5 Questions with Walter Apai from Webdesigner Depot
I am sure most of you have heard of the design blog Webdesigner Depot? We have asked the Founder, Walter Apai 5 questions and decided to share it with the community. Walter is a great guy and is really passionate about what he does, hopefully all of you learn something new about Walter after reading these questions. Get reading.
1. Welcome to Creativeoverflow, please introduce yourself. Could you tell us where you’re from and how you got started in the blogging field?
Hi everyone, my name’s Walter Apai and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I started designing CD covers for my CD compilations. I loved the fact that I could create anything I wanted in Photoshop. This lead me to study web design and eventually starting my own blog with WDD.
2. Is Webdesignerdepot your full time job? If so do you work from home or do you have a office?
I don’t work exclusively on WDD, but I don’t have a typical day job either. I started as a web designer, but eventually, I became an entrepreneur and started several businesses online with WDD being my first attempt at running a blog. I work from home and virtually connect to other members of my team via the web. Working from an office was something that I contemplated for a while but decided against it. I think you should do what comes to you naturally and the prospect of a structured approach and office hours didn’t sit well with me at all.
3. Thousands of people are inspired and make use of the content that you deliver on Webdesignerdepot, How do you keep the good articles coming?
The web and blogging in general are a very fast moving target. You need to constantly listen and evaluate people’s interests, while remaining true to yourself and the nature of the blog. I work with many authors and we sometimes bounce ideas off each other. I also read books, magazines and other online content to keep me fresh and updated. One interesting thing is that the articles themselves and the comments that people leave are often the source of inspiration that leads to future articles. Sometimes I really don’t have to go too far to look for the next thing. I also receive tons of emails with ideas and suggestions all the time. The trick is learning to say ‘no’ more than learning to say ‘yes’ as I get more ideas than I can use.
4. If you had the chance to start WDD over, is there anything that you would do different?
I’m not the type of person that usually looks back, but not to escape your question altogether, I’d say that the one thing that I’d have done differently is simply launching WDD sooner in my career:) Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out so far and I have no regrets.
5. When you started WDD how long did it take for the blog to become successful and build up a sturdy amount of Followers? It didn’t just happen over night did it?
It wasn’t overnight, but it was a pretty quick process. Blogging involves many things with the most important thing being great content, however, a memorable design and good marketing and promotion are key to the success of most businesses these days. Knowing how to market yourself, your blog and your content was instrumental in the success of WDD and it continues to be to this day.
6. Thanks a lot for making time in your busy schedule to answer our questions. Is there anything that you would like to say to all the other start up bloggers out there?
Blogging is great, but it can be really tough as well. In a field saturated with information, and with tons of blogs doing the exact same thing, you need to constantly push for fresh ideas and bring a unique edge whenever possible. You need to be super passionate at what you’re doing or you’ll burn out in no time. The rewards are great though and the hard work pays off if you stick to it. Thanks a lot for having me here Jacques and good luck with CreativeOverflow.