(I was tagged by Anindya to write this post.)
So what do you do, when you see your interview-byte coming out in a leading newspaper, the go-to paper for the youth, The Telegraph You (courtesy your journalist-friend)? Of course, you put up your collar and show it off to your family, only to be… disappointed and have your bubble burst mercilessly when they shrug off saying, “You’ve been doing this, since ages. Pshaw!” Oh well. Sigh!
I remember the days when I’d initially started blogging. To my dismay, whenever I’d introduce myself, among many other definitions, a blogger, people could hardly relate with the term. And thus, every-time the drill went like explaining what a blog is, in the simplest of terms. “It’s just like an online diary, you know! Where earlier I used to pen down my thoughts in that leather-bound diary that I used to keep, now I do so digitally…”, and thereafter was followed by the wistful nodding. Funny thing is, most of them used to (and still do) sum up all my attempts to explain blogging into a simple “Oh, you’re a writer!” After a point, when I’d thought I’ll grow tired of all the explaining, surprisingly it didn’t! Instead it became a source of amusement for me, each time I had to explain my position. But of course, there were those rare times when I found myself talking to a fellow blogger and spend the time, sharing our similar & dissimilar thoughts over blogging.
It has been almost 3 years since I first rode onto the train of blogging. Innumerous bloggers-turned-friends and a couple of meets, not to forget the sheer joy of finding so many bloggers in your circle of friends, can really talk a lot for the increase in the pursuit of blogging in today’s times. I’d started my blog initially with the thought of keeping an online journal of poems, which I usually used to scribble down somewhere and eventually forget where I had! After a few months, I added writing stories to the list of poems, a new series called Coffee Talkies, which traces the journey of two diverse people, Shoi and Ayan. Sadly, with the dearth of time in my extremely tight schedule, I have been able to write only three installments of it till date. Hopefully, I should be able to continue it soon.
The next phase would be signing up with BlogAdda and Indiblogger, two nation-wide blogging forums. Winning the BlogAdda Newbie Award and then as most of us do, gaining those crucial gift vouchers in return of blogposts, which saves a lot of real money while online shopping!!
And then, Blogchatter happened. It feels so amazing to think that I’ve been part of it since its early days of inception and since then, the circle has increased and how! It’s such a pleasure when you see so many bloggers from different parts of your country connecting with each other in a common platform and trust me, there’s so little formal about it, proving true to its name, ‘chatter of the blog’-gers! It could have been just so easily any other cuppa sessions with your friends, the banter despite being virtual, so smooth! Though being a late entrant to Blogbuddy, a recent initiative of Blogchatter, I feel glad to be a part of it, though sadly I wish I could contribute to it way more than I probably could.
In recent times, there have been several instances when I have found myself surprised when it has come to blogging. The first one would be the moment when I came across the blog of a friend of my brother, which not only was started way back almost 9-10 years ago, but is also a wonderful blog with a considerable number of followers, of course. To think the tenacity, the passion revolving the blog, to be a part of the blog for almost a decade, is so awe-inspiring.
The second time I’d felt humbled was the time when a high-school bestie, with whom I didn’t have much of a contact these few years, happened to reveal to me an interesting fact, during one of our recent meets. While I’d been telling him yet another funny escapade of me with life, he had looked at me quite wistfully and said, “You might not know this, but I had saved your story of exploring new places with your dad, but you and not your dad leading the way, in my desktop and I still read it at times for inspiration, for the way you live your life.” There are times when a person finds himself utterly speechless and at that moment, with the bus cruising along the empty road and the night breeze chilling us, it had been both a stab of pride and humility for me.
The third would be attending the BlogAdda meet that happened in Kolkata, my home-city, this February and the associated feeling of pride of being a blogger, standing amongst the other bloggers in the historical Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata.
In all these times, if there’s anything else I’d wished, I wished I had a bigger blog, going much beyond where it is standing now. I’d felt this even more acutely when I started writing in association with Child Rights and You (CRY), a nation-wide organization, which works for the protection of child rights across different parts of India. I wished I could reach out to even more audience, to share and enlighten even more people about the plight of these children. And thus when the offer came from Blogchatter to take my blog to the next level, of course I just had to say yes!
For, I want to take my blog to the next level with Blogchatter.
I now tag Shinjhini to write her take on the topic. Cheers!