Gloson Teh is a 14 years old blogger behind www.glosonblog.com. He started blogging at the age 10. At such a young age, Gloson managed to build an interesting blog with loyal readership and Twitter following of 4400+ people.
Gloson, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, my name is Gloson Teh. I’m from the sunny country of Malaysia and I started blogging when I was 10 years old. I’m currently 14 years old.
Other than being a blogger, I am also a poet, filmmaker, and music composer. I’ve published two funny poetry books for children—“Creative & Funny Poetry for Kids” and “Creative Row Your Boats”.
(You can find my blog at www.glosonblog.com. I haven’t posted since May 2011 because I have other priorities. I will make an epic comeback in blogging when the time is right. )
How did you decide to start a blog in the first place?
My mother recommended blogging to me as a hobby, because it was quite popular then. I agreed and started my blog in July 2008.
How did you decide to write about social media and blogging?
Social media and blogging are interesting. Because I learn it while doing it, I can share with others what I have learned.
How did you get traffic to your blog (especially when you were only starting out)?
Good question! When I was starting out, I was quite disappointed because I couldn’t get much traffic to my blog. Like any other newbie blogger would probably do, I checked my blog stats a lot and was a stataholic.
(By the way, especially when you’re starting out, it’s also important to read other good blogs as a source of inspiration and ideas, which would help you grow your blog.)
Three months after my blog was started, I created a Twitter account. Little did I know that it would gain me a lot of traffic to my blog. I networked with others and made a lot of friends. They soon got to know my blog and became my readers.
What is your experience with networking with other bloggers? Would you say that networking is crucial for success in blogosphere?
Hmm… it actually depends on what kind of success you are trying to achieve.
If you mostly care about monetary success, you would need little networking. You could just depend on SEO optimization and get visitors from search engines, who might click on your ads, earning you money. Each blog earns you a little; so these Internet Marketers create hundreds of these blogs, multiplying their profit.
On the other hand, if you care about building your brand online, then you would indeed need to network with others. For me, I would prefer this success because it  gives you a social life (if you don’t have any),  brings you richer experience and skills, and  earns you recognition. Plus, this success involves you actually creating blog posts, instead of recycling already-existing articles.
Were you ever worried that people won’t take you seriously because your age? Did that actually happen? How did you deal with it? ..by the way, is there a way to turn your young age into an advantage?
Honestly, I didn’t really worry about it. I had a lot of supporters who believed me.
However, there was a well-known viral marketing blogger who thought that I was not legitimate and that my dad was posing as me. He wrote a comment on one of my most popular posts stating his opinion.
So, I wrote him an email, trying to convince him that I’m genuine. He replied, “You’re incredible. Thanks for clarifying.”
Yes, if you are a young blogger, your age can get you far. Five months after I started blogging, a newspaper journalist got to know about my blog. After my mom asked her if she could write about me, she came to my home and interviewed me.
Following this event, another two newspaper reporters contacted me and said they wanted to interview me. Delighted, I agreed.
So yeah, you can use your age as an advantage. Don’t get discouraged by the fact that you are young.
Were there any extraordinary opportunities that came your way as a result of your success as a blogger?
Yes, there were. Blogging gave me a lot of experience in life and I believe it contributes to who I am today. Here are three incidents I am grateful for.
On June 20, 2009, I joined a blogging carnival hosted by Kaspersky Lab. There was this quiz contest in which you had to give the correct answer to the technology-related questions. (You get eliminated if you answer wrongly.) I was the only kid in the contest and fortunately, I won the first prize, an Acer Aspire Laptop. I was really thankful because it was my first laptop.
On July 10, 2009, I met the Prime Minister and First Lady of Malaysia. They had arranged a press conference for me after they got to know my blog and poetry book. I saw the Prime Minister smiling as he skimmed through my post about Twitter, as he also had a Twitter account. This story was published in seven nationwide newspapers the next day. My blog consequently crashed.
The above incident paved more opportunities for me to be interviewed by some other newspapers, TV channels, and magazines.
In January 2010, I participated in a national blogging contest, Blog4FT, in which you had to promote the Federal Territories of Malaysia through the medium of blogging. Fortunately, I was the first-runner up, in the Junior category (below 18). Being 12 years old and 6 years younger than the first-prize winner, I was the youngest to make it into the top 3.
Other than that, I learned to earn some money through joining guest blogging contests.
I am grateful that blogging gave me a lot of opportunities, and I hope it will happen to you too!
Gloson, when you think about your future, do you see yourself as an online entrepreneur or do you have some other plans?
I do have some other plans. Since I love filmmaking and music a lot, there’s a chance I might become a film composer.
I also love to write funny poetry, so maybe I’ll publish more poetry books too.
Nevertheless, I would be an online entrepreneur at the same time, since the Internet is a wonderful platform to share my work with others.
Last, but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers who are young and would like to start a blog, but have doubts because of their age?
Just start your blog! It’s better to start young because it gives you more time to learn. It also gives you a lot of advantages.
If you have doubts about your ability, ask an older sibling or your parents to help you (for example, with web hosting, domain name, etc).
There are people who would not take you seriously because of your age, but they are very, very few. Most people would be amazed at the fact that you are young and blogging.