This is my 100th post on here. That’s pretty cool. 😀 I did not expect to get here. In fact, when I first set up this blog, I had no real idea what I was going to do with it. From other bloggers, I know you should blog regularly – though not too regularly. I try and write often, but sometimes finding time or motivation can be difficult. And thinking up a topic can be hard too, though in China, especially this past year, there seems to be a steady flow of things I can comment on, whether it’s new jobs, colleagues leaving, or just random commentary about living here.
As a grad student, in those early days when I thought, perhaps, I’d become an academic, I set up a blog about my research, but I didn’t really do anything with it, and I failed in what I wanted to achieve with it. Before I came over here, I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to access Facebook and things like that, so I set up this blog in part to keep people back home informed about what I do here, and how I’m doing, and in part as an outlet to vent about or document my experiences. And it just sort of snow-balled from there, really.
So, having achieved my 100th post, a few thoughts about the process….
I like WordPress for the functionality of the blog, the different themes you can choose (though it can be hard to decide which to pick), and the fact it is user friendly, especially for people like me who are not very good with technology. There are other platforms out there which may be equally as good, I don’t really know. I set up my first blog with WordPress so I was at least familiar with what it was and what it did, how it worked etc. The original background for this blog, Adventure Theme I think it was, I was particularly keen on. Then, by accident, I changed it and learnt that that background is now redundant and I couldn’t get it back, so I settled on the one I have now, which has grown on me and which I also like a lot.
The most dedicated – and professional – bloggers plan their posts. I sometimes do this. If I know I have a topic I want to write about, such as a colleague leaving, I might write the post and then leave it until the appropriate moment to post it, tweaking it if needed before posting. Most blogs have themes of some sort, and I guess the theme of this is the title and sub-title – teaching in East Asia, and my experiences of living and working here.
My most popular posts seem to be those in which I’ve travelled, which is interesting in and of itself. I don’t travel that often, only really during winter vacation (when I have about a month off…), but it’s nice to know my travels are appreciated by people other than me. 🙂
Will I make it to 200?! Who knows, but I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, writing and sharing things with you all. Thank you for following, and here’s to another 100 posts! 🎆🎉🎊🎈