November 19 is both my birthday and the 8th anniversary of my blog. Because many sad things have occurred in everyone’s lives over the past year, celebrating birthdays and other important occasions might be difficult. But, as I always say, everything will be OK.
Things will fall into place as they should.
With that, I’d like to express my gratitude for being a part of my blogging life. Even though I don’t solely post about food, I hope you will continue to support me. When I first began writing movie reviews, I received a few messages inquiring about why I had altered my focus.
No, that is not the case.
I wrote mainly about movies and a few food articles when I first started blogging under a different blog name. I enjoy watching movies and have dreamt about becoming a filmmaker in the past. However, things did not go as planned, which isn’t a major setback, but writing allows me to continue doing what I enjoy. Watch the movie and discuss it afterwards, which brings me to a question I often get asked, especially this pandemic.
How Do You Manage?
How do I keep blogging while working a 9 to 5 job? I’ve been asked this question a lot by fellow foodies, bloggers, and friends. I want to say time management. But, to be honest, time management is challenging, especially during the ‘Ber’ months.
Everyone appears to be in a rush to complete their tasks. I’m the same way since I want to make the most of my Christmas vacation. I don’t take breaks very often. So this is the time of year when I unwind entirely.
I was able to keep blogging because I enjoy what I do. It transformed my hobby into something more meaningful. I blogged under a different name from mid-2010 to early 2013. Until late 2013, I created and launched my domain, ClariSays.com.
I wouldn’t have made it this far if I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, especially given the demands of my job and the numerous social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Lyka, and so on. Even I get confused from time to time because each platform is unique. A blogger must be visible.
However, as a result of these, I can say that I have improved in my craft. I read through my previous blog posts and looked at my photography and videography. My work may not be the best, but it has improved, and I am proud of it. Don’t be afraid to take the first step if you have a hobby and want to turn it into something meaningful or a side hustle, especially in light of the pandemic.
And, once you’ve mustered the courage to take another step, don’t compare yourself to others. Take whatever you hear or see as motivation and encouragement. Grow at your own pace as well. Don’t be in a hurry all of the time. You will get there!