This is a post I had written (half-way though) long back. I thought of completing this now as a gift to Dew Drops.
Because Dew Drops recently crossed 10,000 hits. It was only in March this year that it managed 5,000 hits and at that time, 10,000 seemed a long long way to go.
Thanks to each one of you who made it possible! 🙂
So here goes my story! Dew Drop’s story… 🙂
Towards the end of 2010, as part of our social media marketing initiatives, we were meeting quite a lot of professionals to set up our own social media strategies. I was shocked to see the exorbitant prices they were charging for something so vague, unclear and with which the ROI (Return on Investment) cannot be theoretically measured or quantified. This was my impression about social media at that point of time. 😀
I wanted to know what this whole buzz about Social Media Marketing was.
And why was it that people were charging such high amounts.
So in the second half of 2011, I ended up ordering the books showcased below.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I did not receive any except the Google AdWords book. They would have thought why sponsor a nerd’s crazy dream. 😀
On a serious note, one of the books was out of print and the other was getting revised.
I would have read at least about a hundred odd pages and posts with not much avail to convince myself. That’s exactly when I decided to jump into the ocean and learn swimming. 🙂
In the process, I learnt that it isn’t as easy as it sounds from the outside. There’s a lot involved. Money, the right Google AdWords to choose and buy, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Analytics, proper linking, timing…in short, a lot of back-end work is involved to make a project a successful venture.
Thus was born,
‘Dew Drops‘ 🙂
I created the blog towards the end of September, 2011 and fiddled with it during whatever spare time I could get with a job in hand and also a 5 year old and a 3 year old to handle. Posts were added probably once in a month or two. Randomly though.
The name Dew Drops for my mad love for rain, raindrops and dew drops. 🙂
In between I also changed the name of the blog to ‘Insouciance‘. Thesaurus shows its meaning as casual lack of concern; indifference.
I had a very different notion for it, which read, pure and free of stress.
Alas! No one ever understood it or agreed with it and I was tired of explaining too.
Later on, when I was sick of the numerous queries about the Blog Name, I decided to roll back to the original, cute and simple,‘Dew Drops’.
It’s only in December 2012 that I started off with active blogging. And the credit goes to none other than Mr. Right.
He’s the one who encourages me to write, write and just write.
He makes me click anything and everything and asks me to write about it.
You can write about it on your blog.”
I sometimes completely forget about the pics and that’s exactly when he comes up with,
“Did you write about that?
A lot goes to my Dad too, who made me write so many letters during my childhood. Had it not been for him, I wouldn’t have had the passion for writing.
The best was when on an evening stroll with the Kiddoos, Anu abruptly asked,
“Mamma, you are an author naa?”
I laughed and laughed and informed her that Mamma is just writing a few posts out of passion and to become an author is a Big Big Dream, which she’ll chase a little later. As of now, she is just an infant learning to climb up the first few steps of the ladder. It also gave me a chance to tell her, that in life it’s not always necessary to get what you want. Sometimes you reach the finishing point much before the anticipated time, thanks to the unexpected support of magic ladders sent from above and sometimes you fall on your back because of the snakes waiting to gobble us up. We should not stop for anybody or because of anything.
Just do your best and chase your dreams!
I am loving this phase of my life and the experiences involved in writing. It helps me discuss a lot of common issues, learn new things, broaden my vocab, vent out and of course, improve my sense of humor. 🙂
I am happy that I am finally doing something that my heart has always wanted me to do.
Writing has also helped me gain many a friends in the blogosphere. 🙂 Overall, its an ecstatic feeling. 🙂
With best wishes to many more of my kind,