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NaBloPoMo: A Giant Step towards Substantial Blogging!

NaBloPoMo? Not ever heard of this word? If not then perhaps you are new to the blogging world. NaBloPoMo is actually an acronym for National Blog Posting Month. November is the chosen month and one is supposed to make a blog post each day of this month, even on weekends! Sounds exciting isn’t it? It definitely is provided you are willing to take up the challenge. NaBloPoMo is a challenge because in order to write good, interesting and quality posts you need to keep the fire burning inside you for 30 continuous days. As for me I love accepting challenges. Mind you, it does wonders for your blog winning you new readers, creating a bond with the community as you share your experiences besides giving you that much needed jump in views on the stats page. My phone never stops buzzing on the WordPress app I have downloaded on my phone, whenever I publish a new post, signaling a new like or comment. It is a tremendous boost of confidence in your abilities as a writer.

Who thought up NaBloPoMo and why?

Well, I’ll answer in the words of Eden Kennedy herself, who thought up the brilliant idea of NaBloPoMo in the year 2006 ( The following excerpt is taken from an interview by Deb Rox)

‘A lot of people don’t sort of take blog writing all that seriously.  A lot of blog writers don’t take it that seriously themselves because they are posting links to current events, or using it as a discussion forum rather than as a place to thoughtfully express using good interesting verbs or good descriptive writing of what’s going on in their life or in their brain.  I thought let’s just focus on that part of it, see if you can sit down and write something everyday and throw it up there.  What happens after you do that for a while and you are doing it publicly it’s not like you are writing it in your diary everyday, you are throwing it out there for between 10 and 100 or 1000 people to read depending on your traffic.  Your barriers start to come down and you start that perfectionism thing and start to loosen up for better or worse sometimes worse.  Sometimes you end up posting up stuff you never thought was worth writing about and it turns out “Hey I really liked writing that post and I want to explore that more.” or you get more feedback or whatever.  It’s just a way of loosening up that nasty perfectionism thing if you have that.’

The biggest advantage of being a part of NaBloPoMo is to ingrain in you the writing habit. Write whatever you like on any topic that catches your fancy. You may even just publish some eye catching pictures of your travels or the blooming flowers in your garden with some small details. You can look for inspiration on ideas to write even on The Daily Post or BLOGHER. Once you have developed this habit your hands and brain will itch to write and slowly but surely NaBloPoMo becomes a prominent factor for your personal growth. So say good bye to procrastination forever and register for NaBloPoMo here, preferably before November 5. It will take you a giant step forward towards substantial blogging. Enjoy!!

 

 

Inner peace and Joy!!

What is the best possible gift you can give to yourself? Exploring the thought through the poetic form – Acrostic!

Adapt the thoughts,
Balance the mind.
Control the emotions,
Ditch the fries.
Exercise your body,
Free your soul.
Gift yourself – the gifts of ;
Health,
Inner peace,
Joy!

 

Virtual Screen

The Haiku way to speak of the screens (mobiles , computers and what have you) in our lives – full of virtual images and content; now indispensable but threatening to swallow reality!

Time to time again,
The screen lures and beckons
To swallow the real.

 

 

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Of Blogging Dreams

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Today’s Blogher prompt asks the question ‘Where do you see your blog in one year? Five years?’

Well, the answer to this question is actually quite simple but requires some imagination. Obviously being an optimistic person and a dreamer to some extent I would like to imagine that my blog would have reached the pinnacles of success in the next five years!

At present my blog is young and energetic and raring to go. Within one year I visualize having an established presence in blogosphere, with perhaps (wishfully) some blogging awards under my belt and writing offers from wordpress and blogher!! No, please, I don’t wish to sound pompous at all ,but the prompt, prompts me to think the best possible. so why shouldn’t I?

In one year I also anticipate having a published novel credited to my name.In five years time, God willing things should continue to be moving well not just in terms of blogging but also related to family, health and of course wealth! (It rhymes well you see) Last but not the least , I’m sure I’ll have become an expert blogger-so writing a book on blogging tips for beginners is on the cards. Any Takers?

