I have been blogging for over a month now and it’s been a marvelous experience so far. Here is what I have learned from it.

  1. There are really good people out in the world. There is really good in people. Most bloggers and readers I have met so far are supportive, generous, and benevolent. I have felt truly appreciated, supported, and encouraged even in this quite brief period I have been blogging. There are people who take the time to read, like, follow, comment and engage deeply with other people’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions. People really care.
  2. A lot of people are making money blogging. I didn’t realize that before. A lot of blogs are about blogging and how to make money blogging. I didn’t that know as well.
  3. There are diverse bloggers. I have poets, gardeners, fashionistas, foodies, writers among my readers. I am amazed at the wealth of talent and how generously they share their gifts with the world.
  4. Blogging and interacting with this world has opened my eyes to so many more possibilities and ways in which people create and contribute to the world and make a living. I am amazed at the inventiveness, creativity, confidence, and boldness of the blogger-entrepreneurs.
  5. I also think blogging has democratized building expertise and legitimacy. If you can think, research, read, and write about a topic and accumulate content, you become an expert because readers vote with their clicks. Like online education, possibilities like this also makes the future of higher education very shaky.
  6. Blogging process has made me more mindful about my world. As I am looking for topics to write about, I pay more attention to my surroundings and the world. I keep a list of headlines/topics that I think may be interesting to write and read about. I still feel awkward about recording voice memos on my phone but it is a good idea because good ideas slip away if you don’t record them somewhere.
  7. I am learning to be light and playful. By clicking the publish, I know I am putting myself out there. Sometimes with not-so-great poems. But I love posting them anyway.
  8. I have new-found respect for people who create prolific content. Even lowbrow authors that people may pooh-pooh. Everything that needs to be said has already been said before. So continuing to create a lot of reasonably readable, useful, and interesting content is a huge undertaking. And some of them have been doing it for years including my own son, Viyan. I never thought about the sheer quantity he has written over the last three years. That takes ass-in-the-chair persistence.
  9. This one is a bit of an ouch-aha. I tend to fall so easily into rule-traps for success. I started this blog to create a space and audience for whatever I want to write and get better at non-academic writing. But I started at looking at how to blog posts and was so tempted to follow those rules to boost blog traffic, etc. I even created a hundred headlines from a headline hacking advice guru. The advice is excellent if you want to make a living off it, but it restricts what you write. It makes it a job. I already have a job which tells me what to write and where to publish. So, I have to remind myself that it is okay when there are only 30 views some days.
  10. One of the appealing things about a blog is that the voice is personal. But it is also a tight-rope dance between revealing enough of your personal self and revealing too much about yourself and others in your life.

PS: I love food. I always knew that but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy writing my food posts and photographing food. I need a better camera.

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  1. So I guess you could say that blogging has increased your emotional intelligence by helping you to become even more self-aware!

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  2. I’m so glad for the day I stumbled across your diverse, interesting and intelligent blog! 😊 I have learned so many new things from you, from positive psychology practices, to effects of the commercialisation of yoga, to life working in a US university. May you have many more days of enjoyable blogging! 😊 And continue to post what makes you happiest! I always like reading whatever you write no matter the topic: your posts are so well-informed, considered and thoughtful!

    PS: It made me smile when I imagined you doing voice recordings of ideas. That’s so cute! As for me, I make a note on my phone so that I won’t forget ideas… But then I forget to check my phone to see what those ideas were… And then subsequently I forget those ideas. Haha seems like I need to update my strategy ^_^


  3. JMD398 says:

    You know it definitely gives you the platform to work on your writing and engage with others and get great insight to a variety of things. You do have to worry about what your saying depending on the type of work that your in but right now I am in a space that if you are doing what you enjoy sometimes you have to let your work speak for itself someone will start seeking you out versus you seeking them. I totally get what your saying though I started for that reason and so much more.

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  4. Ellen Hawley says:

    I can’t make myself photograph food. It interferes with eating it. But you’re right: It does make for a better blog post.

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  5. Although it would be limiting to say what blogging can do to you, but if you are regular at blogging, you can surely see some personal development…which can be anything like..better framing of sentences, vocab, pictures to start with at least!

    In the end, the satisfaction of sharing your thoughts, ideas, poems, recipes, household tips, pictures, travel experiences (and so on) with like minded people is immensely satisfying!

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