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When you bare your soul online, everyone sees it. That’s the good news.

When you bare your soul online, everyone sees it. That’s the bad news.

“Bear” that in mind.

Sorry, bad pun, but I couldn’t resist it!

Today is the last day of #NaBloPoMo. It was my first time doing this and I have to say, it’s been a whirlwind and a rollercoaster of feelings. I can truly admit that it has been very challenging.

The daily prompts helped a great deal, but there were days when I deviated from them and wrote on something that was close to my heart.

Maintaining a blog is not easy; updating it daily is very difficult. Especially when you want to ensure that quality is not compromised for the sake of a deadline.

The good news:
This last month, I read a lot of blogs. A LOT. Many of them made it to my regular reading list. They range from the hilarious to the profound.

I made some wonderful connections on Twitter. Writers who share wisdom and words of encouraging praise, both on the blog and via tweets.

I had a chance to hone my skills and I’m very grateful for that.

Thank you to to those who helped.

The bad news :

You put yourself out in the open, laying your soul bare. While this may seem like a good thing (and most often it is ), you must also be prepared for the downside.

Writing from the heart can take it out of you. Things you never expected to share with another soul are now in the public domain.

People judge you, based on your writing. Usually, what we say creates a reasonable first impression, coupled with the physical appearance, our poise and our attire. A writer has none of the above working in her favour.

There are those who can be cynical, mean, even downright offensive, when they react to your work. I haven’t had a blatant negative comment yet, but saw many such on the blogs I read this month.

However, when it comes down to the crunch, the plain fact of the matter is that writers write and bloggers blog. Writing and life are very similar- we get both the wheat and the chaff; it’s up to us to separate the two.

It’s Day 30

This post is my contribution to

   NaBloPoMo November 2013

Categories: Blogging

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Aparna · December 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Reading this after just finishing my blog post, and I know JUST what you mean about “baring” feelings :). Good one to round off the month Shailaja, nicely done.

Shailaja V · December 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for following and reading all the posts, Aparna. Your discerning comments and your regular support truly kept me going all month long!

I promise to read all of your posts to egg you on to the finish line! Good luck!

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