Tuesday, 13 November 2012

30 is just a number

Blog like no one’s reading is a post written by Agnes which I can never forget.

I find that phrase very difficult to grasp even now.

I have come a long way though…for instance there was no way I would have attempted a blogathon like this a few years back. Then last years ‘Q&A’ posts I did made me [unconsciously] comfortable with the idea. But this whole blogathon was a spur of the moment thingy. I totally blame Sridevi here…..her act in ‘English Vinglish’ was solely responsible for this 'shoot myself in the foot' effort.

The timing was all wrong. [Without thinking] I started the blogathon when the kids’ exams were going on. Then I fell sick. To top it the Eid holidays popped up. I can’t imagine how I managed. When I fell sick I was this close to calling it off…..but I grimly hung on. I’m usually so laid-back that anything apart from daily routine is an effort. But when I make up my mind I try to keep it. It’s good when the motive is benefitting but I usually find myself doing it for the wrong reasons. Like the time I fought with the better-half and swore never to eat ice-cream ever again;-(. And Ice-creams are like my favourite dessert. Don’t ASK. DON’T ask what we fought about…..it’s that silly. I’m desperately searching for a loophole now....all suggestions are welcome except the ones involving an apology;-P.

Compared to giving up ice-creams blogging for 30 days was a piece of cake...yeah well now that it's over I can say that;-D. Having a cache of jokes/quotes/poems/cool-facts/puzzles helped a lot. But the most important thing here for me is....I know now that it’s not impossible.

A few things I want to do…

Be more regular on the blog.
Not to launch into long-winded explanations for every single thing.
Most of my posts are about my ‘frog in the well’ existence. I’d like to change that unless anybody wants to tell me otherwise;-)???.
Blog like nobody’s reading.

The last bit is the toughest. If I can get past that block I believe I can achieve more.

Thank You so much for encouraging me with your comments. I’m very grateful for your support especially since I know I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I don’t view the blogworld with rose-tinted glasses. Everywhere, even in the real world it works mostly[I said MOSTLY:-)] like that. Expectations are natural. And I have been very remiss. The state of mind is hard to explain but I resolve to be more regular. Thank YOU once again. 

It’s a very difficult thing I know to comment on almost every single post for 30 days but some of you were close. Bins, Deepa, Ramesh, RS, Swaram if you guys are okay with it I would love to send you a postcard. Please mail me your addresses but absolutely no issues if you are not comfortable with the idea:-).

I’m soooo tempted to take another break to recover but I sternly direct my fidgety fingers to do the right thing before everybody brands me a ‘Blog-break Rani’ or worse;-D.

Cheers!!!!

51 comments:

  1. I need a postcard autographed by you too!!! trust me I tried my best to read all your posts and if I didn't comment it must have been because I was either changing diapers or feeding the babies with my free hand :( sniff!!

    I read the post about Nikita and wanted to come back and comment, but by that time you have already posted this. Nikita reminds me of myself as a kid...skinny, restless etc :)

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    1. All excuses totally accepted...especially from new mothers of twins;-D....and not to forget we've been blog-buddies for eons now. Ek postcard tho banta hai boss;-D

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  2. Congratulations, N!! You did it!!

    I read your post on Nikita. I was too taken over by her warmth and love that I resisted my temptation to comment something too sentimental (I know this is NOT the right word).

    Will wait for your postcard. And your next post.

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    1. Thanks RS!!!
      And I know exactly what u are trying to say:-)).
      I already have your address unless u've changed houses.

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  3. Well done on the blogathon - and keep writing :)

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  4. Wonderful. Take a bow N. Its incredibly difficult to sustain a blogathon. And your posts were the typical N posts - warm, nice, funny and written in a style that's uniquely yours.

    Note to Mr B - here's a hint young man. Take the lady on some pretext to Dubai Mall. Distract her using N Jrs (they should be in the plot too). Go to Haagen Dazs and order the most sinful sundae, loaded with goodies, chocolate extravaganza. And then tell the lady that she is the finest lady in the world and that the sundae is your way of telling her that :):) And here's the added bonus - you can slouch for a whole year on just this one act.

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    1. Awww thanks Ramesh for the heart-warming words:-)).
      And I like ur suggestion very much. If the Mister follows this to a T I will also know that he is reading the blog;-D

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  5. hey Nancy! congratulations on completing the blogathon and that too in a grand way. It is really difficult to write every day and esp. when it is to meet a commitment. So, yay to you!
    I am sorry, I wasn't regular in commenting this time around, though I managed to read all the posts, I think :-)
    do be regular in posting. You are one of the few bloggers who bring a smile to the reader's face through their writings.

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    1. Thank you Uma and no need to be sorry at all, I'm just glad u found all my posts read-worthy:-)).
      To be regular is what I have to work on;-).

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  6. I am very much OK!!! send meeeeeeee.. :) and btw did u get my mail?

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  7. I want a post card I want a post card I want a post card :D

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Those postcards are for bloggafriends who commented the most...u didn't comment on a single one;-(.
      The way I see it you should send ME a Sorry postcard;-D.

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  8. Congrats on this massive achievement Nancy. I can really understand how much it means to blog every single day. I have left mine untouched for months now and I think, just like u got inspired by sridevi, I am going to make you my inspiration and try and blog more frequently.

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    1. Such a beautiful thing to say Anusha....if u are serious abt the blogathon pls let me know I'll come & comment every day...I cant not do it especially since u have named me as ur inspiration;-o.

