Filipino elders would say that in a person’s lifetime, he can do many things, experience countless things in his days, but there would be a few that would make him a person he is meant to become.
Blogging is my most treasured piece of art. It can be likened to stroking realizations about life, painting the hobbies for everyone to be inspired by it, and crocheting meanings in an aim to inform and educate the audiences.
I have been blogging about Lifestyle for more than 11 years already. My topics ranged from food, travel, fashion and personal style, beauty, health and life in general. You can even see many, many points to ponder in my personal blog posts which most of these are specific lessons I gained from every experience. For example, when I blog about my travels, I describe how I was able to go there, how were my interactions with the locals, in what way I appreciated their culture, what I loved about their everyday practices and what are my realizations at the end of it. I love sharing to people how the experiences shaped me and why I would love to bring the discoveries along with me through my years.
Whenever I would blog about food, I would share how it was made. Most chefs and cooks share how they come up with the recipes and if you try to think about it, every food has a story. Perhaps, this is the reason why there is “sinuglaw” for Cagayan de Oro City, or “rice negra” in a resto in Davao. It is beautiful to let our readers know about these, so they themselves could indulge next time knowing that what they are eating are product of stories their fellow people had in mind.
Blogging shaped me in many ways most people would not know. For one, it has been a faceless entity that listened to me and provided avenue for my best learnings in life. I remember, when I was in college and having through a hard time with my studies, I would blog about my frustrations. I would pour out all of my sentiments. It was unknown to me that people would read and they did it with a blog post. I have been also thankful for people giving their two cents on my concerns. What made me appreciate blogging is that I would come up the best decision, not because people told me so, not because my readers commented on it but it made me pondered my situations thoroughly and thoroughly and by that, I achieve decisions that I know I would not regret in the future.
Blogging also provided me opportunities. Let us even try to see on our own how blogs and social media mold our new era. Plus, being a blogger in a highly urbanized city is something. Events are organized in a day of the week, and even the whole week, or whole month or even many times in a year. I have explored many ideas, met brands, worked with them and most importantly, I have grown with them. In the middle of it, I have learned to establish a good social media strategy.
Posting a blog for myself and for my readers made me a better person. It allowed me to be an inspiration to others in a way I did not imagine when I was starting it. More than that, blogging gave me lasting friends. I have fellow bloggers I met from long, long ago that are my best of friends, until now.
My blog gave me good, wonderful years in my life. The experiences are gold, but it is priceless that no one could ever buy. If I would be given a chance to go back and choose what I would want in life, certainly you will still see me, in a coffeeshop, trying on my latte and blogging about that trip in Singapore.
It is a calling as they say, and this is what blogging made me. It made and is making me happy.