Albeit a bit late, here goes the second anniversary post of Indian Muslims Blog. Allow me to quote a couplet of Ahmed Faraz that sums up my feelings on this occasion.
ham duhrii aziiyat ke giraftaar musaafir
paaNv bhii shal haiN, shauq-e-safar bhii nahiiN jaataa
We travelers, prisoners of afflictions doubled
Weary are our feet but wanderlust doesn’t seem to ebb.
Looking back at the first anniversary post, I am amazed (and happy) at the success we have achieved over the past one year. Obviously there has been a big increase in the number of posts (269 posts and 3,756 comments in the year 2007 compared to 134 posts and 421 comments in 2006). More importantly, the quality of discourse has improved a lot and we have had some great discussions.
We were fortunate to attract so many new writers over the course of the year and their insightful writings have been a major plus for the blog. And the comments have spiraled with more than 10 comments on average every day of the year. The biggest challenge of running a blog like this is to maintain a sense of perspective in posts as well as featuring diverse voices in the comments section. I would not say that we have hit bulls-eye in this respect but we certainly tried our best and would continue doing so in future.
To celebrate our second anniversary we have compiled the best posts of the year and a few selected comments. The compendium is available in pdf format for download and it would be great if you could mail it to interested friends. Click on the following image to download:
It has been fun traveling with you on this exciting and enriching (at least to me personally) journey. Looking forward to a great 2008. Comments and suggestions are always welcome either here or at feedback[at]indianmuslims.in. Thanks again!