Tag: Blogging

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Does a follow on WordPress warrant a follow back? Just wondering 🤔 I’ve just hit 50 followers today on theextraaamile.com (that’s in addition to the 1.5k following me back on the WordPress platform) so yes, people do read my stuff, which is always good to know.

But one thing that concerns me is that ‘Do people follow my blog just because I follow theirs’? If that’s the case, that isn’t good news. UntitledUntitled

When I follow a certain blog/blogger, it’s because I find their content really good and wish to read more of what they write. I’m not much of a follow-4-follow principle. There are some really talented bloggers out there who I don’t follow (by clicking on the follow tab on their page), which does not mean I don’t like the stuff they write, its just that the theme of their blog doesn’t appeal to me (for eg: fashion/beauty/blogs written in regional language etc..) but a few posts here-n-there on their blog which are really good.

A piece of Advice:

Let blogging not be about numbers or mine v/s yours. Leave blogging at least out of the competition, we’re already competing in other fields. Let us do something we love for a change without bothering who reads and how many people follow us.

Write because that is what makes you happy. 😀😀

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Hopes for my Blog – Day 10

Coming to the end of the 10-day challenge (took me 14 days actually) and my last task/question is “What are my hopes for my Blog?” Image result for blogging

Like every blogger would want…his Blog to be read by people spread across the country and world, I am no different

  • Increasing its reach far and wide through various blogging mediums
  • To bring a sense of belongingness when a reader reading my posts – has the feeling of “me too…”
  • Keep writing posts that are relatable to everyday situations and make for simple reading.
  • …and obviously, when the blog is read by more people, the Blog gains popularity and simultaneously the number of followers would automatically increase

Never been a number person, but considering I come from the background of being followed by more than a few thousand fellow bloggers when my blog was hosted on the WordPress platform, I do have big expectations – that said the good things in life always take time.

My next blog post..

My last post was on the 20th of February, that makes it 10 days of silence until this post – today the 2nd of March.

I hate it when I have these long gaps between two posts. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about – I have a lot! Trust me… like the stuff I see, hear or find myself in the midst of – not all of it is as interesting though. However, the ones that are, need to be edited, refined, be of acceptable language and only then can I post it on my blog, i.e if I choose to do so. That takes patience, effort and more importantly Time, which I would like to believe, is the one thing I have in abundance, even with the things that I do in a day.

Well, coming to the week gone by, it can clearly be said, it’s been one of shock, sorrow and a lot of babble everywhere – none more than about Sridevi (the Indian actress who passed away on the 24th of February)  
You, as much as I would have been fed with so much of information over the past few days, that we have reached a point of saying – ‘Enough is Enough’. Though for me it was just news, there were people around me who seemed to talk on and on about the subject – at work, in buses, on phones and of course social media.

In one week so much has happened that…
On Sunday – suddenly all of India became Sridevi fans, followed by the whole of India turning into a discussion board and then into detectives.

I’m sure many bloggers might have covered a lot of different angles of the ‘Sridevi’s death Story’, however, I am not here to write about that. But a definite mention must be made, that she was one of Bollywood’s best and it is indeed a big loss…

If that was not enough, she having a state funeral, got more people talking. To be frank, I was surprised too.. but then what the heck! This is India…we really can’t question anything that happens in the country. Just watch the drama and remain quiet, unless you want to be caught, questioned and in extreme cases thrown into jail for having your opinion. 

…and Yes, we’ve entered into March, the third month of 2018. Didn’t we just enter into 2018? We’re already in March. 

Blogging for Passion or Recognition?

It is said, if you love something, you will find ways to continue doing it – irrespective of time, situation or circumstance. I’ve always loved writing, not particularly for people to read but because it makes me happy. It definitely acts as a bonus if people like what I write, but that’s not why I do so. 

I do not set deadlines or specific dates that I write on.. I write when I feel like and that gives me the freedom for my imaginations to run wild, allowing it to take me to different places, feel various emotions, handle different situations and being someone I am not.. all these sitting in the comforts of my own home.

I may not be the best writer or the intellectual blogger, I just write what comes out straight from my heart, at best you can call me an honest blogger.
So while I write, there will always be a little part of me that you will find in every blog post.. if you are careful to read between the lines.

