Of Blogging: My Choices

I am writing this post in favour of my friends whose blogs have been nominated for #WIN15. I have already written about most of them on this blog, but I would like to do more. The voting is possible till the thirteenth of September, and all the people whom I am talking about here are the bloggers whom I know personally, and are writing some very high quality content. I know that some of you might wonder if this is needed, but I feel so much of the need to do the same. The Vampire Team has had a long discussion about the same before coming up with the list.

Category: Personal :: Scattered Thoughts – If you ask me which is the blog that I have read the most number of times, it would be this beautiful thought-provoking space from Maniparna, which I might immediately nominate for a lot of awards, not just belonging to one category. She has been coming up with amazing posts, and providing great support to the other bloggers. The Vampire Bat and the Vampire Owl highly recommend this one, and Uncle Dracula is looking forward to your vote 😀
Vote for Maniparna here

Category: Arts Crafts & Design :: Crimson April – This one came easy for me as Tara has been one of the earliest Malayali bloggers whom I have ever known, and I have read more creativity on her blog related to arts and crafts than anywhere else in my life-time. For quite a long time, Crimson April has been my source of seeing and reading about beautiful art. There has been something special out there all the time, and even related to a few posts which were less related to my interests and knowledge, I have found myself very much interested in reading them due to her wonderful way of presenting them.
Vote for Tara here

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Catgegory: Entertainment :: Movie Reviews by Bindu CherungathMovies of the Soul loves the movie reviews from the fellow movie enthusiast and friend, Bindu, and really hope that she wins this category. She does an amazing job with her reviews, and I hope and believe that a lot of you have already read and appreciated her reviews; if you haven’t, please do soon. Her blog is often the first place I look for reviews without doing Google Search, and they are special.
Vote for Bindu here

Category: Creative Writing :: Petrichor and Clouds – I have been very less into reading Blogspot blogs, but Sreesha has provided some of the most interesting poems and fiction which makes it near impossible not to be at the non-Wordpress platform. Her blog has now shifted to WordPress, and that is a very interesting news for me. I have provided the link to the Blogspot blog to avoid confusion, and you can go to her other blog about book reviews and the new WordPress place from there itself. There is your place to read some great creative writing.
Vote for Sreesha here

Category: Parenting :: Momscribe This blog from Uma will be my choice in the next big category. She has a very detailed blog out there. Meanwhile, I am skipping the category Beauty & Skin because that has never been, and might never be my department; I don’t read much from those blogs mentioned there either. The same is the case of Fashion & Lifestyle. I also leave Political, Health & Fitness, Food & Drinks, Hindi and Humor & Satire, leaving you to make some recommendations for me.
Vote for Uma here

Category: Photo & Video :: i Share I vote for Indrani in this category, and if you have seen her Faces of India series and the beautiful photos from Spain, I am sure that you will do the same too.
Vote for Indrani here

Category: Technology & Internet :: Mono-live – I vote for Raj here, as this one is of another level with the details – this has been my best source of such information.
Vote for Raj here

Category: Travel & Living :: From My Window Seat – I vote for Ragini whose interesting travel posts have been inspiring me for quite some time!
Vote for Ragini here

***The image used in this blog post is from the #WIN15 page of BlogAdda.

I didn’t nominate Movies of the Soul for the awards. I am still trying to figure out why. May be I got a very low opinion about myself; may be I had no confidence at all.

TeNy

Celebrating Inspiration V3.0

I have blogged much more this year, and about seventy percent of the posts on this blog were written and posted this year, that too with half an year still to go. In the 179 days which have passed so far, I have did more than 180 posts. I have only recently got to 250 posts, and a lot of it has come in the last six months or so. From December 10 last year, I had decided to speed up things, and I have made sure that there is no day without a blog post or two.

I was tired with all these by April. March had something special for me with winning the BlogAdda contest “The World Remade” for the India Today Conclave at Delhi. March twelfth, my birthday was spent in three cities, Cochin, Mumbai and Delhi, and the month was a great one. But it came back down in April, and things came down further with nothing happening with my life expect for eating and sleeping. The energy for blogging was slowly disappearing.

The credit for bringing the inspiration back goes to Archana, who blogs at Drishti: The Gaze with her husband Desh, and has provided some of the most interesting ideas on a wide variety of topics. I haven’t seen a better blog with a husband and wife writing together, ever. There is a lot to learn from the blog, and the way in which it goes on with its ideas inspiring and spreading knowledge is worth the applause. She has been on my IB list of bloggers for more time, but we have been friends on Facebook from April.

