Give us a brief profile of yourself

My name is Naomi Wanjiru. I started my blogging journey back in the day and like everyone else then, I blogged for fun. The monetization opportunities started cropping up and I jumped onto that around 8 years ago.

Share something interesting about yourself

I’m proof of the power of digital communications. I work fully in Nairobi but I live 150Km away in the village.

What attracted/inspired you into blogging

I like writing. I used to write stuff for my own consumption and then suddenly here was a platform and an audience. A few years down the line, here was money.

What is the name of your blog and what is it about? It is a lifestyle blog covering varied topics, but with a bias towards women.

You could have written about anything, why this niche specifically?

No, I could not have written about anything. I’m only knowledgeable about so many things and those are the ones I write about.

What accomplishments are you proud of most?

I was able to move cities and craft a life in Nairobi without crumbling.

If you could sit down with your 13-year-old self, what would you tell her?

It gets better baby girl. It gets way way better.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Organized, focused, patient.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

Imagine I would stay right here? Yeah. I’m boring like that.

What is the weirdest food combination you have ever tried?

I’m very open about food. I can’t think of anything about it that I can call weird.

If you were not a blogger, what would you be instead? Do you have a day job?

No, I blog full time and do not have a day job. But I had one when I was starting out in blogging.

If I wasn’t blogging, I would probably still be in the tea industry in Mombasa. Blogging got me into this world and these networks that really widened my horizons, and it continues doing so even as at this morning.

Of all the posts you have ever written, which one is your favourite? Why?

This one. Because it is so silly 😀

What is the most difficult thing you ever had to do?

Resign from a good job because I needed new challenges.

Bloggers stop blogging for a while. Please tell us some of the reasons this happens and do they ever make successful comebacks?

If I could speak for myself, I only blog religiously because blogging pays my bills. People probably drop out because they are busy with other ventures that make them a living. There is no reason why one cannot make a successful comeback if they have the conviction.

Anything new we should expect?

I’m venturing into a few things outside of blogging but still very much in the digital space. If they work, I will certainly blog about my experience and hopefully point other people to those opportunities.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

My mother. Because she’s such a beautiful soul, very loving, and she has had time to mold me since age zero.

Besides blogging, what else do you do? What is your obsession?

Solo road trips. I’m not sure I would call it an obsession, but I love open roads.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

In all that you do, invest in solid human relationships.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’ve never been able to answer this question.

Is there a quote/mantra you live by?

Relax. It’s only life.

If you would be a superhero, who would you be and why?

See that answer up there about time travel? Copy and paste.

What lessons have you learned the most from 2020 and how do you plan to make a difference?

That life can turn on its head without warning. That being a quick learner and versatile in style of working is an asset.

What is your greatest achievement?

Moving to a bigger city that I hardly knew anything about and hacking it within a year.

What are some of the changes in the blogsphere between now and when you started out?

Monetization. People are now making decent living from blogging.

Advice to the budding blogger?

Welcome to the club. Keep at it. If you are in it for the money like I am, drop the mentality that this is easy. It takes a lot of work to monetize successfully.