This past week has been a whirlwind. Not in an actual physical sense, but there’s just been so much happening. It’s been a mixed bag of stuff – dealing with some potential changes in the workplace, working through some personal matters, spending a lot of time figuring out ways to grow the blog, connecting with some old friends, getting active on Twitter after years of neglecting it… it’s just been a lot of stuff!
So I took some time yesterday to vegetate. I started watching Selling Sunset (blame Twitter for making me do this!) and indulged in some of my favourite junk food. I also made some plans for the blog and my shop, which, I’ve really ignored for way too long now. And I am excited. For the blog. For the shop. There’s so much I want to do, and I really love that these outlets are so different from my “real work”.
Wherever you are, I hope you are having a sunny, happy Sunday, with plans for the future that set your soul on fire and light up your life!
Some highlights from my week:
GETTING REACQUAINTED WITH TWITTER
I’ve never really figured out the using social media bit for my blog, like ever. For me, the blog has mostly existed as a glorified version of a journal, though a lot more polished than my notebook version of a journal, sure. And I also happen to be rather shy. Which is why “promoting” the blog never quite came naturally to me.
But something changed a few months ago. Maybe it was the additional time that I had during lockdown, or maybe it was just that I wanted all this time and money that I spend on blogging to mean something. So I started reading up, and investing even more into my blog. Somewhere along the way, I logged back into Twitter after seeing one too many mention of Twitter threads. And what a revelation it has been!
I used to view Twitter as an alternative news source, but we all know how that has gone down. Which is to say, not well. I ended up associating Twitter with trolls and people bashing. Thankfully, being exposed to the blogging community on Twitter has helped me change that perception. Sure, there are still trolls aplenty in Twitterverse, but I fastidiously ignore all the “trends” and “what’s happening” pieces, which is where most of the trolls lie.
For the past 10 days, I’ve been almost singularly using Twitter to engage with the blogging community and the impact on my blog has been almost instantaneous. No, I am not suddenly making millions now :P, but there’s been a definite uptick in the engagement, and that makes my blogging heart so happy. :)
ALL OF THE SHOWS
I’ve been watching so many shows of late. I finished both seasons of Sex Education, which was absolutely fantastic. And then in the last couple of days, I’ve binge watched Bandish Bandits on Amazon. Despite some obvious flaws in its plot, I really enjoyed the performances and the music. I also watched Gunjan Saxena with my parents – the makers might have exaggerated the discrimination that she faced at the IAF, but I think it’s a very inspiring story and made for a good watch!
This lockdown has certainly increased my screen time beyond all bounds! I usually have a show running in the background while I am doing blog stuff. In “regular” times, I would have fought this near-constant urge to watch something new, but given our current reality, I am giving myself some grace and just going with the flow for however long this phase lasts.
What shows have you been watching lately?
LINKS I LOVED:
An antidote to diet culture.
My newest Youtube obsession.
Currently reading this book and yes, it lives up to all the hype.
This pasta recipe looks delish!
If you need a little bit of a self esteem boost, you should read this.
I am curious to give this 90/10 method of self-love a try.
35 journal prompts to get you started if you’re new to journaling.
These cookbook recommendations by Anna are totally on point.
This new-to-me newsletter is just the kind of tough love I need every day.
I am gonna add these tasks to my monthly to-dos.
I don’t know when I’ll be able to travel again, but these pictures of Split, Croatia are giving me serious travel envy right now!
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Top image via The Creative Library.