I was twelve years old, when I was reading an Archie’s comic. Don’t judge me, but I was a huge huge Archie fan. But more than anything, I read the comic series because I loved Betty Cooper. I identified with her. Like her, I was the girl next door, good looking but not glamorous and high profile like Veronica. Betty is a simple girl, with simple tastes in life.
Mostly though, the comics were just regular stuff. One day, however, I turned the page and was surprised to find a story beginning with “Dear Diary,…” Now this was something new for me. I didn’t know why she was writing stuff in her diary, but it interested me no end. I identified with her, and decided that this was something even I was going to do. I didn’t know that it was called journaling back then. It was just me and my thoughts and my feelings that I wrote in a long book that I had reserved separately for this purpose.
Back then, reserving a book was a big deal. We usually got a quota of books for the whole year. They were meant for school only. Besides, I didn’t want my journal to be read by anyone. Which is why I had to be discreet about it. I saved up money, from my pocket money over a period of six months before I was able to buy a long book. It was really precious to me, that first diary. When my town was flooded with water in the year 2000, I lost that diary forever. 😦
But it was the beginning. Somewhere down the line, while pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I forgot all about journaling and the kind of happiness it would bring me. Years later I heard the word blog when I watched the movie Julie and Julia. Again I was intrigued. WTF is a blog? I thought to myself. I went online and searched for the meaning of the term. Because I had recently watched Julie and Julia, I picked food as my subject. For more than a year, I food blogged at Roz Ka Khana. I learnt a whole lot during that one year. I learned how to cook and how to cook well.
Then last year I began Mind Brew. In a few days, this baby will turn one year old. I feel very proud of Mind Brew and all that it has managed to do till now. While I was food blogging, I was mostly alone. Mind Brew has helped me explore a whole new world out there. MB helped me make new friends, from India and abroad. MB has helped me find my voice again. It has reinvented me and I am a happier person today than I was two years ago, thanks to Mind Brew. Today I am at the point where I can go without food, but not without my blog. It is my own private escape. My honeymoon with words 🙂
But more than anything, thanks to Betty for introducing me to the world of writing and all the happiness it would bring me, and thanks to Julie Powell for introducing me to the world of blogging 🙂
This post has been written for Indiblogger’s Indispire. The topic was, What Inspired me to be a blogger? What is it that keeps me going? #bloginspiration