I have already confessed to being forgetful of dates. Actually I don’t really forget them. I remember them till, say a month, a fortnight or even a day before the actual date and then when the day dawns, it cleanly slips my mind. Poof! Like that! So though I kept telling myself that I started blogging last February, by the end of Jan, I completely forgot that this was THE month of the first anniversary of Cyber Nag. To cut a long story short, the Cyber Nag was unleashed upon an unsuspecting cyber world on Feb 13, last year.
I had been unable to write for several years for reasons beyond my control. But during one visit home, the younger one simply would not take a no for an answer and set up a blog for me. I was worried. What will I write? Who will read the posts? I had no ‘friends’ on the social networks.
He was unfazed and told me, ‘You concentrate on creating good content. Readers will come.’ He assumed the role of my advisor/blog manager.
Then came the question of a name for my blog. Zephyr has been my notional name for a long time. I wanted to call my blog ‘Zephyr’ but it was not available. So I had to scout around for another one. I had earned the sobriquet of a nag over the years and wanted to capitalize on it. What better way to perpetuate the name than to call my blog after it? So The Cyber Nag was born! Since I didn’t want to give up Zephyr, I assumed it as my pseudonym. I got a WordPress gravatar for my profile – a one-eyed creature with crooked glasses. I wasn’t comfortable with a photograph; (I still am not).
After the initial euphoria I panicked. How could I churn out stuff week after week?
‘What will I write? I only know how to nag and crib,’ I wailed.
‘Then do just that. And write your L&M series. It will be a hit,’ he said sagely.
The subject himself overheard us. ‘What? Write about me?’
He looked suspiciously at me and became a jumpy thereafter. But only till the first L&M post was published. And the L&M was launched officially!
The ‘blog manager’ was right. It became a hit over the months. I get the maximum hits for those posts. But more than that, I go by the word of the L&M himself, of course after posting them. ‘Good’ meant it was a hit. ‘Theek hai’ meant the hits would be moderate; ‘mazaa nahin aaya,’ meant that it fell flat. I am glad to say that none has fallen so far in the last category! What a sport the L&M and the Brats are! They not only love the pieces but remind me of incidents that can turn into another post, never mind if it is at their expense.
I was very excited when the first comments came and would keep calling the younger one up at all hours of the day to share my excitement. I started visiting Indivine to read and get used to other blogs and bloggers by commenting on their blogs. It was then that I discovered Purba, and her acerbic pen and fell in love with her blog. Fortunately for me she loved my blog too and today if I don’t find her comment on any post of mine, I feel bereft! Magiceye elicited my comments involuntarily – his shots remind me of the Mumbai I loved and still do. Nalini’s Haikus were refreshing and so were so many other blogs. I just read the posts that I fancied and commented on many blogs.
Then my own blog was approved on Indiblogger and I had arrived! My posts got ‘promoted’ by the bloggers. Curiously I would find a lot of ‘promotions’ whenever there was a contest on Indiblogger. But this has been a forum I have grown to feel comfortable with. I have found many wonderful blogs and some great blogger friends here. For someone without a social network identity, Indiblogger has provided me one.
In the meantime, the WordPress gravatar began grating on my nerves. I wanted a new image! So I kept experimenting with different ones on my own. And then one fine day I found this formidable woman with a rolling pin looking at me with a stern countenance. The ‘manager’ of my blog had given me a new face!
And so now, my comments on other blogs carry my signature rolling pin image. Cyber Nag looks formidable, sometimes even sounds formidable. Ask Renie, he would tell you how, when he reads my mails, he feels as if I am wagging a finger at him!!
The incongruity hits me often – a Zephyr who is a Cyber Nag!! But somehow, the image has stuck and so has the name. Come to think of it, it is not that absurd because I am a mixture of both soft and stern or so I would like to believe.