All the journey we cover in our lifetimes are not beautiful. But I started a journey on 22nd September 2011, which was beautiful. A journey which helped me to meet some really wonderful and talented people, a journey which helped me to grow as a person, a journey which made me realize that, it’s not good to stereotype people according to their nationality, religion or gender.
Yes I am talking about my journey in blogging world. On September 22nd, I gave birth to my blog (yes blogospehere is the only place, where a male can also give birth to a new life) with a post dedicated to my mother. For first like every one else, I did not have much readers. I still remember the excitement, the joy and happiness of seeing a single like or comment on my posts. It was a different feeling to realize that, someone from a different corner of this world, like your thoughts. I still remember the happiness on my face- when Renee left those beautiful and inspiring words in my blog’s comment section. I still remember Melissa‘s attempts to help me realize that, I am a writer. I still remember Darla and Lenore leaving those friendly and kind words for me; so that I could keep on writing without much caring about readers. I still remember Becky passing on an award to my blog to pass on some real inspiration. I still remember the first comment I got from Sir Charles on my comment box- whom I consider a true inspiration. Then slowly slowly the list started to grow. I love and respect each of you wonderful people whom I met through blogging. Now If I would mention each one of you, in order to say thank you; then the list would be a really long one. So when I am saying, “A big Thank You”; then believe me it was from bottom of my heart just for you.
When I first started writing, grammatical errors were the most integral part of my writing. But none of you ever complained about that; rather you people helped me to realize my own mistakes and let me to rectify them by my own. To be honest I do not feel ashamed about those mistakes, because as an intelligent person once said, “We do not need to feel ashamed committing a mistake while we are writing or speaking English as no one is perfect in foreign language”. So it was a continuous process for me and the process still continues- to learn this art of writing and to grow as a writer with time. As a computer engineer- “Grammars hardly matters to us, but what matters to us is the Syntax.” But now I do realize the importance of grammar in writing. During my early days of blogging, I had a habit of writing “i” in stead of “I”, in the middle of a sentence when I had to refer myself. It was the real example of how things like SMS and status messages are polluting the English language. And one fine day- someone mentioned it to me in her comment on one of my posts and thanks to her, now I occasionally commit that mistake while I write. These are the small things, which help me to learn the process of writing. So thanks to all of you intelligent people, now I do realize that- one day I can be a writer.
Not many of my friends or family members have idea, that I have a blog. To be honest many have also no idea “What is this blogging all about?”. When my blog started getting some what little recognition, I tried to tell few of my dear people that, “Hey now I have a blog”. But the first question they asked was- “how much money are you earning from that?” By getting such a reply, I just smiled and realized why people say “in today’s world money is the one and only thing that matters”. Then I never bothered to tell someone about my blog again. So for first there were days, when I had no readers visiting my blog, no likes or comments to inspire me to write again. But slowly slowly I started receiving inspiration and motivation in form of your comments, which helped me to keep on writing.
The excitement of seeing my blog getting its 1000th visitor was something really special, which I can’t describe with words. May be I am not that good as a writer yet to express those moments with words. And let me tell you the journey from 999th visitors to 1000th visitors was a really long one.
Then after few months I reached the 10000th and few days earlier the 25k mark. Now my child is mature enough to take care of herself; so I am no more worried about her. I always wanted my child to grow by her own. So I never hit my blog URL without logging in, so that I could help the stat of my blog to change with my click. I am glad she could grow by her own.
More than anything else I somehow feel proud of myself that- I could able to write more than 60000 words in past 9months of blogging. Although I do realize that among those words; some were meaningful and some were meaningless.
I believe that, there are two sides of a coin; so if a person loves money; then he has to accept and love two sides of the coin. So after blogging I started realizing if I am involve in any creative process then I have to accept both the positive words and negative words of my reader until and unless they are not hurting. For me two sides of the coin(writing) which I love are my supporters and my critics; and honestly I love and respect both these groups of people. One group wants and inspires me to grow while the other helps and challenges me to grow.
Sometimes the search terms with which people enter my blog make me laugh out really loud and also sometimes astonish me. Sometimes when someone wants me to give her love song, it makes me feel special and when some one wants me to marry her in next birth, I just want to reply her with… “Sweet heart, I am still alive and single. So your wish can be fulfilled in this birth too”. When someone mentions me with “RomeoVedio” it makes me laugh and when someone asks in his search term “How Arindam got success in his life” it makes me realize that, there is someone who wants to see me successful but for now truth is something else and when someone types “Arvindam” instead of “Arindam”or reaches my blog with search term like “broken lover boy” it makes me angry.
Still these are the moments, I do cherish and love. So thank you for supporting me, thanks for loving me, thanks for accepting me the way I am and not to forget thanks for inspiring me and motivating me not only to be good writer but also to be a good human being.
I know your support is unconditional. And I really do hope and wish that, you are going to keep on supporting me in this journey. I can’t give anything in return to the time you spend in “being Arindam”. I can only wish all the happiness, peace and success for you all wonderful people”.
I know as soon as you will finish reading this long post, you will type- “C”…. then “O”…. then “N”…. then “G”….. then “R”… and few other alphabets. So a big thank you once again in advance to you all.