Today is my blog’s first birthday. It’s been a year since I joined WP and it has been a very interesting journey. I should say this year has been pretty amazing in lot of ways for me, especially with my blog.
I should first thank my friend who inspired me to start something like this in the first place. She recently became a mother to a very beautiful girl. I am very happy for both of them and wish them a very happy life.
As you are aware from my ‘About‘ section, this blog got diversified from its original intent and purposes. Apart from my views on the books , music and movies , I started posting for ‘The Weekly Photo Challenge‘ , ‘A Word a Week Photo Challenge‘ and then for sometime I posted for ‘The Daily Prompt’s‘ (which I kind of lost interest now). I never expected anyone to respond, because honestly I have been having my personal blog in Google Blogger since 2008 and it was like a let out for me during very trying times. This blog initially was an extension to that. But when fellow bloggers participated (via comments/likes/views) in my blog (apart from my handful friends who visit this blog frequently) I felt happy. It is not a easy thing for me to open up to strangers. The encouragement I received especially for my photographs made me feel worthy of something. In fact, I get more views & visitors and even followers on the day I post for the Weekly Photo Challenge :). That in itself is a big encouragement to someone who loves photography (even though it is just an hobby for me). It gives credibility to my photographs and boosts my confidence in it and makes me want to explore a little bit more.
One thing led to another and next I see that I am participating in a couple of projects. These participation’s have helped me to open up more and respond to people too. I don’t have any big goals for the blog as such. But I am glad of what I have been doing till now. More than anything this blog has led me into the lives and learning of various people (by following them or through various links) which has not only made me wiser but also more tolerant of my problems. This WP community is a small world of its own and I am glad to know and be associated with quite a few of them.
I personally detest celebrating birthdays (who wants a reminder that I am a year older now eh?) but I take this opportunity to thank a few people who helped me in this journey , in no particular order. OM, Vicbriggs, LS, Navigator,sustainabilitea. And to all my followers and viewers. Your visits and your comments do mean a lot to me, personally and I am glad to be part of this community and to continue the journey here.
“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas