Or maybe not.
On this last post, marking the end of the A-Z blogging marathon that I was simultaneously brave and foolish enough to undertake, I thought I'd share some andar ki baatein.
- It was a good thing to happen to me. Doing this marathon made me slow down. And think.
- Following the letters of the alphabet, and posting every day was not easy. Fun, yes. Easy, no.
- At times, the pressure was not so much about blogging every day as it was about sticking to the letter to blog with. Having said that, sometimes it was the letter that helped to generate new ideas. I had never thought, for instance, that I'd ever think about or write a post about why I love SRK and Changi so much. In that order.
- In terms of time-management, the toughest were the two weeks that Viv was away and I was doing everything.
- Yes, I had days of panic.
- Honestly speaking, I wasn't too confident if I'd be able to pull through all the way to Z.
- Yes, I googled stuff like 'words starting with v' and 'words starting with x' because I didn't want the V post to be obviously about Viv, and the X post to be obviously about Xena. I also googled 'gardening-related words' because I really wanted to post about the plant on the W-day.
- X was a really tough one because even google didn't have much to offer me. After 'Xerox', my other options were 'xenophobia' and 'xylem'. (I did consider xylem. Seriously. But I'd already written my plant post the day before. Damn.) The last option was Himeshbhai's upcoming movie Xpose. (It's actually 'The Xpose', but it's Himeshbhai's movie so nothing really matters.) And then I thought it's better saved for an SSSK post after the movie releases.
- Sometimes I got stressed about posting daily and cheated a bit. I jotted down ideas or typed out basic drafts the night before, and then added finishing touches before publishing it the next morning.
- Usually, I set personal work deadlines for myself a week ahead of the actual ones the publishers give me, because I need to have some leeway for Xena's possible hospitalisation episodes. During the marathon, I was pushing my work to the actual deadlines. *Gulp* Thankfully, I met all.
- On some levels, this felt like a big achievement. That's kind of sad too because when I first opened the bar 9 years ago, I used to blog every day. Naturally. Without a blog marathon hot on my heels.
- I think the traffic to the bar increased because of the marathon as I noticed a sharp spike in emails from companies requesting product/service placement in my posts. Some even had suggestions such as "We think our product will fit well in your 'S is for...' post." Complete with compensation offers. I have not replied to any of them yet. I will do so as soon as I can figure out how to best put this in English - Bhaiya/Bahin, tum toh mujhe compensate kar doge. Lekin mere bewdon ke dimaag ka jo dahi ho jaayega, uska compensation unko kaun dega?
- I thought I wouldn't like some of the posts because over-blogging would compromise their quality, but I'm generally happy with how things have turned out.
- It's only April but I've written more posts this year than I did the whole of last year.
- I got some lovely notes of appreciation and encouragement from bewdas, which really helped me to complete the marathon. Many of you sent me emails. Bewdas from the ancient days who had disappeared from the bar suddenly resurfaced and started commenting. My dad wrote to me almost every day, with his comments about my posts. People I did not think read my blog were sending me FB messages. I have written back to all of you, but here it is again -- Thank you. Thank you. And a big thanks to my sis-in-law for telling me about the marathon.
- Right now, I'm feeling a little weird. It's bittersweet; kind of like how you feel at the end of a great holiday, when you know it's over and you have to get back to your normal life and you can't have this forever. Because one, you can't afford to, and two, if it was a forever thing, you'd not enjoy it as much.
But this is not a 'See ya next April, bewdas!' post. I will make a stronger effort to post more regularly.
Thanks for reading. :)