I love my Blog #BlogChatter

I take on the baton of Blog Love from Ajay Kontham

 

I started off with a diary, but couldn’t sustain it for long

The ink would spread and the words bled leaving me forlorn

I had so many words and thoughts trapped inside of me

I wanted to write them down to save them for posterity

So what did I do? I signed up for a blog

‘Deliciously Alive’, it was called for 12 years long

I wrote and published and I also shared

With people very few, only those I knew who cared

And then I met BlogChatter and things began to change

I realized that I needed a bigger home and a decided on a new name

I now own a tiny space on the vast internet, it’s called Sirimiri

Sirimiri is Latin for a fine drizzle of rain, isn’t the name quirky?

I thought it was apt for my blog which is why I named it so

My blog represents me and we should match, don’t you think so?

Sirimiri is a fine drizzle of words, in my case

Words that fall softly but once read don’t leave you the same

My Blog is my calling card it will lead you to me

When you visit and leave a comment behind, I smile showing 32 teeth

Sirimiri is where you’ll find my varied feelings, happiness and angst

My unfiltered thoughts, celebrations and my rants

My blog has grown with me as we traversed together through the years

Acquiring a sheen of wisdom and facing all our fears

I think these are reasons enough to show my love for my blog

Thought they keep changing and multiplying these will do for now

I love Sirimiri and Sirimiri is me

We both are open books that choose the page we want you to read.

I pass on the baton of Blog Love to Chandni 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge : 7 Wants

7 Wants

I want my Clone. Really. Someone who’ll do all my work for me, while I just read and write, read and write, read and write, read and write…you get the picture, write right?!

If a Clone isn’t possible, then Dobby ? Please? I’ll go without socks too. Promise.

Trips to Bali & Sri Lanka have been on my travel list forever, but somehow they just haven’t worked out.

A filter between my heart and tongue, as what is in my heart is on my lips, and let me assure you it is not a very good habit to have. For others.

To become a Tech-pro. Hahahahaha, kidding!

I want to start writing columns again. Oh, how I enjoyed the topic discussions, the submissions, the rush of going against deadlines, and finally seeing my words in print! I miss all that!

To learn a dance form. Believe me, for someone who can’t dance to save her life, it is one lofty ambition to have!

Reasons I am Thankful for being a Blogger #ThankfulThursdays

When I started blogging a dozen years ago it was just a ‘cool’ thing to do. Having a blog was like having your personal diary, which was on display for everyone to read, and I wrote and posted keeping that in mind.

In the last few years Blogging has evolved, and how! Your blog is no longer just a personal diary but has gone on to become your brand. As with the changes in blogging there are changes in bloggers too. From a shy reluctance to admitting you have a blog, to the confidence with which this must have accessory, a blog, is flaunted.

This exciting journey has refined some of my existing talents even as it taught me a lot of new things. This ThankfulThursday, hosted by, prompt, Amrita and Tina got me to recollect and share a few I am thankful for;

Writing is what draws readers to a blog. Writing is a prerequisite for having a blog, unless you have a photo blog or some such, and even then a bit of writing is required. I have honed my writing by blogging over the years and have come to understand that

Reading is another way to write better. Reading other blogs is fulfilling, and if you are a good learner and patient reader perusing work written by others could teach you the finer nuances of writing. You

Learn and gain awareness of new genres, different perspectives and refreshing styles of writing. You become aware of how a single thought or prompt can have varied interpretations.  I also learnt that blogging could be a great way to

Earn money, either as a full time career or something on the side. What better way to do so, making what you love, writing, your work and making it pay, literally. I am thankful to blogging as it is also a great way to

Meet people. Blogging groups, blogging communities are a constantly bubbling cauldron of ideas and people, and joining them is a good idea. The one good thing Bloggers share is a common love for writing and reading. Apart from that your similarities and differences lead you to

Befriend people who you click with and take your friendship to real life as well. I am thankful to blogging as it introduced me to people who have gone on to become friends like family over the years. I thankful too, to see and experience the ugly side of blogging which has only made me

Better and not bitter. I learnt that ideas have to be guarded and trust has to be earned. You polish and shine your repertoire of words as you patiently await your turn. What is any experience if it did not

Teach you something that you needed to learn, eh?

 

 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge : 9 Loves

9 Loves

1)  Myself! Enough said!:)

2)  Reading: I used to read a book a day, I was that voracious a reader AND I also had that much time:-D I can’t keep up with that pace anymore BUT I have to read every day, it is a must!

