We Turn Seven

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Seven years ago, on March 9th, I opened blogger for the first time and created a blog. And today I'm writing my 1095th post. Wow, what a journey it has been. It just feels like yesterday when I wrote my first post. Life has changed so much since then and this blog has been a very important part of it. I never knew that I could write until I started writing. Blogging was pretty new back in 2009 and there were hardly any good quality blogs around for me to see as an example. I was going through a difficult phase, and somehow my blog helped me heal. But did I think I would last this long? Honestly, no. I am a person who quickly gets bored of things. Mundane routine is not for me. But somehow, writing kept me going. And in return I kept it going. And soon it became so important to me that I could not do without it. Till date I try my best to write as often as I can and as often as time permits.

When I started off, I was heart-broken. Fresh out of a breakup with a lot of unanswered questions on my mind. This gave way to some melancholic poetry and I began writing. Slowly, I moved to random posts to share all that I was feeling. I discovered fiction pretty late and it was only because Phatichar encouraged me, that I could write my first piece. He plays a very important role in making me the writer I am today. PeeVee, Red and Spiff were my first blogger friends and we used to encourage each other with every post. Online friendship soon turned offline and we have managed to keep it going so far. For those who have read and followed my blog from the start, they know almost everything about my adult life. Personal and professional both.

Poetry continued to be an important part of my blog. Most of it revolving around love. Of course, the muse changed with time. I have never felt the need to go back and delete a few posts of mine that were written for an ex. It was a very important part of my life back then, else it would not have made it to the blog. Some where those posts helped me as a writer and helped my readers understand me better. My blog has had a ramp up transition. It started off from a heart break and continued until I found love a few times and then until I found the love of my life. Everything has an account on my blog. If not in precise detail, most of it is here. Do I regret talking about my personal life? Absolutely not.

As I look back, I cannot help but smile. When I read a few old posts of mine, I find them to be too juvenile. But so was I back then. It shows growth in me as well as my writing. And I'm very proud of it. My blog has given me so much. Money, recognition and some really wonderful friends who are very very close to me today. But things were not always rosy. Most of my posts have rubbed people the wrong way. Some intentionally and some unintentionally. The problem with me is that I cannot beautify things. I cannot sugar coat words just to make people happy. That is because I'm such a person. Even in conversations I have always been this way and that is the same way I write. Do I want to change? Absolutely not.

Last year I bought my own domain name to celebrate my blog's sixth birthday. This time I decided to change the entire look of my blog. But I have been too busy with work. I could not even write a post for the past two days. That is very unlikely me. I had a template ready at first but once I applied it, it did not look the way I wanted it to. So I had to invest more time in finding a simple yet classy template and then set it up. I wanted white, that I was sure of. And then yellow is a color I've come to love. So here it is. How does this one look?

I would like to thank all my readers for believing in me and coming back to read post after post. Today I ask you guys one thing. Let me know what you like or don't like about my posts. Or tell me what would you like to read more about. I will try my best to take all your suggestions and better myself. So please do leave a comment below.

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I got past the seven year itch successfully. And I plan to keep on going for seventy at least. For now, let's say cheers!

34 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Soumya! And the new design looks fabulous! Yes, may you be around for another 70. I'll be watching from somewhere! :) Hugs!

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    1. Thank you my dear. You will be watching me right from beside me :)

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  2. oh my God! And I didn't wish you!!!! Such an ass I am. Congratulations Leo!!! U would always be LEO!!
    And what I don't like about your blog is that you manage to churn posts that have the ability of pissing people off. That is also the thing I love about your blog!Such dilemma. You keep us hooked. :P

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    1. You didn't know, it is totally fine!

      Hahaha, I'm really good at that :)

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  3. Congratulations, Sowmya..may you keep blogging and writing for many more years to come. Viewing from phone, so cannot see the yellow bit. Will check from laptop later :-)

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  4. Congratulations, Soumya! I can't see the new design from the phone. Will check it later from the laptop. Keep writing and having fun!

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  5. Congratulations Soumya.. Its quite a journey .. wish you many more years of blogging. I love your voice in the blogs, saying it as it is. Keep going.

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  6. Congratulations, Soumya! Love the new look..Here's to many more wonderful and successful years of blogging and writing! :)

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  7. Congratulations on turning 7! The yellow and the new design is great. Looks fresh. Your posts - I love them all. But I want to read more fiction from you.
    And yes - wishing you another 70 years and more of writing! 1095 posts? wow! Super cool! hugs!

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  8. Many many many congrats, you! Me likey the design. But let's get to work on the other one soon too
    Here;s to 70 more years of blogging :)

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  9. This reminded me of the reason why I started writing poetry.. To get over my stupid crush!
    I loved the look of your blog, even though yellow is not my favourite colour! *facepalm*

    I have got to start catching up on your posts as soon as possible! :D

    All the best for the next seventy years! <3

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    1. Hahaha, that is why most of us start writing I guess :P

      Thank you my dear! <3

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  10. Hi! One of the A to Z Challenge minions here, checking in.

    Congrats on your bloggerversary! Here's to the next seven years. ;-)

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  11. Congratulations sowmya...keep goin...rock as usual..all te best :)

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    1. Cheers Soumya. This is BIG. To keep at something for seven years is just wonderful. I know what you mean about early writing being juvenile. Somedays I get the itch to go back and redo some of my old posts but then I let them be. Watching the growth is the fun part, isn't it? here's to many many more blogging years for you.

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    2. Thank you dear Tulika! :)

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  12. 1095th post!! That's Great! Congratulations, Soumya. I like everything you write but I'd like to read more about books and writing.

    Keep growing and glowing! I wish you all the very best!

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    1. Thank you Tarang! I will try to write more about books and writing.

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  13. 7 years! Wow! Happy birthday to your blog and Congrats to you on achieving such a milestone :) Wishing you a lot more of fabulous posts, Love <3

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  14. Wow! Congrats Soumya! I love reading your posts, I will keep reading them always! :)

    Wishing you many many years of writing ahead! :D

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  15. Yayyyy congratulations :D It's so wonderful to see your long blogging friendship too. I love reading your kick-ass posts ... filled with attitude. Wish you reach many more milestones . :)

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