… later, I sit down to write my annual blog birthday / anniversary post. There’s a touch of disbelief (and a quiet sense of pride too) that I’m still blogging considering how much the blogging scene in general and travel blogging in particular has changed in the 9 years since I began this blog on June 2, 2010.
From a small group of bloggers led by their love for travel and writing to the marketing and social media driven influencer type of travel blogging today, there has been a paradigm shift. The initial dismay at the changing atmosphere gave way to angst and then despair, followed by resignation and finally the inevitable acceptance.
This annual blog birthday/anniversary post is an opportunity to look back at the blogging year that was. An opportunity to reflect and share the highs & the lows, the fun times and the not-so-fun times, the learnings and the unlearnings as well. And as the title suggests, some numbers and the statistics as well — from the number of posts and words written to page views and spam comments !
But the statistics don’t really reveal the full picture.
For instance, while it says how much I wrote it does not reveal how inconsistent I have been — there were phases when I wrote like someone possessed and there were also phases where both creativity and the will to blog took a long and seemingly unending vacation. Or the fact that while I have not been blogging regularly in the last two years hasn’t meant that I have not been writing. In fact, this year has been the year of contributing to the column on Indian Aesthetics in Domus India — 3 solo articles and 4 co-authored articles with fellow blogger, Anuradha Shankar. (Do check out the full details from the Publications Page on this blog)
It has also been a year of writing blogposts, but not publishing them. At last count, there are almost 50 unpublished posts in various stages of completion in that Drafts Folder; I have only just started pulling out posts from there and publishing them one by one. But most importantly, the numbers do not reveal how quiet and uneventful Year 9 of blogging was. Hopefully, Year 10 will see more action with posts in the Drafts Folder getting published and also travels (both completed and upcoming) getting written here.
Till that gets done, may I share recommendations of 9 of my favourite posts from 9 categories in honour of 9 years of blogging? If you haven’t read these posts, I urge you to do so for each of them are close to my heart for various reasons.
Travel Shot: The confluence of blue and grey (Karcham)
Book Review: Puranic tales for cynical people and humour for all by Parashuram
Mumbai Lens: The painted tree
My “now” song: Ambwa talay dola rakh de niharwa
People: To Rachel teacher, with love
Just wondering…: Travel, travellers and travel blogging… Some thoughts
A big thank you, dear reader, for every like, comment and share; for pointing out typos and errors, and for inspiring me every single day. This blog wouldn’t it be what it is today without you and I appreciate the time you take to read every post.
So, this was my 9 years of blogging with 548 posts comprising 5,10,893 words, 61 videos, 2 audio, and 3,803 images, which have elicited 7,63,787 page views, 13,741 comments, and 99,663 spam comments.
Year 10 of blogging has officially begun… 🙂