eh, why bother a blog ? (pt.1)

kid bloggers

I honestly do not know how you entered the blogosphere, nor am I aware of the reason you started blogging.

For me, the world of blogosphere was introduced by Jun Loayza (A successful young entrepreneur) after talking to him in person at one event at  which he gave a speech to undergraduate students. For fun, I just checked out the website on his business card without knowing that it was a blog. I read on and surfed around through the links. That was a mere beginning. On and off.

My serious blogging, however, was adopted about a month (August 2009) ago, and continually found great value blogs along the way. Leading myself into value blogs was gradually changing my whole life. I not only learned uncountable lessons in every sector of my life, but also applied to my reality. Bam, I was growing consciously via blogs. After few weeks of exploring blogosphere, I found out its own irresistible strength in “Blog”. Now, I want to share some benefits of blogs and its reason to get viral in both online and offline world.

1) Learning from others’ experience

The life-long asset a person can possess is a book. Book is a collection of life, experience, and knowledge of an author. Book shows me a life that I might never experience on hand. Blog is a smaller version of book. Like a book, a blog reflects other people’s lives. I learn by reading other people’s thoughts. I attain new insights on various fields: social media, personal development, finance, entrepreneurship, career, minimalism, health, love, and more. The contents may be biased, but I am the one who absorbs them on my own terms. At last, I discern what is right and wrong.

2) Like-minded people; filter others out

In the overflowing insights of blogosphere, I tend to like one over another, naturally leading me to follow more easily. I naturally am more attracted to those in which I find commonalities. No one is loved by everyone, not even Barack Obama. I love how Chris Guillebeau puts “I don’t write to everyone.” Just like in a real world, bloggers click with each other. Love or leave. This way, like-minded people on blogosphere create stronger bond easier than in real life. Blogs easily filter out those who are not your type.

3) Authentic

One of the reasons you get to meet like-minded people so easily on blogosphere or social media is due to the Genuineness. Bloggers put out thoughts on their own platform without anyone interrupting. Some might disagree and leave negative comments. But those naysayers cannot control the blog they ids, for it’s not their site. By being true to yourself and keeping the authenticity on his/her own world, blog creates its own style and aura around over time.

4) Approachable

Best-selling book authors sometimes seem (at least to me) to be too high-up-there to really make myself connected to the preach and context. Mostly, a reader barely gets to know how the best-selling authors used to be or live their daily life. Yet, blog posts are updated regularly enough to actually see what is happening to the author. The blog paths give a easy-to-approach feel. Every well-respected blog is not created over one night. I easily find relief by reading the first posts of well-known blog, for the admirable figure once was like just a normal person (or not) like me. This forms a ground of commonality and hope I could be like them.

5) Alive interaction

However greatly a book provokes a communication with a reader, its communication is limited. Book readers ponder and question oneself throughout reading. But, there still lie some mysterious questions that a reader cannot solve. Most readers give up and closes a book with the content of finishing another book; few serious might find a way to contact an author to resolve the questioning appetite. Although book is a great medium to communicate within and provoke thoughts, it may not be the best to get direct answers.
On the other hand, most blogs are composed of contents plus comment on the bottom. There, readers can interactively communicate with an author, asking questions that are answered by an author. How grateful! Even if there is no comment section, “Contact” icon is thankfully provided.

6) Easy-read
Self-disclaimer: I had NEVER been a reader in my life. I was both externally and internally forced to try many times but never worked out, and concluded that I can naturally not befriend with books.

That might have been due to the fact that a book was too long to finish. Those thick books with 200-500 pages might have frightened me from even opening a book. But miraculously, since I encountered the blogosphere, I find myself sitting in a papasan chair, reading BOOKS! Blog posts with a range of 500-1000 words was far much easier to complete. It felt accomplished when I scrolled down to the comments after reading a whole context. Whispering to myself “Yes, I absorbed another piece of information.” This small steps of accomplishments kept me motivated to read further.

Did I miss any greatness of blog? what do you think is the x-factor of blog to be viral? Share your own experience and first encounter of blogosphere !

From Negative to Positive (Inspirational MUST-WATCH Video by Derrick, a Holy Teacher)

Everyone no matter how rich, popular, or high in their personal discipline level can suddenly fall into the trap of feeling insignificant, depression, self-destruction. Getting out of that trap may be done internally for highly self-disciplined people. On the other hand, one can escape from it externally by listening to music, talking to someone you love, or watching a video with holy messages like Derrick’s — video “Dope, Soap, & Hope” created by Zarias.

Here’s what happened to me two hours ago:

chatting with my girlfriend who is not even on the same continent, I was exhausted and saw the clock ticking past 10:30 pm. Another week just flew by again.

While preparing to get to bed soon, I suddenly felt numbness in my head, my heart, and my soul.

I thought I finally put my first step. I thought I hopped on track. I thought I was at least moving forward, believing that I was striving, learning, and growing. But I got struck by a question: “what have I done this week? Barely anything’s achieved, feeling unfulfilled.

I started falling into the trap of gloom.

maybe to avoid showing my depression, I closed the chat. opened the internet, and pulled out one of bookmarked blogs I follow. I randomly came to Dave’s blog LifeExcursion

glanced at his new post: Inspired, and played the video.

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* For those who are too busy to spend 10 minutes on this video, you can just fast-forward to 7:30 to listen to Derrick’s lesson.

Derick’s message is Universal. It was not to one specific individual but to the world. Through his message, Derrick was changing the world. And as one individual of the world, I was hit so hard by Derrick’s message deep in my heart.

summarizing his messages that greatly impacted my inner core:

Never allow yourself to believe that you’re insignificant without acceptance, the latest clothes or the finest things.
Everything takes time. So, be patient with yourself and pace yourself
Make small and large goals – By achieving your small goals, you get closer to your large goals.
You’ll continually grow and gain confidence and self esteem
Everybody feels depressed at times
Learn to pick the happy thoughts or find things that motivate us
You can’t let your down or depressed self make bad decisions or give up
You’re not living alone.
Even if you don’t see it, you’re not just helping yourself, but you’re helping others too.

Derrick just pulled me out of the slump just like angel with this quote:

“We need to find things that are motivating to us and dwell on those things because it is so easy to fall into a slump, and then use that slump as an excuse to make bad choices or to give up.”

I hope you have learned a holy lesson from this Angel who’s got the  kindest smile ever. As Derrick mentions in his video, you are not just helping yourself, but you are helping others too. Just as Derrick helped me out of trap, I now want to help anyone out there by spreading his holy lesson.

If you are inspired by Derrick as much as I got, please donate to Derick whatever amount you feel like to.

Whenever you feel the same way as I did, just come watch “Dope, Soap, & Hope” and make a transition from negative to positive.

in-the-process

Hey there

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Thanks for visiting “Sail Your Dreams”

I will post up several articles on —

  1. Unconventional meet-up
  2. Real Estate 101
  3. Ideal College Life

by this weekend

By then, take a good care .