3) Walking: My preferred mode of transport is Walking. I love long walks, alone or with my music.

4) Movies: Watching a film in a theatre, to be specific. When the lights go out and it is just you and the characters on screen,  that is akin to a spiritual experience of sorts for me.

5) Writing: Writing a good piece gives me a high like no other, and it usually lasts for a few days!

6)  Sweets: I have a set of Sweet-32 teeth! I could live without food but not without sweets! Ah, the bane of my weighing scale!

7)  Traveling: I am an enthusiastic traveler and learn and grow with each trip.

8)  Helping People: In whichever way I can. Strangely it has backfired many a times, but that doesn’t deter me.

9) Meeting new people: New people lead to fresh perspectives, newer ideas and these lead to growth. Speaking only for myself here, btw 🙂

 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge: 10 Secrets

10 Secrets

1) I LOVE Bollywood gossip! It is my stress buster!
2) I cannot drive. Despite a valid driving license, AND learning it thrice. Yes, I am duly ashamed of the fact.
3) I cannot ride a bicycle either. Yes, ashamed of that too.
4) I was a borderline OCD (and very annoying to live with I assure you, ask my sister) but I am all good now.
5) I am extremely organized though. Despite being a Gemini.
6) I mostly wear the clothes and shoes I have shopped for immediately, right out of the store.
7) I compliment random strangers. No, I do not think there is anything strange about saying nice things to people.
8) Till 4 years ago I did not know cooking, at all. I learnt cooking online, through blogs and sites. I now also have a food blog.
9) I was nicknamed Baby as a child. I refused to answer to it after I turned 10. Since then I am Mayuri, to one and all.
10) The first thing I notice about people are their teeth and their feet. And I am obsessive about keeping mine in ship shape.

Saw this BlogChallenge on Novemberschild blog and I knew I had to do it!:)

Coffee, Tea and We

I used my Mobile Cam to click this pic, sometime in early 2013. We lived right on Juhu Beach, in Mumbai, and enjoyed our respective morning cup of Tea and tumbler of coffee gazing at the sea.

One morning my mother realized why her plants on the windowsill near the dining table were smelling funny as they died slow deaths. Without beating around the bush she asked my younger sister and me if we would like to continue ‘watering her plants with milk or switch to something else?’

‘Tea’ we piped up together, as we had seen all the elders at home enjoying their cup of it. And that is when I got my first taste of tea, which was milky and a faint beige color.

As I grew wiser I found out that milk was being served to us with just a spoonful of the tea decoction added it. Post this discovery I insisted I wanted the same tea as the grown-ups were having, and got it too. Somewhere along the way toasted bread become an accompaniment.

To this day, ‘Chai-Toast’ is what I reach out for when I need comfort. A mug of piping hot, sweet tea, with the fumes doing a graceful dance as they escape into thin air and warm toast into which the butter melts into unyieldingly. I have suffered through innumerable bad cups to tea, to realise that I like my tea strong and preferably made by me. And no dainty cups for me, please! I like big mugs, and I cannot lie!

I got married to a coffee drinker. A staunch filter coffee in a tumbler guy. The Husband taught me to make him coffee just the way he likes it.

My morning routine starts with heating up water, which I pour into the upper compartment of the filter that has been padded up with ground coffee. When it is  silent enough, I can hear the coffee decoction falling drop by drop into the container below.

As the water for my tea merrily boils away I add the tea leaves and there is a moment of calm before the water erupts into a dance of joy, differently hued this time. I wait for it to prance about a bit, before I add milk, and the tea calms down as it embraces the milk and they come together forming a gorgeous hue. As my tea gets ready, the Coffee decoction has collected in the lower compartment of the filter.

On most mornings, just when I have poured myself my mug of tea, as if on cue, the husband wakes up. And we sit together reading the morning papers and enjoying the silence and our Coffee and Tea.

‘I am writing this post towards #Blog&Celebrate contest by Novemberschild

The Blog Commandments

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Getting a Blog is akin to catching the common cold these days, eventually most people get it.

So, once you’ve got a Blog what do you do? You write, you post and share your post with friends and/or the social media and think you a done. Right?

Wrong!

The Blog World has some etiquette too, which are sadly discussed within groups and rarely aloud and the reason why they go unsaid and unheard. Much like when you start driving you need to be mindful of traffic rules and fellow drivers on the street, in the Blogging world too there are a few Do’s and Don’ts you should maintain, if you would be like to known as a blogger of repute.

