7 TakeAways From Blog Buddies
I have been Blogging for more than 4 years now. And this journey has been quite eventful and fun with lots of learnings and loads of insights. I believe, blogging is all about interaction. As a blogger we interact with so many bloggers who share different perspectives and experiences, have different personalities and come from diverse backgrounds and cultures too. When we come across such disparate thoughts and talents our learning curve increases too.
Today, I list my 7 learnings from my blog buddies…
- Mrs Usha Menon, a 77-year-old retired educationist, started blogging in July 2011, though I have been reading her blog since September 2012… Oh, that’s exactly a year. And in this one year I have seen her evolve as she explored the art of writing a Haiku and stories in 100 words to poetry and prose. She is keen to learn and explore the various writing forms. Whenever she knows about any challenge or a writing prompt, she is an enthusiastic participant. Is there any age for learning new things in life? Thank you Ma’am for showing me that learning has no age limit.
- Whenever somebody comments on any blog post of mine, I get an email alert. One day, I got email alerts one after the other, every few minutes. I had participated in an everyday blogging challenge and somebody was commenting on my old blog posts. And the blogger commented on all my 30 posts at one go! Was I amazed? Thank you Reema for teaching me an important lesson that day.
- We all write posts on our blogs and we receive a lot of comments too. How many comments linger in our mind for a long time or bring a smile every time? Thanks Amrit for showing me how to connect with readers in a witty, interesting and conversational way.
- HTML codes and SEO business stump me. RSS, Trackbacks, I believe are other names for Greek and Latin. And as a Blogger you do face technical issues. A mail to friends and tech help pours your way. Thank you Corinne and Chicky for demonstrating that if you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
- George Burns said, ‘the secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.’ One need not write long essays to get across his/her point. I learnt from Corinne that powerful messages can be packed in few words as well.
- Blog buddies from the virtual word can become a part of your real world too. Vinita, Smita, Rama, Chicky are a chat or a phone call away to share thoughts, laughter and smiles. We have some really interesting and stimulating discussions which goes on to show that it is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
- This blog is my space and I am so very proud of it. It’s a place where I can share so much and I have the love and affection of so many bloggers whom I have never met in real life. Their encouragement and advices, wishes and suggestions, help me grow and learn so much. Thinking about all the wonderful people out there who visit this space and thanking you all from the bottom of my heart for showing me that instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
What are your takeaways from your blog buddies?
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.
Images courtesy : Google Images
September 5, 2013 2:15 am|
You are lucky Shilpa to be surrounded by love. I have a few friends whom I made virtually and have helped me shape my style of writing and have brought out the best in me.
Great tribute to them…kudos to you on shouting out their names 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:17 pm|
True, we learn a lot from our friends here, by reading and observing, a lot can be soaked in 🙂
September 5, 2013 2:22 am|
Wonderful tribute! We definitely learn a lot from others around us, and more so, from our bloggy buddies!
September 12, 2013 4:18 pm|
That’s so very true 🙂
September 5, 2013 5:32 am|
I have come to learn and accept that the virtual world is very similar to the real world – After all, it contains the same people! 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:20 pm|
Agree completely! 🙂
September 5, 2013 6:28 am|
Okay, I knew nothing about blogging when I jumped in. I learnt everything from my blog buddies and I am thankful for this!
Thanks Shilpa, for giving us a peek 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:23 pm|
It was just the same for me too, Kajal. Learnt everything from blog buddies 🙂
I have not seen a friendlier and a helping tribe than the blogging friends 🙂
September 5, 2013 8:03 am|
Thank you Shilpa for your kind words about me.You have always inspired me at every step. I am overwhelmed. God bless you.
September 12, 2013 4:25 pm|
You inspire us, Ma’am. Thank you so much 🙂
September 5, 2013 8:14 am|
Ms Menon is an inspiration, truly.
September 12, 2013 4:27 pm|
Oh yes, she is! 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:11 am|
Lovely post that resonates with me. My takeaways are also similar to yours, Shilpa and yes, thanks for being part of the journey. Cheers to our friendship.
September 12, 2013 4:28 pm|
Thanks for inspiring me to do this post, Susan 🙂
Glad that our paths crossed and yes, cheers to our friendship 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:17 am|
Thanks for mentioning me in your blog 🙂 I too would say the same for you. Blog buddies support and nurture your passion. I have some regular readers who have encouraged me through the years by reading my posts and I feel blessed having met blog buddies like you. The writing journey would be incomplete without you.
