The Huffington Post, Mashable and Techcrunch started out as blogs which have turned into big media companies. But the people behind them also put in a lot of resources in time and money. In its early days, Mashable used to churn out 5-6 blogs a day! By that count it must have reached 100 posts in about 18-20 days.
I started this blog in 2011; 8th April being the exact date when I published my first post and it has taken me 5 years to reach 100 posts. But that is because this blog came out of nowhere. For some reason watching the India- Aus World Cup final match in my hostel in April I felt a desire to write about it. Yes, I remember it very clearly. The WC ended on 2nd April with India winning and my first post came on 8th April.
A Match That Mattered. See how short it is. I cannot recall ever posting such a short post in years now.
This blog has come a long way since then and I have tried to write at least one post each month. Considering that I average 20 posts a year, I have been able to write fairly regularly according to my standards.
At first it was just about writing, but later there were two posts I published which a lot of people from my college read and really liked. They were about my experiences of taking my mom for the MasterChef Season 1 audition and of our team not coming in the top 3 in the Contemporary Issues project wherein we had to make an entire documentary.
The two posts are The Words I Never Said and “Failed” Dishes. There was a lot of feedback on these two posts which motivated me to write more. I think there are some posts which are really close to a blogger and would want an audience for that.
I have two on-going series of posts.
- From My Bookshelf: I review three books I have recently read in this. There are 32 posts with this title which means I have reviewed 96 books. Until now, even I didn’t realize the number of books I had reviewed. Check out the first and the latest post under this title and the changes I have made since then.
- The Happiness Project: This is something that I have started very recently when I was going through an extremely low-point. It has helped me enormously and is also the most private part of my life out in public. Check out the first one here- The Happiness Project.
I have written about books, travel, personal growth, movies, food, sports, politics and education. Writing about travel is the most difficult since I have to mentally go back to the place I was in and extract emotions from my heart and mind and at the same time keep the posts at an adequate length lest the readers get bored. Sometimes after publishing, I realize that I missed something and then regret not mentioning those points. I have covered my travel to Kashmir, Bhutan, New York, Florida and many other small places as and when I travel including a trek near Mumbai recently.
My most- viewed post has been about my birthday resolution when I turned 24- Some Things To Do Before I Turn 25 but my posts about my CAT exam and the MBA interviews have also been read very frequently.
This blog has unintentionally become a warm and safe cocoon I go to every-time I feel a strong surge of emotions. This may be during travel, or in my personal life or while reading books or just in general. It is a space I go to frequently and pour out the words that come to my head and they keep wandering in there until I put it out here.
A few years down the line I will reach 200 posts, then 300…and maybe 1000 posts someday. But this blog is not about the number of posts but simply about the value it adds to my life on the good and the not-so-good days. 🙂