It has been exactly two years since I started this blog. I never imagined that blogging could ever become such an important part of my life. By nature, I am NOT a person of habits. I rarely sustain interest in anything new for any significant period of time. So when I started blogging, I didn’t really think I would still be doing it after two years.
This is how I started my first post ever:
Hello! My name is Gaurav Bhatnagar. After working for 3 years in Microsoft here in Redmond, WA, I am moving back to India at the end of this month. Many people have asked me about the experience and how hard or easy it is for an NRI to go back to India. That prompted me to start this blog. I will be using this blog for documenting my R2I (return to India) experiences.
My views about blogging have gone under lot of transformation over these two years. I started with the idea of
documenting my experiences on returning back to India so that others in similar situation could gain from it. Eventually my blog became more about entrepreneurship and technology. I guess, as expected, this blog is a reflection of my own life. It is very gratifying to know that people read my blog far and wide. I get email thru my blog almost on a daily basis. Professionally, blogging has helped a lot. It has helped clients understand our style of working and it has attracted people to come work at Tekriti. In fact, at times, I have felt that the blog has become bigger than me! People identify more with “New Delhi Times” rather myself as a person. This is especially true for people I primarily know thru my blog or those who have read my blog before they meet me in person.
I have only one issue with blogging. Blogging is like talking, and we all know that talk is cheap. It is easy to self-proclaim greatness on one’s blog and also easy enough to start believing in your own hype. There are many bloggers out there who are known primarily for their blog. While there is nothing wrong with it, I think I don’t want to be in that category. I would rather that I come to be known as a successful entrepreneur or a technologist and not just a “prominent blogger”. I would rather walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk. There was a period of time when I was very concerned about how many people read my blog, who links to my blog, where it appears in search engine rankings, how many comments I am getting etc. Fortunately, I have managed to move past that stage. I blog when I have something interesting to say. I don’t want my blog to be my claim to fame. Hence my motto – “Blog less and slog more”! Nevertheless, it has been a roller coaster two years. The beginning of this blog also marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I think I wont be giving up blogging anytime soon!