On Blogging…

The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz. He broke the word weblog into the phrase “we blog” in the sidebar of his weblog in April or May of 1999. “Blog” was accepted as a noun (weblog shortened) and as a verb (“to blog,” meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”). [Wikipedia]

If somebody had asked me what a blog was a few years back, I would have just stared or would have asked whether it was some trick question. Blog, never heard of it…

I started reading blogs during the first quarter of 2000 and the first blog that I read was that of Joel Spolsky. It was the only blog that I read for quite sometime and the posts were too few and far between—may be one or two in a month. Then through that blog, I came across many other blogs, all of which were related to the software profession.

In the years that followed, I used to read the many blogs that were related to the software profession but never thought of writing one. I was busy writing books and didn’t have the time to start another hobby. I used to write only textbooks and professional reference books.

Technical writing is very different from creative writing. Creative writing is meant to entertain while technical writing is meant to inform. In technical writing the key mantras are keep the writing short and simple, use small words, keep sentences and paragraphs short, avoid flashy words and sentence construction, sacrifice style and flamboyance for clarity, etc. If a sentence is a little longer or if it contains a difficult word, the copyeditors will ask the authors to rewrite the sentence for clarity. So after writing a few technical books one will automatically avoid the flashy sentences, gorgeous words and flamboyant wordplay.

When I was in the college and while I was the editor of the company newsletter at Pond’s, I used to write articles—articles in flowery language, using esoteric words, in flamboyant style and in sentences that would have more than 30-40 words on an average. I used to take a sadistic glee in writing sentences similar to the following one:

“Prime Minister, I must protest in the strongest possible terms my profound opposition to a newly instituted practice which imposes severe and intolerable restrictions upon the ingress and egress of senior members of the hierarchy and which will, in all probability, should the current deplorable innovation be perpetuated, precipitate a constriction of the channels of communication, and culminate in a condition of organizational atrophy and administrative paralysis which will render effectively impossible the coherent and coordinated discharge of the functions of government within Her Majesty’s United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”The Complete Yes Prime Minister by Jonathan Lyn & Antony Jay

But in 2005, I was asked to write an article for a magazine. But when I started writing, to my horror, I realized that, I couldn’t write as I used to. It took great effort to write a decent sentence with some luxuriant words. I couldn’t effortlessly crank up 30-40 word sentences in the unrestrained and resplendent style as I used to do in the early 1990s. I had lost the touch.

After I started writing the books, I had curbed my instincts, my flair and flamboyance for the sake of clarity and simplicity. I am not saying that clarity and simplicity are unimportant. They definitely are. But my vocabulary had gone; I never used a fancy word. My sentences were short and simple. Whatever I wrote used to come under 7 in the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (indicating that it could be easily understood by an average student in 7th grade). While I was glad that I could write like that, I was alarmed at my inability to write something more stylish and flamboyant. So I thought of starting to write for my pleasure, just to satisfy me.

It was then, I thought of starting a blog. First I thought of creating an account with Blogger, but rejected the idea as the control that I would have will be limited. So I searched the Web and found Wordpress— a wonderful blogging software. And it was free!

Since I had a website and all the system requirements to install Wordpress, I installed it and started blogging. I wrote and posted my first blog entry on the 4th of July 2005. I got a comment for my third post—When I remember my favorite things… The person who made the comment was Silverine. I started reading the posts by Silverine and through her site went to various other blogs. But I refrained from posting a comment. On 2nd August, 2005, I posted a comment on Silverine’s blog for the post Miss Communication. The same day, there was a comment on my blog by Silverine. While she was all praise for the post she chided me for not configuring my blogger userid correctly. The exact words were “…btw your comments on my post don’t lead to this blog. Pls check your links…” Not to offend a well-wisher I immediately corrected the link. That was the beginning of a very good friendship.

During the past 8 months, I have come across many amazing blogs and bloggers. These magnificent men and women and their blogs have enthralled me, fascinated me and entertained me. Their posts have evoked myriad of emotions—they have touched me, moved me, made be angry, and made me think. Some have brought a smile to my face, some have made me laugh, few others had me rolling on the floor with laughter (figuratively), and some have made my day many a day.

