Well, I’m back. Who the hell are you, I hear you ask. I used to be a blogger on a different domain, someone who used to update his blog quite frequently. I was rather active on the Maldivian blogosphere, made a few friends, got involved in some classic Internet arguments that were usually ignited because of my own naivety and outspoken views.
I’ll hold my hands up; I was a bit of a douche. What began as a way to satisfy my pent-up desire to write eventually turned messy, but in my (very feeble) defence, I was a teenager back then, knew nothing about the world except for the things that I had read and heard about.
I had also intended to blog anonymously, but got so caught up with my own material that I did what most teenagers of the X-Factor generation do.
Naturally, my anonymity was taken apart, piece by piece. Some members of my family who followed the Maldivian blogosphere got insight into my deepest, darkest thoughts, and my friends (most of whom thought my blog was the greatest thing next to cancelled classes) would often overload the comments section with deeply insightful responses in the lines of, “Cool post, dude.” Certain views that I expressed also turned out to be a source of friction between said members of my family and eventually, I started to fall out of love of blogging. Why do something that just made me miserable?
Eventually, I started publishing posts with less frequency, until I decided to give up blogging altogether. Although I held onto it like a child clinging onto his favourite toy, a year ago I finally decided to delete my blog, hoping that I would never get myself wrangled in the likes of it again.
Which is why I’ve decided to start fresh. You probably think I’m a person with very little self-control, but I’m in my twenties now, a Bachelor’s Degree under my belt and in a stable job (I hope). I would also like to think that I’m a lot more mature and level-headed than I used to be. I also plan to uphold my anonymity for as long as possible.
Most of all, I just want to write. You see, I have always been a talented writer. My teachers always told me so. I like writing, but over the last few years, my writing have mostly been about IT-related stuff. You know, those technical jargon-laced material that need to be published within a deadline? Truth be told, I’ve missed just writing whatever’s on my mind. No more counting pages, no referencing, and no ruddy table of contents.
I also fear that all that technical documentation has taken away the gloss of my writing skills a bit. Free writing allows me to express things in a more emotive manner, technical documentations are concise and precise to the point. I’ve attempted to write a couple of fictional stories during the last few months, only to read my own writing and delete my work in disgust. I’m hoping that my decision to restart blogging will bring back some of that lustre back into me and some day, enable me to publish a decent novel. Everyone has a dream, right?
If you’re a non-Dhivehi speaker, you’ve probably peered at your screen and attempted to pronounce the name of my blog at least once (and if you haven’t, you’re doing it now). It’s based on a traditional Maldivian condiment called ‘Rihaakuru’, one of my favourites. ‘theluli rihaakuru’ as my blog is called, literally means ‘fried rihaakuru’. If you haven’t tried it before, you have my sympathy. And if you’re wondering what the hell this rihaakuru has to do with this blog, well, let’s just say that I’m a little eccentric.
And I like food, so expect a lot of food references in my future posts!