A Year of My Blogging Journey

I completed a year of blogging last month (February). But I failed to write about this landmark on the D-Day. I thought better late then never. πŸ™‚ So here am I with one year reminisces.

Before I go on to take pride in fact that I completed a year, I must confess I have been a very errant blogger. I wrote only 97 posts in a year. There have been weeks (and initially months) when I never posted anything. 😦


Crazy Stats

Therefore, total number of hits in the blog are also meager: 23, 403. However, 97 posts have 1, 254 comments! Meaning, discussion and communication do happen in this blog. Yay! I am sporting blog stats widget in my blog for two days, so that you know I am not lying. πŸ˜› I thought this was also the right occasion to write about my favorite posts in this blog.

My top 10 favorite posts in the blog

An Interview with Consumer Rights Champion: Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav
Interview with Consumer Rights Champion-Amit: Part 1
and Part 2

Interview with Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav and Amit was few pleasurable, satisfying deeds in my blogging career. It was a privilege to know these two guys who could stand up for their rights against all odds. They certainly are my inspiration.

Times I Felt Like A Helpless Citizen
Ragpickers: Hail Them and Save Them

I wrote both these posts in a state of mental unrest. I still feel strongly about these issues. Writing the article Times I Felt Like A Helpless citizen was also crucial to getting job offer from leading News channel. As for ragpickers, I have not been able to do much. But seeing them still does something sad to my insides.

We Need A BIG Change: Health Care
We Need A BIG Change: Law Enforcement Part 1 You can find Part 2 and Part 3 here.

These articles are part of my We need A BIG change series in the blog. I also wrote about Religion and Consumer Rights in this series. I would like to create a separate page in my blog for these articles. If someone can tell me a fast of way of moving these articles to new page, their help is appreciated. πŸ™‚

Light Has Gone Out of Indian Idol 3

I keep saying firsts are always special. This was the first time I blogged about an entertainment reality show. I later went on to write about Jhalak Dikhla Ja and movie reviews. I wrote this post with impassioned sadness when Ankita Mishra was voted out of Indian Idol. I had to write it because she happened to be most criticized contestant in the blogosphere. This post was a turning point in my blogging. I found some blogging friends, hits and subscribers. After that there was no looking back. People were beginning to notice my serious stuff too.

My Trip to Goa: Day 2

Another first. I have travelled to so many places, but this is the first time I sat down to actually write about my travels. Though this travelogue is not yet complete, I will complete it soon.

Why The Kite Runner Moved Me

This one is an outright personal confession. My first really personal post. The Kite Runner is one book that has moved me deeply in past one year.

8 Random Facts About Me

Now a little bit of self-indulgence. πŸ˜‰ One tag that I absolutely enjoyed doing. Thanks, Ruhi. πŸ™‚

People I want to thank

Ish and Ashish, my earliest blog buddies. All other blog buddies I have in my blogroll, their feedback are my biggest motivation. All readers and subscribers of this blog. I have a small but dedicated readership. I am thankful of that. Special thanks to communicative readers like praneshachar (he never fails to encourage) and falcon (he never fails to dole out his irreverent opinion πŸ˜› ). Whatever the case, I always look forward to reader comments. My infinite thanks to them πŸ™‚

33 Responses to “A Year of My Blogging Journey”

  1. 1 dinsan March 28, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Congrats and all the best for your future blog posts… πŸ™‚ Dont worry about the number of posts πŸ˜‰

  2. 3 vimal March 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    congrats blogmate, rather belated congrats…guess wht, i had this same post in mind when i complete my first year…but not with these topics though…jus a thank u post; something that i had in the beginning of this year…and like what dinsan said, dont worry abt the number of posts..its quality that matters and not quantity…

    Keep posting so that we keep reading!!!

  3. 4 Falcon March 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    firstly… congratulation on ur blog anniversery..

    Secondly…lol for what u jus said abt me…Thx for the greatest compliment yet… Atleast I have not let u down yet… And I hope not to let ur down…

    Sorry short of craps.. as of now

  4. 5 Ruhi March 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations Poonam! The number of posts don’t matter at all. πŸ™‚ It’s more important to enjoy your journey and to blog only when you’re truly inspired. Same goes with the hits. Sometimes, I disappear for weeks (and I think that I’ve just started disappearing because of all the work pressure).

