Don’t Get Me Wrong…

Don’t get me wrong… We commonly encounter that phrase (or sentence) when reading blog posts on the web.

For example, “Cats are fabulous pets. Don’t get me wrong… dogs are adorable.”

I’ll admit I even used “Don’t get me wrong…” in my writing. But what does it exactly mean?

It could mean, “Please don’t misinterpret what I have to say…”

or maybe:

“What I’m about to tell you will most likely piss you off, but I don’t want
you to hate me for it that’s why I’m putting on a disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong.”

It’s been a year since I started blogging…

anniversary

I was just visiting my blog a while ago when I was surprised from that notification I received from wordpress.

It’s been a year….

When I first started blogging my writing wasn’t that good. I didn’t even expected that I’ll be writing a lot of posts.

But then something happened. I started to like writing….

I remembered back then I was dreaming on becoming a real writer. You know, those people that who writes books and articles.

I bought a read a lot of books about writing, honing my skills along the way by writing posts in this blog.

Back then I was writing daily. Yes daily.

I never wanted to miss a day that when I can’t write a full post I’ll just write one of those short quotes.

Ah those were the days.

So what happened? Why did I lay low in writing posts?

I’ll answer.

As I can remember I missed a day of writing a single post. I tried to make up for it by writing some more, but in my mind it’s already alright to miss a day of writing a post. Also, I wanted a break from daily writing back then.

Fast-forward for a few more months and here I am writing a blog post again. I decided that since it’s my blog’s anniversary then I shouldn’t miss the opportunity to write a post.

And oh, since I like learning new stuff. I learned this new acronym tl;dr (or TLDR) which stands for…

Too Long Didn’t Read

Whitebeltblogger is celebrating his blog’s anniversary by reminiscing the past.

Thanks for reading (even if it’s only the TLDR)!

🙂

 

Technology Has Changed… Self-Help Advice Should Follow

If you’re familiar with old school self-help authors (90s and earlier) you’ll hear the usual (and overused) advice, ‘Read books.’ Being an avid book reader I actually support that kind of advice.

But times have changed. Besides books there are lots of learning materials out there. Blogs, youtube videos, podcasts, online courses, etc. We’re not limited to reading books anymore.

If you’re a child of the internet like me, you probably already know all of those stuff and more. So why I am stating the obvious you may ask?

The reason is I want to change the belief that a person can only get quality learning through books. Other mediums are just as effective (or more).

For example, I learn better technical materials watching video tutorials compared to books. While some people like to learn from podcasts while driving or commuting. To each to his own.

So the next time someone asks, “How many books have you read this year?” or “What book are you currently reading?” You can answer with, “I just watched this awesome video on making ice-cream last week,” or “I listened to Engineer Bob’s podcast yesterday.”

That person might give you a weird look, but what’s important is you have learned something, the mode of teaching is a lot less relevant.

Blogging has benefited me, really…

Here I am writing a post again. I haven’t blog for quite a while. But in spite of that I’m still grateful I tried blogging even just for a short while (a few months) last year.

Firstly, it improved my writing skills (as well as grammar). Before blogging I haven’t identified myself as writer. Blogging is writing.

Secondly, it gave me blogging experience. I wrote over 100 posts (although some of them are just short quotes). If ever I’m gonna start blogging again I can be confident that I can deliver.

And lastly, I never thought of this before, but the posts that I have written gives a glimpse on how I used to think. What I’ve written so far are my views, values, and ideas on those times.

I may change my outlook completely, but I can always look back on how things used to be.

Those things said, I’ll wrap this short post. Thank you for reading 🙂

 

 

Links on Internet Articles/Posts: Distracting?

There’s a big difference between reading an article/news from a magazine or newspaper compared reading articles/posts online: Links.

Yes, links. But you probably already know that, don’t you. Links are like the modern day equivalent of instructions we see one books like:  “Please turn to page 288…”

As in any technology, there are advantages and disadvantages to it.

A link can give us more information; or simply provide an excuse to leave the article we are reading if we find it boring.

That said a link is also a form of distraction. (See what I did there?)

There are links we want. Those are the ones relevant to the article or post we are reading.

And there are links we don’t want. (i.e, Irrelevant ads, a link to that video of robots dancing inside a bathroom, or links that goes nowhere).

I’m going to make this post long. I haven’t blogged for a while. Will I publish it?

???

Hitting Publish. Whitebeltblogger style..
🙂

 

Your Writing Is the Bridge — Your Message Is the Goods

Writers, and bloggers alike, sometimes argue whether a writer’s skill is more important than the message itself (content) or vice versa.

Which is more important?

The best answer is that both of them are important.

Writing skill gives you credibility and the ability to communicate your message clearly, precisely, and concisely.

Your message, on the other hand, is what the reader will remember long after they have forgotten the exact words you used to communicate your message.

Writers may favor one over the other and that’s all right. The important thing is not to become obsessed with one aspect and totally ignore the other.

The bridge and goods metaphor

If your writing skill is the bridge, your message is the goods.

In a sense, the goods are more important, but without the bridge the goods won’t be delivered to their recipient, which is the reader. Aside from that, the bridge also needs to be strong, so heavy goods can be transported through it.

Furthermore, no matter how strong the bridge is, if the goods are incomplete, spoiled, or broken, then the recipient won’t be happy. In short, the goods must be good.
 
 
Grammar Note:
In writing this post, I was pondering whether to use “… Your Message Is the Goods” or “… Your Message Are the Goods.” Fortunately, I found the answer in this page.

100th Post: Have Your Own Dreams

What do we really want in life? Is the question that we sometimes ask ourselves.

Are we doing the things that we have been doing only because others tell us to do so? Or are we exercising our own free will?

I felt it before, but I can only voice it now: There are external forces that control our lives.

When I say external forces, it can either be people or nature, which we don’t have any control (though, nature can be somewhat affected by man). And, also we can also be one of those external forces — influencing other people’s lives either positively or negatively.

To give you an example, suppose Terry was born in country X, raised by family Y, and influenced by media Z. Do you think Terry’s personality would be a lot different if he was either born in country A, raised by family B, or influenced by media C?

Other people, institutions, or even ideologies, which doesn’t really exist in the material world, teaches us to act in a certain way even if we disagree — silently that is.

Some might say, being one with the group gives us advantages. What if what the group goals are different from yours? Will you give in? Or will you rebel?

I’m probably asking too many questions, so I’ll quote someone whom you might know.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

—Steve Jobs

If you have dreams, go for it, even if you need to smash a wall that is right in front of you. Or, you could simply get a ladder and climb it… or dig a hole under it… or anything else, the possibilities are endless. There’s always a way.

Like Sylvester Stallone said in the movie Over The Top“The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it.”

Don’t be afraid to disagree. Don’t be ashamed to stand out. And, we don’t become crazy — we allow it.