I am amazed by the talent and creativity of my friends in the blogosphere—the simple, short and down-to-earth poems, anecdotes, and stories by James, the rare insights of Paresh, the creativity, imagination and wizardry of words of Silverine, the seamless integration of prose, poetry, philosophy and photography by Mind Curry, the rollicking and funny posts (with sprinklings of Spanish and Mexican) by Geo (where more action happens in the comments section), the writing that flows like gentle river (with strong philosophical undercurrents) by Anu, the mastery of the art of writing and clever wordplay by the insane but harmless -poison-, the flamboyant and dashing writings by Anand, the informative posts by Chackochen, the youthful exuberance of Venus, the beautiful ramblings of Thanu, the excellent pictures and words by Suji, the heartwarming posts by Quills, the amazing stories by Sarah, the delightful words and images by Kesi, the clear, crisp and concise posts by Dewaker, the awesome language of Ganja Turtle, the daily accounts of Anita, the inimitable writings of Deepa, the mellifluous music provided by Jo, the excellent posts and photos by Maya, the ‘methodical madness’ by Abhi, the frustrations of Dhanush and many, many more.

Then there are the tags. Tags are sort of confessions where people tell others what they are, what they like, what they dislike and so on. To paraphrase James Hacker, it is a mechanism whereby a lot of people get to know a lot of things about a lot of other people.

Now, I have more friends on the cyberspace than in the physical world. Out of my numerous blog pals, I have met only one person in person. I am glad that I started blogging as it has helped me in interacting with some of best and brilliant minds. I am glad that I have been accepted as a friend and I truly relish the friendship and camaraderie.

From my experience, there is only one downside to blogging—it is addictive. During the initial days, I used to spend the entire day blogging and blog hopping. I used to spend hours doing that and soon I was spending more time on blogs (reading, writing and commenting) than working. Now I have allocated a specific time for blog and blog related activities—one hour a day.

52 Comments

  1. Suji Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    Me first!!! :) That is a wonderful post on blogs. Did not know the history of blogs. And what you said it so true, its a wonderful world out here in blogsphere, with so many interesting and fascinating people. Thanks for counting me as your friend. You are a great inspiration to me. I value you friendship very much. Take care. And keep blogging.

  2. silverine Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    Thank you for the kind words Alexis. I am touched . Sorry for being late in commenting as I am down with fever.

    LOL I didn’t know that I came across as chiding he he. Sorry about that. I showed my brother this post and he called me “a cyber bully !” :p

    I happened to see your first post the day you posted it and was so moved by the matter-of-fact narration. But the disclaimer scared me off. It said something about unwanted comments being deleted and IP being blocked (i think) So I came back later and posted a politically correct comment. I wasn’t sure whether my comment would be welcome. You seemed like a serious person. But then your posts were so riveting and I was back to read more.

    And then your post on Carol Singing sort of gave an indication that you and friends were a bunch of normal guys :) That did it and then I was sure I won’t be ticked off for my “unintellectual comments” :) I am damn proud of my persistence btw :p

    I am glad that I started blogging too and that there are such nice people on the Internet. The fact that I never got an obscene comment ( as I was told I will ) is a pointer to the fact that our guy bloggers are real gentlemen. And you are the “first gentlemen among the bloggers”.

    Thank you Alexis.

  3. silverine1 Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    p.s what a fantastic summation of each blogger’s writing style. Amazing !!!

    “I am glad that I have been accepted as a friend and I truly relish the friendship and camaraderie.”

    My feelings exactly.

  4. Alexis Leon Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    Suji: Thank you Suji. Yes it is wonderful world—blogosphere.

    Silverine: Thanks. For a novice blogger, with only 3 post under his belt and who had just created a blogger ID just to start commenting, to get a response like that was a little scary :-) Just kidding.

