There are days when I look at my previous writings and wonder how in the world did I pen down the idea? As if I’ve pulled out something that now seems almost impossible. Past few days has been of such kind. Days when the world outside the window looks much more interesting than sitting in the dark room trying to find the right words, when a classic Bollywood movie is more interesting to watch with the family again than to stare at the laptop screen, when overeating, sleeping and hanging out with friends are the only priorities in life. But, thanks to Neel who unknowingly helped me break the chain and nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Neel is an avid traveler herself and her blog is a reflection of her conviction towards writing. She likes to experiment with her writing style and willingly takes up challenges like Barathon- where she wrote on the given topic, every alternate day and came up with the posts as beautiful as these-
While I’m still finding it difficult to come up with my travel stories, I can certainly talk about how I started blogging. (I am happy to open the word pad again. Yay!!)
How My Blog Started
My first solo trip to Kasol had made a profound impact on me and I knew that life is never going to be the same again. On my return, friends and relatives started taking interest in my travel story. Some found it adventurous; some appreciated me for showing the courage; some found it crazy as for why would anyone like to travel alone, while others thought that I’ve become more of an attention seeker. None of it mattered to me though because I had finally found an escape from the growing hatred towards office life. The year following the solo trip was a golden period of my life. It was the time when I used to talk, read, dream only about traveling. Most of the conversations and meet up with friends generally ended with making plans for the weekend-although many of which never materialized. I had suddenly become more fearless and courageous to do exactly what I liked- TRAVEL. I would work patiently for 5 days and wait for the weekend to pack my bags and set out to explore the places near Mumbai. In order to take up the longer journeys, I had learned to lie confidently and ask for the leaves from the office or in more desperate cases took the unplanned leaves.
With traveling to so many places, I began documenting my travel in the form of photo stories on Instagram and gradually developed interest for writing and photography. It helped me strive to look for new stories and have a fresh perspective towards the place having the similar kind of landscape. With the course of time, the will to write more intensified as I started sharing thoughts from the deepest corners of my mind and also tried my hands on writing poems. As much as it came as a shocking revelation to others, it was as shocking to me! Appreciation started pouring in the subtle ways. Some wanted to know how I improved my writing skills while some confirmed secretly whether it was plagiarized. My brother even gifted me a diary to encourage me to keep writing. Though I had begun to realize where this was heading, self-doubt and other logical factors kept me at bay from trying to reach out to the larger audience.
Much like my travels, starting a blog for many reasons was still not planned. But, it was fun to hone my writing skills and try writing a descriptive post. And so I wrote the first post through which I wanted to convey what I couldn’t verbally that how solo travel, for me, was much more than the adventure. Gradually, the article found its way into the mailbox only to be forgotten. Days turned into weeks and gradually a month, until one day while idling in the office, I came across a blog post about how to start blogging. The urge to do something more than the usual job had grown strong by now. The office felt like a pool of mud I was stuck into, desperately wanting to grow and bloom like a lotus. And that is how Lotusinmud was born- out of fear, frustration, hope, and love for traveling.
Be Honest– Consider blogging as a space to express yourself freely. Try to be as honest as possible. Maybe, this will help to create your own niche and raise your own opinion.
Enjoy the journey– You may come across a lot of rules and techniques to attract readers. Try not to be so hard on them and enjoy the process.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 2-3 other bloggers that you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.