Snapshot of the 100 follows / followers' icon on my blog dashboard

100 Thanks

100 follows on the blog. That may not sound like much (I will still be a potential nominee for the Liebster Award, which is for blogs with less than 200 followers), but I have always said that I blog on various topics, which makes it difficult – as things go in blogosphere – to rack up the follows. And that being because I use my blog to show(case) my writing rather than to “attract” followers. So, whoever’s a regular here hopefully likes my writing. Anyway, a hundred thanks and more to all (and future ones) for all the love.

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Cover pic for this post with the Liebster Award logo to the top right of my blog logo, like a certification

Liebster Award: Get Discovered, Fledgling Blogger!

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. I didn’t know of this until two days ago, when in an FB Indian bloggers’ group, someone posted asking for bloggers with less than 200 followers. I am yet to touch 100, so I went ahead and shared my blog link. So, this guy (Indrashish Mitra, check out his blog here) nominated me among others. Like him, and like others before him, I need to nominate 11 other blogs / bloggers, along with answering the 11 questions he’s posed for me and then stating 11 random facts about myself. Before I do that, I’d need to know the 11 I can nominate. Of course, I can go through my followers’ list here, apart from going on other social-media sites, but it would be great if you could let me know if you’re interested via the comments’ section. That way, I also wouldn’t be nominating someone who isn’t keen.

Below are more details about the award from another blogger. (There doesn’t seem to be an “official” blog / page / site for the award, and I don’t even know what the winner gets, if anything. However, yes, it does get some more eyeballs for your blog and perhaps new followers.)

About the Liebster Award

And here’s an image with the rules of the award.

Image for the rules of the Liebster Award

I know this may sound like one of those chain mails, in this case for blogs, but not to be cynical for a change, it’s about helping blogs that haven’t yet caught fire catch fire, which may be the case for various reasons. One reason my blog doesn’t have “an insane number” of followers – though I’m okay with this, and also grateful to the folk who follow me – is because I write about several things, just as I’ve mentioned in the sub-head of my blog. It is universally acknowledged that the best way to have many followers fast is to write about one topic / category alone (and of course, write well). But that’s okay. I’m interested in showcasing my versatility. 😉

So, come on, get lobbying for the Liebster. And hit the comments’ section if interested…

Self-ad for 100 posts on my blog

One-Oh-Oh

I’ve hit 100 posts on the blog. (This is the 101st.) Thanks to all who like/follow this blog, and to the many who’ve liked individual posts. And not to forget the ones I follow – I follow you folk for a reason: because I like what you write/develop and also because it encourages/inspires my different interests (writing, poetry, animal love/care, veganism, movies, arts). Now, as the self-ad that the ad guy in me created for the milestone (included as the post image) too proclaims, here’s to irfinity, er, infinity.

Logo for Irficionado series
Logo for Irfiction
Logo for Irfilosophy, the philosophy-based series on my blog
Robin Williams standing on top of the desk in that iconic scene from Dead Poet's Society

The Poetic Period

So, I’ve entered a poetry, verse, or at the most base level, a rhyme phase in my blogging. Will it last? If so, how long? I’m not going to sit and ponder over that, especially as, going by Buddhism (which I follow to a fair extent), nothing is permanent. This post then is about the why – why or how presently, in my writing, I am seeing ‘rhyme and meter / in every centimetre’.

In the morn / Poetry is born

I wake up very early, before the sun wakes up. I do so for my pre-walk warm-up, physiotherapy exercises, and finally meditation (which I’ve been practising for some time now). After my freshening-up, I go stand in my balcony for a few minutes. And am immediately taken in by the lyricality of the morning. The first ray opening its eye; the stars preparing to hit the cosmic bed; the cool, whispery breeze taking one last lap across the trees; the birds, stirred by the breeze, letting out a literal relay of sounds… How can anyone not be inspired by this? (So, I guess, if I were a late-night person, all my poems would be about owls and howls.)

Theatre of the word

Poetry is perhaps the ultimate play of thoughts and words. With prose, you’re “only” trying to get your idea down in the most magical string of sequential words. With poetry, you’re stirring the word soup in your cerebral cortex, and your emotional vortex. First, the idea’s in place, but not the words. Then, the words stack up, but the idea is missing. You’re playing a semantic and ideatic Rubik’s cube before things finally go ‘click’. All sides are now colour-coordinated. The six lines on the computer now match the lilting idea in your head and heart.

Animaly, Anomaly

On the sombre side, and almost every writer will say this at some point in time, writing is very cathartic. If so, poetry is the semantic salve. Much of my writing is about my high passions of animal love/freedom (and therefore, veganism), and to some extent, about spirituality. When I’m unable to do something for some animal in human-caused distress, or about some society-nurtured anomaly, I take to putting it down. With also the hope that it echoes with and inspires someone else, somewhere else too.

Jingle bells

And on a lighter note, if nothing else, penning poetry can always help me write ad jingles.

So, now, off I go / To pen some mo’.