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March 28, 2019

blogging without coffee since 2006

'blogging without coffee'
This April, it will be 13 years since I started blogging which is a really, really, really long time by my standard. To celebrate, here are 13 thoughts on blogging:

01/ I do not remember the first 10+ years of what I blogged. Honestly, all I remember is writing a lot of ramblings, a lot of lists, some poetry/prose, some fiction and occasionally there were some rainy day photos and in the latter years, a lot of my artworks and a whole lot of memes and blogging events but mostly, very plain and scattered blogging.

02/ My tagline will always be 'unpopular since 2006' or 'blogging without coffee since 2006' which is crazy true because I've never liked coffee and have rarely drank it.

03/ I've enjoyed all the years of blogging, at least, I remember being happy that I got to blog even if my audience consisted of 3 readers which is mostly my fault since I moved to new urls like crazy.

04/ I started a blog because:
(a) I wanted a place of my own even if this place is actually just a web page
(b) I wanted to express myself with art and writing and other things even if I sometimes misspelled and misused words
(c) I wanted to make as many possible connections as I can without doing a lot
(d) I really just wanted to be part of the world (wide web) with my little pocketed universe where I'm sure, I don't dust much and my little assistant refused to do anything I tell her mostly because she's a ceramic pig.
(e) I didn't have anything better to do.
Honest answer: e - I had none of the above thoughts, it is just a whim to start a blog and the other stuff came later

05/ Once in a science class, the teacher passed around a bucket of unknown liquid and each person can choose to take a dip with their finger if they want to. Almost all dipped their fingers in the bucket. Me? No, I didn't. Turns out it was liquid nitrogen which definitely not something you want to touch with your bare hands. So why am I bringing this up? You see the students who dipped their finger into the unknown liquid are the daring ones and there's me, the meek individual who usually follows other people but for some reason, that day, I did not. What I'm saying is that, starting a blog have made me a little daring, probably at about 0.2% out of 100% – a very small percentage but for me, it's quite big. (If I was to do it again, I still wouldn't dip my finger into that bucket - who thought it's good idea to do so in the first place?)

06/ I had a couple blogs before this one. Okay, maybe about 50 blogs. Not to say I've actively posted on all of them but maybe at probably 30 of them. Having had all these blogs might say I'm one indecisive blogger which is probably true. I usually quit a blog because I didn't like the blog itself anymore or that I've been in a such a slump that I needed a new start. But mostly it's because I couldn't settle on a blog name that suits me. And besides, it's so easy to start a new blog but so darn hard to continue. This blog you're reading (the memory of rain) is actually an old blog and this is the third time I've blogged here so maybe this is my final home? I wouldn't say it's true but seeing how I have returned here a second time, that must be the reason or else I have ran out of names with rain in them.

07/ Seven names that I have used for my previous blogs:
(1) a pity I'm an Aquarius – named after a song and most fitting as my first blog

(2) a chance of sunshine – named after a book, sort of my reverse way of straying from rain names

(3) postcards from the clouds – I used to posts mostly photos of skies and bits of rain shots so the name fits well but after awhile, I lost interest in photography

(4) just writing words – and my lost interest in photography is eaten up by my interest in fiction writing hence this name

(5) sleepwalking in ny (new york) – I am in nyc so this makes sense

(6) postcards from the rain – I really did loved the name but somehow just don't quite like it enough to stay with it

(7) don't rain on Mondays – from a very sad song but the name is perfect although I don't know why I stopped using that one

08/ I think blogging is showing yourself on a daily or a weekly bases and with each new post, you share something that maybe has a little part of you and hope someone out there respond to it. I think I would quit blogging altogether if there's no one to tell me I did something nice or if no one says hello at all.

09/ Sometimes it occurs to me that a certain post is not interesting or that I really rather not share it or something and I would take it down. I even occasionally delete entire years of blogging content just because I feel like it. I do think every blogger have a right to delete anything they've posted. Who says we have to keep what we posted for eternity? I see a lot of bloggers who kept up their blogs even when they no longer update but let's be honest, no one visits what's not being updated, me included so I'm thinking I should move the posts from my previous blog (rainswept) to here and delete that blog.

10/ I've teamed up with other bloggers for group blogs. Those are wonderful experiments and I enjoyed blogging with other people. But these experiments tells me I'm not quite suited for group blogs. Not really. Sometimes I ended up being bossy but doesn't know it. And then sometimes I think of ideas that the others simply just don't get. These group blogs are short-lived because either me or them just stop blogging on that group blog. In any case, I like to thank those who had partnered with me on blogging. I won't name names because most of them are no longer online. I beg your pardon on being rather bossy to you but thank you for co-blogging with me.

