How to find inspiration for blog writing

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

Some attribute this quote to Somerset Maugham, others to William Faulkner, but the fact stated in the quote does ring a bell.

The Writer’s Block

Pink Noise, Allison Jardine
Shared on Twitter by @alisonjardine

A number of times, we find ourselves in a situation when the creative juices in our brain dry up. Ideas don’t crystalize and words don’t flow. This is what you call a writer’s block – a term previously reserved for writers and now extended to bloggers as well.

The block could last for a few hours or a few days or a few weeks, when you are not able to cook up any ideas. Inspiration simply doesn’t strike. It displays erratic behaviour, striking at its own will instead of yours.

It could indeed be an annoying situation when you want to write, but just can’t figure out what to write and how; all the more frustrating if you have deadlines to meet.

 

Influencing Inspiration

Is there a way by which we can influence inspiration so that instead of striking randomly at any point of time, it strikes habitually at some regular intervals?

I prefer to believe that it might be possible to train our minds to think in a particular manner that enables us to habitually draw inspiration from certain triggers. My reason for this belief is that initially when I started blogging inspiration would strike only once in a fortnight, but now it strikes almost every alternate day. Maybe, with practice and over a period of time the mind trains itself to think on certain themes in a round clock manner.

When inspiration strikes, ideas firm up in the crevices of the mind and words flow out with ease, like a stream of water gushing out of an orifice.

 

Where do creative ideas germinate from?

Good ideas rarely strike all of a sudden. Even a brainwave may result from certain thoughts that may have resided in some corner of your mind over a period of time.

A creative inspiration is often needed to trigger off those thoughts. The creative inspiration may come from looking at a work of art, or on hearing a great story, or while listening to music, or maybe while you take a walk in a garden. A creative inspiration may also come when you strongly feel about how something should be, perceive a conceivable gap in how things really are, and start working on your hunches for addressing it.

 

How to find inspiration for blog writing?

Here are some tips to help you to find inspiration for writing blog regularly.

Discussions – Discussions with like-minded people can be a great source of inspiration. One creative thought may spark another. An engaging or an uplifting discussion expands your mind in some way, thereby creating the condition for other ideas to emerge.

Prompts – Writing prompts help at times by narrowing the focus and thus allowing you to think on a theme or a pointer. Prompts often help in maintain the schedule. However prompts can sometimes get restrictive and may or may not work for all.

Identifying triggers – Triggers work differently for different people. By identifying the conditions that trigger off ideas, one can recreate those conditions. I hardly get ideas when I am looking into the laptop. Most times the ideas occur while doing some other mundane work and my inspiration for writing haikus comes from looking at beautiful images of nature. Likewise, if you get inspired by listening to an inspirational talk or music, or by watching a movie, by reading a book, by looking at art work, or while taking a walk in the garden, you can repeat these activities more often.

Taking a break –  At times, if you feel knackered, at times it is best to take a break for replenishing your creative energies and come back recharged. Fresh ideas will start cropping up in a rested mind.

 

A good piece of creative writing

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. “– Ayn Rand

Good creative writing, in my opinion, requires the presentation of a good idea in a way that elicits the desired response. Use of ornamental language without a good idea or a value proposition to the reader or without a gripping plot falls flat. Also, a good idea if not presented properly will not interest the reader.

 “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekov

So, for the continuous influx of good ideas it is imperative that we make inspiration to strike regularly.

Having said that, I am still trying for inspiration to strike every day in a scheduled manner.

Tell me how do you inspire yourself to write regularly?


This post is a response to the question posed by Deeshani Batra in her post Sunshine Blogger Award

What is the most difficult part of the writing process, according to you?

Before I end I would like to thank Deeshani Batra and Shweta Dave for nominating me for Sunshine Blogger, Ashish Kumar for nominating me for Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Nancy Seeger  for nominating me for The Leibster Award. Sorry Nancy for taking a hell lot of time to respond.

I know I am bending the rules and not adhering to the formats. Honestly speaking, have lately written about myself (thanks to Ravish Mani ) , so avoiding that. But then, keeping with the spirit of blogging and writing I will let the ideas flow.

 

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84 thoughts on “How to find inspiration for blog writing

  • July 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm
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    Wow wow wow Somali. Really this is so inspiring. This is so motivating. Sometimes I face this situation when I really want to write something, but the river of thoughts is still and static. I just give up then. And when I am not thinking about writing, suddenly a thought triggers and I just save the thought with little information in my mobile. So just one thought triggers thousand of thoughts, just like ripples of water waves. And I have started writing on this blog after taking a gap of 6 months. And I am feeling good that I am back. 🙂
    Thank you Somali for these words. And congrats for the awards. 🙂

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  • July 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    Such a lovely post.. I feel the block at times but happy to find inspiration again 🙂

