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so, it’s been a year and here we are || hi again!

a year ago, earlier this month, sometime around the quite hour of 3 a.m. i had started this blog on a book drunken haze. and here we are. damn, i sound like some sort of one toothed old man reminiscing about the past. i don’t have any special post or competition prepared and i am not a gifted poet. so, this post is basically going to be me rambling on. i wasn’t sure i wanted to make this post, but i wanted to have something to look back on. so, yay! happy blog-anniversary to me and The Fictional Journal.

before i get into anything else, i just want to mention these two lovely amazing gorgeous human beings, who have been my anchors these past year – nehal @quirky pages and pannaga @state of craze. i know i am not the best texter and i disappear a lot. but thank you so much for sticking around. despite your weird-ass pranks, you guys mean a lot to me. <33

i would love to give you guys a life update, but it’s all the same. we are still under lockdown and it’s been 18 months now. finals for high school, looking for colleges, recommendation letters – it’s like too much happening all at once. not to mention that our official all-india examination starts from november and we still don’t know how it’s going to be conducted. and one of these days, i swear to god i am going to kidnap a child. ’cause people be like, “oh! this is so easy. even a child can do this.” i mean~ yeah, let me just hop on and bring in a kid and hand him a graph and some inverse calculus shit.

on a more positive note, i have been reading. and it’s been fun. for a while, i was just so burdened with all the arcs and this weird constant pressure of keeping up with new releases ever since i started blogging, it was hard to focus. i am so grateful for the amount of traffic and support that i received from you guys, but it was so overwhelming. especially for someone like me who is terrified of people. it was like, i had to make sure that each of my posts outperformed the last one and i had to constantly come up with new ideas, interesting things to talk about, or click baits maybe. lol.

basically, what i am trying to say is that it’s a silly advice when people say don’t bother yourself with statistics because admit it. more often than not, it does become a major part of your motivation. and hey, wanting to grow is NOT a bad thing. lmao, i sound like i am re-assuring myself.

*this post is so all over the place*

as you can see, i am totally out of ideas right now. and yeah motivation. so, i am just going to “fare e well” and take off.

but before i go, i would like to share this one quote. this one line which keeps me going and i cannot even start to explain how much it has changed my outlook. but here it is:-

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

i am sorry for not being able to acknowledge everyone who has helped me get to this point. i just want to thank you for every read, every like, and every comment. it never fails to bring a smile on my face. and on a parting note, please somebody send some motivation my way. ’cause i have negatives.

what is the one type of post that you would like to see more of (from me)?

have a great day!

~ ashmita

114 thoughts on “so, it’s been a year and here we are || hi again!

  1. Congratulations on the one year anniversary Ashmita! Even though I am not all that active on your blog, I love reading your posts!
    Here’s to many many more years of blogging!
    Also, all the best for boards- I haven’t studied at all, lol

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  2. Ashmita!!! Wow, it has been a year! Congratulations! You’re doing great girl and don’t worry we will always love your posts. I love that you try tons of new stuff and that’s what makes you unique. I would love to see posts like- “letters to my favourite character” , “pretending to be your favourite character for a day” like, behave like them and see others’ reaction lol. Here’s to many more happy years in the blogosphere! I wish you luck for your exams.

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  3. 3 am thoughts are the best decisions of life ZD. Congrats Ashmita! And you’ve grown so much in a year, I do hope you’ll fare-well-er. Congratulations again!

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  4. I stopped writing long comments long back. But for you, I will. I am now. The day you started your blog, I didn’t even know you existed. But I’m so glad you did. And yeah, here WE are. I’m glad you wanted something to look back on and made this post. And now, here’s the moment I congratulate you! Congratulations Ash! For 1 year, 1k+ follows and for all those โ™พ๏ธ memories!

