8 years, 720 Posts, 6000 pageviwes, wordpress says 380 followers, but I highly doubt that, 400 odd comments! It has been a long way, don’t you think? So, it all started in 2009. It seems like yesterday, though. I guess I have told this story a million times over, even though my total number of posts are just seven hundred posts, in total. Whoa, right? Not exactly. It might seem like I have come a long way. I might have written great many posts. I might be an expert at this thing. But, in all fairness, I am not. Now, I have heard people say, “Don’t belittle yourself”, “You are a great writer” (Okay, I agree they just meant ok-ok, not great), “Your English is complicated”, “I can’t write like you”, “What’s the correct pronunciation to this word?”, “You have to ask Ajay about that” – all this because of blogging. As much as I would like to brag about it, I can’t. I am more of a realist. I take into the facts and my overthinking-assumptive-and-destructive-mind into drawing conclusions. And in all possible scenarios, they are still facts.
I have been writing for quite a while, as you can tell. I started writing because I was kind of fascinated by a cousin of mine who wrote excellent stories and even more deep abstracts. They just blew my mind away. I started blog right after that as a step to improve my English, because apparently I had too many English books and still had no proper English. You shouldn’t be surprised if I told you that I still don’t know the names of the tenses and what comes where and the difference between an adjective and an adverb. But in all retrospect, I seem to have a little command over my grammar, don’t ask me how or what tense I am writing this in! You are in shock, are you not? I will give you a minute to let it sink in.
Anyhow, in all these years, I have tried great many things in my blog, from poetry to fiction to haiku to abstract. Some were good (I mean ok-ok types) while a great many were bad, obviously! And amidst all this, I went into hibernation for a while because of that famous term we writers use : “Writer’s Block” ! I was getting no where with that. So, I decided to change pretty much everything. I kind of restarted my blog, on a completely new platform, which I had hoped to be a great success. But ain’t I the one reaching for the stars buried 5 feet deep? Having said that, some of the best things about blogging over the many years are :
a. I came across great many people, the bloggers specifically, who have become good/nice friends.
b. Though I know great many bloggers, quite a lot of whom I interact on a general basis, a great many of them are yet to visit my blog. These are some serious writers and write mind boggling posts and articles. I don’t usually get to comment because what I wanted to say is already being said, or there is nothing much I have to add to it. So, it is understandable that these celebrity bloggers would be kind of busy cooking their awesome posts.
c. The best part in my opinion of all this is when my friends address each other with the names I gave them on my blog. That, I consider as an accomplishment, to be very fair.
d. Other accomplishments include 700+ posts, three blogs, my own domain, my own hosting, no revenue.
So I guess it all comes down to one question, why do I write? Why do I like love writing? Why do I love my blog? Ofcourse, I love my blog however bad my writing is. As a matter of fact, every blogger here can reciprocate the same about their blog. It is our own personal space with a passion for writing, where we create stories, have stories to be shared to the whole world; where we want to be heard, where we want to inspire people in our own small way. It is the diary at the end of the day, a journal of adventures, the pillow to the tears, the punching bag to our frustration and more importantly, it is the solace to the mind.
This post is written for Blogchatter prompt #BlogLove for Valentines’ Day.
And, I pass on the baton of #BlogLove to Mayuri.