Those of you who have checked out this blog’s sidebar recently, might have seen a widget about another blog I have recently created with a couple of my friends. The blog’s name is A Posse of Three, since we’re the three of us. We got to know each other since we’re in the same class in the same college and we hung out and talked and discovered we could create a blog to put forth our ideas and likes and stuff. We also discovered that nothing ever goes to plan and we quickly ran out of stuff to post. And by quickly I mean very quickly.
And it was through this discovery did I come up with the outrageous idea of writing reviews on TV shows. I watch quite a few TV shows and some of them, like Arrow and The Flash, require some back info to get a better understanding of what the heck is going on because these are based on comics and unless you’ve read even the most obscure editions of the comics, you are very likely to miss out on something avid readers may have caught. For this I just did a basic Google search or headed over to the sites of some of my most trusted reviewers because their episode reviews always deconstruct the episodes and it gets easier to join the dots, so to say.
So I thought, why don’t I do something like this? I need stuff to write, I would like to write something like this because I like watching what I’m writing about, and I’ve got the time (summer holidays in full swing). So I decided to give it a shot and thought A Posse of Three was a good place to do it. That blog needs an identity and it needs content and making reviews a recurring feature would help that cause a lot.
I decided to begin with one of the TV shows I like most, and that’s DC’s Arrow (or Green Arrow, as the comics call him). Any Arrow fans here? 😀 Arrow just wrapped up its 3rd season and I started off with a season review for it on A Posse of Three. You can check out the season review by clicking on the image above. I’ve decided to do an episode-by-episode review for it once the new season commences.
I’m also an avid follower of DC’S The Flash which just finished its debut season and I’m thinking of doing a season review for that too. So stick around on A Posse of Three to catch that, and a lot more!
Its been a year on WordPress and Jai Vyas Writes. More than a year actually. It was a year on the 3rd of May.
Seriously, it feels surreal to have actually made it through the first year and have actually done pretty well, I suppose. Let’s have a look back shall we, since that’s what these posts are more or less meant for?
I’ve written 77 posts in the past year, 78 counting this one as well. Thats like 6 and a half posts every month. I’ve had 112 comments on all my posts combined and I’ve had a pretty staggering 1,891 views on my blog. That’s outrageous! The real bomb, though, is that I got 923 of those in the 8 months of 2014 after the creation of this blog in early May, and the remaining 968 have come in 2015 so far. I know, right?!
Enough with the stats, though. This blog has been so much more than the numbers for me. Its been a process of discovery, really. A sort of education. I’ve grown as a writer, an entertainer to those who read what I write. I feel an identity to my writing, and though it’s not perfectly moulded yet, it’s getting there. I’ve learnt so much more about blogging and writing from the various courses I’ve taken up on WordPress (at The Daily Post, which I have to say, is a wonderful place for writers and bloggers, and the minds behind it are wonderful people and great writers, and have been a huge help) and elsewhere.
I have discovered so many other bloggers from around the world, with similar interests as mine, with amazing blogs and each with an individual style of writing, each of which are equally attractive. Not only have I learnt a lot from them and had a lot of fun reading what they write, but I’ve made friends, which I think is the best part about blogging. Funny thing is, I never thought it was a possibility when I started out. We’re all like a humongous family, us bloggers.
I never thought I’d get this far. There was no plan, really. I guess I’ll have to make one now. I look forward to a second year here, a little older, having made a few mistakes, but a little wiser, I believe.
Ever seen a platypus wandering in the desert? Or a man born in 1846 teleported to Times Square of 2015? Obviously not unless you ARE the platypus and the man out of time.
But have you ever entered the wrong room? Like, you have an exam, your Finals maybe, and you’re scared shitless, because, let’s face it, you’re underprepared, so you’re walking in the hallway, your head bowed down, skimming as speedily as it can over the book you hold in your hands. You bump into every other kid, but at least you’re not looking down to your phone screen, right? There’s a chaotic typical Middle Eastern bazaar kind of situation in your brain, with exam material shooting from one end to another, interspersed with thoughts about self-worth, including, but not limited to your attire at the moment, your hair, whether you’re giving off a too-nervous vibe, and tons of other stuff. Among all this hullabaloo, your brain messes up with your memory and serves you up with the wrong classroom number, which you obviously believe is right and walk into it. You don’t see your serial number on any of the benches. What are you now?