September 12, 2013 4:32 pm|
I am so glad that we met through the Ginger Chai contest. It is wonderful knowing you and I cherish our friendship. Hope we meet sometimes soon in the real world too 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:59 am|
Long way to go for me.I have to learn so many things from you all & improve my writing.lovely post as usual….:)
September 12, 2013 4:34 pm|
Happy exploring and happy blogging, Anu 🙂
September 5, 2013 10:21 am|
Mrs. Usha Menon, is from education field. was unaware of it. Bow to her.Many people feel that this blogging fields is to write comment and forget. but seeing people bond over here its not true. Just started blogging in feb 2013 and yet to forge strong bonds of friendships. but am sure , will do so.
September 12, 2013 4:42 pm|
I believe, blogging is all about interaction, you connect and bond with fellow bloggers and the journey becomes more interesting and fun with them 🙂
September 5, 2013 10:40 am|
That’s a beautiful tribute to the ones who taught you many a things about the blogging world. Especially loved reading about Ms. Usha Menon. Indeed, learning never ends. 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:44 pm|
True, Mrs Menon is a perfect example to prove that there’s no age for learning. She is an inspiration 🙂
September 5, 2013 10:40 am|
So much to learn in this virtual world full of talented people, Shilpa:) Agree !!
September 12, 2013 4:46 pm|
Oh yes!! 🙂
September 5, 2013 11:17 am|
Your online teachers and mentors? beautiful tribute to them on teachers day:) true shilpa…..agree with you hundred percent with all that you have said about the reach of blogging.
I too have a similar list and will blog about them someday.
September 12, 2013 5:06 pm|
Thanks. Looking forward to read about all your mentors, Asha 🙂
September 5, 2013 11:17 am|
What a wonderful tribute to your blogging buds. We learn so much from one another as bloggers. It truly is a wonderful learning experience. Keep blogging! I look forward to reading more.
September 12, 2013 5:12 pm|
Hi Penny! Good to see you here! Thanks and look forward to read you too! 🙂
September 5, 2013 11:33 am|
This virtual world of bloggers is a amazing relaity in each of our lives n am thankful for it !
September 12, 2013 5:13 pm|
Me too! touch wood 🙂
September 5, 2013 11:43 am|
Awesome tribute Shilpa – I am sure all the dear ones you mentioned today will take away a bright smile and a wonderful memory from your blog today 🙂
September 12, 2013 5:15 pm|
The pleasure is all mine, Laxmi… learning from them has enriched me 🙂
September 5, 2013 11:53 am|
That was a lovely tribute Shilpa. I never knew that the blogging world is so vast. I’ve learnt so much from Blogging, different forms of writing, interacting with other bloggers, learning so much from their experiences. It has really shaped me into a better person and I’m thankful for it.
September 12, 2013 5:17 pm|
Thanks Diana. Glad that the blogging community has had such a positive and wonderful impact on you! 🙂
September 5, 2013 12:44 pm|
There is so much to learn and so many amazing people in the Blog world. I have never been a big fan of any of the celebrities but I am a huge fan of many bloggers. Am so very glad to meet you here Shilpa.
September 12, 2013 5:21 pm|
Blogging community never fails to amaze me… there’s so much of talent and such diversity. There is always something or the other to learn from everybody around. Glad that we met through our blogs, Seena 🙂
September 5, 2013 1:20 pm|
A nice tribute to all your teachers. Usha Menon is truly an amazing person.
September 12, 2013 5:26 pm|
She is so inspiring, I really admire her! 🙂
September 5, 2013 2:29 pm|
Love ur 7-er Shilpa and what better way to honor bloggers whose work you love. As Corinne remarked, we need to compete with ourselves and learn from fellow bloggers. You are one such amazing blogger:)
September 12, 2013 5:33 pm|
They say, when the student is ready, the master appears. All we need is an open mind to observe and soak… 🙂
Thanks for connecting, Vishal 🙂
September 5, 2013 2:45 pm|
That is a tribute indeed and a demonstration that social media friendships can be as real as the ones in the ‘real’ world.
