5 Years on WordPress!

It has been 5 years since I imported a year’s worth of teenage rant from another blog hosting website to this one.

It has been 5 years since I made myself a promise that this will be the last personal blog I’ll ever create, but will maintain until I have grand kids of my own.

It has been 5 years since I have been completely mesmerized by WordPress‘ UI, themes, follow-worthy bloggers and user-friendliness that I never thought of trying out something else. I couldn’t be more content.

I still remember blogging in the wee hours of the night in the study hall of my college dormitory in between studying and prying into juicy celeb life online. And I also prayed I won’t see any dead nuns’ ghosts floating around the halls because that dorm stood there long before my mother went to the same university 3 decades before I did.

Although it didn’t take that long for me to fall in love with writing, it’s still quite a feat to look back and see that it has been a decade and a half since I realized I indeed love to write; and eventually poured my heart out and published my very first informal entry into a web full of strangers and readers that hid behind gravatars and anonymity. It also amazes me to have witnessed how simple, personal blogging evolved and continues to evolve  into what is now considered profitable writing and personal branding. Who knows what blogging will be like in the next 5 years? That, I’m looking forward to be a witness of again!

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So for now, I’ll enjoy the moment and celebrate the “wooden” anniversary of my blog! Can I get a high 5?

P.S. Credits to Jonathan Lavender for the super awesome hand illustrations above.

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Blogging 201 / Day1: Goal Setting

I can’t believe I only found out about this now, but still, I’m so glad I signed up just in time before the course started.

I’ve been a really bad employee yet again today but a great multi-tasker (which may either be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it) and have been browsing stuff at work, while still working at the same time.

I checked my emails and saw that the course actually starts today and I got the first ever task which also includes tagging everything we’ll be writing under “blogging201”. So there I was, itching to write about the first task on my blog, but since I’m not that good of a multi-tasker, I decided just to read everyone’s goals first.

So I did and got to interact with a couple of bloggers and even gained 1 new follower. How exciting was that? Anyway, I think I would really love this course and I can’t wait to learn more. For now, just to set my mind on what I would be working on for the next 2 weeks, here are my 3 little goals:

  1. Just like everyone here, I would also like to increase readership mainly just to connect and learn more from them, so my first goal is to increase traffic and get about 15 new followers (same goes for my 2 other blogs) by the end of October and get about 3-5 people to like or comment on each post by the end of the year! Seems realistic? I hope so!
  2. Next goal is to get myself to start a new weekly series or 2 and make them more engaging and fun not only for readers but for me too! (Goal also includes looking for a new blog series or making one myself).
  3. Last of all, which I think I got from reading people’s goals today (or yesterday), is to follow 2-3 new and inspiring bloggers per week and to get myself to interact with them when I can.

That’s it! So one last thing is to post these goals some place where I can see them all the time!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Every so often, my heart leaps when I see that orange dot on that little bell icon on the upper right part of the wordpress dashboard. That means someone has visited and has either left a message or simply liked one of my entries.

2 weeks ago, I didn’t expect it to be a notification for a blog award I was nominated for, by fellow blogger, MissB. I don’t really think that a lot of the same people visit my blog because it’s a personal one (so I only update this for me to have something to read and reminisce about when I’m 80 or so), therefore, it’s very unlikely to get a following, especially since I’m no celebrity nor a fashion/lifestyle/beauty blogger. I rarely get likes or comments on my blog, let alone get nominated for an award, so this came as a surprise to me. Thinking about it though, I may have become really confident in commenting on other people’s blogs these days. So, I got MissB to thank for acknowledging us as your top followers and most especially, our opinion on different subjects you’ve tackled on your blog!

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photo links back to the source

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the Dragon’s Loyalty Award is given/awarded or passed on to all the loyal followers/commentors of your blog; therefore when you get nominated, you have to nominate another which is how it basically works. There are 3 things a nominee must make though:

  1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  2. Pass the award on to other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  3. Give seven facts about yourself.

So according to the rules, it’s my turn to pass the award to another blogger who have been most loyal in reading my rants and even the blog series I’ve been struggling to complete!

Apart from MissB, whom (with no hesitations) I’d certainly like to give the award back to, I’m nominating, SheryL for being so generous with the “likes” and for taking time to read not only my entries on this blog but also on the blog I share with my boyfriend. Cheers!

