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July 19, 2010


Filed under: Blogging — Tags: , , — Raja @ 4:08 PM

(After posting 376 blog posts across 7 blogs, reading 5191 comments and replying to 1234 of them, and threatening to delete some of the posts or even blogs, the eternal question suddenly dawned on me: What’s the meaning of life blogging? Why do we blog?

I searched everywhere and I left no stones books unturned – from the Bible/Quran/ZendAvesta/Torah to A Collection of Pearls from Sathya Sai Baba. Finally, and rather surprisingly, I found some answers on a forum of a social networking website. But, nothing is impossible in a world where 200 million Muslims, instead of facing Makka, face the sunbathing babes on the beaches of Peru and offer prayers! Anyway, here are the top ten reasons for blogging as mentioned by the members of that forum, in their own words and grammar)

1.  Channel for expressions:

“For me, blogging means expression, speaking out, pouring my heart and soul out. I find blog a medium to channelize what my heart speaks. I wanted to speak out against the corruption. I wanted to unite the world ……… I wanted to teach people that love and peace will ultimately prevail. I won’t say I have been successful in my mission, but I’m on the right track. I have got 32 visits to my blog in just the last three weeks. Well, 29 of them were my own visits …….”

2.  AdSense:

“I go to GoogleTrends every morning, copy the top 100 trending phrases, and paste them on my blog. Well, not blatantly. I just make random sentences with those phrases and the whole thing looks like a ……… blogpost. People searching for “Larissa Riquelme naked photos” or “Obama prays to Hanuman” land on my blog. If even 1% of them click on the GoogleAds, I make $500 a month.”

3.  Awards:

“I had a blog, but no posts. ek blog rakhna maangta hai bhai. One fine evening I was sitting there with a mug of beer, and people started bombarding me with blogging awards. Not their fault, though. Blog awards and chain mails, by law, must be passed on to unsuspecting bakras. However, I am not Rajiv Gandhi. I wouldn’t accept any award (even after my death) without doing anything. So I posted my “Hello World” post. When friends started irritating me with fake requests for more posts, I posted a Kreativ Blogger Award image with the note, “anyone visiting this blog is hereby being awarded with the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please write a short essay about ‘Cow’ or ‘Winter’ or ‘Science – Boon or Bane’, or any other crap and hunt down 51 other bloggers with this award.” Just 15 visits in 15 months since then.”

4.  The WebDas syndrome:

“I created a blog and started posting lyrics of sad songs after being dumped by my friend’s girlfriend. Yeah, it’s strange. That’s why I needed a blog. Even after four years I still have hopes that she will come back. Girls are soft, you know, can’t stand someone posting sad lyrics again and again. If I could sing, I’d start an audio-blog. If only ……. ”

5.  The Unsung Heroes:

” I always knew I have it in me to enrich the world with my highly philosophical poems and short stories. It’s unfortunate; for my parents, relatives, friends, teachers, ……… basically everyone I know in the real world; that they couldn’t understand my talent. But don’t blame me. I had given them chance, and they said, “she’s a nutcase.” Now that the world has gotten its first taste of my writing prowess through my blogs, fans are pouring in. Shreyas said, “Shilpa your an amassing poyet…im your fan….my drim is hav coffee wid u.” Pranav said ………….”

6.  Reviews:

“When Mrs. Sharma’s son Tutlu dropped his football from the fifth floor, nothing happened to the ball. But when my son Bublu dropped our Wii console from just the fourth floor, it was broken into 151 pieces. I was outraged at the event, created a blog, and wrote a review about Wii to let the world know that it is made of cheap material. Since then I’ve been posting helpful product-reviews on my blog. You can find them in the blog, Indian Homemaker’s Trusted Reviews.”

7.  Peer Pressure:

“When I found that Shilpa (see #5) is meeting cool coffee-drinking burger-eating iPod-wielding high school drop-out people through her blog, and then bragging about it, I felt the pressure of creating my own blog. The first poem I wrote was,
Hi, my name is Natasha
I am 28
I live in Gurgaon
Wanna go on a d8?
I couldn’t believe myself that I could write such a nice poem. Sure enough, I started to get praise from all Rakesh/Rahul/Ramalingam around this place.”