    And yes, I am a lovely, amazing, gorgeous human being. Not so sure if Nehal is ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, you disappear a lot, and you’re not the best texter there is. You freak us out. We wait for a comment or the read image thingy in hangouts to know even if you’re alive. But we still love you! And dude! Idk about Nehal’s but my pranks are not “weird-ass”. They are Weasley level pranks. Da best there are. And don’t worry, we’ll stick around forever, even if it’s just to irritate you with our so-called “weird-ass” pranks ๐Ÿ™‚ and you mean a lot to us too!

    All the best for all those exams and stuff you need wishes for. And I’m sure you will be where you want next year. I may not be right next to you, but I’ll be there in the same country ๐Ÿ˜‰ and seriously, stop worrying if you can do it. You can and you will. Just believe in yourself. And I hate math๐Ÿคฎ and I’m ready to accompany you to kidnap that kid.

    Tell me those click bait tricks. I want traffic too!!! And I completely agree with you, stats are not stats. They are motivation for us to keep moving. To not self doubt, to not freak out. And dude, all over the place posts are always awe-mazing (I created that and you’ll be sued if you copy it. It’s copyrighted) All ppl will like it if it’s all over the place. Because it’s all over the place and ppl are everywhere. And people like something they relate to and I’m rambling. I’ll stop now.

    Thanks for that quote. Really.

    And love you dude. No matter what. Will be always there for you. Will be always waiting for you to come online xD and make some time for yourself. Do what you actually want to, for a day. Not something you want to do to set your future right. Just one day. Be happy. Enjoy. I don’t know if this is the kind of motivation you needed, but here it is.

    I don’t wanna send this comment. Feels too personal. But doesn’t matter. For a minute, it was just me and you. And Nehal, if you count the 2/3 times I’ve mentioned her. Let’s not care about the world for a minute, and have a virtual group hug, the 3 of us. Love you loads as. This post was about to bring tears in my eyes. Whatever you are doing now, it’s enough. You don’t need to do more. People who love you won’t want more from you. And we love you. And you deserve all the love there is. And you’ll get it. Don’t worry. Say 1,2,3 and hold my hand. Everything will be alright.

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  5. Yo Ashmita!!!!! Congo dudeeeeeeee ๐Ÿ˜. May the next year of your blogging be filled with loads of chins…uh, I mean, good books and amazing stats and great friends like, ahem, me ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
    Why do I somehow have this feeling like you’ve already been blogging for a year ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚. I don’t know why but it just reels like your one year of blogging would’ve already happened, lmao.
    I’m not writing too emotional stuff like panna, boy, that comment!!!
    And yah, you’re a horrible texter ๐Ÿ™‚. You get us freaked out, vanishing into thin air. Though I’m not blaming you, so it’s fine. We’ll be there to “kick your ass with our pranks” once you get back….you know I might just leave hangouts for a few days just to give you a scare……๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
    Also, write more of those “books characters that wud vibe with ts” kinda posts, love ’em!
    Hope you’re fine, Ashu โค.


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  6. Great friends like you, and AHEM, Pannaga THE great too๐Ÿ˜Ž and my comment was not THAT emotional! People should call you the exaggeration gurl! You exaggerate every single thing! And yes, posts like those are really good.

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  7. Ohhh yaayyy congrats on one year of The Fictional Journal! Happy blog-anniversary! Here’s to many more years! You’re one of the most interesting bloggers I found in the blogosphere and I’m soo grateful I did! And I hope you finish off with all your exams successfully, can’t wait to have more posts! Lots of lovee!๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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  8. Happy one year, Blogiversary. (That’s a real word, right? It better be.๐Ÿ™‚)
    I feel you about the whole high school finals exams. People should really stop saying “a child can do this.” A child CANNOT do it.
    Anyway, I wish you the best of luck.
    Nice post here though.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Hello! Congratulations on coming this far with your blog! Though a total newbie in this blogging sphere, I am glad to say that I have already passed this difficult phase of the 12th boards and applying to the various universities. I totally understand what a turbulent phase this might be, cherry on the cake being this pandemic. But for sure I know in a year or two, you will look back fondly to this time in your life. All the best, you will be fine!

