If we were having coffee ..26 December #weekendcoffeeshare

coffee-889136_640If we were having coffee,  I would tell you that this is truly an amazing world.  This world that we inhabit.  The blogging world.  A world that is cutting across countries, race, religion, culture, language, rich and poor.  It’s a world I discovered about 18 months ago.  It’s a world where we can share our hopes, ambitions, prosperity and despairs.  Here,  people share their wins and their failures with equal gusto.  I love it that there is not much negativity around.  Someone is ready to support you if you are down and out.  Someone is ready with advice on handling tricky situations at home or our technical issues.  I am lucky enough to discover this beautiful world.  For this, I thank all my blogger friends and readers of my blog.  You have surely touched me and enriched my life.  

In restrospect,  2015 has been quite an awesome blogging journey for me.  I want to thank

  • Jaibala Rao for giving me this free hosting and domain to use for a year. Without her,  I would be still dreaming of having a self-hosted blog.  She also gave me technical help with setting up the blog.
  • Sid Balachandran, Shailaja and all at BAR – for their lovely Blogging group which is so active and consistent. It pushes me to write every day.  I can surely not complain of a lack of prompts or inspirations.  It has also brought me in touch with the many bloggers whom I read week after week.   Their dedication to the blog inspires me.
  • The Book ClubRubina Ramesh, Inderpreet, Sundari Venkataraman (I am not sure of all the names who run it). Thanks for the Tornado Giveaway.  It has ensured I get a steady stream of books. The courier guy is tired of delivering books,  sometimes even thrice a day.   The group has also helped with putting up spotlights,  author interviews and a ready audience for my reviews.  It’s a lifeline for my blog.
  • Wordbite.com – For being one of the first ones to send me books for reviewing. Thanks Rahul.
  • Leadstart Publishing – For sending me books consistently for reviewing. My only grouse is that I do not have enough time to spend on it.  Thanks Amrita.
  • Other authors who have sent me their books directly for reviewing like V T Rakesh,  Santosh.
  • Also won books in giveaways including the complete set of The Millenium Series,  The Girl in the Spiders Web and The Dedication of Suspect X,  The Red Sari and many more.

I have had to turn down many books/authors due to time constraint.  With my full time job and family,  I have had to literally make time to do what I love to do.   There have been days,  I thought about the futility of nurturing my youngest baby.  But,  I made the choice to stick to the blog and give it unconditional love. certified bookaddict

It was directionless at the beginning of 2015.  Now,  I am sure about what I want to write and do with the blog.  It is a blog for all things bookish and also personal writing.  I tried to do this with two blogs sometime in June this year.  But by September,  I knew it was not working.   It was too much effort to have continuous content for two blogs and the traffic, rankings, ratings were going down on both.  By keeping one blog,  it gives me the freedom to focus and enhance one blog.  It is easier to maintain a good ranking and everything in one place.

I am having many plans for 2016.  Foremost, is to improve on my story writing skills.  But, many of my favorite flash fiction sites closed down this month (4 of them).  I want to be more consistent with my short stories.  I haven’t written anything since September.  That’s my area of improvement for the next year.

So,  what are your plans for 2016?

Wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year in 2016.

Courtesy : 123newyearwishes.com


12 thoughts on “If we were having coffee ..26 December #weekendcoffeeshare

  1. Totally get what you mean about maintaining two blogs 🙂 I’ve made my peace with the fact that my mom blog is and always will be just like a personal diary. Currently I am going to devote a lot of time to my newest baby, my self-hosted blog and work on improving the traffic and stats there 🙂 Good luck with your 2016 goals and thanks for the shoutout to BAR 🙂

    1. Thanks Shailaja. BAR is doing a lot of things subconciously. I love to read the posts of the other members. It also informs of the many hashtags, challenges, etc going around. Plus, i love the freedom it gives. Do not change BAR.

  2. Lata, I am so glad that you have created such a cozy little space. BAR has given us so much in the last year, and especially keeping us connected. Thank you for the mention, I am thankful that I could play a small role in this beautiful plan of yours.

  3. I can relate to some things you wrote here. I started to blog in Jan 2015, and this year has been full of learning and evolving, and meeting (virtually) amazing people. The love and support that I received from the blogging community is something that I treasure. It has been great connecting with so many fellow bloggers, and one of them is you, Lata. It has been very good getting to know you through your blog. 🙂

    Wishing you a wonderful 2016! 🙂

    1. Thank you Shantala. It has been a year of discovering my strengths, my passions. All thanks to blogging. I love reading your blog as our topics are common 🙂

  4. The BAR group is certainly one of the best things that happened to me this year 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.
    Believe it or not, I have no plans for 2016! Absolutely none. I am going into it with a blank mind and a dazed smile 😀

  5. You had a great year of writing and make it bigger in 2016. I have few plans in 2016 and let’s see how it shapes in terms of new job, becoming more balanced and thinking of video reviews:)

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