Friday, April 25, 2008

One hundred....

This is my 100'th post. I have written more than 100, but I deleted many old posts - but of the ones that I did save, this is my 100th. I just read Kodi's mom's absolutely lovely 200th post and feel enveloped in the warmth of her words. What started as just a passing thing in order to post comments on my niece's blog, slowly took shape into occasional posts from me and now an every day activity - blog time. Reading my favorite blogs and leaving comments. Lurking at other times. Writing every now and then. I would like to write more often but it is a lot of fun to read what other write and leave comments for them.

I think of how my blog time has become so much a part of my every day routine...I never quite thought I would make any friends in this blog world. I wrote my first post when KB was 10m old. Now my second child KG is 10m old! Hard to believe that the people I came to know in the blog world, I have known for quite a long time now. MM, Tharini, Rohini...people who have visited my site since then and who I have continued to read till date....

After being a part of this wonderful online shower where the back stage fun and email exchanges were enormous, you feel like you are actually back in college...those carefree days where banter, fun and frolic happened so easily without much context.

I have made a few really nice friends too in the process of blogging. It feels good in the midst of the isolation I often feel being a SAHM - which is a separate post in itself - one that I have composed in my mind many times but never could coherently put forth in writing.

When ever there is a celebration of some anniversary or birthday, one tends to quickly reminisce on the past years or some events leading up to that in a flash of few seconds. While I think of the two years (and only 100 posts I know!) I have been blogging, random posts come to mind. The fun post from Poppins mom on how she imagined each blogger to be like a certain actress, the post from madmomma which I think about often when I tell B that the day will come when I have to really let go of KB, not when he goes to preschool but much later, the spiritual parenting post from Tharini, the random comments and fun we had in the "our song" tag over at Kodi's, some hilarious posts from Terri's, like this one, which made me laugh loudly and feel so good for those few minutes, some posts like this one from Kiran which make me realize how I have grown so attached to the kids I read about, the joy I feel at their successes, posts like that which also make me feel inspired as a mother...the arguments that tend to happen over our view points which we are able to set aside and continue our friendly comments...I could go on and on since so many posts come to mind every now and then in different contexts....

The friendships I have formed with a few people in the blog world has been such a source of comfort - when I sit down at night after a long tiring day, to see a meaningful conversation as part of an email from a blogger friend, some phone conversations that I had with a few blogger friends where I could chat like we have known each other for a long time....it livens up a sagging spirit on some days. Thank you, my dear blog friends for that! The cynic in me sometime wonders if the same feeling will remain when we do meet up, if somehow there will be a lack of conversation...the kind of random thoughts I used to have when I was introduced to "potential" candidates for marriage by my parents. And it is probably a reflection of my personality, but I always think the other person must have a different image of me and will be let down when they do meet me in person! Well, I should stop here before I really totally ruin my image!

Signing off my 100th post with a feeling of nostalgia over the two years...a feeling of happiness and feel good after reading Kodi's 200th post which reminded me of how words can make connections and spread cheer even if a tangible hand cannot be felt over the virtual medium!

23 comments:

Usha said...

Enjoy this incredible moment and all the feelings it holds. here's to many more posts and many years of blogging.
The new look is very pleasant.

Tharini said...

Congratulations on your century dear Noonie. Your post brought on some nostalgia too about our earliest interactions. I remmeber how excited I was to land on your blog. The delight in your words still continues...

Here's egging you on to a more introspections and reminiscences via the K-series! :)

S.Praveen said...

Congrats Noon, keep going :)

Aditi's Album said...

Congrats Noon .I'm sure it wont be too long before we see your 200th post. I think the online shower introduced us to many more mommy bloggers and as you've rightly mentioned, the loggers become our extended families and their kids success and milestones becomes like our own. There are many hints and tips that I've learnt from experienced mums across the globe when they speak through their blogs. No better way to unwind after a long day.

Aryan said...

