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A word with the readers..

May 3, 2009

For those wondering where my blog went, it is right there under this new theme.

On the public demand (bugging and refusing to comment until the theme changes – by Arpit) I have experimented with this new look.

So let me know what you think.

I have been writing this blog for more than five months now and I have made some great friends here. None I know personally but still feel connected to every one of them. Here everyone feels welcome.

Blogging has brought forward many a great writers whose latent talents would have been hidden if they had not been in the blogosphere. And I mean all those who write. It is an art, even being able to put together one post which even if one more individual reads and likes.

I always used to read good books and think how lucky are those whose books get printed and felt I won’t be one of those ever. But with blogging I feel as a writer myself. It feels great. And with my awards in the second month itself I feel like a star. Thanks to Chiranjib for that.

I know it hasn’t been that long for me to write to the readers but there are a few things I wanted to convey. Nothing in particular just a mixed bag of emotions I go through with this blog and my life.

No… I am not going anywhere and I am not going to stop blogging, it is just that I wanted to say a few things to all the readers who are visible to me and those who are not. I am very happy that you visit this blog and leave your valuable comments. That is the actual encouragement of writing. And if you are one of the silent readers please let me know so that I too can visit your sites and know your outlooks towards life.

Now the actual reason why I started to write this post, referring to all I have written previously. I am trying to assess my writing. I am asking myself what I am writing and why and doing it aloud so that I could get feedback. I do get a lot of it in every post and I respect that. But here I am putting everything collectively.

I never thought I could write stories; as one of my attempts a few years ago to write one ended not just the wish to write one but also the thinking that I could. But I overcame that with “Sacked” which was actually inspired by a real life incident. And “An open window” happened I don’t even know how. The title was the inspiration in itself after that the story fell into place.

Liked the story “Arangetram”..? So everyone likes a non-twisted happy ending love story..! And I got some very sweet comments for that.

But still for me it is no fun to tell what everyone knows already. Only when you churn the milk you get butter. I remember when I wrote “Secret admirer” it caused some great discussions which I loved. That was only because the end was not the regular routine one as everyone expected.

I did not do it just to get traffic, though I won’t mind as it will mean that more people like what I am writing. But I actually want to know how people think and what people think. And you would only come to know that when you give them a twisted end – something different.

You might find that most of my posts end with a question. I wrote “why not..?” because I am actually like that. I do ask a lot of questions in real life (sadly to people who don’t have the answers or to myself which is not of much use) and want to know what others think of it.

If I write “Womb for Sale” or “Purpose of Life” I actually want to know if anyone actually thinks about these matters or not. And when I get many different responses on those I get the general idea of how this society sees all these ideas. I come to know of other people who share my ideas and also those who have a different opinion which could be right from their point of view. All this excites me.

What else could I write…?

Movie reviews are great reads on blogs but I can’t do them as I love watching movies and I think I can’t rate them as I find some thing or the other watch able thing in every movie.

All latest issues have too many people running behind them and documenting them and I seem to get at the crime scene a bit late. Also I am not that good at writing about politics as I am still in kindergarten if politics is to be discussed.

Travelogues are great but unfortunately I don’t get to travel a lot anymore and when I did I didn’t have a blog to share.. So.. No travel posts from me.

And I have tried to write humor but that doesn’t seem like my cup of tea. I am better off with the questions. Though I feel my comments could be funny. So I’ll stick to that. I have my smiley tag still pending because of that as I wanted to do something original.

Recipes are not for me. I am not a bad cook but passionate for cooking I am not. So that rules out the possibility of recipes on my blog.

Posts about my life.. Here I do share a few things about my office life but not much from the personal front. Well not much to tell I guess. Most of my time is spent in office and blogging. And I think I have written a lot with the help of the tags, so…..

I also feel I can’t write very long posts. I just seem to stuff most in the least words possible. (So this is my attempt on a long post and I seem to be succeeding in writing one).

And I feel I use the simplest language because that is what I can understand. Fancy language just complicates the understandability of the simplest of issues.

