‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ [Genesis 1:1-3, The Holy Bible]
Without form and void. Darkness upon the face of the deep. That is how the mind is sometimes. Ironically or otherwise, ‘sometimes’ includes the time when you decide to start a blog. One finds himself devoid of ideas, or even if there are ideas, they are ‘without form’. Then, the most natural question to ask is, why take the pain and extract something out of nothing? Whether you like it or not, Boredom is the answer.
One can’t help but wonder if all bloggers started off like this… Even if all didn’t, there could be some at least, who were goaded into the blogosphere by sheer boredom. In that case one cannot exactly claim the sole ownership of a title like Boredom Blogger. It would be most suitable for all such poor souls who discovered the writer in them after starting a blog. Or perhaps it was the other way round and the world discovered the absence of a writer; the point is, they started blogging out of boredom. Whether the blog itself was a bore is a different matter.
It is debatable whether any sort of creativity flows out of boredom. I recall that “Boredom is the Devil” was the title of one of the articles in our college magazine. The author was in fact, my classmate. So, some think boredom is bad; that boredom is the devil. But I wish to believe it isn’t true. I can even argue that God started creating the universe because He had nothing else to do. No one knows for sure though. But if the universe was created out of boredom then boredom gave birth to the most wonderful of creations. Ah! How I wish it were true…!
So then, ‘encouraged’ by boredom, here I am, making my humble beginning. I am taking the step forward. I’m going to write what I feel like writing. And that could be anything under the sun. It could be the review of a movie I saw, it could be a story. It could be a reaction to what I see and hear around me, it could be sheer madness. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. Like everyone, I like to believe I’m right always. But debates and discussions are always welcome. In fact I earnestly hope what I write would be worthy of discussion. It is obviously a big hope, but I do not believe it is unrealistic.
Criticism is welcome. Who wouldn’t welcome encouragement?!
Let there be light!