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.
Phew! July was perhaps the most difficult month for me, with my writing energy dropping to an all-time low. I do apologise for being erratic with my blogging, but this was a huge change for me and I’m trying (somewhat successfully so far) to not feel guilty about it. I desperately need a boost of inspiration to lift me from my gloom and I’m so glad I had the foresight to make The Inspiration Circle a monthly series.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about.
– Natalie Goldberg
The months ahead are going to be filled with unpredictability. With equal parts dread and hope, I’m stepping into a new phase of life in July. Before I do that, however, I want to put myself in a positive frame of mind. That is why I decided to bring this feature back at this juncture.
The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.
– Pema Chodron
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.
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.
It was Mystery and Thriller week over on Goodreads last week, hence the title. (Neat, don’t you think?) As many of you might have noticed, I took a month-long vacation from blogging without any prior notice. I feel like I owe my regular readers an explanation, so that’s what I’ll be talking about in this post. Also, watch out for some fun Harry Potter GIFs. 😀
Why the Absence?
Two main reasons for this one: extended illness and a writing slump (I refuse to call it writer’s block).
Here’s a fun tag I was fortunate to get picked for by the phenomenal author and blogger, E. E. Rawls. Thanks for the tag! 🙂 Check out her blog here. The blog hop was created by Sarah Brentyn.
I haven’t been keeping to my schedule this month due to a few reasons and tons of excuses. It hasn’t been an easy month for me. Being a non-summer (anti-summer?) person and allergic to pollen, I’ve been tired and sick for most of it. Hopefully, April will be better (I’m not hopeful about the temperatures coming down before June, but I’ll survive), at least in terms of blogging. Apart from getting baked under the tropical sun, this is what I’ve been up to in March.