So many thank you I have to convey, that I am seriously at a loss of words. But still I will try.
Firstly @mirakee thanks for this beautiful app, truly a Writer's Paradise. Secondly @writersnetwork for all the nine reposts, each time it only motivated me to write better and more.
It was March 2019, when I started using this app on the recommendation of a friend, and the first post was "Aib Hazaron" which loosely translates to "A Thousand Flaws". I have deleted it now. But it was the first one and how excited I was to be getting around 5 likes for it!
I remember how I lost my shit when I received my first repost. I wondered how can someone find my post worth reposting? So thankful for those initial encouragements.
I only posted 7 poems that too very small ones, whole of 2019.
Then came the historic lockdown. So I picked up mirakee again. And started writing again. Initially I wrote for the Writing badges, and gradually achieved all six. It was a major motivation.
I used to read, with wide eyed wonder, those posts with 50 reposts or the posts getting WN reposts and PODs. It used to look like a dream, unreal and unachievable.
So the feeling when I received my first WN repost (March 2020) was INEFFABLE. check at (#wnrepost_of_j)
I still remember my shrieks when I received my first POD in August, 2020. With that I had achieved all this place had to offer as rewards for good writing.
Of late, I have stopped worrying about reposts and likes. I now write on topics close to my heart. On Feminism, Caste Discrimination and my LGBTQIA+ mates. And since I stopped fretting over these, I gained so many friends and sisters here. So many.
I also got a brother #kehta_hai_joker who taught me a lot through his life and words and even his passing away was so surreal, that he lit not only in me but in all those he talked to, a flame to keep reading and writing. Cheers to him!
In this journey I changed my pen name to HARFKAAR, which is one of the best moments I had here.
I used to think what would motivate me once I have achieved the POD, but the love you all give me is what keeps me running, pushing me to write, to tell about people who keep fighting despite limitations society puts on them.
Thanks of for the love, courage and support. I need it. And I am grateful, happy and humbled for all of that.
Because of the love and team work I did and still do so many collabs. They are my best posts. ___________________________________ Now I mention my friends who have helped me write better and stay here (tagged in comments).
Side note: Please DO NOT tag and re-tag WN and/or Mirakee multiple times in comment sections in an attempt to garner a repost or a POD. If someone has already done it once, then don't do it again, as this constitutes harassment. A better alternative is to use their hashtags in the caption area of the post, as I've done below.