“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr.Seuss
If I could be a superwoman, I would, But I cannot, so I am me..and me – well, my name is Vidya and my online pseudonym (comments posted as most times) is LadyInRead. This pseudonym is thanks to a friend who came up with the suggestion to use one, as well as the name itself! And as the name might suggest, I read, a lot. I have been reading books, according to my parents, since I was three when I first learned the alphabet and have not stopped since.
My other interests include writing, experimenting with cooking, traveling, dancing, and music. I review books (including picture books, YA books and books for children and adults on my blog). When I am not doing any of the above that I included as my interests, you might find me on Netflix watching everything from Jessie to Jessica Jones!
Writing Fuels me
Writing has been a treasured part of my life forever now (well, since I learned to write anyways, and before that, I made up stories to tell my little brother), and blogging is an extension of that. As a child, I wrote poems, stories, and participated in writing challenges whenever I could. Everything I wrote, no matter what it was, gave me a sense of accomplishment that it energized me, made me happier, made me ‘me’, and that eventually led to a better me, which meant I was able to also help others (tutoring classmates the previous night before finals and all through the year was one of my first such experiences; mom would worry that I would not be able to focus on what I needed to study for, but teaching and sharing my knowledge made me better at it so it was all gooood!) (By the way, I also experience this same energy-up when I work on art or end up taking a really good photograph or somehow manage to have cooked up something yummy that is also healthy)
What was I blogging about?
My initial blog started out as my spot for my R&R – this could easily mean the traditional ‘rest and recreation’ or my little twist on the traditional ‘Recreation and Relaxation’ or my very own ‘Raving and Ranting’. In the beginning (and even today), I read many blogs about blogging – and many of them had a central message – “pick a niche”. That led me to thinking – what is my specialty? I realized I am more of a Jack of Many Trades (with some level of mastery in a few) and it would be me being me, if I wrote about all of those passions and interests I have. So I have been writing about reading, travel, participating in memes, sharing recipes, tips, my poetry, and photographs, life’s magical moments, parenting and its many facets, reviews of books and products, and more.
All those varied things that I want to write about inspired me to add the tagline for my blog – this is not a niche-less blog, but a blog(ful) of niches!! I will keep working on my blog and improving it, adding little touches to make it more like home, a cozy place for readers to drop by and explore.
Today, I hope to keep doing all that and also include more posts where I can let my readers relax a bit, learn some more, and leave with a smile on their faces, facts in their brains, a spring in their step, and a desire to return (of course)!!…