are waiting for the guest posts, but yesterday due to some internet
connectivity issues, I couldn’t publish the post. But now that the connection
is restored, let’s move ahead…
bloggers get is the easy access to read some amazing blogs. Last month I
discovered one such blog with some thought provoking write-ups. Her writing is
simple yet profound. This is one of my favourite posts from her blog.
Uma Chellapa who blogs at My Musings. Thak you so much Uma !
|A lovely smile!|
guest post, as a part of her blog’s fourth anniversary, I was fraught with
mixed feelings. I’d never written a guest post before which made me a little
apprehensive. It’s one thing to write on your own blog and completely another
thing to write as a guest. The responsibility increases manifold. Yet, I was
also overjoyed to write for someone like Gayatri who is a lovely blogger and a
to step back and take stock; a time to introspect, to reflect upon the
relationship and to take charge of things that may have not gone as per the
plan. In a way, bloggers are in a relationship with their blog and through the
blog with themselves since the blog is an extension of the self. As with any
other relationship, this too requires love, care and nourishment for it to grow
pursuit, can be a source of great satisfaction. Ironically, it can also lead to
frequent upheavals in the pursuer’s emotional health because it is unlike any
other desk job. Here, you offer a part of yourself to the general audience. Hence,
it’s easy to feel disappointed and disillusioned along the way.
espouses in general life and encourages me to adopt in my creative pursuits. These
golden rules have kept me afloat in times of despair. I hope you find them
With scores of writers around, each prolific in their own right, it is easy to
fall prey to self-doubts and disengage from your goals. Never evaluate your
worth by comparing yourself with others. Each person’s growth chart will be
different. Seeking motivation from within rather than from external sources
helps in maintaining momentum.
Modesty is nice. Putting self down in the guise of modesty is, but, a dangerous
habit. It’s also an indication that you don’t believe in yourself as much as
you’d like others to. I’m guilty of taking this route too. Accepting praise and
compliments gracefully, as a dear friend told me once, is one of the keys to
others think: How often I’ve cringed and beat myself up for a blunder I may
have committed! It’s not worth it. My favourite quote from a book I’m reading
currently is, “People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think”. Indeed,
once we shift the focus from others to what we feel and think it’s easier to
forgive ourselves for the mistake and move on.
don’t give up: My husband is my soundboard when I feel down and out. One
thing he never tires of saying is that while you can survive being an average
worker in large organisations, you cannot remain an ‘average’ in a creative
arena. It’s a tougher peak to climb, no doubt, but never give up.
skills: I struggle with this area. I’ve come to realize that many a times
we are stuck in a rut because we limit ourselves in terms of knowledge or
style. Reading different genres, for example, will open up a different
perspective, experimenting with a genre or style of writing that is different
from yours lets you re-invent. Learning a new technique related to your hobby,
keeping abreast with newer technology, can keep you ahead in these competitive
you follow? Would you care to share?
Uma is your typical lady next
door who tries to juggle the many aspects of her identity-that of a wife,
mother, blogger, singer and a freelance content writer-with finesse and
sincerity. Academically, she holds a Master’s
in Commerce and a Diploma in German language. She worked as a translator in the
corporate sector for a while before giving it up to look after her newborn.
Blogging happened four years ago as a fortunate chance and it was then she
realized that writing was something she had never explored so far but enjoyed
doing. The connections and friendships she established as a blogger is
something she always holds close to her heart. She writes at
as the muse strikes in prose, poetry or at times fiction.