My Very First Blog Post
The perfect day to commence and ‘get my feet wet’ at blogging. Gusting wind from Typhoon Soulik is pounding rain on my windows, constantly reminding me of the devastating forces of Mother Nature. Also, it serves as a powerful reminder that I am living in Taiwan, 1/2 way around the world!!
Today’s Thoughts on Blogging
What started out as a random thought on a typhoon day in July 2013 has turned into a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy and something that may eventually lead to bigger and better things. Yes, Foreign Sanctuary had been a maybe, a ‘some day’ mental ‘work-in-progress’ for awhile and it took a typhoon day to seal the deal and begin what has proven to be one of the greatest learning experiences about myself and about blogging in general.
The Evolution of ‘Foreign Sanctuary’
Everyone starts a blog for different reasons. Some use it as an outlet to vent their frustration, others to share their knowledge and expertise, while some tend to write about their experiences and stories. And although the main purpose of Foreign Sanctuary was to initially share my perspective on traveling and teaching in Taiwan and to also serve as a platform to share my photography, it eventually evolve into something much more profound.
It now has become something much more personal. It is a place where I share a part of me – and not only the good stories that make you feel all happy and tingly inside but also some of the more vulnerable and not so pretty parts of my life.
Blogging for a Purpose
Although the main reason I started my blog was to share my stories and photos, blogging did serve a much more general purpose at the beginning. Yes, believe it or not, I had a secret purpose for starting a blog. A few years ago, I started to realize that maybe living and teaching in Taiwan was affecting my overall English ability. I know I am a native speaker but in all honesty, I found myself constantly searching for the perfect word to describe something and I also found that my written words didn’t flow as freely as they did in the past. Plus, there were those odd embarrassing moments of me actually questioning myself ‘Is that proper English or not?’
When I started blogging, I would work on a post here and there for a number of days and it was a little frustrating. I remembered how words would just flow so freely when I was in university. Some people would spend days writing a paper where I could easily dish one up in an afternoon of total silence and no interruptions. I longed for those days again. However, I knew that if I worked hard on it, I could reach that level of efficiency again – that focus and mindset that I once had during my days in university. And with time, the more I wrote, the faster I could formulate and put my thoughts on paper. I now feel that I am finally in a place where I can easily express myself once again through writing.
The Future of Foreign Sanctuary
As some of you may already know, I took break from blogging for a couple of months this summer. I found that writing was becoming a chore with demanding deadlines that I imposed on myself. It wasn’t enjoyable at that point in time so I decided to step back and reassess my purpose for blogging. During that time, I realized that I actually missed sharing my stories and I came back with a more positive approach. I decided that I would share stories about topics that I enjoy writing about, things that are near and dear to me.
So, for my next 100 posts, I plan to continue sharing a part of me and what I love on my blog. I plan to continue sharing my photos and more about my life in Taiwan. However, there are some changes coming in the near future which will start to transpire early next year, so watch this space.
And on that note….Cheers to the next 100!!!! 🙂
Thanks to all of you who take the time to read my blog as well. I know sometimes I go from here to there to everywhere with my topics, but I like to spruce things up and keep it different. I am so grateful for you taking the time to visit my little space in the blogosphere. And please forgive me for producing a post that is all over the place like this one, a post that is filled with a mish-mash of ideas but I feel that they all should be in here for a reason.