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Looking Back: Things I Learned Through Blogging

The year was 2011.

I was quite restless with work and the usual routines of my life. And then my friend told me I should try blogging. She cited that I have worked as a writer and editor for many years anyway so why not try blogging. You can also earn from it, she added.

Back when Friendster was still up, I had a couple or so blog posts there. I remember enjoying the process not only of writing but also of choosing a photo to go with my post. But we all know that Friendster, unfortunately has bid farewell to the internet, even  if it was a pioneer of sorts in social media.

I also went on try some blogging with the free sites provided by Blogger and WordPress. As far as I can remember, I think I did not surpass publishing more than five blog posts. And so when my friend said I should go try blogging, I was hesitant whether I could last writing, maintaining it. But this is where the difference lies now, with this 2011 blogging talk with my friend. She said I should buy my domain name and have my blog hosted online for a fee. Yup, no more free sites this time. From that time on, I am still in the blogging world. And I currently have 6 blogs!

So looking back, here are 3 things I learned about blogging which I think can be applicable as well to our life 🙂

When blogging comes with a price, you tend to work harder on it and stay with it. Well, this is true for me. I know there are others who diligently work on their free blogger or wordpress blogs but that did not work for me. Because I shell out some amount yearly for my domain name and hosting, it makes me think that I am wasting my money if I don’t make an effort to work on my blog. It’s the same thing with how we value things in life that are free or are easy to get and those that take our time, effort, resources to get or build. This can be easily observed with seminars and trainings that are free compared to those which are paid for. As a facilitator for some of them, I see a difference in how the participants value what they learn.

There is always something to learn in blogging. By way of blogging, I learn a little bit more about marketing and using the varied social media channels. Ten years ago, while I was still based in Thailand, some friends from the UK already introduced me to Facebook and I began using it then. But it was through blogging and making new contacts that I learned using the other social media channels. Add to that, the usage, of course, of hashtags 🙂  Life is like that, too, isn’t it? Sometimes we think we know enough and then we are brought to situations when we realize how much limited our knowledge is and then we start learning some more.

Learn from others but create your own path. Just by reading the blogs of others, I already learn so many things. I am not just talking about the information or story they share but also what makes their blog attractive to readers or not, what are the useful or unique features that their blog has. Their blogs make me think and reflect how I can better improve my blog. Bloggers have different dreams, purposes, too for their blogs, for themselves. And I have my own, too. I know what my blogs are for, what I want to reach and where I want to limit myself. Of course, this is also true in life. While we all have a birth date as well as date of death, what happens in between is really up to us. Or should I say, between us and God. People do not carve our stories in between those dates. While we learn from them, it is us who live and learn and embrace our stories and our lives’ purpose until that end date.

This November will be my 6th year in blogging, counting from my first blog, Steps On Air. Overall, it has been a great blogging journey with many unexpected blessings. And for this, I also give thanks to the Author of Life, the Living Word, who has seen me through as I try to write from my own little corner in the vast universe.

Shop and Save with Groupon Coupons

It’s always a good idea to spend your money wisely. When you do, it means some more money can be added to your savings. It can also mean you have more money to use to help others, including your loved as well as your preferred foundation or non-governmental organization.

Spending our money wisely is being mindful of what we buy and finding ways to save on our purchases. And one way we can save on our purchases is using coupons.

When it comes to using coupons for shopping, Groupon coupons has a huge number of coupons to choose from. And using the coupons is free! Yes, you’ve heard (or read) that right 🙂 Check out their site and see for yourself the available coupons.

One of the shops that Groupon has coupons for you and me to use is ebay. So if you are planning to make a purchase from ebay soon, there’s a Groupon coupon waiting for you. There are coupons that can help you and me save in purchasing electronic products, designer sunglasses and even Apple products at ebay! In fact, Groupon has 398 coupons you and I can actually use to shop at ebay now!

Using coupons, particularly Groupon coupons, is indeed one more way to spend our hard-earned money wisely.

DIY: Pots for Your Plants

It’s been quite some time since I have posted some of my and my husband’s do-it-yourself projects at home. I thought I should share one project that is really simple and doable plus it makes use of something you might just throw away. Recycling, after all, is something we can easily do with some of the items we have at home.

Materials for this project:
used plastic jugs
knife or cutting tool
nails

Steps:

  1. Get a used plastic jug. You may have plastic jugs at home which used to be containers of juice drinks, cooking oil or even car oil. You can alternatively use your empty water or soda bottles as well. Wash the jug first to clean out any remnant from its previous content.  
  2. Cut upper portion of the jug or container. You can adjust where to make the cut depending on the shape of the jug. We cut our jugs close to its middle part.

3. To create the draining holes in your jugs, you can use nails to bore a hole through. You can also use a knife or the sharp end of a scissor.

4. Now you are ready to fill in your “new” pot with soil and settle a plant into it. Easy does it!

Happy planting, gardening 🙂