Tuesday, January 21, 2014

B has to be for blogging

Today I do a 'listicle' (yeah that's a legitimate word for an article written out as a list) on 


5 reasons I love blogging

1. I can write anything I please.. 
...absolutely anything. That's a freedom I never had in my job as a journalist. I can write at my whim in my time, or not write at all if I so please. Interestingly, it's this freedom that pushes me to commit to a certain deadline and stick with some kind of a schedule. Paradoxical isn't it?

2. It kept my passion for writing alive 

... and made me better at it. Over the last few years I've tried my hand at fiction, flash fiction, even a tiny bit of poetry. How cool is that!! I find myself trying to think out of the box, to look at things from varied perspectives. I feel I've grown as a writer.

3. It made me more observant

I find things and people more interesting. I listen more.. after all there can be a story anywhere. When I'm out waiting - at the dentist's or in the supermarket queue I consciously do not reach out for my phone to while away time. I look at and interact more with people, strangers. It's made me a friendlier person. Also, I find myself reaching out for the camera more often.

4. It got me friends

..on the Net, lots of them. Some are smart, some emotional, some super organised, some completely scatterbrained but all very very creative, supportive and warm. Mercifully I've been spared the Net trolls. I haven't met a single one of them! And you know the best part? I carry my friends in my iPad.

5. It makes me a happier person

Can anything beat that? I started blogging after I had kids. Stuck at home, overworked and harried, blogging helped me retain my sanity and sense of humour. It brought me friends and advice and support. I wrote about it earlier here. When I blog about something happy it remains with me longer. When I blog about something not so happy I find understanding and that makes me feel better too. And then there are the comments. Only a blogger will know what a high they bring.


So keep blogging friends and keep dropping by. Oh and do not forget to leave a comment.. remember 5 (above)? :-D

Linking to ABC Wednesday which is in it's 14th round.



35 comments:

  1. Love your reasons for blogging!! LOL @ scatterbrained friend (s)... I am wondering who that is!! :P

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    1. Not you most certainly...you know that.

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  2. I too love blogging and the reasons are almost similar to yours. :)

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    1. Glad you agree Indrani.. You put up amazing pictures on yours.

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  3. These are lovely reasons, Tulika :) Blogging has been a very enriching experience, I agree.

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    1. Isn't it? And there's so much to learn from so many people.

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  4. It does give a medium to express one's thoughts. The more we start focusing on the smaller aspects of our writing, we the more start focusing on the smaller aspects of others' writing too. So very true.

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  5. We're sure glad you're blogging on ABCW now! You always have such brilliant posts. Hopefully, you will actually get to meet some of your new blogging friends one day...I have and it's such an awesome experience.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Thanks Leslie. Maybe one day. Haven't met anyone in person yet.

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  6. Blogging keeps me sane. This is not an exaggeration.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Certainly not Roger. It did help me.

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  7. thank heavens for blogging. i share the same list you do why i love blogging.

    FRANKLY MY DEAR

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  8. It helps you learn and improve your skills.It broadens the mental horizon too.

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  9. What a lovely list! And yes, I can relate to a lot of that as well :).. blogging has truly enriched my life.

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    1. Mine too Aparna. Glad you relate. That's the whole point - finding like minded people.

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  10. Firstly, love that header pic of yours :) And, went through all the other posts .. loved reading each one :)
    Coming back.. Lovely list you have here.. agree to all the points OM :)
    It has been such an enriching experience and the fact that I met so many wonderful people though blogging.. amazing!!

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    1. Thanks Priya. It's one of my favourites too. Good to have you back.

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  11. I love reading your blogs. So blog away! They resonate with your friends.

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    1. Thanks Shubhra. Glad you dropped by.

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  12. Writing makes one observant , agree with you.

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  13. It keeps me updated abt you and what's new with you, when I am not meeting you on daily basis ( which I love to do, spl. over our walks) .
    Keep writing n updating !!!!

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    1. Thanks Jyoti.. it's friends like you who give me the much needed push when I slack off.

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  14. I have the same reasons for blogging! And its so freeing an experience! What a brilliant post! Loved it.

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  15. You really put into perspective why we ALL blog. I've put my posts into books-check out my post today.
    ann

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  16. A lovely post, - keep blogging. Your header is so sweet.

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  17. Great idea for B. I also love your header. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  18. Ohh I concur with all your reasons! Blogging is just so satiating, right?

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  19. Hey I concur too! Love the way you articulate your thoughts. .I started blogging after I conceived. .so my blog is as old as my daughter. .It does help me to be myself. .share things that I love with my friends out there and takes me into the wonderful blog land where I can forget all my problems!

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  20. Long live blogging!
    A great write-up, Tulika:)

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  21. All the bloggers would feel connected to this post of yours !!

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