A time comes when you have to just stop where you are and introspect. Look back to what you have done, your mistakes, areas where you made the right decisions, phases you wish never occurred. I have reached such a stage. Not in my personal life, but in my blogging life. I have already published 99 posts and this, my friend, is my 100th.
Time for some introspection. And a walk down memory lane. So ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to my life in blogging:
Phase 1: The Beginning
It seems like a long time ago. Year 2007 to be precise - when I wrote my first post. A post about relations. I described friendship, how it starts and where it leads to. I am sure you might have not read that post as I didn't have loyal readers, or for that matter, even disloyal readers to read about it. I shared it with my friends and some of them replied. I somehow felt I have really achieved something. They say its always difficult to start something new. I say they are right!
Phase 2: The End
The initial excitement led me to write another post in December 2007 and 3 more posts in the first half of 2008. Ironically, by that time, the excitement totally faded away! I had a career shift (getting back to studies after 2 years of corporate life). This made me concentrate too much on the task at hand and slowly I lost interest in blogging. Overall, I wrote 2 posts in 2007, 3 in 2008 and 2 in 2009. That's a total of 7 in exactly 24 months.
Phase 3: The Beginning, again
Then came a sudden rush to revisit the blogging days. I don't remember how. All I remember is that I felt I need to write again. Give blogging another try. Also, my academic days came to an end and I started my corporate life again. The thing with corporate life is that you work for 5 days and rest for 2 days. So, I had time to write again. Also, I was never short of topics as I don't have a niche blog (like food blog, sports blog, travel blog, business blog etc). I realize I need to write on something I observed and I write.
Phase 4: Growth
I wrote an open letter to my blog (as weird as it seem) apologizing for my ignorance and promising that I will regularly update my blog. And that's when the journey truly began. I consciously made an effort to write regularly. I wrote 58 posts in 2011. Now I don't have a target or I don't really compare the numbers but it was evident that my interest in blogging reached an all new high. In the same year, I started promoting my posts through various websites (IndiBlogger), some websites highlighted some of my posts as past of their weekly best collection (BlogAdda). I also registered on many blog sharing sites to promote my blog, unfortunately most of them didn't do me any good. I started gaining many readers mostly due to my association with IndiBlogger. Page views also started increasing.
Phase 5: Consolidation
At one point, I realized that numbers shouldn't matter to me. I mean yes, numbers are an important feedback mechanism to show how your posts are performing on search engines. More comments would mean more readers would like to share their opinion on the post. But I was slowly becoming a person who was obsessed with more numbers and my priority changed from "what I want to write" to "what readers want to read and search". You see, the second approach works well if you are planning to monetize your blog. But, my blog is a personal and an ad-free blog. I decided to abide by the first approach. Since then, I write about topics that interest me and seeks to obtain feedback (good and bad alike) from fellow bloggers.
I am currently in this phase and I intend to remain in this phase for ever.
I am personally having a great time writing posts and reading posts from my blogging friends - the same friends who stood by me through this journey. If I haven't got the amount of appreciation (and criticism) I did when I (re)started blogging, I would never have reached this stage. So, a BIG THANK YOU guys!
Here are some of the posts that I really enjoyed writing, in case you haven't read them (order in which I have published):
- The day I met GOD.
- Termites came, saw, ate and conquered..
- Guest Post: Its a dog's life, after all !!
- Guest Post: Grievances of One - Hundred Rupee note.
- Wish I had lived those two hours differently..
And my life continues..