My Writing Goal

I’ve been writing a private online journal for seven years. Recently, I was told that I’m a good writer. This gave me the motivation to write even more, not because I’m good, but because I want to be better. In return, I want to start sharing my writings more often.

I’m mostly a private person, so why do I want to share my writings and thoughts? What a crazy thing to do! To me it’s crazy but to others it’s normal. I’m my worst critic. Many people have opened up their inner thoughts and wrote countless articles and books. They taught me things and showed me other sides of life. If life is the sum of all human beings past and present, then my life is a drop in the ocean. If I want to contribute to this vastness then I need to share my work.

What should I write about? So I ask myself. The answer to that is anything and everything. From politics to philosophy to photography, I want to cover all of my interests. I want you, the reader, to witness life through my lens and see the world from my perspective so that you can discover more about yourself. Along the way, I will learn more about me. This journey is between the two of us.

I would like to write as much as possible and strive for perfection. If I can write weekly, that’ll be great. If more, that’s even better. The goal is quality and quantity. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a professional writer, but I’m striving to write better.

To help myself, I started reading The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. It’s suppose to be a good book on writing. I hope it has an impact on me after I’m done reading it. I also read On Writing Well by William Zinsser a couple of years ago. That was a good book about cutting all the crap out of writing, the unnecessary words and phrases that tend to clutter.

I hope to write at least one post every week. After a year, I would like to see how far I’ve come by comparing my most recent post to this one. So join me on my journey. And thanks for reading.

Reflections

Every year around this time I feel the need to reflect on the past year. What have I learned and what have I done. Mostly, this year has been a year of learning at work, getting more experience with web development, both front end and back end. I’ve also started rereading some books that will motivate me.

Right now I’m at a good spot in my life. But I feel when I start feeling this way something has to change for the better. I need to dig deeper to find out what I really want in life. Next year will be better than any year before.

Above is a photo I took this morning on my walk. There’s beauty in everything. Even in a wilting flower. And death is not the end. By spring, there will be new flowers.

Bodega

While enjoying my walk today, I captured this bodega. On my walk I’ve thought about whether if I need a DSLR. Most of the photos I’ve posted recently are taken with a cell phone camera. I find it to be very convenient to post-process the photos directly on my phone and then share them to the world. I feel like if I don’t share my photos then whatever photos I took are just worthless. Maybe I will sell my DSLR since my cell phone camera is so good and convenient. I guess we’ll have to see.