To Blog or not to Blog?

blogging while having coffee

Here’s the question – Should you start a blog?

Ever wondered how many blogs exist on the Internet? Technorati claims that there were 112 million blogs in the year 2007. More googling shall reveal that by the end of the year 2009 there were as many as 126 million blogs on the Internet. Basically a million new blogs started each month between 2007 and 2009! Bloggers are increasing every day, as a result, more and more information is being posted. How much of this information is useful remains unanswered, which in turn gives rise to a bigger question – Is blogging really worth it?

monkey blogging

I have been asking myself a question for a long time now, to blog or not to blog? Eventually, I decided to jump in and start off. A lot of the credit for this goes to my colleagues who have started their blogs on all kinds of topics. Apart from the chance to win an iPad (as a part of the first of its kind Online Social Networking competition at PROTON business school encouraging the students to use social media in the most effective way possible), there are several other reasons to blog. The most prominent one is the feeling of expressing yourself. They say that there is a book inside everybody and I feel websites like Blogger and WordPress have become libraries for these books.

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But then like every other thing on the web, blogs too are easy to start and hard to maintain. Whether or not you decide to start a blog, it is important to understand that writing coherently is one of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks. Thus, most of the bloggers simply stop posting after a few initial posts. But those who continue, fall in love with it. I was recently chatting with one of my friends who told me how Twitter was almost his second girlfriend,

“I tell my girlfriend every small thing that happens during the day and I tweet the same.”

Amazing!

Computers have given a new dimension to the ways of communication. First we had the emails and then the personal web pages (your facebook profile page for example) and somewhere in between blogs have always been there. Even Indian celebrities like Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan blog, the leading politician L.K. Advani has his blog which was started as a part of BJP’s election campaign. There are innumerable examples.

aamir khan's blog

I have decided that my blogs would keep things simple. I will try not to be too much technical or philosophical. You may even get reviews about the latest hindi movies or the top 5 excuses for not reading case studies! I hope to continue posting stuff that interests most of my readers. Since this is my first post, just like our first orientation session that we have for every subject at the start of each trimester, this can be treated as an orientation blog! Suggestions, complaints, comments and insults 🙃 are most welcome!

14 thoughts on “To Blog or not to Blog?”

  1. Hello Shoaib,

    I am thinking that to suggest or not to suggest, to complaint or not to complaint, to comment or not to comment, and to insult or not to insult.

    I have come to the conclusion that I should comment. Very nice orientation about to blog or not to blog. I liked the example of Twitter a lot. I hope, after orientation, the remaining journey will also be fantastic.

    Happy Blogging!

    Regards,
    Proton Ankit Mandloi

  2. Dear Shoaib,
    Welcome to the world of blogging.
    Rightly said it is a medium through which we express ourselves.As an individual we grow in number of aspects such as improving our command over language,increase in observation power.Further,it connects us to the entire world.People know you better.
    So,I feel blogging really helps.
    Good Work.Keep Blogging!
    Regards
    Neha Fatehchandani

  3. Hey Shoaib,
    I really liked your blog. It was a very nice orientation and as far the language was concerned, it was simple which made me connect to your blog very easily.
    And I completely agree that there is a book inside us and so sites like blogger come really handy when you want to express yourself freely.
    Well done and keep up the good work…
    Looking forward to more blogs of yours

  4. Hi shoaib,

    I liked your blog.I must appreciate your flow of writing which is very simple.
    I am very happy to know that you will be writing this blog on diversified topics.Keep up the good work.

  5. Hey buddy,
    Nice blog. Even I was confused for the innitial few days after announcement of OSN competition and everybody else would also have thought on the same. But now I have realized tha it's fun.
    Regards
    Vidit Shah

  6. Shravan, Ankit, Manish, Neha, Ruchi, Prasad, Abhishek & Vidit thanks for reading the blog & commenting. Glad you all liked the simplicity 😉

    Jitendra, its Shoaib not Shoeb 😉

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