Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Why I Blog?

London has been grey, damp and windy for the last few days. All I want to do is curl up in bed with a cup of hot coffee and idle away, day dreaming of my novel that I hope will write on its own.
But the writer in me who is trying to successfully complete #NaNoWriMo this year pulls me out of this lethargy, persuades me to put on something decent, grabs the coat and umbrella and drags me to the nearby cafe. We take a seat that offers a view of the street and watch the passersby as we sip on the delicious cappuccino. I slyly lick the foam off my lips and my thoughts wander to my writing space, this blog.



I have more confidence in the writer me, than myself, so I ask her, "Do you remember why we started blogging?"

To Be Yourself - Yes, when I started blogging I was in a space in my life where pretensions and feeding others expectations, was slowly getting to me, sucking life out of me. I have always been my own boss, at times too stubborn at that. Ask my dear parents and my sister, who saw the uglier side of this my-life-my-way-my-will attitude. From that to becoming a person who had to bite her tongue and not express openly how she feels, was difficult. So I started blogging to keep myself happily distracted from my surroundings. I started blogging to be myself again and to heal.

makeitbeaYOUtiful was thus born with the simple belief in mind that only YOU can inspire the change you want, so get started with it!

"But that phase has gone and how! But we still love to blog, don't we?"

Of course! Because it helps,

To Connect with like-minded Bloggers - Over the years, I have forged lovely relationships with like-minded bloggers. I read them and feel an instant connection. Be it their musings, their rants or their fiction, poetry or travel posts - their writings inspire me. They provide a sense of community, and I know I can turn to them asking for their honest feedback and critique not just on writing but other aspects as well. I have been lucky to meet few bloggers in person as well, and we hit it off instantly. Didn't we Richa, Sakshi and Sugandha, SulekhaMonica and Eli?


I am also grateful to be a part of few fantastic blogging groups, such as B-A-R and @blogchatter, which nurture this sense of blogging community and camaraderie.

I blog now, to stay connected with these lovely bloggers, get inspired and learn new things from them.

To Hone my Writing Skills - As I discovered the blogging world through this new lens, I realized my love for storytelling. A few of my fiction posts were loved my many and encouraged by this I attempted to write 26 flash fiction pieces during A-Z challenge in 2014 which I later self published as an anthology. (Available on Amazon Kindle). I blog now, to fine tune my writing in the hope of publishing a full length novel. And I would like to believe that when I do, my dear blog readers will be as encouraging and buy, read and review my book! ;)

To Share my love for Travel, Food and all things Beautiful - I blog to share my travel experiences, my foodie obsessions and life musings, making memories along the way.  I blog for the love of it, I write when inspiration strikes and I write to spread cheer!

And that's Why I Blog!  I walk home merrily, in the night sky (It's only 5:30pm) still talking to myself, thinking about the future of this blog, about the novel in writing (I'm at 7360 words, need to catch up if I want to reach the 50k goal!), about the dishes that await me and the dinner that I have to cook.

Ciao!



18 comments:

  1. I loved the first reason for why you blog. It is one of the main reasons why I blog too. Making new friends is the best part of blogging! I haven't met any of my blogger friends yet. :( All the best for NaNoWriMo :)

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    1. It was great fun meeting my blog buddies, we felt so comfortable as if we were age old friends! ;)

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  2. Loved this post, Aditi! It's pure joy here, right? Meanwhile, I have to get back to my NaNoWriMo project. It is reaching nowhere. I have already lost hope! :(

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    1. I too lost hope now :( But it helped get started at least!

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  3. Reason 2 is the main reason I blog. I like connecting with people and blogging is an easy way for me to do it since I have a hard time talking to people face to face.

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    1. I love connecting with like minded individuals too...and the blogging world is so huge, the more you interact, the more you grow! Love it! :)

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  4. I discovered through blogging the diverse people we befriend. We are only richer to have met so many like minded people. All the best for the novel.

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  5. Awweee sweetie:-) What fun to meet you for real:-) And like I said: I so believe in you girl! You are a gifted writer and I was so happy reading this post. Keep it going- this is You. Lovely Aditi dear. Big hugs

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    1. Love you to Eli! It was so so fun meeting you! Now to plan my visit to Bergen! :)

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  6. Blogging is such a wonderful medium to connect to so many wonderful like minded people out there. So glad you girls got a chance to meet up :D I love the prompts, they sometimes make me write sensible stuffs :P

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    1. Haha...same here...this month has been so good in terns of blogging and all because of these prompts!

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  7. It was good getting to know you better through this. Blogging sure is a great medium to connect, and I can't even begin to describe the many wonderful things that it has brought into my life.

    Regarding NaNoWriMo - there is time, you can catch up. Good luck. :)

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    1. Thanks Shanaya! :) Blogging has given me so much too.

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  8. Lovely post and so much positive vibes there. All the best for NaNoWriMo :)

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  9. Aditi your posts the weave magic... they put me in a happy place. In a place I want to be in. Girl you are seriously talented and I am so happy you are attempting to finish that manuscript, you deserve it..

    And look at me so fat I am looking :)

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    1. What are you saying, you look fab! Fab! :)
      And thank you! :-*

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