Interview with Harleena Singh Professional Freelance Writer

Hello friends! Today our guest is Harleena Singh. She is owner of blog and! She is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years experience in writing, education and management. She holds a masters Degree in English Language with vast experience in writing quality, unique and SEO Optimized content for companies and individuals.

If you found her on your blog I’m sure you noticed that her long comments. My friend Anis Chity said, Harleena Singh comments are very long more than my blog post. 😉

Interview with Harleena Singh Professional Freelance Writer

Interview with harleena Singh

1. Please tell us something about yourself?

My name is Harleena Singh and I’m a professional freelance writer and blogger. Although I’ve been into freelance writing for long, I started blogging only when I created my own blogs in 2010, Aha!NOW being one of them. Besides, taking writing assignments and doing all that it takes to be a successful blogger; I manage my home and family too.

2. Please tell us something about your blog?

I initially started my blog as a family blog. Later with time, it developed into a life and self-development blog too with my increased contribution in these niches. I’ve now christened my blog as a SELFhelp blog, where SELF is an acronym for Self-development and Enrichment of Life and Family. My blog is all about solving life problems, learning to improve ourselves, creating awareness and understanding the world through the thought-provoking posts.

I want to develop my blog as a guide to happiness for everyone. The main aim of the blog is to help others, and create a Aha!NOW Blog Community blog community of like-minded people who believe in helping each other through thick and thin, and ups and downs. Especially, when all you need is a friendly suggestion, cues from experiences, and wisdom of others.

3. Who inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, before I started blogging, I hardly knew of any blogger. Since I used to write for my clients, I thought of using my writing skills to share my knowledge and experience with others. I did not follow any particular blogger, but certainly did survey the then blogosphere to get an idea of how to be a blogger.

4. The first successful moment of your blog?

There were not one but many a moments when I smelled the scent of success of my blog. I remember the days when I wrote a couple of posts and did not get any comments at all. Those days I had my blog on Blogger. Getting a few comments in my first month of blogging was very encouraging.

By the time I wrote my 15th post, I was already popular and people hardly believed that I could do so much in so less time. In spite of not having the popular technology or blogging niche, I was thrilled when my blog crossed the 100,000 mark in Alexa ranking and that was the first major success.

5. Where did you manage to get your first guest post?
You won’t believe but I haven’t guest posted anywhere as yet! Although I intend to do so but it’s also true that I really am not getting that free time to start off with guest posts as yet.
I understand that guest posting is one of the best form of self-promotion and it boosts your blog traffic too. Now, as I’ve crossed the 50,000 Alexa rank mark, which was my target for this year, I guess I need to find time to guest post. However, I wonder where I’d go first as I’ve got so many invitations :). I guess I’d start from a friend’s place, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a high ranking blog or not. :)

6. Have you ever faced failure in your early blogging career?

I believe failures are part of life and a crucial component of success. I’m sure everybody’s heard of the popular cliché that failures are the stepping stone to success. As I mentioned earlier, during my first month of blogging I hardly got any comments, and that was kind of a failure for me – at least I thought it was that time, though now one understands that it’s a very normal part of being a newbie.

Besides, my social networking member counts hardly increased in the first six months, and that was another failure for me. But all said and done – all these failures always taught me many things in return, so I am grateful for those times too.

7. What steps did you take to overcome this failure?

I took every failure as a challenge. I knew if I got down to doing the tasks sincerely and dedicatedly in the correct way, nothing could stop me from achieving success. So, I learnt the skill of interacting and building relationships with fellow bloggers, the art of commenting, and the techniques of leveraging the power of social media.

I developed my patience, kept making efforts, and got encouraged and self-motivated with every small success like increase in comments, more fans, or the hike in Alexa rank, even though I know all of these really aren’t all that important, but it surely does boost your morale. Soon I found my rhythm that was conducive to efficient blogging, and there was no looking back since then.

8. What do you think – SEO is important or social media?

My personal success has been majorly due to social media. Having said that, I believe one shouldn’t neglect search engine optimization (SEO). One shouldn’t keep all the eggs in one basket and should’ve a distributed and balanced traffic portfolio consisting of SEO, social media, direct referrals, and campaigns.

