Tanvi Rastogi - A blogger by passion!
Tanvi Rastogi is one of those bloggers who took it up simply out of genuine enthusiasm, but was soon drawn to it so irresistibly that she started devoting more of her energies into it, & needless to say, doing pretty good for herself! Here's hearing her sharing her story :
1. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, which words would you choose?
Eccentric. Creative. Stylish.
2. When did you first start blogging? What attracted you to it?
I started blogging on January 6th 2009. It was a medium of expression. I had moved to United States after getting married and the lack of like-minded people around drew me towards blogging.
3. Your blog is not just about fashion but also about food, fitness and travel? Was that a deliberate attempt to have an edge over other contemporary fashion blogs?
Actually when I started blogging it wasn’t with the intention of becoming a Fashion Blogger. Initially my blog consisted of fitness-related posts and random-married-life-musings. I discovered Fashion Blogs only towards the end of 2009 and tip-toed slowly into that genre by April 2010. However, I do not consider myself ‘fashionable’ per say. I do have an individual style but I do not keep up with Fashion Weeks and new designers as much as one would assume. I have many passions like travel, cooking and working-out and I enjoy talking about all of them on my blog.
4. What do you love about blogging the most?
I love the freedom to express, that blogging provides. I enjoy connecting with people through common passions and interests. Today I have formed many meaningful relationship with women from all around the world. Women of different nationalities, ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. I do not think that would have been possible had I not started blogging.
5. If you could change anything about blogging, what would it be?
Nothing at all. Blogging has grown organically and I think any change would obstruct its natural popularity.
6. What are the different ways through which you engage with your blog readers community?
Through Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sometimes emails.
7. Do you think fashion blogging has reached such heights that it can become a full-fledged career choice for a woman?
Yes. I do think it can be a full-fledged career but it would require a lot of work and time. It might be relatively easier for young girls who are unmarried and live with their parents to start early on as one needs to build an audience and bring traffic to the website for it to be a source of income. If you are married and/or already have bills to pay, you might have to rely on another job for sometime before blogging can be a full-time option.
8. How do you think you can improve your blog further?
Well, there is always more you can do. Have more informative articles, engaging content and better photography. I think I am currently making the optimum use of my resources and time but constantly striving for improvement as I move forward.
9. In under developed and developing nations, how do you think women can be empowered better?
Women can be better empowered by education, equality and economic independence.
Education is the key in women empowerment. It gives them options. They can choose to do something other than what society expects them to do. Keeping a girl in the school should be a priority for all countries, developing or developed.
Equality would be the next. Do not give mixed messages to a girl. Do not tell her she can be anyone she wants and then treat her differently than you do to your boys. She can and should be allowed to do, anything a boy can do. Gender equality, which is an issue in most developing countries, is what I believe holds back most women.
Economic empowerment would be the last but equally important tool. Supporting women’s business and equipping them to be independent helps them be a part of the fabric of society which makes policy changes and law reforms. Economic empowerment would give them a political voice which would benefit their personal and professional lives.
Empowered women will then be capable of taking care of themselves and their families.
10. Are you glad to be a woman? Why?
I have been extremely lucky to be born, and then wed into families which do not discriminate and have supported me in anything that I ever wanted to do. That is probably why I have never had any second thoughts about being a ‘woman’. I am not sure every woman has had that luxury in India (and other countries).
Also as I advocate gender equality, I think it is pretty cool to be either of the two sexes, especially since it is not in our control, and is a result of a biological process.