Since yesterday evening, I am in a reminiscing mood. I am remembering the days, around this time last year, when I waited for the ‘Muktha’ updates at Sanjay’s blog. I eagerly looked forward to all the posts and comments there.
I found Sanjay’s blog really interesting. I still do. The whole concept of blogging was new to me. Gradually I started visiting Shruthi‘s blog, who was regularly giving Muktha updates. Reading the older posts at Common Man’s and Nycthemeron blog was one of my prime past times in early 2006.
What lovely insights and experiences Sanjay and Shruthi have provided for us to read. Wonderful thoughts and excellent narrative style. Thanks a lot to both of you.
I feel life as a reader, than as a blogger, was more relaxed. Writing new posts and deleting spam comments was what bloggers did. I only knew to comment and comment. Now as a blogger, readers ask me “Why have you not replied to my comment?” or “Why the blog is not updated?”
As a reader, I used to wait for other’s comments. There used to be lively, healthy and humourous discussions on Sanjay’s blog (Muktha Page). On most days, the comments simply kept pouring. And if one never visited the page for an hour, s/he would have missed being a part of the action!
Such was the ferocity with which everyone commented that once I had to attend a meeting for a few hours by which time nearly 100 comments had been posted! And it took me almost a day to read the whole thing and continue commenting.
Being a reader was bliss. I commented quite regularly at both the above mentioned blogs (and in other blogs too). Most of my blog friends encouraged me to comment and some even felt I deserved my own blog. Although I hesitated starting one immediately, I finally had Rambling with Bellur (RwB) on the last day of May 2006.
Since then, I have been regularly posting at RwB. When the blogs got blocked in mid July ’06, I changed from Blogspot to WordPress on July 18, 2006 (Thanks Sanju). Sad that I missed a 50 (no. of days) at Blogspot.
I am really happy and mystified seeing all your comments that has boosted my confidence and made me cross the 100 post mark (in November 2006) without any hassle. In a few days time, I hope to touch the 200 mark.
After starting RwB, I got to read really wonderful blogposts from a host of bloggers: Silkboard, Shark, Kishor Cariappa, Mridula, Nilagriva, Opinionated Indian, Suresh Gundappa, Anoop, Shadow, Ari4U, Gangadhar (blog sadly deleted), Mouna, Great Unknown, Land of Lime, Somebody, Mysorean, Travel Plaza, Sampada, December Stud, Churumuri, Sans Serif and many others from all over the world, thanks mainly to WordPress and Blogger.
Looking back, I feel RwB was something that I never imagined would happen. It is one of the best things to have happened in my life in 2006, although there were also some incredibly difficult times as well.
I think that the best part of my blogging experience has been actually meeting fellow bloggers and readers in person. I’ve had the opportunity to meet interesting people who share wonderful thoughts and experiences from varied fields. I feel but for blogging, we may have never known each other.
Also, another great news is that, today, most of the readers who were regulars at Sanjay’s blog have a blog of their own (some have two or more) and it is great to read all the various posts and seeing classic photos. Recently, Sanjay opened a new blog ‘Muktha Balaga’, where all Muktha Balaga members can blog and comment. Here’s a list of Muktha Balaga bloggers:
There are also others in the group who do not own a blog but are prolific writers and have interesting opinions about most topics. BR Usha and Praneshachar, for instance, have written guest articles for RwB. Of course, there are others like TSSM, Diya, Chaitanya, Prasanna, Anil Anand, Ram, Subbaramu to name a few, whose comments are very thought provoking.
I would like to thank everyone for visiting, writing and commenting at RwB. This blog is nothing without your active participation, encouragement and support.
I am thankful to my blog for another reason. Not only has it given me the chance to meet and befriend wonderful people, it has given me a very good career break.
A lot’s changed in the last twelve months. I wonder in amazement what the next twelve will bring.