We were nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you, Gracie! (you can find her here! https://graciechicksblog.wordpress.com)
There’s a hilarious reason for why this post is so late- well, Shruti found out about the award nomination, replied to Gracie’s comment, and being a little inexperienced with blogs, didn’t realise that she’d have to do a blog post on it. Then we were so caught up with pre-board exams and schoolwork, we never checked the blog until today- when it hit us that we never did a nomination-acknowledgement post.
So Gracie, we’re so extremely sorry this is a whole month late (forgive us, please?)
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers for this award
- Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.
How did our blog start?
Arya: It’s a bit of a long story, haha. We go to a school in India which has a few weird rules and a few antiquated teachers who love making us follow them. (Basically, they’re very conservative and ‘sanskari’- so much that it goes to the point of gender discrimination and body shaming). Shruti and I tried talking to our teachers last year, and trying to reason with them. We also started school gender equality clubs with our friends but we weren’t given the support that we deserved. That’s when we realised that young people’s voices and opinions- even when they make sense- are merely dismissed. No one asks children what they think, and I wanted to make myself heard.
Shruti: So, one day, Arya sent me a link to a blog post and asked me what I thought about it and I loved it and I had a huge doubt that Arya had written it herself, so, I asked her and I was right. I, obviously, supported her but then she asked me one day, if I’d join her and we could run the blog together and I agreed and took about a month after that to upload my first post here. And we just went on posting what we really wanted to post about. That’s a brief-ish story of how the Indian Avaaz started.
Two pieces (literally) of advice for new bloggers:
Shruti: We’re not particularly old at this blogging game but I think writing about topics you’re passionate about is a really good idea because that’s what Arya and I do. When you’re in a creative field, it takes time for your “creative juices” to work their magic and using words carefully isn’t the easiest job. I think the key to blogging is to enjoy it. Have fun with the blog, don’t do it for anyone. Do it for you.
Arya: In addition to Shruti’s answer, I’d like to say that it’s also incredibly important not to feel like you’re obligated to write a blog post every few days. Instead, wait for inspiration and write whenever you feel like writing, and not for the sake of meeting deadlines. Blogging is more about you and your personal growth than anyone else’s.
Blogs we’d like to nominate:
- The Rant Girl
- Suns and Stars and Dreams
- Lola and Sasha
- Shamona Koshy
- Samsara Baniya
- Mak Arafath
- Hari Kartik Ramesh
- Jeyna Grace
- Nitin Nair
Arya and Shruti