Took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to write on this “First blog post” (insert embarrassed emoticon), but I made it here.
So this is it. I have a blog site. I have done a little blogging in the past on my first ever social media account – Friendster. I did not feel any pressure on what and how to write then because my readers, who are of course my friends, know me and they know exactly how I am. I wrote whatever I want to back then, from kids stuff to work struggles to showbiz personalities and everything. Frankly, this blog site is no different from my old one.
I have been meaning to do this for quite a while now. Three things kept me from starting:
- I see so many blogs – personal, political, business, interests, all very beautifully written, that I feel I don’t have a chance of even completing a well thought-of one and much more a well-written one;
- I don’t have the skill to take beautiful photographs that I can use in my posts;
- I have no time in my hand to plan, to organize, to skillfully compose a decent one.
I guess a little insomnia gave me this chance to start one. This is not a spur of the moment thing, I actually have notes written in my journal of what my possible blog site be. For me, to be able to start one, I have to call it what it is going to be like. You see, the real reason why I never really get to start blogging is because I know I might not finish it and will probably just forget about it. I was supposed to call it “Unfinished Business” because my posts could be done or halfway done or not even done. Then as I was reading Blogging Basics 101, I did a few more thinking and synonym searching until I came up with a word that would best describe my blog posts. The name of a thing where I write notes, compose sentences, jot down ideas. A thing where I can possibly write the whole thing or just keep the notes hanging – a SCRATCHPAD.
This is where it all starts, from scratch.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
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July 24, 2016 Sunday morning, 8:10AM update
Was I too excited, was I too distracted or even not-so-smart to notice? Last night when I started, I was so sure I had scratchpad for a blog site name. I woke up to find out it is in fact S C A T C H P A D, without the R. I spent extra time to find a name for my blog site and when I thought I had….
Boo Boo # 1 for this blogger wannabe. I guess I have to use this name permanently. I looked and this word is not even in the Webster dictionary, however, Webster’s word of the day is simulacrum, a representation of something. There, I guess from now on, I define scatchpad as a simulacrum to the real thing.
So this is where it really started – a mistake. A mistake so permanent I cannot just cross over it or wipe it out as I would in a real scratchpad, or shall I say, scatchpad?