6 Years of Blogging: A Flashback

6 Years of Blogging: A Flashback

In the afternoon WordPress wished me a happy anniversary through its notifications menu. I realized six years ago on 4th August 2010 I started posting my works to this blog. The floodgates of nostalgia were flung wide open as memories rushed in and overflowed my consciousness. So many things happened over the course of these years. Things that were both significant and trivial, sad and delightful, glorious and humbling. In brief, the journey has been and still continues to be almost as adventitious as life itself. A few of those found a place in some of the posts but most remained buried in a faraway island that I call my heart, an island that owns nothing but is owned by nothing either.
 

Anyways, the year was 2010 and in March that year I seemed to have finally settled down in a career after some jumping around. Though I was writing in English for four years by then, it was all limited to my personal diaries. With both my personal and professional life in complete disarray, I could hardly think of the luxury of sharing my words with the world. Of course the quality was at best elementary, if not outright questionable as well. However, once the job security was there I started thinking about sharing my poems. I found WordPress in August after trying a few other poetry hosting sites like poetrypoem.org. I stuck to WordPress mostly because the interface was more user friendly than the previous ones I tried.
 

So, in August 2010 I started posting to this blog and ended up publishing 86 posts in one month. Those were from all the poems I wrote in the previous four years that I found good enough to share with the world. By the end of that year I added 14 more to the tally, December being the most productive month with 8 posts. Back then one thing I liked was the way after publishing each post, WordPress encouraged me to achieve my next target of posts. I forgot the sequence of targets but most probably it was 25, 50, 75, 100… as far as I can recall the encouragement stopped after reaching 200 or 250 posts. I wonder whether that feature is still available for the newcomers or was later removed from the site.
 

Like any enterprise, the starting months were tedious with little or no return. At the end of the year, the 100 posts on the blog received 335 views in total. As the stats page in front of me shows, the number in the likes and comments columns are a meager 14 and 13 respectively and the Visitors’ tally was not available until 2012. The most viewed poem was Vow, published in October with 44 views.
 

In twelve months on 2011, I added 72 more posts and September was the most productive one with 14. For some now forgotten reasons February 2011 has been the only month so far when I did not publish a single post. Though the view count at the end of the year was a little less shameful than the previous one with 1326, the comments and likes columns continued their meager streak with 16 and 80 respectively. The most viewed poem was Life, Dreams, Memories And Me, published in March with 109 views.
 

In 2012 a further 142 posts were added and with 17 of them published in December, it was the most productive month of that year. WordPress started counting the visitors sometime in this year and at the end of it, my blog had 170 of them with 3595 views, 473 likes and 69 comments. The most viewed poem was Humayun Ahmed: The Most Popular Writer of Bangladesh with 65 views. Published in July that year, as a tribute after his death, this poem has been the most viewed piece on the blog for four consecutive years, with 279 views in 2013, 343 in 2014 and 482 in 2015. Even in the running year it is the 20th most viewed poem with 111 views. I think you can very well imagine the popularity of the person the poem is about.
 

In 2013, 158 more posts were added. At the end of the year my blog was viewed 3898 times by 1654 visitors but both comments and Likes went downhill with 39 and 159 respectively. The most viewed post was unchanged from the previous year, as you know already. The most viewed post published in that year was I’m A Tree with 44 views. It was published in May of that year and November was the most productive month with 21 posts.
 

2014 was the year I added more than 200 posts for the first time with 217 in total. According to the figures displayed on my blog, of all the months July seems to be the most productive one. However, as there was a war between Israel and Palestine in that month, I reposted a few antiwar poems written by fellow poets. Now I think it was December with 25 posts, as from the trends I can see winter is more productive for me than summer. The most viewed post written in that year was The Fire in Her Eyes with 77 views, published in September. In all 1471 visitors viewed my posts 4072 times with 1329 Likes and 120 Comments. This year is also special for me because an anthology, Nature and Human beings: Individual and Collective, of my poems was published from Amazon  in March.
 

