Ok, actually it’s not my 200th post. It’s my 200th Chapter! Because a couple of years ago, I used to occasionally post “Chapter Interludes” in-between Chapters. “Chapter Interludes” were short posts, maybe just a sentence or two, very much like the twitter of today.
5 years I’ve been blogging now. And it has definitely shaped and moulded me into what I am today. I was never the writer kind of guy back in school and engineering college. But that one incident at IIMB changed everything.
For 5 years I’ve been maintaining my forte – article based long copy, usually covering one entire issue completely and with an introduction and conclusion, while maintaining a flow throughout the article.
I can say at least 95% of my posts have more than 1500 words each, and to have more than two lakh visitors even with that length is something I am truly grateful to you all for.
I know, I feel bad that I do not blog about all those wonderful tags and memes I get from all my amazing friends around the blogosphere. It sounds so… prudish and egoistic of me to ignore the tags. But much as I would like to return all those favors, I also have to maintain the so called “brand image” of my blog – strictly article based posts [ General | Humor | Mizo-centric ] or short stories and poetries.
And I am glad many of you understand me for doing that.
For people who think blogging is a waste of time, let me fill you in on some of my experiences as a regular blogger.
- Vast improvement when it comes to language usage and article framing. It also gives courage to people who have always been afraid to speak out.
- Knowledge increment. With today’s easy access to the internet, any info you require on anything is available on the net. By reading other people’s blog, I learnt a great big deal about stuff I never knew. Sometimes I do my own researches too.
- Social network! I have found a lot of new friends from blogging and my bond with such people is extremely strong because we all share the same wavelength.
- Exposure to the unknown world. It is always exciting to wander into new domains we’ve never explored before. Blogging provides different platforms for that.
- Recognition. This is also something that comes automatically once you cross a certain milestone. You are recognized not just socially but also professionally and your entire blog itself becomes one huge résumé, which to me is the biggest gain I got from blogging.
- And of course, apart from your normal salary, there is always the extra side income you get from Google Adsense revenue. Lolz.
I can go on and on, but let’s leave it at that for now.
If I ever reach a position where I can give advice to other new bloggers, then my two advices would be:
- ALWAYS accept criticisms. Sometimes you can even ASK for criticisms. Correct yourself from those criticisms. If you are not getting any criticisms
- Nobody’s reading your blog.
- Your so called buddies are not real friends, because true friends criticize each other honestly.
- Or you’re the kind who can’t take criticisms so your friends are afraid to criticize you.
- Nobody’s reading your blog.
- Learn how to differentiate between constructive criticisms and people criticizing you just for the sake of criticizing.
200 chapters and many more to come. I am eagerly looking forward to the bright future with fingers poised and ready on the ctrl+S keys
I will be moving into a slightly more flash hybrid blog with better GUI and UIDs, while maintaining the same content-driven USP.
And I’ve just joined twitter, finally. Catch me at twitter.com/Mizohican for lots of lovely twits. Errrr…
Cheers to you on my Bicentenary!