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!
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?
- Follow @twinklingtina and @misra_amrita on Twitter
- Prompts will be announced every Wed 20:00 hrs IST
- Write the post and Link Up with Tina or Amrita
- 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.
- Use #ThankfulThursdays in your post and share in social media using the same hashtag.
- Every week we will have one featured blogger who is the best reflection of this community spirit
Grab the Badge
So wait no more. Be Thankful, Write a Post, Link Up Here. We’ll visit everyone