The lockdown in India began on March 23. I started blogging here on April 1 – after a long break. Here is what I wrote then:
I am re-starting blogging. For 12 years between 1999 and 2012, I had blogged daily at emergic.org. And then I stopped. It’s time to go back to blogging.
I have never been comfortable with Twitter or the other social media platforms. I was one of the early bloggers. I liked the free-format style of just writing one’s thoughts without the constraints of letters or worries about followers. I wrote for myself. The empty text box of Movable Type first and then WordPress opened me up. And during these trying times of Covid-19 sitting at home in Mumbai, I decided that I needed an outlet once again.
I hope to write daily. Something new everyday. I want to make the blog a mirror for my thoughts – as it once was.
And so far, six months later, I have kept up the promise.
It is amazing how well the discipline of a new daily post works. I don’t wait for ideas to be perfected – because that day may never come. I write as I think – let the thoughts flow. I may have better ones a few weeks or months later. In that case, there will be another series. This commitment to a daily update has ensured that I always have a bank of ideas to write on – I am in constant thinking mode which makes me read more and which drives my writing.
Like I said on April 1, I write for myself. In the past six months, I have realised how much I like writing. I have covered many different themes – primarily in the three categories of marketing, entrepreneurship and India. This gives me a lot of latitude.
And occasionally for inspiration, I go back to my past writings on emergic.org, and discover parts of me I have long forgotten!
Tomorrow: Part 2