Long time no see everyone!
Few of you may have known that I was on blogging break. Reason – I was demotivated to write. I couldn’t come up with a decent topic to talk about. And I didn’t want to write anything just so I had something to post. I didn’t want to publish stuffs just because I needed them to maintain the blog. I didn’t want blogging to be a job or an obligatory assignment. I didn’t want to pressure my self either. So I took a break. And to my surprise, I learned what I was lacking – the real purpose of my blogging. I thought I had known it all along. After all, I had wrote quite a number of posts before this. But I was embarrassed to be proved of how little I know about my goal.
While supposedly on break, I was actually checking my Reader from time to time, updating my IG and Google+, stalking on Facebook and exchanging emails. Though I managed not to interact on Twitter (this was the hardest to do tbh). You might ask why since I pledged to have a complete break from all online activities.Reasons are: (1) I miss liking and commenting on posts of my stalkees (the least I could do was look at them from afar and never let them know I ever existed), (2) I badly want to share my beachin’ and IG was my immediate outlet, (3) I was binge reading manga after manga after manga and it would be a waste not to share my lovely screencaps (that’s where G+ came in), (4) stalking on Facebook is a habit and (5) I needed to open email for work and every single time, I got tempted to respond to few of you here whom I have exchanged emails with. So there, I hadn’t succeeded on my break but only on this fasting part!
At the very least, all those things I did and didn’t do inspired me on what to do with my blog. Yes, I was demotivated so I stayed away. But I didn’t know that it would instead help me realize what I needed to do.
But before I came up with the answers I needed, I first had a hard time struggling whether I was doing the right thing (regarding my decision to run a blog) or not. It even had me thinking to give it up and close it down. But something really was stirring up my heart. I felt that I didn’t undergo all these trouble for nothing. So I meditated and prayed with a question –
“Why do I have to continue blogging?”
Then, I got an answer – that I needed to share something to the interweb. But then couple of questions came up from that answer.
“What will I share? I only know of anime and manga and my trips.” Will all that be worth sharing for?”
And then an answer – Yes. Just make the most out of it. There enters the changes that I’ve done and will do to my blog. I already changed my tagline into “Making the most out of everything.” I have also updated my blog’s name into ALIGOLO, the shortened version of Alice Goes Yolo as it is easier to say and I like how it sounds.
I will still be posting about anime and manga series that I have watched and read. The difference is I will be incorporating them with my spiritual learning. I will try to get lessons from the series that I can relate to the teachings in the Bible. I will share only positive virtues that we can apply to our daily life. This way, people won’t see anime/manga as an obstacle in serving the Lord. But instead a medium to deepen one’s relationship with the Savior. You might be following quite a few blogs with the same style, and yeah I actually asked one of them if I can borrow their style, thankfully I got an approval.
As for writing reviews, insights or impressions, I don’t know if I can make extensive or comprehensive ones but I sure will be writing about the plot, the level of fun and the lessons I get from the series. Also I don’t want to watch an anime or read manga for reviews sake. Although from to time to time I might give comments like weird, boring, or possible suggestions on husbandos’ roles/personalities, and whatnot. And my adventure posts will still be here. I will still be writing about how fun it is to live your life to the fullest, but of course in a right way. After all, we only live once!
There still might be more changes as I come up with hopefully better ideas, so stay tuned for updates! With prayer and help from friends, the demotivated me has turned into an inspired and fired up one. I am more than willing to accept your suggestions, reactions or comments. So I hope you still stick with me here.
P.S. I welcome myself back!