However, one thing is for sure that the SEO rules and strategies might change with time, but the basis and fundamentals of social networking through social media almost will remain the same, excepting for introduction of new social tools. The relationships you build through social media’s will never let you down.

9. How do you manage your time between blogging and family?

Ah… this is a very good question. Frankly, it’s getting a little tough now with the rise in comments and social interaction, and other blogging responsibilities like commenting on other blogs etc. But I guess the best way to keep a balance between work and home is to block some of your time and dedicate it entirely to the family, with no strings attached and no conditions whatsoever.

I’ve been a strong advocate of quality family time, and family remains my priority. I do take time off on weekends, while for the rest of the weekdays I have created a time table and religiously follow that.

10. How do you interact with blog readers and fellow bloggers?

My first rule is to treat everyone as a fellow human and a friend. Second rule is to always have the intention of helping the person, in whatever way you can. Intention is the seed of action, and I believe good intentions will always lead to good thoughts and good actions. Be friendly, always have the learning attitude, respect the blog readers and fellow bloggers for what they are, and be grateful to them.

I’m indebted to my blog readers for the time they take out from their schedule to visit, promote, and comment. And I never forget to visit their blogs too, even the new readers as that’s the way new connections are made. As a token of appreciation and gratitude, I make a note of such readers and bloggers and invite them to guest post on my blog. Blogging requires mutual cooperation and understanding, and you cannot succeed if you don’t honor your readers and fellow bloggers.

11. How you are helping others in blogging?

The only ways I can help others through blogging is by sharing my knowledge and experience, listening to them, giving my advice and suggestions, help promoting them and their blogs. Specifically with regards to blogging, I’ve shared my blogging secrets, as done here in this interview, with upcoming and new bloggers. I hope I’ve been able to inspire and motivate some of them to solve their own problems.

12. What are your views about blogging?

No doubt blogging is a great way to make money and can become an alternative and passive source of income. In this way, blogging has given financial freedom to many and helped people become entrepreneurs and self-employed. But I feel the special thing about blogging is that it brings people together from all parts the world.

Blogging has enabled people to open up, to express their views, and to overcome the obstacles of restrictions, distances, and boundaries to know, understand, cooperate, and help each other. Blogging has definitely made the world smaller and closer and helped people rise above their differences in religions, cultures, and nations and treat each other as fellow human beings.

13. What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Blogging can be fun, and you can only be successful in it if you take it seriously. Learn from the leaders, know what you’ve to do, and create a plan of how you’re going to achieve your aim. If you wish to rise in the blogosphere, you need to be regular, dedicated, committed, and selflessly help others with the best of your intentions. Remember, it’s always about others more than yourself :)

If you wish to earn money, that will happen too, but if you develop good relations, the probability of making money will increase. I believe in the karma theory which states that keep making your best efforts with good intentions, and don’t worry about the results. Also, every bit of your efforts will pay off, so never shy away from working hard. And never give up! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and even if things take time – hang on there, your time will come. :)
I need to thank you for having me over at your blog, Bashir. It’s indeed been a pleasure. :)

Thank you so much Harleena for wonderful interview.

Your turn:

I hope you enjoyed this interview and as always I look forward to your feedback and comments. Feel free to ask your questions I hope Harleena Singh will reply to you.

Bashir Ahmed

My name is +Bashir Ahmed! I am a full time Blogger and I love blogging. I like to share blogging tips, Technology news, social media marketing. If you want to write a guest post for my blog click here. Check my Free WordPress Blog Installation Service Here!!

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78 Responses

  1. anis says:

    awesome post there,
    I really enjoyed reading this cool interview,
    No wonder that Harleena is loaded and really makes ends meet
    I really enjoy reading her posts they make me feel exiting !
    and her long comments are longer than my posts LOL !
    great keep it up !
    thanks for sharing buddy 😀

    • Hi Anis,

      Well, thank you :)

      Nice to know that you enjoy my posts, and if I can help anyone in some way- my aim of blogging is achieved I would say. Ah…long comments…I think people know me more because of those than anything else. But then, that’s the way I am – write from my heart and don’t stop till you finish what you have to say :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      • Abhi Balani says:

        “Keep good intentions for everyone, all the time, and forget about the results”, I completely agree to this. And I can be sure the results will be good.
        It’s really nice to read what you have to say to these questions, Harleena. I really loved all your answers. They really look like real answers.

