What is a journey if there are no challenges in it?
IWI have been through a strom, a thunderstorm if you like and I believe the storm is not over yet, we are still trying to stay afloat.
Challenges poured in the moment IWI stepped on to a bigger platform.
The biggest challenge I faced was ‘Where do I find these INCREDIBLE women I am talking about?’ (By this time my friends and family were fleeing the moment I was mentioning an interview/share experience with IWI) so I turned to stalking women online who I found inspirational (Yes, laugh all you may, but I was THAT desperate!).
The second challenge was the authenticity of the posts, there was no way I could verify that the details shared with me were genuine. That is the precise reason it failed initially. I had to pull down posts which were allegedly not ‘Authentic’ or the information given were ‘false’.
The final challenge was the negativity from a lot of people. There were some vicious attacks on the posts. With demons we always have angels by our side, and a lot of good people tried to help, but IWI was failing, miserably, so was I.
I gave up hope and stopped posting altogether. So if you browse through our blog posts you will see that IWI has been inactive from after Feb 2014 for about a year. Simply because I couldn’t keep up with the negativity and accusations. I was unable to inspire, I was failing to spread positive thoughts, the purpose with which the blog had started seemed lost.
I decided to shut it down!
Then entered angles in the form of Lopa Banerjee and Tina Karmakar, who pushed me to keep going, told me over and over, it will work, they told me IWI will do good. These angels told me to have faith. Once I decided to stop my own negative thoughts, the problems seemed lesser.
During this time I made the site clearer. I added Submission Guidelines, I added a disclaimer stating that ‘ Although great care has been taken in compiling and checking the information given herein to ensure that it is accurate, the publisher can’t be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use/reference of such information…’
I added the names of the people who had written for IWI to give them credit, I added an Editors page to let people know who the faces behind IWI were. The FB page which was already there was made better use of.
March 2015 brought back fresh hopes. I connected with an amazing writing group ‘Rejected Stuff’ and did a poetry celebration for women’s day on IWI in association with them. The surge of poetry submission on Inspirational women changed the blog’s course.
Almost at the same time I managed to track down a lot of women who were willing to talk, who were ready to share their life story and inspire. IWI had a rebirth, and I owe it to all the INCREDIBLE people who helped me with it.
This was my second chance at survival, and I was not letting this chance go by.
To be Contd…
Read Part I here: https://rhitibose.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/incredible-women-of-india-the-beginning/