My Blog: Then and Now – FOOD

 (Part 4 of My Blog: Then and Now – Taking stock of my blog’s main categories and examining what has changed since I first began blogging in 2013)

Good food – the eating of it and the making of it – are things I have always been interested in (particularly the former!)

Over the past year and a half I have hardly been able to make the time to focus on the making part of it, but now I find that I am beginning to fit it in a little bit at a time, as I also fight to make time for the other interests / hobbies in my life.

So the occasional experiment with cooking, a few handy tips and some food related book reviews will hopefully begin to feature again, in keeping with the reason for the Food category in this blog.

My Blog: Then and Now – PHOTOGRAPHY / TRAVEL

 (Part 3 of My Blog: Then and Now – Taking stock of my blog’s main categories and examining what has changed since I first began blogging in 2013)

I rarely take photos these days, but I find I still have much to show from the collection of photos I took from around 2005 till 2012. Hence, it is photos from that era that will usually feature in this blog, with the occasional current one. So as far as the Photography category goes, the purpose has pretty much stayed the same since I first began blogging.

I am grateful for events such as The Weekly Photo Challenge, Thursday Doors by Norm 2.0 and Travel Theme by Ailsa which provide me a platform to share photos that would otherwise most probably just remain nothing more than a bit of memory space on a hard disk. I am looking forward to checking out more of these events on WordPress.

The reason I am writing about the categories of Photography and Travel together is that most of the photos I enjoy taking are while I travel and I haven’t done much traveling either since 2012. So the Travel Tales that I hope to write more about will also be from the same ‘era’ as the photos. I have recently unearthed the travel journal I used to carry on all my trips, jotting down notes wherever I went. I’m hoping this will jog my memory and hopefully the Travel Tales category shall also fill up in the coming months.

My Blog: Then & Now – WRITING

(Part 2 of My Blog: Then and Now – Taking stock of my blog’s main categories and examining what has changed since I first began blogging in 2013)

 Under the writing category of my blog my aim when I first began blogging in 2013 was to accomplish two things:

  1. To showcase my work, which at the time was freelancing in corporate communications and as a ghost-writer.
  2. To write about and discuss the process of writing, as well as gain knowledge from other blogging writers, as I completed my collection of short stories and began attempting to write books that till then had been only concepts.

But over the past 3 years my circumstances have changed and as a result, for the time being, I am no longer able to pursue working as a freelance writer and neither have I been in the frame of mind to complete the works of fiction I have begun. So you won’t, for the time being at least, find any posts on those topics.

Currently my days are taken up with numerous tasks that have arisen out of the responsibilities I have taken on, which also include child and elder care, amongst other time consuming activities.

What has come back to me however after a very, very long slump is my love for reading. And I do believe writing and reading go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other.

I hadn’t blogged in over 2 years and I re-started blogging again around the time the reading bug caught up with me again. What a happy moment that was!

So now I practice my writing by doing book reviews of the books I read. I would like to believe that all this reading of other people’s writing will help me whenever I eventually make the time and get into the frame of mind to write again – both for work and to complete those other chapters that are waiting to be closed. Continue reading “My Blog: Then & Now – WRITING”

My Blog: Then & Now

It will soon be 3 years since I first began this blog, and as I began thinking that perhaps it was time to update my ‘About’ page, I simultaneously realised that so much has changed in these 3 years.

I started the blog to have a place for all my interests and to build a platform to showcase my work, which at the time was freelancing in corporate communications and as a ghostwriter.

The purpose of the blog – to have a place for all my interests – hasn’t changed and neither have those interests, but they have taken new shapes and forms.

My circumstances have changed, my responsibilities have changed and I have also changed; maybe a more positive way of putting that last phrase would be to say that I have (hopefully) evolved. Continue reading “My Blog: Then & Now”

Liebster Award

liebster award

I recently started blogging again, after a gap of 2 years! So thank you jillypopmusic for this nomination, which came just a few days after this – every bit of encouragement to keep blogging really helps.

The rules of the Liebster Award nomination are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated and link back to their blog.
  2. 
Display the Liebster Award on your blog.
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award, by asking them 11 new questions (or have them answer the questions you were asked).
  6. Make sure to let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them!
  7. 
Don’t forget to copy the rules into your post!

SO HERE GOES! Continue reading “Liebster Award”

Writing 101: Day 1 – Unlock the Mind

So what should I write about for 20 minutes? I always have ideas popping into my head that I think would make for great articles / blog posts. Most of these ideas stem from my personal experiences and observations on the character / nature of human beings. Yet so few – and of late none really – of these ideas have actually materialised into articles. I guess I have more “important” things to do. But then again it is these “important” things that I’ve been doing that have given rise to most of the things I want to talk about. So it sort of is a Catch-22 situation. I want to write about what I am experiencing, but I can’t make the time. If I did make the time, I probably wouldn’t have the experiences to write about!

Twenty minutes is a looooooong time to sit writing at once stretch and without pausing to think! In fact I’m about 5 minutes in and my arm is already aching! It shows how little we use our writing muscles in this – the age of the gadget.

I keep wanting to stop and check what I’ve already written for grammatical errors – something I always do after I’ve written even just a short paragraph. But I’m being good and sticking to the rules. And you know what – It is SO liberating!

I really have to force myself to not go down the path of – could that sentence be better written? OR should this para come before that one? And gosh! I can see my handwriting getting progressively worse with each new sentence I write. My hand and arm muscles are in really bad shape!

About 12 minutes are up and I’m wondering what to write about next.

I initially thought I’d write about some of the difficulties I am currently facing in my life, but somehow when pen was put to paper things took a different turn. This stream-of-consciousness thing is a bit scary actually – almost as if your mind and pen are working in tandem, without you having any control over either!

It really is a brilliant exercise. And also feels like this could be a great stress buster (Not to mention an arm exerciser as well).

The muscles are really aching now and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to feed myself at the lunch I’m supposed to be at in a couple of hours or if I’ll have to be fed in a public place, with everyone staring at me.

I’m thinking that that last sentence could be worded so much better, so much funnier and oh how I’d love to check my grammar just once, but that’s the end of that now, because my 20 minutes are up and I’ve been so good and stuck to the rules and hey, I’m really proud of myself for doing so. Totally worth the embarrassing situation I might find myself in at the lunch today.

NOTE:

This post is in response to the first exercise in the Writing 101 guide which says:

“…Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to hand- write for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

And for your first twist? Publish this stream- of-consciousness post on your blog.”

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