Blogging has been around for a while; the first bloggers sharing their thoughts and experiences in the early 90’s. In comparison to these pioneers, I am a novice. I began my blog as a medium to share my thoughts, my reactions to what I had seen and read, my efforts at writing.
I never thought that blogging would draw me in the way it has. I never thought that blogging would encourage me to write even more; or that I would share my amateur photographs with people on-line. My eyes and ears are now more open to opportunities to share and to write. I flip through the pages of a paper and think, “My readers will find this interesting.” I look through my photos and wonder, “Would my readers enjoy looking at these?” Sometimes phrases flit through my head as I try to decide on a topic for a new blog post.
An unexpected boon of blogging with WordPress has been the communication I have had with readers. Their comments encourage me, and make me think of another’s viewpoint. Their comments motivate me to share more; and to continue blogging. In the morning after I have switched on the computer, I log onto WordPress and am always thrilled to see a new comment – a comment which I take the time to respond to. After posting, I browse through my Reader, reading the posts of the virtual friends that I have made. I read poetry, short stories, look at stunning photographs, and read the experiences of people in different parts of the world. I make comments and read replies with interest when I have asked a question. I may have never met these people in person, but I have made a connection with them.
I have added blogging to my list of past times. My only regret is that I did not discover this means of communication many years ago.
Why did you begin blogging?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013