It has been a whole year now, as of today, since I started blogging. I was greeted this evening, when I opened my wordpress account, with a trophy on my notification icon. It said, “Happy Anniversary! Thanks for flying with us”. A whole year. I have met great people, from all around the world; have made great friends; have been constantly encouraged and flattered; have gotten a huge boost for my self-confidence which was dwindling low around a year back. Well, here’s the story of how and why I actually start blogging:
I was asked to be a content-writer for a magazine that was a venture by one of the student chapters that I was a part of at that time. Having been encouraged by my teachers at school and by my parents, who identified my flair for writing, I was overjoyed at the opportunity and sat down to give it my best shot- to prove myself to the world. After a lot of editing and consulting with one of my friends who also has a blog, I finally came up with a small write-up (which is actually my very first blog post). I submitted the article and then eagerly waited for the next team meeting. The very next week, we had one, and I went there with a huge smile on my face. The editor gave a brief analysis of each article and praised them all. Finally, it was my turn. He looked at me, and said “Well, your article was very disappointing”. And all I could hear after that was my heart thudding in my ear- I could see his lips moving as he continued to address me, but I heard nothing. And then, my ears caught the words “grammatical mistakes” and that was the last straw. I still do not know how I kept my cool, but I somehow did, and burst out as soon as I was in the safety of my room. I decided that it was time to show him, to show the world, of what I was capable of. I decided to start my own blog.
The response I got was overwhelming, and every like and every comment on my posts healed my wounds. The blogging world had indeed become my feel-good world. It still is. I would like to celebrate the anniversary of my blog, by accepting two long pending awards that I had been nominated for.
I was nominated for the versatile blogger award, by Rebecca Fraser-Thill, an expert in career avoidance, who gives great advice for college students about career choosing and planning. I must say, that I have definitely learnt a lot from her posts. Thank you, Professor. 🙂
I was also nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Mike, a brilliant writer, author of The Eye-Dancers and other books. His posts are very thought provoking, and his short stories are equally engaging too. Thank you so much for this award, Mike!! 🙂
For both these awards, I need to tell a few interesting things about myself. Here goes:
- I am a very staunch vegetarian. I try convincing my friends to give up meat at every possible opportunity, much to their dismay!!
- My bucket list is so long, that I am not sure if I will have time enough in my life to tick them all off.
- My favourite time of the day- when I lie curled up in my bed, with a book in one hand and a bar of gooey chocolate in the other.
- The only flavour of ice-cream that I can eat is Vanilla.
- I have always wanted to have a dog. But having lived in an apartment that bans having pets, I have never had the chance to have one.
- I love learning new languages, though I am very slow at picking up the words.
- I am addicted to popcorn. 😉
And now, the blogs I would like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award are:
The blogs I would like to nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:
Thank you once again, Rebecca and Mike. It is indeed a great honour.