Had Lord Krishna been around, this is how he might have advised a clueless and gloomy blogger Arjuna:
What you have already blogged, you have blogged well,
What you are blogging, you are doing fine, you can tell,
What you will blog, will also get blogged well,
Live in the present, your heart-felt ideas would eventually sell.
Never beseech someone for a ‘like’, a ‘reblog’ or for a ‘comment’,
Let your soul never be in torment,
For writing what you are passionate about alone you are meant,
Read more, get inspired, get cracking, never get bent.
At times, you may get upset for not having been ‘Freshly Pressed’,
Well, it is not the end of the world, do not feel unduly stressed,
Escaping a deluge of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ instead leaves you feeling blessed,
You are not in a short sprint but in a marathon, you have already guessed.
Be contented, know that pain follows pleasure,
Keep up the frequency, even though you blog at leisure,
Your faith and passion in what you blog is the only measure,
Let each post of yours be a fragrant flower which one can treasure.
Write from your heart, do not copy-and-paste,
Time spent savouring a temporary surge in viewership and ‘likes’ could be a waste,
Your sins could soon catch up with you, leaving you repenting in haste,
Well thought-out juicy comments alone dish up a success you can taste.
Do not worry for awards and rewards which make you raise a toast,
Be more anxious for the quality of what you post,
Write for posterity a message that would never be lost,
Receive criticism with equipoise, those alone shall teach you the most.
The effort you put in to blogging is alone your right,
The result may or may not come, even though you push with all your might,
Continue to blog in a detached manner, hold on to your path tight,
Simply enjoy the journey, be happy and scale the desired height.
Life will keep happening, ups and down will keep coming,
Resolve to remain steadfast, view them with an attitude which is welcoming,
Free from fear, free from anger, free from desire, keep blogging,
Like a tortoise, withdraw within yourself, ultimately winning.
Which idea really does belong to you?
In Blogosphere, you are apt to find somewhere a similar view,
You just propose your own perspective, fresh as a drop of dew,
The reality, as you see it yourself, presented anew.
Just like your indestructible soul,
The spirit with which you blog shall survive even a black hole,
Let the novelty of ideas put forth by you remain your goal,
Others may imitate and flatter you, but they make you play a worthy role.
Fire shall not kill your ideas, water shall not sully those ever,
Air shall not dry, ether in cyberspace shall support those forever,
Like a wave in the universe, these shall continue to travel, dying never,
These would never decay, built upon further by those who are equally clever.
Like your soul, your ideas are also unborn,
You and the universe you inhabit are neither divorced nor torn,
Like a well-tuned antenna you catch, your mind sounds a horn,
You manifest these, but believe you alone are the cause for their being born.
Grow attached to your blog posts and you may become addicted,
Disappointment and anger will follow, your mind getting confused and conceited,
Lessons learnt from your own experiences getting forfeited,
The power of discrimination lost, the very purpose of life defeated.
Smart bloggers bring a fresh perspective, all the time aiming for a perfect post,
Doubts they double-check, keeping the post simmering, achieving a delicious roast,
Text they spell-check, the inner glow of satisfaction they host,
Read thoroughly, hit the ‘publish’ button, and raise a self-toast.
Most of their posts are wedded to the welfare of others, rich values these sustain,
From undue ridicule, criticism and offensive content their posts normally abstain,
Howsoever controversial the topic, a high degree of self-control they retain,
Their outpourings are merely to amuse, educate and entertain.
Be humble, be harmless, have no pretension,
Be upright, tranquil, steadfast, blogging will never give you any tension,
Master your ego, relish the joy of expression and retention,
Be aware of the weakness in mortal nature, keep your senses in wilful detention.
This is the supreme knowledge, above all other,
Purified, made plain, easy its virtue for you to gather,
Its practice easy, you may resolve to follow it rather,
It is the blogging truth eternal, imbibe it, do not bother.