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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    Congratulations on the award nominations. You deserve them. Nice inspirational piece from you, timely too for me who’s new at blogging. I get egged on esp when someone writes back how much the blog content benefited them. I share what’s inspires me and if its been the same for you, I am delighted and ready with the next blog 🙂

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    • July 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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      Thank you so much for your kind words sir, I agree that it really feels good to know that the content has been of some value to others. I find your explanation of slokas very enlightening. Will certainly hop on to your post today. 🙂

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    hmm.. actually I always think & experienced that my thoughts are somewhat different & opposites(may my thoughts are wrong/silly 😛 ) to others ,, & thats my inspiration to write… as well as my own mistakes & other’s mistakes are also serve as inspiration to write .. ! 🙂

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    • July 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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      Why do you think your thoughts are silly? If your thoughts inspire you to write they can be different not silly,

      Refer to the line below..irt ralates to your saying that mistakes are your inspiration…
      A creative inspiration may also come when you strongly feel about how something should be, perceive a conceivable gap in how things really are, and start working on your hunches for addressing it.

      So we have some similar thoughts..and I warn you to better not to imply that my thoughts are silly .. Got it? 🙂 🙂

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      • July 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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        wow ! if we have ‘some’ similar thoughts ,then I have to say that “‘some’ of my thoughts are really very great !” 😛 🙂
        I said that my thoughts may appear as silly to others because it can be judged by others. But I also have the faith in my thoughts
        Thanks a lot 4 UR gr8 comment.. its the most inspirational comment for me 🙂 so I am inspired by you ! 🙂

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    Agree to all that you have written here as it happens with me too 🙂 In past, I used to think that I can just copy art though my hand is good but I could never paint on my own but as I have become regular in writing, I am getting ideas to paint as well 😀

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    • July 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm
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      Thank you Roohi. You know what ..I have a pretty similar experience in sketching..I can copy sketches well but can’t make on my own…at least now I get ideas for writing on my own..haha .
      Good to see you progress on the painting front. 🙂

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  • July 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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    An inspiring post for blog writing. Congratulations for the Sunshine Blogger, the Very Inspiring Blogger and the Leibster Awards .

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  • July 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm
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    You got it right. Inspiration also comes with practise. It is not easy to get a trigger just sitting around.

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  • July 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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    absolutely agreed Somali . yes we should be training our minds to draw inspiration thru different sources ..

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  • July 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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    I follow your blog, and I have seen that you churn out a good post almost every alternate day, sometimes even daily. Keep it up Somali! I am trying to maintain 2 posts a week….my major issue is maintaining a schedule as you have pointed out in your post. Great post!

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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    a very inspiring and helpful post…

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  • July 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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    Writing regularly…this is one area I need to practise seriously. Thank you for the post. It will help me organize my thoughts. And congratulations for so many awards Somali. You deserve them. Happy blogging! 🙂

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    • July 9, 2015 at 7:43 am
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      Thank you so much Moon. Actually its a bit difficult at times to be regular. Maybe with practice we can all improve. 🙂 Have a good day.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 2:38 am
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    Congrats on receiving all those wonderful awards… 🙂

    We all face writer’s block. I often find myself standing in a bleak tunnel with no words around. But somehow I’m fortunate enough to find an inspiration soon…I think the practice of writing regularly at least a page, even a freestyle one, really helps… 🙂

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    • July 9, 2015 at 7:27 am
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      Thank you Maniparna. Yes you’re right. It does depend a lot on practice. Maybe the brain gets attuned to thinking in a particular way.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 6:42 am
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    Congratz for the awards, Somali.

    A well written article indeed encompassing all points. Liked your selection of quotes. My fav is Chekov’s. I believe the greatest inspiration for any creativity is calmness of mind – inner peace. I found spending some time with nature is always useful.

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    • July 9, 2015 at 7:30 am
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      Thank you Ravish. Since your writing can be a window to the state of mind, something written with a turbulent mind may not come out well. Spending time with nature is a source of inspiration for many. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 7:33 am
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    Hey Somali, the post is incredible to get ideas to write and prompts, discussions help a lot. So many ideas cropped when for instance, I was ironing clothes and doing other stuffs. Thank for this one.

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    • July 9, 2015 at 9:01 am
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      Hey same here Vishal. Many of my ideas crop up while doing all odd jobs. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  • July 9, 2015 at 7:39 am
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    Ohh…my suffering is of a different kind…I have numerous unfinished drafts of articles. Hopefully I would finish some of these very soon 🙂 Well I liked that Anton Chekov quote …as a reader I too would like to see the tint of light reflected(may be) on the tranquil waters of a lake 🙂

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    • July 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
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      Thank you Bushra. Hope you soon finish the unfinished articles. Maybe you can complete the articles in a go, before the idea evaporates, because then it becomes twice as difficult to bring back the same thoughts.
      Have a nice day. 🙂

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  • July 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    What an inspiring post on blog writing Somali.. each of your lines are mesmerizing! :’) And congratulations for so many wonderful awards. Hats off! 🙂

