My Blogging High Point

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 is now Live and voting has begun!

A few days back I had written a post about my utter delight on being nominated in the Travel Blog category for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 (ABBA). The is the fifth year of this event and it is  happening in London on the 15th of June this year.

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Travel Blog (edited-Pixlr)Recently, I got to know that there are nine blogs competing in the Travel Category and my blog has made to that list. Obviously, I am super thrilled! Being nominated itself is HUGE for me. I had no idea about the existence of such an award and got to know about it only when I was nominated. Moreover, ABBA is open to bloggers across the globe and I know my blog is nothing out of the ordinary. Needless to say all of these are ego boosters making me feel really good. Though I do want to cut off ego from my life but that’s a different story altogether.

I express my gratitude and sincere thanks once again to whoever nominated me. Also, a sincere thank you to Sacha Black, who is the creator of this award and from whom I received an email of being nominated – almost thinking it’s an attempt on phishing. Not to forget the committee members who are working behind the scenes and helping to host the event.

The award is based on voting. Hence, I am writing this post in the hope of garnering a few votes. However, irrespective of whether I get any votes or not, I am on cloud nine already.

There are several categories for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019:

  • Best Blogging / Writing Blog
  • Best Entertainment Blog
  • Best Food Blog
  • Best Lifestyle Blog
  • Best Personal Development Blog
  • Best Photography Blog
  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Book Review Blog
Steps to Vote 

[If you wish to, no pressure. Voting is open till April, 2019]

  1. Click The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is Live!
  2. Scroll down to the Best Travel Blog category
  3. Select ‘Seasons of Life’
  4. Click Vote
Important Note

Feel free to vote for others on other categories as well. Or, vote for someone else in the Travel category. In each category, you can vote only once.

Who Knows What Lies Round the Corner…

The last few days have been quite incredible for me in ways more than one.

One of those arrived in the form of an email. One evening I opened my mailbox to find an email congratulating me for being nominated in the Best Travel Blog category of the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I had never received such kind of an email in my 1.5 years of joining the blogging fraternity. The awards that came by from fellow bloggers were through their own blog posts, and as protocol they would intimate me through a comment in any of my posts.

Needless to say that I was totally surprised as I had no idea about the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I was thrilled and skeptical at the same time. While it was amazing to think that someone thought my posts were worthy enough for a nomination, I wondered if this was some kind of a Phishing email and whether I should even click the associated link. Impulsively, I reached out to a fellow travel blogger with whom I now share a personal connection to enquire if he had received one too and if he knew anything about it.

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Travel Blog (edited-Pixlr)

Subsequently, I came to know of many others who have been nominated for various categories and it does feel good to be part of the gang.

At the same time, I feel humbled and would like to express my sincere gratitude to whoever nominated me. I don’t know if my blog is worthy of this recognition at all but I am as delighted as can be!

I remember my younger days when writing an essay for English class in school would freak me out. As I grew up the essays got left behind as I went to college and university and studied Biology. The only writing I did was in the form of long and detailed emails that I would write to my friends, who had moved to other cities for further studies. Sometimes, I would write farewell notes, birthday notes, etc. to near and dear ones, which according to my family were too ‘flowery’ and they would compare me with Archies Greetings Card – quite tauntingly at that. I obviously didn’t mind and would take that as a compliment.

I started writing only recently and that too at the behest of a friend with the sole intention of documenting my travel experiences, only for myself. Not only did I discover my love for writing, it became one of few things that makes me energetic and gives me so much joy. Most importantly, I have connected with so many wonderful, genuine, and authentic people from the blogging world who have given me so much, from whom I have learned and still learning so much!

We never really know what lies around the corner. Life is a mystery indeed, a journey of self-discovery – sometimes nice and sometimes not.

Blogger Recognition Award

A couple of days back, Akshay Kumar Das nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you, Akshay for thinking about me and honouring my blog.

Akshay lives in Bangalore and wears many hats. He is a Physics enthusiast, a music geek, a painter, a poet, a writer, and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He sees science in everything be it spirituality, playing the guitar, or writing poetry. His blog is aptly named ‘Melodies Physics’.

You must visit Akshay’s blog and check out his versatility for yourself.

How My Blog Started

There are two instances that resulted in starting my blog.

  1. Last year I had the opportunity to spend some time in the remote Osla Village. It was a fascinating experience, which changed my perspective in many ways. After coming back, I had posted pictures on Facebook along with a brief description of each, kind of a photo story. Someone I know, got in touch requesting me to write a story on the village for their online magazine – Blank Slates Chronicles. I happily obliged. Till then I had no clue that I could write and that I would enjoy it too. [Click HERE, if you want to read the story on Osla]
  2. When I first trekked the Himalayas in 2016, it was just a random thing I did quite spontaneously without putting much thought to it. However, I was back with a new found love and passion and I just could not stop talking about it. People would say that I exuded energy and my face lit up when I described the Himalayas and my experience of it. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Himalayas has changed me and in ways more than one. A friend once remarked, “You should write these down, as with time you will forget a lot.” It dawned upon me how right she was! I started writing in word docs and sharing with friends, colleagues, and family. [Click HERE, if you want to read my first trek to the Himalayas].

A few months later, I created a WordPress blog for a very talented friend, who writes fantastic stories and poems but in pen and paper. However, my friend didn’t go digital and never used the blog, she continues writing manually. Instead, I landed up creating a blog for myself.

The purpose was just to store my experiences as a journal, which I could read and relive during later years of life, when I may no longer be able to travel. Ignorant to the world of blogging, I never thought anybody would read what I write. Neither did I know that I would enjoy reading and interacting with other bloggers so much.

That’s the long and short of how I started blogging.

My Advice 

I am no veteran blogger to provide any kind of advice. However, here’s two based on my limited experience in the past one year:

  • Interact with other bloggers. If you are just writing, you are missing out a lot. There’s so much to learn and feel inspired by from many passionate and genuine people out there.
  • Blogging is also about self-discovery. So, explore and go out of your writing comfort zone. You never what hidden talents you may find for yourself. For example, if you blog only poetry have you thought of expressing your thoughts through photographs? You never know what you might discover about yourself.

My Nominations

There are a number of blogs that I enjoy reading and bloggers that I love interacting with. So that I don’t break the chain, I am putting down just two of them.

Hariom Prabhakar Singh: I enjoy reading Hariom’s posts mainly because I share his passion for travel. Do check his blog ‘Travel – My Best Teacher’. Traveling has made Hariom not just a writer but a poet too. The particular story on how he started travelling is a very interesting read. You can find that story HERE.

Kalyan Parimi: I have started following and reading Kalyan’s blogs quite recently. Do check his blog ‘My Part of Life’. Kalyan writes meaningful posts on general topics about life. He writes fiction too. He has a series on letters that I have particularly enjoyed. One of those he has written to his Dad and you will find it HERE.

Hariom and Kalyan, please don’t feel any kind of compulsion to participate. It’s entirely your choice.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 2-3 other bloggers that you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.