Ok, ok, now don’t act all shocked. I know I updated you just 3 days ago, but dude, I’ve been pretty regular these days! Anyway, this is not to flaunt my regularity really, it is for a much bigger reason. I’m here to wish you a very Happy Birthday!
Today you turn 6 years old. SIX years. That is a big big achievement, considering how easily I gets bored of things and give up on them. But thankfully for me, and for you, I did not give up on you. And boy, am I glad about that!
You made me realise my interest in writing. You know, I never thought I would be able to maintain it, especially because all my earlier attempts at journal keeping had failed me big time. But I still remember that boring Monday morning, in hot and boiling Gurgaon, when I suddenly got inspired by the blogs of a couple of my batch-mates, and decided to start my own. It was a totally new concept, and a very exciting one I thought. It wasn’t all that popular back then, and that’s why I didn’t think twice before selecting a url which gave away my full identity. But then, I didn’t know that you were going to be my vent for years to come, and some anonymity would help. Anyway, with you in place, I was one happy girl.
You also got me so many new things to read. So many new blogs, with so many new ideas, that I am afraid that IT is going to track my time spent on Google reader, and report it to HR, and get me fired. But most importantly, you introduced me to so many like minded people, aka people who have access to Blogspot/Wordpress/Reader at work, that between reading posts, commenting, reading comments, replying, you don’t realise how the day goes by! I am pretty much addicted to you, I tell you.
Of course there have been some ups and downs in your life, but what is life without those? I remember that in your first year, you were over-fed, and with all sorts of posts, with no grammar constraints, no punctuation, and even SMS lingo here and there (hello, I was in College then), almost everyday, and sometimes even two-three times a day. I fed you with anger, vent-outs, frustrations, rants, nostalgia, mush, sentimental overdoses, and what not. And then I forgot about you, ignored you for almost two years. But you survived through it all, valiantly, and I’m very proud of how you turned out to be.
I have put you through a lot of torture in terms of how you look too. I know, those pink and purple templates, Power-puff girl for a user-pic, changing themes everyday, that upgrade to the plus account and those horrendous ads they would paste all over you. Then recently, the move to WordPress, changing your identity, changing my identity, and those rotational headers (which still happen I know, but I think those are cool!). I know, I put you through a lot, but at the end of it, all I want is for you to look good.
And look good you do. You not only look good, but you’re awesome in general too, the way I can’t let go of you even after 6 years have passed. You’ve been my longest lasting hobby ever, I think. And I am so glad for it, because, anytime I am bored, or bugged, or depressed, all I need is the Internet, and there you are. Seriously, what would I do without you. On your birthday, I thought that I would gift you your 250th post. But then the real me took over the over-ambitious me, and we are stuck at 248. Not a great number to remember, but nevertheless, a pretty decent one, considering 7% of this was posted in the past 4 months of this year alone. So I am hoping you’re okay with this. And don’t worry, I will try and make it better as we go.
This turned out to be longer than I thought, but what to do, I am full sentimental right now. It being a Monday morning and all. Ooh, and you were born on a Monday morning too. Life has come a full circle, uh, ok, you have. I will sign off now, and get back to enjoy the pleasures you introduced me to. My Google Reader awaits.
Till next year then, Stay good, or more importantly, stay.