Radhika's Diaries

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“People call me a blogger. I generally shy away from the term because to me, bloggers are boring, self-obsessed narcissists who use their website mainly as a means to discuss the inconsequential minutiae of their day to day life.”

So says – not I, folks – an anonymous writer on the net. I bet you guys thought I said it, right? But, I couldn’t possibly have said such a thing. Firstly, I don’t even know the meaning of most of the long words in it and I can’t pronounce them either without biting my tongue.

The concept of ‘blogging’ first appeared around the late 1990’s apparently – a blog being a short form of the term ‘web log’ which consisted of text entries on the web in chronological order of date. Among other things that people did with their blogs, many recorded events and activities that updated friends and relatives on what they were up to. There you are – inconsequential minutiae?

When I announced to the world somewhere in late 2016, that I had decided to start blogging, it was not surprising that a friend of mine shied away like I had just sneezed thousands of coronas on her. Can’t blame her. She fervently requested me not to write about – in the anonymous writer’s words – inconsequential minutiae. In her words – ‘what time I woke up, what I had for lunch and what I did after.’

I assured her I wouldn’t.

The idea of blogging didn’t simply come to me overnight. I used to write as far back as I can remember. There were plenty of opportunities for me to take up my creative pen. I regularly wrote for my college magazine. And then there was an Inter-College Festival which ran a writing contest one year – Write-A-Lot – and my humor entry won the 1st prize. People sat up and took note then. From there to writing short humorous ‘middles’ for the local newspapers of Goa was a hop, skip and jump.

Then there was a long gap of no writing at all. Let’s blame it on marriage and all its consequences. It would be years later that I would take up a pen again.

Until then I had never paid any heed to the blog world. I only knew that Amitabh Bachchan blogged and so did Twinkle Khanna. Celebrity stuff ya know.

One fine day I decided that celebrity or not Radhika Acharya would blog too.

This earth-shattering decision being made, the next step was to set up my site. Now, I always was, am and forever will be on, not so friendly terms with computer and technical related issues. So my best option – rope in my tech-savvy twin sons into this grand project.

I therefore dashed off a longish message to one of them via WhatsApp. I ‘wrote-a-lot’ in my message if I remember – about blogs in general, my blog in particular and finally ended the epic message by rather belatedly asking if he knew how to set up one.

“Yeah,” he wrote back. Brief. To the point. Obviously we won’t see this chap entering any ‘write-a-lot’ contests!

Pretty soon, the dear fellow set up my own wee little blog with all its trimmings. I simply came, I saw and I wrote. Traffic was slow, stats were depressing … but I wrote, because I loved it. No aspirations, no ambitions. Just blogging.

I would have gone on ‘just blogging’ till Judgement Day probably but fate had other plans. The A 2 Z Blog challenge happened. And how! 26 posts, one for each alphabet each day through the month. That, I tell you, changed the scene.

The online blogging platform Blogchatter dared me to think beyond blogs into the covers of a book. With the luxury of Kindle Direct Publishing and the encouragement and support of my new online blogging friends, I converted the 26 posts written in 10 days flat, into book format in 5 days flat, in spite of the fact that MS Word tried its best to bring me down to my knees. Did I mention that I have twin sons? They come in handy at times like this.

Thus was born my 1st book The Adventures of the JP Family. Although I have miles to go before I can call myself an author, I’ll get there some day.

For now, with one e-book on Amazon and another baking in the oven, the scene looks kinda cool. It’s no more just celebrity stuff.

Amitabh Bachchan blogs. So do I. Twinkle Khanna writes books. So do I!

Cheers!

I’m taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa 2020.

And I also take this opportunity to dangle my book under your nose with the fond hope that you go check it out! πŸ™‚

The Adventures of the JP Family – a fun filled book of short stories about a fun family!

68 thoughts on “I blog, therefore I am!

  1. Archana says:

    Aww this is so sweet of you, I admire your quality of simplicity Radhika ji, you’re bundle of talent yet so grounded. Congrats for your books, I remember the joy of reading JP family posts in 2019 A2Z challenge, the charm of JP family made me fall for your fine writing skill. Wishing u Many more acheivements in future.

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  2. Ruchi says:

    I just loved this one! amitabh bachan blogs, twinkle khanna, radhika acharya and so do I !

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  3. Yours is an earnest story and one that many can take inspiration from. Your passion for blogging took you from writing a post to a full fledged book. That’s applaud worthy. And yes!you are just as much a celebrity as Amitabh or Twinkle. πŸ™‚

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  4. dpranita583 says:

    I think I have read your some articles in the past. But now i Understood your journey.