I’ll tell you.
Confused is what you are.
Believe it or not, that little thing above was all just an introduction, a prelude, a prologue to this post.
But yes, confusion is what I’m talking about. There’s a considerate amount of confusion going around in my life these days. And I think about it now and then. Sometimes it overwhelms me, but other times I’m like, “Yeah, I got this,” and then I sort out all the shit in my head but it gets un-sorted before I can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So I’ve learnt I should write stuff down.
I’m 17 so you kinda get the different kind of things that may be confusing me.
I’m not naive to think that adults don’t get confused. I was that way a few years back but I get it now that there’s a few things that never go away.
But the 16s and 17s are a weird age. 18, 19 and 20 are probably thinking right now, “Oh, we gonna come in like a wrecking ball, yeah!”
I’ve seen posts on Facebook and stuff that go, ‘2015, go easy on me” or “October, please be gentle” and at first I’m grinning a bit and then later I’m like, the hell is that about? You want to do the exact same thing you did in September and you expect October to be easier. How in the world do you expect to have luck that outrageous? So yeah, your grades aren’t going to shoot up if you’re still playing Battlefield all day.
I kinda drifted away from the topic, confusion.
Basically, I was thinking about the blog, and writing in general and brainstorming today morning. And I was reflecting on the last few posts I’ve made, what I think works and what doesn’t.
And then something dawned on me. I don’t know if it can be classified as an epiphany but its definitely something. I was thinking that I created this blog for the primary purpose of writing fiction. I used to think that I will probably write something more than that but I always thought I would have enough fiction pieces to not need too much more to keep the blog ticking over. But I was wrong (yeah, pragmatic part of my brain, you can say “I told you so,” now).
However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One thing I understood right at the beginning is that this blog is something I want to have for a long time to come. I want to write, for a long time to come. I also understood that things like this evolve, over time, into what they are meant to be ultimately. What I didn’t understand however, is that what I’ve started out doing, may not be what I end up doing.
What I mean is, I started out with this blog to write fiction, 90%. In the end the pieces may not fit that way. That’s what the confusion is all about.
I get the feeling that fiction is what I want to do. But at this point in time, its non-fiction that’s coming more easily to me. Maybe its just a phase, but its certainly made me think.
As I said, the 16s and 17s are a weird age, and I’m discovering so much right now. And I don’t mean discovering stuff on the internet, I mean discovering, coming to realisations, borderline epiphanies when I’m just sitting around looking into the sky, thinking. And this is going to happen a lot these days since my holidays have started and the number of things I need to do add up to a staggering number of nil.
You just witnessed an outpouring from my mind. You should probably sit down and process if you read this from one of those stand up desks I hear you people have at workplaces now. Contrastingly, you should probably get up and take a few rounds around your couch if you were sitting in the first place.
Once you’re done, do let me know if you guys have ever been through stuff like this? Epiphanies, confusing thoughts, too much time on your hands, whatever, let me know about it 😉
Today’s Blogging 201 task tells us how we can make our blog a hub, a sort of headquarters where all our other cyberselves (like the ones on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr) are redirected and channeled. It is very interesting stuff but incredibly difficult to balance.
I already have a Twitter and Tumblr account, and a Facebook page (the links to which are available in my sidebar and also in this post). I’ve decided to take the advice of this article and personalise the way I publicise my posts on various social media. I guess it adds that little human touch that connects to people. It also means more work but I’m ready to do that.
I’ve also decided to finally take out some time to personalise my presence on other social networking sites and tailor the look and feel of those to the brand I intend to project collectively through this blog and social networking. If you follow me elsewhere, you’ll soon see the changes.
I’m still working out what platform I’ll be using for what exactly, and whether I’ll be able to use all of them equally well, but I’ll work it out soon.
WordPress Events are a great way to get to know more bloggers and build a community of like-minded friends. Today’s Blogging 201 task is to create an event on our blog and/or make plans to attend a conference or a blogger’s meetup.
I’ve already made plans to attend a Blogger’s meetup focused on bloggers residing in Mumbai, India so that base is covered.
As of the ‘create-an-event’, I have created an event. Awesome Quotes, which was initially a weekly Friday-feature where I posted a collection of theme-based quotes, is now an event where I post a single quote every Friday and participants can submit fiction, flash fiction, or poetry inspired by that quote, in the one week period. Check out more details about the event here.