Thursday, October 05, 2006

Happy Birthday To My Abode

My blog turns 1 today (I actually forgot about it, and Jaguu reminded me - Thanks Jagu cheta). I can not even believe that it has been one year, since I started blogging. Even though I have only 68 posts in this one year, I managed to stay alive and kicking.

I have had couple of people tell me that reading my blog makes them happy, that it brings a smile to his/her face. I'm so glad that I have had this effect on all you people.

What better post to mark a year than this, a tag from Alexis

1. Are you happy/satisfied with your blog, with its content and look? Does your family know about your blog?
I'm so happy with my blog. I never considered myself as a writer and I love to have a medium where I can put thing I feel like and have people read it. This blog has introduced me to so many people and so many places. I love the look of this blog, it is so peaceful and serene. The best thing about this template is you do not see the face of the girl, so she can be happy or sad, but you never know. So more attention is given to the environment and it dictates happiness regardless of how the girl feels. No one other than Shekar knows about this blog, and I like to keep it that way.

2. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?
I consider it a very private thing and I would never send the link to friends or family, because then I would be more cautious of what I write.

3. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?
Not much really, I'm a very positive person. Regardless of how bad a situation is I can find something about the situation that is good. My blog is mix of my everyday life or my memories nothing much thought provoking. But when ever I write about my memories I feel very happy for rest of the day.

4. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?
I do both. I definitely visit people who comment on my blog and I bloghop. Mainly DesiPundit and Kerala Blogroll are my sources. If I'm on someone's blog and I read an interesting comment I definitely click and go visit them .

5. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?
I do have a visitors count. I the beginning I used to be so excited when the number went up. I was so happy when it hit hundred (25 was my refresh I confess), then 1000, then 5000. Now it is more like a number, I'm more interested in where people come from, what they read. I have more readers in US then in India. Like when I was creating the new template it helped me by showing what majority of reader's resolution was so I could cater to that. I love the most about my visitor count is to see visit lengths. I just get happy when I see people spend more than an hour here.

6. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?
I've actually seen most of my fellow bloggers who I follow regularly (yes Archana, I have seen yours too). More than look I associate age with my bloggers.

7. Admit. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?
Benefit in the sense I have met some nice people. But there other blog like Mumbai Help which benefited lot of people in times of need. I always liked writing but I never got started, this has provided a medium to express myself. I just hope it lasts for a while and after years I can look at this and go wow.

8. Do you think that bloggers society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?
That is a misconception in the real world. They think bloggers have no life, on the contrary I believe bloggers are just regular people who writes in a public forum.

9. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it's a normal thing?
I rarely get criticized, its not because I have the perfect grammar BUT it is because the people who read it. I have a very few loyal readers who let it slide if I make a mistake. There have been instance I read one of my post after few months and I realize that I have the grammar wrong, this post would have like 15-20 comments, but no one mentioned that mistake. It is because my readers do not really care about these mistakes I make. I do realize that my usage is incorrect, but they do not make it a point to point it out to me. There are few instances, someone has pointed it out and I have corrected it soon.

10. Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?
I have an inclination for personal blogs, and those are the once I follow. Political blogs never attracted me, so I avoid them. It is not fear, but it is just not interesting to me.

11. Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?
I think everyone is responsible for what he/she puts out on the web. If the content or the intentions for the content requires an arrest as arrest should be made. A freedom of speech does exist, but according to me that is one freedom that comes with lots of responsibilities.

12. Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?
I have thought about this few times. I have decided to give my log in to Shekar so he can put a note up here, so all my readers don't keep wondering. I'm sure Shekar will do no such thing, but hey at least I tried.

13. What do you like to hear? What's the song you might like to put a link to in your blog?
I'm still a sucker for slow melodious Malayalam songs.

Movie Name: Aniyathi Pravu (1997)
Singer: Sujatha, Yesudas K J
Music Director: Ouseppachan
Lyrics: Ramesan Nair
Year: 1997
Director: Fazil

Ennum ninne poojikkam ponnum poovum choodikkam
Vennilavil vaasantha lathike
Ennum ennum en maaril manju peyyum premathin
Kunju maarikkuliray neeyarike
Oru poovinte peril nee izha neytha raagam
Jeevante shalabhangal kaathorthu ninnu
Iniyee nimisham vaachaalam………..

