Why we must embrace change

Almost two weeks since I wrote a post here and I realised that with a start this morning.  How did I let that happen? I love blogging!

But yes, I’ve been busy. No, I don’t mean that in the generic, off-hand way we usually say it. I really have been busy- attending conferences, work deadlines, the kid’s major academic tests and a few domestic concerns plus a short, pleasant getaway last weekend. So, I suppose it’s acceptable to take a break once in a while.

change, embrace change, Shailaja

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9 ways to improve reader engagement on your blog

Do you speak to your readers? Do you listen to what they want? Do you believe that reader engagement matters for you as a blogger?

Blogging is something I love with a passion. It’s one thing I consciously make time for, or at least try to, every week. With three blogs to manage, things can get a little out of hand at times so I try to keep my expectations realistic and my goals simple.

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Seeking relief

I’m supposed to be happy right now.

The week gone by has just seen the end of a wonderful and interesting blogging challenge that I curated and participated in, together with many other bloggers.

I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was an energetic scene, the enthusiasm was contagious but I am strangely bereft of joy.

Why, you ask?

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A Promise #BarAThon #FlashFiction

5 a.m. Beep!Beep!Beep!

5.15 a.m. Sit up in bed. Painfully prise open eyelids to see the darkness

5.21 a.m. Still sitting in the same spot.

5.25 a.m. Groan loudly. Why should I be the only one awake?

5.31 a.m. Drag one leg off the bed and then fall back on pillows. Oh, they’re so soft!

Spend next 15 minutes staring into inky blackness and tell self that exercise is for wimps and losers. Wait to hear any other sounds of stirring in the house and stay in the warmth of the comforting cushions.

5.55 a.m. Wake up to foot prodding me in the ribs and her voice saying, ‘Will you get up, you lazy bag of bones? Let’s get you out there in the fresh air! It’s good for you! Come on! Rise and shine. The sun is out!’

5.56 a.m. Growl in anger at mistress and tell self, ‘Next life, I promise you that I’ll be the human and you’re going to be the dog!


Welcome to the Bar-A-Thon, the blogging challenge over at Blog-A-Rhythm. Today is the last day of the marathon and I thank you for reading me all through this week.

I’ve also taken up the theme of the 7 deadly sins and have touched upon one each day.


Today’s prompt: Promise

Today’s theme: Sloth

Wishful Thinking #BarAThon #FlashFiction

Adjusting the shoulder strap, she leaned back and let her hair cascade down her back. The  red dress accentuated her figure, encasing its trim beauty and highlighting her best assets.

She turned and smiled at the sight behind her, blowing a kiss to show that she loved the adulation.


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