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Some Reasons Why I Love Blogging

  • I love creating. It’s my favourite. I like making stuff. It’s fun to start with nothing and turn it into something.
  • I love the community. Honestly, I never expected it to be so supportive and encouraging. Other creators inspire me.
  • I love control. I get to do what I want, when I want, how I want.
  • I love the old editor. More than the new one anyway.
  • I love seeing my progress. Sometimes I get so caught up with life that I don’t realize how far I’ve come. So it’s nice to look back and see where I was five years ago compared to where I am now.
  • I love receiving feedback. Positive or constructive. Both let me know what works and what I can work on.
  • I love growth. Blogging has helped me grow in so many ways. I’m grateful for this journey. I hope it never ends. I’ve not only grown as a blogger, but I’ve also grown as a human being.
  • I love learning. I’ve learned a little about a lot of things through trial and error. I know there’s still a lot for me to learn.
  • I love being challenged. When I started, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Blogging is hard. If it was easy, everyone could be a blogger.
  • I love connecting. I’m terrible at interacting with people in real life, but I really appreciate every online interaction. Thank you.
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Voice Transcription Is A Game Changer

I love writing, but I don’t love typing. So I finally got around to trying out voice transcription. These days, I say some words into my phone and let technology do the rest. It’s not a perfect process, but transcribing is faster than typing everything out.

If only I knew about transcription back in the day. It would’ve saved me a lot of time. I’m all for efficiency.

I don’t know why I waited so long to start transcribing my writing.

This summer, I transcribed all my old handwritten blog posts. If I had to type up all of them, I’d probably be even more behind now. Typing takes too long. In fact, writing takes forever as well. Talking into your phone, on the other hand, isn’t too bad.

My new goal is to transcribe my creative writing. I have a lot of words ahead of me.

Come to think of it, you could even overcome writer’s block with automatic transcription.

Even though I like to write first, it’d be interesting to speak my thoughts straight away. I’ll have to try that out sooner or later.

Because I live under a rock, I don’t even know how long voice transcription has been around. I never thought to try it out until this year.

Sometimes, I wonder if I’m an old woman trapped in a young girl’s body. That would explain a lot.

As always, do what works for you. Whether that’s writing, typing, transcribing, or a combination of all three. Words won’t write themselves. Just get started. And finish your projects. That’s the only way you’re going to get better.

Yes, I should take my own advice. No, I don’t always practice what I preached. After all, I’m a flawed human being.

I do have to make edits when the transcription isn’t perfect. But the process works for me.

I’ll open the WordPress app, create a new post, click the microphone on my phone’s keyboard, and start talking.

Going forward, I’m thinking about doing the same with academic essays. I’ll write the first draft by hand and then say it out instead of typing every word. If the results turn out to be straight A’s, voice transcription could turn out to be an even bigger game changer.

Thanks to Descript for collaborating with me on this post.

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My Biggest Blogging Problem

I love writing. I love blogging. But I don’t love transcribing. So I have no problem writing posts by hand, but I struggle to type them all up.

I try to write a post every day. Problem is I don’t type everything in a timely manner.

I could switch between writing and transcribing. So I write a post one day and transcribe the next.

I’m behind and unsure how to catch up. I could spend the time writing on typing up the old posts I’ve written. Although I think I’d miss writing them.

Or I can just continue writing every day and transcribing when I have extra time. By the time I get around to publishing a post, sometimes the subject isn’t that relevant anymore.

I’ve thought about trying to write posts that aren’t time sensitive. So I wouldn’t write about a holiday or an event.

In a similar vein, I might attempt to draft posts I could publish at any time during the year.

I have the same problem with my creative writing. There are tons of handwritten poems and stories in multiple notebooks. None of which I’ve transcribed.

On one hand, I could eliminate handwriting to save time. I can jump straight to typing. Too bad I love writing by hand.

Do you handwrite and then transcribe? Do you type straight away?

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Why I Love Blogging

I love blogging. Here’s why:

The community

To be honest, when I first embarked on this journey, I never expected to meet such lovely people from around the world. As always, thank you for the continued support. You’ve inspired me more to keep going.

