It’s been two years since I started blogging. When I started out, I did not think that this blog would turn out to be the way it did. Now, I can say, ‘yes, I understand and empathize with the power of blogging’.
Power of blogging
It has been a great experience. I believe that vocalizing your thoughts and opinions builds one's character. I can understand why. Writing allows you to know more about yourself. In most companies, we ask employees to set their own goals, write their own strengths and weaknesses. This makes employees more accountable.
The same way, most business schools ask the candidates to write essays. Most of them emphasize on writing them in own words and about oneself. Is it a sheer coincidence or is it that I always knew deep in some corners of my subconscious mind that I would now be doing the same thing that I wrote in an essay for my MBA application (six years ago)? When I wrote that essay I did not believe that’s what I would be doing though I wrote it as a hypothetical speech I was supposed to give ten years later as alumnus.
The very idea of expressing yourself in writing allows you to question yourself, ‘do you really mean what you say?’, and ‘do you really practice what you preach?’ That constant questioning changes you and over a period of time, you start becoming like what you write. If you write good, most probably you become good. On this blog, I write what I think is right, and that keeps me correcting myself in my life. It’s as if my blog is watching me and telling me to do the right thing.
I have been criticized for the way I deal with some of the commenters. I admit that my patience runs out very soon when answering some questions, and very soon the exasperation is palpable. I try to be patient, but looks like I am not.
I do not like to use the comments section to reiterate my position. I feel that I have put my thoughts already in the article. That should be good enough for most people to understand my position. Sometimes I would not have clarified my position clearly, and that’s when I do explain it in the comments.
I encourage people to write their opinions. That does not mean I am ready for a long debate just to quench intellectual curiosity. Either you agree or disagree. I have no problems with disagreement. However, I do get irritated when people use my statements and position to prove something different from what is conveyed in this blog. They keep at it incessantly and that bugs me, naturally. Their motive is not to discuss or debate, but only to discredit me, reduce me to their level so that they can go home happy. I have no problem with such commenters. But I may stop responding to such comments.
Moderate or not
There are some unmoderated blogs out there where people can write what they want. Usually unmoderated blogs are more attractive to visitors compared to moderated blogs. That’s because the comments appear right away in unmoderated blogs further extending the debate as if it is a live chat.
However, I would stick to moderation since some commenters abuse that privilege. It’s like giving freedom to people and they think they get a right to piss right in the middle of the street. My moderation is like a traffic signal. Freedom does not mean you can cross the junction at any time. You can cross only when it is green.
Here are some statistics after two years.
The number of hits for the first year is: 28,440 (as of
The number of hits in two years is: 114,151 (as of
The current average per day is 348.83
That’s tiny compared to what a column gets in a