It may be a person, place or thing.. if it piques my interest, consider it in.. MY NEXT BLOG POST.

Writing to express and never to impress. Keeping it simple.

The ‘blog post’ in the making

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Looking at the blank page on the screen, to be soon filled up with my thoughts I have in my head.. I find myself all focused, “this one is going to be serious” I tell myself. After a couple of minutes a naughty thought crosses my mind..

Who am I kiddin’?.. I can’t write serious stuff.

Now, smiling with my tongue out, I begin typing, my fingers flirting ever so gently with the keys on the keyboard..its beginning to sound like music to my ears, a rhythm I am used to listening every time I have something to write about and find myself typing away, one key after the other. My mind is slowly drifting away from the real world and into a different one, the characters in my head are coming to life, the music is playing in the background, the sprinkling of rain drops and a strong breeze blowing across..

..and then I hear words from a distance, I can’t quite understand.. the words get clearer with every second and then very loud all of a sudden

“Close the windows, its raining” mom had been screaming for the past few seconds.

I was stunned! I knew I had to react.. I look up at her and then behind, I shut the window hurriedly. I come back and sit in front of my computer screen – the moment has clearly passed. The thoughts literally went down the drain along with the rain water.

I click on ‘save as draft’, hoping I can re-create that moment again sometime.

Apparently saving the bedroom from filling up with water was more important than my typing the blog post.

The story of my many incomplete posts, resting peacefully as notepad documents

..now on IndiBlogger

I am finally part of the IndiBlogger network. Apparently, I was blocked for some reason and my account wasn’t approved and had to be done manually – now that it is, I am officially an Indiblogger 😉 Yayyyy!! Untitled

My link on Indiblogger is – – > Click HERE

See you around there too! 🙂

 

Blogging Lessons

When you blog for over a period of time (5 years for me and counting) you are bound to learn some lessons..what did I learn? Well..not much, but will share the few that I have.

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1. Blogging can be like therapy

2. There will be days you just don’t wanna blog about anything. It’s perfectly fine…

3. Fellow bloggers are mostly sweet, kind, warm and loving.

4. You don’t need to use big words in your posts. Keep it simple..people like simple.

5. Invest in genuine friendships.

6. You will never be able to please everybody. That’s okay.

7. Be different, don’t do something because everybody else is doing it.

8. There is a THRASH option for every notification. Use it, not all comments deserve display.

9. You get what you send out.

10. Write every day. You need not necessarily publish it.

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Joys of being a blogger

You know the best thing about being a blogger is the mere fact that.. you can give vent to your emotions, your feelings, freedom of thought and more.
..and this is why when you’re writing, let your thoughts flow..give them wings to fly..you can never imagine where it could take you

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the feeling after writing a post

As a matter of fact YOU out there  yes you reading this…you don’t really have to do anything. Let the words you read transport you to a whole different world. Reading a blog post isn’t the same as reading a newspaper article. The blogger is trying to tell you something, trying to evoke an emotion..and more importantly you get a chance to find out what’s exactly going on his/her mind..now isn’t that a great thing, to get into someone’s mind 😉

Bloggers are not just writers, they are writers with a heart 🙂

There are days when not a word comes to mind and then there are periods where there is an overflow of thoughts. Going through one such now, I call it the fertility period.. fertility of the mind 😉

What to write?

Every time I log into WordPress, it is like I am asked the question “What are you going to write about today?” and though I have no particular answer to that question, I end up writing something or the other and I surprise myself after having completed the blogpost

“Have I just written that?” and I smile to myself and say, I must be gooooooooood 🙂 to make things up and put them on my blog and that is the way I take my blog forward. There is no particular flow of thought that goes into my typing out a post, but random thoughts that come to me while having breakfast or watching tv or maybe listening to a song…one word, just one word is enough for me to write a post about it 🙂

Blogging is hard work, I know of so many bloggers who have quit after writing just a few blogs while others have marched on. I may be only 612 posts old, but I am here and here to stay. For a blog that has no specific theme, writing about anything that I feel like and being acknowledged by my followers (likes/comments) spurs me to write more.

I am not going anywhere! Until of course I don’t wake up to see a new day..which does not look like happening anytime soon (touch wood) or who knows?

As bloggers where do you get ideas from? Where does your inspiration come from?