A Reflection About Writing

It feels like decades since I last wrote a poem. I also don’t know how to write a beautiful one. I don’t want the words to just rhyme without a sense. Writing without sense would be like insulting the lexicon and our other great poets and writers and the art of poem making. But let’s not get too serious here as I am not a serious person, too. 😀

If you’re a budding writer or poet, I suggest that you should always write and not judge yourself. By nature, we are the most critical judges of ourselves but sometimes it won’t help. If we always judge ourselves and mind what we are doing, how can we ever write? Remember seeing this advice, “Don’t care about what other people think of you?” The advice is simple yet it means a lot when it comes to writing any other type of piece. If we always think about what others will say, we will never amount to anything. Did you notice that the best written pieces are the ones that have been rejected million times over?! 😉

I am not saying that we should always praise ourselves but it won’t hurt if we give
ourselves some little lovin’. So, hello and welcome imperfection! After all, imperfections are what make us human. We become imperfect first before we get to be perfect. Otherwise, if we are perfect, what’s the sense of practice and rewriting every now and then? As I have observed, writers write and rewrite and repeat! 🙂

I am not an authority to give you these words but I am talking from my experiences. Whether someone will write or buy our work doesn’t matter. What’s important is we continue to write and improve our craft (whatever your craft is), put our work out there and watch the magic happens. Remember Roald Dahl’s words: Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it!

These are the words in my head upon waking up from a severe headache due to consecutive coughing last night. If perfection is the criteria for a poem, mine would be the opposite. I always find myself writing pieces that our far from my expectations and the standards of many.

Never Waste Time

In this universe so vast
I can always notice
That life is so fast
Faster than the solstice.

Whether I look or not
Or know what time it is
The time on the clock
Is never what it is.

Let us do what we must do
And forget what we should not
To nonsense things we bid adieu
So greatness will be unlocked.

Never want to waste some time
Much have wasted in the past
Time wasted is like a crime
The damage is forever to last.

The Power of 6%

This is a test post. Free writing.

I’ve been oblivious to the fact that it has been two years since I started this blog. I didn’t remember the date and forgot about that. Not that I am date-addicted but I do remember some happy dates in my life and that date is one of those dates — fun dates I supposed.

Why 6%? I got 6% batt power while writing this post. and now, down to 5. They say it is a good practice to just write about anything. You set the time and then get writing. I am down to 5% now.

I have colds. I don’t like this feeling. Teary eyes and running nose and I am not even chasing anyone. Not even the jobs posted in each job/company site. Yes, I am jobless for the nth time but this time I am loving it. 🙂

I am thinking what to eat later. I am not a gastronome and not even a foodie. I just love to eat and enjoy the experience. Each bite is a blessing and each bite reminds me how rich and thankful I am. Each bite would add up the days to my existence, er, living. 😀

3%. What else to write? I am munching on these wasabi coated green peas. Damn, I can feel the heat emitting from my nose due to wasabi. Hahaha!

Really? Now it is 2%. This free writing practice enables us to write whatever that comes to mind in a matter of few minutes. It looks like it does not have any sense but consider your piece of writing as a useful writing prompt. If it is not useful now, it may be useful in the future.

I am not waiting for 1%. I am going to hit Publish button now. Quick. I am just putting this piece and myself out there. Thanks. 😉

I am Pissed About Writing But I Still Have to Write This

I am pissed. I joined this NaBloPoMo thingy but then I find it hard to write everyday. And now, I missed one day in a matter of minutes before I hit Publish button. While the objective is to write everyday and hone the writing skill, I just find it irritating that I was not able to keep up. I am not aware of the time, not prepared on what to write and the many excuses of I-do-not-know-why-it-happened kind of stuff. There are lots of sites helping everyone to write yet my brain is an empty can and as if, my ranting would do any help to make the situation better.

I want to give up on all the writing challenges and I want to stop reading the writing tips and stories shared by people who continued pursuing this craft. Before, all these and more inspire me to become a better blogger. Even if I feel I cannot write good, I feel that I should give it a shot and give it a try. Who knows I might get better even a bit? Perhaps it could help me be an inch closer to my goal of writing with substance and sense.

