Monday, September 26, 2005

One year of blogging, etc.

Of late I have not been blogging as frequently as I would like to. The reasons are many. However, I am glad that I could complete my blogging spree for at least one full year. Yes, I have been blogging for a year now):

And I thank all of you who have cared to come here and share a few words with me from time to time, though I never expected to make so many acquaintances through my blog. I have also enjoyed visiting other blogs though I have been very parsimonious about my comments. What you say about what others think about a particular thing is a tricky business, and to avoid misunderstandings, I have often withheld my frank opinion on many occasions. But generally, I have often benefited by the discussions and descriptions of experiences by my fellow bloggers.

Over the past twelve months many things have transpired. Many of my friends who were blogging at the time when I started have bowed out of blogosphere. I started blogging in great earnest, treating it almost as an act of penance, as I was one of the late comers to this exciting world of blogging. And I was shocked when many shut down their blogs. Without going into the intricate details, now I know why they have done so. Blogging can become a tedious exercise especially when you have to blog just because you are supposed to. And if you didn't, when you saw many active bloggers around you going full steam ahead with their blogs, a kind of guilt begins to engulf you.

In this perspective, I have now decided to go a bit slow on blogging. I will blog only when I feel like it. That is the only principle I am going follow now.

Now a little about this past week. Had been very hectic, had some writing assignments to finish, and I have nearly done that. Saw this interesting brief interview of novelist Amitav Ghosh on Channel News Asia. He gave (to the viewers) his perspective on how fiction can be created in a location like Singapore. He mostly talked about his novels and the stories behind their creation.

Watched some movies: Tom Tykwer's Heaven (very good; stylishly shot) and the Hollywood classic, Stagecoach. It is said that Orson Welles, before making Citizen Kane, watched this classic nearly forty times! Also watched Lawrence of Arabia for the second time. I was again blown away by this epic movie.

Spent my Sunday in Pulao Ubin, a beautiful little island of Singapore. Cycling, food, and a view of the sea. A memorable experience!


Kak Teh said...

Zafar, I have been a silent reader and I have thoroughly enjoyed your postings. You've had a good year of blogging and I am sure many have benefitted from your postings. I know I have.

Zafar Anjum said...

Thanks Kak Teh. That's very kind of you.

bibliobibuli said...

Very happy to have had you to read this past year, Zafar. Thanks for throwing out topics for dialogue. How great to have made a friend this way!

There should be no "have to" about the frequency of blogging, just do waht feels right for you. Even if you go quiet for a while, we know you'll be back.

I know what you mean about how it is sometimes difficult to know how to respond ...

Here's to another year and beyond.

Zafar Anjum said...

Thank you Sharon. That is very kind of you.

I'm yet to read Soul Mountain. I have read some of his short stories and loved them.

Lydia Teh said...

Zafar, I just wrote about going slow on blogging and imagine my surprise to read this post. I'm with you there on your sentiments.

Zafar Anjum said...

Thanks Lydia. Obsessive blogging can be monstrously time consuming. I'm glad we are on the same track!