Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WHY WRITE BLOGS – Part 1 – A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

WHY SHOULD YOU WRITE BLOGS?

Here is the gist of a talk on Blogging I gave on 21 September 2013 at the Pune International Literary Festival 2013. 

The talk was based on a blog post I had written four years ago, in the year 2010 titled:

WHY WRITE BLOGS  – Part 1
A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
By 
VIKRAM KARVE

If you do not blog (or if you are a newbie budding blogger) there is one movie you must see – Julie and Julia.

The story is about a woman who is thoroughly bored with life and is on the verge of depression. 

She hates her job at a call-centre. 

Her married life is stagnating. 

She is depressed as she feels that her life has become static and there is nothing to look forward to in her life.

Her husband introduces her to blogging and motivates her to start a blog.

He tells her to start blogging about anything she likes.

After considering various options, she picks up a cookbook The Art of French Cooking and decides to cook one recipe everyday and then blog about her culinary experience cooking that dish.

Gradually she has many readers and her blog becomes popular.

In fact, one day when she does not post a blog, her angry fans ask her why, and this inspires her to make a commitment to herself and her readers to be regular in posting a blog. 

Now she has something to look forward to everyday – to cook a recipe and then write and post a blog about her culinary experience every day.

She starts feeling motivated and happy as her blog draws lots of readers, elicits numerous comments and evokes tremendous response, makes her famous, and finally culminates in her becoming a published author. 

Her days of depression are a long way off – a forgotten thing of the past.

That is the beauty of blogging. 

It gives you something to look forward to – yes, something to look forward to do every day. 

Once you start enjoying blogging you will not sleep until you have posted something on your blog.

Blogging will make you happy as they say that the key to happiness is to have something to look forward to.

And do remember that your blog is your literary and intellectual legacy in cyberspace for posterity – you may go away but your blog will remain forever.


FOUR AIMS OF LIFE

There are four things we all strive to do in our life

1. to live

2. to love

3. to learn  

4. to leave a legacy


FOUR STAGES OF BLOGGING

Likewise there are four stages to enjoying blogging:

1. Anticipation (looking forward to blogging)
  
2. Savouring the moment (enjoying the sheer pleasure of blogging and the joy of experiencing your creative juices flow)

3. Expression (sharing your creativity, interacting with fellow bloggers and friends in the blogosphere to heighten your experience)

4. Reflection ( harking back on your blogging experiences by re-reading your old blogs and comments of your fans for happy nostalgic memories).


A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

Start Blogging. Keep Blogging. 

Blogging will change your life for the better. You can take my word for it. You will feel happy as you will have something to look forward to every day. 

That is the beauty of blogging. 

It gives you something to look forward to – yes, something to look forward to do every day. 

Once you start enjoying blogging you will not sleep until you have posted something on your blog.

Blogging will make you happy as they say that the key to happiness is to have something to look forward to in life.

And do remember that your blog is your literary and intellectual legacy in cyberspace for posterity – you may go away but your blog will remain forever. 

Most importantly, blogging will make you feel good and keep you healthy.

They used to say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Maybe now they will say: A blog a day keeps the doctor away

VIKRAM KARVE
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