WHY ON EARTH AM I BLOGGING?

It’s July in a jiffy, and I must apologise to you because I didn’t show up much on the blog this month. I started on a lot of blog posts but then writers’ block, procrastination and all associated demons would kick in and kill my ginger. Guess I will need to have a few more lessons on how to achieve your goals when you don’t feel like it.

In my six months or so of blogging, I’ve had some highs and lows (more of lows). But my low points have been really low, like the times when I’ve had to ask myself what I was doing with a blog in the first place. I did read a lot of blogs before starting Faenomenal, but it was only when I began blogging that I got to realise the sheer number of blogs out thereOften times than not, I feel like an imposter – did I start a blog because it seemed like the coolest thing to do, or to justify the writer tag?

And blogging hasn’t been a walk in the park either. While I await the device that creates posts directly from my thoughts, it can be really involving to develop read-worthy content, do research, craft blog titles, and then promote on social media- add that to the demands of a day job. I cannot count how many times I’ve had to pause while developing a post to read more about a word or concept on Google, or stay up till 2am to meet up with a post deadline. And till date I struggle to tell people about my blog because blogging is still largely seen as a job for “unserious” people (and I’m pretty much seen as serious).

With all these challenges, you’d think for a second that I wouldn’t want anything more than to quit. To be honest, I’ve had that thought cross my mind a couple of times. But guess who’s still here?

I blog for me.

Though Faenomenal is becoming much more than just a personal diary, I still love the fact that I am able to journal my experiences (and thoughts) and keep track of my growth. Writing a blog has also opened my eyes to the world in a different way- I’m a bit more conscious of the things that happen around me, and to me. My creative juices find expression as well- I get to learn which fonts will work well with the blog’s theme, which flatlays sell the post better, and which design is minimalistic. And the even much better reason is-

I blog for you.

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Sent this email to Kristy, an older blogger last year

I really want to share the things I keep learning with other people, in a way that is easily relatable and helpful. Doing this brings me so much joy. With blogging, I’m able to merge creativity with writing and a passion to help others- which for me is such a big win.

teachersappreciationweek.pngIn a random conversation with my mom, she told me, “oh, this photo will look great on your blog!” Recently, one of the blog readers also reached out to me to ask why there was no new post on the blog. These were really sweet moments for me and I’m deeply grateful for such comments which remind me that it’s all worth it.

How has June been for you and what are your expectations for the other half of the year? Leave a comment or send me a personal message here. I’m always thrilled to hear from you.

xx, Fae


P.S. What I’m reading in June will be up next week, guess I’ll have to rename it What I read in June, haha.

WHAT I’M READING IN MAY

Recently, a blogger-friend shared something about not being able to complete a single book since the beginning of the year. I recall thinking “oh, so that’s a thing?” because I’d never really given much thought to setting book goals or to whether I was reading “enough”. I knew I had my struggles, but I was pretty sure reading wasn’t Continue reading “WHAT I’M READING IN MAY”

12 THINGS FIRST-TIME FLYERS (& everyone) SHOULD KNOW

I still remember the first time I traveled by air; I think I was about 14 then and just a few months shy of completing high school. You could easily tell it was my first time right from the airport to the plane! In fact, when I look back at that experience, I seriously want to cringe…,and laugh my insides out. I mean, who else listens to the flight attendant with rapt attention, and still ends up Continue reading “12 THINGS FIRST-TIME FLYERS (& everyone) SHOULD KNOW”

HOW TO SMASH YOUR GOALS EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT

So this is how it happened: I’d made plans to see a movie last Saturday with my friend D (who’s probably reading this and rolling her eyes). In my defence, I was excited about having some nice girl-time with D and giving myself a little post-birthday treat. I’d even planned the dress, the on- fleek make up, the gram-worthy photos and that Continue reading “HOW TO SMASH YOUR GOALS EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT”

18 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

Hi there! It’s a few hours away from the Easter weekend! Easter is traditionally celebrated either in March or April, and it just so happens that I was born on the last day in the month of March. See the connection? In fact, I thought it so cool when my birthday coincided with Easter Sunday some five years back. Well, it falls on Easter eve this time around and I’m low-key excited as Continue reading “18 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME”

3(+1) HELPFUL TIPS FOR DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

“You’re such a nice girl, you hardly fall out with anyone” I’ve probably heard these words (or a variant) more times than I can count on both hands. And I believed them till I read a particular book which described the various ways people reacted in the face of conflict. I’d do a quick summary here so you can get the gist. In the first category were those who preferred to avoid any form of disagreement whatsoever, the next category were those who became aggressive and blew things Continue reading “3(+1) HELPFUL TIPS FOR DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP”

BLOG RECAP, BIRTHDAY PLANS + FIRST GUEST POST!

It’s been quiet around here for almost two weeks but I’m glad to announce that we are back and ready to roll! Just so you know, my initial plan was to create new content during weekends and then publish mid-week. Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned because by mid-week I was either still writing the post or in a hurry to go live without editing. Continue reading “BLOG RECAP, BIRTHDAY PLANS + FIRST GUEST POST!”

A PEEK INTO MY CURRENT PLAYLIST

Good music would definitely make the cut for top five on my list of 10 favourite things. Music is such an integral part of me that I could tie certain songs to the memories attached to a particular phase of my life. Some time back, I listened to Chris Tomlin’s Good, good father, and I couldn’t help but remember the period between writing my final exams in undergrad and getting my first job. Oh well, that could be because it was my fave song at the moment and stayed on repeat Continue reading “A PEEK INTO MY CURRENT PLAYLIST”

ON VALS DAY: 3 (SIMPLE) THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY

Everyone seems to be talking about love this week because, St. Valentine’s day. To say the least, I became slightly irritated by the fuss surrounding the celebrations. During my commute, I honestly got tired of seeing event posters for Vals day almost after every pole. And some had the most hilarious themes! I have to confess to not being such a huge fan of Vals day. I still find it a tad silly to wear (a touch of) red or go on some fancy date or buy a gift for my sweetheart all in the name of celebrating lovers’ day. What ever happened to the other 364 days in the year? Continue reading “ON VALS DAY: 3 (SIMPLE) THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY”

3 TIPS FOR RECENT GRADUATES

If there ever was something like a graduation anniversary, then it would be a year now I got my bachelors degree. Actually, twelve months after I submitted my project, and ten since I walked up the podium to receive the dean’s prize. Almost time to drop the “recent” title and hand over to the graduating set of 2017. Continue reading “3 TIPS FOR RECENT GRADUATES”

PAPERBACKS, E-BOOKS OR AUDIO-BOOKS: WHAT ROCKS YOUR BOAT?

I am in a serious relationship with paperbacks. Though the memory of how we fell in love is a bit hazy now, it may have been the moldy, vintage smell of new books that got me hooked for life. From age three or probably four and through my teen years, we were almost inseparable. I just have a thing for piles of newspaper or neatly arranged novels on a shelf. Continue reading “PAPERBACKS, E-BOOKS OR AUDIO-BOOKS: WHAT ROCKS YOUR BOAT?”

9-5BAE: 11 DO-ABLE ACTIVITIES ON YOUR COMMUTE FOR WORK

Who wishes that at the close of work each day, they can vanish and then re-appear at their home, or at least the street to it? I do (all the time!) because traffic, and long distances, and plain tiredness after a hard day’s work. If you live in a pretty busy city like mine, you can relate to the hassles involved in getting home after work. Although this applies to both the to and fro journey, we can all agree that Continue reading “9-5BAE: 11 DO-ABLE ACTIVITIES ON YOUR COMMUTE FOR WORK”