It´s been quite a week when it came to writing. For the first time, I realized the terminal power and reach of the internet. The extreme polarising reactions of readers. For someone who had no interest in being part of any social media account other than Facebook till last year, I have finally come to experience what trolling, tagging, sharing etc all mean.
Writing today is unlike the earlier times. Whether it your blog or your social media account, followers are just as important or more important than the content per se. Marketing your content and networking are crucial deal makers or breakers.
So, this week I posted one of my widely read, circulated and debated articles on the Hrithik-Kangana legal tussle. I posted the ´no holds bar´ article way before Hrithik Roshan´s ´tell-all´interviews. The reader response went from mostly negative, to mixed to overall positive, all in just a span of few days. The icing on the cake for me was that the article somehow caught the attention of Hindi movie artiste Kunal Kapoor who appreciated and shared my article on on his Twitter handle. Yes, my very first celebrity appreciation! (Blushes!)
As a writer, I was happy to have created an impact, stir up a debate and alter the populist mindset and narrative. Up until then, the articles which were written on this topic were largely one-sided and subjective in perspective. I wasn´t sure how my take would be received and was expecting backlash for the same. The brickbats surely came as did the bouquets in good measure.
This incident has taught me that it is important to write fearlessly and honestly. You may receive extremely terminal reactions when you have to take a stance or side. But as long as you handle the reactions just as objectively as you write, things should improve with more readers getting your non-populist stance.
I’m participating in the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge through October and the prompt for this article is ´Terminal´