Things that made me happy throughout this challenge:
1. Selecting “Harry Potter and Hogwarts” as my theme for the challenge: I mean, it’s the only thing I know everything about. I can watch a football match without understanding the intricacies of it. I can play throwball (Used to play for Yellow House! #SchoolDays). I can’t understand cricket – can only write poems about it! 😛
2. Exploring my Potterhead side to a greater extent: I didn’t know I was such a big Potterhead till the time I actually started typing these blog posts. I could successfully remember when Umbridge mentioned that she was a pure blood and also remember which year Luna Lovegood wore that butterbeer cork necklace for the first time. And I guess, my knowledge about these facts enhanced my blog posts.
3. Achieved my New Year Resolution of sticking to one goal: For me, staying put with one thing is too boring. That’s the reason why I was apprehensive about this challenge. I couldn’t tolerate the pinkiness of my Barbie doll’s hair after a week! My teddy bear lost it’s place in my heart only after a month! What then made me stick to this challenge, and cross all possible obstacles of – Insight Club work, Classes homework, personal commitments, Restaurant games addiction, etc and and complete it successfully? The next point will reveal everything.
4. Meeting new bloggers: Sorry, rephrase. Meeting new amazing bloggers who welcomed me into the blogging circle on almost all social networking sites. At the start of the challenge, I followed the organiser’s tip and started checking out other blogs. I found some amazing blogs and started following them. They followed back. I then started commenting on their blog posts. They did the same. After that, I started sharing my favourite blog posts on Twitter, facebook and Google+. They did the same for my best blog posts. And then Twitter conversations with my favourite bloggers became something I got accustomed to. Asking them for some pro tips, helping one another out, it all happened because of this challenge.
5. Gained followers: If you take a look at my social networking sites and their followers list, it may seem to be an inadequate figure. I mean, bloggers need to have a huge follower base for their pageviews and comments to increase rapidly. But for a four month old blogger like me, I think getting this much attention is cool enough!
6. Learnt about effective social media management: I had to promote my blog and it’s theme for the challenge throughout the month. I learnt about time-zone differences, tried to understand how to reply to Shares and RTs, figured out how to share blogs effectively with a caption, created Instagram edits as well as edits for my blog (the pic below is also an edit by me!). Most of all, I figured out how to enjoy marketing on social networking sites without making it feel like a chore.
7. Increased typing speed: Actually, I had a good typing speed even before the challenge. it ranged from 50 words per min when copy writing from my hand-written notes to 52 words per min when the words flow freely from my head. I’m pretty damn sure it has increased to 55 wpm, now that I have been typing everyday.. the accuracy has truly increased!
Today, as I celebrate my one-third year Birthday, I wish to thank all of my blogger friends for carrying me through this challenge. Thanks for keeping me motivated through out this challenge. I remember waiting for comments from all of you. And those constructive comments were the only thing that kept me motivated to click the Publish button every day. I don’t think I will be able to participate in this challenge next year. Coz, I’ll be busy prepping up for my Common Proficiency Test (CPT) exams then. So, I’ll take this part of my blog post to thank all of you. In a way that I think will return the favour in the best possible manner. A four-month old tiny tot like me can only do this much! #ThanksFromTheBottomOfMyHeart
My top five blogger pals
- Michael – Michael Abayomi : Thanks for visiting my blog daily and leaving a comment there everyday just to make sure I realised it!
- Ankita – Lifestyle of a Professional : Thanks for the Twitter shares! And the #BiggestPotterhead title! 😀
- Shailaja – The Moving Quill : You introduced me to flash fiction. I so love it now, that I’m gonna be a regular visitor to your blog. I think, out of all the blogs I visited, I checked yours out daily! #Addicted to #FlashFiction 😀
- Chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance – Phoenix Rising : Amazing Harry Potter blog posts! One blog I used to look up to for inspiration!
- Ajay – The Shaded Shadows : Yeah, the Twitter conversations! Did you even read any of my blog posts? Just kidding, I know you did! (no, fabulus doesn’t believe that you did! :-P)
This top five list I have prepared is just for those people who actively engaged with me on twitter chats, Blogger comment sections and Facebook and so on.. Another list of all the bloggers I met throughout the challenge is here: (will be updating it if I find more blogs!)
Shanaya – Shanaya Tales
Eli – A Global Fusionista
April – April J. Moore
Urszula – Confessions of a Broccoli Addict
Tyrean – Everyday writer, Tyrean Martinson
Jo – Jo on Food, Life and a Scent of Chocolate
Kaitlin – Kaitlin Throgmorton
Laura – My baffling Brain
Ranveer – New Kid On The Block
Archana – See-Saw Writing
Tara – Tara Tyler Talks
Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen
I’m signing off as Potterhead-and-Ravenclaw for the last time this year. From this month on and for the foreseeable future, I will continue changing my signing-off-avatar as usual. A new one every blog post. Except the book reviews (Bibliophile). Those will be once a month, preferably on a Wednesday. Only one book review a month, I don’t think I’ll be able to manage my brown textbooks and my blue leather jacketed Kindle simultaneously. And I solemnly swear to do a blog post every Sunday. Coz that’s the only day I can rest, relax, and take some time to do some blog promotion from now on! #HSCYear.
I’ll end with my favourite end-of-the-book line from the Harry Potter series. Guess which book.
“We’ll see you soon, mate,” said Ron anxiously, shaking Harry’s hand.
“Really soon, Harry,” said Hermione earnestly. “We promise.”
Harry nodded. He somehow could not find words to tell them what it meant to him, to see them all ranged there, on his side. Instead he smiled, raised a hand in farewell, turned around, and led the way out of the station toward the sunlit street, with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley hurrying along in his wake.