Monday, 9 June 2014

Life Before & With IndiBlogger


I signed up for my Blog & joined Blogging in August 2012.

I joined IndiBlogger and other Blogging sites like BlogAdda 11 months ago in July 2013.

Then:
My Blog had less than 10 Posts, less than 10 Followers, less than 10 Comments & less than 1000 Page-Views.

Now:
Just yesterday it has clocked 1,00,000 Page-Views!



Now my Blog is richer with –
Posts, Followers, Page-Views, Votes & Comments

I have earned-
Lessons, Advice, Suggestions, Support, Hope, Appreciation, Network, Readers, Friends, Awards, Accolades, Prizes, Badges...
Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers
I feel blessed by interacting with IndiBloggers from across the world.
Lovely to belong to such a lovely extended family :)

The CONTEST JUNKIE in me is happy!

In the past 11 months, I have learnt about Blogging. Though I had a Blog for almost a year before joining IB, I wasn’t aware & had never focused on my Blog’s technicalities.

I learnt about TIME factor in Blogging.
Based on experienced Bloggers' advice, I publish & post my Blog's Contest-entries close to the Contest-deadline.

After an IB Forum discussion for one Contest, I researched & found that my Blog was following ‘Pacific Standard Time’ & not Indian Standard Time (IST). I was so ignorant! As my Blog followed "Pacific Standard Time", my Blog's Time was 13 & half hours behind IST.

So 10:42 (AM) 21st November in a Post on my Blog actually meant - 00:12 AM 22nd November.
Though I had first published my Post in my Blog at 00:12 AM & submitted it for the IB Contest, I now understood why my Blog’s posting time & comment-time was different than the India time!

Later, I checked out my "Post Settings" and made the change in the TIME that my Blog follows!
Presently my Blog has IST.

(Task for you- Time to check- Which TIME does your Blog follow?!)

After joining IB, I have focused a major portion of my TIME on my Blog. I have made major sacrifices and worked very hard for my Posts. I have also been Cinderella many times where I have had to stick to the deadline- Before 12 AM, Midnight!

I learnt-
I acknowledge that there are many creative brains that share the same ideas and beliefs as me & think and write the way I do. Many times I have read posts on IndiVine that have dealt with ideas/topics that I have been planning to write! They had said it exactly the same way I wanted to say!

I have got plenty of such ‘MY-KIND-OF-A-POST’ opportunities! In Contest Posts, I found some IndiBloggers had the same Title of their Post as I had, while others had some points or similar images in common with mine. Great minds think alike!

I learnt-
To challenge myself to think different and to accept results. Though my great thought & effort for my Contest Posts has won some contests, yet I have not won even a Consolation prize in many – some of which are still amongst the most Popular Posts of my Blog!

I realize that what I consider ‘Prize-winning Posts’ may not be as per the Judges’ perspective.
For a writer, readers and their views are important. Positive feedback and compliments are inspiring.

Last week I was thrilled to find my Blog amongst the Top Indian Blogs of 2013-14!



My Blogging story would have been different without IndiBlogger.

I want to thank the kind, helpful & supportive IndiBloggers Community. 
You folks rock! 

Thanks a lot, IndiBlogger & IndiBloggers!

Best wishes for all!

Keep Blogging!


For IndiSpire- Topic- 16 

Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers

95 comments:

  1. i too have a very similar story .. :D ! .. once again congratulation for 1m :) Happy Blogging :)

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    1. Thanks Ankur :) Congrats to you too! 1 Lakh is special!
      Best wishes!

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  2. IB is one of the reasons why I got addicted with blogging too :) and because of it I got to make so many amazing friends :)
    Congratulations on the page views :D :D I'm also some hundred views away from 100 K :D

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    1. Very true, Bhavya! IB & its fab Bloggers motivated us to write more & to keep Blogging :)
      Your Blog will shortly earn 100K Page-Views & then more! Advance Congrats :D
      Thanks for your support & wishes :)

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  3. Great to hear those milestones Anita. Congratulations...

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  4. You do have a great mind, and great thoughts too.. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lancelot :)

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    1. Thanks Sureshji. Journey is great with the wonderful Blogging Family :)

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  6. Wowww....i wish to copy paste it...my thoughts are also the same....;-)

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    1. Thanks Isaac! I can wholly, completely, fully understand & connect with your thoughts!!! Great minds... :)

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  7. Great achievement Anita! Yes, we learn a little and a little from all :) M sure some of the matters listed by you will help many beginners... :)

    Hey, just saw you in the Femina coverpage below! You look lovely!

    TC! Keep smiling :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Sindhu :) Yes, we keep learning. That's what life is about- to learn & grow :)

      Thanks for the compliment about the Femina Mag cover. It featured me last year :) Femina makes everyone look nice! :D

      You too keep smiling! Cheers!