(Ennum ninne poojikkam)

Ezhezhu chirakulla swaramaano nee
Ekaanthayaamathin varamaano
Poojakku nee vannal poovakam
Dhaahichu nee ninnal puzhayaakam
Ee sandhyakal allithenchintukal
Thoraathe thoraathe dhaaha meghamay…pozhiyaam…. (Ennum ninne poojikkam)

Aaakasham nirayunna sukhamo nee
Aathmaavilozhukunna madhuvo nee
Mohichal ninte manavattii
Mothiram maarumbol vazhikaatti
Seemanthini sneha paalazhiyil
Eeyormmathan than lillyppoonthoniyil
Theerangal theerangal thedi oomale…thuzhayam….. (Ennum ninne poojikkam)

And I tag ROS


Anonymous said...

congratulations on you blog aniversary.

Alexis Leon said...

Congratulation on completing one year of blogging and thank you very much for taking the tag. 68 posts in one year. You are better than me; I have only 70 post in 16 months :-(

Liked your description about the girl in the template.

Regardless of how bad a situation is I can find something about the situation that is good. Now that is something I would like to do.

I just get happy when I see people spend more than an hour here. That is great. Most of my visitors spend less than 1 minute on my blog :-(

Your answer to question 12 was really funny. And the song. I like that one. In fact, I loved the movie too.

Archana said...

Happy birthday to your blog and congratulations to you :-D!

I just hope it lasts for a while

Me too :-))!

p.s. Dear S! Am I to thank her for providing real pictures of me :-)?

Immigrant in Canada said...

Congrats Thanu.. i love to read your blog.. you have a way to express!

Jiby said...

hey congrattulations thanu! i love to read yours and silverine's blogs coz its nice to see things from a woman's perspecftive. and without exception all your posts have something really heartwarming to share with us.

ennum ninne poojikkaam is one of my fave songs too. you wont believe it i went to watch aniyathipravu 6 times at the theater. there was this guy in my class who watched it 28 times...that is he watched it in every theater from thambanoor to kazhakootam!

Jithu said...

many many happy returns of the day :p

Janefield said...

hey thanu, wandered in here after a long time. saw yr comment on another blog. congrats on turning one! keep it up! :)

educatedunemployed said...

Congratulations on a whole year of blogging.It is a feeling of joy and accomplishment.

This blog and you, have touched so many lives in ways you don't even know.It has been sheer joy these past few months.

I do hope you keep blogging.Looking forward to so much more.

Jaguu said...

Hmmm...Cheta... I ppl with larger memories are called Cheta? :P:P

Sujith said...

u seriously lilke that song ???? :)
happy anniversary!!!

Rays Of Sun said...

Happy Anniversary to your blog:)
Simple and positive:)

Anonymous said...

Nice post and congrats on the anniversary!! :)

Shilpa said...

Congratulations !

Ginkgo said...

:-) Good job....Nice Anniversary...

arent we getting treated on blogger world then:)

shruti said...

happy birthday to ur blog dear...

Archana Bahuguna said...

Wishes to your blog Thanu :-) (ps: Its fun to call u Thanu specially when I know its not your name ;-))

Just thinking, our blogs were born around the same time in October .. so Librans they are! :-D

Beks said...

Hi! Happy Blog Birthday:D Thanks for leaving a comment or I wouldn't have found this blog.

Appu said...

Happy Birthday, Thanu's abode.
I enjoyed every post

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

67 blogs in a year - amazing. and i thought i was a blog buff!!


strange to believe memories of kerala linger in california

Thanu said...

Thank you, nice to see you surfacing once in a while.

$Alexis Leon
Thank you.
When I started used to post frequently now it is more like 2 in a month.

I liked that movie too.

I'll try my best to keep posting. Yeah it is S... I was so happy that day though ;)

$Immigrant in Canada
Thank you.

Thanks Jiby.

I think this movies was loved by all. It hit lot of emotional posts. Yesterday when I heard abt srividya's death, her being Boban's mom is the first role that came to mine.

Thanks, how are u these days?

Keep coming...
thank you.

This blog has been a great medium to meet people :) I'll try to keep posting.

Fine no more cheta. Chumma respect theram ennu vichricha athumum vidathilla.

hey haven't seen u post for a while.

$Rays Of Sun
Waiting for u to take this tag...

Thank you :)


How do we treat on blogworld? Maybe I tag you?

Thank you, welcome here

$Archana Bahuguna
Thanu is fine... I like being thanu. Go librans..

Welcome here beks.

Wow another silent reader... u shud comments more often.

$kochuthresiamma p .j
Memories of kerala is not associated with a place, but with a person.
68 is not that much I know ppl who have 200+ posts in a year.