Those of you following my blog from before the 24th of July, 2016 may have noticed its new URL. It was changed from returnoftheprodigal.wordpress.com to ramaarya.wordpress.com on the 25th. Why? Because the blog had grown beyond being about just one chapter of my life. 🙂
I’ve been blogging since 1999. Yup, it’s been a long time! I’d just finished studying coding through a part-time course and had created rama-arya.com [a travel blog and image library] which I used till 2010. In between I moved to London for 13 months and wrote a blog on my weekend sojourns to various parts of the city and the English counties. I called it ramastravels.wordpress.com though a friend claimed it sounded like a travel agency. 😛
At the crossroads of 2013-14, I moved to Bombay and started blogging at Return of the Prodigal [returnoftheprodigal.wordpress.com]. I literally felt I had come home, though Bombay was never on my agenda or in my history.
The result of nearly two decades of blogging was that I had multiple blogs with different addresses scattered in the online space. I am a sucker for being organised so you can well imagine my discomfort about this.
Ten months ago, hence, I started on an extensive and intensive consolidation exercise in my spare time, deleting the subsequent defunct accounts as I carried along.
The renaming of the consolidated blog would not have been possible without the support of WordPress’ Happiness Engineers. They were fantastic. They updated my internal links and transferred both my WordPress email followers [yes, you guys; I am not on twitter], and even my ‘freshly pressed’ WordPress badge from returnoftheprodigal.wordpress.com. Together with a site redirect, voilà, 10 months of work culminated seamlessly.
My 18 years of blogging is now all in one place at ramaarya.wordpress.com. From my solo travels through China and South Africa, to my weekends in various nooks and crannies of England; from unravelling Bombay to the roads less trodden in Iran and Bhutan; from sharing my love for contemporary Indian art to giving back initiatives I volunteer at. It is all here, and my penchant for organisation has been assuaged. I tell myself, my blog has come of age.
In closing, I would like to thank you all, dear readers, in utmost sincerity for being with me through my blogging journey. Thank you. I would not be ‘blogging’, if it were not for you. ❤