Switcheroo

If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?

Actually I won’t do that. My blogs are a part of my identity and one does not simply exchange that. Though I would love many awesome bloggers I know to guest post in mine, and me in theirs. Now that is something which I would love!

Blog Journey

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years or so. It started initially with some random mumbling with a picture or two when I was in school. I started a proper blog after I came from a camp in summer of ’07 to Sikkim, the Indo-China border and some pretty cool northern places of the country. That is my first proper and now long running blog which you can read in the description, and if you’re the lazy type click here. Soon enough it turned out to be more than just a hobby, but in a way, a way of life. People often told me I write and make points well, but I still think I just do what I want and nothing great (yet). Though I would love to write on some big projects some day. Now I write on two blogs, this one for my daily more writing my mind (or not quite) off. So while I didn’t plan anything in particular, turned out pretty neat so far huh?

Learning from Blogging

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

People ask me this all the time, and I’m always at confusion on what to reply to this question. Well I’ve been blogging for over 7 years now, and yet I feel like I know nothing of the subject, or more appropriately, a way of life.

Relax
Yeah that’s rule #1 if you ask me. As I said, blogging isn’t just a hobby, but a way of life. Okay that might be too much to comprehend at the first go, so let me put it simply – don’t stress out too much. You’re doing it because you like it, and it makes you feel good. And a bit of money if you’re at it.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

― Ernest Hemingway

Or in our case, computer keyboards, tablets and even mobiles. Not that hard eh?

Versatile Interests
You might just stick to one genre, or none at all, but that doesn’t matter. Suppose you are writing about cooking and suddenly once your post becomes more towards book keeping (okay that wasn’t the best of examples so kindly bear with me), don’t panic or think of re-editing or removing it. I have observed despite the fundamental rule of inevitable editing a dozen to hundred times, sometimes the beauty of the uncooked version is like no other. Welcome the change. Your inside knows you well, better than yourself. You might surprise yourself.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

― Maya Angelou

Read

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

Wasn’t that sufficient? Read more books, of various genres, and even those which you never tried or you might not like. You might end up liking. At the very least you’ll know what or what not to do.

Language
Now don’t worry about not being an expert in English or whichever language you communicate in best. I have read some of the best posts which completely butchered English, but the reason they were so enjoyable were because of the content, the simplicity and honesty in writing and this makes it just more hilarious. While even I sometimes many-a-times feel like hanging myself at what people say, don’t pressure yourself. But remember, that is no excuse for not using proper language, and in time you will learn as you read (see above) and write more. Remember:

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

― John Keating

This is applicable to women too, just saying. I get turned on by intelligence. 😛 Language can be seductive unlike any other. but alas, in my case, such females either don’t exist around this part or already taken. 😥

Enjoy
Now contrary to popular belief, my first point and this are not the same. Relax is the first rule and after everything in becoming a master, the conclusion is – Enjoy! What’s the use if you don’t enjoy what you do? I have no quote to re-quote here as well, just sit up and start writing!

Personal Space

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

Now that is an interesting question. I have been blogging for over 7 years now, and I write at my first proper and longest running blog here along with this blog which I started this January for more frequent posting ie everyday (and thanks to the daily prompt, so far on it!). I started mainly to share my thoughts, clicks and experiences, and to this day, that’s been exactly what I’m doing. I keep the extremely long posts and view type posts over there, while most of my rumblings are here.

As to the question itself, while readership is important, I made many new friends, got invited for some special occasions and quite some good stuff have happened thanks to my blogging (all though no where near to what I’ve seen from others). I write about many different things, and that’s the whole point of it, as I never stuck to any particular genre. That’s why I don’t feel ‘trapped’, and however you define creativity, mine is still free on the loose. While I would love to get more readers and my blogs be famous across the realm, in the end, I’m just a not-so-average guy who writes stuff more like a sophisticated journal with little bit of appreciation. Well, I do dream of being invited and flying to places though. But in the end, I’ll still write and do what I write, even if I’m the only one seeing my work. Because as I’ve learned, while success matters in anything in life, satisfaction matters more and they might not align always. Well, sort of.

Blogging Rhapsody

Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.