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    • July 9, 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Thank you dear. Looking at your posts, am sure you will also get as many awards or more. 🙂 Have a great day.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    Super post Somali… prompts help me a lot 🙂 Cheers

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  • July 9, 2015 at 10:07 am
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    Loved all your pointers, Somali. Congrats on the awards but you know I wonder why we bloggers sweat so much. If inspiration does not strike why push it? Just give oneself a tag. For those who are desperate to write, I think tags and memes provide great ideas for a post. I personally just let it go. 🙂

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    • July 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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      Million dollar question Rachna. ‘Why bloggers sweat so much’. There is absolutely nothing wrong about pacing the writing schedule as per one’s schedule or convenience or wait for inspiration to strike, but as one finds inspiration more often, one gets further motivated to write more often, so kind of self evolving or maybe an addictive process. The key, I think, lies in trying to maintain quality of content.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    Writing itself is an inspiration. You feel so refreshed and optimistic, after writing your heart out..

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    • July 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm
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      Probably the therapeutic effect of writing keeps people hooked to it. Thank you for stopping by Noopur.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm
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    What a wonderful post Somali !! I am in agreement with all of your points. For me personally, ideas behave like wandering sons.They enter when you least expect them :p
    Someone said that and it sticked with me :Don a serious note, prompts ,a (short) break and exploring definitely helps.
    Congratulations for the much deserving Awards dear 🙂

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    • July 10, 2015 at 7:26 am
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      Ideas enter when you least expect them to. I agree in toto. Btw ideas that strike on looking at blueberries are simply out of the world. 😉 Thank you for your wishes and have a lovely day. 🙂

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      • July 12, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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        Ha ha Somali..Thankyou dear 🙂 you know, actually, it all started with a blueberry cake which my cousin brought on 27th June, my wedding anniversary…so you can conclude the extent of the effect/inspiration if the cake that finally it came out as that haiku set in July!! Gastronomical Inspirations 😀
        Love .

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        • July 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm
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          Gastronomical inspirations are delightful indeed, at least in your case or maybe it was the anniversary effect.:-) A very belated happy anniversary dear.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    This is a wonderful post!! Yeah the block really does get on the nerves…..and congratulation on the awards!!

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    • July 10, 2015 at 7:10 am
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      Thank you Saurabh. Of course reading puts ideas into our minds that we can further build upon. Have a nice day.

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  • July 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    Lovely points, Somali.
    Nice that Deeshani posed this question 🙂 That’s inspiring to write!

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  • July 10, 2015 at 10:13 am
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    Personally, for me, having a deadline helps a lot. When I know there’s a deadline, ideas come out of God knows where!

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    • July 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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      Hey that’s good Sreesha. if deadlines work for you, In fact it is proven by research that setting deadlines is an effective way to motivate yourself . Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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  • July 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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    To be honest Somali, I think the writers block is more of an excuse we keep giving ourselves not to follow through. I once read somewhere that you should write and keep writing and that is where excellence comes from – the constant action. I agree that it is difficult to write very regularly but I also think that it is a committment we have made to our readers and ourselves which will take us ahead in the long run..

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    • July 10, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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      I agree Vinay it becomes easier with practice, but then its not just an excuse, Maybe more to do with the frame of mind, one is in on a particular day. Thanks for sharing your perspective on this.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    Thanks for this lovely post 🙂 Congrats on all the nominations 😀
    For me inspiration strikes very rarely. This is another reason I began the 100HappyDays challenge. Now, I’m getting more themes and trying to channelize them 🙂

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    • July 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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      Challenges can sometime force the discipline on you, And once into the challenge, ideas do come through, In fact the A-Z challenge gave me the impetus to start my new blog.

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      • July 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm
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        Could you tell me more about the A-Z challenge? I saw a lot of bloggers taking it up but couldn’t follow up closely.

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        • July 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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          Ranjini , the A-Z challenge was organized in April. Each day (barring the Sundays) the participants had to write a post starting with an alphabet in the order A to Z. Think about more than 2000 bloggers participated and some % among the participants actually completed the whole challenge. This is being held since the last 4-5 years and will be held again in April next year,

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  • July 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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    Congratulations Somali for the awards 🙂 I am still unsure what triggers me to write… Sometimes I start to write a fiction and end up writing a and, for me its all about the emotion I carry that moment and fortunately haven’t faced a block yet 🙂 the tips you gave in the post are very relevant and helpful 🙂

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    • July 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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      Thank you Shweta. I must say that the emotions expressed through the short fictions echo instantly with the reader.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm
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    Congratulations on the award nominations.Thanks for the inspirational post. 🙂

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  • July 14, 2015 at 10:21 am
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    A blogger can understand this very well. Inspirations, we need them. 🙂
    Congrats on your awards, it shows how popular you are! 🙂

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