Blogging for a Purpose (my 100th post)

100th Post

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.

Happy December!!!



54 thoughts on “Blogging for a Purpose (my 100th post)

  1. I know so well about the English speaking problems. Sometimes now there’s a Turkish word that comes in from time to time, and well that’s not good when I’m speaking to friends who speak no turkish at all (that’s everyone I know outside of Turkey).

  2. Happy December and super congrats on the milestone! 😀
    Looking forward to the next hundredーyour fantastic photos, interesting stories and maybe the occasional update on the book progress! 😉

  3. Firstly congratulations on hitting a milestone number of blog posts… YAY!
    Secondly, isn’t it fascinating how our blogs and style of writing etc seem to evolve over time ?:)
    Thirdly, thank you for sharing your stories with us all!
    Last but not least, blogging needs to be fun and it cannot be a chore… so GOOD on you for discovering what it was that makes you enjoy it so much. We have said the moment we feel like we are blogging because we have to rather than because we want to… we know there is a problem!!

    Happy December to you and enjoy the last 30-odd days of 2014!

    1. Thanks so much!! Yes, I think as we write, we learn more, and thus, our topics and the way we write change as well. And if blogging isn’t fun, then why do it? I feel that taking a break was perfect as I actually realized during the time what type of blogger I wanted to do – even if it means that I am one who is all over the place in terms of topics!! 🙂

      Have a great December as well!! I hope you are getting into the holiday spirit.

  4. Congratulations. I still have the 100th post some when in the future.
    I also have these days the problem that I can’t describe something in German ot I am sometimes even missing that word. However in my case it should come back eventually as I live in Germany again:)

  5. Congrats! And here’s to the next 100 and more to come…😉 glad that you found the fun in doing this and thanks for sharing so far…😆😆

      1. I’m hoping to be able to catch a break from the office towards the end of Dec but have not decided on any place. Looks like it will depend on my $$ and whichever is cheapest out of the country…haha…too bad taipei is usually quite crowded with Singaporeans during this holiday season. It’s a popular choice but it always means higher cost of getting there!

  6. Yay for hitting 100! I can relate to this post in so many ways! The English-is-suffering part and having issues coming up with the right word is something that definitely happens…not just from hearing another version of English all the time but also due to lack of use; you don’t always have opportunities to use your full lexicon over there and you tend to shy away from more ‘complicated’ words just to be understood. I’m glad you’re still blogging! Keep at it! It helps me stay in touch with my second home even though I’m far away again. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by!! I am glad you understand where I am coming from. Blogging has allowed me to use phrases and words that I haven’t used in such a long time. Plus, I feel like I can write faster now so I guess writing is also like riding a bicycle – you actually never forget how to do it, you are just out of practice!!

      Happy December!! I hope you are getting into the ‘festive’ swing of things for the holidays!

    1. 100 posts seemed so far away at the beginning but it is amazing how quickly they add up! And yes, that was my initial reason to start blogging and I feel that writing and reading other people’s posts both have helped in the process.

      It’s Friday here in Taiwan, so TGIF!! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I think I will be decking the halls a.k.a decorating!! 🙂

      1. 🙂 Hmmm… it’s half way through our weekend. I’m off to a cookie exchange tomorrow with some relatives and friends and will come home with 10 dozen treats. Hubs and I ploughed through them in no time last year so we’re going to try rationing them this time around. You’re supposed to serve them at get togethers over the holidays but since we don’t have any and our family doesn’t eat a lot of sweets, we are left with the very difficult task of eating them ourselves. 😀 Happy decorating! Do you have a theme?

  7. Congratulations! I know what you mean about your English suffering – I think most teachers go through that. I need a ‘native speaker’ night every now and then – and of course, the blog helps a great deal!

  8. Oh boy, I totally hear you. I don’t know how many times I check the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary whenever I write a post, haha. Good that you’ve found your mojo back, looking forward to the next 100 articles! ✌️

  9. Congratulations on the 100th post! A big milestone and achievement. Blogging and writing about what you love. That is a very good point, because if we enjoy what we are doing, our happiness will transpire through what we do, in our case writing. I’ve enjoyed your posts ever since I found your blog this year. I love how at one moment you can talk about your husband and in the next post about some event in Taiwan – you write well, have a way with words and I think that’s why we all have stuck around 🙂

    When you mentioned, “share stories about topics that I enjoy writing about”, that struck a chord of me. I used to write only about racism and not fitting in in Australia…then realised I was repeating my ideas a lot. And so I started writing about more lifestyle topics with a cultural twist. And I’ve never looked back. All the best with your next 100 posts – and your book too. Looking forward to reading all of it 🙂

    1. Thanks for the compliment Mabel – I am so happy to hear that you enjoy reading my blog even if it is sometimes all over the place in terms of overall themes and stories, but that is me in a nutshell. You have an amazing blog as well. I love reading it because I feel that I can relate to your topics and your words. You touch on topics that make me think about myself and my situation as a foreigner in Taiwan which I find very thought-provoking and interesting. Hope you have a great weekend? I bet everyone in Australia is getting ready for the holidays so there is lots to see and do there now.

  10. Happy December to you, Constance. I just looked back to see how many posts I’ve done so far. It’s 86, so I still have a ways to go. Congratulations on you 100 posts. I look forward to reading the next 100.

    1. 86 – Then your 100th post is just around the corner as well. I am glad you enjoy reading my posts and I look forward to sharing the next 100 with you as well. Have a great weekend! I am looking forward to decking the halls and decorating on Saturday. It is the best time of the year (however, I am not so enthusiastic when it comes to taking it all down)! I still recall the sleigh ride post you shared around this time last year.

  11. We never really know where our blog will lead us. I always try to surprise my readers with something different. 🙂 I usually surprise myself too.
    Onward to the next 100 posts. 🙂

  12. I’m really glad you’re blogging again, Constance! Taking a break from your blog was probably one of the best things you could do! (I’ve read posts about how it can be liberating and re-energizing). Anyhow, it’s great to know you’ve found your groove once again.

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