Explanations and Goodbyes

If you had asked me a month ago if I had ever dreamt I’d be writing this post, I’d have laughed at you. Yet here I am, with a heavy heart, typing the exact words I had refused to accept. While August was more hectic than any month I’ve had before, I had several other excuses for staying away as well. The distance helped me clear things up in my mind and I had to make some tough decisions. Since I’m the kind of person that likes to do it all, I feel very guilty of leaving things out of my to-do lists completely. Here’s a breakdown of my plans for the future, written in a conversational Q&A format to make it easier for me to address everything before I take your leave.

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The August Writing Plan

Did you get the pun in the title? It’s a poor one, but the idea of it had me smiling on a Friday morning, so I went with it anyway. I’m finally back to posting on Fridays! I hope this trend continues, but I doubt subsequent Fridays will be as free as this one seems to be. As you may know, my life has undergone a major change and July was a very average month for me in terms of blogging as I didn’t have the energy (and sometimes time) to write blog posts. My creative writing suffered more, as my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of writing 5,000 words went by unfulfilled. I couldn’t write a single word, unfortunately. Here’s to hoping August turns out to be much better writing month for me. Today’s post is broken up into three sections: the first will talk about why I write, the second focuses on what problems I’m currently facing and the third is my writing plan that I can hopefully stick to.

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The Curse of the Never-Ending To-Do List

I can’t believe I finally have the time and energy to write a post on Monday! I was going back and forth on the idea of having a post up today, but I’m glad I pushed myself. As usual, this is born out of a random idea I had at dinner. I was mildly annoyed that I had around 30+ things on my to-do list and it was already 9 PM when this realisation struck me. It was powerful enough to get me back to blogging again, so I’m not complaining. In fact, as I finish this post, I’ll be ticking one thing off that mile-long list.

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Blogging for Beginners #5: Grow Your Audience

Hello and welcome to the last post of this blogging series! I hope you’ve been following the previous posts, especially if you’re a newbie and have found it helpful. Today I’ll be talking about something that is very relevant even to my “big” blog – how to grow your blog’s audience. Again, please note that I’m not an expert and I’m not going to be talking about SEO (because WordPress takes care of it on its own), but will provide tips based on my personal experiences that apply to WordPress users. With that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Blogging for Beginners #4: Posts & Pages

I’m so glad I’m recovered enough to post this. I’m sorry for skipping on Wednesday and that pseudo-post on Monday. I was down with viral fever and it was the best I could do. I still have a headache and all the shenanigans, so let me not waste any more words on the introduction then as the title is quite clear. If you’re a beginner and find this helpful, please let me know that my hard work behind this post is paying off.

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In this post, I’m going to discuss about first posts, the tools on WordPress that make writing posts easier and what kind of pages you might need. How to create posts and pages is explained step-by-step in the first link provided under Helpful Links section, in case you want to check that out first.

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Guest Post – Beauty and the Book

I wanted to bring you another post in the Inspirational Female Characters series, but I’m battling fever, fatigue and a horrible headache. Instead, I’ve decided to share this guest post that I wrote a while back on Mahriya’s amazing book blog, My Bookish Life. It’s a part of a writing challenge called The Typewriter Project and I’m so stoked to be a part of it! I hope you like my post. Let me know in the comments section below how much of a role book covers play in you deciding to read or buy a book.

Guest Post – Beauty and the Book

Blogging for Beginners #3: Customisation

Welcome to another edition of Blogging for Beginners! From this post onward, I will focus solely on WordPress blogs. I talked about whether you should be blogging and how to select the right platform depending on the topic of your blog previously. If you decided to go with WordPress and are a bit confused as to what exactly you should be doing on here, this is the perfect post for you. I will be concentrating on getting the look and feel of your blog right (which may be something you’re struggling with even as a seasoned blogger), but I must warn you that I am no expert and if you feel like you should be focusing on content or marketing, feel free to skip this post.

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Blogging for Beginners #2: The Right Platform

Welcome back to another post in this how-to blogging series. Last week, I covered the ‘why’ and ‘what’ part (check it out here if you missed it). After taking the first step and deciding that you should have a blog, the logical next question you should ask yourself is ‘where’. This is the focus of this week’s post, where I’ll be comparing the three most popular blogging platforms that I have had personal experience with, which of those I recommend to everyone and how you can choose between them depending on your requirements. Please note that I’m not going to be talking about self-hosting.

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Blogging for Beginners #1: Should You Blog?

A lot of people have been asking me about how to blog, for general blogging tips and for my help to figure out the features of WordPress since the past year or so. While I claim to be no expert, I decided to condense my experiences into a series of five blog posts this month, very plainly titled, ‘Blogging for Beginners’.

First, I want to get some things clear before I start.

What This Series Is NOT About

  • It is not intended for those looking to establish a blog for their business, but rather for the casual blogger who wants to share his/her thoughts with the world.
  • It is not for those who want to go the self-hosted way or for those looking to make money by blogging. I’ll be talking about blogging as a hobby, and hence, want to limit it to platforms that let you start a blog for free.
  • It is a series which contains lessons from my experiences as a blogger and by no means is it an expert’s opinion. I would encourage you to research more about blogging and read tips from at least two sources before you decide to take the plunge. You can take whatever you think works for you and ignore the rest.

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Changes Are Coming

On this day, two years ago, I made a decision that brought a sense of purpose, joy and a whole lot of friends into my life. Looking back I realise that I haven’t always stuck to it as regularly as I’d have liked to, but I’ve gained so much from it that I cannot see myself stopping any time soon. On this day, two years ago, I started a blog called Pages That Rustle.

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