I am back again…and this time in a self-congratulatory mood. I just realized that my blog- ‘Random Musings’ named as ‘Chinthan’ turned an year old today! Big deal eh? Well it has been for me, ‘cos it gave me an opportunity at self expression which my diaries hitherto did…of course this time things were in full public view; but then I knew which posts to make public and which to conceal! One year, sixty nine posts(including this one), some 25,000 words written and over 2531 clicks on my stat counter! Impressive stats eh!? Hence the mood of self-congratulation! Blogging has been a great pastime…I owe it to the many people who actually went through some of the trash I churned out, to those copious praises heaped on some of the posts, to the many controversies and bitter duels that a few others generated, to the many people who told me they had laughed their heads off, or cried like there was no tomorrow or simply felt nice after reading a particular post, to the many people who would religiously get back and question me when I’d sink into occasional spells of incognito and lastly, to the many anonymous commentators who annoyed me with their spineless remarks—come on pals, get a life, say what you want to say but can we have a face and a spine to those comments as well??
I was recently reading an article that spoke about the mad, mad way in which the habit of blogging has caught up with Indians. Blog, a short for weblog, is a web page that has short entries (well, unlike mine!) in reverse chronological order- that’s the supposed Dict definition! Since setting it up is so damn easy these days and with the proliferation of computers to the Indian middle class milieu, the popularity of blogs has been on the rise. At the worst it could be a giant junkyard, at the best an antique shop- a place where there is so much to be salvaged but also much to be discarded. A place where bleary eyed bloggers rave and rant about the world all night long as they trudge through their dreary, insipid, listless day jobs. But what I heard was post Tsunami, blogs have emerged as a major force of web-activism! The blog maniacs have confirmed through the huge relief collections that their blogs helped collect, that their posts weren’t mere exercises in self gratification, but their writings were there to create an impact, proving the age old adage of the pen being mightier than the sword! Unlike an e-chat, a blog luckily is a monologue (unless of course like many people have posts appended by comments longer than the post itself!!). This luxury of a blog makes it the perfect forum for people with opinions and no outlets or audience. From foreign affairs to cricket to politics to cows to sex to movies to painfully detailed narrations of his or her diurnal chores, the anytime, everything blogger seems to write on anything under the sun! Many a times a blog becomes a convenient way to put on an image that one always wanted to be but could never be, hiding behind the comfort of the ethereal virtual world wide net! Blogs give us a peek in to the real lives of real people ( sometimes false lives of real people…well, and other combinations of these two adjectives!!) whom one may never meet but know everything about! It could, like in some cases it did, turn out that the person was directly opposite to what he portrayed himself in his blog—but then what the heck!
But not all bloggers may want to become journalists or novelists, though the media is suddenly sitting up to recognize the latent talent in many of these authors and disbursing huge sums in the way of awards and opportunities to enter the print world. I read somewhere that blogs are the best means for the maximum freedom of expression with the maximum reader reach and with the least harm to our forests! How true! It does give a heady feeling to see your stat counter racing with each passing day and your readership cutting across continents and regions!
As I started off at the beginning of this post, my current mellow mood prevents me from getting to my characteristic sarcastic self and rip down the idea of blogging like I did some posts ago, much to the chagrin of blog-regulars! Like everything else in this world blogging too has its pluses and minuses and for a change I feel like just seeing the former!
Long live the Indian blogs! Toast to the creative spirit behind blogging!