And as for the last task, here are 7 facts about me, (if I haven’t “divulged” enough things about me yet on this post):

  1. I love zombie-apocalyptic-comedy movies even if there aren’t a lot of them. (I’m waiting for Cooties to come out!)
  2. I’m currently in love with my waterbrush pen!
  3. I’ve never been admitted to a hospital, ever!
  4. Pet peeves are: sharing utensils, 2 or more people drinking from the same straw, sitting on public toilet bowls, people stepping on church pews, and a whole lot more.
  5. I love shopping around drugstores for make up, beauty products and bookstores for art materials!
  6. I love trying new restaurants with my boyfriend.
  7. I would choose staying at home on a Friday night than partying or drinking, every time. I’m such a granny!

Why I Blog

When I first created a blog, I think I was in grade school and I did it because my friends were doing it. It was a fad which I liked to be a part of. I also did it because I loved reading other people’s blogs and commenting on their issues and opinion and just dropping by to flood their tagboards. Yep, blogdrive probably was the only one that offered that feature and it was home to my first blog. 

When I created that blog, it was also for the fact that I wanted a place online where I could rant about my life, talk about my crushes and the “silay moments” we had back then. I don’t know if people from co-ed schools or kids these days still call it that too, but yeah, back in the day, in my all-girls’ Catholic school, we call it silay. It’s Filipino for “catching a glimpse of”, or something like that. And it’s what we do back then to our crushes and yep, I repeat, I’m from an all-girls’ school. 

We would all be excited during gatherings like first Friday Mass celebrations, or flag ceremonies, student council elections or during our school fairs because those were perfect opportunities for catching a glimpse of our crushes. Sometimes, we could also be stalking them, which only comes with great courage and crazy friends. 

So most of the time, my entries would circle around our crushes if not on classmates I used to hate.

Come high school, I was surprised I still kept one, and another one and another one. I learned about other blog hosting sites and tried them all. I found my first ever blog idol, Bianca G and her then college adventures and I kept mine trying to save all the memories I had, good or bad. I think it was also the time I started trying to write in English, but I thought that I was trying too hard so I just maintained it in a Taglish format. I also visited strangers’ blogs and had them visit mine. It helped me gain anonymous friends whom shared their opinion and sympathy, which I welcomed wholeheartedly.

Then came college when I still had a few Taglish entries, but thinking that this could help me practice my writing, I started writing in English. Looking back (since I still have them here), I realized how much I’ve changed and how much I haven’t. I found things I have completely forgotten and things that still haunt me to this day. 

So I realized, my purpose for keeping this blog is not to gain followers or readers, but to keep a journal where I can write the things I want to remember the most, or to have an escape from the real world. I also realized that I need this because it acts as my very own pensieve just like what Dumbledore kept in his office, to get all the excess thoughts and memories out of my head and into a written form which I can visit again whenever I want to. I love going back to the times I have written my entries every once in a while. It is like traveling back in time and remembering the sights, sounds and most importantly, the feeling. It truly is like a pensieve, isn’t it?

It is funny though that no matter how completely true and honest I am here, I never want anyone I know to find out about this blog, at least not those who would violently react to my opinion, issues and most importantly to my love story (which I do write about, a lot, no holds barred). This is my safe place and as ironic as it sounds, strangers are welcome here, but the people closest to me are not. Although somehow, I just wish that they’d find it and see how much I admire, respect and love them, which isn’t any less than I admire, respect and love another person in my life right now. 

In line with this, I’ve been thinking of keeping another journal, but this time, a real one. I’d still find time pouring my heart out here, but I’d like to take things to the next level (though I don’t exactly know how that is a step higher than blogging). Somewhere I can be more creative and personal in and somewhere I can truly “write” on. I started drooling on this idea when I saw Chynna Ortaleza‘s mixed media journal on tv and began looking up art journals online. 

Here are a few ones I loved:

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tumblr_n84eeucqsj1qzms0qo1_400These first two I reblogged on tumblr and when I found his/her flickr page, there were so much more art to drool on! So beautiful.

tumblr_n7u6dt79301qzms0qo1_400This next art journalist I also found on tumblr, but when I saw her photostream on flickr as well, I knew, she was someone I would follow online from now on. She is like what it says there, a real craft junkie!

tumblr_n9r6kvbYaj1qzms0qo1_400I feel so pathetic not doing art journals early on in life. The next one is also a very creative art journalist named Tracy and her flickr page is a witness to that. 

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This last one is also an art journalist I only found out about now, and I’m glad that he/she has a wordpress account too. He/she is Casey Nelson and I’m really excited to learn a lot about art journaling from her/him.

I can’t wait to get started. I found lots of tumblr accounts on art journaling and like learning about the snail mail revolution, my mind is blown.

Writing is not as easy for me as for the real writers. I guess I found it easier to keep a blog than a journal because it’s easier to edit and re-edit your entries. Unlike in blogging, real writing would be awfully tragic once you find the grammatical errors after. So good luck to me! Here’s to another artsy and crafty adventure!!