A year ago, I renovated my old blog and gave it a whole new look, all by myself, when I was least bit aware of what I was getting into.
To give you an example of how severely tech-challenged I am — I still am clueless about what’s ‘upload’ and what’s ‘download’. So, you can imagine the situation I was in when I decided to take the plunge. No, don’t even try to explain the terms to me; I will forget it in two seconds!
It so happened, that the year before last, a friend of hubby’s learnt about my blog. He was “bowled over” and suggested I renovate my blog and give it a whole new look, dedicating a section to share my artwork, too.
I loved the idea but told him I wouldn’t be able to do it as I was grossly techno-challenged.
He promised he would do it for me in a matter of a few days and asked me to do some homework, as in, think of an appropriate niche and a name and how I would like the look of my blog. I hadn’t even heard the word ‘niche’ back then!
So, I set off doing my homework, in earnest, eagerly looking forward to this major change in my life. I counted the days, just like a kid, and waited for the week to come to an end, when he would come over and work on my blog, as promised.
But, well, promises are meant to be broken, as I realised, because the man just disappeared, leaving me with shattered dreams and a broken heart.
Not being employed, I did not want to spend any money on my blog. I heard it cost around Rs. 8000 to Rs. 20,000! No way would I ever ask hubby to finance the renovation of a blog that was yet to show its true potential as a commercial site.
Spending a few months nursing my low spirits, I decided to just leave the dream alone. It wasn’t in my destiny, so why bother!
Then in April, after I lost my pet, Chikoo, I was in a really bad shape and needed something to get out of the depression. And, that’s when I experienced a Eureka moment.
I would work on my blog, because it was my baby. And, I knew what I wanted for my baby, not someone who knew nothing about me, as a person and as a artist! So what if I knew nothing about technology, I would do my homework, my research, and ask for help. I had friends who would definitely help!
And, that’s when I got down to working on the biggest project of my Life.
A friend helped me make the move from Blogger to WordPress, but from there on, I was on my own.
I toiled for days on end, alone at home with no one to guide me, but that’s how I wanted to do it! There were frustrating moments when things would just not work out; moments when I would be furious, and also when I would cry my lungs out.
But, slowly and steadily — and also by sheer stroke of luck — my new blog began taking shape.
It took much longer for me than it would have taken a professional, but, the kind of satisfaction it gave me, is unexplainable!
And, finally, on the 14th of August, 2017, I presented my new blog, Metanoia, to the world.
The compliments I received assured me I had done the right thing, and the right way. All by myself.
That feeling you get on accomplishing something you felt unachievable can never be expressed in words. It can only be felt.
I cherish those moments of joy, frustration, depression…because, it’s thanks to those moments, that I learnt so much — about myself and about the world.
This quote from ‘The Alchemist’ sums it up perfectly:
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
What I learned from blogging:
If you have a dream, just go after it. You might not know how and where to begin; you might find yourself incapable of doing it, but, trust your instincts. You are the one who knows your capabilities, your strength and your weakness better than any other person, so, trust yourself.
Make a beginning….somewhere, else how will you reach your goal?
Nothing is easy to accomplish. But, if you go after your dreams with patience, perseverance, faith and confidence, be assured that you will definitely achieve what you set out to achieve.
It will take time, no doubt. And, there will be moments when you will find yourself on the verge of giving it all up, but, take a step back, look at where you have reached from when you began and then tell yourself that it’s just a few steps more and you will be there!
Remember, hard work and patience pays…..always!
So, just go for it!
Wish you the best!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.