Facebook told me today that I started my first blog seven years ago today. It wasn’t this one but after a few posts the site I was using stopped working properly and I switched to WordPress. I never looked back!
I migrated all my first pieces to this site and never went back to the first one (I’m surprised anyone uses that particular ‘leading competitor’ site to be honest. Compared to WordPress it just looks really cheap). So in a sense this blog of mine has been there from the beginning of my writing career (which I guess is also seven years old then!).
It’s been a ride. I’ve gone from being a full-time classroom teacher living in Bangladesh to being a full-time writer living in the UK. I used to pay visits to my home country (UK) now I pay visits to my ‘heart country’ (Bangladesh). I was unpublished when I began and now I have two books published, a novel project on Patreon and two more books on the verge of being published! On top of that, my articles have been published all over the world, translated into various languages and there are people out there learning from numerous courses I’ve written.
I’ve made many friends through being a blogger too. I’ve even met a few as I blogged about recently. Alas, some have been relationships which have ended too. I think it’s right to accept that. I don’t believe in holding on to something that’s not meant to be; some people are meant to be ‘friends for a season’ and that’s all. Still, it’s my curse that when someone made an impact in my heart I’m going to miss them.
That might seem rather over the top or melodramatic, I don’t know, ha ha. When I started, my ‘real world’ friends and family all thought I was a bit weird making friends with people across the world who, in some cases, I’d never even seen. Now, it’s common-place. Social media has exploded and I’m guessing there’s very few of us nowadays who don’t have friends whom we’ve never met, or only met after knowing online for a while, or who simply live on the other side of the world and without it we’d never be in contact with them. There’s no doubt to me that many I’ve met online are as important in my life as those I’ve only known in the real world. It’s silly to differentiate considering often those real world people are work colleagues or former school friends – as if the randomness of those situations is somehow more ‘appropriate’ than choosing friends because you like their blogs, their tweets, the things they do on Facebook or a host of other reasons.
With that in mind, I’ve never differentiated between ‘online’ and ‘real world’. If I love you, I love you. What I say, I mean. Doesn’t matter what age, sex, occupation, status or marital status, religion, culture or country you belong to.
If you’re one of those whose been here since the beginning of those seven years, I thank you. You are valued and wanted and I’m grateful for you contribution – even if that’s just reading my ramblings! I still have the blogging itch and no matter what life has in store for my future, I suspect blogging will continue to be a special part of it. So I hope you’re still following in another seven years!
And if you’re one of those who came and went (here, or in my life) well…you’re probably not reading this anyway. But if by chance you are, the door out swings both ways. People may leave your life for a season but I’m old and haggard enough to know that sometimes they come back. The choice is yours.
All are welcome.
Writer and journalist D K Powell is the author of the bestselling collection of literary short stories “The Old Man on the Beach“. His first book, ‘Sonali’ is a photo-memoir journal of life in Bangladesh and has been highly praised by the Bangladeshi diaspora worldwide. Students learning the Bengali language have also valued the English/Bengali translations on every page. Ken has two new books coming out over summer – don’t miss them!
Both ‘The Old Man on the Beach’ and ‘Sonali’ are available on Amazon for kindle and paperback. Published by Shopno Sriti Media.
D K Powell is available to speak at events (see his TEDx talk here) and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org