    I had some pretty bad experiences with the discussion board that I ran for the readers of my books and there I got spam and mails abusing me. I even got a few e-mails from my readers, just becasue I have refused to do their assignments for them. That was the reason for the disclaimers. Since I could block the IP in Wordpress, I wrote that. Just to ward of the spammers. But I didn’t thought it sounded threatening :-)

    Oh yes, I am very normal person. I don’t know how people get I am a very serious person, many people do. May be I project a serious personality, just to protect my sensitive self (I too am a Cancerian). Thank you for you persistence and thank you for your friendship my friend. Hope you are enjoying the holidays? Hope your fever is down and all is well.

  5. arvindh Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    That is a great post. Good to learn about the origin of Blogs. You are right, blogs have definitely help us connect to many people worldwide.
    I wish I had your discipline restricting time spent on blogs to one hour!

  6. Alexis Leon Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

    arvindh: Sorry buddy. I forgot to include your name; I don’t know how I missed your name. Your photographs, paintings, sketches and the accompanying prose are really great. As I had mentioned in one of the comments at your site you are a very talented young man.

    I missed a few deadlines spending hours in the blogosphere and so I had to impose a time limit. But it is very difficult to stick to that time limit :-(

  7. silverine1 Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    The holidays was great. The change of weather from Simla to Delhi left me sick. Am still to recover.

    Spammers aargghh I am mad enough at them right now to write a post on them. So that was the reason for the disclaimer!!!
    I guess these are people with no lives grr

    Great to know that you are a fellow Cancerian!! :)

    I was ROFL reading that passage from Yes Prime Minister. Priceless. I wish I could write like that. I enjoyed the book and the TV series.

  8. Geo Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

    Hi Sir…

    A fantabulous post :_))
    I was thinking of writing such a post abt my initial blogging days and blog pals.. and here u have already come up with one… great post…

    Feels great to be included here :_)) Thanks…

    You had a very ‘serious image’ when I started reading your posts… So I thout of refraining from putting my ‘monkey trick’ comments on your post. Finally I mustered enuf courage to put one, probably after reading one of your posts on OUR cet. :_))

    Its been a nice experience to be in touch with you… I admire people who make use of the available opportunities rather than brooding about those things they are deprived of… You have been a source of inspiration…

    DO NOT GO WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVVE A TRAIL
    - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

  9. silverine1 Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    p.p.s Sorry to keep commenting like this. Day before yesterday I wrote a post on similar lines to commemorate my Blog’s FIrst Anniversary which was on March 30th and which I missed. So when I saw your post I was shocked !! :)

    Now I know it’s because we Cancerians think alike!!

    And thank you for friendship and comments on my blog.

  10. Alexis Leon Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    silverine: Happy first anniversary. We all expect many more posts from you. Yes Prime Minister and Yes Minister are true classics. I don’t know how many times I had read the books and watched the TV series. I would love to read your post commemorating the first anniversary of blogging.

    Geo: Thank you. It’s my pleasure to be included in the group good friends. You are always welcome to put your comments. After all, what is life without fun? Take care buddy. Hope you are enjoying work and your stay?

    Silverine & Geo: All of us thought about posting about blogging. Telepathy at work ;-)

  11. venus Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    Dear Alex,
    this is a very touching post.. your every post is very meaningful.. they are coming from your heart.. You have very truely said here- blogging has helped be in interacting with some of best and brilliant minds, I would not have come to know so many good, like minded people if there were no weblogging… when in this fast moving world people don’t have time for each other, blogging has brought people nearer, blogging has made sensitivity deprived people sensitive again. i believe, insensitive person can not write consistantly. what else do we seek in this mortal world, a few people with whom we share our sorows, our happiness, and try to be sensitive to their same needs?

    I have also been blogging for a while , and I have realized that friends you make are not committed to the friendship for very long, but I guess, that’s the way it goes.. May be my expectations are too high for a friend of mine..

    It’s been my pleasure too to know you :) And thank you for including me too in your buddies’ list :)

    initially, I did not know much about you, but when I came to know more about you, I have been respecting you more and more, you truely have been a great source of inspiration as Geo has also pointed out.

