The last time I blogged was in 2019.
I can still remember that time. It was February and I was so psyched about creating because I attended this conference (Graphika Manila). It’s more of an event for visual artists, but I was able to pick up some things that I think I could apply as a writer. One of which is to start a passion project.
Since I’m a writer, the passion project that I automatically thought of is to start a book!
Fortunately, this passion project faired better than my blogging. I was able to write and complete a manuscript. Now, the only problem with that is editing it (
I’ll write about this some other time).
Now, back to blogging.
I’m not going to deny it. I ditched blogging after getting that high from the conference.
I can’t remember why I suddenly stopped. I think it’s the accumulation of being tired all the time because of my daily commute back then and having no idea what to write about anymore.
I used to travel to and from work for a total of 6 hours a day from Monday to Friday. I was just beat every time I came home even during the weekends. Also, I was frustrated a lot because of my love-hate relationship with my work. I was digital copywriter for a Singapore-based company at that time. I was in charge of curating monthly social media content for some of our clients. The job was easy (
Facebook captions are mostly short, so what’s the problem with that?) but I’m more of a long-form writer. Moreover, I’m not really a fan of social media ( I only use Twitter to get updates on my favorite KPOP artists and Instagram when I want to post some pictures). So, the fact that I have to create content that has to gain a lot of engagements ( I didn’t know what it was called that until I worked for them) in a form of shares, likes, and comments…I was kind of annoyed most of the time. But I did learn a lot. It’s great to understand even a little about how social media as a marketing tool works.
It’s just really not my cup of tea.
Now, that lifestyle of mine is over. I haven’t commuted for more than a year now because I’m afraid to go out due to the pandemic. I only leave the house to buy groceries or do important errands, but never on my own. My mother will have her driver available when there’s a trip that needs to be done.
So, I’m basically stuck at home majority of the time.
I have switched companies, too. I’m still a writer, but I now write long blog articles for a co-working space company in New York. This is the third job I have since I left the Singapore-based one. And, so far, it’s perfect! I’m creating long-form content everyday without much pressure. My manager is a heaven’s sent! She’s so supportive and generous when it comes to sharing her knowledge. I’m also learning a lot about SEO marketing (I still can’t freely apply it on my own, but I have a better understanding of it now than before —
it used to seem very abstract to me in the past).
I started working with them back in July, so I haven’t been with them for a long time. Yet, in the span of a month and a half, I have created more than 20 blogs with them and I’m just really thrilled about that. There’s still a lot of pending articles in my to-do list, but I don’t feel tired yet. In fact, I feel more productive – like I need to write more.
That’s why I’m back in blogging.
But it wasn’t an instant decision or an idea. I have totally resigned from blogging years ago. What I did first was go back to journaling. I was watching videos about how to set up a workspace at home and journaling videos just started appearing on my YouTube homepage. So, I started watching them. After all, I was already getting this itch to write outside of work (
and, no, editing my manuscript and updating my fanfictions just don’t cut it) and I came across this video on what to do with extra notebooks ( because I do have a lot of extra notebooks) and one of the YouTuber’s suggestions is to do morning pages ( I’ll write about this some other time).
So, I’m doing morning pages every morning (
not consistently, but I’m trying) and while I was on my third or fourth morning pages, I started getting ideas on what I want to write. However, I feel like these topics shouldn’t be kept on a private journal only. So, I decided to create a new blog. As to whether these posts will be read by anyone, I don’t really care much. I just want to put them out here.
Hopefully, I can sustain my blogging activity much better this time. So far, I don’t see any factors that can hinder. I have more time now and I’m also well rested.
There’s really no excuse anymore.