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How I started Blogging…

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I guess you should have read why I blog, but do you know how I started blogging? That is what I am going to tell in this post πŸ™‚

Once upon a time…*Too much*Β  Ok, a few years back I was generally *clueless* on what to do on weekends, and I used to visit some friends place in the little time that I was not sleeping. One day, one of my friends suddenly decided to show me his blog. Until then, I was not aware of what a blog was.

So, I asked him – ‘What is a blog?’. He told me that a blog was like an online diary and we can write whatever we want. He also told me that people from *all over the world* will visit our blog, read what we have written and comment on some of the posts. He showed me his blog’s Google Analytics readership stats which contained a world-map plotted with the location and number of all his readers!

Like this:

Dzi-stats

I was both *amazed* and *fascinated* πŸ˜€ In my *excitement*, I took an oath to start a blog immediately after I reached home. As you can guess, I did absolutely nothing. After six months of hibernation, I suddenly decided to start a blog and wrote this post. *Reading it once again, it’s not that bad! Just (Un)Poetic (nonsensical)Abstract-ism* πŸ™‚

Once again, I went into hibernation. For six more months. After that, I was really determined to start and maintain a proper blog. So, with utmost *seriousness*, I set-up aΒ compulsory weekly schedule of posting and (for the most part) stuck with it.

One thing I still remember is, once I published my second post I was reminded of my friend’s Google analytics bragging and hence I kept checking my stats and comments every one hour! Only to find 0 hits and 0 comments even after 3 days!! πŸ˜€

I guess it pretty much continued like that for the next six months or so. Ok, I did get a few comments and few hits, but there were no followers as such. I was pretty much writing for myself. InΒ retrospect, I feel that some of my most creative posts were written during this period.

Frankly speaking, not much has changed, even today. But I would prefer to believe that I have developed a *cult-following* for my blog πŸ˜‰

So, how did you start blogging?

Destination Infinity

PS: I experienced a small splurge of that passion and excitement once again when I recently redesigned my renewable energy blog. That’s why Destination Infinity is burning on the top πŸ˜›

42 Comments

  • SG

    Interesting. I used to be a reader of a few blogs. One such blog is Insignia’s (Bindu) B Log. A very popular blog. One day, a few years ago, she asked me to write a guest post. I wrote it. She was impressed with my writing that she asked me to start my own blog. I told her that I have no idea how to set up one. She told me she would set up a blog for me and did that. Even today, she is my technical advisor.

  • Shilpa Garg

    I liked the ‘cult following’ part! πŸ™‚
    My husband’s colleague saw my love for reading and told me to read blogs online. After a few days, he suggested me to start my own blog and rest is history. I remember pestering my family and friends to read and comment and 1-2 of them would do it after persistent mails/calls. Even now none of my family and friends read my blog! πŸ˜€

  • Kirtivasan

    I know you are one of the oldest blogger. Started blogging way back.
    In my company an IITian started blogs. He developed programs himself ( a very efficient code) and made this blog system over our intranet. I seemed to make an impact. I did not know there was blogging at google etc.
    Then I jumped on internet starting with Politics and Fashion. Then I followed people from there.

    • Rajesh K

      Yes, Politics and Fashion is a good blog. I get a lot of info (including current affairs) from there. Since I don’t watch news channels, it is very useful… Good to know that someone coded a blog system in your company intranet. I hope we’ll see more such innovators…

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  • Sushmitha

    Good read πŸ™‚ As I finished my graduation, I was too eager and I was getting ready for a job, but the destiny had some other answers. I was jobless for long time and during those days I would be simply surfing on the Internet. That time I went through a blog named ‘A travel blog of an Indian Backpacker’ . I liked it much and it provoked me to start a blog on my interests just as a pass-time. But after one year of blogging, now it became as my passion πŸ™‚ Keep blogging πŸ™‚

    • Rajesh K

      During the initial days, I too was inspired by a blog. It was called, ‘A wide angle view of India’ written by Nita. I used to read all the informative posts written by the author and participate in the discussions. The comments could easily cross 100 on many blog posts! To me, knowing about a blog was more like a ‘Eureka’ moment. I knew that this was something that was custom made for people like me… πŸ™‚

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  • Jeevan

    I began blogging without realizing it and I was just looking for a website for myself and blogger provided me the opportunity. Until receiving my first comment I don’t know we can share with others. Following the first comment, I visited many blogs and my world expands.

    • Rajesh K

      LOL @ Not knowing about page-views/comments when you started blogging. Many people start a blog so that they could get page-views and comments πŸ™‚

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  • Praveen

    You are getting the ‘cult’ – we all readers are of same cult. πŸ™‚
    Don’t worry about readership – just keep on writing.

    I started with 0 visits – for 6months stuck at 2visits then to 5 visits for 4months. Finally last year it picked up some momentum. But I am not even near any impressive no. πŸ˜›
    But I think – I am also sharing a cult-culture. πŸ˜€

  • Avada Kedavra

    I was practicing essays for GRE and somehow found “blogs” online and then I thought of starting my own to practice some writing. Interesting to know how you started πŸ™‚

  • Sia

    Cult following eh? Way to go!
    I started blogging because I saw everyone around me had a blog back then..I thought maybe it was coool to have a blog..I felt left out! And one day I decided to start one for myself πŸ™‚

    • Rajesh K

      Everyone around you had a blog? I don’t know even on offline character around me that has one! Ok, one person has, but that’s it!!

      Destination Infinity

  • Ramakant Pradhan

    I started blogging when I wanted to share my travel tales with friends back home. So started my photoblog. Also, it was a time when I had some extra time and this had seemed a good way to pass the time.

  • Reema

    I started blogging just because I felt like writing and needed to distract my mind from some stuff that was going on in my life that time. πŸ™‚

  • AlkaGurha

    I started blogging the day a newspaper editor invited me to meet him but forgot all about our meeting making me sit in his office for hours.
    And I named my blog Freebird.

    • Rajesh K

      I wonder what people who use blogs for their work, think about it? Were they saying something like, ‘Oh, I need to update my blog today also πŸ™ ‘?? πŸ™‚

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    • Rajesh K

      That’s something that surprises me – We start a blog suddenly, but somehow end up updating it frequently! Blogging is a much better hobby than many many others!

      Destination Infinity

  • Nita

    It’s very exciting to first start blogging. I started writing mainly for myself though, and thought I would never get any readers! This was the nitawriter blog. The success of the blog was unexpected, and finally so much that it interfered with my life. However, I am happy that I got to know so many people (even if it was electronically) through my blog. Now I am very much in control of my life through my new web log (blog). It has in fact given me a flourishing career! πŸ™‚

    • Rajesh K

      Here we are, wishing that the success of our blogs WILL interfere with our lives soon!! hmmm….. πŸ˜‰ Happy to know about your new flourishing career…

      Destination Infinity

  • The British Asian Blog

    Reading this post has no doubt brought back some memories. I remember my real reason of blogging – it was to talk about the daily happenings in my life but anonymously. To date, I have managed to keep the pledge but I’d like to blog a little more frequently.

    It’s sort of freakish that those close to me have no idea I blog.

    • Rajesh K

      I was also blogging anonymously during the initial years. I have noticed one thing with people around us – They won’t read our blogs, even if they come to know of it (or they will read very rarely!).

      Destination Infinity

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