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  8. Wow! First, congratulations! You deserve an award like this!
    Second, really good to read your perspective. I am just 4 months old on Indiblogger and love the fact that there are so many like minded people around. I am still learning and I am sure Indiblogger is the right place to be on!
    Keep writing! Parul!

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice words, Parul :)
      IB is a great place to belong. We just have to be open & learn to accept & learn & get better :)
      Best wishes to you! Keep writing :)

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  9. Great minds think alike ;) Awesome post Anita... yes it feels happy when others read our posts and it gets to the top.. It feels inspiring to read others posts.. there are classified writers here whom I adore... deep down it feels home... We have never seen each other, never spoken but it feels as if we all know each other so well.. we share a major portion of our lives; our opinions, anguish, interests like sharing it with our best buddies without any hindrance.. Definitely, IB has given lot more than a forum to exchange posts :)

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    1. Very nicely expressed! Great words, Shruthi! Thanks for sharing.
      Agree with you. Thanks to IB, we got to "meet" virtually :D
      Feel blessed & proud to belong to this Blogging family :)

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  10. Anita, Congratulations on the 100000 milestone. That speaks volume. Also great learnings shared. Thanks for being there. You are awesome :-)

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    1. Thanks Jayanta for your wishes and kind words :)

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  11. A big congratulations !!!
    Enjoy the wonderful journey :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Veena :)
      Journey is fun when we travel together :)

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  12. True, IB helps in promoting our blog to a great extent. Kudos to IB. And congrats to you for touching the magical figure. All the best for the times ahead.

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    1. Aye Aye, Sir :)
      Thanks a lot for your kind words and wishes. Best wishes to you too :)

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  13. Very true Anita < IB really has helped us all..to know , to learn and to achieve something in our own ways... :-) Congrats on the 1,000,00 milestone....you're so sweet and lovable dear..may all your wish come true... :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot for such lovely wishes, Mani :)
      Thanks to IB, I got to meet sweet & adorable people like you :)
      Best wishes to you too.

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  14. Great mile stone Anita....all the best for a great future blogging.:)

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      Best wishes for you too!

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    1. Thanks, Rachna! Glad you enjoyed :)

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  16. That is a great numbers. Congrats on your hard work

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    1. Yes indeed! Thanks a lot. Nice when hard work gets recognition :)

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  17. Congratulations! Keep up the good work going..

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & for your wishes :)
      Best wishes to you too!

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  18. Hi Anita, You had writtern amazing post about the #travelkatha which was the first curation on Photokatha. Being founder of the same. We loved your post. Keep growing always :) www.photokatha.in

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation & support, Rutavi.
      I earned my first experience of curation thanks to Photokatha :)
      Best wishes to you too.

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  19. Congratulations & Celebrations, Anita! :)

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  20. Congratulations dear anita, and thank you for being such a wonderful friend in this IndiBlogger journey. Here's wishing you many more accolades so that you continue to grow and reach greater heights each and every passing day! :)

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    1. Thanks Arti for your motivating words & wishes!
      The pleasure is mine that I found wonderful friends like you in this IB journey.
      Lovely when we travel together & enjoy the Yatra :)
      May we all learn & grow & attain great heights. Best wishes to you :)

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  21. No doubt Indiblogger rocks.
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work :)

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    1. True for IndiBlogger & IndiBloggers :)
      Thanks a lot, Sonia :) Welcome to my Blog!

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  22. I just got to know even mine was following pacific time :) Thank you that I finally noticed it and changed it :)

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    1. See Shruthi! Exactly my point!
      We get to learn from IndiBlogger & IndiBloggers :)
      Great that you have updated the right time now!

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  23. Awesome and congratulations! Loved reading your journey of blogging :) Keep going I say!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Seeta for your wishes & support :)
      Great that we met on the way :)

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  24. wowow .. congrats .. you are a STAR...

    and indiblogger is a good place for sure .. and here's wishing many many more such milestones Anita mam.. best of luck always

    Bikram

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    1. Thank you so much, Bikram.
      Such kind words & wishes are inspiring & dazzling like stars! :)
      Best wishes to you!

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  25. congrats! way to go girl :D

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Ipsita :)

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  26. Mine follows Pacific Standard Time too!! Thanks for pointing it out yo me!! Way to go Anita!!

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    1. Glad tthat my post was of some help to rectify your Blog's Time, Anusree :)
      (Sharing is caring!) :)

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  27. Congrats for the milestone Anita! It happens with me also that I am planning to write something and come to know that someone has written on that idea. Nice to know your journey.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ratna :)
      Yes, it happens with most of us as we stay in the same world & belong to the same Blogging family :)
      Always wonderful to hear from you!

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  28. Vow, Vow, Vow! Amazing achievement Anita. Congrats again for reaching the milestone and keep rocking.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your wishes & encouragement, Fayazji :)
      Best wishes to you too!

