I have not told anyone I know personally about this blog because this blog is not meant to be an avenue for those who know me to keep abreast with my life. I would like readers to re-visit my blog simply because they would like to read what I write.
When I began this blog in November 2011, I published a new post every fortnight. Over a year later, when my work schedule got very tight, I switched to posting once a month. There’s been no letting up since, so I’ve decided to post once a ….whenever I can!
You can read about the main reason for widening the gap in publishing in my post of 1 May 2013 titled:
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At the very beginning, I had decided to post once a fortnight and now, when I can, for the following reasons:
1. The people I know personally are my priority.
My family and friends are a huge part of my life. I write long e-mails and I’ve got contacts who delight me with equally lengthy replies. Writing to my contacts makes me feel like we do indeed live in a small world. The frequency and depth of our e-mails have enabled me to celebrate their joys and offered me the privilege of lending a shoulder in their dark times. Likewise, I am afforded the same honour of sharing the gore and the glory of my life with them. I do not wish to compromise my time with my contacts. I know if I blog more than I can, something will have to give.
2. I write newsletters.
Scratch that. I write long newsletters based on events in my life. I send them out to relatives and friends I communicate with the most. Those newsletters go out roughly every two months.
From 1997 (when I got my first e-mail address) to 2006, my newsletters were restricted to my immediate family and my closest friends. I sent those out individually, tailoring bits and pieces to lend that personal feel. In 2006, I sent out my first mass newsletter. I received a favourable response and I haven’t looked back since. 🙂
Before 1997, I sent out much shorter newsletters via snail mail to a little over a dozen of my closest contacts. Yes, of course, every single one of them was hand written. Ah, the good old days!
3. Writing takes time.
Writing newsletters for practically my entire adult life, I know I like to toss thoughts and words around for a few days before I am ready to send them out to my contacts. I want to be as particular on a public platform.
I’m not terribly fond of photography. I have a word
fetish fixation. I will post photographs that I think are relevant, or for a change of pace, but those will, in all probability, be touched; not in a Photoshop-ed way to make the people in the photograph look more <insert positive physical attribute>, but in my MS Paint way. I am not skilled at art, so kindly bear with me when I try to maintain privacy.
In my newsletters, I often quote my contacts. That’s because portions of their correspondence with me is relevant to the theme of that particular newsletter. Sometimes I quote them because I have learned something helpful from them or they’ve made me laugh. I try to pass on that same newly gained knowledge and mirth by sharing their words in my newsletters. Before I do so, I always obtain permission from the people concerned. To date, I have been told I could do whatever I wished to with what they had written to me. Yes, lucky me indeed!
So, a lot of my posts will include excerpts of my correspondence, both my own words and those of my contacts. I will change possible identifying details, if I deem them too close to home, in a manner of speaking.
Those who are part of my inner circle will crop up in my stories. To identify them, please read the ‘Who’s Who’ page.
Sounds like a plan? Game on!
Oh, do you like my gravatar? There’s a story behind it! For now, I’ll just say that I am very grateful that Andrea Pascale, the owner of Word Decor ‘n More, let me use one of her images to represent myself in the cyber world.
If you feel like saying something, anything about my blog, be my guest. It’s a free world.
Thank you for your time!