As I think about what to write for this prompt, my mind wanders down memory lane, and stops around the nooks of the building where I am a trainee journalist writing report after mundane report on this and that, and sulking about the inanity of it all. Somewhere around this time, a colleague introduces me to the big and wondrous world of blogging. A blog, he explains, is an online diary of sorts where one could share their writings and photos. And that if I wanted, I could start my own blog and could unleash the creativity that I always cribbed about. And that’s how I make my own blog – finalizing a name for it, gradually putting all the layout together, and finally getting down to write the first tentative uncertain posts.
Now that I reminisce about it all, my blog was my virtual diary indeed, where I could pour my heart out – I could WRITE about anything and everything. Random conversation with the rickshawala, an hour spent observing the mad woman across the street, a story about a lovelorn girl, musings about a Hindi film from the 60s, comments on the lyrics of a particular song – my blog was the place where I could write anything without the fear of it being edited or modified to suit someone else’s fancy.
Blogging for me initially was just about venting my observations and musings, and readers did not really matter. Though I must acknowledge that when friends and random readers came visiting and left a comment or two, it felt good and I would beam around a bit and would read and re-read my own posts, wondering what was in there that captured someone’s interest. The comments and interaction encouraged me to write more. It also helped me NETWORK with many fellow bloggers – blogger shared what they wrote, who read my posts, helped when I faltered, complimented when I won and pulled me up when I fell short of words. Bloggers, who with the passage of time have now become my buddies.
It’s now been a few years since I have been blogging. From writing about random observations and musings, I have moved on to experimenting with many creative themes and prompts, all thanks to the many blogging communities. From posts on big and small social and political issues to fictional tales about car tyre going flat on a deserted road, these communities give me ample opportunity to write more often and write on topics beyond my comfort zone. Just recently I got an opportunity to write on gendercide – deliberate and systematic killing of the female child, and the post was very well received and remains one of the most read posts of my blog. The detailed post inspired many readers to do their bit against this heinous practice. It gave me a high too. Yes. A sense of pride in the fact that the what I write is motivating enough to INSPIRE people to do their bit towards the cause. Isn’t it an exhilarating feeling to read comments where readers say that your post was beautifully written and it has inspired them. You bet it is! 🙂
I am no slogan shouting, placard holding activist, neither a big-shot writer who has best-sellers to her name. I am just another eager soul who wants to share the incessant monologues that go on inside her head. Incessant monologues, random asides, musings, sane thoughts and insane tirades, quips, banters and what nots. It feels nice to scribble them down on the blog. And it feels even nicer when somebody stops by to read them all and leaves a warm comment or two.
Blogging indeed has been a big, big blessing.
This week the entry must contain the words – write, inspire & network.