  12. alit Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    Now if i start saying i too was contemplating one on how life changed (not sure for better or worse!) after getting into to the blogosphere. It might sound fancied, so i refrain-;)
    Like you i too was only into tech blogs (that too only when search engines takes there) and didnt really care for the other varieties. But, it all changed when i read a post by sidin on cricketers. That was a laugh riot!
    (has this highly secretive dream of writting something similar. someday :p)
    I beg to differ the blog history you are talking abt here though -;))

  13. Paresh Said,

    April 30, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

    I feel honoured to be in the esteemed group. I don’t think I have contributed anything significant in the blogsphere, but it feels nice to be in the good books of your Hero. Thanks.

    Nice post.

  14. Jo Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 12:20 am

    Blogging is amazing! Eventhough we both are Keralites, Blogging had to conect us. :-) Keep bloggin!

  15. James Bright Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 4:43 am

    This is a nice post. It is very revealing and I felt it like coming from the bottom of your heart( all your posts are the same but I felt this one as very peculiar). It is very interesting to know about your blogging history and it is so pleasing to know that we are all your friends now!
    I have to admit that I also spend a lot of time for blogging and I have spent many days by reading other blogs and modifying my own blog ! Now, I consider my blogger friends even more than my physical friends! For example, I think about them everyday and I am very curious to keep in touch with them at least by reading their posts even though I sometimes may not comment!
    Blogging actually had opened a very new exciting chapter in my life!

  16. Sarah Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 8:23 am

    Wow.. I didn’t even know how blogging actually started..and to know tht you consider me as a friend..hmm..it is a beautiful day!!!
    Sarah

  17. LALITHA Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    Nice post. I enjoyed reading the history of blogging. I am glad I started to blog.I have met some really nice,interesting people. I too tend to bloghop and spend a lot of time blogging.But I enjoy doing it.

  18. Ashik Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    Hey ! Fabulious post

    Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer. He used short and simple sentences. Thats why I like him. I think thats why zillion other readers too like him.

    keep blogging and Keep making more and more blog pals . :D

  19. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    venus: Thank you and I completely agree with your observations on blogging and its merits.

    People can behave in totally unexpected ways. Only real friends will be with you when you need them and as long as you need them. That is why it is very important to choose one’s friends carefully. But even then, we could be mistaken and could be left brokenhearted.

    alit: I had read sidin’s post on cricketers sometime back. It was fun. I wish you good luck. Your take on blogging was really hilarious.

    Paresh: Paresh, I only have one thing to say—the same thing that Sherlock Holmes told Dr. Watson. “My dear Watson,” said he, “I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.”

    Jo: Very true Jo.

    James: Thank you James. Yes we all are friends now. When I saw your first comment on my blog and visited your UK blog, I thought you were from UK. It was a surprise when I realized that you were also from Kerala, after seeing your photograph and reading your profile :-)

    Sarah: You are a good friend Sarah. History of blogging was interesting to read and that is why I included the Wikipedia link.

    LALITHA: Initially I used to blog hop but after some time it became addictive and so I stopped. Now I do blog hopping only when I have a lot of free time.

    Ashik: Thank you Ashik. VMB was a genius. He could mesmerize you with whatever form and style he chose to use.

  20. Ashik Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Aaarrghh . Spelling mistakes.Fabulious ? aauughh

  21. Mind Curry Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    hey alexis..what a sweet thing to do and dedicate one post to bloggers..absolutely right, there are such sweet and nice people around and blogging has in some ways brought them together.

    i am really thankful to you for your thoughtful insights always and excellent posts.

    and yes, silverine has been a common factor for most us bloggers and inspired us into”more”..she deserves special acknowledgement when we talk about blogging and networking :)
    get well soon silverine!

  22. thanu Said,

    May 1, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    Great one liners abt each bloggers. I love reading ur posts too. When I started blogging I never realized that this will be a medium to make friends. Above all nice to see me listed here..me happy.

  23. Geo Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 5:27 am

    Thanu,
    =))

    I am a fan of some of your sentences….

    “I am ready for some sun”
    “..me happy.”

