Sometimes when you are feeling down it is uplifting to read the nice things people have said about you. Yes, I have one such collection of ‘testimonials’ from fellow bloggers of Yahoo! 360. I took my baby steps in blogging at Yahoo and testimonials were part of the blogging scene there. Bloggers could write down what they wanted to say (good things of course) about other bloggers in a limited number of words, and if that was accepted by the person it was meant for, it showed up on their page. The ones I received came between the years 2006-2008.
I moved from Yahoo to Sulekha and then moved again to settle at my self-hosted blog Shail’s Nest by February 2008. I did not forget to painstakingly compile each of those virtual citations I received, just in time too in fact, considering that Yahoo as a blogging platform, flipped over and breathed its last soon after. I am glad I managed to do that, for now, I can go back, read them all and marvel at the appreciation rained on me. I certainly don’t agree with all of what is said, but then I don’t have to. It is how others saw me; I simply accepted their views as theirs. In fact, that is exactly what makes it amazing and a humbling experience for me.
So here goes, in alphabetical order:
I am not sure how many of them still think the way they do. If any of you have changed your mind, please let me know. If anyone wants their testimonial removed, please leave a comment and I will do so. By posting this I am also hoping to find some of those who I have lost contact with. Dayze, where are you? Carl, Sneha, Priya, Aadishpa, Mercy, Ishrah… all of you are remembered. I hope life is treating you all to the best of bests.
Thank you ALL for the memories and the kind words.
Who is the one who refuses to call you an aunty? 😀
Sadly, I have not been able to establish contact with Ishrah.. Miss her as well..
Ok, I wonder why I don’t remember that dream I had of you..
I remember what you told me! I was your teacher/lecturer. I believe I told you to have carrots (Goofy used to love them,remember?) or something?!
oohhh.. You were my teacher and caught me eating something in class, and told me to eat carrots instead! Woich na?
Had 360 not shutdown and continued as it did, I don’t think I would have shifted to blogger and then to WordPress.
Some times I miss the old 360 days and people.. Although this has nothing to do with my blog friends now (Ushu, Dhiren, Sakshi, Pepper, RM, Hema, Vishal and so many more ) are such wonderful people, however there is a slight tinge of fond remembrance of the 360 people
I had already moved to sulekha before Yahoo started its winding down operations. Camaraderie at Y360 was fine. But it was like a well, cut off from the outside world. That I did not like about it.
Also the reason Why I don’t use my Yahoo ID any more..
The British Asian Blog said:
It’s always good to review previous positive feedback. Not sure if this could be the same but I have a habit to go back to my earlier emails – at times going back to emails I sent and received between friends and family as far back as 1998. It just gives me a moment to recap on how my relationship with people was back then.
Yes,I can relate to that. I do that too 🙂
Arrey wah! Fan Club! I never stumbled upon yahoo 360 … seems like a nice warm place
Lol @fan club. I guess I did only because I was part of a Yahoo family group. So I kept seeing this little green cross against names. I clicked it to see what would happen and lo, Yahoo 360 opened up! 🙂
Aaah, it felt so good to go through this. I can imagine how it must feel for you. I really enjoy reading your blogs. I wait for it to come in my feed. Today IHM has posted about your face book status and i thought it was your blog and i was wondering why it didnot come on my page and was searching for that post , then only i saw it was your facebook status. Ah was so disappointed.
Sometimes I day dream of some bloggers who i might meet when i am going somewhere and i would recognize in the road or beach and say, “Hey, isn’t it you, it’s me rahmath, I enjoy reading your blog so much…..” Wouldn’t it be fun? In TVM it’s you 🙂
It definitely would be fun, Rahmath! In fact, you have outlined my own thought that someone would walk up to me one day and ask, “Aren’t you Shail, the blogger?” 😉 I told this to my Second Born once and he thought it was hilarious! 😉
Are you on Facebook?
Honestly, you deserve all the kind words since you are making a difference with your unique writing style. Such heart warming words make a difference and I always look up to kind comments on my blog.
Cheers N keep up the good work. Yo!
Thank you Vishal. Yes, they do make a difference. In fact your words remind me of something I have to write about. 🙂
hmm! What’s dat? hehehee…
How words spoken/conveyed make a difference 🙂
Usha Pisharody said:
How come I’m not surprised by this wealth of love, of appreciation, and respect you have garnered over the years. It is testimony too, to your consistent core values, your generosity of spirit, and the wonderful attitude to life you have. Humour, too 🙂 Your words have touched so many people with their benediction and wit 🙂 🙂 No matter how much later I did come to know you, I know I’m glad, and blessed I did 🙂 You Rock, Gurl 🙂
Awww… thanks Usha! You are too sweet 😀
Sandhya Kumar said:
I was laughing reading Rohit’s comment! So many admirers!
I fell in love with poetry, first, Shail! I know nothing about poetry but your words were simple and very meaningful. I started enjoying poetry after reading yours.
Since yahoo is no more, there might not be any other way to contact them, right? Will this happen to blogspot or wordpress?
Sandhya, I am glad you said my poetry is simple! It made my day 🙂 And I do hope wordpress/blogspot don’t go the yahoo way! :O
I read each and every thing and it feels all very true, except I’m yet to read your poems. Feel lucky to have met you. You GO, girl! 🙂
Thank you 🙂 Well, I love to read you and we’ll surely meet some day! 🙂
Reading what people say about you raises you further and higher in my esteem Shail. Great to know you are an Army wife – wow I tip my hat to you lady.
Wishing you joy and happiness! 🙂
Thank you so much Dilip 🙂
wow!!! The fact that u r in touch with many of them shows how good a friend u are 🙂
Thanks Smita. Indeed I am in touch with quite a few of them 🙂
I have never heard of Yahoo 360 degree. The only place I know of where people wrote testimonials was on Orkut.
And yes it feels great to go back and read them.
I think the Orkut testimonials came after Yahoo 360.