Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Two

A few days back, this blog turned two. Yay.

The first year – as I wrote here – was about seeing my words in cyberspace. The second year has widened the experience in more ways than one. Getting things off my chest has never been more fun. While I’ve always liked to write, it doesn’t come naturally to me. Blogging made me realize the rigour and discipline required for good writing. I realized it while writing and I realized it while reading other blogs.

Most of the time, my posts come out like my thoughts. A bundle of chaos, with some unpardonable trespasses and compromise on the English language. For e.g., it took me some time to realize that the “?” comes without a space. Ew, gross. Still, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience that I intend to keep doing till I can.

Over the last two years while I’ve cut down my regular reading list to a handful of bloggers, thanks to this job (which I enjoy more than any paid job) I’m subscribed to hazaar feeds, that I skim every once in a while on my feedreader. And believe me, there’s nothing more satisfying than unexpectedly bumping on to a good post. In these last two years, reading what I’ve read on blogs, I can safely say that for reading pleasure, blogging beats mainstream media.

Before I wrap, these are my top three posts from Year #2 of blogging.

1. Don’t you articulate me: I think this post got the best quality of comments. I never expected it, and if I can repeat it, I’d consider it an achievement.

2. The one about Delhi: Oh what fun. The trip was fun, writing about it was enjoyable and the comments were a party. I learnt more about Delhi on that trip and that post than I have in my life-time.

3. Scenes from a city: I’ve always wanted to write it. It’s the first in a series, which originated from Sailu – the original scene from this city. (Next in the series were More scenes and One September Sky)

In the early days, I used to stress over traffic and rankings. You know, all those tips about how to draw traffic, what to write, leave comments on other blogs, etc. Over time I decided to junk all of that and just write for the fun of it. I’m just lucky I get the comments I get. That’s what keeps me going. And this is the part where I thank my readers.

You.

This is my home and I invite you to it. Thanks for coming here. Thanks for spending time, time that is valuable to you. Thanks for leaving your comment and your thoughts. Those who have blogrolled me, it’s a huge honor and I hope I can live up to it. For your visit, your link and your comment, I’m a better blogger.

14 comments:

Anil P said...

Keep going. Cheers to two more . . . and yes, do consider including pictures where possible :)

Shruthi said...

Congratulations! Loved your "vote of thanks" ;)

Bombay Addict said...

Anil - Thanks! Yes, each time I read your blog, I wish I put pictures on mine, but well...they wouldn't be half as good as yours!

Shruthi - And thank you! that vote of thanks was for you too!

Anonymous said...

Many happy returns!

Deepa

bombay dosti said...

happy birthday to you :)
and of course keep your readers happy with your posts :))

Bombay Addict said...

Deepa - Thanks very much!

Bombaydosti - Thanks a ton, and I will do the best I can!

An Iengar Chick .... said...

Good going BA. Its been fun reading ya too....awww so u r at the troublsome 2's.

Bombay Addict said...

Red - good to see you here! Thanks..yeah, I'm entering the treacherous threes I guess! Thanks!

Kusum Rohra said...

Congratulations. I loved Scenes from a city :)hope you blog and most importantly enjoy doing so for the years to come :)

I just don't get this whole nonsense on people making a big deal over trespasses and compromise on the English language. * rolls her eyes *

Bombay Addict said...

Hey Kusum - Thanks a ton! and don't worry about that English stuff..

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Happy birdie, sir.

(Sorry for mail silence. Am a little blocked right now.)

J.A.P.

Bombay Addict said...

J.A.P. - Thanks a ton sir!

Purush said...

Great going buddy...it's always great to read you, and here's wishing for you doing this for a long time!

Bombay Addict said...

Hey Purush - Good to see you hear buddy. Thanks very much for the wishes!