It has been a long while since I picked up a tag. The usual tags ask you to reveal random things about you or to do some task and then pass it on to a stipulated number of bloggers, to make it a chain of sorts. I had done that here . But when R’s Mom tagged me and gave me the Versatile Blogger award to go with it, I took it up. For one, it was different as all it required was for me to pick up posts in stipulated categories from my archives and give their links, before passing the tag on to five more bloggers.
There are many which I had written before Cybernag became popular which are pretty decent if you ask me. Also I thought it was the least I could do for my blog in return for giving me so many friends, both personal and virtual — a perfect anniversary gift in fact.
To tell you the truth, when I had started blogging two years ago, I never thought I would be able to keep it going for this long. I remember saying the same thing last year too, but over 140 posts later, it comes as a surprise to me that I have not only been writing regularly but also getting readers and their comments. I tell you folks, no nagging could have been this rewarding!
Coming back to my ‘tagger’, R’s Mom is a bubbly young mother who chronicles her daily adventures as she balances a job, a three-year-old child and a home — not necessarily in that order. What is more, she posts on her blog daily! She is one blogger who actually treats her blog as the weblog it was meant to be. Her chronicles, observations, rants and raves all are straight from the heart and so endearing.
Ah, the tag now: There are various categories under which I have to select and give links to posts on my blog.
The post I loved the most:
I will start with this category. I didn’t have to ponder over this one at all. It had to be Of Milestones. The choice is obvious since it is about the family, not just one member but all of us. It was about the wonderful time we spent together, with little Diya providing the icing on the cake. It was also my 100th post, not by design but by coincidence.
The posts which didn’t get the attention they deserved:
1. One post that didn’t get noticed was the The Invisible Workforce, probably because it was one of my early posts. This one was about domestic child workers, whose plight has always made me see red. They are all around us, lugging their little masters’ school bag, the memsahib’s shopping bags, working for 16 hours or more and sleeping on the bare floor, often beaten and even molested. Child workers in the organized sector by comparison get more attention because of their visibility.
2. I am taking the liberty of adding another one here, A Utopian Scenario, which unfortunately didn’t get much attention either. Media and politicians are always playing up communal tension and adding fuel to the fire. So when just after the Babri verdict I saw this news item – of a Brahmin priest who was heading the Imam Council of UP and fighting for an increase in their wages, I thought that it deserved to be highlighted. For it is only when we fight negativity with positivity that there can be some change.
My most popular post:
I have noticed that anything to do with food, kids and controversies turn out to be very popular. I do write about kids but avoid controversial ones if I can help it. Idli Dosas anyone? was my only ‘food’ post. And sure enough it got a great many hits and quite a few comments too going by the number of comments I got in the first year. There were others that got more comments and views than this one, but I picked it up because, well, it is my choice, right?
My most helpful post:
If you ask me, all the posts under L&M and the Brats series are of the ‘helpful’ kind. But if you insist, I would pick out two of them: Tricky Teen talk, since it tells you how to handle teens! It is a handbook of teen lingo, no less.
The other one would be Why (not) to be a perfect mother? as this one gives you not one but several reasons to be an imperfect mother. I am sure all mothers would welcome it as the most helpful one! After all, where would you get advise on being imperfect, eh? Go ahead and get educated!
The post whose success surprised me
The Yin and Yang of my blog is one of my latest posts, written in response to many of my blogger friends who wanted to know my real name. I just wanted to clarify that Zephyr was my real name, and why it was. The comments were wonderful but the curiosity only increased!
The post I am most proud of:
One is never completely satisfied with what one writes, but sometimes one has reasons to feel good about a piece of writing. A Handful of Sand was one such. Relationships are delicate and need to be handled with a lot of care – like trying to disentangle a silken cloth from a bush of thorns. And writing about them is also full of pitfalls as it is easy to become biased and try to impose one’s views on the readers. Going by that yardstick, I thought I had handled this post well.
My most controversial post:
I won’t call Is a degree holder really educated? exactly a controversial post, except maybe for the title, but it certainly aroused a lot of passion and debate. Education is close to everyone’s heart and everyone holds their own views and opinions about it. So this post saw some lively comments, some very enlightening and some rather indignant at the study I had quoted from the papers which showed up Indians in a poor light. My blogger buddy Laughing Gas came up with some great observations and explanations in response to the comments. And folks, the replies were anything but funny.
Hope you enjoy reading them if you haven’t already, and comments would be welcome too. Thanks for staying with me for two years and hope you will let me nag you more in the coming year(s)!
This tag is about uniting bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again. All you have to do is this:
Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category in the categories mentioned above and nominates five bloggers to pick up the tag. Simple!
And I am tagging anyone who would like to pick this one up. It is fun, since you read your own old posts and get to edit them in the bargain!
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