1. Suhasini
    May 6, 2019 @ 6:28 am

    You have echoed my thoughts completely Mahesh. No denial in it. Now am actually having double thoughts on EBook too.


  2. Atulmaharaj
    May 6, 2019 @ 6:37 am

    The A2Z challenging in terms of both reading and writing. Glad you completed it. And yes at the end of it, one feels what you feel and it’s about introspecting as to why is one Blogging ?


  3. Sonia Chatterjee
    May 6, 2019 @ 9:07 am

    Mahesh, I am not sure if I agree with you completely. I have never written for traffic or to be an influencer. I am a writer both by choice and profession. But how long can you thrive alone in a community without letting people know that you exist? Most of the award winning Bloggers are people who are doing amazing networking. On the contrary, there are many who write so well and yet haven’t even been acknowledged, forget appreciated. I used to get really worked up about these issues. Now I have stopped and started focusing on my core skills which is my quality of writing. But how do I ensure that people know that I exist? Through mass market challenges like this. This year, I have returned every single visit with a comment (not the aww so sweet kinds) and share. It was a conscious choice to appreciate those who took out time to visit my blog. I know there are only a handful who actually read my 1100-1300 words posts per day. But I ensured I read them even if they didn’t read me every day. Somewhere we need to find a balance for survival if we don’t want to be a part of the crowd. And that’s what I feel this challenge did for me. See your post made me write an essay almost.


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      May 6, 2019 @ 11:23 am

      Sonia, I see the answer in your 3rd sentence. “Profession”.
      If this has turned into a profession, then you must be running behind to attract readers, get more traffic, more followers. You must make sure to let others know that you exists. No doubt in that.
      On a lighter note, guess I should come up with more of these post to get such long comments. Good idea! 🙂


      • Sonia Chatterjee
        May 6, 2019 @ 11:38 am

        I don’t know Mahesh. Some days I feel so unsure of myself and my choices. And then a mini push like A2Z happens and I feel like I am back on track. Atleast for a few days.


  4. Suchita Agarwal
    May 6, 2019 @ 9:40 am

    An excellent observation and as someone who consciously tried not to post something simply because of the alphabet – I completely get what you’re saying. But what you have pointed out, in my opinion, isn’t just a problem with blogging but writing or being a creative person in general. What is the point is a question I think we all grapple with. And here the only thing that helps me is to remind myself why I began in the first place. Or lying down and waiting for the feeling of self-destruct to pass.


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      May 6, 2019 @ 11:25 am

      I am in complete agreement. You asked the right question – Why we began? I am still searching for the right answer within myself…


  5. Mayuri Nidigallu
    May 6, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

    MJ, there is a saying in Hindi, ‘Jungle mein Mor naacha, kisne dekha, kisne dekha?’ which roughly translates to, ‘If a Peacock danced in a Jungle, how many would see it?’

    Blogging with a commuinity is much like that. If one blogs for themselves then great, but it feels better when others read you, right?

    I have no idea what followers/ stats / and the like are considered as bad words. When one works for a company they have targets to achieve too, and work towards them, don’t they.

    As a Blogger, I am everything to it, from the CEO to the Peonn, which is why I feel responsible enough to do whatever is in my power to make my blog the best one I can.

    The trill of earning through it has been unparalled, and it feels very smart to do be able to do so.

    As for challenges like the AtoZ, they are draining yes, but if not for it, I wouldn’t have learnt so much about Rivers as i did through your 26 posts! The stats don’t hurt either!

    Thank you for the mention. You have no idea what it means when a ‘local’ appreciates the posts written on their city. Glad you enjoyed the read.


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      May 6, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

      Mayuri, I totally agree with you when you say one has targets when working in a company. And remember, no one works without returns in a company! They expect to be paid back. That is definitely not wrong. And that is exactly what I mean.

      I did not say likes/comments are bad words for all. But my view is different, like the one who volunteers for some cause, the ones who are into social services. They do not expect or do this for return of fame/money, but do for just passion.

      Recently I watched an amazing clippings on Youtube, that showed few volunteers from Coimbatore, including Government school kids, who have made it a point to plant 100s of trees and still do. They did not do it for becoming a celebrity or viral. They did for US, their passion to give something to this world.

      I am talking in same perspective. IMHO, there is a difference between blogging WITH passion & blogging FOR passion. If I say I blog/write only for my passion, then I am also wondering why am I looking for likes/comments etc.

      Not for those who are blogging with passion for becoming successful – be it followers or money or whatever they like to.


  6. Pr@Gun
    May 6, 2019 @ 3:45 pm

    Wow what a post and equally great are comments, I am no different in saying like others but my say is that i have been blogging since last 8 years but got noticed by all of you only when I jumped into networking, no it’s still not profession for me, but i love the fact that now after networking for about 2 plus years I have met some great bloggers like you. My 8 year old blog still exists on blogspot and it has 500+articles but no one ever read or acknowledged it, It never hurt me because yes I was writing for myself for my passion, but whats the harm in letting yourself know. Whats harm in little recognition. I completely agree to your point of view, but for present moment may be I am loving what I am doing, I agree I am loving the likes and comments may be some day soon I will also reach the phase when it wont again matter as last 8 years I was in for my passion mode only but I felt missed out so I am enjoying my present. Like a small kid it sometimes gives the little pleasures of life before I hide in my abode again.


  7. Frédérique
    May 25, 2019 @ 4:55 pm

    Your very first question was right, why do we blog? (but hey, I read the whole post ;)) !)
    I start blogging 15 years ago, two blogs, one for reporting for family our travel around the word with a sailboat, and the second to report as a journal my progress in quilting. And as quilting is shared by a large (american) community, it was also a matter of social relationship, sharing a passion, a craft, and learning from others.
    It was my first time participating at the Challenge, and I “use” it for writing a kind of encyclopedia about quilting. For me, and for others who may be interested in discovering / learning / improving this craft. Just pretty photos to watch! (well, at least I hope you find them pretty…!)
    I love visiters, followers and commenters, but the Challenge was not about it. It was about encouraging others, discovering new people with new interest, and I’m glad the guys from the Challenge are hosting the Road Trip to give opportunity to visit quite everybody 😉
    Glad to meet you!
    AtoZChallenge Road Trip: my “X & +” post


    • Maheshwaran Jothi
      May 27, 2019 @ 8:33 am

      Welcome, and thanks for passing and most importantly, putting across your honest opinion. It’s always a pleasure to have a friend and followers. But my point is – not to worry even if you do not have! I am just starting my road trip, will reach you soon.!


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