Okay, 10 more days to go and it is December 31. Where am I and what I am going to do on that day, I do not know and no one knows. I really do not want to finish the challenge (writing everyday for one month) because I think I am not good. But the objective of writing every single time is to become better until one becomes best. If I stop, I would never have to think and experience severe headaches. And if I continue, there’ll be more headaches and as expected, more sleepless nights or vice versa.

What I have learned from all these is what we can also learn in real life: There is always a price to pay to get what we want or to achieve our goals. 10 days may seem long but these 10 days are crucial days preparing me to really experience what it feels like to become a writer. I do not consider myself one, let alone my job as a technical communicator — a job that I accidentally got after I graduated from college. Writing technically is a lot different from writing creatively as one has to write and express himself in a creative yet figurative way that a reader can easily understand. That is my problem because I’ve never been creative with words.

Fine. Expect more posts from me. If you don’t mind, let me excuse myself first and I will just prepare some more pieces to be published for the last 10 days of NaBloPoMo. I would not want to miss 10 days of learning and if this is the start to become better at this craft, so be it. I missed 1 day and  I felt bad. If I miss 10 days, I might feel worst. This is another bout of mind setting for me to continue writing and now, I am decided that I will continue to write. So, if you think of giving up on your writing just like me, please also think about NOT GIVING UP yet. Please try again. You never know what good thing happens after that and where a good thing can lead next.

P.S. Most writers have a feeling that they are never good at what they do. If that is the case, take on the challenges. Just write. Who knows we can accidentally become better at we do?! 😀

* Nablopomo: More or Less – more tries

What It Takes to Become a Successful Blogger

Daily Prompt: Secret of Success

I would like to think that I am more of a happy blogger rather than a successful one. As we all know, blogging is a learning process and to become successful at that would entail a lot of practice and dedication.

I am not on a level where I can consider myself a successful blogger but if these points would be achieved, I might consider that I am near or could be successful, at least in my own standards. Here’s my nugget list:

  • Inspire and influence people in a good way that would make them do the same.
  • Being able to show your true self while not being afraid of what others might think about you.
  • Write what you have learned so that others would learn from it, too.
  • Write posts that people could relate. Readers would be more drawn to you because you have established a connection.
  • Blog, blog, blog and blog until you can but only post when you have something sensible to post. Otherwise, keep the negative thoughts, grievances and shits to yourself. You do not want others to be in a bad mood — unless, the post you want to portray is otherwise.
  • Write posts that are useful. Have some topics that you are most passionate about.
  • Learn continuously. It is only  through learning that we become our best selves.

I am hoping to reach 100 posts and that is yet to come. For fun, I am hoping to reach at least 100 followers before 2013 ends. I am just fascinated with the number 100. However, 101 and above would not hurt.

Thanks for reading and for keeping up with my eccentric and nonchalant writing. Finally, I was able to keep my blog for a year and experienced the warmth of WP community. You know, things turn out to be great or successful when we least expect it.  🙂


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One Year of Writing, What Now?

How do you approach your writing process? – Daily Post

Answer: I just write. If I experience writer’s block, I stop for awhile and take some moments to breathe. Most of the time, I walk and drink my tea. We could also wander then when we get back to writing, we would notice that there is some renewed energy. 🙂

Let me share what happened within my one year of writing. 🙂

I wrote and I ran out of topics. I have contemplated the thought of me maintaining a blog because I did not know if I would continue this endeavor or not. I am at the verge of deciding what I should do for the rest of my life. I think things got complicated and I made it more complicated because of my over the top mind setting. But then, here I am and there you are, reading this piece of uncanny shit. I am not saying that you don’t have a good taste because you have chosen to read my pieces. I am flattered that somewhere out there, some blokes spent some time reading my documented eccentricities. It means a lot especially for someone like me who took a risk to get out of my comfort zone. Writing is not my expertise but it is something that I want to do until I get old. Further, if a person does a ‘work’ that he likes to do until the day he dies, that could be the work he ought to do. And, if we like to do a work so much that we don’t mind whether or not we get paid, that’s better.

