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Thankful to be in the blogging world

Thankful for being a part of the blogging world

Bloggers have so much to be thankful for. From having the platform to express themselves on any and every topic under the sun to attaining celebrity status for their writing exploits, there’s a lot happening in the blogging world these days.

Power of the written word

Bloggers can freely express their thoughts into words on any topic of their choice. Their blog is their personal space where they can easily voice their opinions without having to worry about word limits or being politically and diplomatically correct (sadly this is changing a lot these days).

Social causes

With an increasingly volatile world, bloggers have slowly but surely become the voice of various social campaigns like the social prejudices and abuse against women, the myths about AIDS, the effects of global warming and more. A lot many people have started to take bloggers quite seriously.

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Journey to a self hosted blog

Blogging Journey to a self hosted blog

Blogging Journey

It’s been 7.5 years since I began blogging. When I started my journey, blogging was just about penning down my thoughts and feelings. It simply felt like an online diary where I could rant about anything and everything under the sun. It’s taken lot of hard yards on the road to a self hosted blog.

Slowly, I realized the importance of comments, shares, likes, having a social media presence and so on. It was all about making oneself heard. Blogging was no more a pastime among a select few which was the case in the early 2000s in India. It seemed as though almost everyone was rushing to open a blog. But then, more than 90% of them remained dormant after a few posts. In this clutter, one had to make an effort to be heard and seen.

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3 blogs I am thankful for..

Thankful Thursday

Over my 7 years 0f blogging, I have more often than not realized the fact that blogging is not just an individual activity. While each of us writes on his or her own blog and the thoughts are personal, blogging communities and events play a strong role in helping build a community spirit. Why do we need a community spirit? Whether its exploring different writing prompts, learning the tricks of the trade from experienced bloggers, co-authoring books and articles and more, for bloggers the acronym BFF has become ‘Blogging Friends Forever’.

There are numerous blogs which I do take out time to read. Though I do admit that I am irregular in the sense that I may read many posts at one time and then would come back again only after a few months.

While it was difficult to narrow down my list from the numerous ones I read, here goes 3 (or I say 4) of them in no particular order.

Parul Thakur (http://www.happinessandfood.com)

Parul writes on a variety of topics which includes issues faced by women, travel and photography, gratitude lists, food posts and more.

I love the way she articulates her thoughts about any topic she writes. She has a lucid writing style and doesn’t hold back in calling a spade a spade. Her posts also reflect how observational and thoughtful she is. All in all her posts are a reader’s delight.

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A habit am proud of..

Blogging - A way of life

Blogging – A way of life

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Rewind about 13 years and you would see me writing a few small editorial columns for Times of Oman – the largest daily in the Sultanate of Oman. At that time, I only wrote a few opinion pieces here and there and when they actually got published, I was delighted enough to cut each of the articles carefully and store them in my personal file.

As the years went by, I became a part of a few editorial committees of college fests but didn’t really write much in the true sense of the word. It’s only when I started my blog in 2009 that I actually discovered my real passion for writing and expressing my thoughts about anything and everything under the sun.

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Blogging conversations & more..

Blogging has more often that not been considered a solo activity which we all engage in at different times. Some do it for a living while others do it as a passion. But what is common is the love for the written word. It’s the love for converting one’s thoughts and views into words.

What if this love and passion brings bloggers together on a common platform?

What if the common platform allows bloggers from various walks of life to converse with each other?

What if the conversations lead to a variety of thoughts, stories and posts?

What if these posts lead to extended friendships and more collaborations in the blogosphere?

What if these collaborations lead to national and international fame?

What if the fame leads to personal delight?

Blogbuddy @Blogchatter (India’s first weekly twitter chat and now a growing blogger community) provides all this and more. With it’s gamut of writing prompts, challenges and contests, Blogbuddy provides a fantastic opportunity to expand one’s blogger friend network and make a name in the blogosphere out there.

I am a Blogbuddy with Blogchatter

Expecto Patronum

2015 – The year that was..

And another year goes by..

And another year goes by..

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And another year has gone past us. This was the year when I moved back to the Gulf again. I say again since more than half my life has been spent in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The last 365 days have been quite interesting meeting people from various countries and learning about various cultures.

From a blogging perspective, I continued taking part in various short fiction prompts and challenges like 5 sentence fiction, 100 word fiction, 42 word fiction, 6 word fiction and so on and so forth. These challenges have always been helpful in keeping the creative juices flowing.

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My blogging journey..

My blogging journey..

My blogging journey..

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We all take inspiration from various sources in our lives be it friends, family or even the experiences they have gone through at different phases in their careers. This helps us in learning the steps to be taken to achieve success and avoid failure. It serves as a motivation to achieve great heights in our careers.

While I did write a few editorial columns in Times of Oman and was part of the editorial committee of Riviera (the international fest at VIT University), it wasn’t until I started my blog in 2009 that I got serious about my writing.

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What does a writer dream of?

Writing helps you find your inner voice..

Writing helps you find your inner voice..

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Royalty? Fan Following? A professional writing career? Winning the Booker Prize? Yes, all this is part of a writer’s dream. But at a fundamental level, a writer wants to get a chance to express his opinions freely and ensure that people read what he or she pens down.

Writers are always on the lookout for inspiration. From inspiration to write on a topic they haven’t ever thought of to inspiration from the exploits of fellow writers, there’s so much to learn from.

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Microblog Mondays: A blogger’s challenge?

Concentration is the key for blogging

Concentration is the key for blogging

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There’s so much that goes behind writing a single blog post. How many of you have ever faced a scenario wherein there were a lot many topics in your mind but you weren’t sure what to begin with? Choosing a topic and then writing a post on the same covering all the points you had in mind requires a lot of dedication and commitment.

It’s all about concentrating religiously without getting distracted by anything around be it technology, people or any mundane day-to-day tasks. For posts where we need to research online before writing, it’s upto us not to fall into the temptation of surfing online and forgetting our primary goal. Once we complete a blog post, the comments, shares and the likes we get (or don’t) motivate us to write even more.

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Linking to #MicroblogMondays and #MondayMusings

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 14 for this month.

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Hyderabad Bloggers Meet: An experience..

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I have always cribbed about the fact that in the cities where I have resided in, there have generally been no blogger meets at least during those periods. From Pune to Hyderabad, I always longed to attend one. Yes, some are nothing but brand promotions with tea, coffee and good food thrown in for good measure. But the fact that you get a chance to meet some amazing bloggers across the spectrum is quite exciting.

Just a day prior to the Hyderabad Bloggers Meet, Manjulika dropped a note to me on Twitter with the FB page link about the details of the meet. I managed to register just in time and the rest is history. Interestingly this was the 4th such meet. And I thought no blogger meets happen in Hyderabad :O.

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