Almost three years back, I created my first WordPress blog. Back then I wasn’t quite familiar to WordPress immense potential. But I still created an account in a ray of hope that like many other websites it will provide me with a launching pad to showcase my love for knitting tales. Soon there appeared a gradual accrue in views. But back then, a hundred fresh readers used to excite me hell lot. I used to post short stories mainly. But….
People who know me, mainly my friends, who I credit majorly behind my small success. They know, it wasn’t the kick start to my passion. I wrote for any website or magazine under the light. Tried sending emails to many popular magazines too but all in vain. Back then I didn’t own an android phone. Though I had an Instagram account but it was yet to happen. Though trust me, I’m glad that it didn’t. Or else I would have been lured by flattering Instagrammers who happen to scribble anything and call it poetry.
When I was a small kid, my habit of reading and listening to radio shows like Sunday Suspense, exposed me to the vivid world of tales. I started writing very childish poems when I was 5. And around, 6-7 years of age, I shifted to short stories, mainly thrillers irrespective of the fact that those tales won’t thrill you in any way. I found my elysium there and Sherlock Holmes, Feluda, Hercule Poirot etc were to blame.
But soon (not very soon) blogging happened. Started off blogs based on my personal views on various day to day teenage issues like relationships, one-sided love etc. Poetry happened too (this time seriously)
But don’t doubt my love for short stories, I still do write ‘em. My first legit short story was for The Scholastic Competition in the year 2014. The topic was, “If you wake up as your favorite fictional character”. Obviously, I choose Sherlock Holmes but unfortunately, I failed to impress the critics. But hey! The story still blew online. For me, it was ‘viral’. People loved it.
PS- Back then 50+ likes from friends and some comments from strangers meant the world to me. Still, do <3
Well, to be brutally honest, Writing was natural to me. Not that anyone was there for me all the time or any guidance or support at all.
This field expanded with a collaborative poetry book with The Stroke Stories, released last year. Won a small Insta poetry competition @Omypoetry. Came third among 1200+ entries, became a part-time book reviewer for Bookholics and HBB but soon I expanded more.
From passion to a career. I started writing freelance, doing social media marketing and much more. It got me thousands each month (No, not that much… stop there). But yeah, enough as pocket money and be little financial independent. I understood the value of money practically this time.
I helped hardcore serious bloggers (unlike me) establish their blog. Now, they are businesses generating a lot of revenue and royalty, hiring writers etc. I even did brand endorsements for ICMI, AstroTalks, etc.
I have got many bigger plans coming up this year. This… this ignites me keeps me going