2020

A decade with WordPress! OOF.

randomlyabstract is 10 years old and I’m 24! WHAAAT! I opened this blog today to write this very old, little to-do list sorta notebook I found from 2009-10 today and found this annual notification (this one being so special of course). Coincidence much because that diary mentions this blog as well and apparently I used to mention other stuff in it like my online activity, my school activity (aka which subject to prepare for) and more IMPORTANT things I had to jot down to remember sharing with whomever it concerned, etc.  Like?

I love and hate this weird rush of everything that has happened in the past 10 years. It was a lot. I run a new WordPress-hosted website now but this place will FOREVER be home. ❤ I know that I feel like a stranger here sometimes and hurt myself by backspacing a lot of things I wish I could write but on the whole, I can always return to this part of my “self” and find solace in the randomly abstract world that it is.

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By the roaring waves!

Eight years? Bus?

Oh haaai, happy wordpress-versary to me. It’s been EIGHT WHOLE YEARS OH MY ALLAH!

I mean, that’s a lot. I just saw this notification and felt compelled to write a post. How much I have changed in these years and so has this blog and my relation with it. The PEOPLE, most of all. They were all such stories.

I don’t know, it was different back then of course. My current state is somewhat like my last post. My current hobbies are different than the old ones. Today I talked with a friend and after so long felt so free to speak whatever I had in mind, zero filters. I really needed that. It felt liberating even when I was being so vulnerably weak-ish. It is important, I guess, to have someone listen.

She was very surprised to hear that I don’t read books anymore. I don’t know, it doesn’t feel that bad to me. I’ve accepted it. I can’t.

I wrote a darkish story after a long long while and I’m so glad I did. I had stopped doing that COMPLETELY after two ridiculous comments. That was liberating too.

Today I really wanted to write. I would have, but I lost inspo somewhere in between. But it would have kinda only been an effort to go back to this place in my mind so I’ll just read it and leave you with a link:

♫heart·strings

Yep that’s all. End of weird post. Who still blogs?

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2015, Event

Fifth blogversary! (6/9/15)

Heey.

randomlyabstract turns five today.

it’s kind of a mess right now, tbh. i also deleted the first one i wrote today. but for the sake of all them cool times i’ve had and people i’ve met and things i’ve written and read and enjoyed and the whole journey which helped me know and grow and stuff, here are free imaginary pizzas and desserts and chocolates and balloons!

thank you everyone for being there. please write a nicer celebratory post on yours.

love, Me.

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2013, Awards

Happy Anniversary to Myself!

Checked my mail and a recent comment on a blog brought me to check and I am so glad I did! Here’s a great surprise sent just now from WordPress and reminds me of what I had forgotten! (Only I wonder how I forgot my day. 😦 )

Happy Anniversary!
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2013, Awards, By the roaring waves!, My Writings

I’d like to thank Y’all!

My beautiful ladies and gentlemen! I welcome on stage, our very famous (?) WordPress blogger who started her career almost three years back and is now a proud owner of… erm, just 230 posts! Anyways, on your huge applause we have here with us: Miss Randomly Abstract!!!

*Deafening applause* (A lady dressed in a royal blue sarri comes forward to the stage and turns to wave the crowd before she climbs the first step.)*gestures thankyou by waving her hands* and takes a step forward, still looking back and thump! (the crowd gasps unitedly and looks in horror at the fallen creature)
The host first looks horrified, than he crouches as he tries to keep his laughter when the angry lady shouts at him.

“You bead-eyed! Can’t you see your guest has fallen? Is it not in your list of manners to come ahead and help her up???”

‘Oh sorry ma’am. I’m very sorry’, says the embarrassed host as he hurries towards the step and holds her hand to help her stand.

“Now here. Next time remember to be dutiful. If there is another next time, God forbid.”, hushes the lady in his ear.

‘Sorry for the interruption ladies and gentlemen! Here we have our beautiful blogger, Miss R.A with us. Let us make most of this honorable occasion and ask her about herself’, says the host in an effort to bring things back to good.

“Hi everybody!”, exclaims Miss R.A as she forces the host away and takes his place on the dice. (the host looks disgustingly)

“I am Miss R.A. And this is a very blissful occasion as you see. I have been honored with a numberrr of awards by my beautifullll readers!” *she hides her purse behind the dice and opens the zip secretly* “And so, I’d like to thank each one of you for your support and appreciation. To finally commence my speech, I’d like to…” *her hands in her purse as she tries to find something, her forehead wrinkled with confusion* “quote my favorite….