On a different note I would like to tell everyone that the tag that got my blog most traffic was not even my creation. Those were the snaps of a saree and pani puri in “Me Googled”; I was surprised that of all the things I have written the one thing that gets most traffic is a photo I accidentally used.

Well.. A popular tag can only bring new people once to your blog but only the quality posts can hold them.

Irony is that the post is called ‘A’ word with the readers while I would like to share the word count with you its 1291 words.

Why this post. I don’t know. I just wanted to say a lot of different things but even here I started writing something and ended up in a mixed post. What I want to say is my life has changed completely after starting to blog. I have more reasons to write as I look at everything as what could be thought about it. And find everything interesting as it could end up in a post. I have started enjoying the small things of life and actually looking forward to all that happens in life so that I could blog about it.

I may be addicted and blog-o-maniac but I love being so. It has given my life a new outlook. I love blogging. And I want to thank the blogosphere and all the bloggers for being a part of it.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2009 9:15 am

    Hey… good theme… but there are better. Use ‘Google’ for best results! 😀
    And did you say, you can’t write long posts? Well… this post of urs is one of the longest that I have seen… 😛
    Also, this post is a sort of summary of whatever you have achieved in blogosphere till date! Its good basically… sort of a personal evaluation… 😀
    Keep it up!!!

    thanks.. i’ll try to find one but i don’t know how to apply it on the blog.

    this one.. i don’t know how… i just kept typing.. 🙂

    yes you must evaluate yourself from time to time.. to see where you are going and where you came from.

  2. May 3, 2009 9:36 am

    I agree with Chiranjib that this is a long post and an interesting one 🙂
    I like the new look for sure 🙂 change as they say is always good 🙂
    and I agree with you awards the very first ones…the feeling that one gets is indescribable isnt it?:)
    I still remember my very first awards that Usha gave 🙂

    I have loved some of the posts that you have listed here….the rest I will go and discover now:)

    you are the inspiration for the long post.. 😉

    i’ll keep this for some time and then as Chiranjib has suggested look for something nicer.i just want to keep it simple.

    first awards just send you to cloud 9.. flying.. leave you smiling till the jaw hurts.. great feeling.. 🙂

  3. May 3, 2009 9:37 am

    and oh! Thank you too for blogging 😀
    from one blog addict to another! Here’s to more blog addcition!

    we prove we are addicted by blogging on Sundays too.. 🙂

  4. May 3, 2009 12:47 pm

    Nice theme! A very pleasant one :). It’s nice to have found you in the blogosphere. Hope to share many more discussions in the months and years to come 🙂

    ya it suits me…

    i feel the same about you. and discussions any day.. 🙂

  5. May 3, 2009 12:48 pm

    And oh yes, thank you for being my very first blog-awarder! It meant a lot! 🙂

    Hey you deserved those.. 🙂

  6. May 3, 2009 1:59 pm

    This is a better theme! But there are still more interesting themes with WP!

    If you want a quick review of themes with header : http://letmesuggest.wordpress.com/

    Just write, don’t think much! You make it more interactive: videos, cartoons, humour etc.

    Visit Nita Writer : the common home of bloggers!

    i’ll take a look at them.. i just picked a simple one quickly.. 🙂

    i am regular at Nita’s.

  7. May 3, 2009 2:25 pm

    Hi, you have a nice blog here…read the secret admirer and arangetram….lovely reads!!! and you r right…sometimes simple straightforward endings are the cutest 🙂

    thanks.. glad you liked them.. 🙂

    welcome here.. 🙂

  8. May 3, 2009 4:43 pm

    interesting theme… looks nice…

    actually i picked it coz i haven’t seen it on anyone’s blog yet. 🙂

  9. May 3, 2009 5:07 pm

    i think you should continue writing the way u are .. i always find a mixed bag waiting for me when i visit your blog ..the variety is what keeps us coming back !.. i think u r good at writing abt socially relevant stuff .. i remember that womb for sale was awesome ! ..and like u r new template better !

    socially relevent but not that prominent and talked about.. 🙂

    and i am very happy with the kind of comments i get

  10. May 3, 2009 9:43 pm

    Oorja, This is a good theme but it brings everything to the left corner.

