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Are you Blogging for Fun?

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I am back, after a lengthy hiatus from this blog.

I had been away because I felt unfulfilled with my blogging. I wrestled for many months wondering what was missing, until I realized today that it was the ‘casual, fun, simple old blogging days’ that I missed.

As digital media and platforms progressed, so did blogging. The present blogging scene is filled with Alexa rank, Google Page rank, SEO, content strategy, content marketing, keywords, hashtags and more. Picture perfect images, regular published posts, social media optimized posts, and catchy titles are the norm now. Besides these, NaNoWriMo, A to Z, and other community-based blogging campaigns have rooted themselves in the blogosphere.

I’m not saying that any of these are bad. I have been a digital media executive and content writer since the past 7+ years and I know that several of these tools are effective and helpful for many bloggers (I myself have benefited from them). However, all of this simply put me in a state of overwhelm.

I joined the tribe of bloggers who pursued all of these blogging methods, strategies, groups, tribes, and campaigns. It’s not that I wanted to blog my way to the top or something, it’s just that I like trying new stuff (from both a personal and professional level) and so I did. I explored a lot and didn’t enjoy a lot of it. I still followed the blogging trends though as I thought one needs to change and adapt with the changing times.

However, blogging no more felt fun. That genuine feeling of satisfaction on publishing a post whether anyone read it or not was no longer there. I was trying to be too perfect, to match all the requirements needed for a blog to gain traction and visibility.

Blogging started to feel robotic, mundane, obligatory – and that’s dangerous.

Checking my stats, follower count, ranking – all of that didn’t really make an impact – I thought they did, I felt a momentary thrill but that was it, it was just things ticked off a checklist. It was like alright then, follower count – check, next stop is ranks – yup could do better, next up is stats – fairly okay… blah, blah, blah.

The purity of blogging was missing.

I also miss the genuine ‘voice’ of bloggers, some of the blogs I read today sound so similar to one another that they just put me off. And then I wonder if I’m doing the same, and it scares me!

It was then that it hit me, that I really missed the old ways of blogging for the sheer love of expressing myself without thinking about optimizing it for ranks, and views. When I blogged for the simplicity of it, I found joy, satisfaction, new friends and true readers. 

I had stayed away from my blogs for a long while because I knew that I was misusing them. I couldn’t keep filling them with posts that didn’t fulfill me and them. But I could never abandon them. These blogs are my best friends. I could no longer cheat them with ‘optimized’ posts.

So I sat back, I bide my time until I could understand what exactly was troubling me so much that my writing had stagnated. While I was on this sabbatical, I also wondered if maybe I was somewhere wrong because everyone else seemed to be enjoying blogging the ‘new’ optimized way. I guess everyone has their own way of things working for them. What worked for others didn’t work for me, or rather, didn’t satisfy me.

It has been nearly two years of writing off and on – writing only when I felt like it or when I found a worthy enough campaign that was in line with my values. After two years, I finally found what was blocking me all this while from blogging like I used to. I’ve decided to return to blogging for the fun of it, to keep it light, simple, genuine, imperfect,with only basic blogging tools helping me out!

Here’s to finding your way out, and never quitting what you love to do!

Is there anyone else out here like me who misses blogging for fun like before? Would love to hear from you.

See ya!

Venice 🙂

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Book Review – Finding your Writing Flow ~ Sona Grover

If you’re like me who is stuck in a non-writing mode and want to just get OUT of the rut, then Sona Grover’s ebook Finding your Writing Flow can help you realize what is holding you back and how you can get back to writing.

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All of us have, at some point of time, experienced a stagnant writing period. Finding the time, energy, or passion to write is a task. Sona has explored these common phases and has neatly illustrated realistic ways to express ourselves through our writings.

About the Book

Simple and profound at the same time, this little book guides you through self doubt, offering tips to help you find inspiration, staying productive, getting better at your craft and renewing yourself as a writer.

What I Liked about the Book

Sona’s words connects with you instantly through her personal experiences, and solutions to common issues faced by writers the world over. She asks pertinent questions that make you think why you are a writer and how you want to be a good writer. Some of the chapters that struck a chord with me are:

  1. Ways to Greater Creativity
  2. Keep the Inspiration Strong
  3. Finding your Authentic Voice
  4. Powerful Ways to Self-Renewal

My Review

This is a handy guide for writers who need a helping hand in being a writer again. Sona encapsulates key points and solutions that will help you return to writing. Her deep insights provide a steady foothold to grow as a writer in the long run. Her friendly, warm tone blended with firm advice makes for a motivational read. If you need a gentle nudge to write once more, Sona’s ‘Finding your Writing Flow’ will help you start on the ‘write’ track 😉

You can read Sona Grover’s e-book Finding Your Writing Flow here.

 

Cheers,

Venice 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Dream come True – 1st Ebook out!

 

I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Huma whose ebook ‘Dare to Dream’ is also a part of the mix.

 

About Huma’s ebook: Written in a simple language about ‘Simple changes that can bring big difference in your lifestyle’. It is an interesting read of two parts:

1. Create your vision & define your goals.

2. Take easy steps to achieve your goals. Includes 3 practical exercises.

If you’ve always wanted a steady and realistic guide to live a high value life, then Huma’s ‘Dare to Dream’ will help you walk on the right path.


 

Hi guys,

I’m returning to this space after a long time, and with good news!

I have recently written and published my 1st Ebook ‘Live Laugh Love’. I participated in Blogchatter’s Ebook Carnival where my ebook has been featured, so if you want to give it a read please click the link: Live Laugh Love

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About Live Laugh Love: My ebook consists of 15 short bytes on Life, Laughter, and Love.

I’m not one to blow my trumpet, but this is one time I’m resorting to it because it felt extremely good to know that several people have identified with my writing, and have found solace and direction in life after reading my ebook.

Many of the pieces have been written from my personal experiences, and it feels amazing to receive such warm reception and feedback. I hope that you too find something that echoes in your heart, and hope that my writing helps you in life and love.

You can check out the honest review of my ebook, penned by Lance Quadras here: Book Review – “Live Laugh Love” by Venice Rowe

Honestly, I’ve always dreamed of writing my own book and publishing it, so doing this was a step up for me toward making my dream real. I have several more books planned, so hang around, will ya! 😉


 

I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Saba whose ebook ‘The A2Z of Globetrotting’ is also part of the mix.

About Saba’s ebook: A2Z of globetrotting is about the best from the various places across the globe. It takes you on an exhilarating journey across the globe with the prominent factory of these places described briefly yet cover their diversities.


 

Do shower the ebooks on Blogchatter with views, reads, and feedback! Each of the participants have put in a lot of love and effort into publishing their ebooks and it would be super duper awesome if you shared with us about how our ebooks influenced and captured your life.

Looking forward to hearing you heap us with praises, and constructive feedback 😉

 

Cheerio,

Venice 🙂

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