11/ I change my blog template about a million times a month. A million is an exaggerated number but it sounds about right. I don't know what it is but I like to keep my blog nice and fresh so I do a lot of changing but these days, I make small changes which aren't easily notice. I really do prefer the one-column look because I just think sidebars are a bit cluttered even if you keep it neat so most of the time I don't have a sidebar. But I would sometimes have a sidebar like now I have a temporary sidebar with all my April A—Z posts links.

12/ Blogging has an effect on my motivations. Sometimes it makes me move a little faster and gets me to actually do something – a tiny little something but it's something. And sometimes it makes me lazy because I would sometimes not post for weeks thinking I'll post something later. I slack off and sometimes for no real reason at all and I'm fine with that.

13/ Thank you to those who stuck with me all these years and hopefully will continue to support me. Your visits and comments keeps me from quitting blogging, okay, most of the time. But it really is mostly you, readers, because without readers, I would be blogging for myself which would be fine but honestly, talking to myself has never been all that fun. It really is nice to have someone read my blog, so thank you readers!

To celebrate farther, I usually host a giveaway but this year I have a piece of artwork for you. You may download it for your personal use — enjoy.

I read your blog and all I got is this lousy art

14 comments:

  1. Congrats on almost 13 years, cute art.

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    1. this art - the ones with all the oval frames - is one my favorite piece.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. I've been blogging for about nine years and I remember some of my earliest posts, I also remember I was much more chatty and posted daily. Then I ran out of steam, or you could say the River ran dry..

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    1. rivers can be fill again... but perhaps you just need to go slow

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. Gratz! on 13 years. I like blogging, but I agree that people are free to remove from their blogs if they like - even though it's sometimes a bugger going back to read a well written story that's no longer there. It's a pity that some bloggers just stop. I would so like them to blog one last time saying: "Sorry, dear followers. I lost interest, I'm not terminally ill or already dead. Follow me at XXXX if you like, I might return here somewhen."
    I wish you many fresh blogging years without coffee.

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    1. I have many favorite bloggers that simply quit blogging and they don't even leave messages on their blog, they just simply stopped posting. it would be nice to find out where these people are.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. Wow! Blogging for 13 years is pretty phenomenal!!!! Lots of the blogs I've been visiting just up and disappear, but you're still standing strong. I love your reasons for starting it too!(lol) My dream is to be able to afford a really cool pink computer, so thanks for that phenomenal art that's perfect. Hugs and Happy Sunday! RO

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  5. 13 is actually not that long, I know someone who has blogged even longer.

    pink computers are wonderful though I do not own one. maybe someday both of us will have a pink computer.

    thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  6. I'm a bit late to the party...except you said your blogoversary is in April, so maybe I'm not 😉.

    Changing URLs/names or not, you have been blogging twice the time that I have! Congratulations - that's a huge number. And I love both your taglines!

    Reading your blogging recap was fun. I never deleted old posts, changed name or template - and I never teamed up with other bloggers. I think I had this very precise vision of what I wanted from my blog, right from the start. Of course, change is not a bad thing, until you figure out what you really like/want to do...and even if one should keep changing, it's OK. In a way, it's probably more natural than being so strictly true to yourself all your life LOL. Anyway, I have incorporated small things into my blog through the years that weren't there when I started - so I suppose that's as far as I can go about change! 😉

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    1. you're not late at all. even if you comment on this post next year, you're still not late, I count any kind of notice as something good.

      I think I changed and moved urls a lot because I didn't know what I want to do. I still do. I don't think I'll ever find a blog name or a cliche that will set me for life. but that's okay because I do enjoy change now and then.

      I think by changing small things, they have big impacts, so that's probably better.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  7. I love reading your blog, Lissa and recall MANY of your old blogs and thus am reading back through to March when I last read your posts here so I can catch up! See how committed I am? :)

    "(c) I wanted to make as many possible connections as I can without doing a lot"
    -funny funny.

    "(5) sleepwalking in ny" and "(6) postcards from the rain "- some of my favourite names but I love this one too. Speaking of rain. I actually used that for my IG- changing my boring account name there to : "itsrainingmarmalade" :)

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    1. @Michael: itsrainingmarmalade - sounds good. I like creative names.

      Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely day.

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  8. You never replied to my comment and I had forgotten I had commented.

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    1. @Michael: Sorry, I seem to have missed a few of your comments as I do not get an email notice whenever you commented and I had forgotten to check my comments in my dashboard.

      I do read all your comments if I know about them. But I also reply to comments a lot later than most people.

      Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely day.

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