Why I Started This Blog
1. Inclination to Writing
My best subject at school has always been, and still is, English. I naturally took to blogging like fish to water.
2. Effort to Improve Writing Skills
Since I am still studying English in college, blogging is another way to practise and develop my writing skills.
3. New Hobby to Cultivate
Blogging is now one of my hobbies besides reading, watching the tube and shopping.
4. Bored of Only Reading and Reading Only
I still love reading, but I don’t want to be a passive participant in my hobbies, and blogging is helping me establish my active side. I also didn’t want to be just reading blogs only, when I could be having one and having others read mine.
5. Outlet to Vent, Rant and Rave
My blog readers know how much emotional waste I deposit here; my blog’s like my emotional toilet. I don’t have friends I am particularly close to that I could reveal such a hidden side of me, so this is as close as I can get to a confidant.
6. Space for Trivial Ideas Generally Unsuitable for Phatic Tête-à-tête
I think a lot. That doesn’t make me a good thinker or philosopher, but I do think a lot nonetheless. Sometimes there are things that I think about that I feel is interesting enough to be discussed, but is so trivial that to even bring it up among classmates would illicit peculiar looks or an uninterested response. Blogging is the best place for such thinking.
Blogging is something so personal to me because it is a side, I realise, that never comes out otherwise. People who know me in real life would probably think my blogging persona is very extreme compared to my withdrawn, introverted personality. There are some similarities, of course, but I think that my blogging persona impresses more than my actual self.
8. Interact with People
As I’ve said, I’m quite the recluse. I take longer than most to warm up to people. Blogging is a way I get to interact with people around the world who are like-minded and are genuinely interested with my mind’s content without the awkwardness that comes with following social rules for shrinking violets like me.
9. Want to Belong in Some Semblance of a Community
I like belonging to WordPress. I am often participating in the WordPress.com Forums, helping out on support issues where and when I can. I like that the people there are generally friendly and polite if you are. I like that I am a regular and the other regulars recognise me and I them.
10. Syok Sendiri
That’s a Malay slang which means for my own pleasure. Truly, blogging brings such emotional dividends for me that more than half the time I am online on my trusty dial-up I am blogging or doing things to my blog. I don’t see myself ever quitting blogging.
January 20, 2007