    Anyway, yours is one of the coolest blogs that I’ve discovered recently and I hope to read more content here. Good luck!

  5. 6 Itinerant March 29, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Some of the posts Poonam comes up with makes you think that she is writing them on behalf of an NGO πŸ™‚ (Are you doing that actually?) but its good to see her championing certain causes. She has also maintained a good balance and my fav post was the one on books.

  6. 7 Harsha March 29, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Congrats! Expecting more posts from you in coming years.. πŸ™‚

  7. 8 praneshachar March 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    more than quantity the quality that matters and I must say your posts carry a lot of quality and that’s the reason so much of discussion takes place I also liked the posts on consumer activists and the interviews across the bolggers in bwb. u have got great follwing across the boundaries and thats the reason u r so special. I came here to read the interview with Bellur of RWB and then on I am here quite often and liked it very much.
    congratulations congratulations congratulations
    have great blogging and continue your good work and hope to see more informative social awarness posts from you
    special thanks for making it special to me by naming me communicative reader. thanks a ton for taking my name in your anniversary post
    I also place my appreciation to one and all who made journey here memorable
    have a great period ahead more quality posts more success to you in all your endeavours

  8. 9 Anshul March 29, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Hey Congrats

  9. 10 Destination Infinity March 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Your blog was one of the first blogs I visited, when I started blogging. And one of the blogs I frequent. Needless to say, you have one good blog site.

    Destination Infinity.

  10. 11 lallopallo March 29, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for putting effort in writing this blog. I learnt a lot here.

  11. 12 Amyth March 30, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Beautifully expressed! πŸ™‚

    And thanks for doling out one interesting post after another! … Keeps us hooked ma’m! πŸ™‚

    Here’s looking forward to many more milestones at Visceral Observations! πŸ™‚


  12. 13 Liju Philip March 31, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Kongrats. Ya, am afflicted by a certain Rakesh Roshan bug πŸ˜‰

    Looking forward to more posts from you. Keep up the great work.

  13. 14 Amit March 31, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Congrats…and 97 is a big number. Believe me. πŸ™‚

  14. 16 shuz March 31, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    hey:) congrats and gr8 going:)
    i really enjoy reading ur blogs, so i hope to read much more from u:)

    happy blogging!

  15. 17 Poonam Sharma April 1, 2008 at 4:42 am

    @Everyone: Whoa! Thank you guys for your lovely comments. I am overwhelmed! πŸ™‚

    @dinsan: Thanks, would try not to worry about number of posts!

    @vimal: Make that post then, blogmate. πŸ™‚ I will try to keep posting.

    @Falcon: Thanks, I knew this would please you immensely. πŸ™‚

    @Ruhi: Thanks, girl! I understand your disappearance. However, I would like to see your blog regularly updated too as it is a pleasure to read. πŸ™‚

    @Itinerant: πŸ™‚ no I not permanently attached to an NGO, though I plan to soon. You seem to be a book lover like me?

    @lallopallo: Wow! You learnt a lot here. Now coming from you, this is something. I hope I did not teach you anything bad. πŸ˜›
    @Harsha: Would try to churn out more stuff for you. πŸ™‚

    @praneshachar: I had to name you as communicative reader. You never fail to leave your comments. And by and large they are encouraging and informative. Thank you for providing such a motivation. πŸ™‚

    @Anshul: Thanks, tumhare to teen saal poore ho gaye, mein to abhi yahin hoon Will have to catch you πŸ˜›

    @Destination Infinity: Really? I didn’t know that. But now that you told me this, it has made my day. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    @Amyth: Keep hooked! I don’t want to give you any other choice. Hope your Elaan goes long long way! πŸ™‚

    @Liju Philip: Thanks, I hope you understand that I am krazzy for komments. πŸ™‚

    @Amit: Hey, thanks for trying to convince me that 97 is good number. I had thought it meager in comparison of what other blogs have.

    @xylene: Thanks πŸ™‚

    @shuz: Hey, I glad to know you enjoy reading posts. Well, I like reading your posts too. But both of us bloggers can sometimes be Eid ka Chaand.

