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Reflections on One Year of Blogging

People say time flies so fast when you’re having fun. I’d add that time flies quite quickly too when you’re too busy to look up and take notice. The last few months have been hectic for me, what with my brother’s wedding, my Significant Other’s recent visit for Valentine’s, and my numerous projects that I completely forgot Quiet Musings and Whimsies has turned a year old.

It made me realize, too, how much I have neglected it these last few months.

Tempus Fugit

I can confidently say I am an experienced blogger. I’ve been blogging on LiveJournal long before I knew exactly what the word “blogging” means, and my first freelance writing gig was a blog about business travel. Both the LiveJournal and the business travel blogs are long gone, and I have since moved on to blogging for other clients, ghostwriting their posts and promoting their blogs for them. Working on these blogs is easy and I love doing it.

Blogging for myself, on the other hand, is a different story altogether. It’s not that I don’t love having my own blog, one that has my name as its domain. It’s more like blogging for myself is a bigger challenge than I expected it to be.

Coming up with topics to write about is perhaps the most difficult thing about keeping my own blog. At first I thought to make Quiet Musings and Whimsies a niche blog about freelance writing. Yeah, that worked out alright. The more I read the freelance writing blogs of well-known writers like Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli, the more I realize there is still a lot I need to learn about the line of work I am in. I am not really an expert, so I leave the teaching to the experts. I can only share my observations and the lessons I learn as I plod along.

Besides, as it turned out, I couldn’t stand writing only about freelance writing and blogging and SEO and all that stuff. I already spend at least eight hours of my day on the job, and I am supposed to write about the job on my free time? I love my job, but I couldn’t do that, at least not here. Still, my mind got fixed on the idea that this blog is a niche blog, so it became a chore keeping it updated, even after I started alternating niche posts with personal posts and scribbles about the TV shows I watch, the books I read, and my fandoms.

And then the first anniversary of this blog rolled in. I ended up with a blog that is not what I imagined it to be. I stopped having fun updating it, and it became clear with the big gaps in between posts.

And then I had a light bulb moment. I named this blog Quiet Musings and Whimsies, with a tagline suggesting it’s a personal blog. The domain name is annasibal.com, my own name. The domain does not have the keywords “freelance writing” in it. So why the heck did I get fixated on keeping this a niche blog about freelance writing?

From now on, I am going to have fun with this blog again. I am going to post whatever the hell I want to post. I can, after all.

Image: Alan Cleaver

 

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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