Blogging: Embracing New Year with New Aspirations!

Blogging in 2011: Retrospection

When I started blogging in April 2011, I wanted to “read” more books and “reviewing” them was a way to get back into the habit of frequent “reading”, the way I used to do when I was in college (Ahh! Good old times!). I LOVE to read, but after getting married and having quite many ups and downs in my life, I simply could not keep pace with the idea of sitting down quietly for a few hours, having some time of my own and sipping a cup of tea while browsing through the pages of a delicious book. So, the decision to start this blog came as a breath of fresh air!

The other idea was to polish my writing skills. If there is one passion I have apart from reading, is “writing”! I have been penning my thoughts down as long as I can remember, it has become my second nature. Some people express themselves better through “speech”, in other words, “talking”. But being an introvert, I prefer communicating through “written words”. I am more comfortable chatting with likeminded people in the virtual world than actually going out and making friends with total strangers who may share the same interests as me.

That is where, my blog essentially helped me in finding people who love to “read” and “write”. I know so many new writers now, so many bloggers whom I love to interact with, so many forums and communities which make me feel that I am not the only one who has the same questions on blogging/writing. I would like to especially mention two sites, which I think every writer/blogger should join!

1. If you are new to the blogging world, make sure you join this site! http://bookblogs.ning.com/

2. If you are an aspiring/struggling/published/unpublished writer, this site offers great help! http://www.shewrites.com/

The day I started this blog, these two sites have become “the most essential” for gaining knowledge of what’s happening in blogosphere and writing industry and they are great to build contacts!

Goodreads is one site which I joined but never actually realized how good it is until a few weeks ago. But in 2012, I am planning to build my Goodreads profile by utilizing this forum to the fullest. It is amazing to know what your friends are reading, you can compare books, recommend, post reviews! You do not have to be a blogger to join, anyone who enjoys a good book, can be a part of this amazing community. I am still discovering it, so I may be missing out a few things, but nonetheless it is “good”.

Okay, so where was I ? Yes! Blogging in 2011! It has been the most exciting, thrilling, mindblowing, incredible venture for me! Even though sometimes, I felt the pressure and thought I may not be able to sustain it for long, but hey! I survived! YAY! :) I have 71 posts and 400 plus followers at the end of the year, pretty good! Nothing makes me more happy than to see an ardent followership and readers building and growing day by day! :)

During blogging, I not only read amazing books but also discovered debut and indie authors and I especially loved every bit of interviewing writers/bloggers. I received soooooooooooo many comments on my review/discussion posts, which was simply marvellous! I came to understand the new marketing and publishing trends in the book industry, which was so overwhelming! It is so great to be part of the digital age and see the transition happening!

I also learned some valuable lessons:

Do not forget the main reason to blog: ENJOY while I do it! If the pressure around is making me unhappy and burdened, then it is just useless to even continue it! It does not matter what everyone else is blogging about, how many challenges they have, or how many reviews they are posting; it is not a race, darling! Yes, I knew this when I started to blog but people forget (sigh!), stupid me! There was a time when I was obsessing over posting as many reviews as I can, reading day and night, without realising that in spite of posting so much, I felt like quitting it! ThankGod, I am over that phase.

Having said that, this blog is definitely staying and there will be review posts, but I am not a genie or a nerd who does not have a life besides blogging, so posts will be published as soon as I will get a minute from my personal life: which does include family, friends and chores!

When my parents came to meet me all the way from Pakistan (after 4 years!), I was ecstatic, but at the same time, I was worried as to how I will continue blogging. I kept on posting, but could not keep up with my routine schedule. They went back in November and by that time, I was way behind, had my inbox overflowing with e-mails from authors. Now, I realise I should have posted about my being busy and the actual reason, in that way, my readers would have known why I was not posting as usual, instead of wondering about it. Okay, that’s another lesson learnt!

Blogging in 2012: Aspirations

Moving on to embracing the New Year with New aspirations:

1- Read more books.

2- Go to local library more often and discover new reading/writing groups/ workshops

3- Organize posts in advance

4- More emphasis on social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook to spread a word about my blog.

5- “Do” more from my enormous To-Do-Lists (Yes, It’s plural! I have got dozens of them!)

6- Stop procrastinating and start my pending writing project. (It’s time!) Maybe open another blog for this purpose alone (Phew! the final nudge/motivation to get me going).

7- Join more writing forums/sites to find friends with whom I can interact/share/discuss my work on one-on-one basis. If any beta readers (chick lit, short story, memoir) are reading this, do contact me here.

