It’s been a pretty long liaison with blogging now. I started it way back in 2001 when I bought my first desktop. It was with Times of India’s blogging space that I began. Soon I switched to Sulekha which offered many incentives. Apart from the gift vouchers that came from Sulekha, there were quite a few committed bloggers there whom I really liked. I got a fairly good share of readers too there. But the love affair with Sulekha ended when a team of Right wing bloggers dominated the whole platform and started posting unsavoury comments with malicious intent.
Wordpress hosted my blogs after that for a few years. Then something went wrong. Apparently someone hacked or tried to hack my site. It stopped working properly. Then I migrated to Blogspot where I have remained for all these years. But many of my fellow bloggers whom I read without fail stopped blogging for various reasons. Some are in the family way, some immersed themselves totally in their careers, and some just gave up. Maybe serious writers and thinkers lose interest in blogging because there are very few serious readers in that sphere. My personal observation is that frivolous writing gets more readers in blogosphere. I may be wrong, however. Maybe I have not sought far and wide enough to discover serious bloggers.
Apart from those readers, I miss also the Happy Hours that IndiBlogger used to provide a few years ago. Happy Hours brought a lot of gift vouchers with which I bought countless books from Flipkart. I wonder why that concept of Happy Hours died. Maybe, some bloggers didn’t make use of it with sincerity and authenticity. Maybe, the business concerns which provided the gift vouchers didn’t find it worth. Maybe, there are other reasons.
Blogging, anyway, is personal writing to a large extent. It is a personal gratification, at least. It still remains that for me. That’s the fun I have discovered in blogging.
PS. Written for IndiSpire Edition 188: #Blogging