It feels great whenever I get appreciation email for the SuperBlog. One of the readers wrote to me asking how did the superblog came to life. So here is the story of the birth of The Big K’s Superblog!
It was April 2005, I was employed with an Indian IT services company. Naturally, team meeting was an integral part of my routine. It was April 4, 2005 I remember (eh, ok! I checked the date here: First Post On SuperBlog} our team had a post lunch meeting. The meeting lasted for about 1.5 hours and I got a mild headache. The reason was obvious: I was bit sleepy, my team members were clueless about what we were discussing or the problem/issues we were trying to solve, the AC was chilling, I was low on caffeine and I was trying hard to make my presence felt. For almost 80% of the time we all were clueless about what was going on in the meeting – yet that did not stop us from something that’s called ‘value addition’.
The value addition is nothing but mentioning the obvious things that everyone knows and understands. There are many advantages: No one can cross you. No one can prove you wrong and stating the obvious makes you a ‘visionary’ and ‘genius’ employee in any meeting. Try it, if you haven’t.
I returned to my little corner in the cubicle and my colleague started pinging me on IM about what we discussed in the meeting. I was all fed up! However, everyone else though we’ve had a great (read productive) meeting! I thought the world’s common sense level is declining. I got philosophical and concluded that the declining common sense level is a bigger threat to the world than the soaring carbon levels that causes Global Warming. Eventually, I concluded that Global Warming is just a small problem that can be solved if we solve the bigger problem that I had just discovered. I appointed myself as the deputy of common sense and took the responsiblitiy of eliminating stupidity from the world. I maintain that I can make a change by making people aware of stupidity in their otherwise ‘normal’ actions.
I had been web savvy. Even in 2005, I could name many great Internet services than any of my colleagues. I was familiar with blogs and what they do when my other friends were still fascinated with online chatting. I’d spend hours learning new tools and understanding them while my friends were learning to install Yahoo Messenger. Anyway, that’s a different story.
By then, I had no energy or motivation left to resume my official work. Excited with my new idea, I got registered on blogspot (remember, I knew about blogspot already!) and wrote my first post there: [ http://the-big-k.blogspot.com/2005/04/flashes-of-obvious.html ]. I’d write once in a while, until I moved the blog to a new destination. It was the-big-k.com/me (this one no longer exists!)
The superblog continued to be there for a long time and eventually moved to this domain at address domain/me. It remained there for few more months and then found a permanent destination (the current URL).
The older text got messed up with special characters during the transfers (guess because of the different encoding?). The old time superblog followers are still the loyal readers. New readers join every day.
That is the story of the birth of The Big K’s Superblog. If you have any questions, post them in the comments below. If you want to say bad things about this blog, write to me through email so that I can send you a rude response.
Thank you, keep reading.
–The Big K–
PS: I’m aware of my own stupidity. But if people who couldn’t crack CAT can teach in MBA entrance training institutes, I can very well write about stupidity and common sense.