When I was told to start a blog in 2011, I had completely ignored that piece of advice, and my parents would agree I should have. As a favor and kick-start, a friend started my blog and published my then-most-recent poem as my first blog post:
I saw the blog, I saw the likes but nothing stirred inside me to go forward with it or write and publish more. Then a second poem was put up to inspire me.
I thought about it, nothing clicked. There was no time or will to sit and write a blog. And as a final effort to push me, this was published :
After these 3 initial kicks for inspiration and motivation, there was a radio silence for almost an year (nine months to be precise). Later in 2012 – after my first post was published, I decided, Okay WTH let me have a look at how this WP works.
I looked. I liked. I published.
Unluckily no one pressed a “LIKE” on this. Ever.
Same thing happened with my next post :
No like. No views.
I was wondering was was going wrong. I started looking around at blogs of others. Left a few comments on the poems which I liked. Then the next poem, which was close to my heart, finally got some attention.
I decided to buck up (coincidentally that was my next post) and yes, I got one more like and follow from last time. I got 4 likes. 😀
For next 9 posts…I had 1-2-3 likes. And then the tenth one broke all records and was liked by 7 people!!
My first double digit likes came from a post which I din’t expect from – 30 bloggers :
Next few posts again had a dry spell. hardly more than 5-6 people stumbled upon my blog.
But after https://sakshivashist.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/engulfed/ – I never saw a post with a single digit like!
Even now these poems are the only ones which remain with minimum clicks and hits :
– buck up ! –
a heart not-so-strong
~ no more love ~
a victory story
It goes on-n-on…
Since the blog began it has been viewed by 14000 people from the following countries :
- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Russian Federation
- Viet Nam
- Sri Lanka
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
- Czech Republic
- Costa Rica
- Palestinian Territory, Occupied
- Puerto Rico
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Isle of Man
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Northern Mariana Islands
- British Virgin Islands
As of 2011, there are 195 independent sovereign states in the world, about 60 dependent areas, and five disputed territories – as listed by UN.
Which only means I have Miles to go before I sleep.
Miles to go before I sleep.