Look at the picture below. What can you see? A baby with a mother, and you can feel the emotions, compassion and the love of a mother for her child. So what is special about this picture? The baby is symbolically the 7 billionth baby born in the World. But does the mother care? To her the baby is worth more than the 7billion minus 1 people around the world. It was April 12, 2011. Time was 11:37PST and I got the computer generated reply from the Newspaper to which I had submitted my article for the 10th time. Somehow, I remembered about a friend having a blog and his requesting us to comment on it. It was a long time ago. So I thought why not try to have my own blog. And hence, I posted my first blog exactly 1 year ago. Even though there were around 150 million more blogs already online but still I wanted to have my own. Just like the mother of the 7 billionth baby loving her child, I love my blog.
Materials and Methods
The the first post that I put on my blog was "Higher Education on Trial". I did not have any idea how to make other people read my posts. So I used to ask my friends on Facebook and through texts to read this thing and after 2 weeks, I got the first comment on my blog:
"wow man its really a nice contribution from ur side,,,,,,this is the most excellent blog that I have read in my life. I am so grateful that I found your blog… thanks man, I wish your blog lives for a thousand years and more…this is something not extra but ultra ordinary...:)"
Well, this first comment was from somebody called Student. In fact it was me who commented on my own blog with a different name because nobody else was commenting.
I thought, wow. So I started reading about how to publicize my blog and the best thing that I read was that I should go around and read other people blogs and comment. And it starts a whole new vista. From teenagers to bloggers of 60 or 70 years of age, I came across so many different writing styles, themes, prose and poems, and almost any subject under the sun. it enlightened and broaden my horizons of knowledge. Helped me better understand the world at large. And the exercise which I started to attract more visitors, changed into a hobby of reading other people’s writings.
Results and Discussion
And inevitably, other people started to pay visit to our blogs (because 3 people own it, not to be confused with the royal plural). And in the one year I found some awesome people. I was especially amused by the large number of our readers from India given the fact that most of the time our relations are warm as a polar bear. I had a couple of bad experiences on blogger as well. Once I visited a blog and left a comment and the next thing I got was a total venomous attack. In my opinion, one must honor the people who find time to visit one’s blog and should extend every courtesy to them. However, it did not deter me from my aim of stalking 1 million blogs in 1 year. I wonder if it was not for blogger, we would have never interacted so much. And as you can see there are more than 5000 living souls visiting our blog from more than 100 different countries. I value each and every one of your visits and I look forward that you people will come this year too.
As shown in the following graph, the blog attracted very few visitors in the start and then the number grew with time.
Different posts were viewed differently by the readers. Some posts attracted a lot of comments while others were not so lucky. The following is the list of the 10 most read posts on the blog during the last 1 year.
Top 10 in the Last Year
In the last one year, you people ranked the Top 10 posts on our blog as above. I wish everybody who will comment on this post can name Top 3 posts that they liked the most on our blog. I thank you all of you on behalf of the contributors of this blog for making this a wonderful experience. The thing that I most enjoy on our blog is your comments. So please do comment more and more.
As a token of appreciation, I have planned the next blog for all of you. Hope you would like it just like you did every post on our blog during the last one year.
If you see on the left corner, you will see Contributors. And these are the people who made this 1 year journey possible. There is Maria Almas, who contributes at least once a month. She has a distinct style and her posts usually have a message. And most of the times, there is confusion and people usually credit me for her posts and each time she has to explain that there are more than one author on this blog. There is Kiran Shah, who despite not having a computer or Internet in her home, still tries to write on paper and post it whenever she gets the chance. Hope you both would contribute more in the 2nd year.
Then there is Fatima, the mastermind behind most of my posts. She is the little creative devil. Thank you for your inspirational ideas. Hope you would continue to inspire more this year.
(P.S. I have a lot of catching up to do...please bear with me, i will soon read and comment on your blogs. )