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The Vigyaa Mentorship Program for Lifestyle Writers

Dear readers and writers, we’re excited to announce the launch of our mentorship program for Vigyaa Lifestyle writers. It’s a program designed to help mentor up and coming bloggers and thought leaders in the Lifestyle niche.


Vigyaa is an open platform for mesmerizing, inspiring, bright, compelling, unusual and somewhat crazy thoughts and ideas. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page. It’s a platform set up to promote thought leaders, or those wishing to become thought leaders. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page.

By means of a clever back linking system we call “tagging," anyone with a great story will land themselves plenty of traffic. Because we promote the front page content. Self-promotion, on Vigyaa, isn’t seen as blasphemous, but smart, and it should be relevant. A link should lead readers to the writer’s site because the readers are so in awe of the thoughts presented in the article.

Having “soft” launched in November 2018 (about four weeks ago as we’re writing this), we’ve already started to see incredible content and steadily growing traffic; reaching 10k views per week. We expect that number to more or less double week by week as we start marketing the platform properly.

It’s an impressive start, but we want to find more writers. Writers who make us think. Writers who inspire us. Writers we can help grow. That’s why we’re starting a mentorship program for select writers in the Lifestyle niche.

Already a writer who just want to write? Start uploading your articles to Vigyaa right away -- you can read the guidelines here.

The Mentorship Program

We are looking for writers with unique ideas; probably writers who have fairly recently started a blog and have shown they’re serious about building a following, but haven’t had time to amass a massive one yet.

The Perks of the Mentorship Program

For everyone who we mentor we offer the following every month:

- one front page post that gets promoted (paid promotion) + shared across social media

- 30 min coaching call with the Lead Editor for the Lifestyle section about writing and/or working as a freelance writer

30 min coaching call with the Head of Marketing for the Lifestyle section

you’ll also have access to our social media manager to ask questions

- $20 voucher for Amazon

We also arrange giveaways for our mentees: the person with the post with the most views that month wins a prize.

Each mentee will be coached for a total of six months, during which they’ll also have their profile featured on the front page once.

The aim is to help you set yourself up as a thought leader in your field. You will have access to our team and we will help you as much as possible in every way possible during your time as a mentee.

Guidelines for Mentees

As a mentee you will agree to upload a minimum of one original post bi-weekly. You’ll have access to the Lead Editor to discuss the topic, if you wish.

You may also repurpose old content from your blog on Vigyaa, but it’s limited to two posts per month. These posts will not be promoted on the front page, but people who enjoy your work will be able to find them and read them. Plus, it’s great SEO for your site, or other sites you wish to promote, as you can link to what you discuss in the article.

Who You’ll Be Coached By

Maria Montgomery is our Lead Editor for the Lifestyle section (and currently the person penning this article, talking about herself in third person — horrors!). She trained as an actor and director at KADA in London and as a producer at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. After graduation, she became the Sales Manager for Eyestorm, the UK’s largest online contemporary art gallery, but quickly got tired of selling Damien Hirst’s fabulous dots.

Instead, she set off to South Africa, where she ended up an honorary board member for a not-for-profit focused on child education in the township of Hangberg. Simultaneously, she became a digital nomad, working as a freelance writer focusing on content, copywriting and branding. She’s worked with everything from start-ups to big conglomerates and ad agencies, as well as blogged for a number of online publications, including the Huffington Post. Apart from writing, she’s currently busy with a number of film projects, dabbling in entrepreneurship and raising three kids from the township. You can choose if you want her to regale you with tales from around the world, or sound advice about writing, directing and branding. The latter would be recommended.

You will also be coached by our Hean of Marketing, Daniel, who owns a marketing agency and is a whizz with editing. He used to work in marketing for the BBC before heading out on his own and has been known to make videos go viral. He has an excellent understanding of implementing marketing tactics across all digital channels. 

Lastly, you'll have access to our Social Media Manager for the Lifestyle section, Marco. He will be able to answer any questions you may have about marekting your blog on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Marco loves working with start-ups and small businesses to drive traffic, clients and repeat sales. 

