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Hey, do people still read blogs?

On a whim, I googled this and found that it’s a question on many people’s mind. There were quite a number of articles saying how the way people read and find information is different these days and you need to capture attention in xx words or use visual aids to capture attention on key points. More depressing articles talk about how blogs have been overtaken by social media platforms where content are shorter, with more visuals / videos.

I am not sure about others, but I do like blogs and still read them. I may belong to the “old-school” camp, but I don’t think blogs are replaceable. I appreciate and admire good writing and reading a good piece of writing (whether informative or inspiring) is calming to my old soul haha.

So I will continue to write, despite not being a good writer. While blog viewership has come down over the years (in part due to my neglect of this space), I will continue to grow this space which has defined me and who I am over the years.

I admit that there were long periods where I found it difficult to blog and it’s actual rather telling of my mental state. I attempted to blog and end up deleting the half-baked post as it was too painful to write anything coherent. Sentences didn’t flow. Anything beyond a short generic caption on Instagram was too much to handle. I didn’t have the capacity to organise my thoughts properly and beyond the need to write at work, any forms of long writing was a chore.

I’m in a better state of mind now and am trying to blog consistently – attempting to write everyday if you have not yet noticed 🙂 Taking a couple of minutes out to type out of my thoughts helps to calm me down and makes me reflect on the day and how I view things. It gives me time to pause and to me that is is very important. It’s so easy to be caught up in trying to do more, while in reality, knowing how to pause and reflect is very important too.

My next step is to try to write in Chinese again. Somehow I’m developing a bit of a mental block on that – thoughts don’t seem to flow as well.

What’s broken can be fixed.

Till next post.

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10 Comments

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    Luna
    18 May, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    I do read blogs. Even more since I developed seizures that are triggered by digital audio and video, so written word is all I’ve got left. I do like social media too, but I wish more people blogged about their Korean learning experience. Seeing a short blurb and some photos of their notes or textbooks leaves me wanting more.

    “If there’s a b̶o̶o̶k̶ blog that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

    I guess that’s why I’m writing a blog about learning Korean? 🙂

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      Hangukdrama
      19 May, 2020 at 11:18 PM

      Love your sharing too Luna! 🙂 Keep it going!

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    Julie Carvalho
    18 May, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    I do read blog too. Even if I am not commenting often. ^^

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      Hangukdrama
      19 May, 2020 at 11:18 PM

      Hi Julie! Happy to hear that!

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    Sandy
    18 May, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t know how much I count as a blog reader considering you’re the only blog I follow, mainly because I haven’t looked into other ones, but I can say that I do enjoy my time reading through your posts. Along the lines of how you said writing a blog post gives you time to pause, reading your posts have also been pretty calming for me. Like I can step away from my life for a bit and read about yours. It’s also not pressuring or stress-inducing at all like some social media posts (hence why Instagram isn’t my social media of choice), but rather inspiring or relatable. I am on social media quite a bit and I guess the charm of it is that you can communicate what you want to say quicker, albeit on a more shallow level, which is important to people these days who are just busy, busy, busy, and feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who feels this way, but I guess feeling like there not being enough time even when all this information is thrown at me in <30 word chunks made it feel like there's no way I can find time to read blogs. But after following yours, I've come realize that there's a sweet spot where the content published is something I'm likely to consistently care about, and the depth of the post deepens my appreciation of them. This makes me pretty selective, but in exchange it's something I'm willing to spend time to enjoy. So thanks 🙂

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      Hangukdrama
      19 May, 2020 at 11:23 PM

      Hi Sandy! Thanks for liking the blog ♡ and for taking time out to write the comment 🙂 This means so much to me!

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    Mango
    19 May, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    I read this and one other blog because I get notifications from them (and the content is usually helpful or interesting), but other than that I don’t read blogs unless I’m googling something (which is how I found this blog! 😊) I am definitely a ‘read the entire story on a recipe website’ kind of person though.

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      Hangukdrama
      19 May, 2020 at 11:24 PM

      hahaha I spend quite a bit of time on recipe websites too (but never actually make anything) oops.

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    Jeremy
    30 May, 2020 at 9:11 AM

    I certainly still read blogs, although I too have questions do other still read them. I think blogs demand more attention to consume them and are a great way to share longer “trains of thoughts” versus bit-sized things on social media.

    Good luck in with committing to a new posting schedule. 👍

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      Hangukdrama
      30 May, 2020 at 9:21 AM

      Hi Jeremy! Thanks for reading this. Same here, I do appreciate people taking time to develop and share longer train of thoughts and I would certainly be glad to spend more time reading them too.

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