You know, how all your “firsts” however trivial have a special place in your heart?
Your first school, first friend, first time kicked out of class, first time you skipped class, first job, first car, first phone……..
Well, Justine Warne from The Tea Chest has a special place too. She is my very first facebook follower and gave me my very first award. How awesome is that? Thank you Justine! I am absolutely thrilled.
Are you a tea lover? You must read The Tea Chest. She has a lovely blog, wonderful visuals, and a lovely list of blogs to visit after you are done with her posts.
My favorite is the Masala chai tea. It has a very nostalgic flavor for me. And if you ever visit India, you should visit the tea stalls, it is “mesmerizing” as Justine aptly puts it.
Are you a coffee lover? Visit her blog anyways. You might be swayed :). And also there is much more than tea in there.
How did I start my blog?
I would love to give you a grand story of how one day the idea hit me and got me so inspired that I started a blog.
Buut… I have no such stories.
I love reading and have always wanted to be a writer.
Writers are my heroes.
A good piece of writing can take you on adventures, motivate you, uplift you, change you, make you cry.
I wanted to be one of them. No matter, my writing has no such super human abilities. I still wanted to write. And I wanted to write about people and their journeys.
People are much much more than they appear to be at first glance. They have endured life in their own way and have overcome obstacles.
Millions of people, in spite of being dealt a bad hand, overturn their lives into something meaningful.
It’s not their success, but the path to their success that fascinates me.
It’s how they endure, how they practice, how they develop the will to practice, how do they do it consistently when I can’t keep up two days in a row? I love the mystery this life holds.
And so Coffee on the house was born.
What do I want to do with it?
It’s not fancy. I want to tell a story.
A story of how something or someone started, survived the odds and grew.
A story of endurance and how taking tiny steps makes a huge impact.
I really hope that story inspires and motivates someone with their journey.
Advice to new bloggers
I am certainly not at a stage to give someone advice, being that I am a new blogger myself.
But I can empathize. I am already in your shoes.
You all already know about the writing part….there is no blog without writing. Let’s talk about the other issues.
So here goes.
There is power in anonymity.
You are anonymous, your blog is anonymous.
This might not be where you want to be in the next few months, but right now, it’s the right place to be.
You are trying something new, you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and getting your ideas out there. That is awesome in itself. Isn’t it better to stumble in front of a smaller audience? Well, that’s how I feel anyways.
I like it that there is space to make mistakes, come back and rectify them, test, learn, find out new things, discover myself.
While I like to see the orange light on on the notification bell (I love the thrill it gives me)… growth takes time. So right now, I am harnessing the power of anonymity and you should too.
Weird things happen on the internet.
Have you ever been kicked out of a social media site?
I have been kicked out of two.
It’s just been a little more than a month since I started this blog and I have already been kicked out of pinterest and facebook.
Pinterest story: I created a business account. Pinned 4 pins. Followed a few people. Got accepted to groups.
And two weeks later, bam! I get an email saying I was suspended for pinning too agressively.
I had 4 pins. 4 PINS. No link clicks on any of them.
I didn’t know I can get aggressive with 4 pins. See new lessons everyday.
I didn’t get back my account. So I started a new one. And I haven’t been kicked out yet. Yay! win.
This is the power in anonymity I was talking about. I lose an account, I start another one. Think of what a big blow this would have been if I had worked on the account for two years and then got suspended ***shiver***.
Just in case you are wondering what you should do about it, if you face the same issue – This article gives you all the in depth details.
Facebook story: I started a new facebook account because I want to write this blog anonymously – at least for now. And a facebook page for this blog.
Two weeks into it, I wasn’t allowed to post any URLs from my site, because I was going “against their policy”.
I had no followers, no clicks.
So I wrote to them and got back my account after two weeks, but no explanation on why that happened.
One other weird thing I learnt…
Did you know your blog can be scraped?
I didn’t know, until my blog was scraped.
It is still being scraped by
See, my exact post is in there, images, links and all. The post I posted just 5 minutes ago. All my other posts are in there too. I still have no idea if this is blog stealing.
Lesson learnt: I put my blog’s name on the images and have at least one link, linking back to one of my posts. These are good practices that I should have been practicing anyways. But, I wasn’t. The scrapping was a good wake up call.
So yeah, it’s been an eventful first month.
Whatever blogging is…it’s definitely not boring .
So back to the topic. Yeah weird things happen on the internet, but keep going.
Now, the Award. Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
Did I mention I’m a new blogger?
Just in case you missed the last few times, I’m a new blogger. I’m still learning the ropes. So I may not know many of you personally. But each of your blogs have inspired me.
So here goes:
Congratulations and Wishing you all the good Luck! Keep Inspiring!