I cannot seem to write. Words do not appear to flow out, but now I have to write this – as this is the only thing to do – for deadlines must be met in EJP.
I had no clear ambitions for my blog. I started back in my 7th-8th- 9th grade when I thought it was cool. Back then, and partly still, the web and the technology fascinated me, enough for me to set up a big desktop with a CRT screen in my room, get a stable data connection which would never go beyond the satisfactorily – back then – capped 56 kb/s (thanks to Reliance’s unlimited plan of Rs 303 per month), and start my first blog on technology, called The Version Next, or something, on Google’s Blogspot, also known as Blogger. It started off well: lots of new experiments, plagiarism, learning that plagiarism is a crime in online journalism, desire to drive more traffic, and more, and more. Soon, I realised that I could do better with other things in my life and The Version Next eventually died.
The Growing Beard started one rainy evening in the monsoon of, I think 2015. I wrote a piece of art – a poem, which I wanted others to read, and which I thought would add lots of soundness to the sequence of events in my life, then rather miserable, now still – except that I realise the misery.
And then, I wrote more poetry, and more, and tried different forms, and learnt new things; so much of it went on The Growing Beard, which gave me a slight perspective on what I want my personal blog to be: a collection of fragments of thoughts that pass my mind in the form of poetry, prose, and travel writing.
I also happen to see blogging, online writing, and travel writing as means of balancing the life financially, following which, The Travel Reader was born. The Travel Reader, as I write on my ‘About‘ page, is mostly around people’s experiences with travelling and reading, and also news on and around the same genres. I would like to see The Travel Reader with a much-increased follower base in the future, as I, along with my little team, actively contribute to making the web a wonderful place for people who follow books and travelling; however, I see that it takes a lot of effort, time, and attention, and I am, only slowly, achieving it.