Monday, March 19, 2007

A Year Ago...

Exactly a year ago, out of the blue, I started this blog. It was a Sunday. I could not recall where I was at that time. Perhaps I was at the office finalizing reports for the annual audit. Or in some internet cafĂ© experimenting some features of blogger.com. I already had another blogsite, why do I need another one? After this blog was set up, I said to myself, “This is where I’ll write my leftover thoughts.” From an alternate blog, this has become my main site.

It was coincidental that Dodongflores tagged me last Saturday. I was thinking of what to write today. I’ve seen the meme in someone else’s site a few months ago. So I skimmed through my archives to check if I’ve done this before. There was my unstructured answer to the question of “Why do I Blog?”in this entry.

However, this meme requires me to write down 5 reasons why I blog. So here goes my five:

Boredom
To stave off boredom, one has to fill his mind with a lot of things. Let me emphasize this: I blog not because I’m bored.

A college buddy of mine introduced me to blogging. He was so excited telling me about it. He mentioned about the many good reads in the blogosphere. At first, he did not give me a link to his blog. So I bloghopped on my own. But the first few blogs I’ve visited were written by bored people. I was about to conclude that many bloggers were lonely and bored in this second entry of mine. But that view had already changed over the months.

Honing my Writing Skills
I am amazed at the writing skills of many bloggers. I would like to write like them too. Perhaps it’s not yet late. I used to write poems and short stories. But when you deal with numbers daily, there is no more time to create stories and compose poems even in your mind. I used to scribble down a lot of my thoughts (not notes from class) but I have a very bad handwriting. I found some of my notes when I was in high school and in college, and I can’t even read them. The PC is a heaven-sent relief. But then, it’s the spreadsheet that is used more often.

Inspiration
I am inspired by the posts of my blog friends. There are those who were also inspired by some of my posts. And these wonderful exchanges are nutrients for the soul.

Journal
I’d like to look back at what I’ve written these past few months. And reading them made me smile. I can’t believe I’m writing down my father’s tales. I should publish a compilation one of these days.

Connection
Ex-link? It feels good to be connected with another blogger though we may not know them personally. When we leave a comment or see that link in their blogroll, it feels like we are part of their blogs too.

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I won’t be tagging anyone. But if you would also like to share your reasons for blogging, consider yourself tagged.

25 comments:

sasha said...

Wow! Happy anniversary to your blog! I would like to do this meme for my next post :)

Kelan naman kaya namin makikilala ang the true Lazarus? :)

Alam mo ako even if spreadsheet lagi ang naka-open sa akin, I still open a notepad. I still write stories in my free time. I think of it as writing an email to myself.

Happy Monday and may you have a great week ahead!

Gypsy said...

Happy Anniversary! Lazarus!! Looking forward to more posts from you! God Bless.:)

Wil said...

Congrats on 1 year!

LOL regarding your comment about many bloggers being "lonely and bored." :-D

Keep blogging! :-)

iskoo said...

halos pareho pala tayo ng reasons kung bakit nag blog. ako nag start dahil sa isang ka-opisina na photoblogger ma mahusay, tapos nangarap isang araw makakapag-photo blog din ako.

Ver said...

Happy birthday to your blog!

Lazarus said...

Sasha, thanks! I'm slowly revealing myself in this blog.

Gypsy, thanks for the greetings!

Wil, salamat din. I know you're not one of those 'lonely and bored'. LOL. Enjoy more happy blogging days!

zherwin said...

happy blog anniversary :)

vernaloo said...

happy anniversary Lazarus! pakain ka naman jan! lolz :)

Brennan Mercado said...

the internet already has its share of blogs that hate the world or Britney's new haircut.

responsible blogging makes us, if not better writers, then better persons at the very least.

happy anniversary lazarus.

dodongflores said...

Hi, just received your message left in my Shoutbox. Kagagaling ko lang kasi sa Laguna Hot Spring ('ill post the photos and articles later). It's interesting how each one of us have different reasons of blogging. Yes, I always agree blogging is productive and nourishes the soul... Well, that depends on how we use our blog...
Happy Anniversary din pala sa blog mo. I think it was just very timely when you write for this meme... And thanx for participating as well :)

carey said...

happy happy 1st year anniversary to your blog! mine will be next month na... :) a milestone like this gives us time to think about what we have written and the connections we made.
we have the same reasons for blogging, except for the first one, to stave off boredom. i wish i could have time to be bored... i think my reason would be to take a very good break from having a hectic sched.

lazarus said...

thanks, zherwin!

verns, walang handa ang anniversary na to! Thanks for the greetings!

brennan, i haven't seen updates on your blog lately. looking forward for more of your posts.

Dodong, thanks for the greetings and for the tag!

carey, thanks for the greetings! Advance happy blogsary to you! Having a break from a hectic schedule is a good reason too.

niceheart said...

Happy anniversary to Leftover Thoughts. I've also done this meme a few months ago. And yes, it's also the connection with other bloggers that I enjoy the most. :)

snglguy said...

Happy First anniversary, Lazarus. Or is it blogsary? Hehe :-D

Anyways, we all have our own reasons for blogging. And that is probably what makes the blogosphere a lot more interesting place to be in...

ghee said...

Happy blogsary,Lazarus!!

yeah,i do agree..lahat ng sinabi mo ay pareho yata sa reasons ko why i blog :)

another blogging year ahead!!Have fun!

tin said...

Happy anniv to your blog! :) Halos pareho rin tayo ng mga dahilan. :)

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Raine said...

uy magkasunod lang tayo! Happy 1st blogiversary too! :-)
baka gusto mo ring magka-cake LOLS,
got mine here http://www.redkid.net/generator/cake/sign.php

sorry messed up the comments, natriple post eh

vic said...

I used to do Volunteer driving after work (night shift) but my Car finally give up and there is not much to do before hitting the bed, I decided to get a computer and after finding out my teenage niece is heavily into blogging, I also give it a try and been doing it since July 2006. Now I'm missing some sleep, because I also download a lot of movies to watch.

If I can afford another new car, I always get more satisfaction driving old folks (i'm getting there) to where ever they want to go and back home, then maybe blogging will take a backseat..

vic said...

I used to do Volunteer driving after work (night shift) but my Car finally give up and there is not much to do before hitting the bed, I decided to get a computer and after finding out my teenage niece is heavily into blogging, I also give it a try and been doing it since July 2006. Now I'm missing some sleep, because I also download a lot of movies to watch.

If I can afford another new car, I always get more satisfaction driving old folks (i'm getting there) to where ever they want to go and back home, then maybe blogging will take a backseat..

gbert said...

happy happy birthday to your blog! :) keep posting dude

tin-tin said...

i've been tagged also with this in the past. ako din, i didn't expect that blogging will be part of my life :)

lazarus said...

salamat sa lahat na bumati! now, let's go back to blogging and see if we could blog for another year.

God bless sa lahat! Have a wonderful weekend!

paetechie said...

my blog is also turning a year old in a few weeks

are you an engineer? working with numbers?