        • Hi Abhi – glad to see you here :)

          Ah..I do believe in those lines :)

          Glad you liked the answers to these questions Bashir had put across, and I enjoyed answering them too. Hope they help someone , somewhere in someway. Oh yes…they are ALL real and from my heart :)

          Thanks for taking out the time to stop by. Have a nice week ahead :)

        • Bashir Ahmed says:

          Hi Abhi,

          I agree with you too, results will be good if you keep the good intentions for everyone. Harleena is inspiration for all bloggers.

          Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  2. Hi Bashir,

    Thanks so much for putting up this interview – it’s indeed an honor and a pleasure to be over at your blog. I hope people are able to take back something home from all that I wrote, though I know it’s not all that much – but I guess a little experience I do have. Let me keep this comment short and prove everyone wrong for a change 😉

    Thanks once again :)

    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      It was my pleasure to featured female pro blogger who is caring, kind, and helping others in many ways and that’s you. Yes Indded you’re an inspiration for all bloggers who want to achieve success in blogging and on social media. Every blogger should follow your strategy.

      Your comments are not only long but adding value to the post, you motivated bloggers via your comments and sharing their content on social media sites.

      You’re an awesome writer, and I think your writing skills are GOD gifted. Well done job Harleena.

      Keep up the good work, thanks once again for interview and your comments!

  3. Abdur Rakib says:

    Nice interview. Thanks for the advises Harleena.

    • Hi Abdur – good to meet you at Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad you liked the interview and the advises shared. Those are just my experiences though and am sure each one of us have to deal with our own share down the road, but it’s good if we can find some nuggets to share with each other – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Oluwaseun Babajide says:

    She is indeed a professional freelance writer. She is an inspiration, for me personally. A writer, a blogger, a mother and a wife. God knows how she copes with that and still she’s on everyone’s blog.
    Her comments are not only long but it adds more value to a post. She’s just always there to help everyone. If you haven’t read her post before, I will advice you to go check it out , now.
    I will love to know how many articles she writes daily?
    I look forward to work with her in future, I know I have a lot to learn from her. :-)
    Lovely interview, perfect for the weekend.

    • Hi Seun – so nice to see you here :)

      Thank you so much for your kind and motivational words. It’s because of all of you that I am here I would say, and you all are an inspiration to me too – in your own special ways. Ah…that’s because I learnt the art of time management, though there’s still lots more to be done for which I only wish I had more time in hand.

      My comments seem to be noticed more than anything else! But that’s alright – I wouldn’t change that for anything because it wouldn’t really be me then. Oh yes…always there to help and guide anyone in need. You just have to contact me.

      Don’t worry Seun, I don’t write as many as you do – as I always see a new one at your blog nearly everyday. Makes me wonder how you cope up! My work depends on the client and projects at hand – but I prefer not going beyond 2 posts a day if at all, or then one is best. However, there have been times when I’ve had to write more too, so it all depends. But I balance things out and take my time to write, so that nothing suffers.

      Would be a pleasure working with you too someday, Seun. And we all have something to learn from each other – don’t we :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate that. Hope you have a lovely weekend too :)

  5. Harleena, I admire you and respect you highly. Your interview is indeed an inspiration for me. You’re a great model for all the writers out there, including bloggers as well.

    You know my sister majored in English…she always wanted to get her master’s degree in Communication but she didn’t finish. So far she’s working in another field but I know that her “passion” is always been writing. She reads a lot too. She’s into reading a lot of books. To her that is her relaxation. After a long day…reading before going to sleep is her devotion.

    I really wish someday I can persuade her to join me. Coz she’s good in writing and I’m good in graphic design. I know we can create an empire. But…that’s is a dream. I keep praying. Anyway…

    It’s always nice to work for yourself than for some company who makes money off of you. Sure, they give you 401K, maybe medicare, dental care, and so forth…but I will never go back in that route again. I enjoy Freelancing and I do love writing.

