Practice make an expert?

This week Tanya has given us this quote to consider in regard to blogging;


the expert in anything quote

“The expert in everything was once a beginner.”


Our learning process starts when we are born. As we grow older, we start learning. Gradually we chose a field that interests us and try to be good at it.

Not everyone reaches the level of an expert but with effort, we can become very good at what we like to do. Blogging is the same.

Before I started blogging, my experience of writing and formatting on a computer was practically non-existent. I learned the intricacies of the technical aspect of blogging as I went along. How to select a theme, how to place a header, how to make a logo for my blog, all these took tedious and frustrating eons of time. I’m still not very tech-savvy and once I have selected my theme etc with the help of a very good blogging friend of mine, Dr Tanya, I haven’t messed with it.

The writing part wasn’t very difficult for me, though it was a new experience too. It may be that I’m not writing research-oriented posts, but mostly poems and topics that I know about.

I don’t claim to be an expert in blogging, perhaps a mid-level skill would be an accurate description. I have learned a lot about how to write clearly and concisely so that the reader gets my meaning on the first read.

One of my posts that deals with this is;

Secret to a successful blog

Another post dealing with the writing process;

What is your writing style?

Learning to use the block editor was a challenge but due to the kind guidance of expert bloggers, I am now comfortable with it too. In fact I have found a lot of advantages in its use.

Thanks Dr. Tanya for this prompt.

Written for Blogging Insights NF 23# , hosted by Tanya



Following after unfollowing…. Strange behavior?

So many of you might have noticed that I’ve recently re-followed you. And someone asked me about it too. Why did I need to re-follow people I had been following for almost 3 years?

The explanation is simple; WordPress settings!

I had enabled notifications of new posts on most of the blogs I follow. But this would produce too many notifications and when I got up after sleeping (7-8) hours, some notifications just disappeared. Some comments also were lost because apparently the WP notification panel can hold just a limited number.

I thought if I turn off the notifications of all the blogs I follow, I can simply read new posts in the reader. But not… says WP. There was no tab to turn off notifications. So I had to unfollow a majority of blogs that I follow and follow them again being careful not to enable notifications.

And while I did that, I also reorganized the blogs I followed. In a way it was an operation clean-up as well.

So if you are one of those who were unfollowed and then followed again, this was the reason.

Thanks for staying with me.



The secret to a successful blog

Anyone who starts a blog, naturally wants it to be a success. Well, some would deny this, but most of us want what we write to be read, liked, and commented upon by others. Preferably, many many others.

So what is the secret?

I have been blogging for a little more than three years. And I will share with you what I think is the secret. Some may not agree with me but in my opinion, they are;

Write original content;

Don’t emulate others. Create your own style and content. Don’t think that it has to be a certain way to appeal to others. Like-minded people will find your blog and appreciate the originality.

Write in plain, simple to understand language;

I wrote about this previously as well. I think writing that is easily understood is always a winner. Prose or poetry, write everything clearly and plainly. It’s more effective than flowery language which is hard to understand on the first reading.

Create a feeling of camaraderie;

Create camaraderie among the blogosphere by visiting those blogs that you follow and leaving thoughtful comments on their posts. This I think is the most important step in making your blog popular and successful. Responding to comments left on your site is equally important. If you don’t build up the relationship between yourself and other bloggers, you cannot make a success of your blog.

Get to know your fellow bloggers;

It is important to get to know other bloggers. You can do this by reading their posts carefully and noting the information they share about themself. When you do this you’ll get a better understanding of the other bloggers as a person and it becomes easy to relate to the person behind the blog if you know more about them.

Check spam messages regularly;

Check the spam regularly so that no valid comment ends up in spam. People aren’t happy when we don’t reply to their comments. And one reason for that could be that their comments are ending in spam.

These are a few secrets of creating a successful and rewarding blog. You’ll be happy writing content that gives you satisfaction and sharing it with other like-minded people. And at the same time, you’ll create a community of bloggers who are like friends to you!




What does a being prompt host entails?

I have been hosting What Do You See Prompt for almost 2 years now. In addition to it, for the last 40 odd weeks, I ask a question every Sunday, the Sunday Poser.

Since the day I started my prompt, I’ve made it my policy to visit all the posts that are written in response to that prompt.

In the beginning, I used to reblog all the responses but I found it hard to keep up with it and besides people over here weren’t happy with me flooding their readers with so many posts.

I feel that since people are writing /posting in response to my prompts, it is just common courtesy to visit these posts, provided that they have linked it back to my post. Specially if I ask a question, I like to read the replies from my readers!

Some hosts just give daily or weekly prompts but seldom visit the responses.

