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A post reminiscing about the past should begin (fittingly) with recalling the post I was going to write for the ninth anniversary of this blog.

It never got written. (Incidentally, neither did the 8th).

And, further back.. the 1 year anniversary post of this blog?

It was 1 line.

At the half-way mark to this anniversary, I noted that I was at post #675. 5 years later, this is post #771. Barely 20 posts/year from what used to be ~70 posts/year. I actually made note of needing to work on this post back in August 1. Drafting began in September. And here it is, finally published at the end of October. Yep, I spent a month-plus on this anniversary post.

How many will read it? I wonder.2

In the decade since I started this space, “my blogosphere” has mostly disappeared. Heck, in the larger web, blogging has gone from cool to overkill to dead to a (sort-of) renaissance. My own community originally grew out of all the sites I found to try to pull readers to my own blog. There was the Blogger ‘random blog’ button. There were the blog-traffic sites where you submitted your URL and then “stumble” onto other blogs.. all so that other bloggers then stumble onto your own3. My link-list organically grew out of this internet — where people seemed to mostly go off in discovery mode. The “social” internet we know today barely existed.. discovery today is basically 10 people on your Facebook or Twitter feed linking to particular sites. The term ‘blogging’ itself was a catch-all for a bunch of internet-related activities — link sharing, commentary, long-form writing, editorials, what-have-you. The web has since supposedly “evolved” to having more focused tools for each of the above. Each of which then enables easier, more broadcast-able access to a (closed) community. I guess one could say that the blog itself has evolved, in its own way4.

Anyway, back to the future. When I started out on Blogger in 2004, it was literally a random exercise in writing. I had no idea if I could fill a blank page with random thoughts and musings. No idea if I could do it everyday. I’d spent a significant chunk of my college and school years writing in class, at home, anywhere. Sure, the stories never always made sense (in truth, some of them are pretty psychedelic reads when I go back to them today). But I’ve always enjoyed wordplay. My little attempt to push the envelope. Think about structure and story, with imagination5.

I had the time to blog. I decided to find out.

Starting out, one of my more distinct memories is of sitting in a bus stop on my way home, furiously scribbling a bunch of thoughts down on paper.. which I later transcribed (talk about passionate, I guess). Then, of course, the adrenaline rush of having 3/4/10 different people comment on a post.. and getting these completely unexpected interpretations based on what I penned. All said, though, I never did think my writing would evolve into this space. Arbit observations. Personal memoirs. Notes about things that strike me. Reviews. Philosophical frustration. And some fiction. It is actually a space that I revisit now and then, just to remember.

The 10 years of this blog’s existence incidentally signifies one other event: a decade since I left India for shores abroad.

10 frickin’ years.

So many things have happened in this time (expectedly, it is 10 years after all). Places visited, friends met, relationships established, and so much, much more. I’ve gone from student to trying-to-figure-my way to PhD to an actual researcher. From single to married to having a kid6. Rediscovered so many facets of my youth that I didn’t know were ensconced in my memory. So many different houses I’ve lived at, culminating in my current one.. which I can call ‘my home’.

From Blogger to FortuneCity to self-hosted WordPress to WordPress.com 🙂

So I can’t really come up with a reasonable summary in how much life has changed.. in, well, the most changeable part of life. Big surprise.

So what then for the next 10? Dare I think of a “next 10”? Will my (apparently) ever-filling schedule allow me to make the time to come back here and pen something that I can look back on to commemorate 20 years of this blog? I want to say ‘Yes’, but the recent past makes me… wonder. I’ve even gotten bored with writing posts lamenting my lack of posting. I’ve tried a bunch of different “post-types” to try to ensure a regular schedule. I’ve tried the weekly challenge here at WordPress.com. Kinda, sorta.. out of ideas.

But then… based on the time I’ve taken in crafting this post, it doesn’t feel like I’m ready to say goodbye. Or farewell, for that matter.

I wonder if I can think of a way to rejuvenate this space. Keep it alive.

To riff on Doctor Who, I guess its time to say something I never did say to this blog. Or to whatever audience this blog has.

Hello.


  1. At which time I realized that Greatbong and I started blogging within months of each other. And to be completely honest, it’s pretty amazing that he has actually taken it to the next level (books, public writing etc.). Lets not talk about what mine has become, mmmkay?7
  2. To be honest, if I was doing this for the readership, I would have shut shop a while ago. But to be fair, the long gaps between posts probably made my readership think it was over. Until, y’know, posts like this. Out of nowhere. 
  3. Yeah, I can’t believe I used to have the time to do such things either. 
  4. Example: Svtble and Medium. Also closed. 
  5. The auld saying goes ‘There is a book in all of us’. I have no idea when my book will actually get written and whether I’ll ever publish it. But it’s something that’s been on my list for a long time. Someday
  6. A kid who will probably find this space one day. I wonder what she will think. 
  7. I was doing these manually with a little HTML snippets = pain. in. the. butt. Discovered Markdown support on WordPress.com, and here we are! Really need to keep up with WP developments on these sort of things more closely :) 
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happy birthday, blog

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Because I mostly post on this day, at least, to commemorate something that really means very little in the larger scheme of things.

Because, y’know, the fact I haven’t posted here since July doesn’t mean I’ve lost all my readers.

Because this could mean rebirth?

…complete with jangling bells, lightning (but no rain), close-ups of an idol’s eyes (preferably Durga).. and rousing orchestral music. With chorus.

It could. After all, 7 is a magic number with so much significance. 007. Secret Seven. Seven Dwarves. Shichinin no Samurai. 7 Endless. 7 swaras. 7 types of catastrophes. 7 of the Valar. George’s Seven. Saptarishi. pH neutrality. Miller’s law of psychology. Even Windows 7.