And now, this blog has turned one (1) year old. I told myself that I would continue to write whether or not there would be a constant following. I owe you a lot, for the seconds you put into reading my pieces. So, for one year — this discerning year, I decided that I would continue to write. I would write not just for my readers but for the love of ‘our craft.’

One year. One decision. One life. Join me and let us write. If our creative juices run out, let us squeeze some more. I am pretty sure that after so much squeezing, we would get to see some love. And then, we write again and share the love that would enlighten others.

My heartfelt thanks. <3, Bliss

Note: Thanks for reading and of course, for bearing with me.  🙂

If I Could Be You and You Could Be Me in One Day

In response to Daily Prompt: Freaky Friday.


No, what I mean is invisible. If I am invisible, I can be somewhat invincible. If I can be someone else for a day, I would still choose to be my invisible self. A part of me wants to secretly help people but I do not want them to know it is me. Altruism kicks in and my inner Santa would be able to help those who are in need. It is my form of giving back since I am also a person who needs help. If my answer is not valid because my invisible self is my own person, then I would like to be…

How about becoming the president of United States of America or the prime minister of Japan?  Being a president or prime minister is tough and a part of me tells me that I am tough — I have to believe it or else I’d stay a weakling for life!  Although I am not inclined to politics, I love the thrill and burden of being a real life superhero even for a day. I would not deny that I want to experience what power is like and how it feels to be an influential person. If you are wondering why I chose USA or Japan to fulfill my dream of becoming a politician for a day, I guess you know the answer. It is a no brainer that USA and Japan play a big role to the global economy and other things that concerns the world. No one can deny how powerful these countries are, especially the leaders whose decisions can affect billions of people all over the world. Imagine the adrenaline rush (headaches and lots of pain) and experience of running a country where one action from you can either make or break the world. If I performed well, a great change will happen but let us not talk about world peace because it is too tough to solve it in one day.

It would not hurt too, if the president and prime minister of the said countries would try to become me for a day. Why? So that they would experience that being ME is not easy, as well as being other people.  It never is and never will be considering the fact that every person is experiencing a battle within and we all share different adversities and trials that make the Earth heavier than its normal weight. I hope they would feel how hard it is for us to become spectators because we are the jury by default. We do not want to believe in false hopes and expect a change that will never happen. By understanding how hard it is to become each other’s own persons, it somehow gives justice to the casualties inflicted in each and everyone of us.

Game changer. Risk taker. Mover and shaker. Could all these be me?


I guess I will just continue my dream of becoming an influential person by becoming a writer. I am hoping that through my words, some souls would be enlightened to do the same. And, by becoming the person we always wanted to be, we become invincible in our own right.


The Lurker’s List of Lists

In Response to: Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List.

My Dearest Readers,

Others may find lists boring and tedious, but I find it amusing and delightful! My blog is all about lists, listing everything I find interesting or whatever captures my fancy that day. It also contains some rants minus rumination of the things we do not like to hear. As much as I want to list everything, I do list stuff that would somehow make us see the positivity rather than the negativity we always see around us (we all have our own share of shits, I know). I hope you get inspired to create your own lists and educate others through listing stuff. I started creating my About and Bucket List, just to name a few.

Another advantage of creating lists is that we get to have more ideas — not to mention the trivia and new information it gives us. The lists that are created as you go along with your writing will help you write more about a certain topic because you were able to have a draft that is created through your list (and you are not even aware of it)! How cool is that?!

So, what’s your list? Feel free to post your urls on the comment text areas. I would love to read your lists! Cheers! 🙂

Yours truly,

The Lurker

P.S. One of my favorite is this list that looks like a story. Rather than have it bulleted, I just elaborated the list through telling a story about what happened to me that day. Very simple yet touching. Well, I hope so. 🙂

On Writing: Quantity or Quality?

In writing, I have always believed that quality must come first before quantity. Even if you search these two (2) terms in the dictionary, quality comes first. Reading numerous useless articles is tantamount to wasting the time of your readers (and followers). As a blogger, you might have noticed that it is useless to have many posts that have no meaning or sense at all. Your readers can feel that and might not come back for more if they see that you are just writing posts just for the sake that you should have something published in your site.

