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Name it what you will

I started this blog quite a few years back and blogging back then was about writing what you feel. That’s it. There were no expectations of you-scratch-my-back-and-I-will-scratch-yours. There was reciprocity, of course. But it never got in the way of us writing realistic posts and reading other posts and responding honestly. This world has evolved so much with the years and I am all for a positive change. But the culture that I see in this space now doesn’t look like my cup of cold coffee. Yeah, maybe it is not just the world of blogging changed, maybe I changed too. Maybe my perceptions changed too.

However, what bothers me more is the very same people who wrote brilliant posts are churning out the commercial rubbish, campaigning for brands that they had to google out to find what they stood for. I confess that I tried a couple of such posts and that is the worst thing I have ever done with respect to writing and I will never do it again. Not for a million dollars. If I want to make money out of writing, I’d publish a book or open a fully dedicated and commercial blog. I wouldn’t do this laying in commercial posts amidst personal stuff, thereby luring in your trusting readers to read the campaigns. And the height of all this is we don’t see that this is all just marketing strategy and the typical greed of making that extra few bucks is working out very well for the brand companies.

Also, have you noticed the topics that they choose for you to write? It is all hot topics which would make people go gaga over them. Like feminism. How many unrelated brands have beaten this same snake to death and we keep biting the bait. Or maybe we don’t care about it as long as we get traffic to our blog. Also, there are people who keep writing about how happy they are with their life, home, marraige, kids etc. every single month. I mean, why would you need to give a status update about your life on the internet. And to my dismay I found out that they are doing this charade to get back at their “enemies” and show themselves up in front of everyone. Sharing something about yourself is okay, but this? Get a life, please. That is one of the reasons why I stopped following and participating in the Action Replay theme where you talk about how your month was.

Anyway, where am I going with all this? Due to many factors, including me changing, I don’t recognize the friendship that I once formed anymore. I am still game for reading blogs that are worth it. I may or may not read, I may or may not comment, but you wouldn’t bother about it if you are writing for the right reason. Words, when put right, never fade away.

I have thought a lot about this even before but never got around to doing it because of the love I have for writing. But now I realize, I have been doing a great injustice in chugging on just to fit in, just to keep going as I used to. So I took a break for a few months from blogging, cleared my head, drew inspiration from like-minded bloggers and took a snap decision. I unpublished my blog page of Facebook and disabled comments on the site. That way, the only thing that will motivate me to write here as and when I want to, is the urge to write about something.

Until later ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: Thanks to Adit for getting me back on my feet and my inspiration. I know I am not quite there yet, but I will get there eventually.

Look who got a makeover

I finally scratched the itch. To give a makeover to my blog. As a blogger, I love changing the look, the font, the colors and everything about my blog from time to time. That change refreshes me. However, a blog name is not something we’dย want to change too often. We choose our blog names with such great care and put a lot of thought to it. We finally decide on one that we connect the most with. That is exactly why we stick with our blog names for a while, all the while changing the look of our blogs.

However, there are times when we change, as a person and as a blogger.ย When such glaring changes happen, the connect with the blog is redefined. The past connect is always there but it becomes a dream – the kind that stays with you. It becomes a memory – the kind that makes you smile involuntarily. While that happens, there is this new urge to redefine what you created, to give it a new dimension. That’s what happened to me and my blog now. I was suppressing the urge to do this for a very long time, not because I was hesitant but because I wanted to be sure. So here’s the new avatar – Let’s play Boggle.

boggle header

I also intend to dabble in Fiction more. The Lionessย has been telling me to write more fiction and poetry forever butย I haven’t stood up to that. So with this new dimension, I want to sprint towards that direction where rhyming words chime together and make beautiful verses and narration flows out to create something real. Let’s play Boggle is a representation of that – to play with words on another level and try more of everything new.

Why this name, you ask? I request you to head over to this page – Footprints of our journeyย which will give you the answer. Moreover I haveย linkedย a nickname – Bogglehead with my username, so if there are some comments on your blog with this name, you know who it is ๐Ÿ™‚ I have also revamped my introduction to the world on this blog. Check it out! And show me some love by telling me how the new look is.

Until later ๐Ÿ™‚

My first ever blogger meet

When I got a special invite for the ASUS Indiblogger meet in Bangalore, I was psyched. I didn’t participate in the Happy hours contest for ASUS because I was held up tight at work, but then the Indiblogger team cleared all my woes by sending me an invite anyway. This was my first ever blogger meet and it was in Bangalore. Generally I prefer such meets within the city since I have some constraints in travelling often. The timing had me in another dilemma as I had to travel from far to the venue and returning after 10 PM alone was not something I very much looked forward to. But then this was the first blogger meet in town and so I decided that I shouldn’t be missing this one, come what may.

So braving all the odds at work and the Bangalore traffic, I reached ITC Gardenia and was awed at the grandeur of the venue. I was constantly in touch with Soumya on whatsapp and met Shailaja right away at the venue. I was so thrilled to see all the people communicating without any barriers although that was the first time we were meeting. It was indeed a different experience to be a part of it. We all were strangers in a way yet we all had so much in common. We could just connect with anyone there instantly and I sensed the power of writing there. The registrations started in alphabetical order and photo IDs were verified. Once we were inside the Mysore hall where the event was to take place, we saw organized table arrangements (which we never stuck to ๐Ÿ˜› ). I was first seated at a table where everyone was new to me and got a lot of fresh acquaintances. Then I couldn’t bear not sitting with the lioness Soumya and switched over to her table. ๐Ÿ˜€

With the LionessMe with Leo!