How To Apply

To apply for our mentorship program simply email us with 1) a link to your blog 2) links to the social media accounts you’re active on 3)  a sentence or two about why you want to join this program. Please note that it's a six-month commitment. 

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We look forward to your submissions! 

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Once someone has read a book, they can to leave a review on a popular website, and this can take place even if they have bought the book offline. In addition to this, they can also leave a review if they bought the book on another site.

However, even though one has the opportunity to do this, it doesn’t mean that they will. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t enjoy the book; it could simply come down to the fact that they can’t be bothered.

Other Priorities

For example, when one has read the book, they could end up moving onto the next one. Or, they could have other things that consume their attention, and this could show that they don’t even think about leaving one.

If they enjoyed reading the book, they might not feel the need to do anything else; it is then going to be as if they have got what they need and that’s all there is to it. But even if they didn’t enjoy reading it, they could still move on.


This could be different if one reads a lot of books and their friends are also the same. In this case, they could talk to them about what they thought of it, and one could tell them to read it if they enjoyed it.

Yet, if they didn’t enjoy it, they could still recommend it, and this can show that they don’t believe that their view is the only view. Alternatively, they could say that it’s not a good book and that they shouldn’t waste their time with it.


If one was to read a book and they felt the need to leave a review, it could be sad that there is a strong chance that it wasn’t what they expected. There could be a number of things that they didn’t like about it.

Having said that, it could be far worse than this, and one could wonder why it was ever published. This is then similar to how people are more likely to talk about a bad meal than a good one.


It is said that human beings are programmed to focus on negativity, and this is seen as something that would have kept them alive in the past. As if one was to focus on the positive, their life might improve, but if they avoided the negative, they could die.

Times have now changed and it is no longer necessary to behave in his way, however, the brain is still responding to how life used to be. Therefore, if one was to read a book and it blew them away, for instance, it is not going to have the same effect as it would if it didn’t meet their expectations.

Out of Balance

Based on this, it could be said that it can be a challenge to understand how good a book is simply by looking through what people have said. With this in mind, one could miss out on a good book if they were to purely listen to what other people have said.

But if they were to allow other people to decide for them, it could be said that this will also be a result of evolution. Many, many years ago, doing what other people did would have also increased their chances of survival.

A Reaction

During this time, if one was to see a lot of people running and they were to think about what is going on, they could end up being eaten alive. It would have been in their best interest to do what other people were doing.

Going along with others would have been the best thing to do; whereas if would have been a risk for people to come to their own conclusions. Nowadays, even though it is generally in one’s best interest to think for themselves, it can be easier to follow the crowd.

Taking the Plunge

If one was to buy a book even though the reviews were not all positive, they could be in for a pleasant surprise. They could find it hard to understand why other people didn’t have the same outlook.

At the same time, they could read a book that has only received positive reviews and end up feeling disappointed. In the first example, they would have used their own brain and, in the second example, they would have put it to one side.

Another Position

If one was to reflect on this, they might see that it shows how they can’t always trust what other people say. When it comes to someone who has written a book (or a number of them), they could end up experiencing a negative reaction if another person was to leave a negative review.

What they could do here is to step back from how they feel and to look into what has been said. At this time, they could think about how this only going to be the other persons opinion.

A Subjective Experience

Ultimately, no matter what their book is like, it is not going to be possible for everyone to like it. When they read their book, there is the chance that this person was comparing it to another one they had read.

This can then mean that it doesn’t match up with this book, and this can be a book that also has negative reviews. If they have left a really bad review, it can be a sign that they are not currently in a good place themselves.


While one can be affected by what has been said, they might not respond in this way if they knew who wrote it. For example, if an athlete had just performed at their best and another person who had no idea what they were talking about said it was rubbish, there would be no reason for them to take it seriously.

One can see if there is anything positive to take from it, and if there isn’t, they can ignore it; what matters is that they don’t allow a negative review to hold them back. And if they don’t write to please others, it will be easier for them to keep going.

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