“What do you do?”
“What is that?”
“Duh ? How dumb is that?”
Well, since that first experience of mine, lots of people know what blogging is and even my family now accept the fact that Blogging has replaced many activities in my life. I run four blogs and am now in the process of streamlining my blogs, my multiple internet identities and simplifying my life (or so I hope).
My long and lonely blogging journey has not been without its ups and downs: I’ve made several friends whom I’ve never met and come across many roadblocks. There are times when I don’t know what to write, there are times when I don’t know what to do with my blog. At times like this I’ve reached out to Corinne who runs a truly inspirational blog called EverydayGyaan. Corinne’s blog is simple in its style and simple in its content. But it packs a punch. Unlike blogs that inspire, Corinne’s blog is not preachy. It truly reaches out to the core issues that trouble all of us in everyday life and gives you the practical advice to go on. She sources her material from books that she reviews and shares inspirational quotes. She also hosts a platform WRITETRIBE where she motivates you to write bravely. I have met several interesting bloggers who are members of the tribe and have enjoyed visiting their links which in turn have led me to many new ideas and thoughts. What I like about Corine’s blog is that it is truly holistic and her views on life resonate with mine. I have met her just once very briefly, but I sensed a kindred spirit, someone who has similar views on life, similar interests (food, travel) and an underlying sense of humour. I have personally reached out to her to help me sort my blogging issues and she has always been helpful. So Corinne, I salute you and thank you for making me WIN.
Another blogger who inspires me is Suranga Date whose blog KAIMHANTA I discovered purely by chance. I traced her back throught the Skywatch Friday blog hop that is hosted by Sylvia who acknowledged her headers to her blogger friend whose blog Kaimhanta intrigued me. I thought it was Japanese or some other exotic name till the penny dropped and I realised that we were talking the same language! I love Suranga’s blog not only for its humour but also the anecdotes I can completely identify with, sharing the same cultural background. I also admire Suranga for taking up blogging on the other side of fifty, something my friends are most reluctant to, preferring instead to go to Aquaerobic classes, Bridge or lunches instead. So Suranga, I salute you for being an inspiration to all middle-aged bloggers who are scared to jump into the deep end and for showing the way !
Keerthika Singravel who I bumped into during a blogger meet turned out to be a case of never judging a book by its cover. Most young bloggers intimidate me with their expertise in blogging and their superior skills in navigating the internet. I was one of the seniormost people at the meet and Keerthika not only made eye contact but hung out with me the entire day. Keerthika not only maintains a very interesting blog WEALTHYMATTERS .but she actually responded to my call for help and came home to show me things on my own computer!!! She opened my eyes to what blogging was really about – hits, views, ads and social networking. Frankly she actually set me on the path of streamlining my blog and her tips are invaluable. So thank you Keerthika for making me WIN.
THE BESPECTACLED MOTHER whose blog on parenting moves me with her simple observations of her now 4 year old boy. I find her book reviews particularly useful as I can keep up with the literary development of my own 2 year old grandson and bring him up to par with his peers rather than stay stuck in the stories of my childhood and those of his mother.
And the last blog that inspires me is So’s Blog MEANDMYRUN whose dedication to her mind and body inspire me to put on my shoes and take the first step! I feel ashamed of my reluctance to walk every day, to do just 5 suryanamaskars when I read about her enthusiastic 10k runs and body twisting asanas and actually move my butt after reading her posts.
I could go on and on and on about all those bloggers who inspire me, Sakshi Nanda, Shalini Nair Vidya Sury and so many others, many of whom are overseas. Blogging has opened up many new doors for me and presented me with opportunities to interact with diverse people making my life all the richer.
I am also posting this on Write Tribe ProBlogger Challenge