52 weeks, 12 months, 365 days….One year is a long time. A lot changes in a year, and a lot stays the same. My new blog, right here represents that.
It’s a leap in my writing journey. One year ago, on this day, I wrote my first blog piece. I was nervous and uncertain. But I loved the feeling of writing so much that I did what my heart wanted me to do… and so I kept on writing.
Last month, I reached over 1K visitors to my old site. Of course, it’s no where close to the 10K visitors and more that established bloggers get. But it’s been a validation of many things for me… The most beautiful affirmation is that there is power in writing and in an age of multi-media and technological innovation, people still read! Let me put that in bold and capital letters – PEOPLE STILL READ!
I emphasise this because many people told me that my blog would not work – that it needed to be a vlog or I wouldn’t get anyone visiting my site. Others told me, that I should put up my radio podcasts as that would be better than writing. Clearly, I did not listen to them. But I have taken note – vlogs and podcasts could be featuring on my new site soon. Hint hint. But I will still write.
I am immensely grateful to all those who have read, commented and shared my blogs. Some friends and family do it religiously and it really warms my heart – you know who you are. Some ask me to write on specific topics and I love that. I want more of that. I want to hear from you. Subscribe to my blog or get in touch with me via Twitter, my preferred social media, or email.
If you are reading this, then you will must know that you are a big part of my journey. If you haven’t read any of my blogs yet, please do. You will realise that there is no niche; like a typical journalist, I am all over the place. This site is an eclectic mix of ideas. Anything goes. I haven’t collaborated with many brands or companies but I am definitely open to that. Whatever I do, I will always remain true to myself and true to you – my readers.
And if you are able to read between the lines of what I write, you will sense that I am a bit down and not as enthusiastic as in my previous posts. That’s the beauty of writing. I can’t lie when I write. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks – involving a physical fall which I am still in pain from, and has severely affected my fitness journey, an amazing holiday which I wish I could go back to and the start of the second semester on campus, marking a year in my life as a lecturer. So lots to catch up on and tons to write about. Add copious amounts of coffee to that – I told you some things stay the same!
What I love most about blogging and the process of writing is that it represents a different part of my identity that had been suppressed for years. A year later, I feel liberated. I feel liberated enough to jump off a boat in the middle of the ocean in Mauritius – that post coming soon!