Vlogging has now become the new trend in this digital era. It has also helped many vloggers to showcase their finest and splendid content infront of viewers. Abinash Sahu had a detailed discussion with Elora Parija, an Odia Vlogger who is currently residing in the USA with her husband, who is working as an IT development architect in Software Industry and a 7 year old boy, Arnav. Elora completed her engineering in May 2007 from KIIT Bhubaneswar & got selected in iGATE through college campus selection during 3rd year.
She has 12 years of experience as a software engineer and had worked for iGATE, EF, Polaris and Oracle. Elora came to the USA in April 2019 as her husband got his H1 Visa. They came here mostly to see the lifestyle in the USA, their culture and also to visit different places in the USA. They are also intended to bring their parents to the USA to have a lifetime experience. They don’t have any plans to settle in the USA because they like India more. Her vlogs are enriched with informational content as well as recipes of many mouth-watering and scrumptious delicacies.
Following are the excerpts of the interview,
1-What inspired you to start your own vlogs ?
I love doing photography. I used to take pictures of any new food item and post it in WhatsApp status, stories on Facebook, Instagram, etc.
My husband, Amitav said why you are posting pics everyday instead you should make videos .
That day I started my food vlogging channel on 1st of May 2020.
As I posted odia recipes, I saw odia daily vlogging channels and thought of starting an Odia daily vlogging channel on August 17, 2020, to show our lifestyle in the USA and also the beautiful scenic places of Seattle, Washington USA.
2- How did you source new and creative ideas for your vlogs ?
Its based on the comments from my viewers.
Two types of videos interests the audience.
1. Entertaining videos
2. Informational videos.
So, I try to make those type of videos.
3- What is the definition of Success for you ?
To me Success means satisfaction.
And to be successful :
Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.
Learn from your failures and it is OK to do mistakes.
Challenge yourself & come out of your comfort zone.
Also try to be independent.
4- Apart from vlogging, what are your other interests?
I love to sing, love to bake, do photography, do software programming & also love to inspire youngsters.
5- Who is your inspiration and why ?
My parents & my husband.
Parents because I have seen them doing their professional work as well as personal work with a big smile in their faces.
Husband because he is never reluctant in taking any new challenging work in his career.
6- What would be your message to those who want to start vlogging ?
Start it now. Don’t think just start. Slowly improve your quality & content of your vlog.
Make sure there is a good clarity in your voice and proper light in your videos where sunlight works the best.
7- Would you please like to share any of your best memories during your early vlogging days ?
I remember doing my first Odia vlog instantly one day.
Continuously recorded & posted without any filter.
8- What are your future plans ?
Will be joining back into Software industry and continue vlogging.
I may start business depending on the situation.
The writer is a freelance journalist and alumnus of IIMC, Dhenkanal.