On my 700th hit, I decided to tell people close (and closed) to my heart about this blog. That’s after I decided that it was presentable enough to be viewed by the world.
As expected, my friends had mixed reactions about the whole thing. “Hey Ju, thanks for the invite. Was reading some of your postings a while ago. You’re such a compulsive writer,” Lei wrote from New York.
I have to admit this description intrigued me.But then, Lei always had this talent for brilliant ambiguity. Prior to this, I didn’t think my writing ability was capable of being defined in the order of repulsive,addictive, obsessive-compulsive or just plain compulsive. To settle the issue, this dumbass consults Encarta to find out what the word really meant:
1. driven: driven by an irresistible inner force to do something
e.g. a compulsive liar
2. powerfully interesting: exerting a powerful attraction or interest
My guy friends were generous. Dave and Gabby said: “Wow! Galing naman.” Marcel, who has been an angel in helping me figure out the intricacies of the Web, noted: “Your layout looks more professional now. I like this version better.” Pascal, a Belgian who is more Filipino than a Filipino can get, wrote: “I have been reading your website, and as ever i am impressed. I wish i had the gift to express myself with the written word as you have. But if i try to put my thought on paper, i end up with incomplete sentences, using the wrong words, bad lyrics and so much more.I would love to make a similar website though… maybe about my travels in the Philippines ;-). Therefore i would need few words, the pictures would say it all ! Warm regards. Keep on writing”
Thank you all. Thanks Pascal. Sure you can begin your site. It doesn’t matter if you only put out pictures and a short caption to accompany them. After all,there’s such a thing as photoblogging.
Meanwhile, my dance buddy Gertrude emailed from storm-battered Florida: “Wow Annalyn.Don’t know what to say.It’s like reading your diary. Only, the rest of the world reads it with me. Thanks for letting me in.” Gerty couldn’t imagine herself blogging though. Says she:”It’s too much information for people I don’t know or care about.”
Privacy appears to be the main issue on why people decide to blog or not to blog, to like or dislike the idea.I have to say my Writings on the Wall come close to being my diary but not quite. I keep a separate journal in a notebook and my ideas there are certainly more intimate, definitely no-holds-barred. On the other hand, this blog – while open to the wired community – will never represent my life at large, as I earlier discussed in an earlier post on Thoughts from a Virgin Blogger. It will never fully capture my heartaches and struggles as a worker, woman and mother – three roles which dominate my life. There is no way I will tell people everything and in the same vein, I don’t want people to avoid me because they would be afraid of what I’d say here. My respect for all the people I deal and relate with will always reign supreme.
Keeping this online journal will always be a form of creative outlet for me.Hopefully, it will encourage me to pursue writing in other ways just when I thought it was getting to be a tad too boring. It is also one great way of using the new technology which is now so dominant in our world.
There is much to learn but one great thing about blogging are the new friends I’ve found. Thanks Karen. Thanks Rolly, techguy,iskolar, hazel, mia etc. Notty, buhay ka pa pala. Sorry I could not link you up guys…I am not putting a tagboard either. But your feedbacks have motivated me in ways you can’t imagine.
In the meantime, welcome to the dramedy that’s My Life!