Personal Reflection

The Need To Disconnect And Connect

I feel the need to disconnect all the time, especially in a world where thanks to the internet or social media more specifically, we’re increasingly connected to each other.

Some days I’m better at disconnecting than others. Finding that perfect balance presents a challenge.

Recently, I’ve noticed I’m not able to concentrate as long as I used to.

I remember the good old days where I finished books in one day as I would sit down and read for hours on end. I went without interruptions or distractions for long periods of time.

But now I’ll read for about an hour, feel the urge to check my phone, and ultimately, give in to the temptation. Then I’ll get carried away on Twitter or Instagram. Before I know it, I’ve spent half my day on social media. Hyperbolic statements are part of Herminia’s brand. So is referring to myself in third person.

I realize I may not disconnect as much as I used to, but I do my best. It’s important to step away from the screen. My sensitive eyes appreciate it.

Also, I’ve gotten used to carrying my phone with me everywhere I go. Some days I wonder how I’d survive if I left my mobile at home either accidentally or intentionally.

It’s not easy to disconnect, at least not if you’ve grown up so connected. But the difficulty makes disconnecting that much more rewarding.

If you’re wondering where all this is coming from, I’m currently taking three media classes. For fun, I read a chapter of a book, which discussed how social media has changed our ability to connect and concentrate.

So lately I’ve been thinking about my relationship to media and how it affects my happiness, productivity, etc.

As of right now, I’m ready to disconnect and go to bed. I’ll connect or reconnect with the world tomorrow.


17 Things To Do In 2017


  1. Compose a poem that is 17 lines long.
  2. Write 17 stories in one month.
  3. Read a book published in 2017.
  4. Read 17 books in 7 months.
  5. Publish 17 blog posts for 17 consecutive days.
  6. Learn how to say one word in 17 different languages.
  7. Memorize 17 words in another language.
  8. Listen to 17 new songs.
  9. Watch 17 old movies.
  10. Run for 17 minutes.
  11. Dance for 17 minutes.
  12. Try 17 foods you’ve never had before.
  13. Eat healthy for 17 days in a row.
  14. Develop a new habit in 17 days.
  15. Smile at 17 strangers.
  16. Meet 17 different people.
  17. Connect with 17 friends and/or acquaintances.

Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand

Today’s assignment:

Audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog to make sure they’re consistent and focused.

I figured I’d use this opportunity to promote my LinkedIn, which I started a few days ago. Connect with me if you have an account. And if you don’t, start one so we can connect.

Did you notice the subtle but not so subtle change I made?

It’s easier on the eyes.

I hope.


Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself to the World

Surprise, I signed up for Blogging 101. I have multiple reasons for doing so, but I won’t get into them today. This post would be exceedingly long if I did.

Today’s assignment is to write a post explaining who I am and why I’m here. Maybe I should have done a post like this about two years ago. But better late than never, right?

Most of you know my name is Herminia Chow. I’m seventeen. You can usually find me burying my nose in a book, creating strange stories, or publishing new posts. When I’m not, I’m thinking about reading, writing, or blogging.

Occasionally dancing.

There are a few other things you should know about me.

I am easily bored. I like being busy. For me, school wasn’t and still isn’t extremely challenging. Being a blogger seemed sort of neat. Back when I started in April 2013, I didn’t think I would like blogging as much as I do now. If you asked me then whether I thought I would still be blogging today, I would have asked if you were crazy.

I used to be so giddy about blogging. Like a girl madly in love. Which is an accurate simile. I’m not someone who throws the word love around too often, although some may beg to differ. When I say I love blogging, I mean it.

This blog is public instead of private or password-protected because why the heavens not? I like attention after all. That’s a joke. On a serious note, I want to feel like I’m making a difference. Like I’m helping someone, somehow. I like to think I have a tiny bit of knowledge and if I can use that to change just one person’s life to some degree, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. After about two years strong and countless comments, I like to think I have at least put a smile on someone’s face or made somebody laugh a little.

This isn’t shocking: I blog mainly about writing, blogging, and reading. Now I wish I could be more specific. The thing is, most of the time whatever my mind comes up with, that’s the post for the day. You can visit my previous posts if you’d like.

Blogging I’ve realized is different from writing in many ways. Don’t get me wrong, they have some similarities. The connections I’ve made as a blogger have been incredible. I love communicating my thoughts, opinions, and ideas on WordPress more than any other platform out there. (No bias there. It’s the truth.)

In the beginning, I wanted to connect with individuals I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Most of you are from various parts of the world with different walks of life. Also, most of the students at my high school don’t like books, blogs, and words as much as I do. So it’s nice to meet people who have the same interests as me. I’m grateful every day for every single interaction. Thank you.

I hope I can continue to blog as frequently as possible and interact with more bloggers in the future.


Why I Started Blogging

Coincidentally in this order. It changes from time to time depending on the circumstance. For the most part, these are the main reasons I started this blog. I’m sure I touched on some of them before in other posts. But it never hurts to remind myself of why I started. And why I will continue to be a blogger.

  • To share my knowledge and what I’ve learned with others. What could possibly be better than that?
  • To connect and interact with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Recently, this has been more and more important to me.
  • To improve my writing. By making me use my brain even when I don’t want to.
  • To have a good time and enjoy myself. I have thanks to all of you.
  • To provide a much needed break from school, work, etc. Emphasis on much needed.
  • To brag/boast/gloat about it. Possibly the best reason of all. Too bad I don’t tell anyone about my blog.