It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a proper essay/musing for you here. This isn’t one either. This is one those half-hour free-writes I used to do, for want of inspiration. I even hashtagged it #RealTimeRamble in case some of you wanted to try it. But, to my knowledge, nobody did. That’s why I’m a little unsure of blog events, or whatever they are called. I think I’ve fulfilled most challenges/tags bloggers here have so kindly tagged me to do in my blogging history. But, it’s been a while since I’ve been asked to do any of those. The reason I mention all this is because I haven’t quite had that ‘community’ feeling in the last few months. I admit, I don’t do much. I’m still learning the ropes on twitter, but it’s as baffling as ever. I have a pinterest account, but there’s just too much going on visually on that platform, and it will take me even longer to figure that out. What I can do is read more blogs, and though I do keep up with the people I’ve liked reading for a long time, I haven’t discovered new bloggers in a while.
I miss just chatting with people here. I’ve often thought of doing a ‘blog party’, where bloggers introduce their blogs in the comments section, and thereby, discover new blogs. But, honestly speaking, I feel it might turn out to be like a real party fail, where you did the prep alright, but nobody came. I mean, I’m not basing this on nothing. This #RealTimeRamble didn’t take off when I started it a while back. I did publish all the particulars of guest posting here, but there haven’t been many takers for that either. I suppose what I can do to get the conversation flowing is actually write interesting stuff. But, as I’ve mentioned a few times in the last few months – nothing’s coming.
There are a few things brewing, some even cooked well enough. But, they are not ‘Of Opinions’ material. Neither is the Bridget Jones fan fiction, you may say, but that one I did just for a laugh. I had no idea some of you would even read it, let alone share it and want to read more. You never say that about my essays! I had no idea I’d keep making further instalments of it as and when the inspiration comes, though I’ve enjoyed introducing many of my personal foibles into her context, because Bridget just makes everything much more bearable than a tedious, self-pitying essay.
But, as much as I’ve grown to love writing Bridget and the delightful menagerie of people that surround her, I also want to get back to you and me. We should have a proper chat, talking about universal things like we used to. When I first started blogging, it really was a lot of fun. There was nothing learned or calculated about it (still isn’t) but just these interweb conversations that were different from any other. I’m not a creature made for twitter or instagram. I’m 28, what some would call a Millennial, and I’m supposed to be naturally competent at this. But, I’m not. I’m someone who prefers to call or meet people because my texts are just way too long, even with the modern messaging short hand. WordPress is perhaps the only social media platform which still allows for an anachronistic person like me to exist. It saves/saved me from getting the red, ‘Reject’ stamp on my head from modern communication. If it weren’t for these long, long sentences, I’d probably not be writing at all.
Still, like Bridget, I’ll persevere. Even if I keep falling on my face, I’ll still go after what I love like she does, and not sit morose in a corner, consumed by self-loathing like Mr. Darcy, which is not a good look on a 28-year-old woman. And I hope I shall be able to win you over. And throw a blog party, without fear of it being a socially-repellent disaster.
My twitter, should you so wish to follow ‘it’ and enlighten me on how to go about it: https://twitter.com/AmritaSarkar6
How do you stay excited about blogging?