Gratitude: The Joys of Blogging

March 5, 2008 / Daily Life / 21 Comments

Alert! Ego boost in effect! Please skip this post if you don’t wanna watch my head swell.
My web host, TopHostingCenter just wrote an awesome review for Nanyate?! and presented me with Speedy Tophostingcenter Blog Award! It’s one thing to have a little 200×200 trophy image to display on your site, but another to have an entire blog post overspilling with praise written about your site – by your web hosting company!

The relationship TopHostingCenter tries to establish with its clients is truly one of a kind. It’s a relationship that far exceeds the constraints of a business transaction. It’s almost a blogger-to-blogger, friend-to-friend kind of relationship, where both parties are put in a win-win situation – at all times. By noticing and acknowledging their clients, the company encourages them to put more effort on their sites. And thereby promoting themselves through their clients. It’s a wonderful strategy – but not without sincerity.

Sincerity here is the keyword. For me, I blog for the sake of writing and meeting new people. So, I try really hard to write about things most people can relate to, and try to encourage conversation. Blogging, to me, is not just a one-way expression by the author but a system facilitating the exchange of ideas. I try to find others like me and establish some sort of a relationship with them, in hopes that they will reciprocate and in hopes that they will find someone else they like on my site. But it’s not because I want comments or Technorati rank, it’s because I do actually enjoy exchanging ideas with people I can have a conversation with. I’m sure if I met anyone of my frequent visitors in real life, we would all by sitting at a cafe and chat for hours.

So, I would like to thank my wonderful host for dedicating an entry to me, Teddy for dedicating a paragraph to me, the Stumblers who have stumbled my site, my feed subscribers and most importantly, I’d like to thank my frequent visitors for the continuous conversation. You guys make it all worthwhile.

P.S. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the design sites who have continued to write about my old blog design even after I’ve abandoned it. So, thank you Design Meltdown, Smashing Magazine, Dr. Web and Coliss.

So, what are your joys of blogging?