    Anyway, thank you Bashir for this interview…and thank you Harleena for giving us a glimpse of your life and your career. I’m so glad to have gotten to know you ….and still getting to know you. Have a great week!!


    • Hi Angela, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Thanks so much for your kind words of appreciation. Nice to know more about your sister, and yes, those into the writing field do read a lot and they say good readers make good writers too, but I hardly get the time to read anything other than several blog posts a day 😉 I guess that too is part of reading :)

      Absolutely! I strongly feel you should rope her in with you and both of you can really make a good team. Perhaps if she’s got a little spare time, just get her to open her own blog and start with writing anything she wants – let that hang of writing online get on to her and she will begin liking it. It happened with me, because I too was working offline earlier, so it does take a little time before you get used to it.

      I agree with you there too. The comfort of being at home, and your own boss is what made me choose this line, more so, my kids and family remain my priority and I wanted to be with them in their growing years. I don’t think I could have made a wiser decision. Money keeps coming and going and we shouldn’t run only after that. There is much more to life than minting money I feel….less is more in this case I would say :)

      Thanks so much for taking out you precious time and stopping by – you did make my day :)

  6. Janmejai says:

    Enjoyed the Interview,Every time i read interviews like this i get some inspiration and learn something new from bloggers who are doing well….

    • Hi Janmejai, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad you liked the interview, and am happy if it inspired you in some way. I wouldn’t say I am doing well, but yes, I am learning and that learning process should never stop, no matter how good you become :)

      Thanks for stopping by, and wishing you the best in your blogging journey as well :)

  7. Rabbi says:

    I always read her blog. Her written article is logical and scientific. Through this Interview got deep information about her. Thanks

    • Hi Rabbi – good to see you here :)

      Thank you for your kind words and am glad you like my posts at the blog. Hope this interview helped you in some ways too.

      Thanks once again for stopping by here :)

  8. prabhat says:

    hello bashir,
    harleena is a great blogger. i see her almost everywhere in blogosphere. she has done a great job in blogging. thanks for this interview

    • Hi Prabhat, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Ah…thanks for noticing that, and although I do visit a lot of blogs, I know I still need to do more. I guess one can only do that much as time permits – isn’t it?

      Thanks for taking out the time to stop by, and for your words of appreciation. :)

  9. Such an inspirational review! And thanks for the great advises!

    • Hi Endless – nice to meet you here :)

      Glad you liked the interview and you are most welcome. Hope the tips shared help you in some way.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Evan says:

    Harleena is the birghtest example to follow. When I started blogging she was the one whose comments I always read and still do of course.

    • Hi Evan – good to see you here :)

      Ah…was that so, i didn’t know that. So, thank you reading my comments and for visiting my blog too. I appreciate you :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  11. Shalu Sharma says:

    Thank you for interviewing my friend Harleena. She is a great blogger and above all, she’s a great person. Her greatness is reflected in her writing. I am honoured to be reading her interview. I wish her all the best.

    • Hi Shalu – nice of you to have stopped by :)

      Ah…thanks for your warm words, and I think I’m still a learner still as there are so many things about blogging I still need to learn, which I do by visiting your and so many other wonderful blogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind wishes. I appreciate your support as always. Have a nice week ahead :)

  12. Theodore Nwangene says:

    Hi Bashir,
    I’m so happy to have you interview Harleena today. She is one of my most beloved female bloggers :). And yes, i agree with Anis that her comments are usually longer that some blog posts:).

    Harleena is the type of blogger friend everyone will wish to have because of her willingness to help other bloggers just as she said. I like the interview Bashir and to Harleena……. Keep up with the good things you’re doing.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Theodore – so good to see you here :)

      Ah…my comments are all over I guess, so if you noticed, I’m trying to work on that and keep them a little smaller than usual 😉

      It’s kind of you to say that, and yes, I’m always here to help those who might need it anytime. It would be my pleasure to help newbies or even others related to my niche or anything about freelance writing.