(Oh wait, where’s my speech? *lady looks terrified as she fails to find her paper which she had kept in her purse*

The host comes forward, forgetting the previous disrespectful situation and asks politely if she as lost something.)

“Yes. I have lost my mind, say that. Where is my written speech?”, she asked.

‘No problem missus. Don’t fuss please. Say whatever you remember or what ever you’d like to, please’, pleaded the irritated host.

“Yeah if it was you, I would have seen how not to fuss when your paper’s missing. It had taken me the whole long night, then another more hours to get it proofread and now that its missing, you tell me NOT TO FUSS? NO PROBLEM it is? How ridiculous!”

‘Well ma’am. You are getting off your limits. Kindly pardon the crowd and end up with your turn already’, the host half-shouts.

“So well my dearies,” continues Miss R.A as she completely ignores the host, “I am still not too old to forget what my favorite quote was. My lovely friend Paulo Coelho once said:

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

And you see, that has stood true for me! Here while I stand addressing you all at this position on such an occasion, I think it holds true for me. It must, for you too.

Now coming back to my bunch of awards, you see I have got a whole lot of them. This is the third time I have been called, and I shall be pleased to announce what I have in my trophy closet for now!

Firstly, thank you Bee for these special awards! I am so glad you thought of me! 🙂

Second, I must thank Ajaytao for gifting me with so many of them: that day and this day! And as you generously ask me to choose on my own, I will choose those that are new and my favorite. Thanks! 🙂

Now, thanks to my very dear friends at Two Rights Attempting To Make A Left for these awesome tokens of love:

And now, well here is this Shine on Award from Special One and lets please invite him here to praise me.

He: You are a genius! You write beautiful prose and poetry! You deserve this Shine On Award from me, please accept and oblige!

Me: Why Special One! Thankyou!! 🙂

He: “every blogger thinks that they think so much and too much and so deep and too deep and no one can match their brain pattern and so on and on. actually you people are just social rejects who dont have humans to listen to your rants.”

Me: WHAT?? What the hell are you talking about? I, a social reject?

He: “Writing is not a skill. It’s not, ask a 5-year-old to write some thing about his/her favorite thing and they will have some words on the paper too and some one would find a deep meaning and hidden metaphors within them. writing is just a way to kill time and to boost your -..”

(Lady looks baffled. She doesn’t know how to respond and cuts in.)

Me: Thankyou special One! I really appreciate you thought of me, but well I think your time’s up. You may leave.”

He: Every one responds with thankyou for reading it and I respect your opinions and blah but inside they are probably either planning the murder or devastated and let down. Relax love.

Me: THANKYOU SPECIAL ONE. Please leave!

He laughs and says, oh and you have a very awkward blog name! Then he goes away. (Lady sighs with relief while the crowd hoots for that brave man. Lady looks sternly at the host who is laughing hard so that he immediately stops and pretends to be serious.)

“Well my followers! That was just a funny admirer, he has his own ways of telling how much he appreciates it.”, adds the lady calmly.

“Here we have some more awards. Which one is this? Oh my beloved friend White Pearl has given me the Awesome Blog Content award. Why White Pearl, thankyou sooo much! :D”

From Tanumoy

Host: Ma’am are you done yet?

Lady: I’ve won many awards and I want more. If you want to call it hunger then I’m hungry for awards.

Host: Didn’t Shahrukh Khan said that?

Lady: What’s with you??

“Now here is our another lovely friend The Only Martian who has honored me from the Shine On award! Thankyou dearest! :)”

From Lalaruk and Moniba

“Thankyou my friends for thinking of me! You see, I am not following any rules except expressing my gratitude which is because I am very very happy! 😀

Now I’d like to end my post- erm speech here. Yes host, keep on mimicking me. What do you think? Am I blind? Anywaaaaaays, thankyou all!

And yess, to let you all know how thankful I am, I must allow each one of you to choose these awards, so those of you who follow even any single of the following terms, qualify:

  • Those that rate my poems Can You Draw Hatred and/or The Shadow Show.
  • Those that like my facebook page here: Randomly Abstract, which you must do gleefully! 😉
  • Those that are already linked here.
  • Those that comment below! =D
  • And even those that just like! (yes yes, grab your favorite ones!)

Now thankyou and rejoice! Your favorite awards are yours! 😀

(Lady waves to the cheering crowd and takes a step forward when she realizes she is forgetting her purse, turns back, picks her purse and paper and waves again, not forgetting to shoot a stern look at the impeccable host who is grinning joyfully.)

