Short version: It feels good.
Long version: After an exhausting final year of school, starting with a preposterous heap of course to study and ending with a preposterous heap of exams, with a shitload of work and extra curricula, surviving without a television and on a terrible 2G connection, living at a place circumvented by two universities, it does feel good.
Between solving non-NCERT maths and reading HC Verma and its cousins, I missed it. When you have a whole lot of science to deal with formulating creative ideas and devising plots does get out of sight, out of mind. But still I tried to keep my sanity by writing a journal and always carrying a little notebook, just to jot down anything that struck my head, some basic skeletal structures of ideas and themes that I hoped to later develop upon. When I didn’t have a notebook, I did have Google Keep, the most convenient app to note anything and everything.
Even after a hectic year and the results out, the feeling of satisfaction seems to be lacking. Probably because every exam felt like it could have gone a little better, or maybe because I managed to score just a 95%, which is the new average these days. What’s the point of getting any 90+ marks when it still doesn’t guarantee you a chance to get into the college/course of your choice? I was never a supporter of the system, but when you’re a part of the system, you have to deal with it anyway and with that comes the nirvana that you are what you hate. I find myself in the same rat-race to get into DU/Engineering that I loathed for years. The realization that most things won’t work out the way you would want them to be, is an integral part of maturing. But I’ll save that rant for a future post.
The benefit of improved writing alone makes blogging a worthwhile endeavor.
Enough cannot be said concerning the fluid ability to eloquently and concisely express yourself through the direct manipulation of the human language.
“Nobody reads your blog or cares about what you have to say.”
Surely I have heard this one many a times— it is easily the most common criticism brought against the idea of blogging:
“What’s the point? Nobody gives a flying rip about what you have to say!” or, “You are writing for nobody. The only person reading your blog is you. Get over it!”
Of course, although an apathetic cliche, such arguments raise a valid point: What is the purpose of publishing content if nobody is going to read it? Blogging indeed exposes the blogger to potential criticism, especially if their ideas are unconventional or otherwise unpopular.
The best part, no doubt, in blogging is when other people appreciate your work – by following, engaging in your posts, and even sharing them. It feels good. And even better are the occasional critics who keep you striving to improve upon your writing.
Ultimately, when it comes to blogging, your audience defines you.Without an audience, you can do and say pretty much whatever you want with no issues. The larger your audience becomes, the more scrutiny your words are going to receive.
This is both good and bad: you want people listening to what you have to say, but there will be more drama if you say something disagreeable. You also have much more to lose with a larger audience. A good name is more desirable than gold, so if you screw up and say something stupid, you may lose whatever reputation you have managed to build. The smaller your audience, the less you have to lose, and vice-versa.
We each have our own stream of consciousness, activity, and so on. On the web, as in life, certain topics are more popular than others. When you have a popular topic such as Megan Fox, you are getting into the mainstream. The more people like a particular subject, the more mainstream it’s going to be. Thus, if you are blogging about “making money”, it’s going to be much easier gaining a large following than if you were to blog about, say, differential equations. The more your blogging interests coincide with popular, mainstream topics, the easier it is to be popular.
That doesn’t mean you should run out and jump on the bandwagon just to be popular. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The mainstream is where the numbers are, true, but it’s also where the least-common denominator resides. The mainstream is where the sheep swim. In my experience, the mainstream is the most dumbed-down, uninteresting, lowest-value content available. It’s there for one reason and one reason only: to make money by giving the masses what they want, which is typically entertainment, sex, drugs, and violence. You know exactly what I’m talking about here. It’s the reason Hollywood continues to churn out such pathetic garbage – because it sells.
Success, prosperity, and satisfaction is possible by doing your own thing, swimming your own stream, being yourself. Know who you are, know what you like, be yourself, and share your experience. It’s better to enjoy a small audience that likes your stuff than to cater to a large audience with mainstream crap.
Assuming you achieve your goals, what would you rather have: a huge audience of pathetic, mainstream dittoheads or a smaller audience that actually shares similar interests and listens to what you have to say. For me, the answer is obvious.