Friday, February 25, 2011

Blogging and Me

I have been keeping a diary for almost 15 years now. Maybe longer. Actually I cannot pinpoint exactly when I started, but the oldest diary in my stash is the Little Prince notebook a friend brought home from Paris. Since then I’ve written in four or five more diaries of various origins. Two diaries were personally bought at a local shop, the Papemelroti. Another one was given by a friend, when we reconnected after almost a decade. Yet another one was handmade from a cigarette ream carton and bond papers cut into size. One small notebook disintegrated when my bag fell into a pond (I keep my diaries close to my heart – always!). And the one I’m using now is also a simple notebook given by another friend when she heard about my bag-swimming incident.

leaf skeletons picked up on a mountain trail, taped to my diary

In my diaries, you can find the most mundane things. A calendar of food I ate from breakfast until dinner. A clipping of a cute dress from a newspaper. Lots of cartoons. Some personal drawings. And lots of my thoughts on so many things.

My diary was oftentimes the one that kept me sane during the most insane times -- that is, besides my husband of course,except when he’s the cause of insanity. My diary was my shelter when the whirlwind of life has taken me with great abandon.

Which leads me to blogging. Blogging is in a way like keeping a diary, only it is often open for everyone to see. I’ve treated it with more caution. I’m more careful with my words, more guarded with my opinion in my blogs. But otherwise I’ve taken to blogging like diary-writing, the keeper of my thoughts and opinions.

But in blogging, since I cannot keep on ranting uselessly just to vent out my most violent reactions on anything, I’ve focused on giving a more objective and constructive opinion and criticism. I do have different blogs for different niches but the one thing that ties them all is the effort to share my views, my struggles, and the dream to somehow affect my readers to think and act differently than they normally would, as dictated or expected by society. Please understand that I am under no impression that my blog per se will change the world. It will not. Although I do hope it does shake it up a bit.

But I don’t play the devil’s advocate just for my audience or my readers. I do it too for myself. To challenge my knowledge. To test my understanding and logic. To see if the what is legal is moral, or vice versa. Basically, like my trustee diary, to keep the voices in my head organized and in line.

And earning a few bucks along the way is nice too. Admittedly, I cannot foresee this happening in my personal diary, not unless a movie outfit offers to buy my life story and use my diaries as one of their references. That's a long shot, I know. Forgive me for dreaming.

Actually, that’s one of my goals for 2011. I am envisioning a more financially rewarding blogging experience. And how? By keeping my blogs relevant of course. Yes, I do promise not to post nonsensical blog posts only meant to draw heavy traffic in and nothing more. People are not stupid to not see a flake when they face one.

I started blogging mainly about my views on the Philippine society as a mom. I do not pretend to know everything, but I do try to offer an explanation why things have to be such and such. I also blog about giveaways and freebies on the internet and off it. I believe that the best things in life are free --happiness and peace of mind – but it also includes some designer clothes, an ad spot, and some cash. :D These days I am experiencing motherhood all over again. And I am want to share with everyone how I’m doing now.

I am blogging about my life, my views, my passion, my pet-peeves, my struggles and triumphs. And I will keep on doing it and focus on keeping my posts relevant, as I’ve said. Not only to make blogging pay for my expenses, but also to encourage others to share their lives with me, at least, by commenting on my posts. That way they’ll realize that their opinions matter too. That no one has a corner in ultmiate knowledge and that they too can share what little (or much) they do know about.

Blogging does make me feel that. That I matter as a person, especially when people comment on my posts, or when I google my blog (Guilty!) and see that it appears almost on top of the list. I want others to feel it too. By blogging, they let someone into their life. Bloggers cease to be mere specks of dust in the vast universe. Insignificant. Unknown to anyone.

But this is not to equate a blog with a life. Although bloggers feel alive when they hit the post button and see lots of comments on their posts. My bottomline is, to keep things alive, to make my blog financially rewarding, to keep my blog relevant, my ultimate blogging goal is that I have to LIVE LIFE. Because only by living my real life will my virtual self be interesting. ExtraBLOGanza Contest

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Top 10 Reasons why I'm Thankful for my Hubby: A Valentine's Special (just an entry to Pinay Mommy Online)

My hubby and I have been together for ten years already, two years as bf-gf and eight-going-on-nine years as a married couple. But it feels like we’ve only been together for awhile. The spark still there. My heart still thumps when I see him after a day’s separation. We still refer to our first booboo as a couple as if it was only last week. Our hearts have found the perfect match in each other.

How do I even begin to put into writing how much I am thankful for my hubby? I can feel my heart racing, speeding beyond the limits whenever I am overcome by love. Emotions really are very hard to quantify and capture into words, that’s why poets are genuises. For my part, as I am no poet really, I’’ll just list the top 10 reasons why I am thankful for my hubby.

TOP 10 He cooks for me. Yes, honestly, my parents would prefer his cooking over mine. He does a mean spaghetti and ginataang tilapia or hito.

TOP 9 He dresses my CS wounds uncomplainingly. I do scream at him for the slightest pain but he just shrugs it off! I am such a pussycat.

TOP 8 He shares in the household chores. Aside from cooking, he also washes our clothes, if I can’t.

TOP 7 He changes diapers and gives baths. Even in my first pregnancy, since I delivered via CS, he has been the one giving baths to both our children, and also changing their diaper.

TOP 6 He wakes up earlier in the morning to prepare our breakfast. I am so tamad to cook so early in the morning. Besides the fact that I usually wake up with a growling appetite, I feel that I have no energy to cook anymore. J

TOP 5 He holds our children if they’re up for an injection. I feel quesy around blood and needles, I need him to be brave for our children if they’re in the hospital because I can’t.

TOP 4 He lets me spread my wings. He’s not seloso so I still get to hang out with my own set of friends, provided of course that I don’t stay out too late.

TOP 3 He makes me laugh. He has such a sense of humor and sharp wit that never fails to crack me up.

TOP 2 He makes me feel safe. I sleep better if I can hear him breathing beside me. The world around us can come crashing down but I’ll still feel secure with him by my side.

TOP 1 He stimulates me, in a very good way of course. Think what you want about this part, but it’s true. He makes me feel alive! I’m sure everyone in love feels the same way towards their partners.

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