8- Give time to family and friends. They keep complaining that I have ignored them since I started this blog…oops! Well, in my defense, blogging is not just posting, it also means checking and replying to dozens of emails daily, scheduling future posts, reading books, posting on different forums (like every day) about my latest posts (which I think takes most of the time!) to increase traffic. Not to mention, read other blogs, reviews, articles on writing and the list is endless! Phew! And it’s not like I am getting paid to do all this! (now that is what makes my folks more furious! *frowns*)

9- Stop the habit of getting “distracted” so easily. Hee hee! Now, that is more like a syndrome in my case, which eventually I think I WILL learn how “Not-to-get-distracted”, one day… somehow… hopefully (I am positive!) Maybe there is a book or something which can help me with that. *wink*

10- Do more eclectic posts and discussions to interact more with my readers/followers.

Happy New Year to all of you! 

Happy reading/blogging/writing in 2012! 

May this year bring the best for all of us and may our dreams and aspirations come true! Cheers! 

Do you have a blog? What are your plans for this year on blogging/writing/life in general? 
Are some of your aspirations, same as mine? Share with me through comments section below! 


  1. Komal,

    Another great post filled with a sense of personal warmth, practical reality, and honest acknowledgment of the personality strengths and quirks that make writing/blogging appealing to "folks like us." Thanks for keeping it real in a cyberspace sometimes filled with cyberhumans.

  2. Lovely to hear of your blogging experiences komz and everything of the best for the new year.

  3. @Lyn: "Cyberhumans" is a great term you used for "folks like us". Blogging/writing becomes a part and parcel of your life once you start it and before you know it, you just can't do without it! A very bad addiction I tell you! lolzz
    Thanks for your lovely comment!:)

    @Wendy: Thanks sweetie and wish the same to you, given that blogosphere is full of new changes that happen every single day, it is hard to keep up! But then, as I said before, "it is not a race!" Once we come to terms with this fact, it gets easy to keep your blog "the way you want" instead of "how it should be". Happy blogging/writing! :)

  4. I just stumbled across your page- click, click, click until I lost track of where I was originally going, but happy I ended up here. I just recently started writing reviews and found your tips really helpful.
    A friend suggested to me that I check out the world of reviewing, and I am very grateful to her for that! I had gotten out of the habit of reading, which is one of my first loves. I think what I enjoy the most about this experience is discovering yet-to-be-heard of authors. There is some really great talent out there. The well known authors don't need the publicity as much because their name alone sells the book. But these diamonds in the rough have their stories to tell too. I'm also one of those people that wants to write a book 'someday'. Seeing these new authors gives me the inspiration to attempt to make that a reality. Once again- great page you have here!

  5. What a great post! I liked hearing about what you learned in 2012. As I read your post I went and tagged Goodreads and She Writes- so that I can go back to them and explore. I have heard a little bit about them- but I think I need to explore them in 2012. Also- I love what you said about blogging and how it should be fun. So true! When life is too bus- it is okay to post that and take a little break. People are understanding.

    Excellent goals for 2012! Many of them are the same dreams I have for myself. Wishing you the best of luck!


  6. @Julie J: First of all, welcome to blogging world, you will love the read/review/meet new authors process. It is just so exciting!:)
    I could not agree with more on discovering new gems of talent, most of the books I reviewed in 2011 were by Indie Authors and I really think they need that support from readers/reviewers. But I also love to read big names, they provide a good balance to the whole thing and of course you get to learn from "the masters of the game" too! Thanks so much for lovely feedback!:)

  7. @Friday Morrow: Glad that my post was informative and entertaining for you. Do explore those sites you tagged, worth the time! You can find more blogging/writing resources in my "Favourite sites and blogs" list given on the left hand sidebar of my blog. I hope they will be helpful for you!

    I wish you achieve the goals you have set for yourself. As for me, as much as I love to make to-do-lists and work on them, I sometimes (because of NO fault whatsoever of my own!) end up altering them or change my mind (reason could be inconsistency which is part of my personality!) but they say, "change is the spice of life", so better to improvise and alter a few than stick with them all. What say? ;)
    Well, I do ought to achieve most of them, needs loads of good luck and positive Karma for that! LOL

    Anyways, thanks so much for commenting, it is great to know what my readers think. Keep reading/commenting!:)

  8. Love this! I'm aiming to finish the second book in my series and get going on the third. I am so easily distracted. Grr. So focus is def up there in my list. Also working on another poetry book to get out there by summer. I look forward to reading more posts from you. Congrats on 400 followers :) Woohoo!

  9. @Ree Vera: You go, girl! Writing is not easy to do, and you seem to have achieved a lot already having finished two books, that's quite an accomplishment. Have you got them published? Wish you the best!
    I am not even started yet, just all in head, you know! So, way behind than you, kind of a firm believer in "slow and steady"..LOL

    Thanks for your lovely comment and wishes! Happy writing in 2012!:)


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