Blogging lessons: 15 things I’ve learned so far

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This weekend one of my posts was featured on WordPress Discover. I submitted a piece on the kind recommendation of a fellow blogger, and was excited when I got the news that it had been selected.

Since it went up, I’ve been touched by the people who’ve reached out and happy to find some inspiring new writers to follow. I’m also very grateful to the WordPress editors for the opportunity.

All in all, it has been a positive experience. However I can’t deny some feelings of  disappointment. Hence this post. Continue reading Blogging lessons: 15 things I’ve learned so far

On sharing

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Naomi Okubo, Greeting card from Paradise, acrylic on cotton cloth (2016)

I hesitated for some time before making this blog public. And again before putting up my previous post. Then recently I came across this passage in Rebecca Solnit’s collection of essays, The Faraway Nearby, which gave me comfort and courage. Continue reading On sharing

Only connect

Today’s post will be a short one, to share this excerpt from Yiyun Li’s essay ‘Dear Friend From My Life I Write to You in Your Life’. She writes about a childhood friend who committed suicide shortly after they resumed their correspondence as adults. I think this is a beautiful reminder of the power of writing to connect. Continue reading Only connect

Why blog?

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‘All art is quite useless. So is a flower.’  Marlene Dumas, Oscar Wilde, oil on canvas (2016).

I started this blog earlier this year after a friend encouraged me try it for just three months. I wanted to record the ideas I’d been coming across  in podcasts and books that have had an impact on my life. I’d scribbled notes in journals but I wanted to bring them together in a more coherent way. I also wanted to share the links I’ve found useful. And connect with people interested in similar things. It wasn’t so much about writing – I think I’m better at story-telling than essays – as about sharing. Except I wasn’t sharing the posts. I hadn’t found the courage. Continue reading Why blog?