An Unquiet Mind of A Social Geek

Take a look at these numbers:

  • This is my 267th post.
  • There are 2962 authentic comments on this blog.
  • My posts have 203 tags in 39 categories.
  • Total views crossed 100K quite a while back.
    These numbers usually don’t mean much to me. But I always use a trick while climbing a mountain. When I am exhausted and feel like I can’t go up any further, I turn and look the other way around. Seeing how much ground we’ve covered and how much height we’ve attained, is a re-energizing technique that works.
    However, the need to look at these numbers now did not arise because I’m exhausted writing on this blog. Since I started An Unquiet Mind over two years back, I have written exclusively here. And now I’ve come to a fork in my path.300px-Janus-Vatican
    Discounting my professional writing at MakeUseOf.com, I have decided to start a separate personal blog exclusively focused on technology, specifically social networking and social media websites and technologies.
    Since I began a writing career, I realized that being an early adopter of new technologies, I needed to participate in online communities of like-minded technology enthusiasts and industry influencers.
    While Twitter has been one vehicle to achieve this, FriendFeed has been more empowering. To retain the intellectual flavor of An Unquiet Mind undiluted, I decided to post technology related content separately. Also, it did not make sense to direct the 90K+ MakeUseOf subscribers interested in cool websites, software, and internet tips to An Unquiet Mind!
    Since I am known as the Social Geek in these tech circles, my technology blog is of A Social Geek. I chose Posterous rather than WordPress as a platform since it’s flexibility suits my needs better. Feel free to follow/subscribe to A Social Geek if you’re so inclined. Posts from there are also displayed in the sidebar here. Thus, my blogs reflects my two personae on Twitter – @SocialGeek maps to A Social Geek, @Palsule maps here.
    At this milestone I also decided to experiment with a different theme, primarily for one reason: it gave me the push to do the necessary housekeeping of this blog that has been on the backburner for a while. I have reorganized my categories, which are now displayed at the top. Hovering your mouse over them reveals sub-categories too.
    I think this will help An Unquiet Mind remain unquiet about things that matter. I think unquiet minds rule over matter, but never mind.

Image: Janus, the two-faced Roman god of beginnings and endings.

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  • Mahendra, it is a good idea to make a separate blog for tech issues as that is a field that not everyone is interested in. And yes, I have noticed that techy people are not interested in the more general blogs. But I hope that you don’t give up writing here as this expresses who you are.
    And congrats on reaching the various milestones.

  • Nita, thanks. My number of posts has reduced, but no, I will not give it up. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting. It’s old-time blogger friends like you who keep this blog going.

  • I recently went through the motions to know whether I should merge my blogs (reverse of what you have done). I agree with Nita, that people come to a blog looking for x and when they find something else, it usually is a dampener. While categories help organise, the genre of the blog is a very defining characteristic. Thanks for pointing me to storytlr, not sure how many people use it – but it helps those who follow the person, rather than a blog.

    Good move!

  • Hi Mahendra,
    This was inevitable and congrats for giving birth to a new blog. It will be immensely useful from a professional perspective too, since you’ll be able to showcase your work and connect to people when you start working as a social media consultant, which I see happening sooner than later. A similar thought had crossed my mind when I separated the travel blog, but I’ve discovered that my personal blog gets a step motherly treatment now. Nothing intentional, but it takes efforts to run two blogs for sure. So while I think that I’ll follow your techie blog to a limited extent, I’ll be looking for your personal rambles on this space as always.
    cheers,
    Priyank

  • I agree, sometimes Motivation is not how far you can go, but how far you have come. I quote that line to a big shot manager once (in my first job) when prodding him for my appraisal/role change. 😉

    Later, I realised I needn’t had bothered, but my hackles used to be raised during those days. I have forgotten what my stats look like now, but I too think of them at times I want to give up blogging. well, no, to be honest, I don’t want to give up blogging.

  • Mahendra – Congrats on all the milestones, and good luck with the new blog. Now let me go check out ‘A Social Geek’!

  • Good luck with Social Geek, Mahendra. And yes, please do keep posting here!

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  • Dottie

    Congrats! The social geek site looks interesting!

  • Amreekandesi, Gauri, Dottie – thanks!