After a brief (rather long) break, we are back with Techie Interviews, where we interviewed several interesting bloggers from the tech world, we are once again open to receiving Techie interviews and you can submit yours by visiting this interview form, which we created using Google Docs, and if you are interested here is how you can create online surveys using Google Docs.
So let us kick start this interview by introducing you to a Aravind Jose a young tech blogger from India, Aravind blogs at AravindJose.com so make sure to follow him through his website.
Some of this info may be outdated, Aravind please feel free to update us, if you think that some of the info is old and we will refresh them right away.
Can you Introduce yourself and your blog to our readers?
Aravind from Kerala, India. I blog at AravindJose.com giving out Fresh Thoughts and Insights, which are mostly tech/web related.
Operating System Preference: Windows, Linux or Mac?
Stuck with Windows. Started off with Windows as it was the most common. But, now, what makes the switch to Linux impossible is that I work a lot on video stuff (editing, compositing and the like..) I’ve got a strong love for Macs.
Browser Preferences: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome or any other?
Firefox. No other browser have convinced me to shift from Firefox. Extreme customization, geek-factor, active community.
Being a Tech Blogger, you would definitely have some favorite softwares, can you share them with our readers?
Launchy This one is my personal favorite. Excellent piece of free software, that *works*. MusicBrainz Picard This one helps me to keep my huge music collection clean and well – organized. Ulead VideoStudio For all my video editing needs Graphics Adobe Photoshop (you guessed that right ?!!) Audio Audacity Adobe Audition
What gadgets do you own as of today?
As of now, none of my possessions could be called gadgets :D !!! I own a WD 120GB PortaHDD I wish to have a SE Xperia X1 and a Macbook in couple of years. :)
What Feed Reader(s) do you Use?
At first I used Google Reader and now I’ve switched to Feedly. Again, these days, I’ve developed the idea of subscribing to the blogs I like via email and creating a separate label & filter for it in GMail. (because, I love convergence and isn’t it better to have all in one place?)
Do you have any favorite Tech Blogs you read on a daily or regular basis?
No. I read them as they come to me via the feeds and TwitterFeeds or recommendations from others. Feedly features a nice recommendation system.
Why did you decide to blog about technology?
I was passionate and and wanted to learn more and stay updated. Then, I thought about sharing my thoughts, insights and opinions with you too !!
What tools do you use for Blogging?
I use the default WP editor to publish posts. I usually upload my pics either at Flickr/TinyPIC/Photobucket. Thinking about trying out LiveWriter
What analytic tools do you use to track traffic on your blog?
Google Analytics WP-Stats (plugin) Recently, I’ve installed Woopra too (for the live stats fun part of it; not for regular analytics)
Is the technology niche saturated today? What are the things you do to keep your blog unique from others?
A big YES. It’s so saturated that many people turn their heads away, when they hear the word – “tech” !! But, it’s the best niche, if you want to make quick bucks. But, I don’t do the money-making-practices (like writing posts with keywords ranking high in Google Trends and the like) and as such I don’t make any real money out of my blog !! (Current AdSense Balance : $22) To keep my blog unique, I try to write more INSIGHTS and THOUGHTS rather than reviews so that my posts get some reading value.
How do you react to a product/software release? Do you feel the urge to blog it?
No, unless it’s something revolutionary or ground-breaking. Talking about a product release puts you in the blog-echo-chamber, and I don’t want that. Again, if your aim is Money, do it, as there is nothing wrong in doing that.
What are the features, qualities you look in a product / software before you blog about it?
There must be something in the product that enables the users to do a thing more efficiently than they used to do. For example, I would’ve blogged the launch of Tab-Browsing feature as it was revolutionary but not the release of newer IE/FF versions as it has no sole new feature.
Don’t you think readers get a overdose of content with new product/software releases?
Of course, YES and that’s why I keep myself away from the reviews. !! But, I congratulate those who write good tried-and-tested deep reviews of products.
Past / Future and Some Advice for Readers
Going into the past, would you have liked to take up another niche? Please elaborate.
I’ve never regretted on taking up this niche. This have helped me a lot. Before 6 months, I didn’t knew what is WordPress, Twitter, Feed, RSS, and much more. As regarding another niche: I would love to launch a new one with logical analysis and guidelines and insights that will help the people to lead a better life and invoke the potential inside them and to make them do, what they should-be-doing.
Going into the future, what would you do to stay in the higher bracket of tech blogs?
Always think with the future in mind. Follow the new developments. Stay Updated.
And finally, before signing off, any special advice on blogging about technology for our readers?
When you start, have a right and strong policy framework and stick to that, even when you are doubtful about the future.
That’s all, we hope you had a nice time knowing Aravind, please do comment about your thoughts and views.
Psst: We do apologize everyone we interviewed in the past, several things did not allow us to post your interviews, but we are live and kicking back now, so do expect your interviews to be posted fairly quickly.