Daily blogging since April 1st 2016 as a part of #AtoZChallenge has been a great experience. The funny thing is, the benefits of daily blogging turned out to be very different from what I expected with those amazing comments and feedback from fellow bloggers. Foremost, #AtoZChallenge has impacted ME rather than MY BLOG. I’ve always loved to blog. Nevertheless, it was something that resembled work. I blog about what’s on my mind. And I don’t stop to rephrase a lot, either. I hit ‘publish’. My daily life gained a new context, a bigger context. I look at things and tell myself: I could write about this! I could share this with the world! There is a bigger picture all of a sudden.
I’m reading more than 25blog posts, looking at tweets, something while watching TV or maybe I’m just buying groceries. All those things have taken on a new meaning, they are part of a bigger picture. Should I write about this? I should write about that company’s decision to do this. It’s funny, when you think about it. I wonder if I am the only one who feels that they should really.
I’m getting better at writing, and it’s becoming easier and easier. Or rather, I think I’m becoming a better writer. Obviously, that’s for my readers to decide. But it certainly feels easier and more fun. How to begin to explain how many people I’ve connected within this week? It takes time to read other blogs and even more time to leave a comment. But it’s deepened relationships that were already there and formed new ones. Its gone beyond from clicking ‘tweet this’ or ‘like’ to clicking ‘comment’. I’m also meeting new people on Twitter and here on my blog. There’s warmth, a need to connect, readyness to help and share. It’s, well, awesome.
I thank BlogChatter for this initiative of connecting bloggers together who are part of #AtoZChallenge this year. Today is Sunday, a day off for the #AtoZChallenge but Blogchatter assigned an assignment highlighting 3 personal favorites from the 7 posts and highlighting three bloggers whom I found through the challenge.
3 personal favorites from the 7 posts I wrote
1. F -‘FACEBOOK’ – The Gen-today doesn’t need an introduction to Facebook or free social networking but its time the gravy trail ended . Facebook is gone commercial and is turning into a corporate stooge hell bent at squeezing out money from you in any way possible. Change is good but at least give me time to enjoy the change before you start the process all over again. Burying the details way inside he website and tweaking them every now and then just isn’t cool anymore. We meet once at a wedding . Said hi out of social protocol. That does not make you my friend . It is now common to have 500 “friends” but just to play along , try to name them from just their profile picture or see if you even know them without the convenient mutual friend option. People have moved away from each other in the real flesh and blood world just to live in the virtual internet and Facebook world. I am one of them nonetheless I hate Facebook for replacing make believe central perk with machine.
2. B – ‘BLOGGING’ – Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the things that I love about blogging. It’s served as a personal account of my journey at times and has given me something to look back at when I want to see where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and how I’ve gotten here. It’s made me a better writer. Hundreds of blog posts tend to do that.The opportunities I’ve had because I was a blogger are still crazy to me. It still never ceases to amaze me how much power this title can hold if you’re doing things right. It’s allowed me to help make a difference in someone’s life at least a couple of times and I can’t imagine a greater feeling.
3. A – ‘ANTAGONISTS’ – I love villains. Maybe it’s my dark side taking over, or maybe I just love how a well-crafted antagonist is written. The better the antagonist, the better the story for me, and the harder I root for hero. A strong antagonist makes a strong protagonist, which makes a strong story. Strong stories make for happy readers. It’s a win/win for everyone involved. Except maybe the antagonist, who probably gets defeated, but that’s kind of the job. There are also plenty of things that make a great antagonist, but the ones who stay in our heads (and hearts) and there one who are more than just cardboard cutouts of “evil” people. They’re worthy of the hero, colorful in their own right, and might even make us like them.
3 favorite bloggers
1. Mithila who blogs at Fabulus and The Blue Life
In terms of vocabulary development, we were all little geniuses in childhood, learning hundreds of new words every year. By the time we entered first grade, most of us had active vocabularies of several thousand words. But we weren’t geniuses for very long. By age 11 or 12, equipped with a sizable survival vocabulary, we lost some of our early enthusiasm for language, and the rate at which we picked up new words began to decline significantly. As adults, if we don’t make deliberate efforts to increase our vocabularies, we’re lucky to pick up even 50 or 60 new words a year. This year through her blog, Mithilas has so much to offer (at least 26 new words) that it would be a shame to let our vocabulary-building talents go to waste. So here’s one way that we can regain some of our youthful brilliance: learn a new word each day. Sarting each day with a fresh word can be intellectually nourishing and more enjoyable than a bowl of All-Bran or Muesli.
2. Shalini of Something’s Cooking
I like cooking ( but I am not a prof in it or it is not a must for me to cook daily), but I dont read food blogs or follow any food bloggers because in the past I did go through few of them and found them terribly bad bloggers who wrote blog posts without knowing facts and they wanted just to share pathetic recipes, because they want to boast about their kick ass meals and those photographs of their food which are straight up foodporn. Now that everyone’s getting into the food writing game, the whole thing feels cheap. But ever since I got introduced to Shalini’s blog, I am glad to have met someone blogging about food who is not like others and she knows the receipes well to share. Her blog re-iterates that you first eat food with your eyes & then with your mouth. She is clever, confident & creative when it comes to blogging about food. The blog and her posts are well laid out with different category of recipes and something delectable to serve you.
3. Kala, blogging at Relax-N-Rave
House is a place where people live and add value to those four walls made of bricks. After a long tiring day of work the only thing we look forward is to get back home, have a nice cup of tea and spend quality time with family cherish the wonderful moments together. When your house is decorated well it looks nicer and it gives a true home feel not only to the family members but also to the guests. I am driven by a passion for art, design, decor. Various facets of colour, print, pattern, and texture inspires and impresses me a lot. If an artistic and lovingly curated home, full of character and warmth sounds like a dream come true, Kala’s blog this #AtoZChallenge has to be bookmarked for some wonderful interior design inspiration! Her blog is one stop for for aesthetic, creative and original, Home Decor Designs inspirations. You will find some beautiful collections of decor products. Take some inspiration and start decorating your home.
Additionally a special BIG shout out to Dixita, Simardeep, Chandni and Rohan for their wonderful usage of words for #AtoZChallenge.
Find all of my #AtoZChallenge posts here.
‘Finding next level blog love through #AtoZChallenge with #Blogchatter‘
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