I am not a natural writer who can write amazing posts in no time on whatever topic given; instead it takes 4 days to a week for me to find some time and a topic to write. (In spite of doing this, I can’t avoid some useless posts.)
I voted for ‘my blogging experiences’ as I already had a post written ready for that but unfortunately I lost the contest in a narrow margin I guess. I tried writing in this new topic ‘cream and scum of blogging’ but how much ever hard I thought, I could only end up with a write-up with all points lined up and numbered resembling a eleventh grade economics assignment “pros and cons of democracy or something”.
I remember a story where a school teacher would announce her little students that there would be a test next day to write an essay either on 'coconut tree' or 'cow' but they should prepare for both the topics. Our hero, a little boy would only read on coconut tree and spend rest of his time playing. But alas the topic in the test would be cow. He thought for a while and wrote “There lived a cow. It was white and tied to a coconut tree. The coconut tree will be tall and will have long leaves” and started writing all that he read about coconut tree. That is what I decided to do now :-)
When I decided to record the valid discussion that I had with intellectual people around me, I asked my IT pro friend on how to do that. He suggested blogging. When I entered blogging, I din’t know anything. I slowly started exploring. I was shouting (inside my mind offcourse) "Hey this thing not only has facility to record our thoughts but also allows the viewers to comment and share their line of ideas". Only in the last three days I understood the power of comments as I was bombarded with comments on my recent post (not for praising me but a healthy debate).
Then I started exploring the blogosphere where I met my first friend (versatile and good narrator) Shankar, (Sharp thinker, good narrator and creative) Vipul, (Bold and precise) Nicky, (writing guru) brownie, (perfectly unbiased) Nita, (Spiritual mind disturber) Anukriti along with my new friends (flamboyant) survivor, (passionate and energetic) Shilpa, (honest and casual) Nandhini, Suga and Raje. The points I mentioned inside the bracket are the ones that I learned from them.
Learning from them, the quality of my writing started picking up (I guess so. Don’t disappoint me guys by saying not :-)). I started my blog with politics then went to society and now I am in philosophy. I am eager to know on what new label with which I would bore you people next.
When I think back comparing my pre and post bloging era, I would admit this blog has given me some peace by identifying and showing some rare forward thinking and enlightened gentries as I was totally pissed off by surrounded materialistic, selfish money fetish people who think every one other than who doesnt resemble them are lunatics.
In spite of all the changes that I made by learning from my peers the only rule I kept unchanged is to write without any perception, pretence and bias. Blogging this way helps me keeping myself balanced, unbiased and open minded.
By writing some unbiased views, I have an exaggerated feeling that I am doing my little bit to this society as every human being is entitled to do. This gives immense pleasure and satisfaction.
But the problem is that the time I spend on business is reduced which is a worrying factor. I cant eat blog you know. I need to work.
And secondly I think the blogging installed some weird behavior in me. If I publish a post, with in next couple of minutes I reload the page to see if there is any comment. (If at all the reload button on my blog have a life time, it would have been dead by now). Whenever I speak with a first time foreign return, he used to link every point in our discussion to his experience in foreign soil. (When I was in UK, I used to pay 20 Pounds to get a haircut etc) Similarly, whenever I converse with someone, I started linking my blog. (Exactly pal, I indeed mentioned this in my blog while writing…. Blah blah)
Hope you would take the last couple of paragraphs as scum and rest of them as cream. I guess I did pretty good work to alter my already done ‘Blogging experience’ post to fit in here.
The fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton are Arjuna, Saimanohar, Dhiman, Vipul Grover, Avdi, Daisy Blue, Sid 'Ravan' Kabe, Shankar, Shilpa Garg, Ranee, Ranee again and Pawan.Click on their respective names to read their posts on The Cream and Scum of Blogging.To be part of the next edition of this online marathon, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.