      Thanks once again for taking out the time to stop by – i appreciate you. Have a nice week ahead :)

  13. valentine belonwu says:

    Congratulations Harleena,
    Its good to be interviewed by Bashir. I’ve been visiting your site for quite some time now and I’m thrilled with what you’re doing at Aha Now. I’m pretty sure its not being very easy for you just as you said here.

    Aha Now is a very big blog and I wonder how you’re maintaining it with other of your works and family. You’re a very strong and ambitious woman and I’m sure that if you continue like this, the sky will only be your starting point:).

    Thanks for sharing Bashir and keep it up Harleena.

    • Hi Valentine – good to see you here :)

      Thanks for your kind words, and yes – I do keep trying new things to make the blog better as I feel any change for the positive is always good. I agree, it’s not easy when you have a lot of other things at hand to manage, but the art does lie in managing your time well enough, and doing things that need your attention first – make them your priority :)

      Ah…do you feel it’s a big blog? I think it’s just a blog that’s more for others and in a way trying to help people’s problems in a lot of areas. It’s all wonderful people and readers like you who make it what it is today. My family often tells me to slow my pace, but that happens only when I am on vacation 😉

      Thanks so much for your motivational words. Have a nice week ahead :)

  14. Enstine Muki says:

    Harleena has exceptional writing skills. Her long comments are as rich as her long posts on aha!now. I came to know her through Adrienne Smith’s blog. She caught my attention so hard by always being the first to leave very long and engaging comment.

    I’m so pleased to have her as one of my blogging pals

    • Hi Enstine – glad to see you here :)

      Thank you so much for your words of appreciation. Lol…aha…are they that long! Because my posts stretch anywhere between 1500-2000 words…hmm…I need to count the number of words my comments have too now :)

      Yes indeed, we need to thank Adrienne’s blog for connecting us, though I didn’t know my comments once again drove you to my blog. Regarding being the first to comment, well, that’s because of my time zones and that’s the time when I am active online and busy commenting. Oh yes…if the comments aren’t engaging enough, I don’t think anyone would like to read them or even click them – isn’t it? More so, when you say all that you want regarding the post through your comments, it’s almost like you are conveying your thoughts to the other person, and I always like to do that fully :)

      Thanks once again for taking out your precious time and stopping by here. I appreciate you. Have a nice week ahead :)

  15. Annie André says:

    what a great interview with Harleena. I am a regular reader of Harleena’s blog and all of her posts always leave me thinking more deeply about a topic. I don,t always agree with what she has to say but I always respect her point of view.
    Harleena, you are a true inspiration for anyone who wants to branch out on their own and balance work and family life.


    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      Hi Annie – Happy to see you here.

      Glad to know that you’re a regular reader of Harleena’s blog and enjoyed this interview. I agree with you Harleena is inspiration for anyone.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Annie, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Of course, we’ve been associated since a long time, and it’s almost like a family that we keep hopping over at each others blogs, reading and learning along the way. Ah…you don’t and shouldn’t agree with all that I write, because I no authority, and that’s why my blog is a place where many come with their different view points and each one is respected for their own.

      Thanks for taking out your time and stopping by, Annie – I appreciate you doing that :)

  16. Harleena – It is nice to see you in another awesome interview and read and get to know more about you and your blog.

    Your posts have always been inspirational and adds a lot of thoughts to the reader’s mind. I have several of them in my favorites which I do visit very frequently to just keep updated.

    Keep up the great work you are doing and helping to build this blogging community. All the very best.

    Thanks Bashir for featuring Harleena on your blog with this great interview. I liked the questions asked and how direct they were for her to answer.

    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      Hi Praveen,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed the interview and liked Harleena’s blog. She is such a great writer, she always share her experience and thoughts in her blog posts.

      It’s been a pleasure to featured a well deserved female blogger.

    • Hi Praveen – so nice to see you here :)

      Ah..kind of you to say all those words, and I didn’t know you have a few of my posts as favorites and do visit them off and on :)

      I surely am trying to build this community so that all of us like minded people can be together in one place because this enables us to share and learn things from each other. Also, those who join in and interact with others have more of a chance for being my guest authors at the blog as I prefer offering them an opportunity as a return favor for being a part of my blog because they are well known to the other readers already – it helps build relationships stronger I feel.