Good articles with quality and substance must be our motivation when we write. Being a writer is never easy. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to write a ‘mean’ article. Rejections are also everywhere and any writer must be ready to face the fact that he/she can be rejected and criticized. Above all, we must be aware that when we hit the Publish button, we are making ourselves available for scrutiny. Let us not be afraid of the revisions and criticisms because they make us better. If you want to avoid criticism and you don’t want to improve, quality will never be achieved.

Let us also remember that whenever we write, we are putting ourselves out there. We are making ourselves vulnerable. We must somehow make our readers feel that we, too, can be hurt and can commit mistakes like they do. We must also be relatable and realistic in our writing. Forget being fake and making others feel that you know everything. In my opinion, an article is more effective if it is honest and raw. Otherwise, if a writer is always putting up a front and does not walk his talk, he should not be writing at all.

Do not be worried about what others might think, about not getting herds of followers or hits. Worry or agonize if you cannot write with sense or if you cannot get your points across. In order to write a good article, words must be easily understood — simple and plain, not superfluous and grandiose. Our objective to write is to our make readers informed, not impressed.

As a matter of fact, one cannot truly call himself a writer if he does not write with quality. It is a shame that I am a writer by default (since it is my job) because I do not think I am good enough to write.  I admit that I am still practicing and still holding on to the rungs while climbing the stairs of writing. Yes, I am taking baby steps and I am still learning a lot of things.


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Morton’s Fork: Read or Write?

If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?

What if an idea pops into my head and it presents itself to me? I blog. I want the whole world to know about it. But, in order to write, we have to read and have our reading fix — be it magazines, news on the net/paper, blogs, etc. This is the start or the evolution, as others call it. In order to write, we have to learn how to read first. That is a known fact backed up by science and research.

And, here’s my realization…

I am a lurker. Thus, the lurker’s list (https://thelurkerslist.wordpress.com) was created. As much as I love writing, I also love reading other blogs. I like to observe. I like to watch. I love to see what is happening. I enjoy being that way. I enjoy myself as a lurker. Just lurking around.

Just r-e-a-d-i-n-g. Reading is my hobby that is equivalent to the “coffee fix” that the others are having every morning. After all, if I wanted to write, I can just pour everything on my diary and do the writing exercise using my hands. That seems more artsy and interesting to me. 🙂

My Best Friend

It is human nature to speak and write using the first person. I am no exception because by default, I use the first person whenever I blog. When I write technical documents (e.g. user guides, operation manuals, HLD/LLD, white papers, etc.), I use the second or third person. Mostly, I use the second person, as this is the kind of POV that is requested by most clients. In some instances, I also do not use the second or third person in some of the technical documents such as diagrams, workflows, blue prints, etc. So, what “person” is the best to use when writing? It depends. It depends on what you are writing and how you write it. For this challenge, let me share with you the story of my best friend and how she inspired me to live and love life.

My best friend woke up with a jolt and she found herself staring blankly at the corner of her room. “Change, I guess, is what I need in order to live,” she said to me. Off she went to the airport, all by herself armed with one small bag containing all the essentials she would need to survive. She brought her own version of the so-called bug-out bag.

I was surprised by her impulsive move. It was totally unexpected and I could not contain my sadness because I do not want to see her leave the country. Her reasons are plausible enough for me to believe that she wanted to move on after getting her heart (and pocket) broken for the nth time. “Not even him, not even mum and not even you can stop me from going,” she muttered.

Moving on is never easy. It never was and never will be. Starting anew in a foreign land is daunting for a first timer. Her ardent desire to live life elsewhere is so inspiring. When you look at her, you will see a happy face and not even a trace of pain is evident. I hugged her and kissed her poker face for the last time. Before the plane took off, she left a message for me in her blog. It says, “I’ll be okay, bezzy. Please don’t worry about me. You’re right. I can do this.”

How is she now? How is she feeling? Did she ever make it there all by herself? Absolutely. It is a known fact that there is always a rainbow after the rain, they say. How do I know if that is true? Because I am my own best friend. She is my first person. 🙂