    “…don’t blame me”

    =))

  24. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    Mind Curry: Thank you MC. I echo your observations about blogging, bloggers, networking, and Silverine.

    Thanu: Thank you thanu…me too happy ;-)

    Geo: me too ;-)

  25. Dhanush Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    Hey Alexis,
    You took me back 3 years , when I started My Frustrations while I was working in CREC. Then I had time and needed an arena to keep the small small poems or gadyakavitha’s , and Blogger impressed me. Then when I got into this IT world, free time became less and subsequently blogging too. But some where in the middle of that out of the blue I started writing Articles or Shortstories in the company’s news letter and they got published. I started moving them to the My Frustrations, and at the same time another friend of mine Sreehari, told about how to put in comments.. Slowly people came in. I started 2 more blogs, Kept My frustrations for articles , Those Moments and Chall-dhanno for photos and daily stuffs. Then I found you, Silverine, Poornima , Sarah, Angel-Doc and a lot others. Still remember, one day I had no work and started from my post blog hopping to many and finally , I found out your’s, Siverine’s and Poornima’s the best of those I read that day, put the URL’s in a mail and forwarded to my buddies here. With Abhi and Kich we started sharing blogging and bloggers info analysed them and enjoyed reading them. (There are alot like Bijoy,PP ,Seena, who read but don’t comment – So a hell lot of ppl are visiting us all)
    Now for me as you said it has become an addiction. Still can’t control the frustration to scribble in something at busytimes when I have soemthing in my mind to tell you all.
    And Finally Many a thanks for listing me up there in your blog. It is indeed a honour to be there along with a lots active genius bloggers.
    Thanks

  26. thanu Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Thank u geo and alexis … i have lot of these sentences. my fav one is with pouting lips I say “Me sho shick” translates to I’m so sick. And I get a mindathu irrikadi from my husband.

  27. Sreejith Kumar Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

    Sir,

    Did you forget me and the incidents that made us know each other? Even if not seen, I am one who have talked to you on phone many times. :-)

  28. -poison- Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    :-) i have been absconding from blogs for quite some time now. was tied up with series, project stuff, industrial visits et al. natural, since i am always the last minute man. :-D
    have a lot of catching up to do(blogwise)..

    i had started blogging about the same time.. like geo said i too thought that u were a really serious person :-D i have to admit that geo is the reason for uncovering the person underneath the shell of seriousness :-)

    heres to more blogs…

    adios

  29. -poison- Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    and yea! blogging is addictive! :-)

  30. Purva Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

    I admire you so much that it is difficult to express. I am taking this opportunity to say that there are very few people like you in this world who have lived life, better and fuller than a fully abled man. I came to your blog from Silverine’s and have been a silent reader till now.

    My respects Sir!

  31. quills Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    Thank you so much Alexis. I am glad and honoured to be part of your circle of blog pals. I have been inspired many times reading your excellent posts, your humour and your sincerity. And its amazing, how good friends you become without even knowing in many cases your blog pal’s real identity.

    I have been really busy and hence the last few days I have been an irregular blogger. But I am so glad I got to read this one. :)

  32. pophabhi Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

    Alexis…
    This was a wonderful treat from you. Its so nice of you to include mere mortals like me in the blogroll.
    Reading your experience of blogging was really entertaining. A big thanks to silverine for her first comment on your blog, i guess that got you going…its always that bit which pushed you more. Now I guess we have quite a nice community group here.
    And I repeat the words of Purva. You are such an inspirational person – your name is written in gold in our minds, as an ideal.
    Great job, Alexis!

  33. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Dhanush: Thank you very much for sharing your experiences. A Sholay fan. Me too.

    thanu: That was fun. Me happy again :-) You should write about those some time. Poor Shekar ;-)

    Sreejith Kumar: Sorry friend. My apologies. I have always liked your take on the current events and your dedication to a cause.

    -poison-: How is your project coming up? “Here is to more blogs” I second that. Adios amigo.

