BLOG THINGS: On Having A Blog

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Welcome to Blog Things! A series of essays relating to blogging, writing, and the like. No, I'm not going to teach you how to do those SEO traffic thingies, or how to be the ~*~best blog~*~ out there, but I just simply want to share thoughts and experiences on writing, on how it eases into my daily life. 

I've learned a lot of things from having a blog for ten years now (I started when I was 12). My very first was Multiply. Then Livejournal, for a long long time. Then Tumblr for a bit, but then I went back to Livejournal again. I'm still on Livejournal, but rarely, and it's only because I've made good friends there that I come back to update it from time to time. I also have all my high school days written there. But truly, it's only now that I've been open about blogging, and what I write about. It took much courage, but I think I'll write more about that on another entry.

I've acquired skills I never knew I'd be able to develop, and I also enjoy documenting life as it is, even if it's not always eventful or adventurous. I think it's all about finding meaning in what we do, no matter what that is. 

I don't tell people that I'm a blogger, though. I just simply say, I have a blog. I think the definition of a blogger has so many other meanings to it today, some of which I don't really see myself as. Whenever I mention it to others through conversation, they'd go "Oh you're a blogger?"

I suddenly feel like they're thinking of ootd's and selfies and product promotions.. and I tell them it's none of those. Then what do you blog about, they ask. I then simply say a couple of things that I love to write about, such as a trip that meant a lot to me, podcast recommendations, my planner (all of which are some of my recent posts hehe).

Sometimes, being a blogger today doesn't even require much words. It's easy especially through Instagram, wherein with just the right pose, lighting, and filter, you're good to go, you're a blogger.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against those who are doing ootd's, and selfies, and product promotions. I think they're really good at what they do, and this may be their solid source of income. So let's let them be.

But I still prefer reading about how someone's day went, or reading about a certain experience that made them feel something unique; seeing their perspectives and somehow feeling what they felt at that specific moment in time. It's a personal experience because they themselves lived through it, and they wish to share it to everyone through writing.

I guess this is why the best way to describe my blog is that it's a Personal and Lifestyle Blog. I say personal and lifestyle because I'm drawing all these things I write about from my life and how I experience it as it is. I also gravitate towards these kinds of blogs because I find that there's less filter, and there's more chances of seeing what's raw, what's real, and what matters through these blogs. It's always nice to read about stories, as much as it's exciting to share them too. I think that's the kind of mindset I've always had.

Is it somehow cheesy? I don't know about you, but I like depth.

I think this remains to be my own definition of what a blogger is. Or maybe, I just don't identify with it as much as I think I used to or I'm supposed to? This blog entry written by With Risa resonated with me so much, most especially the part where she pointed out the stark differences between a blogger and a writer. Maybe I'm more of the latter.

I need my words. To be mindful and intentional in sharing stories and experiences, that's what I'll continue to do.

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Any Personal / Lifestyle Blogs you'd like to recommend? :-) I'd love to connect!


Photo credits to Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash.


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14 comments

  1. Yes yes yes! I love raw blogs too and have had a terrible time finding new ones. My favorites stopped writing circa 2014 and only a handful continue. I'm happy to have found your blog! Esp. since we are so close in age. Anna, nice to meet you-- I'm Casey.

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    1. These kinds of blogs are gems, truly. Nice to meet you Casey! :)

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  2. I definitely agree with this!
    I love reading personal posts rather than beauty reviews since it just talks about a product I'm not even interested in. for some reason, im more interested in the person writing the review.

    I follow a lot actually !
    Check out these : erinazmir.com I just found their blog today lol

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    1. So true. It's nice to know more about the person rather than just the product. :) Thanks for dropping by, Kiki!

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  3. I like the idea of this blogging series. It's amazing that you've been blogging for 10 years. We grow with emerging technologies and look at us now, hehe. I really like the idea of being able to document your life through blogging. I am the same with you when it comes to saying I have a blog. I just default to saying "Oh, it's about my lifestyle... hehe".

    Sometimes, we want that good balance where we can relate to people while learning a trick or two from them. I don't think your description is cheesy!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. It's funny because I wasn't the best writer back then; I'd always have emojis such as "XD" ":))" ":P" all over my entry and would also use "hahaha's" "nyaaa" "whaaa" extensively.. but it's really nice to see how my writing style has evolved.

      I love relating with others through blogging! It's one of my favorite things to do especially after work and on weekends, reading blogs and commenting. ^_^ Thank you so much Nancy for reading~ it's great to know your thoughts as well!

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  4. Anna, I couldn't agree more with you. Being a blogger and having a blog really can be two very different things in ones mind. I like to call myself a blogger because I think I've stuck with blogging for so long I have the right to say it haha. And I also enjoy personal blogs more than the more promotional style based blogs. I always learn more from them.
    I'd love if you'd check mine out!
    Simply Me

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    1. Indeed, what I enjoy most with blogging is how we can connect and learn from each other. It's not easy to maintain a blog for years, so of course you've got the right to call yourself a blogger ;) it's just that the definition of it has morphed into so many things, and I try as much to stay authentic. I'm glad you dropped by, Vanesa :) I've already followed you on Bloglovin', and I look forward to reading your entries ♡♡

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  5. I love reading personal blogs and most of the blogs that I followed are just regular people writing their daily lives and that is fun for me. It's always interesting to read about other people thoughts and able to resonate with them.

    x Rasya | nurulrasya.com

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  6. I like this "I have a blog" over the "I'm a blogger". I wholeheartedly agree. Also, maybe because the nature of my blog too (as it is quite personal) I don't feel too comfortable just sharing it. Though on the internet it somehow feels OK?

    Also yes!! Blogs are the perfect little peeks into other peoples brains/lives.

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    1. I agree about feeling uncomfortable with sharing our blogs with other people who know us in real life.. but I'm slowly trying to conquer that fear, slowly... ^_^ the internet is OK indeed. Hmm I'm now thinking now about why this is so? haha!

      Indeed. It's like raw pieces/snippets of our lives and we let others in. ♡♡

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  7. I agree! I also see the difference between being a blogger and having a blog. And that's wonderful you've been blogging for 10 years!! ♡ Keep it up ♡

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    1. Most of those years was private blogging; it's only this year that I mustered enough courage to tell everyone about it!

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