Guwahati: Once a research intern with UNESCO and then an assistant professor in geography and now one of the best content creators recognised by Google, Assamese blogger Puspanjalee Das Dutta has come a long way.
What helped her was her passion for reading and writing that drove her to start a career in blogging. Oblivious to where this passion was leading her to, Dutta started as a content writer for different websites in 2008 while as a student. Back then, most people were unaware of the term ‘blogging’ and for many it was only a hobby to share one’s thoughts. So was it for Dutta when she started blogging in 2010.
“While teaching geography, I felt that my calling was in writing and that is when I started writing blogs and I loved doing it. Blogging helped me connect with thousands of people from across the world. My writing was appreciated and then I started blogging professionally. In 2013, I quit my job to dedicate all my time to the blog,” Dutta told EastMojo.
However, her blogging journey passed through various stages in the past six years. Unaware of the idea that her passion could also earn her a living, Dutta, now also provides a helping hand to people who want to earn their bread and butter through their writing skills.
“It was just a creative outlet. But once I became a mom and it became hard to go to office leaving my son behind, I decided to take the plunge. I responded to one of the business emails from a brand and worked with them. Since then, this blog has earned money for me,” the blogger said.
From being one of the first batch of bloggers of Guwahati, Dutta today owns two blogs, ‘My Writing, My World’ and ‘Foodie On The Road’ and has been recognised among the ‘Top 50 Mompreneurs’ blogs in the world.
“Mompreneur is a term which basically a conglomeration of two words mom and entrepreneur who juggles between household chores as well as their career while staying at home and building businesses,” she explained.
Dutta could not manage much support during her initial days. However, today, she has made possible what was once considered ill-timed. Over the years, she has taken big leaps in her career. She now offers her experience to help other bloggers through a free online blogging school.
“Blogging is time consuming and demands hard work. It’s not like that you write something and brands will contact you immediately. You need to be persistent. You need to dedicate time to your blog, network with people and promote your blog. If you have these things in you, with a flair for writing and reading, blogging can be the career for you,” Dutta added.