The challenge

I’ve come to realize that I enjoy being challenged. It’s nice to express myself and exercise my imagination. Obviously, some days are tougher than others, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The control

I like calling the shots and doing things my way. So I get to take the credit when I succeed. But I also take the fall when I fail. I don’t want to blame anyone else for my failures.

The creativity

I get to experiment all the time. Going forward, I aspire to be even more creative, especially with my fiction and poetry. I’m still learning to trust the process.

What do you love about blogging?

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The Evolution Of This Blog

In 2013, I was a naive fifteen year old on WordPress.

Today, I’m so happy I went out on a limb one evening and started this blog.

Becoming a blogger has made me more keen to learn. As a result, I now have more interests than ever before.

Along the way, I’ve felt the need to stick with the status-quo. But I want to push the envelope, challenge myself, and improve. I can’t improve if I don’t move. That’s my motto literally and figuratively.

I read tons of advice about how to blog. But to be honest, I like learning what works and what doesn’t on my own.

This blog will continue to evolve as I grow and change. It may not always seem like it, but I’m doing my best. I know you are too.

There are so many posts I want to write, projects I want to tackle. I’m a little limited in terms of time, money, etc. That being said, I try to take baby steps every day.

More than anything, I hope the next five years will bring more progress.

I’m not perfect. I never will be. My goal isn’t perfection. It’s consistent practice.

As always, thank you for being part of my evolution as a blogger and as a human being.

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10 Blogging Tips For Beginner Bloggers

  1. Do listen. Don’t follow. You can learn a lot by listening to other people. But that doesn’t mean you should be a blind follower.
  2. Trust the process. No one is an overnight success. Besides, there’s no definite end to your journey as a blogger.
  3. Be real. Lying is exhausting. At any given time, you should feel free to express your opinions.
  4. Never stop experimenting. Step outside of your comfort zone. Why would you want to do the same thing day in and day out?
  5. Have fun. If you aren’t, what’s the point? Blog about what you love.
  6. Always take care of yourself. Your health and happiness come first.
  7. Give back. As much as you can. You’re not on an island by yourself. Reach out to other bloggers. You don’t have to do this alone. We’re all in the same boat.
  8. Stay patient. Sooner or later, all your labour will pay off.
  9. Focus on the positives. Small wins are worth celebrating. When you’re struggling, remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
  10. Just blog. Blogging is what you make it.
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What Should I Do With My Blog?

I don’t know what to do with my blog. I’m trying to figure out the kind of content I want to create going forward.

I’m also wondering when and how often I’ll be blogging. When I first started, I set the goal of posting every day. But some days, I consider scaling it back.

I enjoy writing personal posts and poems. I’m in a poetry phase. I also haven’t been writing much prose lately. I don’t love the short stories I’ve written in the past.

Also, some of my favourite post to read and write are lists.

I plan on continuing with book reviews. I’d like to do more bookish posts, but I haven’t gotten around to following through with my ideas.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know in the comments below.

I’m thinking about bringing back posts I’ve done in the past. Maybe doing a part two or something similar.

Still, I’d like to challenge myself to create better content.

I want to feel excited when blogging, but I don’t know what excites me anymore.

I won’t quit anytime soon. That being said, I may take a break or blog every other day in the future.

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Why Blogging Is Better Than Dating

I may be single, but I’m in a serious relationship with my blog.

You call the shots. Do what you want, wherever you want? Don’t have to wait for anyone or anything? Free reign over any and every decision? Sign me up.

You can take breaks. If you’re busy, you can put blogging on hold. Mow imagine telling that a boyfriend or girlfriend you want to put your relationship on hold.

You make your own happiness. Never rely on someone to make you happy. Why would you when there’s an always reliable blog in your life.

Your blog will always be there for you. Unlike human beings who are too busy living their own lives. Their loss.

You confront a blank page, not a real person. It’s the best and worst thing about being a blogger. There will always be a brand new post waiting for you in the wings.

Blogging is, without a doubt, better than dating.