All day long yesterday and today, people have been searching online for recipes for sweets. Some of those souls have been misled by Google to my blog, and they have ended up reading my blog posts on making Gulab jamuns, rasagullas, Theratti Paal and even the one on making paneer from cottage cheese. I can only imagine how much havoc I have unknowingly caused in countless homes
Those online searchers weren’t the only ones reading my old posts. I ended up reading my old recipe posts too – starting with the gulab jamun post, to see how I had made it last year and the mistakes I had made. Reading the post (and especially the comments that followed it) turned out to be a great idea – I could make even better gulab jamuns this year. But more than that, reading the post made me nostalgic.
We may think of a personal blog as just an online diary, but it is more than that. In terms of revealing our thoughts, it is obviously better than the other ways we keep our memories – like pictures or videos. Even if we kept diaries/ journals, we wouldn’t have as long entries as our blog posts tend to be.
But the key difference between a personal blog and all those other memory records is – the blog is interactive. So when I was re-reading my old recipe posts, I could also see others’ perception of it. In fact, I found the comments (and my responses) quite revealing.
When you throw in the Johari window concept and others like it, having a blog does seem a great way to bring about self-awareness and possibly self-improvement. I wonder why more psychiatrists don’t recommend it – shouldn’t we be seeing a slew of “therapy blogs”? Or does that category already exist?
For my part, I don’t know if my blog has helped in my self-improvement, but it has certainly brought about gulab jamun-improvement
Happy Diwali/ Deepavali to all of you!