Re: Blogging 101

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

BLOGGING 101: Introduce Yourself To The World by Michelle W. (Originally posted in The Daily Post ; found in beingahuntress)

 

In every blog that I own, I always write in the sidebar or in the About Me box that my blog is a personal blog. It’s a personal blog because I usually write down the things that I want to say at the moment.

I can say that I’m a personal blogger. Most of my entries are about my life, my day, my rants, my observations, my beliefs and some of the things that I want to do or would like to try soon.

I write what I want to say. I don’t actually write about what other people wants me to write. I am not used to writing or following prompts or challenges. Although, I’ve tried a couple of challenges in Tumblr a few years ago. However, it takes a lot of time and commitment. I stopped writing for the sake of joining prompts or challenges but I’m trying my best to blog more responsibly.

In 2015, I started writing my own versions of reviews based on different categories. At first, I was just doing it for fun and blogging. I wasn’t really thinking about the long run. I was only trying to document memories from time to time. In 2016, I decided to make reviews as a staple and also as a stepping stone in my writing career.

I used to think that my purpose in writing or blogging is for practicing my writing ability only and the things that I have learned when I was a student. It was just a few months ago, that I’ve realized that I could actually make use of it in different ways. However, since I’ve only written entries informally, I think I have to improve my craft in this field by learning more about it.

 

One of the downsides in writing informally is the rants. I used to write everyday to rant about whatever it is that I don’t want or I dislike or I disagree with. I also used to think that I’m not the kind of person who likes to take pictures and post it in my blog. I’m not the kind of person who writes Tagalog-English (Taglish) entries as well. At one point, I made a secret pact with myself that if I’m going to write an English entry, it will be English from start to finish. Same goes with a Tagalog or a Filipino Entry.
Blogging is interesting. It’s a stress reliever for me. It feels like traveling, like escaping reality, or like writing about another person. Writing another perspective, sharing stories, telling people how you feel from your inspirations up to your frustrations is an experience that you can share with anyone.

 

Q: Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

A: I am blogging publicly rather than keeping a personal journal because I want to document my life online. I want to remember the things that I’ve done over the years. I want to remember how I was back then. I want to remember what it’s like to be me as I write this.

It’s because a lot of things happen in a few months. A person can influence us in ways we didn’t think possible. Events and milestones can make us or break us. Blogging publicly is my way to motivate myself that in every hardship that I have overcome, there is a proof that I can surpass any problems that I might have in the future.

I see myself as a personal blogger. I prefer to tell the world who I am using my narrations. I prefer to be the speaker in my blog. Keeping it for myself is okay but letting the world know how it is to be me and how I see the world in my eyes is like a narration in my perspective.

I am not very open to constructive criticisms and I tend to shut down some people who give me unsolicited advices. Perhaps, that is also the reason why I don’t write book reviews or movie reviews that much when I was just starting blogging. I also write some stories but not as a blog entry because I have Wattpad to publish that for me.

I tried to write random things. I wrote an adventure I had with a stranger. I often write about some of my dreams that I can still remember. Some of my dreams that I can use as a material for my stories. I rant more often than not. I used to blog to rant. And I’m trying to change that. Errr, yeah.. I’m REALLY TRYING to change that.

 

Q: What topics do you think you’ll write about?

A: I usually write about my life. Narcissistic at it’s finest. I write about everything that I want. I tend to shy away from writing about my family and my biography because it’s too personal for me. Aside from what’s going on, I also tend to write about my opinions. I’m quite opinionated when it comes to things that interests me and concerns me.

I write about my favorite music or my playlist once in a while. I tried to write about some of the books that I have read too, but I’m quite biased when it comes to writing about my favorite books. I just started writing a review in 2015 and it’s still a new experience to me. I hope that I can make better reviews in the future.

I think I’ll write about different reviews in this blog. I think I’ll write about different contents and less rants. I think I’ll write about things that interests me and concerns me. I think I’ll also write about the things that make me happy and the things that my readers will like to see in here.

Also, I tend to write in my dialect when I feel like it. These days, I’m trying my best to practice my English communication skills so that I can also connect to foreigners who don’t understand Tagalog or Filipino entries.

Since Ino told me that he will host my own blog, I was very giddy about what my content will be really about. I was too excited that I had to reread and backtrack my previous blog entries in different blogging platforms. I even had to come up with different tags and sections of posts so that I can distinguish my write ups.

Rereading things that I’ve written in the past made me realized that I can be a better version of myself. I can be anybody that I want to be and it doesn’t just limits me to be a personal blogger.

I realized so many things in the course of planning my own self-hosted blog.

I can write reviews now. I have a better vision of life through experiences. I have a better perspective on things. I censor my write ups and I really try my best not to rant on each posts. I would like to believe that I have controlled my emotions when I’m writing.

That, I can actually write a diary in my blog and vent every misfortune that I have experienced but that would just spread negativity to my readers. I am human. And of course, it is inevitable to experience negativity from time to time because that’s how feelings manifest.  I can’t guarantee you that there won’t be negativities in here, but what I’m trying to say is that… I’m trying my best not to dwell on it. I know that I used to do that for most of my Tumblr days and knowing what to write and how to enjoy writing it would be a better way to avoid it.

