Education is the only key to this, and population control.
10.Are you glad to be a woman? Why?
Yes of course. I wouldn't have it any other way. Why because thankfully I haven't experienced what being a man might feel like - suppressing emotions, having the pressure of being the bread winner for the family though this is changing but very slowly), hair loss problems, having to pursue the opposite sex not knowing whether they will be able to win them over or not, being labelled homosexual if you are even slightly in touch with your feminine side. There's lots more but I think this should suffice :)