Thank you DM for nominating me for this award! Since I’ve been blogging for four months only and even one view or visitor feels huge, I have no word to express how much this gesture of encouragement means to me. If I understand right, this is a reaching out and connecting process of blogger community which really helps and lifts up sometimes. Because it can get very lonely here. Appreciate it with all my heart.
- Thank to the blogger that nominated you.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How my blog started
I opened this account two years ago to follow a friend’s blog (who’s off the radar by now). Though she encouraged me to write, I was not very enthusiastic about blogging and used my account as my virtual diary for two years (still do). Also, I was already writing about my favorite music on my Facebook wall as a personal well-being exercise. Hence I never felt the necessity for having an exclusive writing platform for me. But music is not the only thing that makes me think and I never allowed myself to write about anything else than music on my FB timeline unless it’s absolutely necessary, like something of grave importance which needs virtual voices- opinion, awareness. My idea was to browse my timeline and feel better when I feel low. Cut to April-May 2018 when I was personally having a meltdown under career stress but discussing different career alternatives for my cousin who already freelanced as a content writer for some time, putting up a very thoughtful elder sister face. I suggested her to keep writing and probably start a blog which can serve as her writer-portfolio in future (nothing original, I just read that somewhere). This is when it properly occurred to me; being serious about my other creative skills apart from academic research and developing them side by side. If I ever turn to them professionally (i.e. monetize them) at some point of my life, I can’t do them overnight unless I keep in touch with my crafts and keep on improving my skills up to a professional level. Finally, I got some perfect push at the right time and wrote my first proper blog. I don’t have any intention of upgrading to a business account right away, at least not until I finish my PhD which is another one and half years minimum (God, please let it be not more than that, please please!). Because other than it’ll be very non-profit-making for an amateur newbie like me, right now I want to concentrate on developing my site, building up good contents and a smooth writing habit so that I don’t struggle every month just to be consistent.
To the new(er) bloggers
I don’t have the audacity to give ‘advice’ to new bloggers after just four months of blogging, hence these are two things I experienced/learned in these months that I would like to share with those newer ones who’re probably deciding over their site themes and thinking what should be their second piece on:
- DO NOT QUIT even if you get zero view- As I mentioned before, blogging is a lonely business. You have so many words buried in your chest which you never dare to speak out and you’ll probably faint if you try to speak them out with your fumbling tongue and racing heart. So you put everything in written words in your blog post. And nobody noticed it. Like Rose said in ‘Titanic’, you’re at the middle of a crowded room, screaming from the top of your lungs and nobody is listening. You feel disheartened, dejected and lonelier than ever. Just hang in there and keep writing your heart out. Write something you would love to read. Keep on writing and someday when you’ll feel like looking back, you visit your blogs and look at yourself, your words and thoughts all around you. Views or no view, likes or no like, it will make you smile and feel wonderful about yourself I promise.
- Read other blogs and Interact- Since you are not the only one who’s screaming unnoticed and unheard in middle of the crowd, read out other bloggers as well. And don’t feel shy to like or leave a comment if you have a thought or two on their story. Just think how you will feel if somebody leaves a comment below your words, showing that they heard you. Sure there are thousands of professionals and business-owners earning a livelihood from blogging, but personal bloggers like you (and me) still mostly start out as hobbyist and they primarily write to express their feelings and connect to people. Interaction is also good for stats, but don’t let that be the driving factor of interaction. Honest interactions are enriching, educational and definitely good for heart.
15 bloggers I love to read
Here goes 15 of my favorite blogging sites..
- Revenge of Eve from The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog
- Sayanti Poddar from Frames per Journey
- Lucid Earth-Ash D Solomon
- Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging
- Brazen She
- Utsav Raj
- Flowers in The Brain
- Elan Mudrow
- Aagami Mitra
- The Mighty Dragon