5 highs in my blogging journey
- The humble beginnings: I started my first blog back in 2006 (much before I was married) when the whole concept of blogging was almost alien in India. I remember my first high when I got my first reader comment and slowly more readers started to trickle in. It was my younger brother who moved to Finland who suggested that I have a blog of my own. He knew how much I loved to read, write and express myself. And so, I took his advice very seriously and created my first blog on blogger more than a decade back. You can check my very first blog here: https://pensense.blogspot.in/2006/10/for-your-eyes-only.html
- The Tina Edit: Getting back to blogging after a long sabbatical from it with a whole new blog identity ´The Tina Edit´(now 7 months old). I had fun creating the logo of this site, choosing the template and customising it to suit my personality, announcing it to the world and taking it to the next level. To see my baby blog project ´The Tina Edit´garner so much love and readership in such a short time is heartening and a special kind of high in itself. There´s still so much to work on and play around with as far as my blog is concerned. #Superbloggerchallenge2018 helps me learn something new each week.
- Debut of my ebook ´Soul Sojourn´: The book currently tops the ´Best Ebooks ever in 2017´on Goodreads.
- The accolades and adulation: Winning the Orange Flower Award by Women´s Web in the category of ´Writing on Work´ and receiving the award from Sudha Menon, one of India´s leading non-fiction writers. Featuring among the top 5 finalists in the category of ´Personal Blogging´,´Humour´, ´Poetry´ and ´Parenting´ . Also, to be listed among the ´Top 35 writers of 2017´ by Youth Ki Awaaz, India´s leading online platform for youth is a feather in my cap. Some of my articles have gone viral. Most notable was when my YKA article came to the notice of Hindi film actor Kunal Kapoor who shared my article on his Twitter handles with some kind words of praise. Another article of mine on Women´s Web on the mandatory saree dress code at the workplace was shared by a government organisation for women on their FB page. And one of my articles on women loitering in the night was shared by the group AintNoCinderella on their Instagram and Twitter handle.
- Meeting so many people who share the same interest and passion as mine – fellow bloggers/writers and readers. It keeps me inspired, motivated and grounded. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!
7 tips I would like to give to the 2019 Super Blogger Challengers
- Take the challenge seriously: Because this is the real deal. The hosts and organisers of this challenge are sincere and serious about their part.
- Learn: Trust me, there is lots to learn from the experienced hosts. Every article, tip and video they share are golden words of wisdom and knowledge. The last video I saw by Uttpal Krishnan on the use of Twitter threw so much light on this dark topic for me. Superbloggerchallenge Academy has wonderful learning resources compiled by Dr.Amrita Basu , Uttpal Krishna and Dr. Bushra. I highly recommend you to go through them.
- Explore and get creative: I learn something new every week thanks to the resources from Dr.Amrita, Uttpal and Dr. Bushra. In my last post, I used slideshows for the first time in my blog post and it was so cool. Be creative in not just your content but also how you choose to present it to the readers.
- Reach out: Go to other participant´s blogs, follow them, read their posts, comment, share your link and invite them to come to your blog. After all, we are part of the same community and we are family. Always respond to your readers as well.
- Be kind and respectful: It is important to be kind and respectful towards other participants. You show it by reading their blogs, commenting and sharing them. Needless to add, you must respect and value the host or organisers´ time and efforts as well. It doesn´t hurt to show your gratitude to the hosts when they take the pains and efforts to educate and teach us something new. Also, if you have any queries or need help, remember they are simply a DM, Watsapp, Tweet away.
- Start early: Post your blog early in the challenge. Preferably on the first day itself or the first half week of the challenge. You can connect with other bloggers, get more readership and increase your chances of staying in the competition for long.
- Have fun: The most important tip is to enjoy the challenge. If you are not having fun learning, networking and blogging together as a community, then there is no point in taking part. If you can give it your 100% wholeheartedly with a cheerful attitude, only then would I highly recommend participating in it.
One wish for my blog: That it gets more popular as the years go by
One blogging challenge that you would recommend: Super Blogger Challenge
5 favourite holiday destinations: Goa, Kerala, California, Sedona & anywhere it snows
5 things you cannot live without: Love, Spirituality, Humanity, Creativity and Growth
Your dream holiday destination: New Zealand
Your dream home: Any place in the mountains where it is serene and green
I hope you enjoyed this read. Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.