Everyone Should Have A Blog.
I used to get very defensive whenever someone sees my blog and says to me, Wow, you must have alot of time to do this. Or You don’t have much to do huh?
These days, when I hear those statements, I would shrug it off and go.. Oh yeah, it’s good that I have the time.
Yeah right. It’s 4.30am Joburg time as I type this. My family is sound asleep. I’ve just spent a full day with them. We’ve visited 3 creches at squatter settlements. I’ve cooked two large meals. Hosted a dinner for a friend. Cleaned up the house and done the laundry. I’ve also processed a ton of pictures and posted 3 posts online in the wee hours. I fell asleep a couple of times on my keyboard.
If I have alot of time to do this, I honestly think I should be snoring in bed right now.
Writing this blog is a commitment. Every input that I put into this site is a memory locked down. I may not remember what I did today next month. I’ll definitely not remember what I did today six months later. And there’s no way my memory can get better in a year’s time. If I don’t have a blog, how will I remember all the great places we went to, all the good moments we had, all the amazing food we ate, all the crazy thoughts I had and all the little things I’ve seen and marvelled at in my life?
Whoever thinks they can remember stuff without a blog or journal is just being arrogant. And whoever thinks that not being able to remember past stuff isn’t that big a deal is being ignorant. I can’t imagine not remembering how I lived my life. And trust me, it’s really nice to be able to remember your life in great detail because you wrote it down. Ten years from now, I will read my own words and know I will have a small smile on my face. Our children will read them and remember how they used to be. They will have step by step recipes to all the delicious food they grew up eating. Our grandchildren will get to know us in a way that would otherwise be impossible. It’s practically making history.
When I first started a blog, it was the year 2006 and I had just had a failed relationship. It was a difficult time in my life and I had started a blog to write down my feelings. The blog was private and I loved being able to rant and use expletives if I wanted to. Eventually, I realised that a private blog would turn me into a negative bitch of a person if I didn’t have anyone reading my words and I said stuff carelessly without having to take any real responsibility for it. Just a few months down the road, I would look back, read my own posts and cringe at the person I had been.
Fast forward, and a positive public blog eventually emerged. This is now the place where all the most precious things to me are stored. And this is the place where my family and friends stay connected with me. Yeah, really, I love it when everyone in our lives knows when we were on the run and chased by elephants. I take responsibility for every word and every picture that appears here. There is nothing journalistic about the way I write or the stuff I talk about. I’m not a tourism board or a reviewer or a trying to teach anyone to do anything. This is just a happy place, that’s all.
Some days I write because I know I have family, friends and readers waiting for me to post. But most days, I write because I want to. I need to find the highlights of every day and write it down. I worry when I have nothing to write about. It means to me, that I’ve been living a life that was not worth talking about. Horrors! It would be time to do something about it.
So yeah, writing a blog is a commitment. It’s like having a relationship. Or having children. You start it, and then you commit to it. I wrote diligently even when I had a full time banking job and worked as many as 16 to 18 hours a day. You don’t write a blog because you have the time to. You write a blog when you want to.
Here’s my challenge to everyone – Last year on this very day of July 9, I was dressed for the first time by a big shot designer in preparation for the Singapore Blog Awards and I had an amazing experience (see post here). What did you do on July 9, 2010 and what was the highlight of that day? If you can’t remember, start a blog.
Alright, time to catch some winks before I wake up at 8.00am to bring 100kg of donated stuff to the kids in Kliptown. It’s going to be a full day. There’s Red Bull chilling in my fridge. =)
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