  16. 18 Anshul April 1, 2008 at 5:44 am

    @Poonam: 3 Saal…what?

  17. 19 Poonam Sharma April 1, 2008 at 6:17 am

    @Anshul: Arre, didn’t you complete three years of blogging, I remember commenting about it in your blog.

  18. 20 Anshul April 1, 2008 at 6:27 am

    @Poonam: Wah…! mast hai.

    You commented on my 300th cartoon lady.

    Though it may have seemed like 3 years to you πŸ˜‰ Since you post about 100 entries a year :mrgreen: (Old School mathematics)

    & Don’t you remember 7.7.7…

  19. 21 ish April 1, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Badhiya hai, congratulations!

    I wanted to say a lot of things, likha phir delete kar diya. I think I was very fortunate to have come across you for a lot of reasons. You for one happen to be one person who calls me and listens to what I’ve got to say and understands my viewpoint which is very important. Cheers to you, and the blog! πŸ˜€

  20. 22 Suda April 1, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Wow…. thats must be a nice journey……..
    How did you achieved this? I tried but it seems no one reads my blog 😦
    Hahahhah Ok bye Take Care
    See u in next post

  21. 23 Man of Roma April 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    As usual I arrive late, but I want to communicate my best compliments to you and to your blog. I have enjoyed our interactions, even if they were not numerous, because I think you have special qualities as a person and as a writer.

  22. 24 Poonam Sharma April 2, 2008 at 4:58 am

    @Anshul: Hmm galti ho gayi 😦 Pur tum samjh gaye na what I meant πŸ˜›

    @ish: arre, delete kyun kiya and kaha kyun nahi? Cheers to you, Ish! God bless you πŸ™‚

    @suda: Don’t ask me how I achieved this. Actually I still do not have any sense of achievement. Try writing comments in other blogs, see I found your now. That should increase your readership.

    @manofroma: Better late than never! πŸ™‚ Thanks for putting your faith in writing. It is because of readers like you I have motivation to keep writing. πŸ™‚

  23. 25 Nova April 3, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations on the one year! Its always special πŸ™‚

  24. 26 ish April 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Jo kehna chah raha tha woh baat si nahi ban rahi thi. That’s why delete kar diya.

  25. 27 Poonam Sharma April 4, 2008 at 6:01 am

    @Nova: Thanks! πŸ™‚

    @ish: Arre itna kya sochna, jo mann mein aaye likh dene ka. πŸ™‚

  26. 28 Ashish April 10, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Lateo Congratso! πŸ˜€

    Like ish, I’m glad I found you… or you found me which is true. On this great day, I name you a Sun Rider of the Geeky Empire! πŸ˜€

    ish: Give me your number and even I’ll listen to what you have to say too. Just that unlike Poonam I’ll make jokes on you. πŸ˜›

    Btw, on that subject, Poonam, you have a voice that resembles my 6th class teacher – Miss Cindy. I was scared that day when I heard the voice. I still have to send her two cadbury’s. πŸ˜›

  27. 29 kpowerinfinity April 15, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations on completing a year!

    Likho hazaron post,
    post mein comments hon dus hazaar!

  28. 30 Poonam Sharma April 15, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    @Ashish: I hope you don’t hate Miss Cindy. Though I wont mind two cadbury’s. πŸ˜‰ I would try to call you soon, hope you don’t get scared this time.

    I am proud to have you as my friend.

    @kpowerinfinity: Abhi to sirf 100 post hi hui hai, that will be a day when I write 1000th post! πŸ™‚

  29. 31 ish April 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    @Ash: I’ll e-mail you my number alright. And I’ma save yours in my phone with a caption something like “The Boss” or “The Emperor” πŸ˜›

  30. 32 Ashish April 16, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Well Miss Cindy was my favourite teacher… and she taught Maths. lol. The cadburies were for a bet where I said I wouldn’t score out of marks in my final maths exams [as I wasn’t very good in maths then] but I did. I still smell some match fixing for two cadburies! πŸ˜›

    ish: I already saved yours as “The Bitch”. πŸ˜›

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