Finally! After months of writing editing, and posting, I’ve landed in here! This post is very,very special and I just wanted to share my journey in here.
To begin with, I really didn’t know much about blogging till a year ago. Most of my mates had a habit of writing, and publishing on various blogging sites. While I used to read them on a regular basis, the thought of creating my own blog actually never came to my mind. I was a bad perfectionist, I’m still one, (though I’ve gotten better over the months), an Ambivert, and finally I lacked confidence. I was more concerned about opinions and how people would react if I start writing. I used to write poems on the last few pages of my scribbling pad, in English and my mother tongue-Tamil. Penning down thoughts made me feel better, come out with better ideas and introspect. No one read my writings, because I wouldn’t let them to.
One fine day, my partner had penned down a few points on Mental Health and Travel. When asked if it was a contest, she shook her head telling those were made for writing on a blog. We had been together for months, and I never knew she too had one ! It was that moment when she suggested I too should have a blog and post my random ramblings. The following evening I created my WordPress account. I was new to blogging, so it took me two hours to select my theme. Then came the Site Identity. Too bad. I had to select a name! I was too tired so I simply named it-“T’s Blog”. Yuck. Let me tell you now, I suck at names. Random thoughts come by, and I simply pay heed to them. For two months, I didn’t post anything on WordPress. I spent time reading others’ blogs and sending invites. I wasn’t using Social Media, primarily because I didn’t have accounts, I still don’t. So WordPress was my only hope. I never travelled abroad, so I just followed travel blogs in the beginning. I loved a few posts, but I was hesitant to like and comment on other posts.
After a few months, I gained confidence. I had the guts to like and comment, and converse with the community. My first post was on Smoking, followed by one on Drugs and Narcotics. I just shared them with a few of my close friends, and surprisingly, they liked those. The next few posts were on boring stuff like friends, sports blah blah. Everything was fine till one day.
I didn’t log on to WordPress for three months, probably because I couldn’t find time, and had my exams coming. A few weeks after the exams concluded, I sat in front of my PC blinking. I forgot my goddamn password !!!! Argh. Now listen, I never, ever forget passwords and pin numbers. Now what the hell? Okay, calm down. Forgot Password. Clicked it. Check your mail. Checked. Created new password. Go back to your Site. My site wasn’t existing ! Very good. You know, sometimes WordPress can be as annoying as your younger siblings. Calm down. So the next thing I did was, you know, you’re guessing it right-Create a new site. It really didn’t hurt me because there were just five posts. Okay? Okay. Now back to square one. This time I created my site in just a few minutes, and it was ready. My site, initially, was named-“pen2me”. I didn’t name it. WordPress suggested. I agreed with a hope that I’d look onto it later. After publishing five posts, I changed it to the name you see now. I’m still looking for a good site name. Got any suggestions? Most welcome.
To see how much I’ve fared in 2020 as compared to 2019:
That’s why 2020 has been an amazing year(only on WordPress). I’m so grateful to this community for supporting me throughout. I’ve become more open minded, active and an exciting blogger because I’m following more blogs, commenting on other posts, answering their comments, questions and most importantly, I’ve started exploring many more blogs, and definitely, I’m learning a lot. I’m still a novice even after 50 posts, because I’m continuously thinking and still making mistakes. I still have a long way to go, and this community has never made me regret not owning social media accounts, and I’m trying to make progress without Twitter or Instagram. After all, I’m just a teenager.
Stats don’t really matter, as far as I know I’m making progress, it’s good.
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