      Oh yes…Bashir had really put up interesting questions that helped me express myself full through this interview – and I thank him for that :)

      Thanks so much for taking out your precious time to stop by :)

  17. Pawan says:

    Great! Pleased to find a content writer doing so well over the internet. I appreciate your thinking about failure as I too treat them the same. After tasting a bit of success I’m still looking for failures so that I can learn more. 😀 Failures have been part of my life when I was nowhere so I can never forget them. :)

    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      Hi Pawan,

      Well said, failure is the part of success, we learn from our mistakes.

    • Hi Pawan,

      Thank you for your kind words, and I guess alongside being a writer, I’ve become more of a blogger now :)

      Absolutely! Failures are stepping stones to success, and I think if you don’t fail, you really don’t learn the right way to do things too. So, a little of it is a must for everyone. It’s because of the failures you underwent earlier that you are successful today I would say. Yes, we shouldn’t forget out failures but take lessons from them so that we don’t commit them again.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  18. Madras Geek says:

    awesome interview. glad to know about harleena singh.

  19. Hi Bashir, Thanks for featuring a female blogger from India. I have seen very few women bloggers from India being interviewed- the men bask in the limelight!
    Though i do remember reading Jane Sheeba’s interview somewhere and also Harleena’s interview on my friend’s blog:
    I am a work from home myself. I started with freelance writing some time back & with blogging only in Mid 2012. I look up to better bloggers than me for inspiration.
    Thanks for putting it up. And Hats off to Harleena for being one of the first women bloggers from India!

    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      Hi Ambika – Happy to see you here.

      Its all pleasure of mine to featuring a female pro blogger. She is inspiration for all male and female bloggers. :)

      Good to know about you too. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    • Hi Ambika – good to see you here :)

      Ah…thanks so much for your kind words of appreciation. I never really realize the country I am from because being online is so global, more so, most of my blog readers are from all over the world, but yes, it surely is a pleasure to gain recognition within your country by fellow bloggers – especially women :)

      I never really have ventured deep into whether it’s more of a men or women’s world online, but as you mentioned it here, it does make me realize that perhaps men are more up and about where blogging is concerned because they are all the time at it, and they know the real tech stuff which few women do. This helps them make a name for themselves faster as they can rank faster too. Women bloggers on the other hand, in our country, have a lot of other additional duties to undertake as you must be knowing, and few of us are really into the tech field, so perhaps that might be one reason.

      Yes, Jane is an awesome enterprising blogger and she has earned her name through hard work, and I marvel at the way she manages her blogs too, again being an Indian. And Seun was kind enough to have me over at his blog for the interview too :)

      Nice to know more about you Ambika, and am sure you are going to go great places too in no time. Just be at it, and remain consistent. I know I’m not that experienced to say all of this, but just a friendly advice from one women blogger to another as I see so many women give up blogging due to various reasons, or their pace slackens with time even though they are very capable.

      Thanks so much for taking out the time and stopping here to comment. :)

  20. Carolyn says:

    Harleena is truly amazing and this interview did an excellent job of revealing the many qualities that make Harleena a treasure. She is usually the first to comment on my blog posts with thoughtful, insightful paragraphs. Harleena also excels at sharing my posts on social media, bringing attention and traffic to my blog.

    Harleena’s blog is certainly a reflection of Harleena. It is beautiful, intelligent, caring, contemplative, insightful, helpful and brilliant.

    I feel very fortunate to have met Harleena through our blogging journeys and I am delighted to see her profiled here for others to discover her too!

    • Hi Carolyn, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      So nice to see you here, and thank you so much for these lovely words of appreciation – hard for me to believe I’m hearing them :)

      It’s indeed been a pleasure knowing such a wonderful and helpful person that you are, besides being an awesome blogger. I do enjoy your posts, so that’s why I’m always there, and first because of my time zone as I keep telling Adrienne the same thing too. Never want to miss out on any of your posts.

