Notes on posting everyday in November

Today is November 30th and officially this is the last day of NaBloPoMo. I survived! I made it. I posted every day this month( this post being the last). I rule! Yeah!!

Here are a few of my thoughts on NaBloPoMo:

  • There are certain things I know I am going to do and certain things I am sure I am NOT going to do. For example I know that I am not going to be posting every day. While it was enriching experience making sure you were saying or showing something to your readers every day, it also made me do a lot of things the quick and dirty way; all because it was already like 11 45 pm and I had to get the post published before it hit 12:00 the next day.
  • Posting every day requires commitment,dedication and a skill that I can say that I do not possess at this juncture. I could not edit a lot of posts because almost invariably I was racing against time to hit the publish button.
  • I was forced to be creative with my posts. I had to mix it up a bit. A personal essay one day, a photo inspiration the next, a short post on another – I got the chance to explore it all.  At the end of it I realised that personal essays and medium length texts are my forte. I enjoy writing them. Also I need time to edit them, re do bits I am  not happy with.
  • I took the time to analyse my stats and realised that photo posts are quite popular. So I should not write them off completely. It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words.
  • I learnt that I can be committed to a writing practice. There were days when I was traveling or in transit. I anticipated the time I would lose and had scheduled posts accordingly.
  • I went through most of the posts in the draft stage and wrote and rewrote them to completion. This was a herculean task for me. It is very difficult for me to complete a post in multiple sittings. Usually if I am able to structure the piece in a single sitting then I flesh it up in different stages and publish it. But I have never been able to structure a post in multiple stages,until now!
  • Since I had to come up with a new post everyday I started looking at things differently. Well, how will that look in a post? Is that something I can write about? Will my readers be interested in that?
  • And lastly I enjoyed NaBloPoMo. I looked forward to the end of the day where I would type away at my laptop.

I want to thank all my readers for seeing me through NaBloPoMo. Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure to write for you.

Stay tuned. It may not be NaBloPoMo from tomorrow but I have more coming your way!

They were all human

The more intelligent life ran a series on inspiring women. Women reputed in their chosen line of work were asked to write a few lines about other women who have inspired them. 12 women , 12 very different personalities, ranging from a nun, a chef, a women’s right advocate  to a paraplegic.

Each story spoke of courage, of strength, of passion and resolve. Some of the 12 women went through traumatic , tumultuous events in their earlier lives. However they did not let themselves be victimized by it. Instead like the  iconic phoenix they rose from the ashes and reinvented their lives.  A few of them where blessed with ‘normal’ lives. Yet they choose to still change their lives so that it could be of service to others.

The ones that really struck a chord with me were the ones who neither reinvented their lives nor pushed out of their comfort zone, but the ones who had a passion and followed it through. Earlier I thought it a  banal exercise to write or read about such common place achievement. Sure every one has a dream. I had one too. To write. What’s noteworthy about a passion?I never did ponder beyond that.

Through the major part of 2012 (all, save for  the trialing months) I worked hard to write regularly. Unlike my preconceived notion writing was not as easy as sitting in front of the computer and tapping away at the keys. I had painful days when the muse fairy refused to show up.

That was when I started rethinking my definition of a banal exercise. Unlike most of the courageous women in that list I have had a very normal early life and  I do not see a radical shift in that trend in the future. And like a few of the women on the list I am a very ordinary person with a passion but unlike them I have not made an attempt to swim against the current to get where I want to go. I have let the currents take over more times and one.

But the one saving grace that I have ( and so do every one reading this)  is that like ALL of the women in that list I am also human. Which means like them I have the same 24 hours of the day. The rest of the ingredients comes from within a person. External events  are merely like meanders of a river, they only shape the flow while the river still heads towards the sea.

So why this long soliloquy? It’s just to tell you ( convince myself rather) that in 2013 I am going to treat nothing as banal.  I will be looking at everything with a fresh pair of eyes. I just wanted to drop a ( more than one ) line to tell you that in 2013  I am going to find my inspiration from common place things and common people!

T0 2013 Ahoy!