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Liebster Award

I was nominated earlier today by Jahnavi for the Liebster Award. Jahnavi is the author of self-help ebook, Ctrl+Alt+Del and has been interviewed previously on this blog. It is an honour to be nominated by her. Thank you so much, Jahnavi!

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The Rules:

  • Once you are nominated for this Award, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

Here are the answers to the questions that Jahnavi asked:

How do you get the motivation to blog regularly?

I did blog regularly until I joined work – I wrote at least two posts every week until then. Since coming to Bangalore the frequency has decreased, but yes, I do keep coming back to the blog from time to time to share the thoughts on my mind. It is one thing that has remained the same, even though my offline life has changed drastically since October. So, the blog feels like home.

What is one thing that you like the most about blogging?

It is actually a combination of two things: the urge to write and the urge to be part of a community. It feels good to be connected to people from different parts of the world via this medium.

Approximately how many hours do you spend on blogging daily?

If I do blog, I try to make the most of it. I read the blogposts on my Reader, or write something. But that is not on a daily basis, it is as and when I get time to blog.

What do you aim to achieve from your blog?

When I started the blog, it was meant as a platform for me as an author. Having spent quite a few months blogging, that primary goal has changed. Now, I blog mainly because I want to write and share something that’s on my mind. I enjoy the interaction that I have with my Readers. It is great to be connected to them.

Based on your experience, what advice do you give to a budding blogger?

Blog because you want to, not because you have to. It is more fun that way.

My Nominees:

Annie

Marquessa

Vama

Anan

N.

Somdeb

Here are a few questions that I’d love my nominees to answer:

  1. If you had the power to change on thing in this world, what would that be?
  2. Which colour best describes you?
  3. What is the funniest joke that you’ve heard?

I’m looking forward to your responses, but if you have a No Award Policy or feel that this is not the right time for you, that is fine too.

Have fun, guys! So long!

The Blogger Recognition Award

If this was Facebook, I’ll probably post a status as this: That beautiful moment when a wonderful blogging friend nominates you for an award. But this is not Facebook, but it is still as good a starting line, don’t you think?

Annie, of What the woman wrote, nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. I recently met Annie through Writing 101 of Blogging University and have enjoyed reading her posts very much. Her blog is clean and beautifully decorated. I find her blog title very witty and she inspired the present theme (Lovecraft) that I’m using on my blog. Do head onto her blog and check out her posts. I’m sure they’ll catch your fancy.

Here’s the beautiful award that Annie nominated me for:

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My! Isn’t it beautiful?

The Rules

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Write a post to show off your award!
  • Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
  • Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  • List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself!
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

How Scribbles@Arpita was born

I have always wanted to be a writer. In March 2015, I came to know about Joanna Barnard (of Precocious) through the Bath Novel Award website. She had won the Award in 2014. I headed onto her blog from there and fell in love with it. I knew instantly that if I were to be an author, I had to have a blog like her. And so, Scribbles@Arpita was born! Since, I have had the chance to interview Joanna on Scribbles@Arpita and let her know how she inspired the origins of this blog. Imagine my delight!

Eight tips for the newbie blogger

⇒ Take a Blogging University course (Blogging 101/201 and/or Writing 101) at least once. These courses are free and provide a wealth of knowledge, enough to equip you with the nuances of WordPress blogging.

⇒ Choose a nice title that reflects either its creator (you) or the theme of the blog. Remember,the title need not be the same as the URL of your blog. (e.g. my URL is https://arpitaapramanick.wordpress.com, but my site-title is Scribbles@Arpita). The basic Blogging 101 course will teach you to do this, so Point 1, again.

⇒ Blogging is about the community. If you want to generate feedback for your own site, be sure to head on to others’ blogs and say hello. Be back to the same blogs whenever you enjoy reading something there and drop a comment.

⇒ Follow blogs that you love to read, not those that follow your blog. I say this because if you don’t care enough for the blogs you’ll follow, you’ll end up having too many feeds on your Reader that you’ll never get around to reading and it’s no use either to you or the blogs that you follow.

⇒ Most often than not, personal anecdotes do well on blogs. We all love to read about personal struggles, be it in the office or the kitchen. So yes, I am interested in your personal musings, even though you think it’s not worth anyone’s attention, so don’t be shy. Bring it on!

⇒ Humour me. My world is pretty bleak most days of the year and I’d love to have a laugh over something you wrote.

⇒ “The Internet does not forget”. Be careful about the things you spill out here. Niceties is as much needed in the virtual world as in the real world, so spread a smile, spread a cheer, not the boo or the jeer. (Wow, that rhymes!)

⇒ Have a schedule for the blog-posts. Even though writing two-posts everyday may sound enticing at first, trust me when I say, it is quite difficult to keep it up for long. More often than not, you’ll be falling behind and will end up feeling stressed out. Instead, write three posts a week and continue it. Remember, this is not a 100 metres race – you have a long way to go, so take it slow.

My Nominees

I am going to cheat a little bit here, because with so many awards doing the rounds, most of those who I follow are already nominated for the same or different Awards. So, instead of 15, I will nominate 8 bloggers, in tow with my eight tips above.

Trudy at Rendezvous en New York

Anand at Blabberwockying

Vishvas at Jaztrazb

Beatriz at GardeningB

Leanne at Elle’s Adventure in China

Lauren at girlfindsnewplacesandfaces

Jellyfish Mama at Never Trust a Jellyfish

Leanne at NIHONGOJAPANGO

Congratulations, nominees! I’d love if you accept the nominations. If you don’t, I understand.

