Aloha.. after a long time!

It is easy to say the “I’m busy; I have a baby” line. Having a baby gives you a convenient excuse to not write; it almost justifies your laziness. Every free moment is spent scrolling through whatsapp and Facebook, and I’ve newly joined the Instagram bandwagon to boot.

So taking the effort to blog or read a book seems like a really tough job! Nowadays, I am so “busy” (read aimless time-wasting, apart from the baby of course), that I have to mark my passions like reading and writing as to-do activities in my To-do list.

But then I came across a new mom who had blogged barely 15 days after the little one’s arrival. It was then that I realised just how much I had missed – I had missed writing through some of the most precious moments of my life; pregnancy and the little one’s birth.Β I have photographs of course. But for me, they will never invoke beautiful memories the way writing does.

So now that I’ve written enough about not writing, and iterated the importance of writing in my life, I am going to start blogging regularly without further ado. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the bub (henceforth referred to as Baby V), and a lot of other seemingly pointless things that fill my head.

Toodles, and see you very soon! πŸ™‚

Blogging 201!

So this has been an interesting week. After almost a year of completing Blogging 101, WordPress came up with Blogging 201, and of course I signed up!

I guess I usually keep ignoring my blog long enough for everyone to get ready for its cremation, before I suddenly buck and up write one post in a blue moon. I’ve been even lazier when it comes to reading and commenting on others’ posts.

Rather than just occasionally posting whatever comes to my mind, I’ve now been able to now set SMART goals for my blog (whoever thought a blog needs goals?), take a more thorough look at my statistics, and play around with the look and feel of my blog. It feels wonderful, it feels like my blog has got a new lease of life! πŸ™‚

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Blogging 201 is a two-week course; the first week has been awesome, and now watch out here for what the second week brings! πŸ™‚

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks

2015 – The year of words?

That’s how I want it to be! When I took a moment to think of what I really really want to do this year, all I could come up with was two things – read and write. Well, obviously I’m not going to say ‘No’ to a yummy bowl of pasta; so I won’t be stupid enough to rule out food. But apart from that, I would love to spend my entire time reading books and writing or blogging.

Since the blog is already under progress, with a decent posting frequency and visitor count, I wanted to start reading more actively. So I’ve signed up for the ‘Goodreads 2015 reading challenge’, with a modest goal of 25 books this year. I would love to read about a 100, but practically speaking, it seems hard to get even half an hour a day to devote to reading. 😦

downloadBut hey, it is always easier to get the time to mark all the books read by my friends as “Want to read” in Goodreads, and spend at least some time each day wonderingΒ how on earth I am ever going to finish reading all those books in this lifetime! :O In case you’re wondering, my Goodreads account currently has around 300 books in it – 260 of them “to be read”! πŸ˜›

One step at a time, I tell myself. I don’t have a fixed list of books that I am planning to read this year, since I basically read anything that is printed, and everything under the sun. So when I got the opportunity to read some children’s books that I ought to have read when I was, well, a child.. I jumped at it. I bought ‘Swami and Friends’ by R.K. Narayan and ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl for my niece, without realising that she has already read them. So instead of returning the books and getting a refund, I ended up reading them myself. I must say, they made my new year a fantastic one – I didn’t realise just what I had missed in my childhood, until I actually read these.

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Not that I stopped there; I had read ‘The Alchemist’ a long time back; although I loved the message, I didn’t become a big fan of the writing style itself. And hence, I’ve never actively sought out and read a Paulo Coelho book since. However, with the New Year beckoning me to try new things, I braved a Paulo Coelho book once again, and started reading ‘The Winner Stand Alone’. Surprise of all surprises, I fell in love with it only a few pages into the book! Further proof that we should give people and things a chance.. and initial impressions are usually neither the best, nor accurate. πŸ™‚

And along those lines, there is one more thing that I really want to give a shot this year – and that is writing fiction. I did try a couple of times, and came to the hopefully erroneous conclusion that I can’t write fiction to save my life! But the more fiction I read, the more I do want to write. Hence, I’m planning to start a fiction series on this blog soon – just waiting for inspiration to strike! πŸ˜›

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2015 is one of those years that got off to the best start for me – and I am pumped about trying a ton of new things this year. The older you get, the more you realise that you want to spend what little time you have, in doing what you love. Here is a toast to everyone who has resolved to try new things this year! Cheers! πŸ˜€

2015 – Time to reboot!