Move Over NaBloPoMo, Here Comes MoNoWriMo!

5,4,3,2,1,0…the countdown has begun! We have entered the last week.Just 6 more posts (including today’s) to go before NaBloPoMo ends. At the beginning it almost seemed like an impossible task- committing to make a blog post everyday.But as they say,’Where there is a will ,there is a way’! Kudus to all those bloggers who have made it this far.

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) has been a fruitful experience for me.I made new friends and gained some loyal followers. Thanks to all of you.Thanks to the WordPress team and the organisers of this event Blogher.NaBloPoMo helps writers and bloggers to expand their own potential and most importantly develop the writing habit. Infact this writing habit gradually grows on you. As evening descends and I wind up my daily chores I’m itching to reach out for my computer and start clicking on the keys. Truly its entertaining and rejuvenating for me.The T.V is often switched on to give me company, but most of the time I’m listening, rather than watching.

When I first got to know about the NaMos, I was undecided as to which of them to choose- NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Obviously i chose the former, but I also wish to write a novel which i know can be achieved only with self discipline and some pressure! Now that NaBloPoMo is edging to a close I have decided to chose my own novel writing month! Compulsory writing everyday of the month. in NaNoWriMo, one is supposed to complete a 50,000 word draft within the month of November. But all the editing work remains pending.I’m going to bend the rules a bit and do the editing at weekly intervals , because after all its going to be My Own Novel Writing Month i.e. MoNoWriMo !

Since November has been quite hectic, I’ll keep December a tad bit easier by limiting to one post a week hopefully (Lets see how it goes). So I choose January 2015 to be my MoNoWriMo. The regular blog posts will continue.How about you? I would love to know your views.

Yippee ! A Landmark Day for ‘riturang’ !

Today’s post is simple but it means a lot to me.I wrote my first blog post on 18th July, 2014. I set myself the first landmark of achieving 1000 views. On 13th November 2014, I proudly state that this task has been accomplished with 1008 total views that day and still counting! At the time of posting this article its 1058 views.

Its been an amazing journey so far with immense growth in my own capabilities as a writer and blogger. This may be a relatively small achievement for some perhaps, but for ‘riturang’,its time to celebrate! For this I have to thank the wordpress team for the tremendous support offered by hosting events such as blogging 101 , writing 201,etc which push you to learn more and try and excel in putting across and sharing one’s stories ,thoughts and ideas to whole world.These events are highly recommended;.the latest one to add to the list in which yours truly is participating is Nablopomo.

I also take this opportunity to thank members of the blogging community for stopping by my blog and taking out precious time to read my posts,your likes and your comments. Support given by family members, friends, relatives ,facebook is also highly appreciated.Ah well ,it seems like i’m getting carried away and giving an award winning thanksgiving speech or something! Well the idea is that an encouraging response simply helps in pushing the envelope further.Each day presents new stories and new challenges.Stay tuned for more, as I prepare to write a post about another milestone crossed!

The Challenge Called NaBloPoMo !

It was just by a lucky chance that I got attracted by Hot off the press article by Michelle W. ; ‘The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!’ NaMo essentially meant  NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo , which stand for National novel writing month and National blog posting month respectively. My initial desire was to participate in the novel writing challenge. Could there be anything better than being able to complete a novel in a month ? Sure enough, but many experts warned that editing the novel could become a daunting task later on. The idea for my novel is very clear in my mind but i don’t want it to be a hurriedly churned out work. Having said this ,I just could not let ‘november’ pass by without doing anything substantial. It was with these thoughts that I zeroed in to take up the challenge called NaBloPoMo ! The challenge in which we are to commit to making a post everyday- however busy you may be. 

In part this page I am dedicating to this challenge is also prompted by the NaBloPoMo November 2014 Prompts’ for day 6 i.e.

Do you consider yourself a “professional” blogger? Why or why not? What does that mean to you?