Knowing what you want to impart to your readers is also significant. I don’t want to make writing as a chore. I want it to be enjoyable to do and for the readers to enjoy reading my content too.

How?

I’m still learning and trying my best everyday. Hopefully, as I continue writing, I will be able to figure out and discover the things that will work for me.

Upon editing this entry, I also realized that I would also like to write in Tagalog or Filipino. For me, writing in my native tongue can also be my medium to express my thoughts and feelings without holding back. I guess, I’ll just have to censor my rants and my negativities so that it won’t be a rant blog in the future.

Moreover, I’m looking forward to enjoying writing regardless if it is in English or in Filipino/Tagalog.

 

Q: Who would you love to connect via your blog?

A: I’d love to connect to anyone. I won’t be choosy when it comes to my readers. I appreciate comments and likes too because I’m looking forward to having an audience that I can call my own. I appreciate feedbacks too. I am looking forward to hearing different voices about my perspectives in life through this blog.

I’m not looking for a certain market or a target group of readers. Anyone can read or comment about my blog entries. However, I’m not a big fan of constructive criticisms so I hope that they’ll go easy on me.

I hope to meet people with similar and different interests. I hope to learn and grow through meeting people with diversity.

 

 

Q: If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

A: I hope to write something different, something with depth and content, and something that can be a portfolio of my writing abilities. Since I graduated college, I haven’t really taken Journalism as a career. Blogging may not be the same with writing articles for a magazine or a newspaper, but I hope that I can still practice this skill to be a better writer in the future.

Just like in my previous blog entries in Tumblr and my other Tumblr accounts. I hope to stay in this blogging platform. I hope my muse won’t leave me for good. I hope I can share more experiences because I tend to savor it alone and not write about it or take photos of it.

I hope that I can write and take some photos about my adventures and mishaps in this blog. I hope that I can be a better narrator. I hope that I can express my ideas without ranting too much. I hope to be a better version of myself so I can inspire myself and others as well.

 

Q: Who inspires you to blog?

A: I’ve been writing about my personal life ever since I started blogging. In my previous answers, I mentioned that I consider myself as a personal blogger because I write about my life most of the time.

Over the years, I’ve discovered other great bloggers online. Most of them are celebrities, musicians and athletes. It is only in 2015 that I’ve became interested in cosmetics and make up tutorials. Other than what have piqued my interests, I would also like to consider what I can do and contribute in the blogging world.

Here are some of my favorite bloggers:

  1. Saab Magalona-Bacarro – Saab Magalona is the daughter of Francis Magalona. I didn’t really like her writing style when she was still an active Tumblr user. If I remember it right, I started checking her social media when she was involved in a brawl some years ago. After that, I discovered her blog and learned a lot about her. I found myself enjoying her blog contents now because it is entertaining and informative. I think she is a photo blogger because she incorporates interesting photos on her blog entries.  Most of her entries are in English as well. She seldom writes in Taglish (Tagalog-English.) I enjoy reading her blog because it’s like reading a lifestyle blog with an attitude. I became her avid silent reader since then.
  2. Yeng Constantino-Asuncion – Yeng Constantino is a popular OPM singer in the Philippines. I wasn’t a big fan of Yeng Constantino but I like her songs. I really couldn’t remember how I found her blog but when I did, I just got interested in writing using the vernacular again. Her writing style is very different from Saab’s. Her writing style is emotional, real, raw, and very sincere. It feels like you are reading a letter or a story of a friend. She likes to write about her life, her music, her lovelife, and her relationship with God as a Christian. She was just being herself and she was able to express her ideas clearly. She connects to her audience not only in songs but also in words. Her narration is very understandable. She’s not trying hard to please anyone. She isn’t pretentious. I was really inspired to write because of her.
  3. Abby Marano – Abby Marano is a former volleyball player of De La Salle University. I also like her writing style because she is not only a good athlete, but also a good writer as well. She often pours her heart out in the vernacular. She writes about the things that she feels strongly about. She is a passionate writer. Her opinions on things are interesting and worth reading. She has depth, logic, relevant and on point. I actually didn’t expect her to write in the vernacular because my impressions on La-Sallians are basely on how they talk. Meaning, they can’t speak in pure English or pure Filipino. They have to mix two different languages and think that they are cool. But, Ms. Marano is really different because she’s not like them. Reading her blog inspired me to be firm on my opinions and beliefs. I wish that she can update her blog more often.
  4. Armi Millare – Even before I became addicted to Saab, Yeng and Abby, I was already a huge fan of Armi Millare. She is one of the vocalists and keyboardist of the band, Up Dharma Down. I was very amused with her writing style. She writes about her life, her opinions, her cat, and her music. I discovered her blog years before, back when Multiply was still a blogging platform and wasn’t a free domain or an online market place. She is a good writer. She writes using complex words and vocabulary. She writes fluently. I enjoy her content because even if it is too personal, it still has a way to connect with her readers. Her tone in writing is very serious but humanly. She chooses her words carefully and very engagingly. I think she wasn’t performing in the mainstream yet when she was still active in her blogs. Her writing style appeals to the mature audience in a way that it is intellectually satisfying. I enjoy reading her posts and I hope that she will update her blog again soon.