I started a blog in the year 2009 out of boredom and frustration ( 18/11/2009 is the date of the first blog post). My family and friends always encouraged me for my writing skills; I used to write some pretty verbose emails to all and sundry. It was a throwback to my letter writing days when I could “bully” peeps to correspond with me on a regular basis.
Someone mentioned that I should start a Blog; some research online led me to blogging. Okay I can give this a shot and it would be great to be able to share all of my writings with my friends and family too. Free WordPress was a boon and I played around with a few themes, before marking one as my own.
Thats how my blog was born and I poured my heart and soul into it. Mind you, there was no SEO or technical know-how. Well actually I wasnt aware there is something like this to be wrestled with while making a blog. All I knew was that I could write and upload my pics.
I had been going through a tough time in my marriage and a move to a new city is what was recommended to start afresh – or so we decided. We moved to Bangalore in December 2009. But with a new job, the Husband was too busy while I was too free with nothing to do.
I took to roaming the streets of Bangalore as I was keen to make my acquaintance with the famed Garden city of India. I also joined a photography club to meet on Sundays at some spot like Lal Bagh, Hebbal Lake, Bannergatta Zoo, etc. It helped that a couple of my photographer friends from Delhi had also shifted there and we connected like the proverbial long-lost souls in a Kumbh Mela 😉
It was after a Heritage walk through the bylanes of Basvanagudi, that I decided to chronicle my explorations via my newly started blog. Up until then, I had been writing diary entries kind of posts (please don’t scroll back to read them).
As you can imagine, I didn’t have too many readers; just a couple of my friends have ever commented on those earlier posts. Others would mention it when we would meet, saying they read a post or two. But the high I would get from seeing my blog everyday is something I will credit hugely for keeping me sane.
I explored a great many place in and around Bangalore and duly wrote posts about them all on my blog; I can’t believe how much I used to write then. They are not the most polished posts, I do cringe a little when I go through them now. But they gave me immense pride and confidence at a time when I needed both desperately. You see, the blog gave me a voice, an identity – two thing sorely missing in me at that point in life.
I moved back to Delhi in mid 2011 as things were just not going too well at that time. Eventually the relationship ended, but my blog survived and has been an integral part of my life since then.
It will be another five years down the line that I will discover SEO, blogging communities and the works but that’s a tale to be told in another post.
Does this sound familiar? How did you come to starting a blog?
Joining up with Corinne for the MondayMusings edition