Finally, in 2015 the stats started looking more similar to that of a newbie. I added 212 posts in that year and my blog received 10,751 views from 2993 visitors who rewarded me with 7952 likes and 785 comments. December once again was the most productive month with 40 posts published.  The most viewed poem written in that year was A Cold Goodbye, published in July with 166 views. July was also the month I resigned from my job after five and half years and decided to invest all of my time and efforts into creating contents for the world in both written and audio-visual formats.
 

This brings me back to a familiar point, having a tumultuous professional and personal life. After a year of unemployment, last month I have finally found a way to be self-employed by monetizing my creative contents on a YouTube channel @ Amit Rahman and a Blogspot page @ Amit’s Two Pennies. This way of securing sustenance has more freedom as well as self-accountability. At the same, if successful, the monetization would not only provide me with money but recognition too and that also from a wider berth of people than is available in private services. However with only 32 subscribers so far, even the minimum sustenance seems a dream as distant as the afterlife itself. The fact that almost all of the subscribers are Gmail account holders but not active YouTubers is even more disparaging. So, my dear poets and fellow bloggers, I would truly be grateful if you kindly subscribe and watch my videos. I would also urge you to return to my channel regularly if you find its contents useful or interesting. Currently I have three series in production at the channel, they are:

  • Five New Words: In this series I offer five English words with their etymologies, pronunciations, meanings and examples in each episode.

 

  • Two Pennies: In this series I offer my two pennies on history, philosophy, literature, religion, psychology, politics and current affairs.

 

  • Poems by Amit Rahman: This one consists of the readings of my poems with their texts being displayed on the screen. Of late I have also begun to include a brief context of the poem being read at the end of each episode.

 

 

Hopefully I have not dragged this too long to lose a reader halfway through. If you have made it to this far, let me not bore you anymore and end this piece by earnestly praying for your kind support and patronage towards my humble enterprise detailed above. This is my anniversary pledge to you, my readers.

Thanks a lot for your time! May you be in peace!

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Help Me Spread the Message, Please!

Help Me Spread the Message, Please!

Dear Poets and Fellow Bloggers,

 

If you think the facts and ideas expressed in my previous article, “What is my Religion?” interesting and/or important, please watch the video, What is my Religion?, which is the third episode of my Two Pennies series and help me to spread the message! I admit, the animation is very retro and poor but I hope you would kindly pardon the state of my resources. Your time and efforts are sincerely appreciated.

 

Thank you!

Terror Attacks In France

Terror Attacks In France

It has been more than 12 years since I last kept such strange hours in front of an IDE or Integrated Development Environment. Back then it used to be C++, Visual Basic or Java that showed commands and syntaxes,

C++

whereas now it is Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, showing frames and audio waves.

Adobe

Despite the apparent differences, the present experience is intoxicating as the previous one. So much so that I have to keep reminding me, I am not 25 anymore and I must not be overindulging but old habits truly die hard.

 

Anyways, I have uploaded the second episode of my Two Bits series last night. Titled, Terror Attacks in France, it is a compilation of three of the deadliest terror attacks in French history, so far. It includes a brief description and my views about January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, November 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Nice attack.

 

Please watch the video and let me know what you think of it at your convenient times. If you have not already, please subscribe to my channel, Amit Rahman and help it grow! Thank you.

6 Minutes of Charity!

6 Minutes of Charity!

Dear fellow Poets and Bloggers

 

I am back after yet another hiatus. As I have mentioned earlier, days have become rather hectic since my decision to become a professional YouTuber. Fortunately I love to learn new things, so getting hands on experience in computer graphics and animation has not been too tedious an adventure for me. Still, I should admit, being a novice it takes me more time to animate a character on screen than it does to give it words on a page. To cut a long tale short, after about a week’s scripting, recording, animating, rendering and editing, I have finally managed to put together a 5 minutes and 40 seconds long video. It is a compilation of some basic facts about Bangladesh. I would be honored if you could give me 6 minutes of your precious time and see the production @ Episode 01: Bangladesh.
 

