01(01): Blogogenesis

I remember a time when it was trendy to start your own blog on the domain ‘blogspot.com’. All my peers in primary school were doing it. More than a decade later, things have changed indeed. At least among the people I know, few, are active bloggers. People establish and maintain blogs for a myriad of reasons. Some do it to engage in online commerce while others do it to vent their frustration, with the hope that at least one soul out there would empathise with them.

In Plato’s Apology, Socrates remarked that the ‘unexamined life is not worth living’. In many developed countries, people live day-to-day without reflecting on their lives. Could this be because people are too fixated with the problems they face (e.g. housing loans, car loans, relationship problems, expensive medical treatments) and neglect introspection as a result? This is something for us to ponder.

Throughout my life, I have written journal entries. However, I would usually only write in the journal for a few days. This would then often be followed by a long period marked by an absence of writing. This has a parallel in how some people proudly declare their New Year Resolutions at the start of each new year. It is easy to start something or say you want do set out achieving something. On the other hand, persevering and consistently engaging something is an entirely different ball game. Growing up, I did not take many photographs too. Consequently, it is hard to recall some details of my life. Nevertheless, it is better late than never to start a journal. Recently, I had an encounter with someone who inspired me to start this blog. He is an advocate for writing and notes that people nowadays are not writing enough. I could discuss the benefits of writing, but I believe that deserves its own post.

Through this blog, I hope to share my thoughts and my experiences. I often lament having to retell long stories to different groups of people. Instead of retelling long stories, I could just send them a link to the relevant blog post. Besides, I have the benefit of crafting a coherent response when I make a blog post. A blog post ensures that people receive the same information. There can only be so much variation regarding the interpretation of a blog post. Having information established in black-and-white runs in stark contrast with verbal communication. When I retell stories, I would tell it slightly (‘slightly’ might be too optimistic) differently each time. This can lead to misunderstandings, particularly because the information I give people is not set in black-and-white. “Nicholas said it” may give me problems down the line. These problems can be avoided with a more definitive blog post.

Moreover, I am confident that this will become a great resource for anyone who is curious to know why I hold the views I hold or anyone who simply wishes to know me better. I hope you enjoy the content on this blog. Stay tuned!

Yours sincerely,
Nic
17 January 2019

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