8.  Vent out Anger:

“Boss, I needed some way to vent out my anger about the way Brazil is playing now. You can clearly see that they are going to counter-attacks without proper plan, no one is there to lead their defence, they are giving too many passes to the attacking third, ………. seems like no one’s concerned other than me! I have given Dunga a piece of my mind, the same way I had blasted Sourav Ganguly during IPL-3.”

9.  Dreams:

“I blog to write about my dreams – it’s easier to write them down and forget than to chase them.”

10. Photographs:

“I publish vacation photos on my blog. Those photos not only prove that I have expensive vacations, the “excellent photo”, “brilliant colors”, “you’re a great photographer” comments for the underexposed/off-focus photos give me a good laugh!”


After reading all these reasons, I feel like my life blogging has some meaning. I have/had nine solid reasons (other than, fortunately, #4) to blog. If you are thinking of posting a comment, and if you blog, please mention the reason number(s) for your blogging. If none of these reasons apply to you, please write, “I am a liar.” Thank you.

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  1. # 1 : Same here … only because most of the times when my baby momma says something I do not enjoy, I turn to blogging.Because a silent husband = happy family

    #2 : I do not even know how that works since I have only “lost” money in life. The income to expense ration is negative.

    # 3 : I am living my parents dream by grabbing as many awards as I can. They told me once – “Boro hoyo !!”

    # 8 = # 1

    # 10 : All the time.Especially because mundane stuff look awesome using a DSLR and Black and White effect.

    Here is a toast to you for “Blogging ON”…” Everything Else OFF”!!

    Comment by le embrouille blogueur — July 19, 2010 @ 4:29 PM

    • Thanks for reading.

      AdSense: I’ve been banned by Google “for using a bot to simulate clicks.” I never challenged the decision.

      Awards: The measurement of ‘boro’ is by the deeds you do (blog posts you make), not by tags you receive 😛

      Photo: Your photograph was really good. And by that I don’t mean that I like kababs 😉

      Comment by Raja — July 20, 2010 @ 9:47 AM

  2. hahahaha ….. funny one
    i especially like the webdas and review parts

    you’re back to your self, i guess. tag-blogging is not your cup of tea 😛

    if i try blogging some day, i will let you know why i did so.

    Comment by Pranay — July 19, 2010 @ 5:33 PM

    • Tag-blogging used to be my cup of tea when tags used to be easier 😛

      Comment by Raja — July 20, 2010 @ 9:48 AM

  3. hi! so this is it! u wrote on Indiblogger to check ur site to know the reasons u blog! hmm intersting reasons to blog. go on! keep blogging!


    Comment by restless — July 20, 2010 @ 4:07 AM

  4. oh…my god..i am laughing like a fool…sitting all alone reading your post and grinning like an idiot. points 4-6 are awesome!!! intelligent, beautiful, to the point and crisp….smiling still…. glad i read it at the end of hectic and tiring day …

    Comment by sushmita — July 20, 2010 @ 10:29 AM

  5. Think I need to figure out mine too…

    Comment by phoenix — July 20, 2010 @ 11:48 AM

    • You’re above this crap. Your’s is genuine creative writing, and I’m afraid to post comments there 😐

      Comment by Raja — July 20, 2010 @ 11:57 AM

  6. lol! you sure have offered ‘deep’ insights into a ‘blogger’s mind!

    except 4&7 can ascribe reasons for my blogging at some stage or the other!! 🙂

    in your next blog hope you will compile all statistics acquired here and analyse them with your sharp wit!


    that was fun!

    Comment by magiceye — July 20, 2010 @ 1:20 PM

  7. lol i just enjoy ur post because ur words make me laugh and force me to think with a smile.
    Ok i might’ve blogged for the same reasons if i was as compu savvy as u but the fact of the matter is i am not so i basically blog because i want to see my thoughts in black and white.Some of these thoughts are just too cool to lose forever.
    Also it’s been years that i actually listened.So am learning to do that talking yes but listening more.

    Comment by shivani — July 20, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

    • None of the blogs I visit regularly has any of these 10 issues. Your’s is actually a great blog. I just saw a thread in some forum where most of the people were saying things like
      — I had some untamed emotions waiting to get out in the form of writing
      — I find all internet reviews faulty, so started my own review blog
      That’s why I’ve posted this.

