About Blogging

Why Do I blog? (revised entry from last year)
by missP on Wed May 02, 2007 9:06 am
On a sunny day, like this, it is such a waste to just sit in front of the PC and vegetate, but what the heck! Hubby is away again to some far off place. And since I only work part time now, I have actually, plenty of time to do whatever I may want to do. Perhaps, I will even go to visit my sisters over the weekend. Till then, I am going to vegetate here as long as I want!

I have been tagged by Eydyeyey with the topic: Why do I blog?.

Eyds, actually, having the gut feeling that i posted already something similar before, I checked my archives and indeed, I have already answered this last yearl. So, Eydyeyey, I hope you don't mind me re-posting the article with some modifications.

After doing my normal rounds of blog hopping, answering mails and catching up on the reading, I thought I should also answer the question: clapping “Why Do I Blog?”

I started blogging almost four years now. brainwash I know, in my archives it’s only been a little more than three. That’s because, I did not include the entries that I made with e-bloggy (now blogspot) and Diaryland. After a couple more months, I discovered other blogs. Blogs that were very interesting and so popular. Bloggers with their attitudes and such high falluting words made me feel like mine was too bland, simple and uninteresting. Insecurity settled in and I lost the appetite for blogging. Although I still blog hop every now and then, believe you me, the “then” sunked in more often until I discovered the community of Filipino bloggers. I got motivated again. I started another blog with Upsaid Journal, having learned that they give out blogging space for free accounts. After two or three articles, Upsaid closed their basic accounts. I then moved on to Movabletype, where I lasted for some months. By this time, I have become a frequent visitor to the other Pinoy blog sites. I have also gathered up enough courage to leave a comment or just let the owner know that I dropped by their site. My first blogging intrigue came. I was accused of flaming someone who has been blogging for years. That was quite an interesting experience. I let go of the issue and avoided it like one would a plague or something. I lost a friend though in the process. We said hurting words to each other and eventually lost communication, but all that has come to pass. I have already talked to that lady again after some months, yes, it took us months to patch up, with the help of some other bloggers namely Elaine and Thess.

After all the chaos, why do I blog? I blog for several reasons.

1. ) It’s to pass the time away. I was new in this country where hubby and I have to settle in for the time being. With no work and still learning the language, I needed something else to occupy myself with. Although, in the beginning I was not that of an enthusiast, I still managed to do it. Writing, second to math is my waterloo. Contradictingly unbelievable & untrue because when I was still studying, I used to join the National News Writing Conferences in the Philippines. I was also a member of the journalism club in High School. Well, in fairness, I did have the talent, as what my advisors told me then, but I didn’t have the zest for it. I was too lazy to put words into sentences, paragraphs or compose something. Though I was good in Essay writing I only wrote one if necessary, like for example, so I could pass a subject. I have my English teachers who can attest to that given the grades I got. Then again, I also stated somewhere that I am a journalist-wannabe, but that was only because I had a very big crush on the newspaper editor at school then. Yes, now it can be told! I used to stay longer hours at school just to be with the guy who didn’t seem to notice me. Who’s mind seemed to be so pre-occupied with only two things in general: the love of his life, Jessica and the things he would do or make in his lifetime. He had big plans. Well, he was the Valedictorean of his batch, so, what else could one expect of him. Anyway, when he graduated, I suddenly lost interest in journalism and switched to Drama. And that was the end of my journalism years but not for blogging Wink!

2.) I blog, because it is so interesting what other people think, what they feel in certain situations, how they react to some actions of others. It’s like doing Psychology and Sociology 101 experiments. I blog because I am a sucker for other people’s stories. Yes, admittedly. I could sit down and read or listen to other people telling me their life stories and later break it down to cause and effect situations. What I learn from it, will stay with me, for sure. What discourages or disappoints me from the stories, I simply forget. bouncenburn

3.) I blog because I know that some people come to visit me in my blogsite. There are days, when I feel so down or so upset and they would feel it in the entry I made and they would leave me comforting words and things to laugh at to ease the heavy heart I have. No man is an island. Not one can survive alone. I first learned that from my grandmother who has repeatedly instilled it in us. Living in a foreign country with no real family except for my hubby who has put up with all my crazy ideas and cheered me up on some days when depression sets in on me, I need others to tell me comforting words and give me constructive criticisms. So, I Blog. overclocking