Ah well, I don’t see myself as a professional blogger yet, but yes i am learning ,and I guess I am learning fast.The real challenge for me lies in the fact that I want my writing to be taken seriously and so would hate to post anything which is not up to the mark. I am immensely thankful for the favourable and positive response that I am getting so far from fellow bloggers and readers.As for what is professional blogger? i am not so sure. Haha! perhaps it means someone who is able to earn some bucks other than accolades from their writing (besides their day job)!

Has this bug bitten you yet?

When it bites, it bites you really hard. There are many types of bugs – bed bugs, stink bugs and even software computer bugs. But that’s not what I am talking about. What I am actually referring to is the writer’s bug! This is one bug bite which is very difficult to cure. Apparently, I am one of the victims and surprisingly, rather enjoying the whole process of reading and writing. Writing can lead to completely opposite effects on different individuals. Some writers become more social, as they now like to listen more and speak less. They wish to catch the subtle nuances in what people are talking about. They also become keen observers and look at their surroundings in a new light. Food bloggers are intrigued as much by how a dish looks as it tastes, and travel writers wish to capture every moment in ink and pictures. But there are others who become more of a recluse, confined to their own four walls, digging deep into journals and looking for some peace and quiet so that they can write. One such example is the fictitious writer Peter Van Houten,  in John Green’s best-selling novel,’ The Fault in Our Stars’.

I suppose I belong to the former category, as I have started enjoying social gatherings and meeting people ever since I started writing. Perhaps it is also due to the fact that I am a much happier person, doing what I like. But at the same time,though I may not exactly be a recluse, there are times when I savour my own company  , whenever the opportunity arises. It gives me time to reflect and contemplate, read more, reflect again, and read some more.For any person who reads,books are the best and most trusted companions, and for me they are my pillars of support! Reading educates, entertains, improves language skills and most importantly, widens your outlook.

To quote Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” photo (2) book pillar

Once bitten by the writer’s bug there is actually no looking back. Ideas start pouring into the brain at the oddest times during the day. It could be while driving, teaching your kids or while doing household chores. All this is perfect. What really annoys me is when all these super ideas (and complete sentences) come rushing into my brain when I wish to catch some sleep at night. I keep tossing and turning but they refuse to leave me. Often I get up in exasperation and start scribbling on paper – lest I forget everything in the morning. How wonderful it would be if I could sleep peacefully and dream of something interesting to write about, just like the chemist Kekulé, who discovered the structure of benzene molecule. In his dream he saw a snake eating its own tail. This gave him the idea for the ring

 

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structure of benzene. So let the ideas keep pouring in and let all writers continue the good work of reading and writing. Who knows your million dollar idea may be just round the corner!

Infinite Opportunities. Start Now.

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In life there is so much that we wish for and so much that we wish to achieve.But, sometimes that little voice somewhere in the mind, that urges you to follow your passion and pursue a dream can get lost in the humdrum and mundane duties and activities of day to day life. I am not talking of studies during student days or your work.That is a routine part of your life (unless you are one of the lucky ones whose work itself is their passion).What I am presently focussing on is a passion like learning to dance or wanting to scale a mountain peak,that might have taken a back seat.
A tip is to finally make a start.Find time to pursue your dream.Be inspired.Let me take my own example.I used to write when in college, highly influenced by greats such as William Wordsworth and Jane Austin.Then I took a long sabbatical and resumed writing a bit seriously in 2012.Since then there has been no looking back, with several articles published.In fact I also wished to have my own blog but somehow never really took the initiative.The idea generally got postponed on account of more urgent work.Finally it seems the time is now right.So here I am today with inspiration given by my son, with my very first post!

‘Lock-up your libraries if you like ; but there is no gate ,no lock,no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ —- Virginia Woolf

I am a die hard optimist,absolutely in love with all the colours of life. After all we live only once so why not make the most of it? Life is in deed a roller coaster ride with high as well as low points.The optimism comes in handy to tide over the low phases keeping the zest for living it to the fullest, alive.
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