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A lot of people whom I know are not aware of how much I blog and there are people around me who think it is a waste of time. Well, sometimes I think that it is very clear for them that I am wasting my time not just in life, but also with the blogs, as someone has brought to my attention during my recent visit to my ancestral home. The advice is always to stop doing the blogging and do anything else. So, the need for inspiration only increases day by day. It is where Archana has been helpful in the last few months.

What Archana and Desh have been writing about at their blog has been very much thought-provoking, and when it is not doing that job, it is inspiring the other bloggers to write more and more. I have been going a little bit lazy about blogging for some time, especially because at one point, I had extra articles left in my computer to post for the next one week or two. Every time when I seem to go towards the end of my collection, I think about not writing, but Drishti and its frequency of posting has been a big inspiration.

Archana has been among the most frequently commenting bloggers on this blog, and in the last two months only, she has become the one with the third most highest comments on my posts. She is also the only person whose blog is not hosted on WordPress to comment with this high frequency. She has also been always there being among the first people to promote my blog in more than one platform. Now, it is some fine support which does motivate a lot to blog more.

She has also been there to clear those blogging doubts. She was also the one to introduce me to Blogmint, and she has told me that it will be very useful to me in my long blogging run. My favourite post from her is a Haiku, titled Beauty and the Beast, and her Haiku and Short Story Collection has been inspiring me to keep writing. The whole vampire team has acknowledged the same. I have also been inspired by the travel related posts from Desh on the Breath-taking Natural Wonders despite traveling so less these days – I rarely see such clarity on blogs 🙂

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda. #YouMakeMeWIN

TeNy

Her Wings of Inspiration

I haven’t been talking blogging very seriously when I started my first blog on WordPress, The Travel Diaries as the blog on fiction, The Divine Epic came much later. I just posted something about any random journey of mine and logged out, not bothering to think further about what I had written and on who all were reading the posts. The procedure continued for quite a long time with no change at all. I wrote, I posted and I got out of WordPress, but things had to change.

My most read blog, Movies of the Soul had mostly readers from outside India, and there was almost nobody from my home country reading my posts. Most of the visitors were from the United States and there were a fine number of readers from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. As Jesus said, “no prophet is welcome in his hometown”, and that much I found as I searched for explanations to why I have so many less readers from India. Well, I reviewed Hollywood movies more than the Indian flicks, and that should have been the answer.

It was during my time of not knowing anyone from the blogging world that I came across Namrata and her blog, A Lexical Tapestry. I hadn’t been adding people from the blogging world before that, surely not to my Facebook, and she happened to be the first person from this blogging era to add me on the social media. So she became like the only person I personally knew in WordPress, BlogAdda and IndiBlogger combined. She also came with a Liebster nomination for me with her first message.

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I have been reading her posts for more than an year now, and even though I was slightly disappointed that she shifted to Blogspot from WordPress, I later felt that it was another opportunity to go through another blogging platform. Her determination and variety in writing was an inspiration for me at that time. Even though I have loved to read almost everything that she posted, I remember her post about Sir Boast-A-Lot more than the rest.

There she goes back to her favourite program, Sherlock, and explains what she calls “evil beauty” (The Vampire Bat likes that a lot). She explains the same in fewer words, but you have to love it when a post against the deadly sin called vanity works so well. Another one I remember more than the others is her poem about Ganges, and a comparison there to the imagery of a woman’s life. Then there are the points that she raises about God and His relation to man has a lot of beauty associated to it!

Yes, blogging has been more of a platform to express myself, but it has also been a place to know others, and relate to those who think alike. I have found better people in the blogging world than I have found throughout my life, and this is no exaggeration. Seriously talking more about it, there is almost nobody whom I can relate with, in my neighbourhood. People still ask about the point of blogging. During this age, Namrata happened to be that blogger who became my first inspiration. I have always enjoyed going through her ideas and having long discussions about the same. She supported me a lot during my early stages of blogging.

With her blog posts, Namrata has always inspired me to write more, even up-to the extent that I now post one write-up per day on WordPress, and also to keep trying to bring more variety into my writings. She hasn’t been writing much nowadays, and claims that she is going through a writer’s block these days – so I ask my first friend from the blogging world, my favourite engineer and the first one to comment on my personal blog The Tea Cerebration(s), to nominate her blog in any of the categories at WIN 15, and along with he same, make that grand return to continuous blogging 🙂 #YouMakeMeWIN

I’m blogging for #YouMakeMeWIN to honour a blogger who has influenced me and deserves to be nominated at WIN15.

***The image used in this blog post is also taken from the WIN15 activity from BlogAdda.

TeNy