Noon..so nice to read this post.. Congrats for this century post..
Keep writing dear..I remember your enagement story..how interesting it was..
The new look is good..
AM

Aryan said...

Noon..so nice to read this post.. Congrats for this century post..
Keep writing dear..I remember your enagement story..how interesting it was..
The new look is good..
AM

Collection Of Stars said...

Congrats Noonie on your 100th post!
Just saw your email, you made my day :)

noon said...

Usha - Thanks! :)

T - Feeling is more than mutual - I really enjoy your writing.
K-series - indeed! Thanks to Kiran for that term! :)

S.Praveen - Thanks! Hope you start blogging as well.

Aditi - 200 - I wish I could get there! But I keep thinking of taking a break from or try to stop blogging - but it is too addictive...although that itself makes me want to try to "quit"! :)
Yeah - you do get attached to the kids...

Aryan - although I didn't mention this - your sincere and consistent reading/commenting has also made it really nice for me...thanks Aryan's mom.

the mad momma said...

congratulations noonie. and i am surprised you remember that post of mine. its a favourite. i hope to let go of my brats gracefully someday.

BangaloreMom said...

Noonie!! Congratulations! And here's wishing you a hundred more...Reading your posts is like a balm to the soul- gentle, honest and straight from the heart. May your posts grow and flourish in number....

Poppins said...

Congratulations dear! As is your gentle-soul style you honored not your own posts for your 100th but other blogger's posts. And that is what I love about you. I've been reading you forever now and feel I know you so much.

With some bloggers the conversation has flown easily and with some not so much. With you, it has always been easy to talk (over the phone, email or chat) and I'm positive that it will be that way when we meet as well.

DotMom said...

Congrats noon. I love your posts.. they are gentle and honest and so raw at times..They hit the nerve. You are an awesome blog reader too. Here's to the 100. And ehre to many more more posts and continued camaraderie. Bring em on!

Kodi's Mom said...

you write so beautifully noon - words making connections when hands cannot be felt - what a visual! and you're such a refreshing, grounded, girl next door read!

happy 100 posts!

now come over to Chicago and lets test your theory on blog meets ;)

ddmom said...

Congratulations Noon. Here's to the next hundred.
Loved the last para :)

K 3 said...

CONGRATS!! And here's to the next 100, 1000, 10000's more to come!! :)

Swati said...

Congrats ..nice new look !

S said...

Congratulations :)

noon said...

CS - Thanks..

MM - that will be my fav post from you always...

BM - those (your comment) words were like a balm! :) Thanks. But I seriously doubt I will get to 200. I am forcing myself slowly to halt! :)

Poppins - Thanks so much P! :)
Even as I read your comment, I think - oh no, she will be disappointed probably! :) Bad I think this way isn't it!

noon said...

Dotmom - thanks so much. As you know, aside from the discussion we had about income disparity etc, there are some others of yours that are my favs too. I have quoted the one about "masters" before in some other post of mine also..Thanks also for telling me I am good reader - I like that compliment! :))

Kodi's mom - Chicago - sure - I would love to meet my dear Kodi and the little one whose name we will know soon! And yes, my theory will be put to test! :)

DDmom - thanks !

K3 - 10,000! :)) You are funny!
I will have to become Madmomma for that! :)

noon said...

Swati, S - thanks! :)

Neera said...

lovely heart warming post as always Noonoo. Congratulations and here's three cheers for the century and our friendship

Hip Hip Hurray!!
Hip Hip Hurray!!
Hip Hip Hurray!!

What better way than to share life's ups and downs with friends in similar situations, knowing exactly what you are feeling/going thru, similar parenting philosophies or offering diffrent perspectives, similar interests - its fulfilling in many many ways.

Something to Say said...

congrats on the 100th post..... I have been looking forward to my 100th post as well...so I know how it must feel...
looking forward to read more from you.

noon said...

Neera - it's bloggers like you who make it a fun ride with your warmth and cheer!

STS - good to hear from you after a long time...will check out your posts soon...been a while!