6 years and counting!

It totally slipped my mind. 

I had too many things loaded on my plate. I had to walk on a tightrope and balance the heavy plate on one hand. It was too much. It was taking a toll on my health and my mind. One day, out of the blue , it dawned on me that this April, I would have been blogging for 6 years. Yes, you read that right. 6 years. 6 wonderful years . As cliched as it might sound, I felt it that it was just the other day that I was writing a letter to my blog for having completed 5 years. Time flies. Indeed. 

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This year was very special to me and my blog. My blog and I have come a long way. We grew together , made mistakes together and learnt from them together.Initially I thought I should probably write what others would like to read, then I realized, I should probably stick to my ground and write for myself first, and write what my heart tells me to. My blog has been a wonderful parent. It does all the hard work, but when appreciation comes pouring, it redirects everything to me. When criticism comes by, it takes the responsibility and stands defending me, blindly. I owe so much to my blog. It has carved an identity for me. I can now call myself a Blogger and be proud of it. Thanks to my blog. 

The statistical aspects of the blog were really surprising and I was happy that people from all over the world(yes, blogger tells me so!) read my blog.It’s even special when those wonderful people give their comments and feedback apart from spending time to read the blog. Some people even go beyond and mail me about my blog. I’ve saved every one of those mails and I cherish reading them again and again.I almost feel like a celebrity every time someone says “Hey, I happened to read your blog. You have a good blog!” I would sincerely like to thank every person who has felt that my blog is worth their valuable seconds and minutes. I appreciate it and I am grateful to each and every one of you.

So, what’s special for the 6th year? I’m going to share 6 lessons which my blog has taught me over the years. 

#6. People always have something to say. If you want to feel good, take the appreciation. If you want to grow, take the criticism. But remember, you need to maintain a balance in life. 

#5. Always reflect on how long you’ve come from when you started. Think on terms of growth.More than having 10 readers in 2 years, it is good to have 3 reader in the first year and 8 years in the second year. 

#4.Things might not always turn out the way you might have predicted them to. Perseverance pays.

#3.Be consistent. One outstanding post followed by a crappy post is not going to help. With every post, you raise the bar of your readers’ expectations. Never sit back to rest on your past laurels.

#2. Don’t expect to accomplish something with just one post. It takes much more than that.

#1. Put your heart and soul into something that you are passionate about. Even if no one is going to notice you, you would be happy. After all, it is your life! 

Here’s to my Blog, my best friend, and my wonderful philosopher.

Cheers 🙂

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  1. Congratuations! It's an amazing accomplishment. This line will stay with me for a very long time, 'It does all the hard work, but when appreciation comes pouring, it redirects everything to me.'

    The learning you shared with us shows how level headed you are and I can't agree more on you on each count. Keep writing!

    Cheers! 🙂

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  2. Congratulations, Ash. It's been a privilege knowing you through your blog. You are a very thoughtful writer who has got a very level head on her shoulders. Whenever I read your posts, I always end up with a smile on my face. Your ability to observe and write about the more smaller things in life which gives us happiness, in one aspect of your writing I really love. Keep writing. 🙂

    I observed a fun fact today. I started blogging two years ago on your birthday (Feb 2nd) and you started blogging six years ago on my birthday (Apr 13th).

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  3. Congratulations,Ashwini.It is indeed an achievement to keep it going and growing for six long years.

    Blog has different puposes for different people.For some it is just a time pass like playing sudoku or filling crossword puzzle,for some it is like a diary to write about their daily thoughts,their growing kids and their social life,To a few it is a medium with a social content to spread messages for good causes.To a frustrated few to rant and criticise the happenings and spread gloom.Some use it to show their literary skill,poetic ability and such.Quite a few show their culinary skill.Some are flippant attempting to bring a smile.All are acceptable and readers who like would follow the type they like.

    Your blog is balanced,mature and leaves a good feel.Thanks.Keep it going.

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  4. Thank you so much Akshay 🙂 Nice to know that my posts have made a few people smile. Thanks for all your support 🙂

    And what a coincidence, I have something to share with a famous Indian Blogger 😀

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  5. Thank you so much Sir 🙂 Yes, blogging means different things to different people as you wonderfully pointed out. Really happy to learn that my blog leaves a good impression on readers like you. Thank you 🙂

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  6. Congratulations! I have blogged quite a bit but I have never managed to maintain a blog for more than 2 years – kudos to you! Hope there are many more years to come 🙂

    It has been wonderful knowing you through this space 🙂 Keep Writing!

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  7. Congratulations. First time here. When I read the title of your post (Just the way I like), Billy Joel's song “Don't go changing” came to my mind.

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  8. What a short, sweet and profound post. Lovely. Did not get to congratulate you at CBC. Thought it fit to come here directly. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! May you have many more milestones and journeys with the blog 🙂

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  9. Congratulations Ashwini!
    One need not write to grab the attention of people, one has to be true to oneself, that is all that matters. It is your blog, your thoughts, your feelings, and you are wise you have realized that. I am so happy for you. There will be people coming if they are able to relate to our blogs, i think it is much better that way, so that you get genuine comments instead of comments which are seen/ written as an obligation.
    Wish you and your blog all the very best!
    Happy Tamil New year too!

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  10. Many congratulations to you n your lovely blog. You(n your blog too)are my inspiration. I am sure you are an inspiration for many others too. Go ahead and keep inspiring us with your posts.

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  11. True that Rama. If we write for ourselves, than just to please others, the result would be really good. And any day, I would prefer one genuine comment than 10 comments, for the sake of it.Thank you 🙂

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