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I started this blog six months ago. We had just launched a corporate blog and the positive feedback it received convinced me that i also should publish my – this word is a bloggers’ favourite – musings online. June was good, experimenting, laying the ground-rules, posts on people and places closest to my heart – Sangham, REC, Vonnegut. July was better, lot of passion, lot of posts, and the response from my core audience was excellent.

That scared me. I froze. I couldn’t write.

I started posting stuff from my ‘Stuff’ folder and stuff i found on the Net – Meera Nandakumar, ‘I am a Malayali’, Chak De Mallus… My friends had given up on the blog, but the high that the blog-stats gave me made it easier to ignore the fact.

Not any more. I am going back to my original credo.

The search terms that lead people to my blog…

1. Babu Kuriakose
2. The World According to Garp
3. I am a Malayalee (I want to Break Free – Mallu Version)
4. Meera Nandakumar (Idea Star Singer)
5. REC Calicut/ Alumni
6. The Class of 57 – Statler Brothers
7. Calicut
8. New 2 Rupee Coin
9. Mallu/ Mallu Girls
10. Santhosh George, Oracle

It all started when a friend mailed me a link “I have a blog!”. Two days of blogroll surfing, and I was hooked.

The first few days were like, you know, the first few days…unsure, clumsy, self conscious. Then, the first comment “Pretty cool, man”, ecstasy! somebody likes my stuff. I saved the page, printed it, grabbed a screenshot…I am a blogger!

From there, things got out of control pretty fast. My live revolved around the blog. I was spending so much time on the blog that my wife moved out and my biggest dilemma was whether to categorise it ‘Family’ or ‘Fun’. Then I discovered blog stats…

Each hit gave me a new high and the only thing that mattered was the hit count. I would ping Technorati every hour, mail my site address to people I hardly knew, post rave reviews about my blog on random sites, and, I hate to admit this, visit my blog every now and then, just to keep the counter ticking…

Then a fellow addict introduced me to Blogaholics Anonymous. Now, whenever I get the urge to blog, a volunteer from BA would come and sit with me till I feel better.

I am not fully cured yet. All I can say is I haven’t blogged today.


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I am celebrating 1000 hits on the blog…
It is your interest that has sustained me
Thank you


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Image originally posted on www.lntvalves.com/blog on 30 May 2007

Yesterday i shared with my friends my plan to create a blog; a few of them warned of dire consequences and the rest, disowned me.

Guess a disclaimer is in order.

All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental,
and should not be construed.
No names have been changed in order to protect the innocent.
Angels protect the innocent as a matter of heavenly routine.

(Kurt Vonnegut, again)

I am 41, going on 42

Guess i am at the right age to ponder the meaning of ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’.

(42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams)

This is the trailer for a series of posts i want to do about turning points in my life. Events and decisions that shaped me, made me what i am today… (OK, what i am today, is something i haven’t quite figured out yet)

Recently i started a corporate blog (www.lntvalves.com/blog) and the excitement of creating and managing a blog finally convinced me to join the blogging band wagon. So here goes…

Basics:

This blog will be an online record of my life – Rajagiri, Maharaja’s, REC Calicut, Anna U; Cochin, Calicut, Madras; Ashok Leyland, L&T; Marriage, Fatherhood…

I am not planning to do a chronological magnum opus, but an occassional post on places i remember…

There are places I remember all my life,
Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain.
All these places have their moments
Of lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I loved them all.

– In My Life, The Beatles, Rubber Soul

I will also post about my major interests in life – books, flix, clicks, chicks…

So, welcome to Babu Kuriakose – The Director’s Cut…

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