Miscellaneous

5 Things I’ve Learned From Blogging Thus Far

So it is exactly one month and one day since I started blogging. And I have to say, it is a lot harder than it looks. For one thing, I have a keen interest in about a million things that I don’t really know what to focus what to write on. And to make it a chronicle of my life’s stories is simply, well, boring. Who would care to know I stepped in a puddle and ruined my shoes today or that I’ve left my mom’s plants to die and dry from having forgotten to water them while she is away (I hope to miraculously revive them with some plant CPR before she comes back). I’ve spent some time getting to know some very interesting blogs and I love digging through your archives to see the story behind the blog. Because blogging is a journey after all and whether you blog about food, fashion, photography, writing or everything in between, you started somewhere. And because you stuck at it, that somewhere has gotten you here. Which is hopefully where I might get to someday. But so far, blogging has already taught me many things. Not just new skills I’ve set my mind to learn, but many other things about myself and other people too.

#1 Blogging is a long and arduous process
Especially if you’re an impatient impulsive person who wants a million posts in her archives immediately. I blame fast food, the microwave and instant pot noodles for shaping this aspect of my personality. Before I started blogging, I thought it would be a cinch. Then I started to become constantly dissatisfied with the number of posts I had. After writing my first post I thought to myself, “I hate how my post looks so lonely on its own”. But blogs are not written in a day. It is something you keep adding to, hoping what you say is of some puny-tiny-miniscule-blip of an interest to whoever reads it. Having always been an impatient person to get the results I want (I’m not at all impatient with people by the way, just myself), I have started to learn that some things take patience, persistence and perseverance.

#2 You meet some of the loveliest people
This surprised me. A lot. And I truly appreciate all the comments, messages and emails that people have so kindly left me out of the blue. Even if it is in response to a comment I left, I’m glad you took the time to drop by and say hi. I always leave comments on posts that interest me because I like to. Or maybe because I can be a little nosy and feel the need to contribute my two cents. And even if you read my posts but don’t comment and I don’t know who you are (I’d love to get to know you though!), I still think it’s great you care to read what I have to say. You are all simply splendid and I have learned so much from reading your blogs and your helpful comments!

#3 I have a love-hate relationship with my spatula
I’ve learned many things about myself from blogging, even if I never intended to. You discover your own writing style, your own sense of humour (or lack of it), whether you actually like what you like or secretly dislike what you think you like etc.  And I’ve learned that sometimes I really really dislike cooking. And I’m still finding a way for the dishes to wash themselves. Why do I post recipes then? Well a girl’s gotta eat! Plus, I think it’s good to learn how to. And I’d quite like to look back on my first recipes in 10 years and be glad at how far I’ve come. Even if I have to turn 30 along the way. Who knows, maybe I’ll even be awarded a Michelin star someday. See how I like to get ahead of myself?

#4 Mirror, mirror on the wall
We are human, and sometimes we just can’t help but compare ourselves to others. And we want to be better or at least be just as good in comparison. This was the reason it took me SO long to get started. “These people take photos so much better than me, these people have a prettier theme than me, these other people cook better than me, those people are smarter, funnier, intelligenter, fashionable-er etc.” So what more could I offer the world wide web? The more you compare, the more you’ll never get anything done. And the principle remains true even when you’ve started writing. So I’ve learned to just do my thing, even if I’m still floundering along. Like my mom always says, “Never despise a humble beginning”. And look where it got her. Her website is now my culinary Bible.

#5 Does my butt look good in this?
If there is anything most difficult to shop for in this world, it’s jeans. My butt has to look good in it. From every possible angle – left, right, front, back, upside down. I’m sure I’m not the only girl in the world who does this. When I first started writing, I thought I had to write the perfect post like finding the perfect jeans – something to convey a great success and tuck the flaws away, jiggly bits and all. Ain’t gonna happen girlfriend. You can only write what you know, and what I know is that life is not perfect. Unless you were born a chocolate. So I’ve learned that blogging is not about writing only the good things, it’s about keepin’ it real, warts and all. And if your butt doesn’t look good in it, at least no one can see it (unless you post a picture).

Honestly, what a journey. And it’s only been a month! I enjoy it but boy do I still need to get organized with how I post about different topics. It feels erratic to write about anything at anytime, which is kinda what I’m doing right now. If anyone has any tips for this, I hope you let me know. But meanwhile I shall continue writing, and drink Milo while I’m at it because I love it.

Milo

“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” ~Anthony Robbins

26 Comments

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    j3ss kitch3n

    December 16, 2010

    Sharon i love the way you express yourself! you are such a carefree lady! enjoy blogging! and most importantly enjoy every single day of your life!

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      Sharon Moh

      December 16, 2010

      Haha thanks Jess!

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    lequan

    December 16, 2010

    Great post, Sharon! As much as I love reading food blogs, I also enjoy reading non food blogs. It’s refreshing to not always read about food and just enjoy what others have to share. The biggest thing that got me hooked on your blog was your writing. I can tell you write from the heart. I commented in your Mom’s post about how I loved that you seem to do everything with your full heart. Plus, your sense of humor is adorable. Keep writing the way you write. I’m loving your blog. I’m not the type to comment for a comment in return so you have to believe me when I say you’ve got a rockin’ blog here. Keep at it, girl! This is the exact type of refreshing post I’m talking about. Enjoy blogging. Always remember to write for yourself and not just to please your readers. You’ll have more fun that way. Chat soon :-D

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      Sharon Moh

      December 17, 2010

      Thank you Lequan, your comments are always so encouraging! I’m exactly the same as you when it comes to comments :). I read your post about “the abyss” and you are totally right. It is writing for yourself and enjoying it, regardless of who reads it. Though I’m happy if it does add a little something to people’s lives and maybe put a smile on their face haha.