*The End*

This speech has been written in response to the Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats: You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech? / Last but not the Least.

Related awesome entries:

http://amelielockhart.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/realisation-dream-daily-prompt-id-like-to-thank-my-cats/

http://readingwithafeather.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/daily-prompt-writing-will-help-me-win/

http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/headless-horsemans-victory/

http://okaywhatif.com/2013/08/27/what-if-i-received-an-award/

http://unknowinglee.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/speechless/

LATEST: Miss R.A wants to thank these 200 followers on her blog! Thankyou. You all deserve ice creams!

+200 FOLLOWERS

+200 FOLLOWERS

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2013, Awards, By the roaring waves!

You are amazing!! And you know that, don’t you?

Because if you don’t, then this post will let you know that you are! And if you already do, it will only confirm it for better!

Awards, for me, are lovely tokens of appreciation and honor! This post is to specially thank all those lovely readers who have nominated me for some very amazing awards! And also, to pass these tokens to those that deserve it better..

The awards that I show-cased previously in my post “Two and a hundred” have their rules pending. Plus, I have been nominated by two THREE more bloggers! So here I go. 🙂

super-sweet-blogging-awardThe Super Sweet Blogging Award

That indeed is the ‘sweetest’! And I feel elated to have this! It has been given to me by Amira.

The rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you. >Thanked her in this post. But of course, I will thank you again because this has excited me all over twice! 🙂
  2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions. > The questions that she has asked in her post Trophy Closet are:
    • Cookies or Cake? – Cakes! Ice-cream cakes especially, Fudge is awesome too!
    • Chocolate or Vanilla? – I like both, but I’d prefer chocolate! Preparing one for me? 😉
    • Favorite sweet dish? – Well, lab-e-shireen. Or you may call it fruit trifle.
    • When do you crave sweet things most? – While studying! Seriously.
    • Sweet nickname? – Mars, my friends call me that. Though I’d like to stay Maria here. 🙂
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post. > Did so. Thanks again!

  4. Nominate your nominees on their blog.

>Below are four sweet bloggers whom I have nominated for this award! Congratulations and really, you deserve it! 🙂

If you are interested in answering ‘sweet’ questions, then please answer those that amira asked me. I can’t think of any better! 😉

♦ White Pearl

♦ Mary Clever

♦ Ardizza

♦ Sweetsaltyandscrumptious

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liebster award

The Liebster Blog Award

This too is from Amira and is one of the best! I love it!
Liebster in German means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean “favorite”..

The rules for this one are:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself.
  2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebester Award.
  3. Notify these bloggers.
  4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebester Award
  5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated.

    The Eleven Facts!

    (Eleven? Really, eleven? And I am stuck on the first.)
    Alright, here:

    • I wrote my first poem when I was nine titled ‘Guess who make these?’ (Which stands for: Who Is Our Creator?) 🙂
    • I am the type who saves everything, from gift-wrappers to old chit-chats so that I cherish the memories later! I find it difficult to forget things, or people.
    • Tablet, iPhone, or Laptop – these are currently in my wish list. So feel free to gift any of these. 😉
    • I have a huge collection of memories: from embarrassing moments that are always as embarrassing as were in the first place! *blushes*. And happy moments which are always pleasing to think of! (Isn’t this similar to the second point?)
    • I am very bad at making decisions. For instance, I will think a hundred times before changing a blog theme, and will end up on the one I use, miserably.
    • I like to paint, sketch, and write. (I have said that before. But you see, the rules doesn’t say it has to be a new fact!)
    • I have a list of countries in my travel wish-list. Malaysia has always hold magic for me, maybe because of its name.
    • I am badly stuck at point eight.
    • I was very fascinated by Enid Blyton books when I was a kid. 🙂
    • While in school, I participated in Spelling Bee competition and won the district round! Then our name appeared in the local newspaper as ‘spelling bee stars’! (Another memory for the list..)
    • I rarely use Twitter, and I have begun to dislike Facebook too. I like to socialize, but these platforms now bore me.

    Now The Answers:Amira has asked the following fun questions:

    • Why do you blog?

    I blog to share, so that I can pour my feelings and relax!

    • If you can be another person for a day, who do you choose to be?

    Personally there are few roles I might like to switch but just a day won’t satisfy. So I’d select being a President!

