I posted a short story about why I choose blogging on my Instagram last month, and now I decided to share the complete story to you.
Why blogging? Because I love writing. When I was a kid, I was a loner. Even my kindergarten teacher wrote that fact on my report. My Mom said I always loved to move around and I didn’t speak that much. So writing seemed to be a perfect channel for me to express my thoughts and feelings. I also loved reading books and magazines. I even re-wrote some articles on magazines, and I enjoyed writing letters and notes.
Internet was a big thing for me when I was in high school. I went to internet cafe (aka warnet) almost everyday for 2-3 hours to check out anything I wanted to know about..well mostly music and movies. Meanwhile, I also had a personal project, U2 biography. Yeah, I was that crazy about this band. Back then, music was my first love and I wanted to be a band manager (because everyone wanted to be a band member or a singer, but musicians need people to keep them roll right?!). I compiled U2 stories from the books and magazines that I bought and tried to finish the project for months. So, this thing called internet really helped my project. So when I finaly finished the project, I decided to make U2indonesia website so I can share my words to the world. I created my website with Microsoft Frontpage. Black background with white and gold colored fonts. It was a lame designed website made by a 18 years old girl, but I guess that was the turning point of my life!
2 years after I started my website, me and my U2 fan friends decided to build a serious U2indonesia website. BUT running a website was not that easy back then. So we decided to freeze it. A few years later, my best friend Dian dragged me to this thing named Multiply. I was hesitated at first, but I gave it a go and loved it. BUT I wasn’t really happy with the category things. If you were familiar with Multiply, you would know that each Multiply site provided with categories so you could post notes, make a music playlist, or post photos and pictures. It was complicated for a person who just wanted to write like me. So I was happy when I found WordPress. I started my WordPress blog in 2007. I wrote mostly anything that caught my interests. I blogged on and off. It was random and personal and captured some of the tragic things I had in my 20s. But fortunately this blog got me connected to a lot of talented bloggers and writers, and until today some of them are still passionate about digital world.
After 5 years of blogging, I started to doubt myself on blogging. I felt like I never really gave a clear message of my own blog. I knew it was just a blog. Everyone can blog, and they can even have hundreds of blogs if they wanted to. But I just wanted to have one blog that I could relate to. A blog that grows. I thought it was a perfect time to do it right. So I decided to collaborate with Mamir and started Living Loving.
Well, honestly..I never really knew when was the perfect time. But I always believe that the key to make your dreams come true, or to make a change in your life, is to start. You may rise, or you may fail, but you can always give yourself a chance to start something wholeheartedly.
I never really thought that writing could take me to a lot of opportunities that I had never imagined before. I always thought that I had to be a journalist or worked at printed media so I could have a chance to share my words to people. I never thought that being a fan of a rock band could lead me to a chance of finding my passion.
So start, no matter how small the action you can do today. I started with a tacky designed site. Thank God I don’t have to show them here because Internet had swollen those website I made. Oh wait, they still have it. Promise me not laugh when you see this website interface. Remember, I made this 15 years ago!
Yup, that was my last post on my first website. If you were still in your elementary school during that year, you can tell that I am ten years older than you..so that means you have PLENTY of chances to make your time worth it. If you think you’re the same age as I am, that means you are already fully loaded with experiences and skills, so it really is time for you to start something. But if you think you’re not that young anymore..that you don’t have that experience and skill you needed to start something, you know there’s no rule that you should start something at young age. Everybody has a chance to create a new journey, and it doesn’t have to be a big fat one. It starts with you. :)
I know you can dream, so dream out loud and have a good time. Enjoy the ride and cherish every little moment. Xx