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    Hayford

    December 17, 2010

    I wish to start a blog but I don’t write well. Nice post though, keep it up!

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      Sharon Moh

      December 17, 2010

      Thanks Hayford, but you should definitely start one up if you want to. I’m sure you write better than you say and you shouldn’t let that stop you. If anything, you’ll get to practice your writing :).

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    Jenn

    December 17, 2010

    And to make it a chronicle of my life’s stories is simply, well, boring. Who would care to know I stepped in a puddle

    That’s also what I think. And that’s the reason why I stopped blogging about my personal life. But maybe I’ll start another blog, one where I’ll put interesting things (or at least they seem to me) that happen to me or to the people surrounding me.

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      Sharon Moh

      December 17, 2010

      I try hard not to, but sometimes it still seeps in. I suppose sometimes you can’t help it because blogs embody your thoughts, the things you do, see and learn and I guess in some ways that is somewhat personal. Let me know when you start that other blog, would love to read it and I’m not just saying that. So cliche, but I mean it. I like the new gravatar btw ;).

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      Jenn

      December 19, 2010

      I’ll let you know when I already have that personal blog.

      In the mean time, let me share with you my happiness tonight.

      The author of the book I blogged about posted this on her facebook account!

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      Jenn

      December 19, 2010

      The photo comment feature isn’t enabled on your blog. So here’s the link: http://hindiakoto.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/pam-pastor-fb.jpg

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        Sharon Moh

        December 20, 2010

        Oh sorry, I don’t know about the photo comment feature. But omg that is AMAZING!! I went on your blog to shout more about it haha. That is seriously bounce-off-the-wall-do-a-little-jig excitingness. Well, at least that’s what I would be doing if an author I reviewed commented about it on her Facebook account and also linked to it! In the words of a comment I read somewhere, you are awesomesauce! I thought that was such a great word so I’m stealing it and I thought this warrants its usage for the first time haha. Can’t for the life of me remember where I read it, but thanks for sharing! I love having exciting news to start my day :D

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          Nicole

          February 6, 2011

          I don’t know if you heard me use awesomesauce, but I’ve only ever heard it from a friend of mine (and which I also stole because it is indeed a great word!) =)

          • Sharon Moh

            February 6, 2011

            It is SUCH a great word haha. I don’t remember where I got it from now, but it’s likely it was you! lol :)

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      Jenn

      December 20, 2010

      Thanks! Thanks! I actually couldn’t think of what to say then. I spent almost 30 minutes just thinking of what to reply.

      By the way, do you know how to speak Filipino? Some of the lines in Pam’s book is in Filipino.

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        Sharon Moh

        December 20, 2010

        I would be so stunned too seriously. No, I don’t know how to speak Filipino :(. I will have to google translate those lines…or learn Filipino :D. I continued our book chat on your post because I thought it might be more helpful to people reading your review. Hope that’s ok!

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    Sunny

    December 17, 2010

    I am just getting into writing articles myself, and rather enjoying it. It definitely has to be your own voice, from your own heart.

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      Sharon Moh

      December 18, 2010

      Exactly what you said :)

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    Nada

    December 17, 2010

    I am not sure why I can’t see my posts here?!

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    Nada

    December 17, 2010

    Oo0ps.. what have I been doing? I can see th post I sent above!lol. I said in a post which did not get published.’ I’ve never had that Milo drink before’ Is it any good? Loving the blog hun.

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      Sharon Moh

      December 18, 2010

      I’m wondering the same thing ;). And yup, it’s really good, kinda like hot chocolate.

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    Nada

    December 18, 2010

    That is why Arabs do not post! lol.. we don’t know where our posts go ;P

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    Peh Sun

    December 19, 2010

    I totally agree with your points especially No 1 & 2. I have “blogged” (is this a real word?) for just over a year now and I need to confess that I have had countless of times that I wanted to stop blogging simply because it is way too time cousuming and sometimes I feel like Im a looney talking to a wall. But each time, just as I was about to suspend the account, someone random drops by and say Hi… (Is this sad?!….. =P)

    Peh Sun

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      Sharon Moh

      December 20, 2010

      Haha totally get the whole “looney talking to a wall thing” too. I like meeting people as well though, so we can be sad together lol.

      By the way, I don’t know whether it might be something wrong with my slow internet, but I can’t seem to comment on your blog and I’ve tried quite a few times. The “comment as” part doesn’t drop down, and I can’t post a comment without selecting a “comment as” thing. Could you check and let me know if it’s a problem on my end? I’ve tried going in and out of your blog but it doesn’t change, I still can’t comment.

      P.S. loved what you did with the louboutin shoes though!

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    Peh Sun

    December 20, 2010

    Hmm, I’m not too sure what’s wrong with the blog comment problem. I tried as an anonymous person and click on the tiny tiny heading “comments” at the bottom of each individual post and it seems OK. Although I have never come across this “Comment As” part….. sorry, I’m haven’t got a scoobie either!

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      Peh Sun

      December 20, 2010

      Sorry, I feel like I spamming your message box already. I changed the settings a bit. Not sure it if that helps. Its probably my blog site that has gone Cuckoo…

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        Sharon Moh

        December 20, 2010

        It might be my end I think. But whatever you did, it worked! I can comment now :D.

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