It is the dawn of a brand new year! And for a typical type A personality like me, it is the time to revamp, reorganise, and make a whole set of super-organised lists, start writing in a fresh new diary etc. 2015 is no different – I’ve, as usual, vowed to read more, get healthier, be more organised (ahem!), work hard, party harder, travel more, and you know.. the whole enchilada!

However, I think one of my most important resolutions for the new year is to blog much more than I’ve been doing! 2014 was a good year for me in terms of blogging – no doubt! I started a brand new blog, wrote 38 posts in 9 months, participated in Blogging 101 (grand success! :), and partially participated in NaBloPoMo – before I gave up! 😦

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However, writing has suddenly become a far more important part of my life and my future plans than it was until very recently. Blogging is no longer just something that I list under the “Interests” or “Hobbies” columns when I write my bio in a social networking site. I’ve come to realise that blogging is a much more fundamental form of expression that I use, than even I had realised before.

Therefore, no surprises – my goal is to blog at least one post a week. That means, around 50 posts for this year! Of course, I’m also eagerly waiting for Blogging 201 to start. I seem to need some form of accountability to actually stick to my blogging schedule! 😦 But as long as I can count on being able to draw inspiration from fellow bloggers around me, I’m sure I’ll be able to make time and blog more!

Even today, I read a number of posts in the blogs I follow, on how everyone wants to blog more regularly this year. So here is wishing everyone a fantastic blogging 2015! πŸ™‚

Cheers!

Writer on the rocks.

NaBloPoMo!

I’m still riding the high that comes from committing to something and completing it – cue #Blogging 101. But then I logged into WordPress today, read through many other blogs, and came to the homepage.. and then the realisation suddenly crashed over me – that I don’t know what to write about anymore!

I would love to post every day, but I couldn’t come up with any brilliant posting idea off the top of my head. I got scared that I would drop the ball, and go back to sporadic blogging once more. So I went ahead and did something daring – enrolled in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting month, for the uninitiated.)

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NaBloPoMo is a challenge that involves writing one post a day, every day, for a month. There are no specific topics/prompts, which makes the challenge harder, as someone like me who can’t come up with something off the top of my head has recently realised.

Also, one glance at my Challenges page tells me that my plate is already Β a little full, especially because I have also started a book-review feature recently. But you know what – what is life without a little challenge? Β When I started this blog, I swore I’d post in it regularly – and now is the time for me to make an active effort, and actually do it.

Also, this might be the time for me to explore my thought process and identify topics that I would really like to write about. And then if I am not up to “exploring my thought processes” some day, there are always prompts to help! πŸ˜›

So now that our intro post for Day 1 is done, time to plan ahead for tomorrow’s post! πŸ™‚

With love,

Writer on the rocks.

Blogging 101 – Quickie Update!

No sooner did I write a post on how well I’ve committed to the Blogging 101 challenge, than some evil force jinxed it! The Wi-fi connection at my home conked off, and I’ve been off the grid these past 2 weeks. I do have a fully functional Wi-fi at work; but obviously, I am too busy at work to actually use it for any other purposes!

I’ve now fallen way behind in the Blogging 101 challenge! 😦 I have a backlog of around 12 assignments. But not one to give up, I am going to get going and clear that backlog! So starting tomorrow, you’re going to be seeing a lot of posts on this space, mostly the assignments of the past 2 weeks – one at a time!

Do not get confused.. just stand by me and support me in this endeavour, like you always do! πŸ™‚

Until tomorrow,

Love,

Writer on the rocks.