    Purva: Thanks for dropping by and thank you for your kind words.

    quills: One can get a reasonably accurate picture about a person after reading a few posts. That could be the reason why like minded people become blog pals. I don’t think knowing the identity will make much difference. Friends will still be friends…

    pophabhi: Thanks Abhi. Yes Silverine’s posts and comments are definitely an inspiration.

  34. quills Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    I agree with you completely. :) You may not be seeing too many posts from me in the next little while, but I would still be reading and commenting whenever I get time. :)

  35. Lovemarks Said,

    May 2, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    hey Alexis!
    I guess you have expressed the sentiments of all bloggers… :)
    Being just a ‘beginner’ in the blogosphere, I remember being so thrilled with some ‘unknown’ (now a good cyber friend) person commenting on my post…which meant ‘halleluiah! people are actually read my blog!(to begin with) and are being affected by it too…” heheh…
    Enjoyed reading your post.

  36. Sreejith Kumar Said,

    May 3, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    :-) No need of apologies sir! You are a great visionary and I admire you quite a lot.

  37. Dewaker Basnet Said,

    May 3, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    thanks for the beautiful post….ow beautful this think called blog is..distances negated we still know each other through one way or the other and glad to have a feeling that we share some commonality with each other..
    alexis..loved the post..cheers
    and thanks for gving this small person a mention in your extraordinarily moving piece:)

  38. chackochan Said,

    May 3, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

    Hello Alexis

    its for the first time i see somone blogging about their blog pals in blog. realy cool one… :)

    I hope u have read this blog definitons :D http://chackochan.blogspot.com/2005/10/blog-definitions.html

    :)

  39. Deepa Said,

    May 4, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    hey … thanx for ur words ….

    it has been a pleasure knowing u .. tho our acquaintance has been just a couple of posts …

    and ur template is very soothing to the eyes .. am sure i’ve mentioned this before

  40. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 4, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    Dewaker: Thank you Dewaker. Yes blog is a beautiful medium—informal, personal, and friendly—to share one’s ideas, experiences, troubles, triumphs and knowledge with others and the beauty is that everybody get enriched and enlightened in the process.

    Chackochan: Thanks. Yes I have read the post at your site. Hilarious, but mostly true :-)

    Deepa: Thank you Deepa. It was my pleasure too :-) Yes you have mentioned it before.

  41. Ram Said,

    May 4, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

    Very thoughtful and honest post Alex. But that is not really a surprise!

    Although it is probably not your primary intention, your writings and your attitude help us all grow and become better people.

    Take care,
    Ram

  42. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 5, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    Ram: Thank you Ram. If I could make a small difference I am happy.

  43. -poison- Said,

    May 6, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    ze projekt came up ok! we had outsourced some parts of it and were unsure whether we might end up clowning around. but at the end of the day, we emerged victors :-D

  44. chackochan Said,

    May 6, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    hey alexis… can u send me a mail , to monu_225@yahoo.com :)

  45. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 6, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    -poison-: Congratulations. Enjoy :-)

    chackochan: done.

  46. quills Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    Hi! :) Hope you are doing well. I guess you are really busy these days..no new posts in a while.

  47. thanu Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    I get a lot of hits frm your wisdom of drunken crowds page. I guess it has a lot to do with my mention of Mech’s corner. Or is it just that page is being hit a lot.

  48. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    chekku: Thanks buddy.

    quills: I am a little busy. Catching up with the backlog, was ill for a couple of days and then there were a few other engagements.

    thanu: I think it is both. Or it could be the wisdom of drunken crowds ;-)

  49. Suji Said,

    May 12, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

    Had logged on to ask ‘Enthu patti?’ . But i see that quills has asked the ques and u ve already replied to it. Hope u r feeling better now. Take care.

  50. Geo Said,

    May 13, 2006 @ 5:08 am

    50!

  51. Alexis Leon Said,

    May 13, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    Suji: Thanks. Feeling a lot better now.

    Geo: Yes 50!. I am as surprised as you are :-)

  52. chekku Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

    Should say yours is one of my fav blogs..although a silent reader with few comments…It is always great pleasure reading your blogs

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