You Complete Me (Poetry Contest) – Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the poetry contest on my blog 🙂 I hope you have some fun, and get a little bit of inspiration from this prompt.

The rules are simple.

  1. Before you post your entry make sure that you’re following my blog.
  2. You can post your entry to the contest on your blog.
  3. Link back to my blog on your post. And leave a comment to your entry here in the comments section of this post.
  4. Title the poem appropriately, you can use your images or original art if you’d like to.
  5. Your poem should be a continuation of the following lines.

Poetry is like the air I breathe,

Reading is breathing in and writing is breathing out.

Two of which I cannot live without.

If you have any doubts, feel free to ask me what you need to know by leaving a comment. I’ll respond as quickly as I can. By the end of the week, which is 24th December, I will pick a winner and they get a chance to be featured on my blog. Please share this post with your friends if you know anyone who’d like to participate.

Thank you and good luck! 🙂

– The Obsessive Writer

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Why I upgraded to the Personal Plan on WordPress (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Getting a domain for free can cost you. Besides having a thing for a good paradox, that line has a lot of truth to it. Let me narrate the story of my search to get a free domain name and hosting. A domain is the name of your site and hosting is where you store it. Many of you on WordPress might have “yourblogname.wordpress.com” ,If you went for the free plan or you’ll have a “yourblogname.com” ,If you paid for your site.

WordPress is a safe bet if you want a free blog. But having a subdomain, that is the .wordpress in your site name is not what I wanted. I couldn’t apply to any advertising companies like Google Adsense or WordAds to monetise my site so I wanted a full fledged domain name. And I wanted it for free. Because I thought, why pay for something when you can get it for free!

There is a way to do that. You can get your domain name from a website called freenom and host it at hostinger, a site which does web hosting for free. You can look up this process on YouTube. This is a simple matter of pointing your domain to the nameserver of your host. In simpler terms, making the name of your site point to where it’s contents are stored. So when someone types in your site’s name, it’s contents show up on their screen.

So I did that and installed WordPress. I was the proud owner of “http://www.theobsessivewriter.ga” the free website didn’t come with a .com, they gave me a less preferred .ga, but I was okay with that. Then I installed WordPress and had my own self-hosted site.

After that came all the issues. Like, I could not install any widgets. The host gave me a very small storage and it couldn’t even handle installing jetpack(a blog stats widget). And to top it all off, I went onto freenom to try getting another free domain name. when I typed in my site “theobsessivewriter.ga”, in the name search just to check, it did not say it was taken like it was supposed to. Instead, it simply made that free domain name a paid one. And it was priced at around 3 dollars. So anyone could buy my site and I wouldn’t even know.

The thing is, I shouldn’t get mad. I had no right. I didn’t pay for it so they don’t owe me anything. But they did not have to make such false promises. This is just something you should know before you step into these things. Free things are always unreliable. All the hard work you put it will just be taken away without an explanation if someone is willing to pay for what you got for free.

In WordPress the free plan is pretty trust worthy. They won’t take away your blog unless you violate their terms and conditions. And incase you ever want your own domain like I did, be very careful when you make your choice. You can go for a self-hosted blog or upgrade your current free plan to personal or premium or business in WordPress.

I preferred to upgrade to the person plan on WordPress. Because I am a blogger/ writer. I just post my own content and it’s not under any niche. I am here for the community. If I had gone for a self-hosted site, my posts won’t show up in the WordPress reader anymore and I would have lost all my followers. That’s another thing. When you upgrade from free to a paid plan on WordPress, it automatically transfers your followers to your new site. So I’d say, self-host your blog only if you have a niche. Stick with WordPress if you’re a personal blogger like me.


Thank you for reading! I hope this recount of my experiences were useful. If you like these type of posts please let me know and I’ll post more blogging tips related content for you guys. 🙂

– The Obsessive Writer

What My Dreams are Made Of

Some people can captivate you with words,

Like the sound of their voice simply resonates with your soul.

Like every thought they utter has crossed your mind.

Like they have discovered in you, things no one else could ever find.

Like them,

I do not aspire to change the world,

Nor do I wish to touch every heart.

I could never be that bold.

My wings could never soar that far.

My dreams are made of simpler things.

In a lifetime of writing,

If I could touch a single life, make a difference to one person,

That is all I dream of; that would be enough.

©️ Abirami

Love Letter

She recollected the contents of the note: she left on his desk, earlier that morning.

It wasn’t 

Your eyes, 

Your smile,

Or your personality. 

I fell for the way you made me feel safe in the heart of a raging storm. 

-XOXO

P.S. You can keep that heart, you stole. 

Seven years later, he framed it for their anniversary.

© Abirami

The Sentence 

“She’s just a writer”, scoffed the politician as they stood in front of the courtroom.

An hour later he walked out in handcuffs. It’s a shame he couldn’t appreciate the irony of being sentenced.

© Abirami

5 Hilarious things people in new relationships do

  1. (Ten minutes after dropping them off at work) I miss him so much. Right. Sure. That’s cute. These are the people that later rent an extra apartment to “have some me time”.
  2. The “no you hang up” phase. Need I say more?
  3. Matching clothes, matching shoes, matching lockets, MATCHING BLOODY EVERYTHING. But it’s cute though.
  4. Love is not loving enough unless it’s expressed on social media. The struggle to be couple goals is real these days!
  5. Gone are the days of ‘Ann’iversaries. Now we have weekaversaries, monthaversaries, half yearaversaries. So what else? Even making it past one night seems to be a huge milestone these days.

These are some of the funny things I could think of! Relationships are awesome. 😀 This is just some light humour. What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment. 🙂 I hope you had a laugh!

– The Obsessive Writer

Masks

Who’s turn is it today?

Will it be,

The ambrosial lover, or the mad cynic?

The unforgiving critic, or the loyal advocate?

The curious child, or the unimaginative adult?

A different mask a different day.

Take it off and what are you?

A reflective vessel of scars and hopes.

© Abirami