Hello hello, Happy New Year people. May this year be better than the previous and you rise and shine more than you have expected. I am finally back after a long vacation at my hometown. In case you have forgotten completely about me I am that twinkling blogger who writes a lot of stuff and hosts some link parties. Amrita has been telling me people are wondering why I am AWOL – I love this abbreviation now after she told me – Absence Without Official Leave! Is it okay to vanish from the scene sometimes? I guess it’s fine sometimes! AM (that’s what I call her) saved my back because she posted all the #ThankfulThursday posts while I was holidaying (visiting restaurants mostly). AM was on a vacation too for a while but still she managed all the posts – and I was a lazy sloth!

No let me re-frame that – I was being un-social on social media and socializing face to face, for a change! Yeah this way it sounds better I guess.

Okay enough of it.

Here’s #ThankfulThursdays Week 9 prompt


This is such an apt prompt actually for everyone who enjoys blogging – or for the ones – like me- who has taken up blogging seriously and full time! I have told you this earlier that I have been blogging in different blogs since college – so that makes it almost 10 years now (that’s a lot of time actually) but I am doing some serious blogging since a year I guess. But I have always loved what I have done. There are tons of reasons why I am happy that I was introduced to the world of blogging.

For the Love of Writing

While I was in school I loved writing – creative writing, essay writing, poetry almost everything. I was a regular contributor at the school magazine, I had written for the Rotary club magazines and some more. But then while I was doing my graduation I almost didn’t write anything. [You know where you priorities lie when you are in a college for the first time!!]. It was weird that I had stopped writing. While doing my post grads I thought let’s make a blog and that first blog was an online diary of sorts and sometimes I used to write poetry.

Then in 2011 I launched The Sunny Side of Life – my writing blog on Blogger, with the intention to write more on social topics, on travel, food, culture – almost everything under the sun that I liked doing!

For the Love of being Published

I was writing fiction regularly at The Sunny Side of Life – which has been renamed and revamped to this current version. All those short fictions, micro fictions and poetry led me to become a published author! How freaking nice is that? I went on to write a short story on social drama for the Blank Space Anthology, a romance fiction for A Little Chorus of love and the Sci-Fi – The Awakening for Six Degrees which I co-authored with my team.

For the Love of Reading

Not just reading books, I enjoy reading various blogs and sites. I love reading food stories, Lifestyle blogs, beauty blogs, life hacks, social and political satire – if I wasn’t a blogger myself I would have probably not read as many blogs I read now.

For the Love of Socializing

These days we socialize differently – you can have 500 followers on twitter but may not have 5 close friends in your life. I take this Social Media Socializing very differently – I like to meet and know people, I like observing people. I like talking. I am forever present on FB and twitter chats. If not for blogging I would have been a Twitter user with no interaction with anyone!

social media socializing

For the Love for Friends

I have made friends – like real good friends because we started writing and interacting together. The Game of Blogs introduced me to group blogging which I guess was a fab idea. I made great friends there. And have found great friends in my girl gang too. Love to all.

For the Love of Working

Blogging for me recreational – doing freelance writing and working with brands is WORK. When I decided to quit my 7 year long career I was sure of one – I can’t become a person who doesn’t work. Blogging is serious business for me and I like that.

For the Love of WFH

I am a mom and I don’t go to an office – does that make me a SAHM? When you come across these mom blogs and mom groups these two abbreviations SAHM and WM are the most common ones. I cannot be someone who is a Stay At Home Mom looking just after the baby or doing household chores! Not me at all. I love the fact that I can Work From Home, write posts, design stuffs and get things credited in my account!

I write mostly at nights after Bluey has slept – peace for him, peace for me.

For the Love of Interacting

I used to visit these Bloggers Meets often. I loved the interaction between bloggers. You find all sorts of bloggers in these meets – the star bloggers, the wannabe bloggers, the serious bloggers, the bloggers like – you-are-too-small-for-me bloggers – it’s nice to see the dynamics of bloggers.

For the love of Knowledge

Some people like sharing the knowledge and some like hiding or guarding theirs. I am the old school one in this regard – unless I am sharing (whatever I know) I might even know if things have moved on from there. What is the harm in sharing knowledge (unless you know how to make a Nuke!)


Finally For Being the Wise Me

Life and experiences have made me wiser than what I was. This is a learning process. All of the points mentioned above have contributed in some way or the other in making the person that I am now. If I can boast of something – like a wise thing I do – I can keep my cool in many adverse situation. That my friend is a life skill too!

I am not writing on the featured blogger section for this post because frankly, I have not read any posts in the last few weeks. But I am going to behave and get back into my blogging shoes this year.

So if you are practicing Thankfulness then join the bloghop #ThankfulThursdays with Tina and Amrita every Thursday.

How to Participate in #ThankfulThursdays?

  1. Follow @twinklingtina and @misra_amrita on Twitter
  2. Prompts will be announced every Wed 20:00 hrs IST
  3. Write the post and Link Up with Tina or Amrita
  4. Read, comment, share on host and co-hosts posts and at least two more posts linked in the party Pro Tip – Networking and commenting is good for your blog’s health and ranks.
  5. Use #ThankfulThursdays in your post and share in social media using the same hashtag.
  6. Every week we will have one featured blogger who is the best reflection of this community spirit

Grab the Badge

Tina Basu

So wait no more. Be Thankful, Write a Post, Link Up Here. We’ll visit everyone


13 Comments on 10 Reasons I Am Thankful For Being a Blogger | #ThankfulThursdays Week 9

    • tinabasu
      January 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks much Preethi. Happy new year to you too

  1. Manisha Garg
    January 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Blogging has given all of us our own reasons to be happy… Thankful for that

    • tinabasu
      January 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely, where would I be if not for blogging

    • tinabasu
      January 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you AM, you are a sweetheart. Hopefully won’t stop till the next vacation and I guess will be better prepared.

  2. Rajlakshmi
    January 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I could so relate to this post… Many of your points are true for me too. Friends, socialising, knowledge – blogging has provided a lot of learnings 🙂
    Rajlakshmi recently posted…Happiness Is …My Profile

    • tinabasu
      January 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Raj, looking forward to read your #ThankfulThursday Post

  3. Geethica Mehra
    January 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Tina, a very happy new year to you. Loved to read your blog after a long time. As always its a lovely post with lots of knowledge within.

  4. Deepa
    January 7, 2017 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back Tina! Good to see u writing again. Hope you had a good time there. We are all thankful for blogging for more or less same reasons.Happy new year to u and family 🙂
    Deepa recently posted…Why I am Thankful as a BloggerMy Profile

  5. dew cool
    January 8, 2017 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

    Amazing Prompt to write for thanks for sharing with us . Yes blogging brings responsibilities along with opputurnities

  6. Obsessivemom
    January 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this idea of having a day in the week dedicated to counting your blessings. Blogging has brought a lot of happiness to me too and I love that my blog has turned into my resume.
    Obsessivemom recently posted…Wet towels and crazy mornings #momdialoguesMy Profile


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