Personal Reflection

Going Without The Internet For 6 Hours

So the other day my internet service provider decided to fail me for about 6 hours. It stopped working after 2 p.m. The company got it back up around 9 o’clock at night.

Without access to more modern technology, I read a bit. Then I spent a lot of time dealing with a stubborn kitchen sink. Not exactly how I imagined my day when I woke up in the morning.

About halfway through the baseball game, our TV service was interrupted. So I missed a good part of the game.

During that period, I made several trips to a hardware store in hopes of fixing a leaky kitchen sink. My family eventually replaced the old kitchen sink with a new one.

My original plan consisted of reading a lot and staying at home to relax. Unfortunately, I didn’t read much. Even more unfortunate, the faucet fix was more stressful than it should’ve been.

Life happened. Still, the world isn’t going to end. Somehow that day worked out okay. Not perfect or ideal but then again when is life ever either?

I kept reminding myself the sun will rise tomorrow, and so will I.

I was feeling antsy because I wasn’t sure if the internet would work before midnight. I try to publish a blog post every day, and I hadn’t published one yet. I shouldn’t procrastinate until the last hour. But I do all the time.

It’s been a transitional time for me. I’m doing my best to stay positive by looking on the bright side and appreciating the little things in life. Cliché, I know. But I’m being honest.

I’m glad I still have a safe space with this blog in a crazy world.

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.

Blogging

If I Don’t Reply Right Away…

It’s either because:

  • I’m busy.
  • I don’t have Internet/WiFi.
  • I have some sort of technical issue.

Or because:

  • WordPress hates me.

I hope you understand.

Blogging

Blogging Requires You To Have

  • Time. And a whole lot of it.
  • Dedication. What is quitting?
  • Passion. If you don’t love what you’re doing, why are you doing it? If you aren’t passionate about blogging, you’re better off spending your time doing something else.
  • Discipline. Even on bad days. Especially on bad days.
  • WiFi. Or an Internet connection. Can’t publish a post without it. 
Blogging

What Every Blogger Needs

This will blow your mind. 

You better be sitting down.

Ready? 

Set.

Banana!

Didn’t see that one coming, did you? 

Technically, you don’t need it to survive. But you need to be able to access your blog in order to blog. 

Every blogger needs a good Internet connection. Or WiFi. 

Too bad I didn’t have the former just now. And sometimes I don’t have the latter. 

I love when my connection stops working right after I stop procrastinating. Doesn’t everyone? 

I’m not stressed out at all. 

There’s nothing to see here. Carry on. 

Personal Reflection

Pretentious Pet Peeves

I have a billion pet peeves but five four pretentious ones. The last one not so much. It’s a legitimate pet peeve if you ask me.

  • Slower than normal internet (waiting ten seconds for a page to load is too looong)
  • No WiFi connection (especially when I need…uh, when I want it most)
  • Computer crashes/freezes (caused in part by my opening too many tabs)
  • Fast battery draining (get it together phones, iPod shuffles, and tablets of the world)
  • Blatant spelling errors (resulting from laziness, carelessness, and did I mention laziness?)
Blogging · Writing

More About Me As A Writer And Blogger

I warn you in advance that this post is more personal and less general. It may not be applicable to you, so don’t get all angry on me. Promise? I’ll assume you nodded or are nodding your head right about now.

  • I am a serial-comma abuser. In the worst sense, especially when I am a blogger, I don’t always have commas in the right places either, don’t give me that look, I’m not a saint, I’m not perfect either. OK, see what I did there? I did that on purpose. I know when to use commas, for the most part.
  • I still use my grammar guide. What? I double check and sometimes triple check just to make sure I don’t make a amateur mistake. An amateur mistake. I knew that. After I checked to make sure, of course.
  • I Google the wackiest concepts and people. Don’t all writers do this? If law enforcement ever checked my Internet history, let it be known that I’ll be doomed. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Oh ho, if you expected more points about me, I’m sorry to disappoint. I don’t have the motivation to write a never-ending list nor do I have the time to do so. Absorb the three above for now. Until I come up with more. When I do, I’ll be the first to blog about it. Which, makes no sense, I know. Oh, here goes my abuse with commas. I better log off now before the grammar police get on me about not properly educating myself on using commas. I’ll brush up on my knowledge today or tonight, well…maybe, sometime soon. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I don’t know everything, even if that everything is, indeed, common knowledge. At least, I didn’t have to Google anything for the creation of this post. Actually, I did. Oops, I lied. What did I Google, you might ask? That’s a secret. One, I will take with me to the grave. Ah, unless the police bust down my door and accuse me of um, murder? Then, maybe the secret will be out. Until then, adios.

Blogging

Why Students Should Start (And Run) A Blog Continued

Yesterday, I wrote a post about why students should start their own blog. Today, I will continue with this idea since I wholeheartedly believe in it. If yesterday’s post wasn’t enough to convince you to start a blog, this is my second (and final) attempt to do so.

  • Blogging is amusing, relaxing, and encouraging. Yes, blogging is my idea of fun as it is quite amusing at times. And no, I’m not insane. And whenever I need to relax, I enjoy replying to comments, reading other blogs, and even drafting up future posts of my own. Finally, the support and comments I have received from my fellow bloggers have encouraged me to do what I love to do, motivated me to work harder, and inspired me to pursue my dreams.
  • Blogging teaches you to be concise, to play nice, and to understand that nothing replaces hard work and experience. You cannot write blog posts that are to the tune of a novel. Say what you need to say, no more and no less. You also have to interact with people online. And most misunderstandings happen thanks to the wonderful invention known as the World Wide Web. It’s easy for others to misinterpret, misread, and/or misconstrue your message and meaning. So be wary with everything you say on social media. If it isn’t nice, don’t say it. If it isn’t nice and you did say it, retract your comment. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Finally, about the last point…nothing will ever be a substitute for good ol’ hard work and experience. No amount of reading in the world will ever teach you how to run a blog. Yeah, you actually have to run a blog (for an extended period of time) to understand how to run a blog. Shocking, isn’t it?
  • Blogging will be better than everything you imagine it to be—including but not limited to—past decisions, present choices, and potential opportunities. OK, so that was a little pretentious, ostentatious, and perhaps a bit supercilious of me but you get my point. This is my guarantee: starting and running a blog will not be the biggest disappointment of your life. It could be the biggest regret of your life but I’ll leave that up to you.

If you haven’t noticed already, I have three reasons for a reason. As they like to say: good things come in threes!!! Now try saying that three times fast. And then read this post again and catch all the times I incorporated the rule of three. OK?

So what are you waiting for? Start blogging.

And if you already have a blog, go blog.