Hello and welcome to Mom Blogger October on the Times of Amma. As regular readers know, the Times Of Amma community is all about inspiring Moms and building them up as they work on being themselves and Mothers. And so, this month is dedicated to featuring Moms who are working on being themselves and mothers, while expressing themselves through their blogs.
Today, we meet Upasana Goswami Sharma who is an Ex-IT Person turned full-time blogger post Motherhood. She enjoys DIY, arts and crafts and creating clothes for her baby daughter.
Upasana blogs at Mom and Maithili.
What was it that prompted you to become a blogger?
I was not a big social media fan earlier. I did have accounts on facebook, instagram, pinterest, tumbler and many other social websites and I also made a blog too. But being working full time, I did not get chance to work on them.
After becoming a Mother of a baby girl, I found myself really moved to share my personal insights about me and my baby and realized that how the life of a Mother drastically changes. First my internet got overrun with girl’s dresses, accessories, and then moved to baby products and other stuff. Lastly I searched for parenting stuff on internet and from there I properly used Facebook and Instagram. I used those platforms to learn or share about parenting and realized I should write again.
Which has been your most memorable post to date and why?
I write what I like. All my posts are memorable for me somewhere. But the most memorable one is “Being a Mother”. I wrote it around 5 months ago on 30 April 2017. It was a very much personal description about my pregnancy or becoming a mother. It was a total surprise for me that I had tears in my eyes while writing it. I was not sure whether I would be completing it or even sharing it. That is when my blogging journey started.
What has the most memorable comment on your blog been so far?
Every comment for me is special. Because I feel people who comment or read my post they are special to me. Even though I don’t have many comments on my posts but the ones I have are very special and I really thank those readers who took time from their busy schedule to read and comment.
Have you ever been trolled? How did you handle it?
No. Not yet. But if I ever get trolled it would only give me the confidence that my sound is audible to many people out there. I will be very much thankful to those who share any comment (good or bad). I would love to know what needs to be improved in me or my writing. So I really would not be averse to receiving any ‘interesting’ types of comments!
Have you ever started to write a post and then abandoned it? Why?
OMG, Yes so many times. It was so hard to write for myself. There were so many of my posts that were only on documents and unfinished too. I was looking for more ideas in life to write about. But I think I have diverted my mind from job to personal blogging and then it all vanished. I completely stopped writing for myself.
They say that with a baby’s birth, it is a birth of the mother too. So after my baby, I started writing again and now I am on it. Now I do not have unfinished documents. I write and post the same or I do not write at all.
Do you stick to a regular posting schedule or do you post whenever inspiration strikes? Do you have a writing routine?
No, I don’t stick to a routine. I don’t get time with a super active toddler. I do post whenever I get time.
But now I know this is exactly what a good blog needs to have rapidly growing followers. For me it is not about numbers, or views or followers. I note what I think or I like. When I use or review a product, I Write. When some memory strikes my mind, I Write. When something interesting happens to me, I Write.
I just started this journey a while ago and I am in no rush.
Do you find it hard to get your voice heard in the crowded blogosphere?
Yes, it is. And it also depends upon your content. But I am okay with it. I understand things work slowly in the beginning. I upload content which is not professionally written. I post pictures which are not taken or edited professionally. I post what I really like to share.
The mothers or viewers who read my posts or see my pictures, I want them to connect with what I am trying to share; I do not want them to see it on a professional level. It’s me, my post, my feelings, I am trying my best and hoping everything goes right.
Many say that blogging is dead thanks to other micro-blogging avenues like Instagram,Twitter and others. As the owner of a traditional blog, how would you respond to that?
Every person is not the same and similarly not every platform can be used to share similar things. Some people love exploring and sharing on the fast social media network. But some are those who explore things, research about them and then share what they experience. So according to me, every platform is developed for different minds.
Yes, micro blogging is a faster way to share stuff. But my motive is to express my feelings with my words. And it will take time.
What tips do you have for other Indian Mom bloggers?
For me writing is relaxing. Whenever I do get time I write. I feel my words and then paste them on documents. It’s a good therapy of sharing your feelings. I would suggest writing and sharing what you like or feel. And after some time you will surely feel proud of capturing or saving your memories or documenting your feelings.
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