Satish Dey - The Blogger Interview Series - Number Six

August 18, 2006 – 7:46 am

by Darren

This is the six installment in the Blogger Interview Series (6 Question Format). We’re always looking for more bloggers to interview, so don’t be shy about participating. This week we talk to Satish Dey, a blogger from Kolkata, India.

Blogger’s Bio

Name: Satish Dey
Experience:
1. Blogging - Just started in June,2006; Blog - Satish and his thoughts; URL: Satish Dey
2. Editing - Seven years of editing a newsletter published by a reputed Chamber of Commerce in India for its 600 and odd members (Year 1999 to 2006).
3. Ghost writing - One year of ghost writing for a website based in California, USA.
4. Market research for industries for 16 years (1983-1999) for green-field expansion/diversification of projects.
5. Marketing for the biggest steel company in India as a senior executive for 19 years (1963-1983).

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering (Post-Graduation) & Bachelor of Science in Physics (Graduation)

Personal:
Nationality-Indian
Personal interest: writing, reading, music and gardening
Age: 65 (What counts finally is mind over matter - is it not?)
Place of living: Kolkata (formerly Calcutta - the City of Joy)

The Six Question Blogger Interview Series

1) I know you’re blogging in an emerging market. Tell me about the particular challenges that you face.

The biggest challenge is the vastness of the blogoshere and so is the nervousness for a beginner of faltering in the first few steps. But for those with nerves of steel (I think I have some), there is going to be a sense of pride and fulfillment of achieving something against heavy odds. The other challenges include the urgency to learn the nuts and bolts of its
technical aspects.

2) What attracted you to blogging in the first place?

The total freedom of expression one can enjoy in blogging attracted me most. Moreover, the potential of its coverage and the easy scope it allows for comments are simply mind-boggling. For seven years I edited a newsletter for a reputed Chamber of Commerce. Though I was supposedly given total free-hand with an impressive designation of Editor-in-Chief, the top
bosses continued to breathe down my neck. However, I discovered rather belatedly that my blogs can reach thousands in no time and readers’ comments - bouquets or brickbats - will also be received instantaneously.

3) What goals do you have as it regards your blogging in the next year?

I should have two blogs in the next year with their hearts kept ticking hopefully with constant clicking by readers. Both the blogs will have separate identities with originality and style. One blog will be on industry in which I have good experience. This is going to be a commercial blog. The other blog will continue to deal with subtler human aspects for raising discussions on say ‘Should longevity alone be the human goal?’ or does success depend upon nature, nurture or fate?. In both the blogs I will always try to convey my own sincere views boldly.

4) What would you tell a new blogger who wanted to follow in your footsteps?

I would tell him that he should be totally committed to blogging and be prepared to struggle to survive in a highly competitive field. I would also ask him not to go after quantity (number of posts or number of hits it gets) but quality instead. Superior blogging in search of excellence should be his goal.

5) What do you do to build a readership at your blog?

Frankly, I have not done much in this regard during the last two months or so I have been blogging. I am learning from other blogs, blog forums and of course Blog Republic about tags, links, RSS, AdSense and whatever else increases readership. Within two weeks or so, I will be going after the readership issue. Any help from any quarter in this regard will be highly appreciated.

6) What is your favorite thing about blogging? And the least favorite?

I always like to publish my posts or comment in other posts all that for which I have the courage of conviction. It could be controversial at times but I believe one must always tell the truth and the whole truth. This may not be possible in print or TV media so easily as in blogs. I do not like blogs lacking substance or trivialising serious topics.

  1. 11 Responses to “Satish Dey - The Blogger Interview Series - Number Six”

  2. It is mind boggling. No words can describe your success in this field. Keep it up.

    By lisa on Aug 18, 2006

  3. Yes, this is a great interview. When I sent the email to Satish I thought he was young kid in college or something. It turns out he’s a man of great sophistication, with a ton of real-world experience. No doubt he will succeed in blogging.

    By Darren on Aug 18, 2006

  4. Thank you Lisa, I need encouragement from well-wishers like you to keep going.

    By Satish on Aug 18, 2006

  5. Satish~

    I feel like I know you a little bit better already.

    You have a very nice resume. Out of all the things you’ve done what did you like the most?

    By Heather on Aug 19, 2006

  6. Thank you, Heather for your nice words. I really enjoy doing what has been the latest addition to my resume - blogging. That’s because I find my life’s philosophy in the quotation of Bob Dylan “A person is successful if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

    By Satish on Aug 19, 2006

  7. Not only i read the interview but also saw the articles u have written in your blog…In such a short span of time you have covered so many wonderful topics. You really need a pat on your back. Good job done Satish…….As a fresher in this field of Bloggers you are really showing up pretty well and keep it up…It is rightly said that age doesnt matter its only the mind and attitude which counts…So wish you good luck in the world of Blogging… and I am sure you will strike all the readers’ attention….

    By Susmita on Aug 20, 2006

  8. Then I would consider that “freedom” :)

    I’ve been trying to learn more about Indian culture, food and history and it’s sort of cool to *know* someone there. Another modern miracle of the internet. Your land seems very mystical and is very beautiful..

    By Heather on Aug 20, 2006

  9. Hello,
    It was interesting to read your interview and also your blogs of varied topics.
    Keep it up, do keep writing on more and more topics.

    By Saswati on Aug 20, 2006

  10. Yes, Heather , our land is mystical and beautiful! There are many ugly things too. But one gets what he wants. Nice to know that you are interested in Indian culture, food and history. I will try to tell you in due course what little I know.

    By Satish on Aug 20, 2006

  11. I look forward to learning more.

    :)

    By Heather on Aug 21, 2006

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