Looking back at 2012, it was a pretty mixed year for me; some things to remember and some things to forget. Guess that’s what life is about.
January: I remember quite a lot about January. It was my first month back here on WordPress, and it felt nice. Settling back in, though I had been a WP blogger for more than a year previously… making new friends, realizing old friends like SLP Martin and Clarice were still following the blog… I also got started with getting my friends to guest post here too, with Arti coming with a travelogue post. Personal life was also good in January… a third year at the same firm, and a sports week that went very well. I met a dear friend for the very first time, and it was a day to remember as well. Also this month held a missed meeting, one that I still painfully remember.
February, April, September and October: I club these four together because they were special for similar reasons. They were the months where I wrote each day, and I loved what I wrote too. Haiku, free verse, stories… each of them felt close to my heart, more so than usual. Also won a bronze BATOM during September, which was my first third place finish. The Fool, a blogger I’ve known and been friends with for quite some time, reviewed my blog. I don’t remember much of life as such, I think illness played quite a part in this year, and these months particularly.
May was when I tried to take a lot of TFs inputs and implement them. I did most, but some have fallen back since then. Some habits die hard, but I don’t think I’ve come off worse for returning to them, though I do keep a control so I don’t get too addicted.
July and August are memorable for me because of two attended meets. First was a small meet, between seven of us who were part of a blogging team. It was maybe because of the small number that it was quite expressive. We just chatted over tea and snacks and just had fun discussing things especially the contest we were part of. The seven of us met up with others from the team in a bigger meet where we were part of many bloggers we didn’t even know. I remember this meet, and feel it to be the best I’ve been to, because after I returned home, there was a feeling of sadness, and a wish that the meet hadn’t ended. I met friends for the very first time, Pooja, Naba, Suresh, Sonshu, Ghanchakkar, Farida ji and many others. I came in second on a sonnet poem, and saw my friends scale heights too. It was fun leading the Bangalore team in the contest, although the final outcome of the contest wasn’t that memorable. I won gold in Blogaton too. On a personal note, I guess both months were slow. My birthday saw many wishes come by, but it was more of a gloomy birthday I feel.
November isn’t that memorable. I thought it might be, but it isn’t. Or rather, it isn’t memorable for meetups. I missed one that I should have attended, and maybe attended one that I should have missed. I started going to a writer’s club, and it is quite fun. It has made me realize my novel needs to happen, and happen soon. I’m working more diligently on it after that.
March saw quite a lot of guest posts and quite a lot of challenges on the blog. I’ve since closed the challenges page since I have become lazy in taking them up. I might start them again this year though. I should see. Maybe, maybe not…
June is one month I try to put out of my mind for personal reasons. Not a good month at all.
December has been topsy-turvy. Some highs like being part of a top three in a writing workshop for fiction bloggers (which led to me becoming judge for the succeeding edition of that workshop), meeting and learning from a published author in another workshop where I made a lot of new friends too, writing often and returning to reading novels often too (I do book reviews a lot now, which is something new and that I love doing), seeing many people visiting my blog (page views mainly for now, I hope that translates into proper comments and readership too soon) and so on. I even purchased a lot of books this month, and seeing my love for reading, my secret Santa gifted me a novel too (no complaints, Santa! That was the right gift for moi). Some forgettable moments were a couple of minor accidents and small illnesses that struck me, and of course, reading about the tragedies that struck the world, like the Newtown shooting, and the Delhi gangrape, both of which made me sad and downhearted for a while. Doomsday however went by without any issues, so that’s a relief (atleast for now).
To put some numbers to the year of blogging, WordPress has given me this report. It’s quite interesting to know:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 43,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals
(’12, Dec 31)