Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Five Years of Blogging!

I began this blog chronicling my angst regarding law school and random thoughts that came and went. My readers consisted of my father and friend Huda. How far my blogging has come. This blog has been my place to work through my thoughts, and to connect with like minded people. I never could have known when I began that through blogging I would make friends, lose friends, discover myself, and gain confidence in my writing. There are days that I consider quitting. How long can I keep this up after all? Will I be 90 years old hunched over a computer chronicling my thoughts on this and that? I'm not sure about that but I think I will keep blogging until I no longer want to. Right now, I still want to.

I've noticed that though I have the same number of readers, the comments have grown sparse. That's okay, but today, if you are reading this I have a favor. In honor of my five year anniversary, could you please drop a note in the comments. I'd love to know who you are, how long you've been reading, and why you've stuck around, what your favorite post was... anything really. It's just nice to hear from you. You don't have to but it would sort of make my day.

Since its a five year anniversary I thought I'd share five of my favorite/most talked about posts that I've written incase you missed them:

1. The Desi Marriage Crisis
2. The Skin Thing
3. Lonely? Tazo tea will come through for you!
4. Discrimination from Within
5. On Apples


Anonymous said...

Salams Aisha,

This is Rasha. As you know, I started reading because I was so excited to find a fellow Muslima law student blogging.

Maybe the comments have gone down because you don't blog as frequently and when you do the topics are not as controversial (as some of the ones you linked to) (controversial isn't really the right word, but I don't know what other word to use).

piniyini said...

Hello Aisha

Been reading your blog for a while, found it from some random blogroll and though I don't comment (usually) I always enjoy the different perspective you bring to the scene.

Don't stop blogging :)

Margarita said...

I'm a newer reader.. probably since March or so? I enjoy your posts, they are usually very well written and are a little more serious then most of the fluff on the web.

Don't stop blogging!

5 years!!

Humaira said...

I'm a twenty-something in Houston, Pakistani descent. Have been reading your blog for a little more than a year now (I think). It is in my bookmarks and I look at it everyday (even though you only post once a month it seems like) :)

I got to your blog because I think I used to read tuzk-e-jalali and you had made some intelligent comments on his blog. I've since stopped reading his blog but continued with yours!

Congrats on the 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I think I started reading three years ago I can't believe it has been that long... sorry for being a quiet reader but I am here.

Anonymous said...

congrats for reaching the 5 year mark. i have only been reading your blog for 8-9 months, since i started blogging. I, like the reader above, am on the quieter side....keep up the excellent work, nothing is as cathartic as writing what is on your heart...

Anonymous said...

I don't comment much but know that I'm always reading! Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading and will continue to do so as long as you keep writing! (Sparse as it is these days...hint, hint ;) )...


ruby said...

Hi honey! I've been far away from your blog for awhile...just not so much in bloggyland anymore but I do love your writing and I hope you won't up and leave anytime soon!

Aisha said...

Rasha- thanks for your comment! You are right I do post less and my topics are less controversial. I guess between work and home and working on my novel its been quieter. Still, thank you for reading. It's good to know you're still out there. YUou're done with law school now, right??

Piniyini, thanks for your comment, I don't plan to stop anytime soon, thanks for the congrats :)

Margarita, thanks :) What is your website by the way? the link didnt work for me, would love to bookmark you.

Humaira, thanks for your comment, it means a lot! And yes *sheepish smile* I don't blog as much as I used to. I'm hoping to come back into it soon. My novel is nearing completino which is what has kept me from being as regular as I was.

Anon1: Thanks :) Quiet or not, I'm glad you read

Anon2: amen to the cathartic experience of writing. thanks for your comment, wjhat is your website? I'd love to bookmark it.

Asg, hahah, point taken... I have a lot of posts brewing in my head right now like my brother's wedding, etc... so hopefully soon I'll be back into being regular :) thanks for your comment!

Ruby, thanks :) Glad to see you're still around. Hope life is treating you well dear!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I graduated from law school last year (May of 2008), Alhamdulilah!


Ben said...

I started following your blog back in January 2008. At the time I was engaged to a beautiful Persian woman and was looking for perspectives of those other than my instilled Midwestern experiences.

What I wasn't expecting was to find someone else in the world that cared about the little things as much as I. You have a beautiful style about you and found your messaging calming while the rest of the world felt chaotic, trying to live through the 9-5 commitment we all find ourselves in when we approach our late 20's. Your 108 in 2008 post helped me understand the purpose of setting goals as well as focusing on what the intent of a goal is within our lives. If you had not posted your message about getting off the couching and running last fall, I wouldn't have jumped back on the treadmill and lost 60 pounds, helping me realize how wonderful it is to have energy again. There are countless other posts that I often think back on and thank God that you took the initiative 5 years ago to share yourself with the world. You are a model writer, wonderful wife, and a beautiful person. Thank you for everything that you do. I apologize for having not commented on your posts in the past, but will now make the effort to in the future.

rickshawdiaries said...

