Intermission: Blogging Update

How it’s been going so far…

I have been blogging for a short time and I felt its a good time to take stock and see what I’ve learnt as well as think about my direction for this blog.

So, one thing that happened is a few people liked some of my posts for which I am grateful for. I also got followed for the first time, which is great. One of the good things about being liked by other bloggers is that it gave me the chance to look in turn at their websites. I’ve had a good luck through their articles, design and style. Some bloggers have created some really great sites with interesting content and positive messages. But more than that, I am able to see the life or work of another person and I think that is far more interesting than any news channel of soap opera available on TV. I have learnt a lot from looking at these websites and see that in many ways, the blog is a form of expression for a person. It can also be a business. People take different approaches reflecting on what they are trying to achieve and convey. I think that in hundreds of years in the future, these blogs will be a useful way for our descendents to understand our lives.

Another observation is there seems to be a blogging galaxy of which I had previously been unaware of. It may even be a community, but it’s too early for me to know. I think that in some ways, blogging takes a certain type of skill. Writing posts requires a different type of writing ability compared to writing essays or articles.

Another observation about my own writing, is that I notice I often use popular culture – movies, song lyrics or TV series to support a point or argument I am making. This is curious to me, because generally in everyday conversation I wouldn’t go around making references to movies or songs. That would be kind of strange. But in my articles, so far I have made references to Steven Seagal, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, David Bowie, the TV character Al Bundy, songs by the Eagles, Frank Sinatra, Dave Edmunds, Depeche Mode.

When I think about why I use these as references points. I consider that the members of generation X, Y and the Millenials are more likely to search for answers from YouTube and movies than from parents, teachers or the Church. If we think about the Bible and Sunday sermons, people today would find it hard to relate to the teachings of the bible no matter how deep they may be. For example, the line from Jesus: “Consider the lilies….” Well, how many people today could consider the lillies? It’s not really something that most people can relate to. I’m more better able to consider a Macdonald’s Big Mac than I can the lillies. And so, even though the meaning of the sentence carries with it wisdom, the modern reader may already have been lost.

Here is the rest of the line:

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin”

I think in order to communicate to people today, we need to be more contemporary and to use examples of sources from popular culture that everyone will have some experience of – art, music and movies or famous people. For example, if I refer to the movies: the Matrix or Fight Club, some the messages of these movies are very clear but also carry a certain depth. So for example, the quote from Fight Club: “the things we own end up owning you” has more impact and resonance for a modern audience then the Biblical quote: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. However, I was able to use relatively older contemporary literature to make a point as I referred to Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Robert Louis Stevenson in a recent post. We’ll see.

Or perhaps, my points are completely wrong. But who cares? It’s my blog and I can write what I like. Cue evil laugh.

Another thing is the images. I like to use an image for each article that conveys the message I am trying to get across. When I search for a photo, I have an idea of what kind of image I am looking for, but I cannot always find the right one. So then I will carry various different searches until I find something I feel fits. It may not be what I had in mind originally, but I am happy with many of the images I have found.

In terms of my plans for the website. I have a background in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a long interest in natural health and so I have been considering doing a series of articles on health, which was my original intention, but as my interests range across many different areas, I will likely keep writing about random things under the categories of money, life, spirituality, health and miscellaneous.

At the moment, I have been writing blog articles daily. I have enjoyed it a lot and it has been pleasing that some people have found it interesting. I will continue writing but may slow down the pace for a while and instead focus on building my home page, which until recently was pretty empty.