I’m not addicted to blogging. I am such a lazy blogging sludge. I blog once, occasionally twice a month.
Scary Epiphany of Head Injury
Yet several months ago, I had a scary epiphany after I had a head injury from another cyclist crashing into me while on my bike in Vancouver. I could have lost my ability to blog, to write or make art, even if it’s my own lousy art. Or even see my world with no shaky blurry vision.
Reliving Wishes For Global Pen Pals
More than ever before, I know why I’m far more motivated to blog compared to just writing: I love marrying the written word with pictures, visuals and sharing with regular blog visitors. Sharing and casual chat with blog commenters meets a fun fantasy I had as a teen: I wanted to be pen pals with another kid in a far-flung, exotic country. We would learn from sharing fragments of each other’s lives.
My kid dream was briefly fulfilled when a good high school friend in the same Canadian city where we both lived, moved with her family to Kobe, Japan for a year on her professor-father’s work sabbatical. My dull, handwritten letters were eagerly exchanged for her more intriguing letters on Japanese pop-fashion, mannerisms and ancient temples. My friend also scribbled amusing cartoons to decorate her letters. Just like modern day blog posts.
Necessary Drag of Business Writing
Though I did graduate with a university degree in English Literature, I never hankered to write novels, short stories nor poetry to earn money. After ploughing through literary canons of 18th century literature or Canadian and American literary gems, to me, writing full-time, to earn money, appeared tough in a very competitive global market.
Instead, I drastically scaled down to business writing — reports, plans, learning aids and notes illustrating Powerpoint slides and business workflow maps. Business writing consumes less than 15% of my work in my full-time jobs. A lot more time is spent on thinking, planning and client meetings, as necessary fodder for my business writing.
I know. Not ripping exciting. At least, I am writing for an audience –even if it’s parch-dry software instructions or a business model. And it helps put food on the table.
Blogware: Relief for Writer-Artist
Then blogging came along. Better than web site design. Neophytes like me, didn’t have to learn html coding if we wanted to throw up a pre-designed blog shell with a few personal tweaks. We could then redirect more sweat and time on writing longer, more meaningful pieces than a 140 character tweet. Tweets are just digital cheese crumbs to tease hopefully, herds of mice.
21st Century Pen Pals- Blog Commenters
It’s been gratifying to have some 21st century blog pen pals who offer a thought or thumbs-up star. We visit each others’ blogs like a fast coffee chat on the Internet highway.
Blogging is my writing candy. Sometimes audience comments leads me to nibble on other blogs and learn from others. Just like what distant pen pals do except a blog post gives a writer way more freedom and space to expound on a pet subject with visuals.
My Readers: From Home Country to World Readers
My world wouldn’t crash into a black hole if I couldn’t blog. But my writing world would be a lot less richer, less textured and more narrow without my blog readers chiming from across Canada, US, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and UK. There are some rare blogger-readers who seem to float around the world. Either they or a family member has a globe-trotting job. If I have missed your country, give a shout here on this blog.
So please pop by in a few days. Take a peek at readers’ gravater-blog links below.