Pat on back! Time to self congratulate! 200 posts in some 3 years!
One night in October 2005, when I was in Engg after reading Rashmi Bansal and Gaurav Sabnis for a long time, I clicked on the blogger homepage and found that blogs are free like email and orkut ids! Once I knew that even if I dont make money I will not be incurring a cost either I quickly set up an account. If you knew my previous screen name and haunt it would be a sitter to guess what book I was reading at that point of time. Dont blame me for lack of creativity, at 2 am in the night(pre-MBA days) my brain was already two hours beyond shut shop time.
Of course reading those amaetuerish, foolish early posts now seems funny in an unintentional manner (err..not that I have started dripping pearls of wisdom now or have suddenly developed a fantastic sense of humor). I began with some random daily accounts, writing about CAT preperation, my half egg biryanis and even my graphics exam! Writing became more sporadic when I entered B-School because of all the initial excitement, and the general 24 hours-no sleep lifestyle one becomes accustomed to. When there was so much action happening in your real life who has time for virtual life (Err..does that mean now…scratch that.)
Somehow things played out in a dreamlike fashion towards the end of student life and I started my year long management trainee stint. Not once in my wildest dreams had I imagined the cushy management job I was expecting would begin with a “redi” ride in rural Bengal! I came, I saw and I had to blog, just to keep an account of where all I went and what all I did.
Somewhere along the way the blogroll increased from a few and quite a bit (as you can see in the right). The more I read, the more greedy I became to discover these great writers online who could make everything from mundane office jobs, bringing up babies, weight gain funny, poignant or profound. As I read better quality work, I hope I succeeded in providing better quality posts.
I shifted to the wordpress platform in April out of boredom more than anything else. What I got was such a powerful tool that blogging became fun. I could track my readers, find autogenerated posts,analyse trends-I looked forward to opening my account everyday.
Today blogging has become just that little bit more than a hobby. If I get an information, I think about the suitability of sharing it on my space on the web. I generally write on on a Word doc and then paste it over here after giving it a reading (This post is an exception-I am directly typing it in WordPress). And I try to be as honest as possible.
Honesty. Is tricky when you are not an anonymous blogger. People who know you in real life read you. Your friends, people form office, your relatives. Someone can google up my name and come up with this blog. I cannot take down possibly offensive posts of the past and neither can I monitor my writing so much that it simply resembles fiction. I could as well start a topical blog if I wanted to play it so safe.
It helps I dont get a million hits a month (not that I would complain if that were the case) but I am still surprised if I find myself on the blogroll of someone other than a real-life friend. Why are they interested in reading me, I wonder? (yeah, mann main laddoo phut rahe hote hain fir bhi…)I do hope in times to come I get read more widely, average double digit comments and maybe somewhere down the line a book deal comes singing.
But for now, I love this customisable little space of mine which gives me a chance to get my daily fix of writing, reading, commenting, copy pasting..you name it..And thank you reader. It matters when you delurk and leave a comment. Makes the self confidence do a little hop and dance!
So to another 200 posts and then another!Keep dropping by!