Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!

There it is.
It's been a year since I have created this blog.
I wrote 213 posts.
I didn't write 365 posts, one a day as I said I would.
But that was a bit of a crazy challenge to do anyway.
So overall I am not displeased with myself.

What do I retain from this first year experience?

  • At first, I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to commit to one post a day or provide quality. 
             But as time passed, I grew relaxed and less judgemental of my work/blog.

  • I "kind of" surprised myself by:
  1. being able to produce something every two days or so.
  2. following through with this commitment.
  3. discovering I loved researching and writing about artworks, movies and history of a book/writer/artist in general.

Retrospectively, I think I lacked direction and focus but this is something you learn with time.

I also didn't realise it would take me so much time to research on how to improve your blog settings, and add widgets, read other blogs and write comments.

When I started this blog, my sole intent was to be consistent with my writing.
It was a personal challenge:
prove to myself that I was serious with writing by writing daily.
I knew nothing of blogging, didn't even visit other blogs, didn't even know blogging was so huge and widely spread.
I was oblivious to that world, living in a non-free blogosphere environment. ;-)
So I thought by creating just one post, it would be easy and fast, done and dusted in no time.

But of course, I got sucked in the process of blogging by trying to think of a better way to do things.
Improving is I guess one of our best traits we have as human beings.
One of which all blog-publishing service knew when they created this concept.

Nevertheless, I am glad as I learned a few things along the way.
One of the nice surprises was to discover what a strong and supportive community there is between writers.
I was also amazed at the incredible people/talent/books/sentences/images/words/blog designs that I noticed existed and found in the blogosphere throughout my virtual wanderings.

So overall a positive experience.

I know there're still a lot of things I'm doing wrong or could improve but I am not as much in a rush to get them done or pressured to do them as I used to. I'm not as efficient and organised as I could be but  I'll get there eventually or I hope to be anyway.

What about you? What did you look for when you started blogging?
And what did you learn about blogging or about yourself since you started blogging?
I'd like to know.


  1. Congrats. on 1st birthday of your blog. I like the randomness and breadth/variety of topics that you cover so I hope you don't change that - "focus" and "direction" are bit over-rated!

  2. I had no idea that I would make so many supportive writing friends through blogging. It takes a lot more time than I imagined it would. When I began, I thought I would out my post out there, read a few comments, and be done. It doesn't work that way. Involvement is necessary.

  3. Happy Blogversary!
    I started blogging for mostly selfish reasons, but as I've blogged and formed friendships, it's become less about me and more about being a part of a community.

  4. Happy belated birthday from me. I do like the variety you offer on your blog. I started quite simply to 'learn to blog'... and of course 'to write on a regular (ahem) basis'. I agree it does take time and I do think it's also about engaging on-line. I've learned lots, made some great blogging buddies and become braver about sending my scribbling into outer space :-) ..isn't that where they go?

  5. Hi :)
    I just started a blog, pretty much the same reasons you did. To improve my writing, to get in touch with the amazing support group of like-minded writers and make a commitment. I've signed up to follow you. Look forward to reading your future posts :) All the best :)

  6. @John, cheers. Nice to hear randomness is okay.
    @Brinda, indeed it's a learning curve but it does take involvement.
    @Emily, So i have read and noticed through your blog. Great of you Emily.
    @Mary, thanks! the becoming braver gets easy indeed with time.
    @Jade, nice to hear from you too. And Thank you so much too. I've joined your blog which sounds very interesting too.