After a long discussion via instant messages, I suggested a friend (say X) :
“These ideas seem interesting to me. May be you should write down your thoughts somewhere.”
“Yes, I have been thinking of the same for the past few days”.
“Oh, good. Why didn’t you write then?”
“I just don’t know where to begin.”
“Just begin and write. You are not a professional writer anyways.”
“Yes. But, I want it to be perfect”
I wanted to say “Perfection is a myth”. But, I know the consequences. Hence, I said:
“You should start writing first.”
“What if people don’t like it?”
“How can you know if they like it or not, before writing?”
“I don’t want to write some junk and publish”
“It is not junk. They are your thoughts.”
“But, I want it to be perfect”
(Huh!…was my reaction. But..) “Why don’t you write first? Do you really think people will judge you by your blog alone?”
“Your world is limited. It is possible and I know that.”
“Okay, let us put aside our worldly limits. People might get some impression about you after reading your blog. But, that’s not their sole source of forming an opinion.”
“That’s what you think.”
“Okay, I will take a personal example. I am blogging for over five years now. I wrote utter nonsense many times. But, does it mean people think I am good for nothing? Even if they think, is it my problem? Its just a part of me. Its not what I am, right?”
“I want to set a standard.”
“Yeah. I should.”
(Okay, most of this conversation did not run on the exact lines. I tried to capture the essence.)
…and thus they went on and ended, our discussions, for ages now. To my knowledge, X never actually blogged his thoughts so far. Atleast, not that I know of. Time and again, after each such discussion, the first thought that comes to me is disgust. But, this morning, my thoughts went in a different direction. I was reading Rahul’s post on “Rakhi Sawant and Anna Hazare“. Apart from the fact that I enjoyed reading that post, it dawned upon me that I can quote his blog as an example to X. Before he actually began to blog, I know that Rahul spoke of writing for months/years, but did not write because of whatever inhibitions (including some of the above mentioned ones) in our college days. As I began seeing his blog regularly, I understood why one should start writing his/her own blog.
More than fantasizing about writing great pieces of work, for non-professional writers, writing (especially blogging) is a form of expression. It gives clarity to our thought processes, in many cases. It also keeps a log of our thought processes. A blog is not about people who read the blog. Its not even about people forming opinions about us reading the blog. It’s about you and your thoughts. A blog is a part of you, but not something that defines you (I don’t endorse the idea of using some single thing to define what an individual is, but lets not talk about that now.). It’s a part of who you are, but not who you are.
I began blogging, because I always felt that urge to write – irrespective of its readability and possible interest among readers about that topic. So, I always write a post with my thoughts in mind, not the possible responses of the readers. To me, writing a great post is not important. Writing about something I want to, is important. Ofcourse, its always good to write what you think and feel relieved rather than getting stressed out with the burden of chained thoughts in our brain. As we write, we improve, is my motto. Though I am incorrigible and beyond any reform and continue to produce sub-standard junk, I have faith in my fellow humans :P. Ofcourse, given that its me who is writing all this, I also mean to say : “greatness is also a myth”.
This post is dedicated to X, who might or might not see this post, and to Rahul, who will. The post is in English, for the sake of Rahul and X. :))