Congrats sweetie!

I am so blessed to have started reading this blog in 2005 because it brought me an unexpected and treasured friendship with wonderful & wise Aisha!

Love you,

Stacey said...

Kudos on 5 yrs! Been reading for a year and I like your three beautiful things. They give me something to think about.

Shawna said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging! The situations that brought us together . . .well, they suck, but I'm so glad to have "met" you!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on five years. I am one of those readers that read the blog often but not comments. I was dissapointed that you did not follow through on the Sandeela Kanwal case. In your July 9, 2008 blog, you had promised that will follow through on what happens.

Nevertheless, there are only two blogs in the world that I read. One religiously - Amitabh Bachchan's blog, and second frequently - yours.

Keep up the blogging now that your book is apparently (almost) complete.


Sonya said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging! Started reading your blog recently and I enjoy it so much that I check it almost every day. Keep on blogging :)

Muslim Wife said...

Salaam Aisha! Well lets see, I started reading your blog because, well because it was your blog and I love you! :) I really can't remember how I stumbled upon it though...? Anyways, you were my inspiration to join the blogging world,though my blog doesn't come anywhere close to yours and your posts! I love your style and passion for the good things of this life. May Allah continue to bless you and your family, ameen!

Aisha said...

Ben, I am so humbled and honored that my blog has meant something to you. I never knew that the post on running inspired anyone else to run, and it means the world to me to know that my writing in any way benefited your life. Thank you so much for your comment. It does my heart good to know you are reading, thank you.

Baraka, likewise :)

Stacey- thanks :)

Shawna, ditto here :)

Zulfi- wow Amitabh and me. I'm honored! Regarding the Kanwal trial, that's been frustrating for me too. The case is continually set for trial but then put off and postponed for one reason or other. From myu understanding he has not had his jury trial yet. I will keep you posted when that does happen, so far nothing has really happened.

Sonya, glad to know you're reading! :-) I'll be sure to update more regularly!

Muslim Wife, aww, thanks sis :) I'm glad to hear you're still reading, thanks for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Err, that's Ash not Asg. Sorry! And good to know more posts are coming up!


nowheregirl said...

Love reading your blog...sadly I'm not really a leave-comment-type but if I were I would have said more about some wonderful and inspiring stuff you've written about :)
Keep going..and congrats

Anonymous said...

I have been reading you blog for about 2 years now but i never left a message.

My favorite post, probably the ones on your trip to brazil.

I guess people would classify me as being very religious (muslim). Although the primary focus of your blog is not religious topics, you to tend to post on meaninful, deep and well thought out topics. That translates with a person like me. I get that you are a person who is extermly caring and show a deep sense of compasion for humanity.

Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I never comment but thought I would today. Congrats on five years! Keep going!

Plain And Simple said...

Congratulations on completing 5 yrs.
I am a new reader of your blog from India. I came across your blog through your book reviews. I found about a number of good books through your blog.
Continue writing.

roora said...

Salam Aisha,

This is roora, no i actually read you everynow and then.. mostly because you are up to date with what goes on ... and you connect me with what happens on the other side:) maybe I dont comment much .. but am a reader.. today i dropped by to see your reaction on obama's speech.

P.S. Keep on blogging :) BTW, I visited the US this jan and I thought about sending you an email (you and jane ) to see if we can meet. anyways, what is your state ?

misspecs said...

Well, I'm a lurker and I read ll your posts though don't always comment. Have been reading you for almost 16 months now. :)

Keep blogging!

Though I agree with the others; you don't write on very controversial topics any more;) I enjoy the debates. *grin*

Congratulations on completing 5 years, and keep typing away! :)

Aysha said...

hi Aisha I started reading your blog around 2004 when i was finishing my BSc Psychology & was an avid Koonj reader. I'm originally from Lahore,(imported Bride),was a young mum of two, a mature student and now a Human Resources professional in London.
I'd like to thank you for inspiring me and making me smile everytime i read a blog of yours. I love your simplicity in writing about real heavy issues like your observations on the impact of failed early marriages on young lives to when you wrote about the fumes from Tefal pans killing chickens, when you went to Brazil, observing an Ant while waiting for a lift. You used to post pics of your cooking which was sweet. Wishing you the best in your career, your writings and in your life with K.

Anonymous said...

Here is my unbiased opinion:
Many years ago, I was driving back home form work in Miami while listening to radio.
There was a call in talk show and topic was safety of nuclear plant. One listener calls in and tells the host that most of the callers are anti nuclear and biased. He wanted to present his unbiased opinion. The host asked him about his background like what he did for living.
He answered that he worked at Turkey Point nuclear plant. The host has a big chuckle and said: sir go ahead give us your unbiased opinion.
By the way, last Saturday, I intended to ask unbiased opinion of two of my audience about my comments of looking good in a dress. I intended to choose two or one person in the audience for unbiased opinion. You probably guessed it right; I intended to ask unbiased opinion of Shahnaz sahiba.

