With me things seldom happen as planned, or how I imagine or expect them to happen.
Take blogging, for instance. This is not my first attempt at blogging. I had started a blog by the same name on another blogging platform in mid-2011. I would not say it was a bad attempt, but just that, people hardly ever viewed it. Mind you, this was before I had acquired my camera, so it hardly had any photographs. Being the attention-seeking, publicity craving person that I am, I gave up after a year. But, at that time, I was going through a rough patch emotionally, and the blogging helped me focus.
So, when I purchased my fancy DSLR camera about one and half years back, and discovered to my surprise that my friends “liked” the photos I posted on Facebook, I was quite content to lap up all the attention( prior to this, I was not very active on FB).
Now, anything related to social networking or blogging is considered to be primarily a forte of the youth. Especially in a country like India. So, you may find it amusing that I was nudged into blogging (again!) by an uncle of mine, who is in his mid-fifties! He happens to be the CTO of an IT company and blogs on technology. He not only convinced me to start blogging, but also adviced WordPress. Interestingly, all this conversation took place in a Kolkata mall, over 2-3 hours, while we kept walking around the mall, while my aunt was busy shopping! 🙂
Totally un-convinced and diffident, but because of my faith in my uncle’s wisdom, I opened up an account in WordPress and blogged my first post on 21st January 2013. And, I am so happy that I paid heed to his words! I was totally new to the ways of WordPress, and with zero expectations because of my earlier blogging experience. So you can imagine my thrill when I found totally unknown people liking my post! I still remember writing a thank you mail to Leanne Cole, the Australian photographer and blogger, who was the first person to “like” my first post. It was an absolute mystery to me, how a person from way down under, could find out the first post of an unknown Indian! Of course, now I know how the Reader works…
This was encouragement enough for me to post my 2nd blog, on some of the photographs I had taken of the early morning fog in Kolkata. This time, a super creative artist and photographer from Holland, Belinda Claushuis actually commented that she found one of the photos beautiful!! Or that my favourite street photographer, Alessandro Ciapanna took the trouble to give valuable tips on how to improve my photography! Over time, I have got to know so many more bloggers all across the world, and you may find it un-remarkable, but to a guy like me, who has never been outside his own country, it is an awesome experience to get to know ordinary people in USA or Chile or Austria or Norway or Papua New Guinea or Malaysia!
In fact, two of the people I met through blogging are today very good friends of mine, in the real world. Both are extremely talented artists and one of them has taught me the ABC of photography. Besides being talented artists both are remarkably courageous women too. And I doubt if I would have known them, had it not been for blogging.
When I had started the blog, I had set myself a target of at least couple of posts per week. Instead I ended up posting only thirty odd posts! But, the fact that someone as impatient as I have been able to continue this for a year now, means, I really enjoy it and will probably continue at it.
So, what’s the plan for this year? I hope to increase the frequency of posts and to improve my photography and writing skills further. It is for you, my blogger friends, to decide whether I have been able to improve. I really look forward to your feedback about what you like, what you dislike and you find boring in my blog!
The photograph I have posted today is one of the captures I had taken on the very first day I went out with my DSLR camera, in May 2012.
It’s been a wonderful journey since that day, about one and half years back. One that I sincerely hope continues for a long time to come.