November 27, 2007

Why Do You Blog?


Pablo Pabla
came up with a writing project where we are to answer three questions (as below) about blogging. I thought it was quite interesting (I love writing projects!), so here it goes.

1. Why do you blog?

I jumped onto the blogging bandwagon in May 2005 when I saw that everyone was doing it. Yep, herd mentality, and I sank right to it :p When I first started blogging, only a few friends and family knew about the blog. I didn't make it public until about a year later.

I was apprehensive about letting strangers read my life like an open book, but I never regretted that move, for I made so many new friends because of it. My cousins and I grew closer because of our blogs (previously it would be a sporadic email or two, and annual meetings during Chinese New Year). Keeping in touch with friends who live so far away also became easier.

I started the beauty blog, Beautyholics Anonymous, two years later, in May 2007. This was with the encouragement from fellow blogger, Paris, who was and still is my source of inspiration. The beauty blog feeds the vain side of me. The bit of pocket money I made from that blog helped too :p

2. What do you hope to achieve by blogging?

Golly, I've never really thought of what I'd hope to achieve from blogging. I love writing; well, a more accurate description would be to simply say what my heart and mind are feeling and thinking. I'd like to say that I've grown in the past couple of years when I first began. Emotionally, and in my style of writing.

I did not write to gain any sort of recognition, nor do I write to entertain. It's simply ME.

I'd love to be able to write better. There are so many brilliant bloggers out there who struck a chord in me with just their wit and words. That's what I'd love to do. I have a long way to go, of course, and I hope I'm heading in the right direction.

3. How much time do you spend a day doing blogging related work (as described above)?

Hmm ... it can take from 10 minutes to days, even weeks, before I come up with an entry. I'd draft an entry at work (shh! When I'm free, of course) on Notepad, add and amend to it intermittently during the day, before it's posted. I like to read it many times before it's published on the Internet. What can I say, I'm a perfectionist :p

More heartfelt entries normally take a few days to write. These are usually the more difficult ones to write compared to tags, updates, etc. Believe it or not, writing such posts have invoked tears and a whole lot of emotion to the words.

There ya go. I don't know when I'd stop (there will come a time when I will stop, as all good things will come to an end), but till then, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for better things to come :)


zewt said...

good to see the word 'money' is nowhere in your post :)

Jemima said...

I'm glad you blog & I'm sure glad I blog.
'Coz our blogs are the stepping stones to our friendship.


Tine said...

Zewt: Got lah, the second question punya reply.

Oh wait. Were you being sarcastic? ;)

Jem: I know! :p *Hugs*

pablopabla said...

The amount of time spent drafting and perfecting your posts pays off. No wonder so many people give your writing glowing reviews :D

keeyit said...

Nice story on how you start.. :)

pelf said...

Ahh!! I forgot about it! Do you think 25 minutes is enough to write my post?!

Antares said...

Found your blog via Pablopabla's post on 'Why I Blog'... and was bowled over by the sheer beauty of your blog design. It deserves an award, that's for sure! You also write most charmingly, Tine, makes a total stranger like me want to send you a virtual bouquet :-) Well done indeed!

As for why I blog... well, I used to write reviews for newspapers and features for magazines, but in recent years the remuneration became smaller and getting paid took even longer. Besides, I can't tolerate censorship of any kind. So my blog is where I can shoot my mouth off on whatever I please without having to please anybody but myself.