      • Why do you choose to be that person? (this makes it easier answering doesn’t it?) :)

      Because the authorities that I will be granted will almost make me feel I have got a magic wand! 😉 You see, I have a day’s switching only. So I will borrow this role and make permanent amendments to set things right!

      • If you were to exchange your hands with someone else for 24 hours, whose hands would you have? (I borrowed this question from someone)

      Umm, 24 hours? My mother then!

      • Why did you choose the person you chose above. :)

      Cuz she has the most beautiful hands always taking care of me! 

      • What is the color of the outfit you are wearing right now?

      Its black with bright-colored flowers!

    • Why do you think I asked that last question?Haha! All I can say is ‘God knows and you know’! 😉 Oh if you had asked me what color I have for Eid, I’d tell more ecstatically!
      • What is the exact thought running through your mind right now?

      That its kinda tough answering. And also, what am I going to ask my nominated bloggers?! 😉

      • If you got the chance to get reborn to this world, what would you want to be different about you?

      I don’t know what I could change about myself, but I’d definitely refrain from all and any mistakes that I have made.

      • What is the best movie you have watched in your entire life?

      There certainly are certain movies that I enjoyed for certain, but that one best movie is yet to come! 😉

      • What is the one question that I should be asking you, instead of all of the above?

      Wait. *Thinking hard*.. What’s your favorite dish? And I would be writing here a list! 😀

      Now For My nominees:

      Tanumoy Biswas.
      Ain Riz.
      Mohammad Sarosh.
      Silent Fingers
      Sir Utham
      Mam Tanveer Rauf.
      Akanksha.
      Sumaiya.
      Khaula Nazir.
      Minuscule Moments.
      Niki.

    • Questions for you:

      Whoops! Should I do that with you? I will try to be easy with my question Because you eleven deserve the Liebster award so well! Liebster In german;as I told, means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean “favorite”.. and your blog for me is a wonderful spot!

    Who is your ideal?
    Your best quality in your own eyes?
    Most memorable moment?
    Your favorite color?
    A dream yet to be accomplished?
    Patriotic?
    Favorite book?
    Meat or vegetable?
    Fiction or poetry?
    One thing you’d change in this world if given a chance?

The above elevens are free to:

  1. Answer all questions and take the award.
  2. Not answer any question, but still take the award! 😉

(Oh and if you choose the second option, then please be kind enough to leave a blogging tip here in the comments! That will do equally fine! 🙂 )

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Yipee! Done with that too! Now is another award by the very awesome gegebearbear: Two Rights Attempting To make A Left! ‘Happily married couple taking one day at a time to reacquaint with one another after surviving life-threatening illnesses!’

Thanks a million for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. You both hold so much inspiration yourself, for the rest of the world!

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The award rules

Display the award logo on your blog.

Link back to the person who nominated you.

Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements. (I’m so sorry WordPress! You shall be very busy distributing ‘pingbacks’ as soon as I press the blue button! 😀 )

For the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ I shall choose bloggers that I respect, and blogs that I love a whole lot. 😉 They are those which inspire me, in the truest meaning of inspiration. And those that have made WordPress a wonderful place for me!

My nominees:

Amira.
Tanumoy Biswas
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Silent Fingers.
Utham.
Niki.
Ain Riz.
Sumaiya.
Mohammad Sarosh.
Seapunk2.
Sunshine.
Margie.
Sindhu.
Ajaytao.
Sahrish.
Aisha.

Last but not the least, is this special award which holds enormous encouragement and inspiration. Yes, the Shine On Award!

shine-on-awardAwarded to me by my two superb friends, White Pearl and Moniba! I send in your way barrels of warm wishes and thankfulness!

Rules of the awards:

  • State seven things about yourself.
  • Link to 15 other bloggers.

Seven things: Extract the first or the last seven from the ‘Eleven facts’ or find them here.

I shall nominate for this award, all those super-awesome bloggers that I found in the starting of this blog i.e. when ‘RandomlyAbstract’ was a new-born. The posts were stupid, they contained typos, grammatical mistakes, excessive emotions. But these people helped me to move on. And encouraged me to write more.

Now that I check back, I realize how much their connection meant to me, and that ‘bloggers’ are the most wonderful strangers.

