Introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about you and where we can find you on social media too!
My name is Taryn. I’m from South Africa, Cape Town. You can find my blog at www.dragonscodex.net and on Twitter @dragonscodex.
Why did you start blogging?
My first blog was to fundraise for my Mom who had cancer. She passed away and as a result my second blog was more about dealing with grief and trying to find myself again.
I kinda accidentally permanently deleted that blog. Oops! So now I’m on my third blog. I suppose I really like blogging because I keep coming back to it.
Tell us about your niche and your blog
I have no niche. I blog from the heart about everything and anything that moves me. Although my current blog does focus on my coding journey. Trying to become a developer.
What is the best thing about blogging for you?
Reaching out to people. Researching topics. Telling your story. Cathartic release of whatever I have internalised.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Twitter. Quick and easy, without the guilt of not keeping in touch aka FB.
What would say to someone interested in blogging or just starting out?
Blogging takes commitment. You need a thick skin. And you should be doing it for you and no one else. Be authentic. Be you. The world needs more of that.
What was the most challenging thing about being a blogger for you?
Word count per post. I’ve only broken 1200 words once and I believe that is the ideal length of a post.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
I work full-time as a Data Manager. I also study part-time. And I have many other side projects to keep me going besides the blog.
Name a female blogger or business owner who inspires you and why.
I’ve got to mention @SilennnttKiller and her tireless effort in creating awareness about depression and suicide in South Africa. We need more people like her campaigning and making voices heard.
What advice would you have for women wanting to start their own business?
Just do it. No excuses. I know its gonna be hard, but it will also be worth it.
Anything else you want to add?
Believe in yourself but most of all ~ take care of yourself on your journey.