Flexcia D’souza, 22, Goa, India – Blogger, Writer, Journalist
Tell us about yourself?
Hi, I am a journalist, writer and a blogger based out of Goa, India. A quintessential Goa girl, I’m born and brought up here, until I moved out for further studies and internships, to finally come back to Goa in May 2016. I have been writing ever since I’m 16. My first story was published in a local newspaper – The Navhind Times on 16th September 2011 at 17. And I haven’t stopped ever since. I have been blogging since April 2012. But the current blog which I’m running (www.flexcia.com) was launched in August 2015. Besides, I have written for several media publications like Abraxas Nu, Creative Eye, Hello Publications, AlphaDigest, etc. I also have two published works – a short story in an anthology published in November 2014 and an essay published in June 2015.
What motivated you to start blogging?
My passion for reading and writing. I’ve grown up reading – I loved reading the supplement pages of the newspaper and I wished I could do something like that. I never knew a writer or a journalist personally, so I believed it’s something very difficult. But things got better when I decided to not pursue engineering and instead opted for a Bachelors in Arts and specialised in Journalism from St. Xavier’s College, Goa. I further went on to complete my Master of Communication and Media Studies from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore.
What is the nature of your blog?
It’s a fun blog – something you’d read during leisure. It constitutes the entire lifestyle sphere. I blog about everything that interests me – fashion, food, travel and lifestyle. I do a lot of style posts, fashion runway posts, beauty product reviews, beauty/skincare/bodycare posts, shopping, food (right from street food to fine dining), product reviews, readings and book reviews, relationship stories, travelogues, travel guides, experience stories and some other interesting topics.
What was your greatest achievement in blogging?
I got listed in the Top 10 Bloggers in Pune by Team Zero Too Much in April 2015 (that’s just eight months after starting food blogging). I also ranked #1 Food Blogger in Mangalore and #2 Food Blogger in Goa by Zomato. I got featured as a Fashion Blogger on the Times of India shortly after my extensive coverage for India Beach Fashion Week Summer Dive 2016.
What is your most difficult challenge in blogging?
There are times when I lose followers because I write about more than one thing. So engaging people not interested in one particular topic (say for instance, people who are interested in fashion aren’t interested in food) becomes a tad bit difficult at times.
Who is your target audience or readers for your blog?
My target audience is the urban youth. My readers include 60% Indians, 20% (UK, US) and 20% (other parts of the world).
What do you hope to get out of your blog?
It’s a medium to share experiences. It’s like an online visual diary. I hope to encourage people to live life. I want young people to understand that you don’t need to be super rich to live a fun life, just managing your finances right and making the most of what you have is enough. I do a lot of budget posts in most categories – I have listing about cheap places to shop online/ street shop, street food and affordable food joints, backpacking and budget travel posts which are usually a hit.
What is one thing you would like to share with everyone related to blogging?
Keep going. Don’t stop. Be real. Every person is different, everyone has a different perspective about everything. So write about your perspective, whatever it might be. Write things that interest you, don’t just try to follow the crowd because that’s a hip thing. Put your talents to use and create something exceptional that will strike a chord with the readers. And, have fun when you are at it! Enjoy your blogging journey.
What inspires you to travel?
Experiences. Travel changes me as a person. Travel helps me understand things. Travel makes me patient and kind. Travel is amazing.
How did you first get into traveling?
My roommate from two years ago was a traveller. She inspired me. We became friends instantly. And she had so much to share. I started travelling in mid-2014. I did my first solo trip to Kerala in September 2014.
What do you enjoy about traveling?
The entire journey, the food, new culture, people I meet, places I visit – everything. There isn’t one thing I don’t like. I love sun rises and sun sets – it’s such a surreal experience.
Where do you want to go next?
There’s so much to experience. I’ve just started. I wish to tick off all the places on my India travel list by the time I’m 25.
What is your biggest fear when traveling?
Getting robbed or losing my stuff. *chuckles* There are times when I sleep like a log in trains and waiting rooms. Also, I’m very forgetful, and forget my things or misplace them. And the thought kind of freaks me out!
How do you prepare for travel?
This is one great question! I prepare months in advance. I read up, research, go through travel blogs and travel guides. Check out transport options, accommodation tariffs, food places, weather conditions, type of people, and culture of the place, and everything else that’ll make my travel easier and fun!
Second is packing: I pack light, but pack smart. I try to mix and match my outfits, avoid carrying a lot of beauty products and makeup (except what’s really important) and avoid carrying stuff that takes too much space or makes the bag heavy.
Also, no suitcase, BACKPACK!!!
What must you bring on any given trip?
Passport/ valid ID proof, limited cash, cards, tickets, guides, maps, diary with important contact numbers and other information (in case you lose your phone), basic essentials (you may not get things you want everywhere, might as well carry your own), sample sized products like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, creams, oil, moisturiser and whatever else you may need (just in case they aren’t available at the hotel you check-in at or in case you’ve booked guesthouse), snacks like biscuits, dry fruits, chocolates, fruits which last a few days like apples and whatever food that will keep you going for at least some time in case you don’t find food in the train or are stuck at a remote place or go trekking), sunglasses and a jacket (you never know when it gets hot or cold)
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