The purpose of this post is to ask you, if you write in response to prompts, that does it make any difference to you if the host reads and responds to you posts or not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Thanks for visiting and reading!



Does writing needs to have a purpose?

As bloggers, we all write. Some do it daily, others weekly and some sporadically. The question that came to my mind today is that;

Does writing needs to have a purpose?

What is the purpose behind my daily posts? Do I write for myself alone or for my readers, or perhaps both?

These questions are sometimes circulating in my mind and here I will try to make some sense of my thoughts process.

When I started blogging, it was just to see what I can write. At that time the plan was to write some informative posts with a touch of humor. I still have many, many drafts from that initial time. I have them saved because I do plan to write and post them eventually.

But I didn’t stick with my initial plan. I ventured out into the realm of poetry and short stories. It was a fun exercise and I learned a lot. As they say the more you write, the more you learn how to write.

There was a time when I was posting around 5-6 times a day. It irked a few people that I was flooding their readers with so many posts daily. Gradually I reduced my post to around 3 a day. I stopped the daily Prompts post which was an exciting challenge for me as I used to fit in 4-6 words into a coherent post.

The reason why I reduced my posts was that I felt;

a) I was over stretching myself

b) With too many posts in a day, none of them were being given the attention I wanted.

c) I felt some of my posts had absolutely no purpose to them.

These were the reasons which prompted me to reduce my daily posting schedule. I realized that for me to feel good about my writing, I needed to say something with at least one of the posts I published every day.

And that is the reason for my initial question; Does writing needs to have a purpose?

Perhaps for me, it does. It should either entertain, inform or inspire the reader!

What are your thoughts on this question!

Please share your thoughts!




Who will listen to my story?


I am thankful for you all for listening to my ramblings

Empty nesters are in a peculiar situation

They have ample time at their hand no one to mother

No one has time to listen to their story or how their day went

It was at such a time that I discovered blogging

I connected with a wonderful community who are always here

I pour out my heart, my stories, and poem on my blog

And I am always sure that out there is someone who is reading

It gives a purpose to my writing and I feel connected

Thank you all who read my writing and listen to my stories




What’s your writing style?

It does matter how you write.

All of us, the writers, poets, and journalists have our own way of expressing our thoughts. I follow lots of blogs full of wonderful writing.

But some are better than others because they have certain qualities;

• Clarity

• Simplicity

• To the point

• beauty of expression

Have you’ve noticed that the beauty of writing and expression is what draws you to a blog again and again? For me, it is one of the things I look for when I follow a blogger.

I love when I read something the first time and it immediately sinks in, giving me the true feel of what the writer is saying. On the other hand, there are many wonderful bloggers who write beautifully but it takes me at least a few readings to get their meaning.

Clear and simple writing, is to my mind the best type of writing. Even philosophical thoughts are best when expressed simply. It should be like telling a story, if we write it clearly, the reader is right there with us. And if the language or the expression is too complicated, we lose the attention of the reader as well as the plot.

Grammar is another very important thing that needs to be checked when editing your writing. A few common mistakes are enough to change the meaning of your writing and can be off putting to the reader. A very useful app, Grammarly can help you with checking your spellings and sentences. The free version is good enough for simple task of checking grammar.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.



Block editor- I must admit that it isn’t that bad

For almost a year I resisted using the block editor on my WordPress app.

The reason was that when I tried a few trial posts on it, it felt that too much time was being wasted on doing the routine stuff. The layout was new and different from the classic editor and I had to find my way around it from scratch.

Please, also note that I blog exclusively from my WordPress app on my iPhone. So when I was informed by WordPress through an email that very soon the option to use the classic editor would be taken away, I was resigned to the fact that it’d take me a lot of extra time and effort to write my posts.

Well the day finally came and guess what?

It isn’t all that bad. In fact it’s almost the same but different.

It isn’t as difficult as it was when I tried it initially and my guess is that the developers have made some changes. I can’t say how it is for those using a laptop or a Pc to blog, but for me, it’s working well. In fact, there are some things that are easier to do in this editor like well…. editing.

So I withdraw all my objections to the new editor and encourage others to try it too.




It happened!

So it finally happened! They updated my WP app, automatically and now I have to use the dreaded block editor. I was afraid that it would take me a lot of time to compose a post on it but that’s not the case. Perhaps, because I don’t do any formatting after I write my posts. Anyway, now I am in the same boat as the rest of the community. So much so for the smug feeling that I still have my classic editor!

It’s not that difficult as I imagined. And maybe I’ll be able to work with it.

So what’s the verdict?

Wish me luck!