In the past…
I first started blogging when I was in 8th grade. I was too young and there were only few people who owned a blog. So, my blog was all about my life. Daily routine, school life, family issues, and love (most of the time). No other bloggers to look up to.
Moving to bigger and busier city made me forget about blogging. It would’ve been a great story to write. But well, I was too busy trying to make myself accepted. I didn’t know many people back then. I had to work my ass off just to fit in. And then, my lifestyle has changed. The way I see the world has changed. Years later, I came back to the blogging world. I deleted all my old posts. I determined not to use my blog as an online diary again. I’d like it to be a sharing platform about life lessons. That’s how it can be useful for others.
My first attempt to create a successful personal blog failed. I didn’t have enough things to say regarding life lessons whilst I wanted to write consistently. So, I created a book blog. I’ve joined all book communities that I found online. It was a great experience. I’ve learned a lot of things (about blogging and how to build connections) and I made quite new friends. Unfortunately, life was getting harder. I was struggling with university and my job as a part-time writer for newspaper (I will write about my job in another post. So, don’t forget to click the follow button 😉 ). I abandoned my book blog even though I still buy many books and read at least one book a month. I don’t eagerly write reviews anymore due to my busy schedule (or maybe I’m just being super unorganized). Blogging is a full-time job. I’m jealous with those who can be persistent in what they do.
Since my 3rd year, I finally can spare time for blogging. Surprise surprise, the blogging world has changed (a lot!). Today is an era where people competing to monetize their blogs. They do whatever it takes to be accepted by Google AdSense and other PPC (pay-per-click) programs. They do write, but some of them stealing articles from another blogger. They don’t really pay attention to what they write because Google AdSense can’t tell if a post is valuable or just full nonsense. Isn’t it scary? And for the first time in my life, I’m having a hard time to answer a question: What’s your niche? Since when do we have to write in a specific topic? Continue reading