    I have read your argentram and loved it. Will catch other stories too. You keep writing because I for sure love reading you.

    thanks.. 🙂

    i’ll find some more suitable theme..

  11. May 4, 2009 3:51 am

    Have read few posts in there and yet to read most of them but u have given me a quick link n summary so it wud be a breeze 🙂

    The new look is fantastic and what u have written about so many closet writers coming out because of blogging is so true…this is such a simple but strong platform for people like us 🙂

    yes we might have never seen our writings in any print media. blogging is better still as here we get first hand review of what we have written. and is a great place to make friends.. 🙂

  12. May 4, 2009 10:50 am

    This is a nice theme. Soothing to the eyes. Blogging is a journey on which many people don’t survive after a year. Even I had my doubts. 🙂 Best of luck and hope you never run out of imaginative ideas!

    blogging needs a lot of energy and imagination. and a lot of time..
    i wish the same to you.. 🙂

  13. May 4, 2009 11:33 am

    This theme is a nice change but can’t say I love it. It’s a bit plain but then your beautiful header makes up for it. You have explained pretty well your thoughts on blogging and it was a good read! I always wonder what are the things that draw people to blogging!It’s an addiction isn’t it.

    i just wanted something simple so i chose this. i made the header today.. started with no plans and ended up with this. maybe it is just ME.

    oh blogging is an addiction.. if not writing then atleast reading blogs sure is..

  14. May 4, 2009 12:08 pm

    simple theme that is easy on the eyes. just as you have enjoyed blogging and writing to us readers, i am enjoying reading your posts and interacting with you. 🙂

    same here.. i love the interaction.. 🙂

  15. May 4, 2009 12:21 pm

    neat theme 🙂 liked it.

    and haan i enjoy reading your posts 🙂

    thanks dear.. 🙂

  16. May 4, 2009 12:35 pm

    To say the least – its simple and interesting. Your header somehow goes on to give your theme the much needed depth. Why I say this? I don’t know.
    May be, the pics of all those ladies gives it the depth.
    But if I had to give some unbiased opinion, I would say that the theme does not excite me much.
    Its fine and I dare say, just fine.
    But, its your blog and your choice. And who can be a better judge than you yourself.
    So just have what you feel. Nothing personal (we all have choices, isn’t it?)

    i know why you said it gives the depth. i feel so too. and maybe something like that was on my mind when i made this header. so i am glad that conveys and you can feel it.

    one reason i chose this as i have already written it is simple.
    and the second is to stand out a bit. this is not a very common one.
    and thirdly the content matters more than the look (if reasonably ok) is what i believe.

    and it is nice of you to give your genuine opinion i’ll keep this for some time and rethink later on. will change it if it doesn’t suit my needs.
    in this one i don’t like that the widgets start after the posts, they should be with them on the side..

  17. May 4, 2009 12:41 pm

    You just wrote whats in my mind about blogging. Nice post. I personally like your stories the most and I always wonder where you get the inspiration from.

    When I started blogging, I wrote only movie reviews and once I got introduced to the blogosphere, I realised everyones doing the same.With that, I stopped writing reviews, but I feel I should start it soon 😀 and I second your opinion on the language too. I come across certain blogs that has superb content but somehow the language turns me off. One neednt use complicated language or words straight out of the dictionary to express what one feels about something. I speak through my blog, literally ! LOL 😀

    Nice post. This is the longest comment I have ever written for you, I guess. Thats becuase of your long post. LOL. 😀 Keep blogging.

    i’ll tell you where i got the inspiration for ‘Arangetram’… remember your post where the Qualis guy recognised you on the road..! that was it. 🙂

    yes you did a great award function so movie reviews will be a good idea. and language the simpler the better. this is no competition where we show off our vocab skills.

    long posts deserve long comments.. 🙂

  18. May 4, 2009 1:11 pm

    New look is very austere, try another one!