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  5. arv! says:

    Interesting blogging story, Radhika. I’m glad your voice found it’s way through blog.celebrity stuff! πŸ˜€

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  6. Ha ha I must admit the first sentence did have a compelling feel to it πŸ˜€ .. Kudos on converting into a book, that;s mighty impressive. I sometimes do get the question about why I blog – I guess it has come to a stage where it is extremely hard not to.. After having written about food, movies and what not – I finally seem to have settled around a business themes which has now started to inspire me a bit. Great to know about your journey and looking forward to lots more πŸ™‚

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    1. So the 1st line hooked you!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ Thanks for going through the rest of the post and staying to comment on it.
      Yup blogging is now 2nd nature to us right? 😊

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  7. soniadogra says:

    Oh I loved it Radhika. And I’m waiting for your second one now. Btw even Dr Watson had a blog/paper column that I think made Sherlock Holmes more famous than he would have otherwise been. So you can tell your friend that sometimes inconsequential stuff makes you Sherlock Holmes!

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    1. Hahaha. Yes yes. I remember reading that somewhere. Let me add Dr Watsons name to the list too! πŸ˜„
      Btw, this is my 2nd in Alexa. πŸ€—

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  8. Blogaberry Foo says:

    26 blog posts in 10 days!!! Wow that’s like a dream I have and am trying hard to achieve. I don’t have twins, just two kids of different ages but quite noisy. It’s only since last month that I am sitting and writing and letting them do whatever they want.

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    1. Oh boy! The A2Z was an amazing trip! Don’t have the courage to attempt it again frankly! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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  9. hehe this is so true! can totally relate to!!

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    1. Haha! Glad to hear that. We’re all sailors in the same boat! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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  10. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Ha ha it is so interesting to know about your beginning of blogging journey to become a published author. love the line “Amitabh bachhan .and twinkle khanna..”. I agree blogchatter is one of the most amazing platform and they had given a great opportunity to people like you and me to nurture their blogging carrier with best possible efforts.

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  11. Your writing is relatable and that’s what keeps me hooked. JP family is cutest.

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  12. I immensely liked reading this post. Sums up everything we bloggers go through. Keep writing!

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  13. I started blogging ages ago – but never have I shied away calling myself a blogger! Very honest account of your mental state as a blogger! πŸ™‚

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  14. jaya1966 says:

    Wow! The way you wrote that post you made me proud of the fact that I too am a blogger. I feel like saying ‘Amitabh Bachchan blogs! Twinkle Khanna blogs! So does Sitharaam Jayakumar.’ I have been a blogger for three years and have written two suspense thrillers in Amazon KDP. There is miles to go before I caan call myself an author.

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    1. That’s awesome. You are well on the way to call yourself an author. Thank you for reading about my blog journey and good luck with yours. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  15. Suchita says:

    And you my dear Watson are no less than the Amitabhs and Twinkles of the world. You do you! Also what a fun post to read – thank you πŸ˜€

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  16. aditi says:

    What an enjoyable read:)
    Blog just happened to me as well, and today I count myself among the bloggers😁
    See what life has in store for us!

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  17. Harshita says:

    I was chuckling through out while I was reading this!! you defnitely have the gift of seeing the absurd in the mundane. Will have to check out your book on Amazon!
    (BTW back link to that?tch tch, you let such a good opportunity of shameless marketing go!).

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    1. Ouch! I never thought of that! Bachchan or Twinkle would never have let such an opportunity go by! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
      Thanks for the reminder. Am on it rightaway! 🀟

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      1. Harshita says:

        Glad to helpπŸ˜€

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  18. Atulmaharaj says:

    Glad you went ahead and started blogging, if Amitji can, Radhikaji can do it for sure!

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  19. Nils says:

    Loved your writing style! Im sure will like your book as well. Way to go blogger!
    P.S: bless your sons.

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  20. jainnehas says:

    Your style of writing is amazing. It always leaves a smile on my face.

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  21. Haha! Very sweet post, Radhika. I was grinning ear to ear while reading your blogging story!

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    1. That was the plan my dear, to make my readers smile. I think I can retire peacefully now! πŸ™‚

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  22. Big fan of your writing skills and your book too. You are a modest humble soul. Cheers

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    1. Awww Thanks dear so much. Your comment has made me one happy soul today. πŸ™‚
      Cheers to you too.

