This was my first attempt at anything like this and I loved every thing about it, right from the sunflower on the badge to the way in which so many bloggers were supported and nourished . so a great big thank you, to all those who did the work behind the scenes.
This exercise did two very important things for me. First and foremost, I think it chipped of a big block off my writer’s block. I have tasted blood again, slurrrrp. Secondly, this was the vehicle through which I re-engaged with Indian mythology publicly. I had stopped myself from doing so for a long time due to my love hate relationship with certain aspects of our mythology. I nearly gave up when we came to ‘w’ because I did not want to write about the position of women in Indian mythology and I couldn’t authentically write about anything else – classic catch 22 situation. But I am glad that I dealt with my discomfort and wrote the piece.
The other thing that I loved about the challenge, was this business of visiting other blogs. Tarkabarka was my favourite. I found many beautiful blogs pertaining to my area of interest. There were those on the epics (Tarkabarka, The little princess, a year with mad grad student…), on writing (insecurewritersgroup, writeonsisters, seesawwriting, raggedwriter…), and others that were on other subjects like the ones by josna, ecograndma, an unconventional librarian, findingeliza, agalneeds, thescheherazadechronicles… my list is really long. I have started following at least 5 or 6 blogs, if not more. This exercise has really made me part of a community, that I did not feel a part of earlier.
I would like to specially thank Csenga and Josna for their support and encouragement, it kept me going even when the going was difficult.
I am definitely hooked and have grown as a blogger, thanks to the challenge.