What exactly am I trying to say? Read the Blog Commandments to find out

Thou Shalt Check For Typos Before Posting: There is nothing more off-putting than a post dotted with typos. Typos are distracting and take away from your credibility of being a good writer and blogger.I have been the victim of I-am-so-excited-to-have-written-this-post-that-I-must-post-this-right-away syndrome many a times, and dashed off a post without checking for typos, to always regret it later. It takes 2 minutes to check your post and 1 minute to lose a reader. Decide.

Thou Shalt Maintain a Quality Control Check On Thy Posts: The temptation to post regularly and often is almost always a good sign. It is good for you and for your Blog Health. But by no means should you compromise on the quality of your posts to increase the quantity of them. Remember, you are your own brand and you wouldn’t want to endorse anything that is not your standard, would you?

Thou Shalt Visit Other Blogs: Blogging is not only about just writing, posting and sharing your posts. It is also about reading other blogs, and sharing posts and doing so benefits YOU. Reading almost always leads to better writing as when you read you learn a lot more, get ideas for blog posts, and sometimes also learn what not to do/write.

Thou Shalt Leave Proper Comments: When you visit other Blogs and read a post, do leave a comment. All Bloggers I know love getting and reading comments, as that shows that you’ve visited the blog, read the post and taken time out to post a comment. ‘Lovely’, ‘Nice post!’, ‘Loved reading this’ are NOT considered comments.

Thou Shalt Not Badger Fellow Bloggers: To visit your Blog, read your post and/or post comments. The wish to do so should come naturally to your readers. At the most a gentle nudge you could give is visit their Blog, read their post and leave a comment and the blogger should ideally respond. If not, someone else is sure to. And if you don’t get responses at all, then you need to work on visibility and probably your writing too.

These Commandments are the result of discussions and interactions with fellow bloggers over the years, through which we realized that pretty much the same behaviour either pleases us, or pisses us off. Your Blog reflects you and your personality as does your Blog Etiquette, and it takes very little to keep these points in mind and follow them.

Wouldn’t hurt to try, would it?

Happy Writing and may the Muse always be kind to you!

 

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5 Lessons I learnt from doing a Daily Blogging Challenge

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I signed up for the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) with BlogChatter last month, where we needed to write and post daily, through the month. While writing gives me a high, the what to write and finding time to write it are the tough bits and what drove me metal, almost. Till a few deep breaths later I decided to learn from this challenge and enjoy it, rather than fret about it and end up hating it.

Blogging daily is not an easy task. Annoyance at the lack of ideas and posts not turning out how you want them to are excuses that could turn into reasons to give up at any point of the challenge. The fact that there is no one monitoring you is tempting enough to make a quiet exit. That is when you shouldn’t.

I am glad I stayed put, for these are the lessons this challenge taught me.

Discipline: An occasional spurt of daily blogging is good for your blogs health. It makes you think, it makes you carve out time for writing, it gives you a sense of responsibility, it attracts an audience and if you’re lucky enough, you are left with loyal readers who are hooked to your writing style.

Experimenting and Balancing: Writing and posting everyday gives you a chance to explore various genres of writing, like 55 word stories, flash fiction, micro blogging and more. And experimenting with varied genres ensures that you could balance your posts, include a light hearted one if you’ve been doing a lot of serious writing or a short and sweet one, if lengthy posts are all you have.

Perseverance: I wanted to drop out of the challenge many times, as it got overwhelming. Also there was sudden travel, a planned trip and the festival season which meant tons of work and less time for writing. But I was determined to complete the UBC and finish with 31 posts ,and after doing so, I am glad I did.

Evaluation: I realized my writing strengths. What worked for me, what just about worked for me and what just didn’t work at all. And when I was happy and comfortable with what I wrote, my posts reflected that.

Friendship: I discovered friendship, where at times my fellow bloggers encouraged me with their comments on my posts and gave me ideas and while at other times just seeing them go ahead with determination gave me that much needed boost to write my next post too, even though I thought I couldn’t.

In fact, I got such a high from doing the UBC that I signed up for not 1 but 2 Daily Blogging Challenges for November!

I will be writing and posting daily for the NaBloPoMo and this is my first post

I will also be attempting to write a 50 Thousand word book through NaNoWriMo

Wish me luck and wish me words! May the muse be kind!

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