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Thursday, April 24

The Day I Started Blogging...

My daily morning ritual would begin with a cup of coffee then have my full heavy breakfast, read The Philippine Star and Philippine Daily Inquirer, check my mails and surf more. One day while reading the paper, I came across the name of Sassy Lawyer. Got curious, I started going to her site. Oh boy, she's really one sassy lawyer, writes so well and a very loving wife and mother. From then on, my day wouldn't be complete if I don't read her blog. I tried to leave some comments, followed the instructions and actually saw them printed right away in her post. This is exciting especially when I see her reply to my comment right away. Feels great...Way back, I refer to her post as an article, her blog as a website. I still didn't know what a blog is...I admit I'm a technology-challenged individual. We don't have computer classes in high school neither in college. The first time I actually spent some time on the computer was when I encoded and printed our group thesis at home a month before our college graduation.

Going back, I was really enjoying my time reading, commenting in the Sassy Lawyer's blog. Then I tried to click innocently on the names of some people who leave their comments on each post/topic/article. Suddenly, I was in another website. I remembered it was Teacher Julie's site. Now my blog reading addiction has grown from Sassy Lawyer to Teacher Julie. Instantly, I felt connected to Julie who happens to know some of hubby's nephews. We exchanged emails and eventually became friends. Prior to that, while on the course of my readings, I started clicking on the names on Julie's blog roll. There, I've discovered so many wonderful blogs, so many great writers, fascinating life stories and lots of good natured people who share the same passion in writing. It all happened last summer. Before I've discovered the blogosphere, topics in our home ranged from my kids' studies, politics, some showbiz stuff, business, movies, sports, weekly schedules and errands. From then on, I can't help tell my hubby about the posts/blogs I've read from Heart of Rachel, Occupation: SAHM, Touched by An Angel, Imomonline, Ode to Old, The D Spot, Scrooch Chronicles, The Shadow of Abaniko, Homeworked, HipnCoolMomma, Avocado-Express, Greymom, An Apple A Day, Kwentong Walang Kwenta, Wifely Steps, Alone-In-My-Thoughts, Gypsy's Haven, Sassy Mom's Corner, Under the Canopy, Beyond Normal, Preacher in Blue Jeans, Skin Diving, My Hideaway, Simply Belle and so many fascinating blogs. For the links to the mentioned blog, please click on my blog roll.

Thereafter, I decided to make my own blog, went to Google and followed the step by step instructions. Voila! I have my own personal journal, my blog. Newly-found friends Rachel and Julie helped me so much in improving my blog. Dine even gave me some writing tips early on. My blogger-friends have grown so with my blog roll. This brought me so much joy, excitement and happiness just when some of my closed friends have left the country, or been busy with their families and careers, I've gained new friendships.

As a bonus to my overwhelming joy on this new hobby, some well-meaning bloggers encouraged me also to try sponsored posts and I'm thankful I've found another source of income while doing the things I love, reading and writing. Now, the blogging bug has bitten my sisters who are into blogging also, my cousins and even some college classmates. Not only that, now I never run out of stories (from the blogs I've read) to tell during meal time, interrupted once in awhile to issues on the current global food crisis, the U.S. primaries, political bickerings here, stories of Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Dora the Explorer...and sometimes of Shaun the Sheep, ha ha...

No guys, this is not my anniversary post, not yet. Wait 'til next month, I'll celebrate it for sure. Some friends are asking how and why I started blogging, that's why I wrote this post. And my sisters' colleagues would like to start their blogs too. And to all of you my blogger-friends, Happy Blogging!

9 comments:

lady cess said...

i'm sure you'll blog forever! :)

rowena said...

Hi Cess, I really wanted to blog forever, he he. Seriously, so when the time comes, my kids can read all of my thoughts, desires, wishes, dreams, including my kababawan and kabaduyan...

Heart of Rachel said...

I enjoyed reading this post. I started out just like you. I discovered Toni's blog and got hooked. At first, I wasn't even sure what a blog was but I enjoyed reading her posts and found myself wanting to read more. Then I also tried clicking some of her links and that was how I gained my first set of blogging friends.

I'm glad to have met you through blogging. I really look forward to getting to know you more.

Belle said...

hi rowena,

i am blog addict, too, though i don't blog that often now because i am quite busy with other matters. but, i make sure to visit my blog roll so i won't miss a thing. it would be nice to meet you and my blogger friends in person.

greymom said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! And very flattered that I was mentioned too!
It is interesting how we all started out small, without being techies but have managed to let our voices be heard in the blogosphere.
Here's to many more years of blogging together. Ay, di pa pala anniv post. Advance notice lang po. :D

arny said...

dear rowena,
when i read ur post it hit me big...i too discovered sassy lawyer 1st before the other blogs. if u can see my bookmark she is the first entry there!! i discovered teacher julie along the way and cess' blog and rachel's too. i am an occasional commenter but i sure read everything as much as i can. parang anniversary blog mo na ha!! take care.....
arny

exskindiver said...

happy blogging to you too.

Annamanila said...

I know you're on your way to problogging. Way to go, bravo and good luck.

I am proud to be in your blogroll, Wench.

caryn said...

this is a great entry. ;-) its nice that we can all meet new friends through blogging no?