      Ah…I always love sharing because I do believe that sharing IS caring, and we really don’t lose anything when we share posts we love – isn’t it? Not to mention that you too are always ready to help and share my posts too – that’s what I love about blogging.

      Don’t make me reach cloud 9 by saying all those words, Carolyn! I’ll literally start flying, but I won’t lie, it does make you feel good and loved. :)

      Thanks so much for taking out your precious time to stop and leave such a warm and heartfelt comment. I appreciate you and it’s a pleasure knowing you too :)

  21. Harleena, I congratulate you on your success story. it takes only those who persevere to make a headway in blogging or any other business. You were able to face your challenges and failure squarely and rewrite your history yourself.It is hardly believable that you have not written a single guest post in this era when guest post has become so popular and everyone is looking at it as the best way to increase their blog popularity. The lesson I have learnt here is that popularity comes from delivering great content and lending a helping hand to others. Those you help become your mouthpiece and help to spread the word about your blog.If we would all learn to do our works more diligently, success would be faster and sure.

    • Hi Efoghor – nice to meet you :)

      Thank you for your kind words :)

      I totally agree with you there – blogging surely isn’t as easy as it seems, if you really are out to achieve success in it. But then there is nothing in life that really comes easy – isn’t it?

      Challenges and failures are a part of life, and it makes sense to learn how to face them boldly. More over, they always teach you something in return, so they really don’t have to be feared, instead, accepted as learning lessons that make you better.

      Ah..I agree about the guest post point you mentioned. Frankly speaking, I’ve never felt the dire need to guest post just for the purpose of increasing traffic to my blog, or perhaps I’m a little relaxed about letting things take it’s natural course rather than trying various ways to do so. I’m rather content and happy with the traffic I get, though I know if I really get down and try I can increase it further. Other than that, I fall short of time as I have other additional responsibilities too. Having said that, I don’t deny the fact that it’s a huge traffic puller and I see people guest post left right and center. Because of the many offers I keep getting to guest post, I too might start off with it soon.

      Absolutely! The content that you share has to be for the readers, but if you can manage to combine it with something you too are passionate about – it makes it all the more easier. Helping others should be foremost in our minds, whether we are bloggers or not. But because we are bloggers, what is our purpose to be online, other than making money, which we do for ourselves only.

      How are we giving back to the people, who make us what we are? What is our contributions? Don’t we owe them anything? If you give these things a thought, you’d realize that to reach out to those who need your help, in whatever way you can, will only help you in the long run. The goodwill that you earn through this method, cannot be acquired through earning money. I might be wrong, but that’s just the way I feel :)

      I wouldn’t say you should help to get something back in return or that they should praise you, and you help them just for that reason. If that happens well and good, but one shouldn’t expect that, instead help others as a good deed or act of kindness.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate all that you mentioned here too. :)

  22. Rahul says:

    Thanks for this interview Bashir. Harleena is one of the best writers and blog commenters I have seen in my blogging career. She always leaves thoughtful and engaging comments which is hard to ignore, which I think is one of the secrets of her being so successful.

    • Hi Rahul, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation, though I don’t think I’ all that good as there are so many others who are much better than me. I’d rather call myself a student in learning, which I feel should never stop – isn’t it?

      Oh yes…I do agree about the thoughtful comments because I believe it adds more meaning to what you are conveying, and as you mentioned – the long ones can’t be ignored too 😉

      Thanks for taking out your time and stopping here to comment – much appreciated :)

  23. Adrienne says:

    What a wonderful interview Bashir with the ever so lovely Harleena.

    She’s a true gem and I just love what she shares on her blog. She is just so wise and her posts are always so chalked full of great information. She welcomes me even though she knows that some of what she shares I really can’t comment on. When her topics are about children and/or marriage it’s hard to contribute when I don’t have either.

    I was so pleased though to meet her in the blogging community and I consider her a dear friend. I do my best to stop by all of her posts and contribute the best way I can.

    I appreciate reading more about her and her beliefs regarding blogging and helping others.

    Thanks Harleena for sharing this with us. Wonderful job.


