In a word- EXHAUSTING!
I’m not a poet, okay? I’m not a typical, traditional, properly-rhyming, meter-following poet. But yes, it has been many years (seven, to be exact!) since I’ve tried my hand at incorporating rhyme schemes, at the very least, in my poems. Personally, I find them very restricting, but kudos to everybody who manages to write some honest-to-goodness poetry following the traditional pattern.
Because writing poems, as I have come to realize, happens to be no easy task. Even less so when you have to write one every single day for an entire month. For somebody who took up the #NaPoWriMo challenge for the very first time, I’d like to think that I did a pretty good job of it, rhyme scheme and all (yay!). But really, I’ll let you be the judge of that!
Writing every day kept me on my toes and gave me a much-needed push to write more often. I know I shouldn’t compare my art to others’, but sometimes you can’t help but. I admire all these amazing poets so much! I won’t lie, a lot of moments had me second-guessing myself and left me wondering if I could post my work on time. But I did. Every day. I guess it’s what kept me pushing myself to write more and more.
I didn’t want to go overboard with big and pretentious words in my poems. I kept it simple, just like I keep my blog posts. This isn’t about my vocabulary. It’s about how many more people I can reach if I stick to words that everybody can understand. I wrote my poems with no hidden meanings or sneaky puns. What you see is what you get. And I am glad that it worked out well.
Having said that, writing for NaPoWriMo also gave me a lot of time to think about what changes I could possibly bring to my blog. I think I’ve written more than enough poems for a while now so I might post more personal stories like this one. I started my blog as an online diary of sorts, and it’s high time I actually wrote about some really inspiring things I see around me. And that is exactly what I’m going to do.
Quite honestly, I did not expect so many of you to patiently put up with a new post every day. I thought it would annoy you after some 10 odd posts, but I was so surprised with everybody who kept up with my amateur poetry for a whole month. It means so much to me and all the love and support you gave me is very much appreciated. I just wanted you all to know that.
I’d like to think of the entire month of April as a personal mountain. I scaled it, I nailed it. And so did all of my fellow writers and poets. But I’m absolutely disappointed at the fact that nobody engages with our content as much as they do with the content Instagram bloggers put out there. It might be because nobody wants to read anymore, or it could be because nobody wants to share a writer’s content on their page.
Either way, consider this a humble request to engage with the content we writers put out there. We sometimes spend hours to write our hearts out and it takes so much courage to publish all of that on social media platforms. Leave a comment, take a few minutes to read what we have to say— and I know this is not a lot to ask of you because everybody spends time watching stupid, undeserving content. Appreciate art more because it makes our day better, knowing that people actually care about what we do.
Thank you to everybody who has stuck with my content and encouraged me to go on with NaPoWriMo. I promise I’m bringing you a lot more content very, very soon!
~ The Shubhster.