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VOF Week 3: (You Need to Get Wet to Learn to Swim)

First time I knew about blogging, I thought it was only for experts or IT maniacs. For myself, I was happy enough to be able to access information in the internet. Then, I realized how amazing the blogs are when I found out that people can write anything in their mind. Anything at all! Culinary, dairy activities, child education, hobbies …. I think a blog will be a strong platform to share ideas.
Blogging is worth to try, but because I did not yet have confidence in creating one, I decided to read a book about it. It was full of unfamiliar terms, complicated steps to follow. After struggling to understand the “weird” words, I feel challenged to create my own blog. Yes, I was successful, but that’s all! I had no idea of what to write. I decided to write the draft at home, in my convenient time. I would just need to paste it as soon as I can go to internet cafe, hit the submit bar, and done! Well, that is what I thought. It did not work and my first article has never submitted. What did I do wrong? Do I have to read another book? Is it true that blogging is only for IT experts? Those questions were hanging in the air and totally forgotten until I discovered Pulse Wire. I was excited because I did not find such difficulties to post my journal, and I am also passionate with the topics. Without complicated steps, I even did not realize that I am now officially a blogger!
I believe that “to be able to swim, I have to enter the water and get wet”. Blogging sounds complicated, but really is simple when I give it a try. Once I did it, I realized that my real challenge is not the procedure, but the content of my journal. How to make my journal appealing so that others would love to read and get connected to the topic? Yes, I can talk about interesting things, but I also need to write it in a particular way, with my own personal way to write, with my own perspective. I want my journal be useful, eye-opening, and worth to share.
To be able to overcome barriers like culture, opportunity, or lack of confidence to speak out-loud, I have to be aware and sensitive of issues in my surroundings, enrich my knowledge, and be more active in problem-solving.
To be a good blogger, I do not have to be IT expert, but I need to have the broad of knowledge and keenness of thought! I am lucky enough to have the facility in my hand which enables me to access whenever I want. I have nothing to complain, and about the “weird words”, now that I have been “in the water”, it would be easier for me to give it a shot.

Comments

Grace Taylor's picture

I enjoyed your post

Hello Yudith, I feel lucky to get to be your listener for this assignment. You write clearly about the challenges and in a way that is also entertaining. I can see how you worked hard to learn about blogging and then suddenly, you are doing it, (and very well, I might add.) I'd be interested to hear more about your thoughts on the cultural/confidence barriers, but can see that you will overcome any that you face.
My best, Grace
(Baby is waking, gotta go.)

yudith listiandri's picture

Thanks, Grace

Thank you for responding. Yes, I think the toughest barriers is not out there, but inside my own mind. I am working to overcome them by reading-writing activities, and also discussing. I used to hide in the back, but now I try to be more active and let my voice out.
(My kiss for the baby)

Yudith

Cynthia Casas's picture

Feeling the energy

Hi Yudith, It's exciting to read about your journey to PulseWire and your discovery of blogging. I would not only love to read more about the topics you come up with, but as a suggestion, have you tried commenting on the World Pulse articles on worldpulse.com? This is also a form of blogging by replying with your own thoughts about an article our writers have put together. For example the feature now is on Cambodia-- it was be so interesting to get an Indonesian perspective and reaction to it.

Warmly,
Cynthia

Cynthia Casas

yudith listiandri's picture

Hi Cynthia, Great idea! I

Hi Cynthia,
Great idea! I have tried commenting on Pulse Wire journals, but not yet in World Pulse articles.
It would interesting ... communicating and sharing with friends in global forum. Thank you!

Yudith

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