About the blog
I started this blog in the Summer of 2012 just for fun. At first I was my only reader. I even pressed the like button on my own post to test it out since there was no one else reading this.
Since then, the blog and its readers have grown and the blog has developed its own character. I value it now as much for my own words as for the insightful comments readers post here. Currently I plan to not have a plan for the blog. I want to let it grow organically in directions that it wants to explore taking any shape or form it was meant to grow into.
About the content
As it stands now, I post a lot about writing and reading keeping it all very simple making these posts both entertaining and instructive for others as well as for myself. Many of these posts have also turned into instructions specifically about writing blogs.
My personal favourites are the essay-style creative non-fiction pieces that I put up from time to time. The rest of the posts are on whatever catches my fancy–humour, culture, travel, education, fiction, global lives, social media, life in general, things that happened or anything else which piques my curiosity or turns out fun.
I grew up in Calcutta, India and moved to Florida, USA for higher education after which I taught writing at a big school in California, USA. I’ve moved around a lot since then from the New York City area to India to California to Singapore and then back to Florida’s beautiful coast. I’ve met some wonderful people along the way who have made those places I lived in worth knowing. I collected a couple of degrees in English literature along the way and worked in the field of Writing Studies but I still cannot say that I’ve even begun to scratch the surface of either field of study. (Updated April 2016)
Bottledworder was my third choice as far as names go but my very first real blog. My first two preferences were already taken that night the thought of starting a blog struck me. It has been nice to live as just Bottledworder in the blogosphere for the last six months remaining gender neutral and identity-less. However, many readers have been assuming that I’m a “he” and I began wondering what it was about my style that made them think I was a man. Although I am a woman, I don’t mind being whatever gender my readers assume I am based on my writing alone. That’s who Bottledworder really is. Just human.
I’ve started to quite like myself as Bottledworder lately. Thank you, readers, for reading along!
November 15, 2012
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