Today’s post was so easy to write. It’s the close of Ultimate Blog Challenge 2013 and I am so glad I made it through till the end. When I took it up, I simply wanted to get back on the saddle after a lazy June and so it surely turned out as one spinner. Along the way, I learnt a little to push my personal boundaries and explore areas I had not, previously, in the short span of my blogging life. Thanks to you, dear reader, you made it special.
This month, I opened up my mind a bit more and initiated some styles, which I had not. I began the month with my first-ever spooky tale by the name of Pass The Rope – a brief story about deceit in friendship. Sunset in Leh was my first travelogue (kind of) where I summed up a beautiful sunset I had witnessed on my vacation in Leh this year. With the help of guidance from Ruchira Shukla through Write Tribe I wrote my first ‘Haiku’ in the form of Dancing in the Rain. My first ever read along came in the form of The Opposite of Loneliness…. is Intimacy where I mentioned the book that continues to guide me even after 15 years. Shilpa Garg inspired me to take on my first ever Spine Poetry and without an excuse I wrote No Excuse. I also did a story in dialogue ONLY- The Shadow of Your Smile.These were some of my firsts this month.
My daughter continued to inspire me, like she always does and effortlessly the following kept poring. Jumping with Joy, Playing The Right Note, The Most Beautiful Thing, Ten Things Of Thankful, Awesome is Me, When I Die and Shine On. It was her birthday this month and I also wrote her a letter in the form of Dear Sweetheart. Inked And Loving It was inspired by the memory of the day I felt in control of my life, completely. I was also inspired by some personalities who made me believe in making a change – A Mighty Heart’s Prayer, The Challenger, The Sole Crusader.
This month also saw me making some new blogger friends like Richa Singh who managed a month long serial story on her blog. Deepti, the live wire, with her never-ending support and appreciation that kept giving me involuntary tips I could cultivate from. Some other amazing bloggers like Shail, Vidya, SuKu, Pixie, Bhavya, Kathy, Smita, Sugandha, Tarang, Kalpana, Little Princess, Cynthia, Privy Trifles, Mr. Chowla and Rickie made sure I keep at it when mid-challenge I thought I should drop it like a hot potato. An extremely huge ‘Thanks’ to Shilpa Garg for being my leading light and being amongst the first to read my posts and comment on them sincerely. How can I ever wrap up without the mention of Corinne who holds us all Wrtie Tribers like glue?
August definitely sees me much at ease. I have Tribe Whispers to look forward to and I shall find time to play catch up with those books I have been meaning to read. August begins my movie-watching spree till the end of the year along with the traditional festivities. Surely, will keep you posted on the reviews.
The Ultimate Blogging Challenge, definitely, stretched me beyond boundaries I had set for myself. In true terms, it was ultimatewhere I blogged religiously for 31 days! Much thanks to Michelle Schaeffer & Michele Schism for hosting such a blast in the form of this challenge and for sending out blogging tips through the month.
If I have been able to grab any of your attention and involved you in anyway with my stories, movie reviews, musings, memoirs, life lessons then please stay tuned for more. August is even better! I sign off here to grab a shut eye now 🙂
This post is a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, July 2013