Saturday, June 13, 2009

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 US. I didn’t write that post immediately but it was in my mind and I wrote that one after around six months my friend told me. To my surprise even my parents suggest topics to me when I call them these days. My father recently sent me the photos of the unhygienic conditions in the heart of the Trivandrum city and told me that you can use it in one of your blogs and after few days I wrote this blog post “Monsoon Time is Disease Time in Kerala”.

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!

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27 Comments:

Blogger keralafarmer said...

"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."
I am curiously waiting for a post daily from Dr. Brijesh Nair related with environment which he studied and know very well. Because I am in search of how to maintain environment more deeply & in simple technologies.

June 13, 2009 10:42 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Superb man! And keep the good work going.

Great news about the new member. Well man, I'm telling you, your blogging habits are going to change. Mark my words. Wait till your daughter comes.. You wont feel to sit in front of the computer if she is beside you :)

Any doubts? I just scribbled a personal dot in my one just now. Take a look if you're curious

ATB.. :)

June 13, 2009 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Nair,
Sometimes I forget that you are a Phd guy; I always enjoyed ur company at ASU and always enjoy reading ur blog and thoughts. and if there is a comment fights, and thats very interesting to reading.
Hats of to Deepa i know her job of proof reading ur manglish would be something as difficult as getting a Phd. Please give our wishes to Deepa and Nair to you too, dude life changes and priority changes when you have a kid. I really hope u dont stop blogging.
and everytime you write anycrap I will give you tha hits from NJ/NY area. Congratulations to you and your wife again. take care of your wife...

Prem.

June 13, 2009 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Vivek Nair said...

Hi Brijesh, Awesome and Congrats ! You already showed your perseverance when you completed the marathon run and this is another example of perseverance and hard work driven by passion. I never knew about this side of Brijesh when we were in ASU - to those who doesnt know - Brijesh is our ex-ASU Malayali Association President,an avid movie buff, cricket player etc etc. One of the important factes of your writing is the breadth of your topics - they are all very interesting and at the same time thought provoking and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

June 13, 2009 2:45 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Brijesh,
i follow ur blog closely because it addresses the day to day problems that a very good chunk of people faces or some recent incidents put together in very simple language and the variety of the thought u put into it.
you know what a lot of people who dont know u personally in Phoenix-Tempe area(i am talking about Indians) know u from blogs. I think that as a cool thing.
all the best with ur future blogging

June 13, 2009 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Jhanvi said...

Great Work !! As u rightly said, it is easy to get into such things but to keep it going in the long run is a big challenge.. U have been managing it quite brilliantly so far, and wish this continues.......All The Best!

June 13, 2009 5:34 PM  
Blogger rathi said...

Hi Brijesh,

I am an avid reader of your blogs. but i do not comment on all. Your approach is sincere and your blogs impart knowledge. May be your (both ) gene of writing will be inherited by your daughter .Wish you success in all your endeavours.

June 13, 2009 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

Nair,

Congratulations..!!! Three and half years of work, 150+ posts and 100,000 visitors..quite an achievement! Keep the good work up!

June 13, 2009 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nair,
Dude...now I know the reason why I haven't gotten the movie ' Vadakkan Veera Kadha'...

By the way congratulations on your landmark(s).

June 13, 2009 6:44 PM  
Blogger Sasireka said...

Congratulations Brijesh..and keep up the good work..

Sasi

June 13, 2009 8:28 PM  
Blogger preethi said...

Hi Brijesh
This post was really inspiring...Congratulations, it really shows your commitment and hard work..Keep it going!

June 14, 2009 1:36 AM  
Anonymous Giby said...

I have to agree with you on the H1B and consultant post. I clearly know the frustration and anxiety one has to go through to know if the H1B has been approved. I think it was a very difficult time and worst than like you would say "completing the PhD"..

Its also so funny now when I think about the argument I had with some "hyper dude" who took my comments so personally and went to extend of name-calling on your blog(heee heee heeeee). It was (I have to confess) quite interesting to rile him up and even my saying "dude you should calm down and think" (;))was like adding fuel to fire .. :).

