Wednesday, June 27, 2007
One year of this blog
This blog was started exactly one year ago. It has been quite an eventful year. A lot has happened, there have been various unanticipated developments, and the blogging experience has also been a part of this process. It would not be incorrect to say that blogging has helped to shape me.
I started this blog, and subsequently five more blogs, each focussing on some aspect of my interests. This blog has had over 40,000 visitors during the last one year, from over 140 countries. I have posted over 770 pieces (which includes 175 on the "Calcutta photo-blog" series, several of which were accompanied by a commentary / reflection). This blog has some loyal readers from across India and the rest of the world, who view it with some regard. I must express my gratitude to all those who have bothered to read my posts. Through this and the other blogs, I have been able to share my views and concerns with people across the world. This blog is like a visiting card; through it people can know something about me.
Through this blog, I have related to some of the happenings around me. Thus, for instance, I have written about the CPI(M), who have ruled the state of West Bengal for 30 years. I have also engaged with the subject of land acquisition (in Singur and Nandigram) which has flared up in the last one year. But my interests are eclectic, and so my posts have touched on a wide range of subjects.
A happy outcome of blogging has been making new friends. I re-connected with JP after over 25 years. I met Vincent in London last November. And in February, I met Sadiq and Samran in Calcutta, which was the start of a very meaningful friendship. A few days ago, I was overwhelmed to receive a generous donation from Sadiq towards the slum community empowerment programme I am involved with. And just this morning I heard from Irving, who wrote to acknowledge receipt of a small gift I'd sent him. He had sent me a gift earlier. Thanks to blogging, such commerce of the heart has been enabled.
My blogging fervour is at an ebb right now. There have been times when I thought I should put a full stop to it. But I am reluctant to do so. Rather, I wait for a compelling reason / subject to communicate.
From time to time I have received feedback from readers. On the occasion of this first anniversary, I would be happy to hear from anyone who feels like saying something.