Instead of a fictional story here, I wanted to write about my journey in the last 31 days. This experience has been as much grueling as it was enriching. I say enriching because this journey helped me understand myself, dispel some myths & overall made me more aware than I was when I started #31Days31Stories series
#Weekends – Not days of relaxing but the most tiring ones!
This realization dawned upon me as I tried to meet the story per day deadline on weekends. There are just so many things going on Saturdays & Sundays (meeting friends, socializing with relatives, getting work done, shopping etc.), that either I had to write 2 stories the next day or end up staying till late to meet the deadline I set for myself. Oh! the worst are long weekends (24th to 27th March) for any daily routines you set for yourself….
#Facebook stats & my blog stats do not talk the same story
Those who know me, know me as an analytical person. So, if I started this project – I had some metrics I set myself. According to a study by an agency, 80 – 85% FB users access FB through mobiles on weekends & there is a surge of traffic. But contrary to this study, the stats my blog (obviously, I do not expect people to keep visiting my blog every time they access FB) showed lower views on weekends as compared to weekdays*
*Why FB? Because that was the predominant medium of popularizing the blog…
I found my niche when it comes to #writingfiction
I realized that when I wrote, if the story needed a twist it was only possible if it had a dark plot. Is it influence of what I read in newspapers these days or just plain pessimism on my part – I’m not certain of the cause. But whenever I wrote happy endings, either they were predictable or just too impractical! Of course, I did go out of my comfort zone to write about happy endings*.
*I tried to keep these stories away from my experiences as much as possible
I really have dichotomous friends
Oh, those who DID read my blog came to me numerous times giving me feedback that my stories are too dark & I quote them, “I get depressed while reading your stories. As it is there is so much stress in my life, why do you want to add to it?”. The other set of friends on reading the happy stories said, “Dude, I got bored reading story #xx.. What is this predictable happy ending?” I tried to not pander to these readers but they kind of covered the entire spectrum amongst them 🙂
I felt like quitting but didn’t!!!
My manager used to say ‘Indians are 95% people – they manage to do 95% of the job brilliantly but they slack off at the last 5% due to various reasons’. I showed this same behavior when in the last few days – I stared at a blank screen not knowing what to write! I almost thought of giving up & writing a note saying, “It was fun while it lasted but I have no more updates.” But somehow one of my key strengths (perseverance) came into play. Over last 31 days, I wrote dark stories, science fiction & happy stories – some of them good, some of them bad. But I am most proud of the fact that I DIDN’T QUIT!!!
Over n Out… Till I think of a new project OR write about the exciting events my son brings about in my life!