Now What?

As I wrote yesterday, there are many wonderful ways this blog has served me. I will forever cherish it’s role in my life, particularly the life-changing 365 Day Blogging Project. The thing is… that was then. I already did that. I’m in a new place. Now what? What’s next? Here’s what I know: I no longer feel a need to blog every day just to prove I can do it. Been there, done that. I no longer feel the need to turn to blogging for relief from pressures in other…

Ten Things I Have Gotten Out of Having a Blog

Tonight I am thinking back to the many benefits I have gotten from having this blog. I shall list ten that come to mind, in the perfectly quirky and sometimes flagrantly illogical way that makes this blog so special: Freedom from creative pressure. Especially the pressure to “market,” to “do business,” or to “network.” I wanted something where I could express myself and be done with it. Write, Publish, Repeat. Simple! Freedom from having to please others. I love how this blog is for me. I love how I get…

Me Like-y My Blog Sooo Much

I thought a lot about my blog last year during my blogging hiatus. My thinking went something like this: [while up to something else, suddenly I’m reminded of my blog]: “Oh yeah: my blog! I love my blog. It is so awesome. I look forward to getting back to that.” Mood: appreciative. To be fair, sometimes I also thought about the fact that I never posted about how my solo marathon went, though I had written about marathon training while I was doing it. My thinking here: “I never updated…

Serving Its Purpose Beautifully

I’m enjoying the latest stint of daily blogging, which started back in October. It’s been relatively painless from a work point of view. As usual, it’s satisfying to leave a “trail” of my thoughts. Since my first post back on April 3, 2016, I have published six-hundred and fourteen posts (including this one, it will be six-hundred and fifteen)! It’s satisfying to have accumulated such a high number so effortlessly, using my slow and steady approach. Kind of like my journals, my blog posts keep piling up! Of course, the…

Carving Out My Corner of the World

One thing I love about this blog is that it is my turf. I get to set the rules, I get to choose the subjects, I get to go on about whatever I want to go on about. It’s inherently satisfying, because, to put it perhaps inelegantly, it’s all about me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure if that makes it a great read for others! Yet this has always been a personal project, a self-serving vehicle for my own self-expression through writing. It’s never had to answer to any other motivation…

Your Inner World, Made Visible to Others

Tonight I wanted to share some personal thoughts on what it means to me to write a blog. I haven’t exactly taken this tact on this topic before. I’m sort of going into teacher role. Here goes: To write a blog post means to conjure up some thoughts that matter to you, to piece together something that in your estimation is of value. Since your estimation is all you got, fundamentally, blogging is about giving credit to your own thoughts. “I think this is worth writing.” You are someone who…

The Blog Where I Throw Rocks At Myself

A couple of days ago, my mom, a writer herself, made a nice comment on one of my early posts (You can look at it here , yes the post, and my mom’s comment at the bottom). Along with feeling appreciative for a comment (yes, even from my mom! It’s my first comment since starting up this blog this month!), I also found myself feeling a bit uncomfortable. After all, here’s the title: Thoughts from my Viciously Depressed Thursday night (Come on in, the Hell-fireโ€™s Warm!) “Yikes,” I thought to…

My Daily Blog Meditation

Last night, as I sat down to start writing my blog post, I noticed that I was rather distracted, that my thinking was unclear, and that I was resistant to writing. Happily, it occurred to me to sit out on the porch, which I did for about 15 minutes. In that time, I got myself calmer just by appreciating the cool, windy evening. At some point I got the sense that sitting out there had done its job, and I came back in to write. The resulting post was fairly…

Look After Your Own Happiness

My exploration into happiness is showing me again and again how important it is that we look after our own happiness. In other words, if we want to be happy, we need to be selfish enough to make decisions are deeply satisfying to us, regardless of others’ opinions. That feels a bit like a weird thing to say, like an anti-social thing. But bear with me as I make my case. On this blog, I write a lot about things I enjoy, things like running and writing and investing and…

Leave the Place Better

Okay, it’s almost 9pm and I admit I feel a bit low in energy. However, I am posting on this blog, so I am motivated to clear my thoughts and come up with something that is up to snuff ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing that is nice about this blog is that it encourages me to articulate thoughts from an empowered place. It’s like it forces me to focus… on something that feels good. Introspection, inspiration, creativity, upliftment… these are mind states that I enjoy sharing with others. Whatever I post here,…