Jaibala Rao is one of the top bloggers in India.The stories she tells will touch your heart.With tears in your eyes you will become stronger.
She is a mom to a wonderful little boy and a guiding light for all of us.
Found her while making friends with #MyFriendAlexa, her writing says it all.She doesn’t preach .Just tells her story as it is.
Being the best example she can be, her blog is an example of emotional storytelling at its best.
I was sitting with her interview for the last few days and thinking how to introduce this wonderful woman in a way, to do her justice.
It’s difficult to tell a story about a storyteller.But a story is important .
Ultimately we learn best through stories.
A blogger, mom , motivational speaker ,freelance writer and columnist.She juggles a lot with a smile.She is a microbiologist by education and a blogger by birth.Jaibala has been featured in Sesame Street India Exchange, Huffington Post India and Women’s Web. She has also been among India’s top bloggers’ lists, twice in a row .Her posts are regularly picked as top posts. Jaibala is very passionate about writing and blogging and conducts workshops that help other writers find their voice.
I have one principle in life.
Who better to learn about being a blogger and biz owner than Jaibala Rao ?
Read about her journey in her own words.
Tell us Jaibala ,your story behind blogging
Three years ago, I was dealing with an impending divorce and nothing to do but feel sorry for myself. That is when, I started writing. At first it was for the content mills that paid I remember somewhere around Rs.100 for 750 words, and I thought Oh Wow! I can get paid to write, but at that rate it can best be a hobby. I did make around 10,000 Rupees a month then.
But with a child and my own emotional upheaval, it got challenging to churn out that may articles in a month. Then in November of 2013, I got introduced to NaNoWriMo and my confidence in my writing improved. It’s not like I did not know about blogging before that, but I started my blog that November, with some wonderful friends who egged me to do so.
First it was just so that I could write and heal myself. But slowly it has grown and evolved into something more, something bigger and something I love and cannot live without. Now I write, inspire others to write, with my workshops and as a speaker.
Who do you write for?
I write in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, parenting, Lifestyle and usually just personal essays. As a creative writer, I think my target audience is anyone who enjoys anything well written. But if I get specific, most of my writing is high on emotions and issue based. I think it is for people stuck and unsure.
The workshops are for budding writers, looking to invest in their writing.
For me audience is also clients and brands that I want to associate and work with, Publications I want to write for.
So all content I create , is for being interesting, carry some thought, emotion or inspiration and be technically sound. I am a storyteller and what I write are stories. I don’t know any other thing to do it or any other way to do it.
What inspires you ?
I think we should all look at ourselves as our own inspiration. Each of us lives a life full of ups downs and in-between, but we live and that is what inspires – Life. Having a reason to live is inspiration enough. I do owe a lot to the support I have had from people around me, and they inspire me every day. Basically any idea that appeals to me is an inspiration.
Give us your favourite quote
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
3 tips & Your message for struggling mompreneurs
Remember that you are going to die one day, if that doesn’t inspire you to live today, nothing else will.
Respect and remember everyone who stands by you, they don’t have to and still they do.
Value community. Everyone may not be as invested in it as you are, but they are your biggest assets.
Struggling means you are doing something. Don’t let the world get to you, do not under any circumstances be a “me too”. Reinvent, but stay true to you; brand but let it be real and honest branding – a personal brand. Talk with people to get people talk back to you, value yourself to let others know your value and do not judge others easily.
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What’s your vision for your biz?
Like I said writing has slowly led to speaking and workshops. I see myself as making a positive difference, challenging the status Quo, Raising issues that need to be spoken about is whatever capacity I can.
Here is the Fb page link where you can find Jaibala .
When you want to learn the best you have to learn from the best.Jaibala Rao is easily one of the top Pro Bloggers who are rocking the world .
When its effortless ,the stories draw you in.When you are drenched with the same emotions that the writer feels ,that’s great storytelling.
Head over to JaibalaRao.com for real stories .Stories to make you laugh and cry.
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Originally posted 2016-10-09 16:02:59.