      Comment by Raja — July 20, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

  8. Boss u r ossummmm, too guddd man, was laughing like a jackass 😀

    Comment by Purba — July 21, 2010 @ 3:29 AM

    • Thanks a lot for laughing like a jackass 😉

      and thanks a lot for faving me 🙂

      Comment by Raja — July 21, 2010 @ 9:21 AM

    • Shouldn’t it be more like Jill- ass ??

      Comment by le embrouille blogueur — July 21, 2010 @ 9:57 AM

      • May be she can put this in the “My Sins Against Gender Stereotypes” post 😛

        Comment by Raja — July 21, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

        • What if I say ass can only be Jack?

          Comment by Purba — July 22, 2010 @ 5:06 AM

          • It will not be accepted in the court of law

            Comment by Raja — July 22, 2010 @ 9:48 AM

  9. Reason # 1.
    I am not a liar 🙂

    Comment by Indian Homemaker — July 21, 2010 @ 11:16 AM

  10. That was terrific. Really comical as well as logical. That “Peer Pressure” reason, I really loved it.. Lucidly presented…laurels…Go ahead..

    With Regards,

    Varadha Yamunan…\m/

    Comment by Varadha Yamunan — July 22, 2010 @ 4:23 AM

    • Thanks for visiting. Will reciprocate 🙂

      Comment by Raja — July 22, 2010 @ 9:48 AM

  11. Good take on bloggers, you can pick the nerve!

    Comment by S.R.Ayyangar — July 22, 2010 @ 6:45 AM

  12. hi, my first time here. great post. I guess for me, it would be the number one only, well, as yet. i like your sense of humour and direct way of both posting and seeking comments. following you and adding you to my blog. will come back for more. meanwhile, you may like to visit my blog and let me know what you think?

    Comment by sharbori — July 22, 2010 @ 11:57 AM

  13. Man o man that was rib tickling…9 th one sounds so familiar 🙂 that football dropping one takes the cake though

    Comment by Nish — July 23, 2010 @ 10:56 AM

    • Thanks Nish.
      I see that you haven’t posted anything for a long time. I didn’t check the cricket blog, tho’. Your site is blocked from my office 😐

      Comment by Raja — July 23, 2010 @ 11:24 AM

  14. Reason no # 11…. I am a liar.
    I need to update my blog 😦

    Comment by Voice — July 23, 2010 @ 2:34 PM

  15. wow 😀 thats a wonderful list. for me it will be #1,#5,#7,#8,#9,#10

    Comment by Vee — July 26, 2010 @ 2:00 PM

    • Voice and Vee,
      Thanks for your visit

      Comment by Raja — July 26, 2010 @ 6:54 PM

  16. Hi! Just loved your post! so honest and yet so hilarious!! enjoyed it!!


    Comment by restless — July 29, 2010 @ 5:29 AM

    • I didn’t get the “so honest” part. But thanks for the visit anyway, and I’ll surely visit your blog 🙂

      Comment by Raja — July 29, 2010 @ 9:06 AM

  17. You are back with your cleverness I see.

    I Blog ‘coz I am jobless. Isnt that a reason enough, it could just whitewash all your other reasons. Uhhhh.

    Comment by PreeOccupied — August 4, 2010 @ 6:55 PM

  18. That was one hialrious post. I can talk and make people laugh but I am struggling to get humor in my writing. Realised that it is an art which I saw is stuffed in loads in your writing. Keep writing.

    Comment by Iamnew2america — March 13, 2011 @ 11:29 PM

    • Thanks. That was both generous and clever

      Comment by Raja — March 14, 2011 @ 1:25 PM

  19. […] blogger has provided a list of reasons for writing a blog over at Informed Opinions. To the list I’d like to add one of my own: to chronicle progress on a specific […]

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  20. Just loved your post! so honest and yet so hilarious

    Comment by Venu — September 9, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

    • Thanks

      ………. for copying comment # 16!

      Comment by Raja — September 9, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

  21. i m still confused, dunno which category i belong to. enjoyed the read. didn’t read any other comment, so dont tell me i copied someone else’s comment

    Comment by deb — February 29, 2012 @ 9:34 AM

    • For confused bloggers, I suggest #9

      Comment by Raja — February 29, 2012 @ 9:43 AM

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