I wrote my very first (and cringe-worthy) blog post in February 2006. I was 19 then and I wrote it over Friendster’s blog feature which I then transferred to my succeeding blog sites. Yes, Friendster was still existing then.
From my early days of blogging (I can’t even call myself a blogger since all I do is to write random ramblings off my head and dump into the vast modern space called the Internet), I have seen how it transformed from a mere online diary to a powerful and effective social media tool.
I have also seen how sharing one’s thoughts online has evolved from web logging (blogs), to micro blogging (Twitter) and the birth of video logging (Vlogging) and today’s Youtube celebrities.
I myself have tried going with the trend. From Friendster, I moved to Multiply in 2007 and then Blogspot/ Blogger in early 2008. Early 2009, I then shifted to LiveJournal as I thought community blogging (back in the day) was an in thing and I developed quite a good number of online friends. I stayed with LiveJournal until I took that blog hiatus in early 2012.
Admittedly, writing a decent and sensible blog entry is not that easy. Brainstorming and research are involved. On the other side of the spectrum, reading a lengthy post is boring and painstaking to do. Hence, microblogging became a hit. It is a quick and more “real-time” take on expressing your thoughts on the inter web. Twitter was a hit and I signed up June 2009. I became hooked on it and to date, I have some nearly 30,000 tweets. Most of which are even more random non-sense. But it served its purpose. Quick, easy. Just when you have that random thought you wish to share.
I also tried uploading videos just recently despite the fact that I signed up my Youtube channel in 2006 while I was still doing my film documentary in Uni. I believe that was the sole purpose why I set up my channel. But one of the things I never really bothered venturing into Vlogging is that I was never really comfortable in front of the camera. I am not your Mr. Shy Guy but rather, I’m your Mr. Awkward. I myself can’t stand watching a video where I am in it. I’m more comfy writing or doing production stuff, behind it.
So you might wonder why did I decide to go back to blogging in the year where blogging is almost treated outdated and near extinct? In the year where Vloggers are everywhere and Instagram and Snapchat are more “IN”.
Over the past weeks after I came back from my recent trip, I wanted to write and somehow archive my notes I have scribbled on my travel journals. There are a lot of things in 2016 that happened which I believe are worth sharing. Yes, keeping a personal journal is a great thing and an effective way to exhaust such overflow of thoughts but why not share it so others might learn something from it too? These are just some mere realizations in my head.
What really prompted me to officially set up this page is this message sent by a church mate:
It was a clear confirmation that I need to go back to writing. It didn’t say that I need to go back to blogging per se but writing (and blogging) has been my tool to express my thoughts and convey a message. Spreading the Gospel is one tall order but the least that I could do is to try.
It seems that He wants me to write again and hopefully, through this personal space and personal stories, I can successfully share His goodness, His message not only to me but for those who will stumble upon this page.
May this screen cap serve as a motivation especially on those days that I will have a writer’s block or just sheer laziness.
Write. Share. Stay inspired.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16