A Writer’s Confession

 

My dear friends,

I wish to make an embarrassing confession.

A few days ago I had shared with you, my thoughts about my Birthday Resolution which is  – A Blog A Day. In other words, blogging each day.

Since that day, I try and write a few words every day and share it with you. Quite honestly, there still are days when I don’t manage writing down a single word. No excuses really. Well, have I transformed?? (Knowing the real me, I would have scrolled a list of excuses to prove why I don’t get around writing some days.) Anyway!
So, while I say that I try and write every day. This is what I have been honestly doing. First thing in the morning, log into my WordPress Blog Building. Rush straight to NOTIFICATIONS Floor. Peek into the LIKES apartment. Head into the COMMENTS room where I spend some time Hello-ing and Thank-You-ing all my blog-mates who are present in there. Then advance straight to the POST floor. Enter either NEW-MEDIA or NEW-PAGE flats. Throw a quick title followed by few words. And hit PUBLISH. Bam! Done!

Exit straight out! Lock the doors! Stuff the keys and out the building there I go.

Now, did you realize something? No?

Okay, so this is the confession I was talking about. It was only recently I realized how selfish and mean I have turned. While I wander around and post my thoughts and feelings, very conveniently I have been over-looking the works from my blog-mates. Their thoughts through their writing keep beckoning from the Room of READER and the Room of FRESHLY-PRESSED. But when did I care?? Just kept myself too busy with picking, grabbing, snatching, bagging all the awards, wishes, love, support I received. Not realizing that blogging is not just about writing. It is more about reading.

Reading what fellow blog-mates write. Getting to learn more through their thoughts-turned-words is what blogging is about. Sharing ideas, thoughts, experiences is what is called Blogging. Isn’t it? Or is it just writing?

Just scribbling down your thoughts doesn’t help you learn. Beaming and smiling while your blog-friends appreciate your work is like that little kid who turns all happy on receiving a cookie. It is sheer selfishness to just keep accepting. Is not one supposed to also appreciate what their friends are working at? Is it not called being mean to leave their important words untouched, unread, unattended to?

In the rush to keep writing, I forgot to keep reading. Keep reading that will enhance my knowledge. Keep reading that will help me improve my mediocre writing skills. Keep reading and appreciating. Keep reading and sharing the love back. Keep reading and letting my friends know what a fantastic job they are doing too when they pour their hearts out through their words. I forgot. I so forgot. How could I??

But, now that I have understood this well, I intend to read more and more simultaneously while I write. Blogging is supposed to be a 2-way relation. Taking but Giving too. If I just write, I only wander in my blogging world. But reading what my friends write gives me an access to other blog-worlds. Their worlds. Better ones. Best ones.

And I hope to keep wandering in their worlds more and more by reading more and more. So, now that I have made this confession. I feel so better. So lighthearted. So very happy.

A sincere promise to my blog-mates. Now on, you will find me more often in your blog-worlds. Exploring your worlds through your words.

-Asha Seth

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  1. I love this post! I fear I fall into the same category! What I need is a list of bloggers with active blogs like yours Asha. I’ll start composing one here and keep it by my laptop. If you know of any good ones (besides yours!), let me know? 🙂 Have a great day!

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  2. Welcome to our world lol …And not to worry we often think the same way that blogging is just writing …but it is reading and responding to what we read regardless whether we agree or not

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    1. Dear booklover,

      I know exactly what you are talking but believe me, once you start, it is not you wanting to write something but it is the writing itself that makes you. Each post and all the words will start to fall in place gradually. And this is out of personal experience. So don’t worry a bit. 😉

      Much glad you liked the post. Keep coming. 🙂

      -Asha

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  3. I think this is why WP is so much better than Facebook and other social media sites – the others all tend to be very “me-centric” (not a word, I know, but sounds better than “self-absorbed”). WP seems more to be about sharing – and by sharing I mean a mutual exchange of ideas rather than just photos of people’s lunch or posts like “busy day at work today!”. Great post, Asha!

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    1. How I comply with your thoughts and second them too Chris! That is one reason I resent FB. How I wish FB was WP in disguise! At least there is real stuff on WP unlike FB where people consider it their business to fake stuff. I am so glad I stumbled across WP which is shining with true emotions and thoughts from millions of writers around the globe. And of course it is absolute absurdity to show-cast and share lunch posts, asinine pictures, and stupid status updates. Phew!

      And pleased to know you liked the post just how I do yours. Keep coming!

      -Asha

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    2. I agree with the “me-centric” take. My book, “Overcome Any Personal Obstacle, Including Alcoholism, By Understanding Your Ego” and my multiple blogs are all based on A) admitting the existence of your ego and B) Ways of not listening to your ego when interacting with others. I learned a lot of Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” and “Silence Speaks” and from the tragedy in my own life — my wife Amy of more than 19 years drank herself to death over about a decade by heeding the voice inside her head that said basically, “I drink, therefore I am”.

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  4. Indeed! Go you! 😀 The first step is recognition in my opinion! You have a great point, too. Reading what others have to say helps enlighten us to other point of views and/or gives us a break from our own seemingly busy and stressful lives. It’s selflessness that promotes both parties moral and self growth! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Dear hezalyte,

      I must thank you for your time for reading through this piece. I second your thoughts and agree that selflessness promotes both parties moral and self growth. Rightly said. So glad.
      Thank you for stopping by & keep coming. 🙂

      -Asha

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  5. it’s a fine line between the reading and writing, sometimes I spend double the time looking at people’s blogs that I do on writing and sometimes vice versa. Happily I think we all do it and as we love to read your musings we are all winners really.

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    1. As always, said like a winner. Sometimes, its hours before I realize I haven’t written a word and sometimes, its hours before I realize I haven’t read a word. It goes hand in hand, I suppose. And even though I know I enjoy both, I try and have a balance.

      Good to see you around here again StetotheJ. Keep coming.

      -Asha

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  6. I try and read other blogs as much as I can but working full time and blogging daily can be quite hard to juggle it also doesn’t help that wordpress doesn’t work on my phone (if it did I would be reading, commenting, liking and writing constantly) but reading is so important.
    I have found new authors this way, enjoyed new recipes and even cried at blogs people have written.
    Great post.

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    1. Thank you so much onthehomefrontandbeyond! Much appreciate your kind words. And if you see, it took me months myself to realize the crime I kept committing. Silly Me!

      Good to see you around again. Keep Coming 🙂

      -Asha

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        1. Dear LouAnn,
          If you recollect dear it was for this simple reason that I’d asked for your name in one of my previous comments. Also, your blogname is too difficult to remember. Thanks again.;-)

          -Asha

          P.S.: I solemnly swear to never forget your sweet name.

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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