Why I’m starting yet another blog, this time on Medium — 001

In 1997, when I was still in the last year of high school, I came across a Guide to Microsoft FrontPage. It was a full-colour thick reference guide, teaching newbies how to set up websites.

MS FrontPage logo. Source: Wikipedia

I was addicted to the book. I rested it on my lap while I tried out all the steps. I was pleased with the multiple websites I made. (Most of them dedicated to my favourite Japanese manga characters.)

How not to start a blog

After creating multiple websites , I decided I wanted to have a section where I can post daily entries.

I didn’t know of the existence of blogs which would automatically arrange my posts in reverse chronological order.

I hand-coded all my entries, pushing the older ones down and creating new page when it became too long.

It wasn’t fun at all.

Years later, I discovered blog services and ditched all the silly hand coding efforts. I signed up for many blogging services, one of them died, while I gave up on the rest.

Around 2009, I created a branded blog for a hobby I loved. Eventually it became a resource site for others with the same passion.

Moving on

But eight years after starting that blog, I’ve stopped liking that hobby. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to it but I don’t want it to die neither. I’ll have to eventually find a way to pivot there.

My problem — now that the very distinct hobby is no more — is I like too many things but don’t have the authority to talk about them yet.

I like

  • improv (my half-hearted attempt at being anonymous will be exposed by this new hobby)
  • tarot reading (oh boy, the list just got smaller)
  • astrology
  • tech and the web — not the What’s The Hottest Product From Apple, but tinkering around services like this
  • MBTI: As an INFP, I just really want to know myself, more than understanding others

Why Medium

I had been opposed to writing on Medium for a long time.

I’m in Camp-You-Should-Write-On-Your-Own-Land.

But now, I need somewhere that’s not my own. To explore what it is that makes my heart sing again.

I know all the advice about Sticking To One Topic And Be Seen As An Expert.

What if I don’t know what I want to be an expert of?

I also like the built-in community of Medium. Though I don’t know if it would ever catch the attention of others, there’s a higher chance of it happening than if I start somewhere from scratch.

My goal

Write a post a day.

I was listening to a Marie Forleo podcast with Seth Godin, he advised people to write a daily post.

This not from the actual audio but from his blog:

Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.

I’ve not been one extrapolates ideas but it would be a fun challenge to share things I’ve learned along the way of life.

And there’s no rules to how much I write so that takes off a lot of stress.

Until my next post,

Day 1 of 100 days of blogging

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