It’s been exactly two years to the day that I began this blog, venturing into the relatively unknown realm of flash fiction, creative non fiction, poetry, writing and blogging ideas.
As I write this post, I am singing along to the absolutely upbeat tune of ‘Singin’ in the rain’ and tap dancing in my head, keeping wicked pace with Gene Kelly. (It’s in my head, so anything’s possible).
A year ago, I shared 7 lessons I’ve learnt from this blog. So what do I have to share today? It’s been an evolutionary journey like no other. That’s one thing I love about the creative process: you’re always growing, moving, making space for more wonderful things to swim into your ken.
Here are some highlights from the year gone by:
- Featured on BlogHer’s home page: My post ,7 ways to break social media addiction, was picked to feature on the home page yesterday, May 23rd, 2016. This was a thrill I’d never anticipated and I’ve now got a lovely badge from BlogHer in the sidebar too.
- Yeah Write interview: My go-to writing site on the web did an interview with me in November and they asked me all kinds of things! Not to worry, it’s all suitable for work. Do read it if you haven’t.
- White Swan interview: A subject very close to my heart, mental illness and my personal battle, was the subject of this feature by the White Swan Foundation for Mental Health.
- Paragraph Planet: My 75-word flash fiction piece, Mother’s Day, was picked to feature on their home page on the 22nd of May, 2016.
- Live Mint feature: Writer and journalist, Deepa Padmanabhan interviewed me as part of her series on mental health and writing. I’ll be forever grateful to Deepa for this piece. It’s helped so many people reach out to me to speak about their personal battles.
- NaNoWriMo: For the first time ever, I attempted NaNoWriMo and despite not finishing my book (yes, still working on it), it was an experience I wouldn’t mind repeating this year.
- Going self-hosted: I took the plunge in November 2015 and moved my blog to self-hosted from WordPress.com. Worth it? Most definitely!
It was also a year of immense learning. I started and abandoned projects midway either because they weren’t getting the time they needed or because I had lost steam to sustain them for too long.
Honestly, I am not sad about it since everything has a time frame and when it’s time to let go, we must, without being too attached to the outcome. It’s hard, but we learn to do it better each time it happens.
I’ve also met some really amazing bloggers and writers whom I now consider very close to my heart. One such gem is L.G. Iyer and you should go right away and read her if you haven’t already! Another is Deepika who blogs at Worn Corners. I’d be very remiss if I didn’t mention my blogging support group, Blog-A-rhythm, who are the most supportive bunch on the blogging planet. Every single one of them is worth reading. Trust me.
Books have always been an integral part of me and 2016 alone has introduced me to some stellar writing but more of that in another post. I can tell that you’re falling asleep already. Don’t worry, I’m almost done!
I’m so very grateful to be here doing one of the things that I so dearly love. It’s each and every one of you that makes this possible as well as so much fun.
Thank you, so very much, for being with me on this journey so far and I hope you’ll continue to be here for many more years to come.