    • Hi Adrienne – what a pleasant surprise to see you here :)

      Thank you so much for saying all those words of appreciation – I’m really flying on cloud 9!

      Oh yes…you know you are always welcome to the blog even though there are certain topics that don’t relate to you, and I need to thank you for taking out time to stop by and leave your wonderful comment even on those because you too have your experiences to share that my readers love to learn from.

      You ARE a dear friend, besides being a lovely and helpful person. I need to mention here that you are a constant inspiration to many like me, which you might not know. There are so many things I’ve learnt in my blogging career because of you and I need to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. It’s been my absolute pleasure knowing you and I wish you every success in your life.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving our thoughtful comment – you made my day :)

  24. Sudipto says:

    Hey Bashir,
    Nice interview and Thanks for sharing this interview with us. I really enjoyed this interview and learned lots of good stuff from this Interview.

    • Hi Sudipto – nice to meet you at Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad you liked the interview and am happy that you could take back some cues from it too. Wishing you the best in your blogging journey.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  25. Calra says:

    It was nice reading your post. Kudos to Harleena Singh and to you as well! I learned a lot. And a freelancer myself, I think this is such a good read for future references!

    • HI Carla, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad you liked the write up, and I hope it helps you too in your freelancing career. Wishing you all the best :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  26. Reading from professional writers like you is enough inspiration to becoming a better blogger and i must say your blogging journey and mine are almost same, i am certain i have learnt a lot from yours to make mine easier. thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Nwosu – good to see you here :)

      Thank you for the kind words, and it’s nice to know that you found some similarities in our blogging journey – I guess you can well relate to all that I’ve written then. Hope it helps you further in more ways than one.

      Thanks for taking out the time to stop by :)

  27. Piyush says:

    nice interview..
    i really enjoy it.

  28. Sandra says:

    Wow! No wonder you chose to post this interview with her. She’s an amazing freelnace writer! :)) Kudos!

  29. Joe Hart says:

    There is so much wisdom enclosed in this interview..Keep up the great work Harleena..Loved reading this post.

    • Hi Joe – good to meet you at Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad to know that you felt so, and I hope there’s something for people to take back home from it too.

      Thanks for taking out the time to stop by, and your words of inspiration. Have a nice weekend too :)

  30. Leon says:

    Harleena is outstanding. I discovered her website about a week and love what I read from her blog posts. Great interview! :)

    • Hi Leon, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Nice to see you here, and thanks so much for those kind words too. Yes, even though we’ve recently connected, I appreciate you visiting the blog and stopping by here as well. :)

      Thanks once again for your time and visit here. Have a nice day :)

  31. Chery Schmidt says:

    Hey Bashir! What a great interview with Harleena! Thanks for sharing your story with us Harleena You are definitely an inspiration for all of us and I have read quite a few of your comments in the past few months, you do indeed leave long comments.. Keep up the good work.. Chery :)

    • Hi Chery – and welcome to Bashir’s blog – good to have you over :)

      Glad you liked what I shared here, and they are nothing more than my own personal experiences as a blogger in the Blogosphere, even though I haven’t been here long enough. Nice to know that you’ve seen some of my comments around – ah…yes…often their length is a topic much talked about. I don’t think I’d have it any other way too – that’s just being me.

      Thanks for stopping by, and your words of encouragement . Have a nice weekend :)

  32. Shan Naqvi says:

    Such a best interview, I love that post. Keep Sharing 😉

    • Hi Shan, and welcome to Bashir’s blog :)

      Glad you liked the interview :)

      Yes, I will keep sharing, and that’s because there are wonderful readers like you who love to read what I write.

      Thanks for taking out the time to stop by and leave your comment here. Have a nice day :)

  33. Shan Naqvi says:

    I also want you for an interview for my website, if possible please let me know :-)

  34. Shan Naqvi says:

    Here is my email,
    I will be really thankfull. 😀

  35. Trisha Agarwal says:

    I found this article particularly informative and helpful, I love it when someone gives some hard facts to go by and then lets you know you need to tweak it from there – in this case being the level of experience etc. Thanks again for your information!

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