Joy and Pain of Blogging
I just realized today that I have posted over 150 blog posts (165 posts including this one) in the last three and a half years. When I started my journey of blogging by writing my first post in Manglish (Malayalam written in English) I never dreamt of reaching so far. The truth was that I never thought I will update my blog with another post. But here I am after three and a half years with over 150 posts and around 100,000 visitors. Here is the site summary for all these years from sitemeter.
This post is a look back into these years of blogging – happiness and sorrows of blogging and what motivates me to continue blogging.
Most of the posts I wrote were just an extension of what was going on in my mind that day. From childhood, I used to read a lot about current affairs and politics and then used to think about what I read during my spare time. One example that comes to my mind is the post I wrote about desi consultants “Evil Called Desi Consultants”. That was written after I found that few of my friends who did PhD with me have to wait to know the results of H1B lottery to find out if they are going to get the H1B visa or not. The pain and anger of genuine candidates getting H1B visa denied made me write one of the most popular posts I wrote on my blog. Like that majority of my posts here will have a spark associated with it.
I could think about what I read from various angles and if the news involves personalities, I could think what I could have done differently if I was in their shoes. For example, recently I used to think what I could have done differently if I was the Sri Lankan President, to reduce the sufferings of the civilians caught in the war with LTTE. This kind of analyzing always keeps my mind busy and helps me approach an issue from different angles and gives me enough stuff to write a blog.
Now after publishing each post I learn something new. I never consider my blog complete without the comments from the user. For me what I wrote is only half of the post and other half is contributed by the readers in the form of comments and emails to me. I always consider my blog post and comments as a single unit and believe my blog posts will be incomplete without those comments. The comments help me to see and understand the thought process of others and in turn refine my thought process. One example that is coming to my mind is the blog post on “Superstition”. I learned a lot about the concept of superstitions reading the comments. Now having acknowledged that comments play a big role in making my blog a better one I must say that I am not that good sometimes in replying to the comments. Most of the times I make an effort to reply but it may not be possible always. Sorry if that has hurt few of my readers. Please do continue to post comments as it helps me to improve my perspective on that topic and helps improve the quality of the posts also.
Another interesting thing happening after I started blogging – friends and total strangers either emailing/calling to suggest topics for me to write. I have a lot of topics like that to write. I may not be able to write about that topic the very next day. The topic will be in the back of mind and I keep thinking on it and some day I will be writing on it. I wrote a blog post “Myth about Saving in US”. This was after one of my friends suggested me to write a post on the difficulties of saving in the
I started blogging about 8 months after my marriage. One of the main reasons I still blog is the constant encouragement I get from my wife Deepa. It takes me on an average about 2 hours to write and publish a blog post and if she sees me writing or putting my thoughts together for a blog post she never disturbs me and leaves me alone. I write the blog and she does the proof reading. So if you feel the language I use is good majority of the credit should go to my wife.
I have seen a lot of people starting a blog, updating it for a few months and stop it completely. The reason – you need a lot of passion and determination for blogging. It is easy to start anything but the will power and determination to keep it going is enormous. You may have to sacrifice something else to make time for blogging. I used to be a movie buff earlier but I hardly get time to watch a movie now. So if you are not ready to put in a lot of effort you cannot sustain blogging for a period of time.
Another reason I could blog so long - the encouragement I get from you – the readers of this blog. A very big “THANKS’ to each one of you and hope you people will continue to support me. Your encouragement and support means a lot to me.
Before I sign off for today I would like to share happy news. Deepa and I are going to become parents of a baby girl. The baby is due by the end of September. Hopefully the baby girl will be like her mother and won’t disturb me while blogging!