Why and How I Started This Blog

For as long as I can remem­ber, I have had the Writer’s Itch. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remem­ber. While I was grow­ing up in India, I used to write poetry in my native lan­guages of Tel­ugu, Hindi and also in Eng­lish. I filled up one jour­nal after another. How­ever, I got dis­tracted with get­ting an engi­neer­ing degree and pro­ceed­ing fur­ther with grad­u­ate stud­ies to get my Ph.D. Even after I got my Ph.D., I real­ized that I still felt empty. Some­thing was miss­ing. In order to find out what was miss­ing, I started writ­ing in my journal—again, after more than a decade. That helped me real­ize that I wanted to write—write nov­els, screen­plays, etc., mostly fic­tion. I got many story ideas. I picked up a story that inter­ested me. I out­lined it and started writ­ing a novel based on that out­line about three years ago. I also real­ized that break­ing into the mar­ket was very difficult—forget about mak­ing any money from writ­ing. Also, dur­ing this time I matured more in my out­look toward life and real­ized that the story I was work­ing on did not inter­est me as much as the path my own life was tak­ing. I got more inter­ested in improv­ing myself through the prac­tice of yOga and other tech­niques. I real­ized that I had a lot to say to and share with the world, but I did not know how to achieve this.

I was aware of the con­cept of blog­ging, but I was not sure if it would suit my needs. All the blog sites I vis­ited were mostly per­sonal in nature. Most of them posted short arti­cles, but I like to write long infor­ma­tive arti­cles. Most “how-to” sites, sug­gested post­ing short arti­cles only. So, I was not sure of what to do at this point. Though I started a blog on MSN, I did not write much there, as it did not give me the flex­i­bil­ity I needed.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, while search­ing for some­thing else, I stum­bled upon a Per­sonal Devel­op­ment site run by Steve Pavlina. To my sur­prise it seemed to answer all my ques­tions. Steve also writes long arti­cles, like me. Mainly, his very infor­ma­tive arti­cle, “How to make money from your blog?” really helped me in set­ting up my blog. His sug­ges­tions of, hav­ing ones own domain name, decid­ing on whether to mon­e­tize the blog or not, blog­ging with Word­Press, really helped me.

Another great site I vis­ited was Dar­ren Rowse’s Problog­ger. Infor­ma­tion on this site has helped me a lot. I am still read­ing when­ever I get time. I looked up some of the top­ics in his blog, espe­cially “Blog­ging for Begin­ners.” I am still read­ing that one sin­gle post. :-)

Addi­tion­ally, my Google search revealed that Word­Press was easy to set up. I fol­lowed the instruc­tions and installed it.

I devel­oped the theme based on the WordPress’s default theme using their instruc­tions on theme devel­op­ment. Then, I devel­oped the rest of the site to fol­low this theme. I picked up some design cues from other sites as well.

With every­thing set up, I have already started post­ing my thoughts here. I hope to con­tinue to post more use­ful (at least, I think so :-) ) articles.

Edit 02/14/2007

Today I found this nice blog about boost­ing traf­fic to your blog. Very infor­ma­tive and use­ful. I am going to imple­ment some of the con­cepts given there. I found tech­no­rati yes­ter­day and became a mem­ber. The pro­ce­dure for claim­ing the own­er­ship of your blog seems to have changed a bit since that block was writ­ten. I am going to set up the Feed­Burner account this week, when I have a few min­utes. I already have the Chick­let Cre­ator plu­gin installed and var­i­ous feed but­tons dis­played on my blog for interim use.