I started to create this blog back in February 2013; close to 4 years now. I couldn’t remember why and how I decided to blog, or if there’s anything particular that influenced me. I went to search from this blog’s archives to read the first thing that I posted. I had many sort of feelings when reading it – it was hilarious for the way my writing was, as if I was talking to myself when I wrote it without thinking about the audience. I was highly ambitious for some reason that I made a long list of New Year’s resolution. Despite that, there were people who reads it. I also noticed some things hadn’t change – in the very first post, I had an excerpt of quotes and a link to the song that I liked. I still do the same now. I am still the same person I was, today.
My first attempt in creating a blog was way before 2013. It was a little dark and gothic. I only wrote short notes, and I shared my drawings. But it wasn’t for long that I decided to abandon it and start something new. I came up with a manifesto about the change. This blog started with the name: ‘Coffee and The Sky’, following the same domain name. I came up with that name for the reason of my irresistible love for coffee and nature. It was a good start. The retrospective section was what I mostly posted about – they were monthly reviews and flashback of what had happened in my life. It was like an online diary. I had a small pool of readers, and I was happy.
Until that moment when shit happens. My life went down the drain and I didn’t feel like doing a monthly postings anymore. It wasn’t something that interest me to share about my tragedies, even though there were few posts about it. My energy was drained and I stopped writing. I disappeared for a couple of months. I no longer share about my life. This was the time when blogging was a real challenge. To quit, or not to.
Then came to a point where I didn’t want to lose my readers or making them disappointed. It was the year where I began to get more involve in the field of writing professionally and creatively as a side hobby. It was also the time where some friends came to me and told me that they read my travelogue and used them as their guide to plan their travels. This literally changed me. I couldn’t help to ignore. I didn’t want to trash my entire blog site either. So I came up with another plan, sketched some diagrams and sitemap about stuff I wanted to put up, and I revamped the entire blog. I changed the domain from ‘Coffee and The Sky’ to my own name. This blog then became a weblog of a writer’s profile and portfolio. I took some parts in creative writing side as well, and from that moment onwards, the blog started to revive again.
The blog now turned to be more generic – about writing, travel, books and certain things about my life and my experience. I am using this platform to practice my English writing too (yes, English isn’t my native language) and also to connect with other authors and bloggers. I joined many writing groups as well as participated in some writing challenges. I also posted about why I enjoyed writing and blogging. The thing is, I didn’t set any specific timeframe or a regular scheduled postings, therefore I am a bit free to write as when I feel that I need to, but at the same time making sure I didn’t neglect and abandon it like before. There are days and time when there’s absolutely nothing to write about, and that’s okay.
But seeing how the blog progresses, from day one, makes me feel that I am going one step ahead in bridging the gaps that I encountered before.
> Watch Ira Glass’ sayings about creative gap. It’s inspiring.