My unbiased opinion: keep on writing and congrat on the aniversary.
Your biggest fan

pixie said...

I've been reading your blog for the last 4 years! Wow, time flies!!! I really don't remember how I found your blog but I really enjoy reading even though I really don't comment that much anymore. pixie

Aisha said...

Nowheregirl, thanks for dropping in today though :0)

Anon1: I'm glad that any of these posts stuck in your mind, thanks for letting me know and thanks for the congrats!

Anon2: Thanks :))

Plain and Simple, I'm happy to hear you are reading my book reviews. I put a lot of effort in them.

Roora, you're a LONG time reader. Glad to know you are still here :)I live in Georgia, where did you come??

Misspecs, hmmm, I guess I did write on more controversial topics in the past... I guess that writing controversial topics requires me to check the blog on an hourly basis and because ofmy novel I can't do that right now, but good point :) Thanks for delurkig and thanks for reading!

Aysha, awww wow. I could never write like the glorious Koonj but I am so glad that what I've written has resonated with you. thank you for telling me about yourself and for commenting. It's nice to have a mental image of those who are reading.

Abu Jee, as always your unbiased opinions mean the world and thank you for being my first reader :)

Pixie, I think if you and Mystic, and a few of my other longgggg time readers stopped reading I'd be devestated. I know you're reading and it means so much, thanks!

Cylinda said...

Still reading and enjoying your blog! :) I'm always happy to see a new post from you. Your style and your perspective make your blog one of the few I still check religiously. Good for you, for sticking with it so long.

Shawna said...

Salaams Aisha,

I think I've been reading for two years. You may have hooked me with books or 3BT, not sure which. I think it was just so nice to find another Muslima writer and blogger. I know there are a lot of us, but it feels like home.

Here's to more years blogging!

Rozeena said...

I read you b/c your basically my sister in law :) I love you beyond bits and your blog is just the icing for me about you.

Aisha said...

Cylinda, glad to know you still read, thanks :))
Shawna, aww likewise. Thanks for reading and for writing a blog yourself.
Rozeena, lol @ the SIL comment. I'm still debating whether I'm happy to be considered a SIL or not ;). I love you too, thanks for being there for me!

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year now. My best friend reads it, and referred it to me...and I got hooked!

I can't pick a favourite.

Anonymous said...

I can't remember how I found your blog, but I am a Muslim lawyer girl, so we have that in common, but I think why I keep reading is because I love your optimism, and reading your blog makes me happy.

raniyas said...

I started reading over a year or two ago. I read all of your posts and also the one's from law school. I found them inspiring and also wanted to see if you make, which you did, mA. And I also like your sensible style of writing I guess, which draws me here, even if I don't comment much.

raniyas said...

Oh yes, and some of your posts and your goals have been so encouraging and inspiring that you were a some sort of role model to me, even though I don't know you. For instance your 108-goal post, I made a similar one and actually tried to reach my goals, and some of the books you read I ended up buying too. So, do keep writing, it was a huge loss if you stopped.

Aisha said...

Anon1: I'm glad you are still reading and glad your BF recommended the blog. Thanks for leaving a comment :)

Anon2: That is so sweet :) Thank you so much. Always nice to know fellow Muslimah lawyers are reading me though my posts are rarely lawyerly ;)

Raniya, thanks soo much for your comment. I'm glad to know that 109 in 2009 inspired someone else to create one too. they really do help me think about my goals and priorities. Glad to know my book reviews help you too. Thanks for letting me know :)

Maleeha said...

Salams Aisha, I'm taking a little blogging hiatus myself, but still checking out my usual blogs. Just wanted to drop you a line and say hi :)

Aisha said...

Glad to know you're still here Maleeha. I understand taking a blogging hiatus. Hope you return though :)

deepbluesea said...

hello aisha :) i'm almost 20 and i've been reading your blog for a year or two now. not sure how i found it, just a random scroll, but i love the fact that you are a working pakistani woman and are able to balance culture, work and marriage (among other things) all so beautifully. girls like me need to see examples to know you can be desi, have a married life and be a professional because sometimes people will try their hardest to bring you down. your stories are fun to read, they give me a new insight. and i, like you, am an avid reader so i always look forward to those book reviews of yours. keep on writing! :)

Aisha said...

DeepblueSea, you will never know how much your words meant to me. If I have in any way shown you that desi women can be professional and married and still hold their head high. If I in any way have helped you as you approach womanhood in understanding you DO NOT have to be second class to men and expect less because you are a woman, then my life has been worth living. thank you for your comment.

mezba said...

Salaams Aisha.

Been reading your blog (I think Shabina linked to it and I followed her). You write very well.

I remember your marriage post!


wayfarer said...

I pop in every so often and read the posts i miss. I hardly comment because i'm usually one armed but i'll always be a reader. :-) Wish i still lived nearby too!

The Gori Wife said...

I just stumbled over here myself, but I liked your top five posts a lot. Congrats on five years.

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