And about your english, I have nothing more but just say good job
Deepa.. ;). I am happy to have had the opportunity to know you personally and having been able to spent some great time with y'all.. :)..

-- Giby

June 14, 2009 2:54 AM  
Anonymous shyam said...

Well done and keep it going.
Congratulations in advance for the baby. Nearly four months still to go, I think you are desperate to spread the good news. Its a long wait. You know the babies gender well in advance. I was denied this privilege.

June 14, 2009 5:03 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Keralafarmer,
I will soon write about that

scorpiogenius
Read what you have wrote in your blog. Great stuff.

Prem/Jhanvi/Mani/AJ/Sasi/Rathi/,

Thanks a lot.

Vivek
Thanks, I still remember working with you for the Shafathulla Khan Concert. We had a great time in ASU together.

Giby
Yes I remember that war of words. It was fun.

Shyam,
One can know the gender of the kid by the 20th week here

June 14, 2009 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Manoj said...

Hello sony,

This is Mani kuttan (Manoj). Hearty Congratualtions to you and Deepa!!

Your transformation from a lad in Vellayani to Dr.Brijech Nair is indeed interesting and inspiring.

Keep up the good work and may god bless you with lot of time/energy/thoughts & beautiful moments with ur family ahead!!

Manoj

June 14, 2009 11:50 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Manikuttan,
Thanks a lot for these kind words...

June 14, 2009 11:59 PM  
Blogger Jackfruit said...

I have been following your blog for long (minus any comments from me) :) .. but special days call special things... congrajs ... and you really rock

June 16, 2009 7:47 AM  
Blogger Raghu Sharma said...

Hi, morng.. jus woke up.. despite the fact that m readin the page after a long time since the indication of its presence, i take the same bit of pleasure in reading it , coz ive also dealt with the essence of bloggin! well, when i call myself as a writer, i wud want to write on several topics, yet my apprehension and approach towards each of them wud remain uniquely similar. i find the same wth u as well. i wud like u to deal wth all sorts of topics..(personally prefer).
Cheers&wishes
Raghu

June 18, 2009 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Very nice blog -

It's fun to blog - but it can be addictive - I just started a few months ago - all I think about is my next post. Sometimes you need to get away from it.

God bless you - keep up the good work!

June 18, 2009 9:37 PM  
Blogger menonpkv said...

dont open too much ! preserve ur weapons 1

June 19, 2009 3:30 AM  
Blogger Kannan Kartha said...

Great going AND congrats on your good news!!! :)

June 19, 2009 5:20 AM  
Blogger Prasanna said...

Nair,
It is a great achievement to have continued blogging for all these years.

Congratulations to both you and Deepa on the good news!!

-Prasanna.

June 20, 2009 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Dominic said...

Man your blog looks good.. Will read when i get a chance...
congrats and prayers for your brand new baby ..

June 20, 2009 5:21 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Jackfruit/Brian/Raghu/Kannan/Menon/Prasanna

Thanks for all the wishes.

Dominic
Welcome to my blog.

June 21, 2009 12:14 AM  
Blogger shan said...

Congratulations on the baby man.. the smile u pose in all ur pics tell me that ur really very happy.. god bless ur child and keep blogging

October 03, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger iceqube said...

Brijesh,

I started following blogs recently only. I read blogs written by people from various fields of life and from different geographies in the last 2 weeks. The factor that impressed me the most about your blog is the simple English that you use to express your thoughts and ideas. When I read through some blogs it becomes necessary to look up dictionary frequently. Blame it on my lack of knowledge or their inability to write in simple English. :P

Keep writing ... Good luck!

Congrats to you & Deepa :)

October 03, 2009 2:31 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

shan
Thanks for those nice words.

iceqube
Thanks and hope that you continue to like what I wrote.

October 05, 2009 9:44 PM  

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