4.) Another reason why I blog is because this is my way of reflecting on myself. I was also once a brat, immature, self centered person…and blogging has helped me to open up my mind and widen my outlook into things, ideas and situations. It is nice to read about the old self and then realize that I have changed. That I have learned to let go of the bad me and in it’s place is now a responsible, God fearing, mature adult trying always to reflect to others the Lord’s goodness and wonders in my life. I am not saying that blogging changed me. I am stating that reading what I have written in my blog helped me get to know myself better. blush

5.) I am not really a very materialistic person, duck but in blogging , as I have mentioned before helps me widen my horizon…(to the point of being Vain), to find new things, new ideas, when it comes to fashion as well. Try to bloghop and find out that half if not most of the bloggers would feature some new cellphones, camera, bag, dress, make up powder, lipstick eyeshadows, etc., etc. The list could go on and on…It really is quite fun. I crawl in the web looking out who is reading which book, who went on vacation to Timbukto and whoever had a fight with the bosses at work. Silly little things? Well yes maybe. But it helps me unwind as well as heals my aching heart when I am blue, lifts up my spirits when I am down in the dumps or brings out the best in me as a writer, there's a laugh! bananas bananas bananas

I should also tag 5 persons on this, according to the rule so, I am tagging:

1. ) Loloy
2. ) Coco
3. ) Curacha
4. ) Dae Darlene
5. ) YOU yes, please post your answer in your blog.

Guys, it's possible I know that you may have already posted something similar before, like in my case, but let's join the fun and just try to repost your entry. Perhaps some reasons may have changed already or you may have some readers or visitors who are new and therefore have not read your past entry. Admittedly, it is very seldom that a blogger would dig for no special reason in one's archives. Just feel free to edit and repost it.

Have a nice day to all!
That Anniversary
by missP on Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:12 pm
Waking up to the beautiful rays of sunshine entering into the bedroom this morning, I found myself alone in bed. On a Saturday, well this is strange, I thought to myself. Or perhaps NOT! This thought made me jump up out of bed and started going through the rooms of the house looking for hubby. If he left for work, then I am already very late for work myself. %(/&%&%$!!!

I found hubby in our cubicle. Nope, not the toilet! I meant our computer room. I always call it our cubicle, because it is actually just a small bedroom. But it is the most used room in the whole house.

?Good morning my love?, hubby greeted me. ?It?s your anniversary this month!? huh??? What anniversary? It?s not December? or did I wake up in a different timeline? This is what one gets from watching too many sci-fi movies. I think I need a strong cup of coffee.

Alas, as I rummaged through the cupboards to brew fresh coffee, I realized that we run out of coffee two days ago and that I planned to go to the grocery today to fill up. Honestly, I am starting to regret getting out of the bed today? hehehehe. I settled for tea and hubby had to prepare his own Italian coffee. We both went back to the computer room and sat in front of our respective places, him in front of his PC and I went to my desk to open my laptop. Suddenly, a feeling of dej? vu seeped through. Only, this is real because on weekends when I don?t have to go to work, this is how we start our day.

?No, it?s not December and I didn?t mean ?OUR? anniversary?, hubby explained. ?It?s been two years this month since you started blogging?, he continued.

Oh, THAT anniversary!
by missP on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:56 am
Different people have different perception. One man's meat could be another man's poison.

A couple bought a donkey from the market. On the way home, a boy commented, "Very stupid. Why neither of them rode on the donkey?" Upon hearing that, the husband let the wife ride on the donkey. He walked besides them. Later, an old man saw it and commented, "The husband is the head of family. How can the wife ride on the donkey while the husband is on foot?" Hearing this, the wife quickly got down and let the husband ride on the donkey.

Further on the way home, they met an old Lady. She commented, "How can the man ride on the donkey but let the wife walk. He is no gentleman." The husband thus quickly asked the wife to join him on the donkey. Then, they met a young man. He commented, "Poor donkey, how can you hold up the weight of two persons. They are cruel to you." Hearing that, the husband and wife immediately climbed down from the donkey and carried it on their shoulders.

It seems to be the only choice left. Later, on a narrow bridge, the donkey was frightened and struggled. They lost their balance and fell into the river. You can never have everyone praise you, nor will everyone condemn you. Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future.

Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if our conscience is clear.

***lifted from a forwarded mail***