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  23. Aarti says:

    Hahaha.. Let me join the bandwagon ! Congrats on your e-book ! Way to go..I too came back to blogging with A2Z and then forgot about it ! I hope I can continue..

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    1. Thanks for the wishes for my book Aarti! πŸ™‚ And wishes to you too for continuing your blogging. Please do!!

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  24. shail says:

    Ahh the similarity between AB, TK and us we all blog. Loved your write up it is so honest. We all love our blogs and we are what our blogs are.

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    1. That’s true. We write what we are in our blog posts. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  25. You have such a way with words ; waiting to read your books . Loved this post.

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope you do read my book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. 😊😊

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  26. what a journey! Blogging is such a wonderful part of who each of us are, and i am glad you embraced it! and sharing this story is a lovely reminder for everyone too of their love for writing and reading.

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  27. Ashvini Naik says:

    What a witty, fun & delightful documentation of your journey it is, Radhika! Inspiring, indeed. Wow!

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    1. Hey Ashvini
      Thank you so much. I’m ao happy you found it so. That was rhe intention while writing it.

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  28. I really look forward for your blogs. They definitely never seize to bring a smile on my face. Wonderfully penned.

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    1. Awww. Now that makes me ine happy blogger. Thank you sooo much Sweta! πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  29. Truer emotions weren’t spoken about a blogger’s life than this

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    1. Yup yup! I’m sure it resonates with all bloggers if not some! 😊
      Thank you for dropping by!

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  30. You’re so inspiring! Loved the line about Amitabh and Twinkle… You’re a star!

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    1. Hey…. that’s such a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much! πŸ€—

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  31. mummatalks says:

    So you are too shining with the stars now. Lucky you. All the best and great going.

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    1. Thank you so much.

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  32. Lavanya says:

    congrats on your book. Keep blogging and delighting.

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    1. Thank you so much Lavanya. For your kind wishes for both my book and blog! 😊😊

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      1. Whoa! This was a fantastic read radhika. You have this way with words that engages the reader. Please keep writing more.

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  33. Nupur says:

    i absolutely loved this post, and everything about it. I’m definitely adding your book to my reading list.. and am very glad to have come across your writing via the good folks at blogchatter and their “my friend alexa”!
    Can you also hear your mental jukebox belting out “Oh my friend ganesh, tu rehna saath humaesha” every time you see that hashtag? No? Only me then…

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  34. kittysverses says:

    Always love your posts, Ma’am. πŸ™‚ JP uncle is my favourite.

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  35. Tina Basu says:

    This is such a lovely post. Sometimes you just need to write for the love of writing. Congratulations on your book.

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  36. That’s quite a journey. But I am glad that you persisted. I am glad that you found your way back. The blogosphere would be a little less perfect without you and your blog. Please keep writing and never even dream of giving up! I am glad that you have got people to help you when it comes to the tech-savvy stuff. πŸ˜‰

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  37. Wow Radhika such an amazing story of how you stated with blogging. I can imagine how much happiness it brings to have a book written in your name. We are all stars I am sure who take time out of our schedules to come up with something so true from our hearts in the form of the blogs.

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  38. IiLing says:

    I have a copy of your book saved in the computer months ago, managed to read a couple of entries but time hasn’t been too kind, then the ancient thing screwed up. Your twin sons could be handy here. Nevertheless, it is inspiring to read your journey, always lighthearted and funny to slap off the seriousness and mundaneness of life.

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    1. Oh yes you mentioned downloading my book then. 😊
      That was my 1st. I’ve come out with my 2nd just days ago. You could catch that too.

      Hoping the ‘ ancient thing’ is better now or replaced, because in these times it is indispensable!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

      Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely comment! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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      1. IiLing says:

        Woohoo! You must be on a joyride, what a thrill to hear it! All the very best Radhika in your new adventures. Perhaps its best ancient things remain where they belong. The mobile phone is all I have in these rural parts, and that too – only if there is electric power to feed the battery and wifi.

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      2. On 2nd thoughts it must be a blissful stress free life.
        I realise half of my problems arise from devices. πŸ™„πŸ˜„

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  39. Radhika ji take a bow! What a heartfelt post and I am so touched by your conviction of getting back to writing after all these years. I have always been a fan of your writing after I laid my hands on JP family! Keep writing and spreading the cheer . We look forward to it.

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  40. Poonam says:

    Your writing is true to you tagline. I can relate to ‘write a lot’ and after marriage and all the consequences. I need few tips on how to keep alive the writer in me.

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