My YouTube channel, Amit Rahman is also online and I humbly yet insistently urge you to visit it. I wanted to name the channel ‘Two Bits’ but for that I needed to create a new gmail account as well as a new channel. Instead I decided to use the existing one and not spend time for a new account or channel’s growth of credibility, because I have run out of all sorts of sustenance. I have literally scraped all the pennies in my jar to revamp this computer to avail upgraded software products for animation and editing but ran out of it before I could purchase some necessary equipment like a semiprofessional microphone and video recorder.
 

So, please see the video, as your views will be my only source of sustenance. Also please help me to make the channel grow by clicking the subscribe button, for without your subscriptions my channel has no credibility to the rest of the world. I hope I am not asking for too much. I know this is not the Christmas season and with so much violence and bloodshed all around, I wonder how long even Christmas can keep on making people grow kinder and more charitable to each other! Nevertheless, I believe you can consider giving my channel some of your time an act of charity.
 

I hope you all shall be as supportive of my creative works @ YouTube as you have been so far on WordPress. Thank you!


 

Prehistory 101 A

Prehistory 101 A

 

Dear fellow poets and bloggers,

How have you been doing? For the last 3 weeks or so I have not been active at all in the blogosphere apart from posting a few poems, primarily because I am trying to launch a YouTube channel to offer my two bits on literature, anthropology, history and politics. Unfortunately YouTube’s partnership program is not available in my country, so coming up with a sustainable design is turning out to be more difficult than I have imagined.

 

Anyways, one of the first episodes I plan to upload on the channel would be an overview of the prehistoric era in the Indian Subcontinent. The following text is more or less the first draft of the first episode of that series. As the final draft will be in a storyboard format, I have decided to share the first draft instead. However let me stick a little note of disclaimer here, this is a personal research which is neither rigorous and nor is it meant to be an academic paper. I still welcome your constructive suggestions and advices about enhancing the content. Let me know what you think of it!

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So, around sixty thousand years ago, during the second great migration out of Africa, human beings started settling down in the Indus and Ganges river valleys. For the next forty to fifty thousand years these rudimentary settlements were rather sparsely scattered through the region that would later contain more than one fifth of the world population in the twenty first century. Interaction among the dwellers of different settlements existed primarily in the form of encounters between foraging or hunting parties. Superficial features like complexion began to change due to geography. Tribes living in relatively cooler north started losing the protection of melanin from their skin, while those living in the warmer south retained it. People from Sino-Tibetan descent also came to populate the land but mostly preferred the hilly areas over the plains.

 

When the glaciers from the last ice age began to recede around thirteen thousand years ago, some spectacular things happened and humankind started showing signs of ritualized worship of the supernatural. The famous temple at Göbekli Tepe  is from this period. Perhaps humanity found a unifying agent, albeit locally in today’s perspective, in the face of a near extinction event, possibly caused by a sudden rise of the sea level or an epic flood. Only a fortunate group of archeologists can tell what happened, if they happen to come across some evidences, still unearthed. In terms of the means used to communicate among the populace of a settlement, the language changed around this time as the Proto Indo European tongue of their ancestors gave rise to Proto Sanskrit in the north and Proto Dravidian in the south.

 

Within a few thousand years, around Seven thousand BCE, agricultural revolution happened and so did domestication of herd animals like the cattle. Due to the existence of the Himalayan range to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south the monsoons were regular and plentiful. Periodically both the Indus and Ganges rivers flooded too, providing a richly fertile soil for cultivation. Accordingly, within the next few thousand years, human habitats like the ones in Harappa and Mohenjo Daro began to grow.

 

These late bronze age civilizations thrived for a couple of millennia before succumbing to a worldwide collapse around four thousand years ago, most probably from the effects of a substantial change in the world climate. Despite the declining popular belief, no Aryan invasion occurred. The theory of such an invasion was cooked up by Max Muller et al in the nineteenth century, to justify the spread of imperialism as mere repetitiveness of history. The theory held its grounds for more than a century but during the last decade it has mostly been debunked.