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  10. Ahhh that’s so AWESOME! congrats on 1 year Ash!โค๐Ÿฅบ And, I understand you love, I’ve been feeling like things are moving a bit fast too from the past few weeks. But you know what? It does get better. I’m doing a loooot better now than I was, a few weeks ago. So hold on, stay positive and just tell yourself “I’m a badass b*tch and I can SO handle this shit.” and get it done! I hope you feel better soon! Sending loads of loveโคโคโค and also, I love all kinds of post from you! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

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    Your blog is amazing. Period.
    Its one of the best things I read . Be it book reviews or weird lists(ahh that nose picking list๐Ÿ˜‚) or recommendations, you have such creative and cool posts!! Ekdom ashadharon๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    You’re one of those few people in the blogosphere with whom I relate to a very very high level and with whom I can have long conversations in the comments sections which range from books, music, characters, poems and soooo many more things!โค

    Trust me, you’re a wonderful person inside out. Also, all the best for exams!! I am sure you’ll ace it!!๐Ÿ’ฅ

    Congratulations on a year, on 1k and on having such a successful site!! Love ya!!๐Ÿ˜

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  12. Pomgrats Ashmita(because i am a little bored of congrats and it sounds like pomegranates and i love pomegrates and they are of a pretty colour)
    You know you actually have to worry about the exams. Till the point that it the worry and stress about failing forces yourself to work harder๐Ÿ˜‚
    And making revision sheets is also really helpful you know. That is what i do. It takes an eternity but make it really pretty and you’ll actually enjoy reading them because of the prettiness haha๐Ÿคฃ.
    And just pick a random topic to revise every day. One that you want to revise.
    AND if it is maths, just work the whole book over again. When i have exams i work out the whole books and then everything becomes easy.
    Just joking….of course you are going to do great duh๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ

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  13. Happy blogiversary, Ash!! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ It feels like more than a year. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this, but your blog has been a huge inspiration for me. ๐Ÿ’™ You’re one of the bloggers than I’m REALLY happy about when they post, no matter what it is. ๐Ÿ˜Œ
    Have a great, sarcastic day! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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  14. Roshni thank you soo much for these kind words!!! Aw thanks a lot. That sure does reassure me a lot ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ and thankx again. And ah thankx for these ideas!!! The letter one sounds super fun!! And lol that would be fun. Here’s to more for you too ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿ’™

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  15. And now I know why everyone wants a writer/poet for a best friend. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’œ And yeah, please don’t stop with your weird ass pranks ๐Ÿ˜‚ I luv them! Even though they tend to give me miniature heart attacks every now and then ๐Ÿ™‚ all the best to you too panna! Thankx for this lovely lone moment that u created just for the three of us. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿจ

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  16. I am so sorry this comment is like 1 week late (๐Ÿ˜… I’ve got a lot of catching up on posts to do haha) BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING, ASHMITA!!! I love your posts so much, and it genuinely makes me so happy to see your posts in my reader! Also, your blog graphics – AHHHH! THEYRE SO GORGEOUS!!! MY EYEBALLS HAVE BEEN BLESSED! REALLY.

    And for what kind of posts Iโ€™d like to see more of – Snippets from your novel, please, please, please, please, please! Like I’m literally dying for more!

    Good luck with exams and life and i hope you manage to kidnap a kid who does not turn out to be some child genius from another galaxy because we need to prove people wrong, right?? But the chances of kidnapping an alien kid are really low, so you’re probably safe. Probably.

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  17. Ah, Anoushka no worries! Thank you so much dear!!! That makes me so happy to hear ๐Ÿ’œ and thank you!!!!

    Omg that means so much to me! I wilk definitely share snippets from my novel as soon as I can. Thankx for the support. โœจ

    Thank you. Good luck to you too!! Lmao now that would be fun. Probably. Haha.

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