2021 Personal Highlights.

My highlights for this year.

Let’s be honest with ourselves here for a moment. No matter how upbeat you are, or how much positive your thinking might be. This decade didn’t start out great.

While 2020 was a tough year for many, 2021 wasn’t any easier for me personally either. Not only I failed to get the kind of job I wanted, but the pressure to do something, no matter how much I don’t want to do that, just keep increasing.

Despite that, this year has given me some great things. And here, I would like to share them with you guys.

I created this blog:

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Yes, this blog serves as a highlight for me, perhaps the biggest highlight of the year.

Maybe I should have put this at the very last? But I’m not ranking these moments. So I think it is fine to put it here first.

You can read about my struggles to start this blog here.

I watched a lot of anime:

Yes, I’m sure by this point, you know that I like watching anime, especially if you’ve been reading my blog for some time.

As much as I like watching it though, I stopped it completely around 2017 to 2019. Mostly, because I was depressed that my family won’t let me learn programming without passing high school, and when I began to learn programming, I basically lost myself in a sea, as the waves pushed and pulled me as they pleased.

When I thought that I might have a chance of having a part-time job, I ran into the problem of people not wanting to hire me because of my blindness.

Seriously, it wasn’t a great time.

But I slowly picked myself up from that pool of depression, and began to watch things which interest me. while people with the attitude of “Pick yourself up with your bootstrap!” may not approve of “Wasting my time watching children’s shows,” at least I kind of got my confidence back.

And yes, it is very strange to read, and just as strange to write.

So, please give some of my anime reviews a chance here.

I read a lot; I wrote a lot:

Now, generally, reading is nothing new. I’ve been reading regularly since 2014. It was fanfics, at first. Then, as I saw the digital books, I gave a mad cackle, and have yet to get out of this pile of treasure.

Writing though, it is different. I’ve been writing since 2017. Whether they be roleplay for that wrestling game I joined, (We wrote better shows compare to what’s presented on the TV usually,) or my fanfic.

but I didn’t write regularly. This changed this year, from the August. Incidentally, I was reading Steven King’s book On Writing, where he advises that you should write regularly.

And his advice is perfectly legit, you will see the fastest improvement that way.

That, and having this blog is a nice motivation to write every day, (Except for Sundays.).

If you’ve stuck with me so far, here’s another thing. I learned that Christmas is a bad time for the blogging, since the traffic gets cut in half.

I planned to published several articles from 20 December onward. But due to the poor traffic, I decided that I’ll publish those articles from new year onward, publishing on the alternat days until I’m caught up with my schedule.

That, and it’ll improve my internal linking. What? You don’t understand? Don’t worry. You’ll have an idea by the end of the week.

“Who are you talking to? It’s not like anyone reads this blog. Just look at the punctuation mistakes!”

That… *Sigh* That cut deep. I’ll… I’ll just edit this out later. I wonder where this come from?

To me, these were the highlights of this year for me. feel free to share your own, (Or write your own article!)

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And follow this blog for more articles.

Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

12 thoughts on “2021 Personal Highlights.

    1. Oh don’t worry. I forgot many things as well.

      First, write more. (That is obvious.)

      Second, maybe not make too many spelling or grammar mistakes, since my cousin actually sent my resume containing the link of this blog to a senior member of his team, and they said I have many mistakes in the grammar department.

      Third, find a way to monetize the blog without exploiting the users. I’m mostly thinking of providing the links to purchase the books which I review, or just books in general.

      And lastly, gain more followers.

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      1. I think those are good goals. I’ll be interested to see the specifics as you work them out. BTW, does the assistive technology you use make it harder or easier to check grammar? Otherwise what I’d suggest to improve is to find a simple guide to grammar to learn the rules, and then pay attention as you read stuff to see how they’re implemented.

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      2. First, let’s get this out of the way: I’m not a native English speaker. And though I have been using English for my needs for a long time now, some times, the grammar still gets me.

        Second, if I’m writing in a word processor like say, MS word, with spelling and grammar enabled, My screen reader would announce “Spelling error” Or “Grammer error” before the word in question.

        Third, sometimes, you have to break the form to get your point across. For example, the word “Wanna” is actually considered an error by the MS word. And yet, when you wanna go informal, you have to use it.

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      3. Your English is pretty darn good. There’s definitely times to go informal. I write pretty informally, maybe as a rebellion against all the years of academic writing. My question is, how well does the screen reader help with punctuation and quotation marks?

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      4. Generally, it depends. My screen reader does not speak like “period” at the end of the sentence, or “Comma” at the end of the sentence. it does announce the double quotes though.

        That is, until I turn on the speak all punctuation setting. I generally keep it quiet, because it kind of slows down the reading. I do use it for programming though, (You have to. Programming has so many symbols.)

        As for how do I know whether there is a comma or period, the tone let’s me know. when there is a comma, it speaks differently, and when there is a period, it speaks with different tone.

        Here’s an example:

        “Today I went to the market.”

        “I bought eggs, tomatoes, bananas, and a keyboard.”

        If you read that out loud, you’ll notice: you will read the first sentence as a final definitive tone, which does not broker any argument. (This is the first time I’ve used this expression. Please forgive any mistakes.)

        If you read the second sentence, you will notice a strange pause, as you speak out every item in the list, until you reach the final item. Where due to the period, the tone is again, final. This is the end of the list.

        And no, I don’t mean the screen reader, I mean the human reading out loud.

        I can’t explain any better than this, unless you come here, and hear me using the screen reader.

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      5. So I’d just reiterate that the best way to improve grammar and punctuation if you’re concerned about it would be to study the rules (there are books out there that are fun to read) and then read things of academic and literary nature, and you’ll get a better ear for it. Once you’ve got the ear for it, you’ll see your writing improve because you’ll have a structure built into your mind.

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  1. I’m sorry you didn’t have a great year in terms of getting a job. That’s BS they discriminated about your blindness. But it sounds like you were pretty productive otherwise. And anime is definitely not just for kids! People really underestimate the beauty and art of animation. I recently watched Arcane and was just blown away by the obvious art and talent. Anyway, I hope 2022 is kinder to you!

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    1. Hay! Glad you think so. I’ve got so many people in real life who insult me for watching anime, while they waste their time on reality shows and celebrity bullshit.

      You’re right about the discrimination. When a college called me for post graduation, even they tried to dismiss me when I told them I was blind. (The fact that I ended up lecturing them is an entirely different matter.)

      Also, thanks for commenting. I always like comments more than likes, that way I get to converse my readers. If I’m lucky enough, I might end up establishing some means of income from my writing, since this is I can actually do from my home.


  2. That’s interesting that Christmas season brought less traffic. And I see that you’ve been keeping your reading and writing goal throughout the third month of 2022 already. Love your conversation with Hetty too, as now I too am more aware of what goes on in the writing process through audio.

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    1. Glad you like this article.

      Yes, there’s a lot goes on when you write with a screen reader, and especially when you don’t have English as the first language.

      Also, Reading and writing is all I’ve got. If only I could make money from it…


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