Liebster Award – Version 1

Yay! Another Award nomination. The musical Eva at The Musical Offering has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Incidentally, I have been nominated for a different version of the same award by Riddles and Pens (I’d get to that in another post). Thank you both for the nominations. I feel so honoured  to be in your thoughts.

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The Rules:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

My Nominees are:

Fire and Ice

Riddles and Pens

The Idler Channel

Through My Eyes

The Musical Offering

The Infinity Dreams Award

I am way, way too late in posting this, but better late than never, eh? The wonderful Trudy at Rendezvous en New York nominated me for the Infinity Dreams Award about a month ago. I was a bit caught up at the moment and couldn’t get on with the response-post, but thank you so much Trudy for the nomination. I met Trudy while taking a Blogging University course and enjoyed interacting with her. She writes about her experiences in New York in her blog, besides other things, so if you wanna know New York up close, do visit her blog.

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The Rules:

1.Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.

2.Tell us 11 facts about yourself.

3.Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

4.Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts about Myself:

  1. I have no idea why tea is so important to people. I’d have some Cold Coffee at Cafe Coffee Day anytime, but I am not a coffee person, either. Find it weird, anyone?
  2. Music doesn’t speak to me. Yes, I do occasionally hum tunes, but I don’t have any music stored in my hard disk. My phone has only four songs! Oh, and don’t ask what they are.
  3. Popular fiction is great, but literary fiction is my thing.
  4. I will travel inter-state for the first time in my life later this year.
  5. The strongest love relationships that I have stemmed from an initial hate. Case in point: Tyrion Lannister, and recently, Jaime Lannister too.
  6. Height has always been one of my complexes.
  7. I hated computers in school. I took up electronics engineering in college to stay away from programming. Only, computers don’t quite leave you in the 21st century, do they?
  8. I have wanted to learn French since third year of college. I know ‘oi’ is pronounced as ‘owa’ in French and I am so proud of myself for that!
  9. I love blogging. And I love turning non-bloggers to blogger all the more. Since I started blogging on WordPress I had a teacher, a roommate and a cousin start blogging as well! A pat on the back, you say? Merci. Merci beau coup!
  10. The last movie I truly liked was Two Days, One Night.
  11. I think squirrels are as cute as rabbits, if not more.

My Answers to Trudy’s Questions:

1.How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging on Scribbles@Arpita since March, 2015, but I had been blogging on Blogger on and off since 2011.

2.What made you start blogging?

I would answer that w.r.t to this blog, Scribbles@Arpita. The motivation to start this blog is written plainly in my very first post. Please check it out.

3.How do you relax?

Actually, I don’t. Whatever I do seems like work to me! Jokes apart, I binge-watch Castle or read a book or simply have a chat with my mother or a friend on the phone.

4.What is your favorite season? And why?

I love  the start of every season (after that the extremes each brings becomes too much for me). But if I were to choose a favourite, it would probably be winter. I love how the colours break all around me during winters: the colourful roses, marigold, dahlias and so many other flowers that suddenly sprout up in every garden of the neighbourhood.

5.Do you cook? Do you enjoy it?

I am only recently learning to cook, with help from my mother and I absolutely love it. I was afraid of fire and sharp objects before. Learning to cook have helped me overcome my fears. Most importantly, now I do not (hopefully) have to depend on the pathetic food when I live outside home again.

6.What is your favorite type of music?

Like I said, not a music person this one. But occasionally some Bollywood music catches my ears and I keep humming it until my mother gets bugged and begs me to stop.

7.What is your favorite television show?

I like TV interviews, detective series. Castle, for example! White Collar is another favourite. But GoT beats them all.

8.Are you a morning or night person?

Definitely morning!

9.Are you a sweet or savory person?

Sweet, I guess. But I am no judge of myself.

10.Are you an avid reader?

I try to be, yeah!

11.On your last trip where did you go?

In the nooks and crannies of Kolkata, before I left the city to come home after college ended.


11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. Tell me, in one sentence, what is your blog about?
  2. Who is your best friend?
  3. Do you have pets?
  4. If you could meet one person from any period in history (it may even be fictional), who would it be?
  5. What is the sweetest thing someone ever did for you?
  6. Which were the best years of your life – childhood, youth or whichever age you’re now?
  7. Do you suffer from any kind of phobia?
  8. Can you spend the day without looking at the clock?
  9. Which is the cutest animal that you’ve ever seen for real?
  10. Do wishes come true?
  11. The last but not the least, the classic one: Love is ……………

My Nominees:

  1. A Reading Writer
  2. Anand’s Parodies and Caricatures
  3. The Idler Channel
  4. Blabberwockying
  5. What the Woman Wrote
  6. My Enduring Bones
  7. Can I Inspire You?
  8. Elle’s Adventure in China
  9. Simple Moments of Life
  10. Arpita’s Travelogue
  11. Staying the Course

I have been fortunate enough to meet some great people while blogging on WordPress and would have happily nominated them, only if they did not have the No Award Policy.

A word for my nominees: I know this Award makes you work hard, and the response post demands to be long, but what good is an Award if we don’t have to work hard for it? I’d love if you all accept the nomination. But if you don’t, that is okay too! So, have fun with the post. I’m looking forward to your responses.

Whoa, I have done it! And you’ve done it too – thank you so much for reading the whole post!