When Indiblogger, India's largest, most popular network of Indian blogs and bloggers announces its first ever Indian Blogging awards #IBA2013, you nominate your blog in haste and repent in leisure. One look at the sheer number of blogs competing for the top spots and the stalwarts in your category, you start preparing yourself for heartbreak. You look at the illustrious panel of jurors and mumble - No way will they even care to look at my blog! It makes it worse that so many of your friends and supporters have high hopes from you and you don't want to let them down.
So, you try to make yourself and others believe that everything is Maya and we are mere pawns in the chessboard of fate. You pray for amnesia for you and your friends so that they don't try to drown you with their waves of sympathy after the results are announced.
The D-Day is 15th August and you come to know that the awards will be announced at 6.PM IST. Even though it's past your bedtime in Australia, you wait with baited breath. You realize you're shaking. Then you see so many of your friends Rachna Parmar, Alka Gurha, Bhartiya Grihanee, Rekha Kakkar, Ranjana Shankar, Saru Singhal, Deepa Sunil, Vidya Sury walk away with top honours and you erupt with joy. Now you're tired and since you honestly don't expect to win, you try to get some sleep. But that little flame of hope refuses to die and flip open your iPad.
You stare in disbelief when you see the barrage of congratulatory messages in your Twitter mentions column and Facebook page. Gasping for breath, you shake your blissfully asleep husband awake and make an incoherent call to your Mom and daughter.
YOU JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT A-MUSING HAS BEEN JUDGED THE BEST HUMOUR BLOG IN LITERATURE AND PERSONAL CATEGORY!
Can there be a better occasion than this to thank you all for your love and encouraging words that kept my zeal alive! There were countless occasions when I was plagued with self-doubt, wondering if was wasting my time and yours! But then I realized that my blog gives me so much happiness and a sense of purpose. And perhaps there are a few for whom my crazy musings serve as a stress-buster.
I have always loved making people smile and have considered blogging a passion rather than a hobby. And when your labour of love gets a formal recognition like this, it gives you the impetus to work harder and never give up.
Thank you Indiblogger and a special thanks to my "I told you so gang" - Snow Leopard, BlogwatiG, Suresh, Rickie, Sushmita, Luciferhouseinc Fool, Janaki, Ritu Lalit, Sharmila, Red Handed, Roshni and Bhavana.
P.S - You are requested to leave the choicest of abuses in the comments sections if I have missed your name.