Note: This post could be controversial to some since it touches the real challenges of blogging today. So, please read only if you are ready to listen to some brutally honest feedback.
This was my 2nd year of participation in this A2ZChallenge. I am proud that I successfully completed it. But not happy. Yes, this month had been so tough to get to survive this challenge.
After the month-long struggle of continuous postings, now I sit and think – What made me take up this challenge? What is it I achieved by doing this challenge?
Was it fame? No. Was it followers? A big no. Was it traffic? Again a No.
So what is it that made me sit and write 10 posts at a stretch and schedule them before leaving for the vacation? Initially, I thought it was my passion to write. But the more I think of it, the more I am convinced that maybe it is not.
Am I alone?
Is it just me having such feeling of running behind something and losing the happiness?
I know this may not go well with many bloggers, but I am also sure that this is in sync with a lot of bloggers mind and thinking. And remember, a LOT does not mean ALL. A lot of bloggers are here to become an influencer, to gain traffic, and to earn. And I do not complain, just want to say I felt I am just adding to the noise in the music of passionate bloggers.
What made me think so?
I have been following a blog called Mediacrooks from 2012. Not because I am going to get a like or comment back to my blog. I followed it because I liked it. The blog was so direct on highlighting the wrong happenings in our Media and political world.
Ravinar, the owner of the blog, is writing this blog not to earn fame, or money or traffic. I strongly believe that he writes due to his passion to write. Maybe not just that, his passion to bring out the truth to the world. He has a purpose. And that is what I call a passionate blogger and a successful one at that.
So, after looking at such blogs, I asked myself the same question again. Am I really writing for passion? I could not answer myself. If I am writing only for passion, then why am I running behind the likes & comments?
All these questions, and thoughts made me rethink the strategy to write this reflection post. I asked myself, how should I write this post. Truth? or politically correct truth?
I could not decide on the right one. Hence decided to go with both. Yes, both my brutally honest opinion and politically correct opinion. And I leave it to my readers to decide on which are honest and which are political truth.
Why did I participate in the Challenge?
I first started blogging around 2002 on Blogspot. Was not so active, but wrote whenever I thought of some ideas. I do not know any blogging community either. So, I wrote for myself, shared with friends and had a wonderful journey happily.
And I was blogging my travels on the blog, thanks to my frequent visits to other countries due to my nature of work. Along with this, I also blogged in my native language – Tamil. Started writing short stories, poems etc.
I was never judging my happiness based on the number of likes or comments. But, had a sort of fulfillment and achievements. Later, all those stories and poems did see the light through 3 of my books on Amazon as ebooks. That is my PASSION.
After so many years of [not so active] blogging, 2 years back I thought of getting my own domain and website to fulfill my passion for writing. Thus started my journey, all colorful. No goals, no target. The sole aim was to write on my very own website.
Here is the quick summary of my last year Reflection post:
Yes, in around 3 months, I managed to cross 3K viewers. After completing this challenge, I touched 20K views which were something I never imagined I could get. Not just that, I noticed a number of new followers on my twitter handle too.
You can read about this venture on my Reflection post, where I documented the so-called success of the participation. Make sure you read it to know the contrast of ME!
Reflection or Revelation?
Now, this year challenge I took for A2Z, does not convince me that I took it for only passion. It was just a race, with a target. With a sole goal to post 26 posts. Not only post, but also visit & read other blogs. Is it really?
Initially, I did visit all my friend’s blog and also those who commented on my post. Within a few days, my activity reduced due to my travels. While I made sure that my post should be up every day, I did not give the
Why? Because the priority was to publish the post – I scheduled most of my post every weekend.
That made me wonder. With all my tight schedules and travel, if I had made it a point to visit these two, what could be the reason? It is only because of those themes that were so close to my heart and I sincerely liked to read it.
There were many other blogs and posts from parenting, mom bloggers, stories and many varieties. Some even blogged their own life incidents, good or bad. Even though it was not to my likes, I did visit many blogs, read and shared. You can say, I was trying to repay to this community. But not commented on all because I do not want to leave a “Nice work” kind of comments.
Day by day I started to recognize that the traffic to my blog was reducing. One, because I could not market due to time constraint. And other because of the well-known methodology that plays a vital role in Bloggers community – You scratch my back and I scratch your’s kind of !!!
Oh, probably I could be wrong too. Maybe my theme was not catchy to attract people or posts were not as readers expectation or there could be various other reasons.
With respect to lagging in reading I was really not alone. Sure. I saw almost every other bloggers commenting “Yet to catch up with reading” on SMs. So, at least in here, I had good company!
Enough of negatives. I do not want to portray that the whole of this challenge was just negative.
So, let us also look at the positives of this challenge. There were amazing bloggers writing on varieties of topics, visiting each others post and commenting. Thus while passing through different blogs, you invariently end up with few new friends.
While I realize these based on the journey of this challenge, I should also mention a few good souls who made it a point to visit & drop valuable comments on my blog.
Top 5 Positives
- Of course, there was a consistent posting for last 30 days on the blog.
- Taught me how planning & scheduling posts can help.
- Learned a lot of new rivers and their significance.
- Read, liked & shared up to 10 posts every day.
- Self-realization on what is my Passion.
My take away from this challenge is the learning I gathered due to the forced research I did for collecting the information on the rivers I wanted to write. I was really amazed by the details and the related history – be it mythology or the facts about each of the rivers.
Before I say a good bye, would like to thank you for making the below posts the most popular ones in the challenge.
In the end, what did I conclude with this challenge? What is my take away?
The whole challenge is to encourage each individual to be organized to consistently post every day. And in
Did you really reach till here? Wow, I appreciate your openness to read a different point of view and thanks for spending your precious minutes in here.
Now, let the music start!!!