Among these,

– some don’t post as often as they used too. Some have almost abandoned their blog. 😦

– some still write. And write fantastic as usual! I feel unfortunate to have lost connection. So this is to let them know that their blogs are superb! I look forward to reading your blogs again! Shine on as you always do! 🙂

Nominees: (I can nominate 15+15= 30 25 😉 )

  1. Samar. connected in September 2010 on Eid Mubarak!
  2. Classy Rose. connected in January 2011 on Happy Birthday to me:).
  3. Woomie. connected in February 2011 on This Valentine…
  4. 999littlebigthings. connected in April 2011 on Pakistan-India Semifinal match!P.s. DOnt make worldcup a war!.
  5. Sharifah. connected in May 2011 on Sarcasm and Violence..Does class difference really matter??.
  6. Bodhirose. connected in May 2011 on My Mother!.
  7. Hottab. connected in August 2011 on The Person Whose Advice I Seek First.
  8. Yasmine. connected in August 2011 on Beauty..
  9. Misaal Shah. connected in August 2011 on My Blog Is my Best Friend..!
  10. Anita. connected in August 2011 on Loneliness;a great blessing!
  11. Patti Kuche. connected in August 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers
  12. The Island traveler. 
  13. Dorisrudddesigns.
  14. Changeversations. connected in September 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: Up
  15. Jeanne. 
  16. Frizztext.
  17. Cocomino. connected in September 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: PATH
  18. Arvee.
  19. Maggie L.R. connected in September 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: TEXTURE
  20. Grightnow. connected in September 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge:FACES
  21. DayIStartedReading. connected in October 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: SUNSET
  22. Juanita. connected in October 2011 on Weekly Photo Challenge: FALL
  23. Bindu. connected in October 2011 on Get Fresh!
  24. Wordsfallfrommyeyes. connected in November 2011 on Cats and Dogs!
  25. Tom Baker. connected in November 2011 on Truth or Dare?

The Twenty-five bloggers listed above also get to take the Sunshine Award, presented to me by Tanumoy.

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Additionally, I nominate the following three blogs for the ABC award, also presented by Tanumoy:

>iamamiraa
>naseham
>Moniba

Also all the above linked blogs in whatsoever category deserve the Awesome Blog Content award, because that is exactly the reason they have been linked: Awesome Blog Content! So feel free to accept this. 🙂

abc-awardThe Awesome Blog Content Award requires you to share something about you, a word or a sentence alphabetically!

I will put things that came first in my mind with the respective alphabet, and those that my life relates to.

A : Awesome, my favorite word! Amazing; that you are, since you have been reading this never-ending post. 😉

B: Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, one favorite line.

C: Cold Coffee and Cold nights. And Crazy, that I am.

D: DairyMilk, fave chocolate! Dreams, that I’d like to follow.

E: Errors, that you and I both make.

F: Fikar and Fiqar- I look forward to research on famous and infamous works, especially poems of some fakirs. Another: Friends and family, which mean to me my world.

G: Gorgeous; that you are!

H: History, that intrigues me. Honestly humbled, that I feel right now.

I: Islam; is my religion.

J: Jewellery, that is said to be a girl’s best friend! (Or was it diamond?)

K: Kashmir, the paradise on Earth.

L: Love. Life. love life!

M: My mother; My Marah Jameel!

N: Names, they also intrigue me.

O: Oblivious, that we have become of our surroundings.

P: Purity, that I seek.

Q: Questions, those that if not rightly answered can be harmful.

R: Rain, that I love!

S: ‘Someone somewhere is thinking of you.’

     Always made me curious if that holds true!

T: Trust, that I do easily.

U: Unpredictable, that I sometimes get.

V: Vintage things, that I love.

W: ‘Why?’, the root of many problems, and also to many solutions.

X: Xtra cheese, please!

Y: You. Thank you for being around!

Z: Zigzag, that life is.

So that is all. Forgive me for the 2116 words! Yes right, you made it to 2116. 😉

Much love,

Maria.

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By the roaring waves!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Up???

Alright…What is up? A lot of things sure are… But what is that something of which I should take the photo of???

Confused.

Sky? No, many will do that.

Roof from the bottom? Good, but not interesting..

Then?

A mountain? Yeah right, lame.

I know!! I will draw an arrow pointing upwards, and make it look all funky and smart and THAT will be THE photo!

So I made an arrow which turned out to be pretty weird, and NOT what I wanted it to be::( ) But then, I decorated its surroundings, and here it goes>…>…>

UP!

p.s. Extremelllyyyyyy sorrryyy for such a late post, now that the challenge ended too, but wordpress was having ‘serious’ IO errors when I tried uploading a pic!

-Randomlyabstract.

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