I have been on WordPress for 2 months and 1 week now (not including that account I created 13 years ago and did not maintain) and I could not be happier! Well, not true, I suppose. If I could figure out a way to make money out of it, I would really love to spend more time writing.
Why do I love it so much?
1. A way to express myself. It serves as an outlet for my thoughts and emotions. Unless asked, I seldom open up. I mean, my life has almost always been an open book, but I rarely take the initiative, especially if what I am thinking and feeling is not very positive. There is something about not wanting to drag others down with me. But as with most people, it helps me a lot when I do talk to another human being. Imagine having at least a hundred readers “listen” to me every day.
2. A way to exercise my brain (in addition to reading and doing puzzles etc). Writing (and everyday, to boot) is not an easy feat. Especially with this monthly theme I have got going on (I figured I cannot sustain a “The One Where / When / With…” FRIENDS-inspired headlines). I did not know I could be this anal before! There are days when my creative juices are really running dry!
3. A way to make my days a little bit more interesting. Writing has become something I look forward to every day. After a long (or lazy, too) day, I am excited to write. Like reading, writing has become quite an enjoyable and relaxing part of my day. My goal is to post daily, and before launching, I actually counted 100 Facebook posts I could recycle when I run out of new ideas. But so far, in the last 69 days, I maybe edited like 5 and the rest are original contents.
4. A way to share my learnings and ask questions about stuff (life, parenting, love, sex, friendship, homeschooling, mental health, etc). I am very passionate about the topics I write about. I want to make the most out of my life. The pandemic has ruined a lot of my plans, and I decided to take this opportunity to be a better version of myself. It feels fulfilling to get messages from friends (and strangers alike) about how they like and are inspired by my posts. I hope one day I am able to bring more value to my readers.
5. A way to remember lessons I learn from books and shows. There are books that I have read more than three times already, and still I get a little something out of them every single time. I may learn 10 lessons (sometimes 50!) but if I do not practice them, I tend to forget. When I share with others, the chances of retention is higher. I make it a habit to share with Sophia every little interesting tidbit I discover. It does not matter if it seems like she does not understand, she eventually will.
6. A way to learn more about myself. It is amazing how many eureka moments I had while writing. The little questions I asked at the end of my blog posts make me think, too. And finding the answers myself is not only fun, but also enlightening. My brain is running at a thousand words per minute, and jotting (or typing) my thoughts down make them easier to dissect.
7. A way to learn others’ perspectives. I have been trying to be more empathic. Getting feedback and comments (though not that much at this point and mostly private messages) gives me a different way of looking at things.
8. A way to improve my writing and expand my vocabulary. When I write, I have a Google tab on standby for synonyms, antonyms and meanings. I am reminded of similes, metaphors, idioms and figures of speech. I have a long way to go, and I do think the words I use are simple to understand.
9. A way to (hopefully soon) earn a living. I am planning to research on how to monetize my blog. So if anyone is willing to help me, I would really appreciate it.
10. A way to live forever. Someday I will give Sophia my password, or she can just read my blog anytime she wants. I think it is a great way for her to truly understand her mother, and at the very least, be reminded that she (her mother) has tried her best. She will make her own mark in this world, make her own decisions and mistakes someday. It is my sincere hope that she learns from mine.
What started as a hobby, chronicling my (never-ending) journey of self-discovery and self-development, has now become an important part of my life. I sincerely hope you like reading my posts as much as I love writing them.
Today, I have reached a milestone in my blogging career. My site has reached 10,000 all time views. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken time to read my posts. I will strive to be a better writer. And I hope I could keep this up.
Have you tried at least keeping a journal? It is fun! I suggest you try and see if you benefit from them, too!