After all, the rebirth of Jam did herald a world of awesomeness that never gets old.

Other than that, its good to see I’ve not forgotten the password to this place.

Yet.

 

 

we’re still on..

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..at least for another year. I’ve paid for it. I’m going to pay for it. Ah well.

I think I should get down to one of those challenges where you post every single day for a month or something.

One of these days, I might.

Back to remaining deathly silent here.. complaining that I can’t think of things to post.. and slowly killing off any remaining creativity that I might have dormant within me.

That is all.

i’m only two days late for something i nearly forget every year

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..and to think that I put in a reminder on my RTM (which I, obviously, ignored).

5 years. 5 years. 5 years.

Yes, yes, I actually repeated the same phrase thrice with formatting changes. Here’s a fourth:

5 years.

I really can’t get over that figure. Have I really have been writing consistently for that long? I had that many things to talk about? Ok, maybe not consistently. Ok, maybe I’ve not always talked a lot. However, the fact remains that this blog will soon have been around for a little more than 1/5th of my own life. This blog has seen posts about many things. Random meanderings which even I can only barely follow today. Personal milestones and musings inspired by those milestones. Feelings and reflections due to books, movies, music and what have you. Views on anything and everything. Frustration. It is an interesting collection of the way my brain has shaped itself over a few years. Makes me wonder why I didn’t do something similar even earlier in my life. Would have been interesting to read what I was thinking about at age 15. I doubt it would have lasted this long. This space endures. Somehow.

The last time I posted about such a milestone I was at 602 posts. Now we’re at #675. It has stabilized at roughly ~6 posts/month over the past year. And that number doesn’t seem to be going anywhere higher or lower, despite my public outcries to the contrary. Meaning 1000 posts will need at least another 4-odd years, assuming I continue at my current rate of posting. I want to say that this can happen faster, but who knows?

Five seems like a significant milestone. Should I be doing something special? Play a trick? Jazz up the place? Throw a party? Incidentally I did kinda-sorta party for Windows 7 last week. Got a Windows 7 Ultimate Edition for my effort. There was bowling, pubbing, bakwaas-ing, and finally sitting in a coffee shop and reminiscing. Sounds like a party to me.

We’ll pretend it was a two-in-one party for now.

Happy Anniversary, blog.

Hopefully it doesn’t mean you’re closer to dying – like it does for the rest of us.

compulsive domain renewal post

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For the first time in 3 years we actually managed to renew our hosting plan in time to ensure that the site is still up come renewal day. I guess that’s called progress.

Welcome to year 5 of severeanomaly.org. Now, I wonder if I can actually start doing something with this space other than updating people on all the movies I’ve watched since the last time I posted. Which reminds me that:

  • ‘Terminator Salvation’ proves that machines can never take over the planet coz they’re just so damn stupid. Seriously, you capture the one guy who can end everything and then don’t kill him because you have a pointless convoluted plan that can be seen to be failing a mile away. No way are you ever taking over anything. Ever. But then seeing Arnie take his first step in the future before he is sent back to the past multiple times to prevent the future from happening (and doesn’t manage to do it even once) is a fan-boy delight at a different level. 2 more movies to come (for what reason I have no idea) and then since its 20-odd years since ‘The Terminator’ it’ll be time for  a franchise reboot. Ah, Hollywood. Also, this makes perfect sense [minor spoilers].
  • ‘Drag Me to Hell’ is a return to form for Raimi and the horror genre in general. Yes I realize that the words ‘Raimi’ and ‘Ramsey’ are very close to each other. That said, for once I walked out of a movie theater feeling reasonably spooked. And I gripped my hand-rests tightly at least twice in the movie. I’m hoping for a nice dark Spidey 4 to erase the travesty that was Spidey 3.
  • ‘Up’ proves that Pixar cannot be classified as anything other than the best animation studio out there. Forget ‘Madagascar’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ or any other random animated movie you’ve watched recently (other than WALL-E). Trust me. One of the best movies of the year (again). And 3D really adds to the experience that is a Pixar movie. Wow. Seriously. WOW. Additionally this tells you why Pixar rules quite beautifully 🙂
  • ‘Burn After Reading’ reassures me that the only Coen brothers movie I will ever be interested in will be a dark comedy of their making. The movie has everything – snide remarks, freakish situations and some awesome dialogue timing (especially J.K.Simmons). ‘No Country for Old Men’ was just so abstruse that 4 months later I still don’t get it. What was the conclusion? Why did it win anything? ‘Burn’ on the other hand: ‘I’m f*cked if I know what we did wrong. Oh well, we’ll worry about it next time..’

Now for India. And somehow finishing up stuff I should have finished a month ago before I leave. Which needs a month to be completed. And here I am writing blog posts. Toodle-oo.

equations

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4 years = 602 posts.

602 posts = 1388 comments (2.3 comments/post).

1388 comments = 5 (minimum) blog-friends, 4 of whom i have never met. plus finding friends in people i didn’t know for 4 years of college.

1 friend = (just one of the results) severeanomaly.org

severeanomaly.org = 3 years (and running).

3+ years = 8.33% of my life.

8.33% of my life = a master’s degree. a phd (still in progress) . RAIT. the difference in india and UAE.

a phd = fewer posts (2/day to 2/week).

fewer posts = fewer comments.

fewer comments = irrelevant.

irrelevant = extraneous.

extraneous = neglected.

neglected = this is getting silly.

[an advance blogiversary post]

we're back

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…and so is severeanomaly.org for year 4.

not that any one of you care. at all.

maybe its a good idea to keep doing this so that i know more about my awesomely awesome reader base.