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  9. Hey, we like your long winded explanations (your words, not mine. Come on, we like all your posts. That way we get to peek at you frog-in-the-well existence and take our minds off ours! :D

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    1. Trust u to compliment in a back-handed way;-D

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  10. Blogging every day is great effort. I tried once and failed miserably, thought at least this would bring force me to blog, but I was wrong.

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    1. Make up ur mind firmly and note down a few ideas before hand...and also fix a time to sit and expand on these ideas ....it shd definitely work:-)).

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  11. Wow! never knew u were on a mission! Kudos! You have inspired me!

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    1. So what's keeping u...let me know when u start and I'll be a faithful commenter;-D

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  12. YaY! :)

    Ok so what's the ice-cream story?

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    1. Curious huh;-D.....Ice-cream story is a long story full of holes;-P

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  13. I have not commented on a few of them, but I hv mostly read all of them ... really :) Am not very regular on blogs, so I save some time by not leaving comments hehe :P :P

    Congrats Nance! U did it and did it well :) I loved reading more about the two Ns :) Hugs and I will wait for the card too! Thank u so much for including my name there. Address in ur inbox :)

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  14. Hi Nancy,
    You reached the 30th post. Super. Now even I am motivated to do one.
    I read all of your posts. I thght you said initially comments were diabled so did not comment on any or rather did not chk if comemnting was open.

    Kudos to you!

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    1. Yeah initially comments were disabled but it got so boring tht I enabled it;-P. And please do....if I can do it, then u can definitely do it. Thanks:-))!!!!

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  15. Hats off to you, lady!
    I started on a similar mission and left it half way through...

    You are one amazing writer and don't you ever ever dare doubt your abilities, as I have said umpteen times, you are my Erma Bombeck, you make the most mundane things so interesting. You have an amazing gift of making people laugh and forget it!

    Now, if commenting on 30 posts is what it takes to get a card from you, here I go....

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    1. Frankly speaking if I were more ambitious I wd have given up blogging by now because I know I don't have it in me the qualities of a seasoned blogger;-P. I doubt myself all the time Bindu...it is the encouragement I receive here which keeps me from giving up:-)).
      Mentioning me in the same breath as Erma Bombeck is high compliment, one which I savour[even thought I believe you are only being kind]:-)).

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  16. Oops! I meant don't forget it!

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  17. Now lady, go approve all thos comments of mine and send me a post card!

    Loved this blogathon btw, and don't stop! Yes, that is an order!

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    1. How can I not send you a postcard after this;-D

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  18. Blog like no one is reading..good thought..I try to follow that..

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  19. Fantastic attempt at a blogathon - and see how well you have done that. Congratulations to your efforts and three cheers from all of us your ardentreaders :-)

    Let me allow into a secret - the more i read about your daughters, the more I envy you. I always consider daughters a special blessing ( which I didnt receive and a little too late now for me to wish for :-( )and imagine you - you are doubly blessed !!!. Prayers and well wishes to all N's and the mister. God bless!!

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    1. Quite honestly I've realised I dont have it in me to blog about everything....and so I stick to topics I'm comfortable with. As long as my posts are read-worthy and all of u find it interesting I'm more than happy:-).

      Thank U Vincy for the lovely words and wishes:-))!!!!

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  20. aw come on.. now that we're used to reading your posts every day, u can't stop :P we need our daily fix of Nancy-isms ;-) :-)

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    1. Snow u r too much....U knw just how to push the right buttons;-/

      One post coming up only because u asked;-D

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  21. wow 30 days of non-stop posting! i had a short break from blog reading and it is good to see you kept to your task and there are many posts for me to read. good job on keeping it up nance!

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    1. 'I grimly hung on' describes the situation aptly;-P.
      But now that its done I'm quite pleased with myself;-D

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  22. Hats off to you ! For me its a struggle to find topics to update atleast 3 times a month ! Well done Nancy, well done, I say! Having said that dont u dare take another break!

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    1. Thank U:-))!!!
      Anita it's easier than u think....don't keep high expectations and start slow. Keep a few forwards & jokes ready for emergencies. And posts dont have to be too long.
      If I can do it, u definitely can....if u start one, let me know I'll over everyday to cheer u on:-)).

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  23. Oh my! Did I miss a blogathon that you were a part of????? You know jolly well, if I had been around in blogsville- I would have been your TOP commenter :)

    I'll have to slowly go back through your posts and make up for lost time;) hee hee- tomorrow...I'll do it tomorrow. (she says, ironically)

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    1. Ofcourse I know that...I really missed you and ur lovely comments Connie. But I also knew u were busy bcoz you wd have definitely been over if u had the time:-)).
      Take ur time...I just hope you'll like what you read;-P.

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  24. I would love a postcard from you ;)

    As Sakshi has said, I did read all the posts, but no time to comment...diwali / guests and other stuff !!

    Love reading your blogs dear...dont even think of taking a break again.

    BTW, that link to Agnes blog needs to be corrected...

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  25. I don't knw wht is wrong but I'm not able to enter Agnes's blog sometimes. Somebody else pointed it out to me and I tried correcting but it's just not going thru:-(.
    No problem Uma....I'm just happy u liked the posts. Ofcourse I'll send u a postcard...mail me ur address:-)).

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  26. Congrats Nancy! Just keep writing. I wish I had more time to blog, but whatever. One should just do it anyway, right?

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    1. Absolutely right:-))!!!!
      And thanks;-D.

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