My blog, 'Nanopolitan', has a mix of long opinion pieces and short posts containing one or two links accompanied by brief comments. While it covers many different topics, it has a recurring theme: India's higher education system. Just how popular is my blog? Well, it attracts about 100-300 visitors every day (while the top Indian blogs get daily visitors in the range of 1000 to 10,000). Not a bad record for a blog which has very little to offer in politics, movies or sports.
What have I gained from my blogging experience? First and foremost, several tens of regular readers. All said and done, a blog is a medium of communication, and this medium is worthless if there were no readers. My blog's regular readers (together with their thoughtful comments on my posts) are the biggest return on my time investment. Thanks to blogging, I have also come to know -- and regard as friends -- quite a few people that I have yet to meet. Remember the articles you used to read in newspapers about pen friends? Well, I never had pen friends, but I now have quite a few 'blog friends'. And, of course, I get a minor thrill every time I see my blog featured in the top two or three pages on web searches (you might want to try googling 'cost of IIT education' or '100 dollar laptop').