4th Anniversary Giveaway

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Celebrating the 4th anniversary of my blog

Time for another milestone in the life of this blog. After celebrating 200 posts recently, it’s time for the 4th birthday! And so much has happened here in these years. 

I still remember the first email that I got from WordPress at the end of 2015 to reveal – The blog got 18770 views from 10388 visitors from 144 countries in 15 months of its existence. It also had the top performing posts among other stats. The stats have moved up to 44300 by the end of 2017 leading to an all time total of 1,31,132 views. 

TOP PERFORMING POSTS

What is interesting is that the top performing posts on the blog have remained consistent, adding to the views over the years. You may want to check them out here:

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13 Key Lessons I Learnt From Writing 200 Posts In 3 Years

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A 200 post milestone is a great time to look back on the blogging lessons learnt

200 posts! 113022 views! 76669 visitors! In a little less than 4 years! Seems like yesterday that I hit the 100 posts mark! It’s been a hard but rewarding journey! I have nurtured this blog like a baby and from teething troubles to teenage tantrums – we’ve gone through it all! There were times when the blog was a pliant infant easily giving in to my writing endeavours. Other times, it behaved like a recalcitrant toddler that just wouldn’t allow me to pin down ideas. As it grew, we also had our share of spats when we snubbed each other for weeks! But no matter what happened, both of us have stuck together through it all. The passion and the love with which the blog was created ensured that come what may, it wouldn’t wither and die.

The story starts in July 2014. This blog began taking shape. As I took baby steps in creating my professional presence online. The right theme, pages to add, content for the pages, look of the home page, planning content for the posts – decisions and more decisions to be made. And the blog has come such a  long way since those confusing times! With so many revamping sprees in between. It’s still a work in progress. It’s also learning in progress. 

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2017: The Year Gone By

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Blog stats for 2017

As another year ends, it’s time to take stock of how the blog fared and what Soft Skills Studio has been up to. From being featured in the newspaper to an interesting stint with Toastmasters, here are the top highlights of the year:

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Thank You For The Highest Ever Views On The Blog!

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Soft Skills Studio was started as a blog to share my experiences in training and expertise in skill building. After a lot of research, I figured that there was need for a training blog that talks about skill building tips and other related areas. And it has been 3 eventful years – it completed 3 years recently – and I have written about a variety of topics related to communication and soft skills. From the series on speaking skills and vocabulary building to stand alone posts on productivity, listening skills, writing skills, effective communication, training, coaching. There have been book reviews, event reviews, Twitter activity updates, TED videos and what not! In fact, it is hard to capture the essence of the blog in a few lines. And yesterday, on 3rd October, the readers proved that the effort that goes into writing this blog is indeed worthwhile! The blog got the highest ever views on a single day, in 3 years. And there’s another interesting thing about this piece of statistic…

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The Top Achievements of 2016

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2016: The annual blog round up! (Photo credit)

As the sun sets on 2016, it is time again for the customary round up post summarising the main events of the year. A lot of exciting things happened this year – on the blog and off it – to make the year eventful. There were books reviews, blogging events, videos were shot and posted for the first time and the the blog posts here went on to be published on other esteemed platforms. Here’s a quick summary:

To begin with, there were quite a few book reviews through the year culminating in a list of brilliant books I read in 2016. Coaching was an important part of the posts this year. I also finished my first stint with iOwn, India’s first social change movement through coaching. It was a great experience working with my client and bring her to a level where the difference was evident to both of us.

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A Soft Skills Journey That Completes Two Years

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It’s been a journey that completes 2 years this month. July 2014 – a milestone in my life when this blog was conceived and I set out to share my knowledge and experiences on this blog. And I can’t thank all of you enough for the love, support and encouragement you all have shown to this blog. Even though posting on a blog and setting up a thriving training business is hard, I have thoroughly enjoyed pursuing my passion. It has had it’s own ups and downs and I thought this is a good time to look back on them. 

It’s scary to traverse unchartered territories when you start something new on your own. It is stepping out of your comfort zone and bid adieu to the predictability of life. You can follow others for inspiration but one’s own journey turns out to be unique and different. It is waking up every morning and taking the next step forward without letting the mammoth journey ahead intimidate you. Easy as it sounds, some days arrive ponderously with self doubt that refuses to go. But ploughing on is the only choice. When I look back, there are a few things that come to mind that might help you in your journey too. So, here they are in no specific order:

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