    This was though a long post, it was a roundup of what your blog is about and why you blog..interesting 🙂

    i will. let me keep it for a week..

    had been thinking about it for some time now so finelly decided to post and share 🙂

  19. May 4, 2009 6:52 pm

    Since I am a relatively new reader, I would like to know what is this Oorja?

    Your point on simplicity. I think that is one of the biggest plus points of your blog. Even this post, was written in a simple and matter of fact way. That is a good style to have.

    And don’t worry about what to write. I was in your shoes before some time, and now I already have three ideas for my next post and i’ll have to select one of them! But one thing I kept doing in spite of every thing else, is to write at least one post per week.

    Destination Infinity

    Oorja in Hindi means Energy. energy of any kind. and it is my self chosen screen name for myself.

    ok.. atleast 1 post a week i am doing already. i have tried to be regular always my average is 7 posts a month.

  20. May 4, 2009 6:57 pm

    I don’t use high funda words in my blog coz I don’t know them :D. Your blog is simple, neat and to the point… I love it!

    You’ve summarized your journey beautifully!

    This new theme is yours is simple and neat. But there are lots of free themes that are better. And if you don’t know how to apply those themes, you have lots of guides available on the internet too. It is quite easy. Give it a shot!

    🙂 thank you dear..

    i have a few great free themes now (i spent 2 whole days for that) but now i must start looking for ‘how to apply’ guides. thanks for the tip.

    edited after searching the net – i found out that we can’t apply free downloaded themes on wordpress.com for that we must have an a/c in wordpress.org which needs your own host web server. we can only choose from the provied free themes on wordpress.com as access to the FTP server is not allowed due to security reasons..

  21. May 4, 2009 7:56 pm

    Hey,
    first time here so cannot comment on your earlier posts…. 🙂
    but yes, blogging is great fun!!! and this theme looks neat!!!!!

    blogging is great fun for sure..

    Welcome here.. 🙂

  22. May 5, 2009 7:46 am

    hehe……..thanks for honoring my wish 😛
    now coming on to serious commenting,i guess yours is one of those few blogs i love to visit and drop comments.
    i have visited many blogs and posted my comments on the first visit but never showed back because the connection was missing. may be of thoughts, ideas, personalities or whatever it is , but in your case there is connection of thoughts, ideas and perspectives.
    i especially loved the post on surrogate mothers and i hope you keep on blogging like this and grab all the appreciation of the readers .
    in between , its a perfect header, and symbolizes so many facets of a woman . So dont change it.
    and now you cannot complain , i have commented 😛
    and i think i have de-hibernated, posted a poem last night just check it …. 🙂

    anytime dear.. 🙂 anything for friends. i needed someone to push me for a change. i was being too lazy. change is the way of life.

    The connection – our ‘About me..’ pages are almost identical. what more proof do we need. 🙂

    thanks.. i love the header too.. wonder how i came up with it. but once i did i loved the idea.

    when did i complain…? 😉

    oh great i’m on my way….

  23. May 5, 2009 10:19 am

    Story writing is not easy task…and you are really good into it…I just read one of urs ” argentrem” ..that was really nice and refreshing read…will read ur rest stories also…

    Abt movie review..i m like you…i always like some or other thing in movie…i really cant write reviews kindaa stuff…

    Theme i feel…previous one was better 🙂 …Rest its all individual choice 😉

    i was not changing it in first place as it suited me.. 🙂

  24. May 5, 2009 2:26 pm

    This new look is cool… are you into paintings? 😀

    🙂 i don’t paint but i like paintings..

  25. May 5, 2009 9:42 pm

    This post says many interesting things about your blog. The theme header has a classic touch, is it your creation ?

    yes and no. i didn’t literally make it but i searched google for paintings, collected a few and just made this collage.

  26. May 10, 2009 4:59 pm

    Its good to analyze oneself time to time. U just write what u feel like writing..when one writes from the heart..good posts are created. And I m there to read 😀

    🙂 it’s great to hear that.. 🙂

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