I earn my living as a blogger writing and sharing about technology among other things. When I started my blogging career in 2009, I did not know how far I would go and how much I would actually love writing. But first anyone aspiring to write has to read a lot and that is what I did.
I immersed myself into the world of RSS feeds, Google search, blog directories and more. I must have read several thousands if not a lakh (100,000) blog posts in the past three and a half years, but only two bloggers have really spoken to me like no other.
The first post is by Tejaswee Rao, who was a young seventeen year old writing a blog post to her future daughter. It is a fascinating point of view with a sort of audacity only the young have. Unfortunately by the time I came across this post, the author had passed away – succumbing to dengue in 2010.
Her post will always remind me that when you do think up of something worthwhile, write it down. It then has a good chance at becoming immortal.
The second post is by Derek K. Miller, who was a accomplished blogger and podcaster. He found out he was suffering from cancer and he did not have much time. So he ended up writing his last post. A post that was to be published after he had passed away.
In the post he thanks his friends and family. He recollects interesting parts of his life. But what truly stands out is courage. Courage of a man, summarizing his life while staring at death and not fearing it. Rather than being a depressing post, it actually ends up reminding me, that what your life means to you is more important than wondering what your life meant to others.
Both posts are by bloggers and like bloggers tend to do, they were written in the present. One surmised a hopeful future and the other a well lived life. Both chose to share what they felt and ended up reaching me from the beyond.