The event started off with a Nihal’s concert during which he made us interact and take part. Even the most shy person were tapping their feet and nodding their heads to the beats and it was a very energetic experience. After the concert, the organizer of the evening – Anoop graced us with his darshan and took over brilliantly. The ease with which he kept us hooked on to what he was saying was very admirable and he announced the next activity of the program where we had to meet other bloggers and convince them to give us one of their personal items. Well, I had gone directly from work and regretted that I didn’t have much stuff to part with. Of course, it was more of an exchange deal. I met Sreesha during one such deal ๐Ÿ˜€ When we were done, I had got a tissue autographed by Soumya, a toothpick (an unused one, of course :P), a fruit sticker, a book (this was given by the generous Vidya Sury), two mentos covers, a happy dent white gum, a hair pin, a decorative piece from Shailaja’s daughter’s shawl ๐Ÿ˜› Yes and I parted with a few of my personal items too ๐Ÿ™‚ This activity as weird as it may be enabled us to break the ice and mingle freely.

Launch and ConcertThe product manager David Chu launching the products and the Death Metal Concert
ThingsIGotI ate the Happy Dent White gum, others are all here ๐Ÿ˜›

Next came the ASUS product launch of ASUS EEEBook X205TA and the ASUS All in one PC ET 2040 . I was blown by the EEEbook as soon as I saw it as I am a sucker for all things that are sleek and shiny and this sure was sleeek!!! The all in one PC was also a brilliant idea for saving up space while not compromising on the configuration whether at work or at home. There was a display of both the products and we had a fun time checking them out.

We all are indulgent when it comes to food and the starters that were served continuously by the waiters only made us look forward to dinner. Unfortunately, I had to leave early as my husband had not taken the master key with him and was on his way home cluelessly hoping that I’d be back by then. Pitying him, I had to very reluctantly give up the last activity and the delicious (on hearsay) dinner and head back home. Before I left, I got to hear what the last activity was all about and it made me regret leaving early all the more. The last activity was enacting about blogging in a given style and our team’s style was The Pirates of the Caribbeans. Well, I missed it much.

Overall, I was grinning from ear to ear the entire evening, right from making it to ITC Gardenia, meeting all the bloggers, tweeting about the fantastic experience, seeing our tweets live on the huge screen, making my way back home. My first ever blogger meet, the first blogger meet of 2015 was an awesome one and I have only Indiblogger and ASUS to thank for it.

IndianByBirth&BloggerByChoiceOh Yes! We are!

Until later ๐Ÿ™‚

The Sweet Surprise

Do you know how a sweet surprise hits you like a fresh blast of air? That little boost that you need comes with it. It makes you go a long way. The feeling is inexplicable. That’s what happened for me when I hopped on to PeeVee’s space for my usual dose of good reads. If you haven’t read this lovely post of hers, go go go there now! I was reading through the post sighing with happiness on the dripping romance in it, thinking of my guy and right there at the end was the dedication that made me go open-mouthed.

Thank you Peeves ๐Ÿ™‚ It means so much to me and my G ;). I loved how you had mentioned it as “To K and her G”. I loved how you remembered and wrote me a romantic post, just as promised ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved how you had made it just like us, the feeling, the connection – everything felt like the same. I loved how you had made the simplicity of love stand out so magnificently. I have said it before and I will say it again. This is the best gift that I got for my wedding.

Until later ๐Ÿ™‚

The veil that I need

I have been toying with the idea of anonymity just as AK has been for a while. However, I guess he is on a totally different plane than me changing the usernames now and then :P.

What I want is to blog under a pen name. I need this to let go of some of my inhibitions. You can call me shy or timid, but I know I am not that. Then why don’t you write whatever you want in this blog, you ask? I am a diplomatic person (Of course, being a Libra). For me things need to be in equilibrium. I don’t prefer controversies.

This blog was started way back and can be easily found by googling my name. Most of my friends, colleagues and family know I write here and this blog has been in my mail’s signature for a while now. Whether any of these people remember and visit is not my bother. I am a person who wants to tell her opinions but at the same time exert caution. It’s because I’m a bit wary of the internet and it’s antics. This might not seem reason good enough for you but it is for me. I accept that I need a veil to shout out my opinions through. Not always, sometimes.

Much like the veil women make out of shawls to protect their faces from the pollution. This analogy suits my situation well because when we cover our faces, our eyes- the source of truth will be visible. The truth in my writing will remain the same. The add-on will be a few things which I don’t write here due to some necessary inhibitions. [I don’t write if I can’t be honest and explicit. I won’t polish it off as something else just because I want to write about it but at the same time want to be hidden too] So let me plough on.

There are 3 hurdles for me and they are the reasons that I am toying with the idea for a while instead of going ahead with it.

1. This blog has been and is very dear to me and I feel that it should not be sidetracked when I start a new one. I think I can make this one work if I am focused.

2. I want a good name for the new blog and a nice URL to go with it. And I want that to be satisfactory for me so that I never feel I should change it. I don’t need any fancy ones but I need something that I feel is okay. Because with this blog, I changed the names and URLs many times until I settled down, much to the annoyance of my friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ So still thinking of something that will suit my mind. This one too will work out if I put my mind to it.

The next is a head-breaker for me.

3. I want to keep my reader base whom I got to know by blogging. No, not for the popularity. I just don’t want to lose the opinion of some of the best people who I know via blogging. You guys are wonderful people, writers and critics that I want you to know about it. You have molded me into the writer I am and I am grateful for that. You guys know me by my writing ever since the beginning. That’s the way you will still know me under a pseudo name too. But if I do that, the purpose of anonymity is lost. I feel that’s a small compromise since I feel it’s okay for these people to know that its me out there under that pen name. So I am thinking of a way to let you guys know about my other blog if I do go through with this plan. Actually any suggestions on this will be helpful.

Thinking hard…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until later ๐Ÿ™‚

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