Wednesday, April 3, 2024

April IWSG Post and my Long Blogging Break


I was on a long blogging break for several reasons. For one I had to finish writing my books, I had to do the first round of editing for my debut adult novel with the commissioning editor’s guidance, I had to write my columns, I was also travelling a lot for book promotions, I attended several literary festivals, I was one of the jury members of the prestigious Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Children’s Book Prize, where I had to read 26 books (12 Middle Grade and 14 Picture Books).

With so much going on in life, blogging took a back seat. But I didn’t forget my blog buddies. You all were constantly on my mind.

I have loads of news to share with you all. Last year I participated in the Writing Competition organized by Children’s Book Trust of India. I won 3 prizes (two picture book prizes for different categories and one prize for a short story). I also signed several contracts for books which I have to finish by this year end.

So, my blogging will definitely not be regular. That’s making me feel sad.

I used to enjoy posting on the first Wednesday of every month for the IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) was started by Alex J Cavanaugh to provide support, encouragement and give a shout out to writers.

The awesome co-hosts for April 3 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre and Pat Garcia.

April 3 question – How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

I have been blogging for 14 years now. Initially I used to post twice a week, that’s 8 times a month. But slowly my blogging days started reducing, later I started posting just once a month for IWSG. Last year I took a ten-month long break as I was unable to juggle all my writing with my other responsibilities in life.

Though I have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I am notorious for irregular posting. I post only when I have some news to share and more often than not that’s new book news. No wonder my followers keep disappearing.

How have you all been?







  1. Glad to hear your blogging break was because of so many wonderful things! Well done! :)

  2. Congrats on all your publishing successes. The writing has to come first, especially when you have publishing deadlines to meet. I hope you can squeeze in a monthly IWSG post. It's not that much work or time.

  3. I hear ya! Life is busy, writing is busy, publishing is busy - I'm overwhelmed too. Congrats on all of your prizes and good luck with your new stories!

  4. Great to hear from you! That's awesome about the awards and signing contracts for more books. Like Natalie said, hopefully you can join us once again for IWSG posts.

  5. Wow, has it been that long? Frightening how fast time passes. But you've certainly been productive during that time and very successful.

  6. I'm a sporadic poster on social media, as well. It can be so overwhelming. But you're busy, I can see why blogging takes a back seat. Congratulations on your contracts/awards. Well deserved!

  7. It seems every post I read is saying the same...our bloggind days are getting fewer. Bit I will never leave IWSG.