VividlyGrand – Behind the name

Life is more than blogging, and living far beyond the state of existence.

VividlyGrand Inspiration

Through my career as a journalist and writer of fiction, I have come to realise life, in all its brilliance, is something to be sought after.

And sought after with a passion.

There are those who shape and cultivate beauty in every way possible, whether it be through music and the arts, through architecture and engineering, or through design in every shape and size.

These are the people who enhance our lives with the creativity embedded in each and every one of us.

These are the people who raise our life quality, however little, time and again, and in turn, whose life quality exceeds our wildest imaginations.

But how do they do it?

How did Chopin and Rembrandt create their masterpieces? How do the finest of gentleman suits come to fruition or the grandest of fashion blogs hold our special attention?

I believe that it is all done through inspiration.

Without inspiration, very few great works of art and products of substance and value would have ever made a difference in our lives.

If one is inspired enough, the hard work and discipline will follow. If one is inspired enough, enough momentum and will power will be mustered to withstand any resistance that comes along the way.

I also believe, that each and every individual, has the potential to be inspired to such a degree, that they in themselves become an inspiration for those around them.

Now I’m sure there are a million ways to be inspired, and a million more ways to inspire those around us.

But if there is one thing I know, that will improve your odds, then it is to keep, whatever you do, especially in the world of design and creative work, vivid and grand.

Simple really. Keep it vivid. And keep it grand.

A modern thesaurus enlightens us on the subject everything vivid as bright, intense, rich, brilliant, vibrant and half a dictionary of other synonyms. The word ‘grand’ on the other hand, couldn’t be more straightforward in its utterance relating to magnificence or excellence if you like.

But all that doesn’t matter half as much as the personal meaning the particular person attaches to his or her work.

I can tell you that a blog is vividly grand, but the passion with which that blog is designed is what the reader will experience.

And that is what we focus on.

Portraying the passion, the energy, the brilliance and the grandness of the higher works created on a daily basis. We work hard at showing our readers alternative ideas on lifestyle and living, that adds value to lives and increases the quality of life through words and images.

My name is Snyman Rijkloff.

I am a writer.

The people I write for, are those who seek ways on how to improve not only their own lives, but also ways to improve the lives of those in their circle of influence, and the environment in which we find ourselves.

I do it with blogs, books and videos.

The core readership and viewers of those who are touched by the work I do are inspired to reach for more, to create something of value, (however small or great,) and to work hard at making the world a better place.

And I intend to always keep it, VividlyGrand.

New series on Blogging for South Africans coming soon!

Post on blogging for South AfricansOur series on Blogging for South Africans coming soon!


Maybe you’ve thought about it before.

Maybe you wonder if it could be a fulfilling hobby.

Maybe you consider it to help your current business grow.


Wherever your field of creativity and expertise may be, we will help you get started with a brand new blog with plenty of custom designs to choose from.


Through our series of articles to follow, you will learn the WordPress blogging basics, how to write, how to find ideas for your topics, how to create an additional income through your blog, and how to shine online, for not only South Africa, but for the whole world to see.


Keep an eye out for a weekly article on Blogging for South Africans, only at VividlyGrand Web design.

And above all, always remember to keep it vividly grand!


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Blogging in South Africa

Blogging in South Africa


South Africans have in recent times been at the forefront of developing and innovating technologies in various areas, from medical devices and procedures to spectacular engineering feats.

What we most certainly do fall behind on, however, is our online presence and the mastery thereof.

Compared to America, Europe, India and a few other countries, (especially the Netherlands,) do we have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the latest trends in online marketing for business and other purposes.

A rough google search on what seems to be the most popular blogging topic in South Africa, we more or less are in line with the rest of the world but only just.

Travel, food and fashion blogs were dominating the blog sphere a couple of years ago, (and still, do in South Africa today) but has made place in the international arena for Health and fitness, DIY and finance-related blogs.

One thing I’ll add here is that South Africa has a niche in the world of blogging consisting of wildlife, hunting and safaris. But again, the prospective wildlife, hunting and safari bloggers, are experts in their respective fields, and can often do with a bit of coaching on the most effective techniques of running a successful blog.

Nevertheless, we are quick learners, and in a country where jobs are scarce and political unrest are ever threatening on the horizon, we might just in the near future make a dash for the most popular blogs in the world.

Here then, a couple of tips if you consider starting a blog, thinking of making a living from blogging or want to grow your business via the online resources we have at our disposal.


The WordPress platform.

There are a magnitude of options out there, but the truth is, we all need help at some stage, and you would like to be surrounded by people who know what they are doing.

In short, there are more WordPress designers and developers than any other platform, who can assist you with your needs.

True, the Joomla and Drupal guys do not have a bad deal, but from experience I can tell you, to make a switch from one platform to another is not an easy task. Especially when you have grown your blog extensively.

WordPress was designed for blogging.

My suggestion is to make the most of it.



Free blogs, microblog platforms and the like are no option if you are serious about doing your thing and doing it right.

Yes, there are exceptions to the rule.

Varlamov is one but in his defence, (Not that he needs defence, he is one of the biggest bloggers of all time,) he started on LiveJournal a long time ago, and with the magnitude of posts and work he loaded, it would be an engineering feat for him to migrate to another platform. Besides, the LiveJournal is a sort of proud Russian thing, so I suppose that in a sense he is being patriotic.

You are South African. (Or from whichever country.)

You do not necessarily have pride in your country’s blogging platforms. You want to do a job and you want to be great at it.

So get hosting from a reputable hosting company.

German companies are the best but that is only my opinion and they might be a bit more expensive.

Do your homework first. Read up on a few hosting companies, make a decision and get a domain.

You can get hosting from as little as R45 per month to R100 per month depending on your needs, and the domain will be about R 70 to R170 per year.

If you want to be taken seriously, that would be the way to go.

If you want to stay casual, then blogger and tumbler might be the fit for you, but your growth as a blogger might be hindered.


Reading and research

Knowledge. Your greatest asset.

Learn and read up as a daily habit how do the big guys do it. Not only for techniques and how-to but also to be inspired to make the most of it.

Read wide and far. Blogs from right across the world are brought to your doorstep, and you just need to tap in.

Pay attention to:

How often do they blog?

What type of content dot they use.

How long the post should be, and in which format.

How to use headings, tags and categories. (Seriously, I see wonderful websites that just doesn’t rank on google because the basics have not been covered.)

Which social media platform do they use and where does their traffic come from.

How do they monetize their blogs? (Ads are only one of many ways.)

And what other systems do they have in place? Emails campaigns, YouTube videos, and more.

If you are knowledgeable about the subject of blogging, you are a few steps ahead of the competition, and I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: The competition in South Africa is nothing compared to that in the rest of the world.


We will cover each of these topics in upcoming posts, but if you want to start a WordPress blog in the meantime, feel free to give us a shout, and let us see what we can do for you.


Design and taste

Design and taste. – A combination of value.

And that is what we are all about. Creating value.

Much more than just a website, but rather a statement of who you are and why you do what you do.

Contact us today for a free quote.

Keep it grand. VividlyGrand.

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