How to lose your followers in a weekend

I was happy with my small blog hidden in some corner of the blogosphere. Obscurity was my strength. It has been existent from 2008 like my gym membership. It existed but rarely used. I only visited when I had a sudden spur of motivation.

When the new year of 2016 begun, my motivation to keep up with the new year’s resolution lasted a week longer than the usual. So, in the third week of January, I decided to sign up for a Blogging University course for two reasons – (i) I genuinely wanted to learn about blogging and (ii) It was free. I do not regret for it was a wonderful platform to get to know other bloggers thus building a community. That was the golden period of my blog’s existence. My follower count touched 100. 100 is a small number but I am proud as the count is organic. As in, it is only from blogging community and not from social media sites. I do not advertise on Twitter or Facebook much. A closet writer.

One day I got this sudden thought (Thoughts always seem to be sudden for me. I need to learn to think on a regular basis). I decided to buy a domain on my own name and host my blog there. I did a little bit of research and found the steps do migrate the portal. I spent some time over a weekend in Aug 2017 and migrated my contents successfully to my domain.

By now, things in my professional life started looking up and a truck load of work was dumped on me. In the available free time, I managed to catch up with 8 seasons of The Mentalist, 8th season of House MD, 7th season of Suits, couple of seasons of Black Mirror and 7th season of The Game of Thrones. So, as you can see, I was too occupied to write a blog post. I couldn’t squeeze 30 mins out of my busy schedule.

I logged in two days ago after a long time. You know that this is that time of the year when you dust your previous years’ resolutions and get momentary inspiration. I logged in and realized I have zero followers now. I have goofed up something during migration. I thought I will import the content that I exported during the migration. But, blessings of Murphy, my laptop had crashed, and I lost the export along with other documents.

So here I am. Starting afresh. I am working with WordPress support to see if I can recover. In the meantime, here’s my appeal like Jimmy Wales – If you had already subscribed to my blog and were checking in to see what happened to my blog, thank you! Please subscribe again!

Cheers!

Books I read in 2017

Happy New Year! Yet another year has gone and another one is born. The time wheel keeps rotating. I had been away from blogging for a while. Many a things happened in personal and professional life. Most of them good and some of them bad. But it’s a right mixture, alright.

I thought I should post something to just break the break. The simplest topic that I could immediately think was of course books that I read last year. I had set myself a target of 12 books to read last year and I completed 18 books. Which is quite astonishing given my history with reading.

Below is the list of books that I read this year. Yes, only a list. If you are looking for a review, sorry. I am too lazy. May be later.

  1. HBR Guide to Getting The Right Thing Done
  2. What the CEO wants from You
  3. The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly VirtuesWriting without Bullshit
  4. The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man
  5. The Winning Way: Learnings from sport for managers
  6. Americavil Kichcha (Tamil)
  7. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  8. Sujathoughts (Tamil)
  9. Faster, Smarter, Higher
  10. The On-Time, On-Target Manager
  11. How to Feel Empowered
  12. How to Take Decisions
  13. Confessions of a software techie
  14. 13 Steps to bloody good luck
  15. How to write a New York Times Bestseller
  16. Writing a Kindle book a week
  17. Writing tips

You can find the list of books on GoodReads here. The last few books have been on Writing. Interesting! Let’s wait and see how the plot unfolds.

Happy New Year, once again!