September 12, 2013 5:35 pm|
Oh yes, virtual friends can be friends in real life too! 🙂
September 5, 2013 4:14 pm|
I too will be coming up with a tribute thanking all my loyal commentators. I am newbie in the blogging arena, and their kind comments kept me going. Thanks to Cornie for this for suggesting bloggers to ‘keep commenting.’ Or else, I know i would have given up on this challenge half-way.
September 12, 2013 8:05 pm|
Oh yes, the feedback, the encouraging words, the suggestions, sharing of ideas and thoughts from fellow bloggers help us connect better and act as a great morale booster too! Keep blogging, Jini and glad to meet you through this challenge 🙂
September 5, 2013 6:38 pm|
What a warm post that is and so true. I’ve learnt so much from blogging too and made so many friends.
September 12, 2013 11:02 pm|
Thanks T 🙂 And it’s the same this side too 🙂
September 5, 2013 8:48 pm|
I admire your energy. I am too lazy to stick to blogging regularly. 🙂
Good for you.
September 12, 2013 11:07 pm|
😛 Thank you so much, Ava!
You must write often. We miss your stories and memoirs. 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:13 pm|
Well, well, well, I think something is already showing its effects on you.
It really makes me feel so happy to see you honoring your blogger friends, it is so different from all the Me, me, attitude of some bloggers, who can hardly ever think beyond themselves.
I really liked you thoughts about Usha Menon, it is indeed so good to have her with us.
And you are a good person.
I am really grateful that we have a medium called ‘blogging’, which not only makes us share ideas and opinions, but also opens up a huge door of friends.
September 12, 2013 11:09 pm|
Thank you for inspiring, Rama. 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:20 pm|
After starting reading your blog – I now know how awesome it is to get into blog challenges. And I am still not getting time to get into them. Well, you keep me reminding to jump into one. 🙂
September 12, 2013 11:11 pm|
Hope you join us sometime for a blogging challenge 🙂
September 5, 2013 9:30 pm|
Wonderful learnings. 🙂 Take away from blog buddies leave a long lasting effect in real life. I agree with you for Ma’am Usha Menon. She is indeed a source of inspiration for everyone. 🙂
September 12, 2013 11:11 pm|
True that! 🙂
September 5, 2013 10:00 pm|
We learn a lot from our fellow bloggers – both what to do and what not to do.
September 12, 2013 11:16 pm|
Yes, that’s right… we learn that too 😀
September 6, 2013 2:19 am|
You know what you inspire in me – the way you write your posts. There’s honesty, elegance, modesty, a message and loads of encouragement in your posts. Coming and reading your post will definitely make one’s dull day into a bright, beautiful day!! Glad to have known you through blogging.
September 12, 2013 11:18 pm|
Awww!! You made my day, Anu! Thanks 😀
Glad to meet you too 🙂
September 6, 2013 10:40 am|
This is such a beautiful way to talk about people who matter to you 🙂
Blogging has changed my life too…I have made frenz where I least expected!!!
September 12, 2013 11:19 pm|
Thanks Smita for everything and am so glad that we met 🙂
September 6, 2013 4:37 pm|
I am so glad that I found your little place in cyber space because I love visiting you and reading your wonderful words!!! ♥
September 12, 2013 11:19 pm|
Glad to meet you too, Kathy 🙂
September 6, 2013 5:20 pm|
A deserving tribute 🙂
September 12, 2013 11:20 pm|
Thanks Sunita 🙂
September 6, 2013 7:05 pm|
It is nice of you to acknowledge truth .
September 12, 2013 11:20 pm|
September 7, 2013 12:26 pm|
Oh yeah…we learn something from everyone. And its wonderful to see it all listed here…good one Shilpa 🙂
September 12, 2013 11:23 pm|
Thanks Uma. Yes, we learn something from everyone who passes through our lives. and all are priceless!
September 8, 2013 11:41 am|
Even thou I have been blogging for some years now… recently with the Abc challenge it just bloomed. Mine was just like a personal journal before. And yours were one of the first blogs I started following then and seeing the way you connect with your readers and the response you got, made me get out of my den and get to know more bloggers.
So it’s all thanks to you. 🙂
September 12, 2013 11:26 pm|
Am touched. Thanks a lot, Sheethal. Keep blogging and see you around! 🙂
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