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  29. Congrats Anita! It's a pleasure to read your posts! Hope your blog crosses the next benchmark soon :)

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    1. Thanks a lot for your kind words & wishes :) I wish the same for your blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Shrinidhi :)

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  31. Many many more to come :)
    Congrats ! Probably you'll soon see another zero in the end. :)

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    1. Thanks Anmol for your awesome wishes :) I wish you the same :)

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  32. Great post Anita !! Congrats for the 1m likes and getting in top Indian blogs . You really inspire me a lot !! keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation & extremely kind words, Amruta :)
      Imagine how wonderful it'll be for India if we all get inspired & continue inspiring & learning & growing!
      Best wishes to you too!

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  33. Yes it is true that our blog gets traffic just because of Indiblogger.in.

    Well it is amazing to know that you have not won any prize contest but don't worry, you will bag a bigger prize someday. Keep blogging and Congratulations on earning so many page views.

    Wish you all the best.

    Have a nice day.

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    1. Agree with you, Pravin.
      I did win grand prizes & consolation prizes in some IB contests, but haven't won in a majority despite my sincere participation & great time & effort investment :)
      Judges may not have recognized my prize-winning posts, but I'm richer with kind words, appreciation & encouragement & of course, Page-Views:)
      Thanks a lot!
      Best wishes to you too :)

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  34. Drumrolls for you girl!! my hearty congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you so much for such hearty wishes :)
      Best wishes to you!

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  35. Thanks Anita for sharing your experiences.

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    1. My pleasure :) Thanks for visiting my Blog.

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  36. Congratulations for what you have acquired and hearty wishes for many many more to this list. I can see you are loving this journey. Readers and commenters are our best friends, critiques and solace. I love how you have jotted down nicely the "I Learnt" part....Bloggers are like minded in many ways.....What we all try to do is put the old message in a new bottle...and most of all learn to accept results.....inspire and get inspired....BTW, I live in the Pacific Time Zone, so no matter what time zone you live you say it's better to have it set into IST?

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    1. Thanks a lot for your warm wishes, Vidhya :)
      You are right! We Bloggers are birds of a feather who flock together :)
      I agree with all the lovely words you have shared here!

      No, I feel it is better to set the time as per the zone we are living.
      But, setting it to IST makes sense if you take part in many contests... The time of submission of your entry vis-a-vis the contest-deadline is then easy to see/prove!
      I mentioned that Time-factor incident as I learnt from a co-Blogger that it is "unethical" to have Pacific Time while I am staying in India! But, the Blogger wasn't aware that I had absolutely NO CLUE about the timing, before I was informed!
      Anyway, important lesson learnt & implemented :)

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  37. Wow that's heartening.. Great going.. :)

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  38. Good to hear! Wishing you good luck. Happy Blogging :)

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    1. Thanks Suvin! Best wishes to you too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & for your good wishes! Welcome to my Blog, Rajesh :)

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    1. Thanks for reading & for your maiden comment :)

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  41. congrats anita for 100 thousand views on your blog . keep going

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  42. This digital space is such a wonderful place to be! Kudos to you on your achievements.

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  43. That's amazing, congratulations mam!
    I joined IndiBlogger yesterday. Wish me luck! :)

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  44. That was great. Congratulations for this Achievement. Now it seems you got 700000 views after one year by posting this post. Great :)

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  45. That's nice that you get so much inspiration from indiblogger. You know i attended the very first meet by indi at Microsoft itself in 2008 or 9 and we were streaming live that event at that time. It was a great start for me :)

    Ankit Chugh
    www.reviewcenter.in

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  46. Hi anita,
    Firstly congrats for reaching getting lots of visitors by using indiblogger.
    and i also hope that the indiblogger works same for me as it worked for you.

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  47. Inspired with this post.. It's time to explore new things in blogging..

    I recently published Instant Audio Blogging Guide for Beginners..!!

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  48. i just sign uped my blog http://talkthetech.blogspot.com

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  49. Indiblogger is an awesome place to find thousands of blogger from various parts of our country and in every category. This is a great post.

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  50. Hi Hitakshi.
    How are you?
    Came over to your blog after seeing your post on Indiblogger.
    We are a married couple from Mumbai, very new to blogging.
    Very inspirational post.
    Love to see you dropping by at our blog and leaving a comment on our most recent post.
    Best wishes and regards.
    Vee N Ric

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  51. Same story with Me but I am still in starting stage

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  52. Joined the blogging community a few months back.So inspiring to read about your blogging journey!

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  53. Congratulations! Out of the few bloggers I knew, I came across you through Indiblogger. So happy to hear good news of your milestones. Your writings have always helped. Btw you have been missing from action from my site. Would love to know your feedback.

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