Techie Interview: Silki Garg From Webtools and Tips

Welcome to another episode of Techie Buzz interviews, where we interview some of the top Asian tech bloggers. In this episode we will be interviewing Silki Garg from Webtools and Tips.


Can you Introduce yourself and your blog to our readers?

silki-gargI am Silki Garg, a successful technocrat, from the Holy city of Varanasi. I am the sole author and owner of the blog Webtools & Tips. This blog was started initially for providing some useful tips to solve the common day problems of not-so-geek type of computer users. Here we also try to discover the best of the useful contents, utilities, websites, which might make your digital life more productive and easy. It was born in October 2007, with a purpose to just add my two cents to the vast knowledge, which has been created by great scholars, thinkers, developers, marketers, customers, people around us, the intellectual readers of this blog, you and me.  

Personal Preferences

Operating System Preference: Windows, Linux or Mac?

Windows, because I had grown up with that. Never tried Linux or Mac.

Browser Preferences: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome or any other?

Firefox, no second thoughts. I switched to it about three years back because of tabbed browsing, and stuck to it. Today my main reason of being with it is the availability of Firefox Extensions.

Being a Tech Blogger, you would definitely have some favorite softwares, can you share them with our readers?

Screenshots: Snagit Blogging Tool: Windows Live Writer Image Editing: Gimp

What gadgets do you own as of today?

My Sony Ericsson 800i

What Feed Reader(s) do you Use?

Google Reader.

Do you have any favorite Tech Blogs you read on a daily or regular basis?

Techie Buzz: (where I am a co-author too) and off-course Digital Inspiration: Off late, I am not much into social networking. Contrary to many beliefs, I am finding Social Media to be a waste of time. Google is the King, I get 95% of my traffic from Google. I know, there are many differences of opinions there. But this is my firm belief.


Why did you decide to blog about technology?

Because this is the area, where I am working, where I have interests, and where I think I can contribute my two cents.

What tools do you use for Blogging?

My Laptop, a 512 kbps Dial-Up BSNL Broadband connection and Windows Live Writer.

What analytic tools do you use to track traffic on your blog?

Google Analytics and StatCounter.

Is the technology niche saturated today? What are the things you do to keep your blog unique from others?

What I don’t like about most of the blogs in this niche including mine, is that they are totally de-focused. No single direction, no focused content. Off late, I am trying to give my blog a specific direction. Let’s see how far I succeed.

How do you react to a product/software release? Do you feel the urge to blog it?

No, in fact I stay clear of it. I try to write about things which are not time specific. I try that my posts give value to a reader even after one year. This restricts me to blog about latest news, events and product releases.

What are the features, qualities you look in a product / software before you blog about it?

I write for the sub-niche, where people are not that tech-savvy. So, I look for ease-of-use and mass appeal.

Don’t you think readers get a overdose of content with new product/software releases?

Yes off-course, and I hate it.

Past / Future and Some Advice for Readers

Going into the past, would you have liked to take up another niche? Please elaborate.

No, I think I was fortunate to make a wise decision and choose a niche where I have interests. It is important to stick to your interests, because a day comes in every blogger’s life when he doesn’t find anything he should blog about. No new story, no product, no new idea. They call it “Blogger’s Block” At that time, it helps you, if you operating in a niche, where you have actual interests.

Going into the future, what would you do to stay in the higher bracket of tech blogs?

Improve, Improve, Improve and work on SEO.

And finally, before signing off, any special advice on blogging about technology for our readers?

Tech Niche is too broad for everybody to succeed. Pick a sub-niche.

And that was Silki Garg for you don’t forget to visit her blog Web Tools and Tips to follow her take on technology.

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  • Silki, very nice interview. I too get most of my traffic from google.I fall in the same category as you, unlike most other indian tech bloggers.

    However i do try to spend some time networking with the folks, just to know who is who and networking is good from perspectives other than blogging.Whether or not i interact with a few of them, I do read all their blogs regularly.

  • A small correction:

    And that was Silki Garg for you don’t forget to visit his blog Web Tools and Tips to follow her take on technology.

    visit HER blog

  • Nice interview… Still uses 512kbps dial up??? too bad !!!

  • @Keith: Thanks for publishing the interview.

    @Rajesh: I know my view on social media is controversial. If you want to make any serious money in Blogging, then your only hope is Search Engine Traffic. You will never succeed with SN. However if you really write original content (and by original, I mean ORIGINAL), which has many takers, then SN may be good for you. Just to wander / hop around from blog to blog, hoping that ultimately the other person will visit your blog in return and link to your blog, is just fruitless activity. Total waste of time.

    @Pawan: Keith, would you like to correct that mistake, or not?

  • Keith Dsouza

    @Pawan Thank’s for letting me know about the issue

    @Silki sorry about that

    It’s fixed now :-)

  • I guess I have talked to her once o_0 A good women who didn’t reveal her age to me :P

    Anyway,I hope you succeed and become a powerful blogger very soon!

    One again you are doing a good interviews keith!!

  • Nice interview Silki. I have been following your blog for sometime and your articles are great.

  • @Sid: I bet, I still remember the first interaction with you.

    @Madhur: I have always been very keen, whenever I see your nice picture in my BLOGLOG widget. I like your blog also, specially your domain name.

  • Nice interview Silki, Keep it up and going like that, from some days i have started following ur blog nice content there, keep it coming.

  • Nice interview Silki, Keep it up and going like that, from some days i have started following ur blog nice content there, keep it coming. Good luck for future