While I understand (clearly) the difference between a review and my opinion, I give both extensively on various subjects and products. I don’t want to get in the general misconception of people, no regards for another’s or those who simply give up a thumbs up or down depending on other reactions. Coming on track, the only time I wrote a review pertaining to music was this one on Linkin Park‘s album LIVING THINGS. Otherwise I just like and prefer to sit back and enjoy it so far. As for blogging, I don’t stick to any subject, maybe I should instead write on blogging but that too I frequently deal with which you can have a look.

1337 here

Just a small milestone here on this blog. Just like every blogger on WordPress gets those notifications we check (this is our other facebook in a way after all). After various achievements, I just wanted to share this one which I got earlier. 1337 likes on this blog in 3 and half months! Thank you all dear readers for this.

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Blogger Sensei

Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.

While there have been many people who have influenced me in blogging most notably many from IndiBlogger, India’s largest community of bloggers among many others, and myself of course, but that’s just another story. 😛

Here I would like to give kudos to a very old friend of mine, Rohit Hedge. Although quite not in touch since a long time and haven’t met him in years (well he’s in Calcutta now which is not so near Bombay you know, and he’s a family guy while I’m, still me) 😛

He was perhaps my first motivation to start a blog. I remember we both had the same point and shoot camera Sony W5 (which also cost a lot back in the day, now in today’s world just meh) and before that the good old film roll cameras. First met him in ’05, that’s 7 years ago! This all started back then. Pretty naive if you look at the early posts of my first other blog (description above). Today I’m pretty much known big part because of my bullshitting writing and blogs. Although he hasn’t blogged in years now, still he is one of those who got me into blogging in a way. You can view his not-so-alive blogs here and here.

Speaking of which, remembering having our pics all those years ago, have to dig in my hard disks for them.

B+

Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.

Well actually I already wrote a post on what I did last weekend (twice! sort of) which was awesome. Here is a direct link to that post which is on my other blog. As you can read, it was great, the saturday I mean. Spent the sunday lazing around.

So as a bonus I’ll say about today. In fact I’m glad that this weekend (I mean just saturday yet) was great too. My college festival started yesterday, which is called Iris and this year the theme is Iris ’13 Shuffle, Today was great, well known Bollywood actor (first time in history of my college and the festival) Boman Irani came in the afternoon and it was great. He enacted a bit from his hit movie 3 idiots and even sang the song loved by almost every student in the country Give me some sunshine playing the guitar and gave a motivating yet fun speech. Bit envy all the fuckers of the committee behind the fest for getting to take pictures with him and especially those who escorted him and spoke with him. Well not that much as I had my share too and still waiting to meet those who I actually love 😉

And the other best part was my college was the venue for the qualifying RAW Street B-boying battle of Mumbai by the Indian B-boying Federation. There were 64 B-boys (actually 63 guys and one b-girl)  battling and it was simple awesome. Being a fan of b-boying I enjoyed as hell. Not that I can do it even a bit, but I (along with most of the crowd)  were astonished by many things, most  being the skill performed/showed by the participants, a huge guy who had more fat than all the rest who showed off cuts and muscles (well apart from the average and skinny ones) reaching the top 16 and till a high spot, which showed size doesn’t matter, only dedication does. And the cherry of the cake, the youngest b-boyer who wouldn’t have been over 12 years old, not only was the most cheered of the day but ended up wining in the finals and the city qualifiers! That showed age doesn’t matter too. Well personally I (along with some of the remaining intellectuals left) felt the other finalist should have won, I was personally rooting for him and he did a great job too, he was practically in the air all the time showcasing awesome skills. Well the kid did have incredible talent no doubt, but well since he was a kid he got most of the support (or as I put it sympathy vote) and in the final he pulled off a move by pulling a chair, squeezing inside it and performing the same steps, and that won everyone’s heart, it was like in your face to the other guy. Well in the end glad for him, good to show support for upcoming generation and the art form itself.

And the day ended with a DJ party. Very tired coming home after a great day. I didn’t take any pictures or anything as I don’t have anything substantial with me for now, and I’m like on a break now sort of.

I guess like last weekend tomorrow will be another boring sunday, I just hope not.