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July 21, 2016
Difference Maker

When it is about being a Difference Maker, no I don’t aim to be one, in particular, to get called my name. But we all have so many stories in our life where we did make that worthful decision that eventually guided us to where now we stand. A good slice of experience, where we made a difference for ourselves, can inspire other to get the courage may be they need badly right at the moment.

Today I felt like to share some words about my blogging journey as my word to be a ‘Difference Maker’. If you’re feeling like to start blogging or a brand new blogger already, dreaming about the shiny side of blogging then my short story might help you to determine your future path.

In 2011, when I was in London doing my MA, out of nowhere I decided to write a blog. Inconsistent me actually re-started blogging in 2012 when I felt the need to blog again because there was none in the context of Bangladesh. I started as one of the first few bloggers of Bangladesh. Even then I didn’t really know anything about my niche, technical facts, the craze in the blogging word but only one thing was In my mind that I want to share my thoughts and experiences so that BD people get at least something when they search the web for help.

Long story short, after a couple of years I kind of got hold on things and started working with a few brands, and more importantly, as a beauty writer for the most popular national newspaper of Bangladesh, ‘Prothom Alo’, as a beauty blogger. It was a blessing that for the first time a national publishing media valued words of a beauty blogger.

However, there is always the dark side of the moon. Through my blog and my words I was always promoting truthfulness and tried to teach people, there is more than aesthetic. And within another year one of the biggest beauty company who rules the beauty market of BD approach me.

What did they want?
They wanted my blog to be their words for their product and obviously with some other clause.
I asked, why would I do that?
They said, ‘ah, you’ll be paid a handsome amount’… with a big smile.

I still remember that moment how surprised I was! I literally asked the same question three times. I’m sure the facing person was surprised to seeing me asking the question over and over when they already offered me a handful of money to sell out my ethics, my passion, my truthfulness and my little immature baby blog, ‘GreenStory’. Although I was literally nothing as a blogger that time I did happily turned them down. Don’t be doubtful, I don’t work for free, I do care for the value of my work and time but I wasn’t/will never be poor enough to sell out my principles.

 

Its been around 5 years, being different didn’t change who I am. I wanted to make a difference to my country, as one of the few niche Bangladesh bloggers. It wasn’t easy but I finally got there & stuck to my principles as a blogger, as a writer. I’m not a full-time blogger, my blog doesn’t feed me but that is OK bcoz it’s my passion and I do take passion AKA blogging very seriously. If I don’t sugarcoat, being a blogger is not a walk in the garden that leads you to a comfy Jacuzzi. I went through a lot of lush proposals, community difference, some said, “Why you’re so modest, you’ve no idea what you can do”, bullies, cons also with pros, sometimes nasty competitive behavior by blogging buddies; besides everything my commitments has always been solid.

On an international scale, most is usually American or British so the world doesn’t know much about Asia and us. I might not be the most popular blogger ever, I might not earn a K-figure through my blog, I might not make a huge difference but I believe I do MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  • Reply
    Sarika ona
    July 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    A very well written blog 👌🏻
    Bloggers like you is very rare to find nowadays all people care is money now matter what.
    I love you and always will ❤️
    Best of luck my love 😘

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      Tamanna I.
      July 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      thanks a lot for your kind word Hun 🙂

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    Shet Ling
    July 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Nice write up, good luck and take care

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    Kylie cre8tone
    July 22, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    It’s great to be different sometimes.. 🙂 Special and unique

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    Emily
    July 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I think most of us started blogging out of passion – a passion to write, to share. Whatever we do get are just bonuses and we have the right to decline them if they don’t match with our principles.

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      August 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      totally agree with you, Emily. It just feels disheartening when someone tries to insult our passion.

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    Miera Nadhirah
    July 23, 2016 at 5:02 am

    You are amazing Tamanna.. hope you will be successful in your endeavours…..It is not an easy journey but with faith, hope, determination and not giving up , you will get there…

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    Absolute Yana
    July 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

    You have enlightened me Tamanna.. I too will try my best to not let anyone to sway me from who I really am..thank you for this post…

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    Sharon Lee
    July 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Hi Tamanna, now i finally know that you are from Bangladesh. Because you have really special features and so pretty in different angle!! Glad to know you more after reading this post =D Love your niche and content always!

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    sonjida sajnin
    July 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Loved ur perspecrtive. Keep going dear ❤

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    munsur
    August 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    nice blog & nice writing . best of luck Tamanna Islam

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    Jeann Liew
    August 24, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    oh wow! Such a honest post and so inspiring. Yes, I feel you dearie. Everyone seems to think that blogging is a walk in the park and things come to us so readily available or easy, but we all know too well that we have worked hard to get where we are at, sometimes sleepless nights editing away, writing and re-writing, going for events (that takes up time and energy) and so much more, but I guess it is all worth while if we do it from a place of passion, something that we truly enjoy doing. Only then, I feel we will be able to continue doing what we do, without being paid enough to survive on our blog.

    There is always the balance that we need to strike and things that we will have to so no to, based on our principles. Blogging is a wonderful journey, only if you allow it to be and not be swarmed or drown by the pressure of having to do it like a chore.

    Well said my friend. believe me, you do make a difference in someone’s else life, somewhere out there, we just wouldn’t know it but it does have an impact. Keep up the good work, you are truly awesome, my friend!

    With love,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ
    https://luminnej.blogspot.com

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      Tamanna I.
      August 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks a bunch for your understanding and kind word love. Only us blogger know we struggle in some point to keep our passion alive. A blog is not only just a platform to write but it’s more of a baby to us that we parent everyday. No matter the way it grows it’s always precious.
      Lots of love 😘😘😘

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