You, Me and Us

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1462 days.

If I were to convert that into hours, I reckon it’ll be over 35000 hours.

That’s how long we’ve been together. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

To be honest, it is. Especially to me, whose normal relationships have a shorter expiry date than a can of processed food with extra long shelf life.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. But it’s not you. It’s me. That’s how soon I get bored. That’s how soon my procrastination sets in, and then I start looking for newer avenues.

Fresher prospects, if you will.

Of course, I’m not proud of it. It’s something that I’ve battled with for many years, and perhaps will continue to do so. No, it isn’t about loyalty. It’s just the way I’ve been programmed perhaps. A manufacturing defect as some of my friends state.

But somehow, it has never happened with you. And trust me, I’ve tried. I’ve given you up. I’ve gone for long spells without being in touch with you. Not telling you about the little and big things that keep going on in my life. It’s not been easy either. It wasn’t as if I could wake up one day and then decide, I’ll no longer talk to you.

But deep down, there was always this voice. A weird sounding inner-calling maybe, that reassured me that you’d be there. Waiting. Patiently. Ready to welcome me back with open arms and a heart that always had my name written on it. And you did.

We’ve been through a lot together. Made some great friends. Lost a few, ones we thought were great at one point. We’ve seen points where we were completely neglected by everyone else. We’ve also seen days when we had enough people around us to make us feel like we meant something to them. Why we’ve even scaled a few heights of recognition together.

We’ve grown so much over the years. You’ve been there when I’ve been low. And You’ve been the reason for a lot of my highs.

In fact, today, a lot more people know you than they know me. They relate to the things you say, the tales you weave, the parenting escapades you regale them with and the tantrums you sometimes throw. You’re in a lot of ways, my second child. The one that we created as a sort of ‘companion’ for our first human one 🙂

As individuals, we all strive to be known for the things we do. The changes we make, the steps we take. But secretly, as parents, most of us would also love to be known as ‘so-and-so’s’ parent. To me, you’re already at that stage. The point where my identity is somehow intertwined with yours.

The point where I’m identified as your creator, rather than you being my creation. That, to me, is a true moment of success.

 

It’s been a while since I wrote a personal post. While I do try and put my heart and soul into every one of my posts, I realise that I’ve perhaps really never written about you. And it’s only fitting that now feels like the right time to say this.

 

 

Happy Birthday, I Wrote Those!

 

 

Thank you, for being my identity on this world wide web. And beyond.

 


 

If you’re reading this, I have a small request to ask of you. And as the question forms in my head, I realise that it may be something that could be misconstrued as being slightly curt, but I’m going to ask anyway.

Why do you read this blog? What keeps you coming back? Is there anything else you’d like to see ‘written’ on ‘I Wrote Those?’

No, I’m not fishing for compliments. You’re free to say if you think the blog is rubbish. I know my limitations. But I also realise that one of the biggest things that’ll let you improve as a writer is knowing what your core audience thinks about what you write and asking them what they’d like to see more of.

So here’s me. Just an alter-ego of the blog. Sitting at my keyboard. Asking you why you love/hate me. 🙂

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37 Comments

  1. A very happy birthday, IWT! WIsh you many more!
    And, now for the question you asked, Sid.
    Your blog would be rubbish IF you did not write your awesome fiction pieces every now and then. I miss it so!
    I come to read your posts because I know what an amazing writer you are, and for the warm personal posts you write and also, as I said, for your fiction work. We all want to go away to a land far away from us and forget our lives, even if for a few minutes, isn’t it?That’s where fiction comes in handy! 😛
    Wish you the best, Sid…for many more years of blogging, writing and creating!

  2. Congratulations, Sid and a very happy blogoversary! So good to see you back. I believe that while you were away from IWT, you were writing your book. While, I love reading you here at this space, I am looking forward to your book too. Keep writing and publish your book real soon! Cheers!

    1. Thanks, Shilpa ! I wish I could say that was true, although that was the idea behind the ‘break’. But of course, some health hiccups happened and well, it sort of went all pear-shaped.
      Fingers crossed and thank you!
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  3. Happy birthday Sid! I have quite enjoyed your zany sense of humour in the few posts that I have read here and think you have a good flair for fiction – maybe you do need to re think about that? Cheers

  4. Yaayy happy birthday to your blog. Loved this lovely dedication 😀
    If you ask me, I am kinda sad that you don’t write fiction anymore… that I would say is my top favorite thing in your blog, followed by posts on your son. Your words carry so much charisma and humor, believe me it’s really hard not to fall in love with them.

    1. Thanks, Rajlakshmi ! I thought a couple of times before writing it – and I think it sort of summed it up best.
      Thanks for being honest – I plan to publish more fiction going forward. And the rest too.
      Sid recently put up this awesome post : You, Me and UsMy Profile

  5. Happy birthday to Sid’s blog! Happy to have met you on this blogging journey. Always a good feeling these milestones. About the blog, I enjoy reading your parenting and humour posts the most. Though not related to your blog, I’d wish that you’d stress less. Write when you can and want to. It really shouldn’t weigh on your mind. And write what you want to, not what your readers want you to write. At least, that’s what I believe in. I believe you are doing that mostly, anyway. 🙂

    Wishing you many more successes and joy through the blog and otherwise.

    1. Thank you so much, Rachna . And you’ve always told me that you enjoy my parenting posts a lot.
      I wish so too, Rachna. And to be honest, the (accidental) break sort of helped too.
      I’m more zen about writing and everything else now – so fingers crossed 🙂
      Sid recently put up this awesome post : You, Me and UsMy Profile

  6. Happy Birthday I wrote those. I come back to IWT for its unique topics and of course unique voice of the creator. It is not trying too hard to get followers, or be popular, or going with the fad. It is focussed on writing. I think that is your USP. Did I not tell you earlier, I like your short stories? Once in a while, write one of those too, maybe once in a month or two.

  7. Happy Birthday to I Wrote Those. I come here to read your unique perspective generously coated with humor, Sid, like this post. How differently have you written even a ‘Happy Birthday blog’ post. I would like to read more fiction and humorous parenting stories.

  8. Happy birthday. Why do I come here? Each post has something to offer. Sometimes it’s humor and sometimes stories I can relate to. Impeccable language too. Above all, you are a good friend.

  9. Wow, bro! That was quite touching. Happy Birthday and may you soar into greater heights, keep those incredible pictures coming and some great stuff to read! 🙂

  10. Congratulations.. the blogs a year older. Why do I come to this blog???hmm I really don’t know.. Maybe it’s because I like your profile pics😁. Ok just kidding. To keep it simple,the blog is easy to read, simple, and realistic.

  11. Aww, happy birthday to the blog. Always a special one, isn’t it? May you keep writing, keep blogging and keep rising to new heights, personally and otherwise, Sid. I can relate to that special feeling completely 🙂

  12. Happy Birthday,IWT!
    Why I come here? For your perspectives, your writing and the warmth I experience in your words. The humor here and the stories you weave make me keep coming back.
    Keep writing, Sid! It’s a pleasure to know you through I Wrote Those 🙂

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