Blogging 201, day nine

Day nine: The Buddy System

Are we nearly done already? Time evaporates when you’re having fun.The commons is filled with lively conversations and tons of support.

Do you have a blogger who comments thoughtfully on your posts_ that person who always takes the time to ask a good question or add something   witty or insightful to add to the conversation? Your thoughtful commenter might just become your blogging BFF. If there’s a blog that always brings out the best in you,that’s another place to start.

There is a blogger I’ve known for three plus years. He and I started the online course on Poet Iqbal at the same time.

He is the first one who started blogging which gave me an idea, something I’d never known before.

He has become a very good friend. He always writes his comments whenever I post something. He is witty and insightful, he never fails to encourage me and my writing.

He I think is my most thoughtful commenter. Yes I think he does qualify to become my blogging BFF.

His name is Robert.

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365 Writing Prompts: Blogging

When I started blogging I knew nothing about it. I read a post written by Robert another blogger and wondered if I should try as well. I had no idea how to begin I was helped by Akhtar Waseem Dar, he suggested to start translating some of Tagore’s Poems because I am a Bengali and know the language.

It wasn’t easy, as a young child poetry was my best subject, I read all kinds of poetry written by famous poets. I learned English, Bengali and Urdu in school. I learned to read, write and speak in these languages. Since Bengali is my mother tongue, I had more opportunities to read Bengali poems written by famous poets.

I loved Tagore’s poems, he wrote a lot of poems for children, one of them was: Brishti paurhey tapur tupur : meaning Rain is falling drip drop. This was the first one I translated, Akhtar Bhai(Bhai means brother in Bengali and Urdu) I use brother to show respect. He read the translation and encouraged me a lot. He thought I did a good job. I began to feel confident, I continued to translate Tagore’s poems for a while, then I switched to his song lyrics and started translating them as well. All this time Akhtar Bhai continued to encourage me. There were times I felt insecure, I didn’t know if my translation was worth reading. I’d let my daughter read it before posting, she’d read it and say: “Mom I like it.” this encouraged me more.

Now Robert whom I’ve known from my online courses is a great help, he reads everything I write and always writes very valuable and encouraging comment.

Then there is Khurram A.Shafique, a writer I’ve known through online courses, he is also the facilitator of the course. I address him as brother. He has been very helpful like a real brother. I feel fortunate to have these three awesome individuals encouraging me.

I cannot remember how but along the way I met Leslie Moon, she is a very gifted poet , I love reading her poetry, I write my comment most of the time, sometimes I’m not sure what to write.

I had once mentioned about not having enough readers of my post, she encouraged me to read posts written by other bloggers. I do read some of the posts and leave my comment. This is how I met Indira.

I am happy I have written and posted quite a few translations, stories, a few poems.  I love reading and memorizing poems but writing them regularly is not one of my strong points, so I leave it for Leslie to write and me to enjoy 🙂

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k: https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/365-writing-prompts-blogging