… later, I begin with a confession — I almost didn’t write this 8th anniversary post.
Reason? I have hardly blogged this past year managing only 18 posts, 11 of which were written in the months of June and July 2017 and the remaining 7 spread out over the remaining 10 months.
For this reason alone, I didn’t feel that my 8th blog anniversary deserved the usual blog post to mark this milestone. The blog anniversary (June 2) came and went, but I couldn’t ignore the niggling thought that maybe, I should reconsider writing that anniversary post. After all, while the blog anniversary was a milestone or the ‘destination’, the posts were always about the journey to that destination, and it was important to record that journey. So I finally got down to writing the blog anniversary post, and here I am with it, albeit 10 days late.
To be honest, this post is less about the blog and blogging or the reasons why I didn’t blog or wasn’t able to blog (actually, I was writing blog posts; I was just not publishing them). This is more about what I did this year some of which will get written about eventually here !
I read a lot this year. Though I never keep a count of the number of books read, I know that I read a lot, more than I ever have in the last 4-5 years. Paperbacks, hardcovers, e-books, literary magazines across genres and disciplines — I read them all. Sometimes I read like my life depended on it; other times, I read like I had all the time in the world.
I listened to a lot of music, something that I had not done much in the last few years. This past year was about music too — old favourites and new discoveries in equal measure.
I travelled some. In August 2017, I visited Tranquebar and some nearby places in Tamil Nadu, while in February 2018, I visited Bikaner in Rajasthan. Both were fabulous visits and I hope to finish writing about both these visits and post them soon here.
I explored Mumbai quite a bit from its ancient rock-cut cave sites, museums, exhibitions, food scene, theatre… It felt good to reconnect with the city I call home and a place that I have neglected quite a bit on the blog. Once again, I hope to post about my Mumbai explorations on the blog sooner rather than later.
This was also the year of moving away from social media, especially Twitter and Facebook, a process I had begun a couple of years back due to a growing disconnect with both platforms. Though I have not yet deleted my accounts, I have kept my activity to the minimum on both these platforms. Currently, I am most active on Instagram for it is the only online space that makes sense to me — it is neither the battlefield that Twitter is, nor is it intrusive the way Facebook is.
The best part of this past year, however, has been the presence of friends and their love, care, comfort and support. These friends held my hand — both literally and long distance — and saw me through some tough times. They were my lifelines this year. It is also because of their gentle and sometimes not-so-gentle nagging that I have not given up on this blog.
That, and messages, mails and comments of readers like you, who asked me why I was not writing, when was the next post due, if everything was all right, etc. While the writing (or blogging in this case) is a solitary activity and is mine and mine alone, it is readers like you who have kept me motivated to continue writing/blogging. More than in previous years, I am grateful to every one of you who have liked, read and shared my posts. Thank you for being part of this blogging journey of mine and thank you for the constant encouragement. 🙏🏼
So, this was my 8 years of blogging with 530 posts comprising 4,92,489 words, 53 videos, 2 audio, and 3,631 images, which have elicited 6,87,539 page views, 13,431 comments, and 93,141 spam comments. The blogging sabbatical is over and I’m all set for Year 9 of blogging.
Are you ready for all the posts coming you way this year? 🙂