- Blogging has made retirement eaaaasy for me. No transition, no regrets, no post-retirement blues, no sadness, ALL joy. Why, now, I am doing what I like doing most – writing. It’s my passion. Yes, it’s true, In the past, I would write everyday: endless templated memos, endless templated letters, endless templated reports. Now, I am free, I can write anything that I would like to write about, with no templates, no rules, no boundaries. Now, I am more aware of my surroundings, creating thoughts out of anything interesting that would catch my eye, taking snapshots, scribbling notes, which I could eventually shape into the art (yes, I call it an ART), known as a BLOG.
- Blogging has helped me recreate myself. Slowly, I am making a career out of writing. Soon! I hope.
- Blogging has unearthed for me new friends – they’re my latest finds, my latest gems. Diverse interests, different people, all ages (doesn’t matter at all) living in different parts of the planet, sharing experiences, expressing thoughts, crazy thoughts, sane thoughts, concocting out whatever is in their minds, new recipes, amazing photographs, anything, accepting me for all my writing worth. Sometimes, one might even wonder for some – are they really from this planet? are they for real?
- Blogging has made me keep my old friends. Oh, in the past, I would have daily lunches with best friends and weekly drinks (those margaritas are unforgettable!), mostly blah blah blah of daily toiling and bickerings. Now with thoughts passionately written, hilariously explained, secrets bared, I am sharing more than what was shared in daily lunches and weekly drinks.
- Blogging has helped me find classmates, former colleagues, former neighbors, even the dead.
- Blogging has made me understand my children more better. In the past, I would PEEK into their blogs, friendsters, my multiply (refer to an earlier post on social networking) just to catch up with what they and their friends are up to. Now i would DIGEST each sharing and each emotion expressed. Now, I guess they (my husband included) understand me better, as they are the first readers of each post. They know that I am equally as crazy, not all goody goody. And their friends say, their mom’s cool.
- Blogging has sometimes created physical gaps (though cyberscopic closeness???). Imagine me and my kids in each favorite corner of the house (the eldest in his apartment connected to us online), typing away our thoughts on laptops and desktops. Oh, sometimes, even just a feet or two apart, we would cheerfully chat in YM or Gtalk. Mom, I need this, I need that. Or, hey, can you get this for me? What is another word for %&@#? That is why, as much as possible, when the kids are home, I try to stay away from the computer, and not blog.
Read The Blog Herald and find our if you have the the symptoms of what Clare Panton calls, the “Blog Disease”.BLOG or NO BLOG? Definitely, BLOG! Blogging is a JOY. Is it, for you, too?