The harsh sound of the alarm clock pierces the silence. Soon after, the soft tread of padding feet follows with a faint creak of the door closing. Five minutes later, the computer hums to life with a faint beep. Light shines from the screen and the sound of tapping keys breaks the silence. Dawn lights up the sky and the soft cooing of pigeons are heard. The tapping keys continue. What is in the mind is slowly being transferred onto the computer screen, uninterrupted and without pause.
It is early morning and I have risen early to write my daily blog post. I prefer the early silence of the day so that I can type my thoughts quickly before the responsibilities of the day begin. This is my time alone, my “me” time that experts are always telling moms to take. I do not spend it at spas, or at coffee shops with other women. I do not spend it in the shopping malls, or in the pub. Instead I spend it alone with the clatter of the keyboard and the quiet of dawn. It is an activity I take satisfaction in: I get to write; and I get to make connections with like-minded people all over the world.
Each day I take note of the sights and sounds around me, aware of what may be of interest to my readers. The thoughts that run through my mind are unheard: thoughts that are later translated into words. Hopefully when my post is read, some sound will be emitted from the reader. A sigh, a giggle, a swift shake of the head. I know that often I make sounds of agreement, disagreement, or delight when I am reading the posts of others.
The sound of blogging may not be as loud as a thunderstorm; and it may pass by unheard by many. It is a sound, though, that I revel in. A sound that begins my day and brings a smile to my face.
What does the sound of blogging mean to you?
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012