I created this blog, my second one, in around April 2015 with the aim of parking my photos and articles in an easily retrievable place. Facebook and Whatsapp seemed to be far ‘too open’ and I wanted something that was more secluded.
I didn’t want to get entangled unnecessarily with technicalities and I wanted to stay focused on writing as a hobby. So I applied the same theme that had worked for me quite well in my other blog Jasbirchatterjee.wordpress.com, which I have reserved now for only fiction.
This blog was just a newborn baby at that time. I had no idea what it would turn into. Once in a while, I would post a piece or two about things I found unusual around me, such as birds, animals, flowers, houses, trees, landscape, people, etc, along with photographs that I had created. But that was all. I had no expectations whatsoever. Not every post aroused a lot of interest, but I continued with my photo-blogging, nevertheless, because of the sheer joy of being able to create something new. For the first time, I seemed to notice things that I had never seen earlier.
Then in January 2016, I received an annual report on this blog from WordPress.Com. After going through it, I felt absolutely delighted, like a proud Mom of a smart toddler! Here are some of the highlights.
- A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 280 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
- The busiest day of the year was November 3rd with 44 views. The most popular post that day was Timarpur Greens.
- Top 3 referring sites were Linkedin, Facebook, and Mayank Austen Soofi’s theDelhiwalla.com. This was the most important thing for me because I consider Mayank Austen Soofi my blogging Guru.
- Longest streak: 3 days, 22 – 24 December.
This report had a strongly motivating effect on me. I blog these days with far greater passion than before and my list of followers is growing steadily. My topics too are no longer restricted to just fiction and I feel less inhibited now as a writer. Another interesting development is that I have turned into an avid photographer and now my photos often provoke me into creating new short stories and poems.
11 May 2016