Friends, this post must start with a hat tip to reader Enigma, who was kind enough to remember that yesterday was the 1st anniversary of this blog! I have been insanely busy the last couple of weeks and been only skimming through the news (believe it or not, I didn’t know about the latest Vadra scam until my wife told me yesterday). But the fact that a reader remembered the anniversary instead of me and pointed it out makes it well and truly special 🙂 Thanks, that meant a lot.
Why did I start this blog? Because for years and years, I remember myself screaming all alone at the television set or seething in rage as I scrolled down online articles. I was up late one night when it suddenly struck me to open up a blog and just get writing. Even then, I was pretty sure that my enthusiasm would flame out in a couple of days. In any case, my blog was sure to go totally unnoticed, a piece of flotsam in the endless online universe. But, then the blog started getting some views…about 150-200 a day. And I guess I underestimated how much anger I had been accumulating in my belly through a decade of watching the media and Mameluk ecosystem in action. So, I kept going.
We clocked 21, 279 views in May 2016, which is obviously the highest ever. I say WE because this is hardly about me, me and me. It’s about us…there is no way I would have kept on writing every single day (well, almost) if it had not been for the encouragement of all of you! I know that recently, I had been slacking off a little on replying to comments…but now I have picked up the pace again. So, if you will, please please leave a comment 🙂
I am a person who generally finds it impossible to stick to a routine. So, when I opened up this blog last year with a plan to write every single day, I was sure that my resolution would become a burden on me in no time and that I would rebel against myself and give up. But, over the last one year, this blog has lifted me up in ways that I never imagined were possible. I think it was in December that I was having one of my toughest weeks+weekends at work, stuck in a daze from 5 AM in the morning to midnight on back to back days…and I couldn’t post anything that Saturday. Sunday came and things were looking no better for me at work…it was only towards late Sunday night that I felt I had made a little headway and decided I couldn’t go home without blogging for the day. Within minutes of posting, I got a bunch of eager comments anxiously asking how I had been and worried why I hadn’t posted…
Thanks folks! That really lifted me up that day. My cold sense of helplessness was replaced by warmth. That night, I walked home smiling. I needed that. Really.
And this blog has gone on, accumulating 339 posts, 1.8 lakh views and some 5800 comments!
Okay, now for a little bit of bad news. You wont believe the kinds of places I have posted this blog from: all night layovers on airport floors, bus stations in strange countries (with my job allowing me to travel a lot and me being a travel buff). You won’t believe the things I have done for a little WiFi….
BUT…there is always a but…starting later this month, from June 18 to July 2, I will have to be away. I have to travel for work to a country where political blogging is genuinely physically dangerous and most of the internet as we know it is blocked anyway. I have been waiting until now to tell you about this and I have been worried I would lose all my viewers accumulated over the last one year when I stop posting for over two weeks… So please please don’t go away and don’t lose hope. I promise that the first thing I will do when I reach Delhi airport is to post on my blog again!
Of course things will go on as usual until June 17 and I am pretty sure I am gonna blog on June 18 before I leave…
So, please stay tuned and please stay connected with this blog.