4 Pics, 1 Word


Unlike most people nowadays, I don’t find popular or top-rated games applications appealing. Would you believe that I haven’t downloaded games nor music into my phone since I had it? All you can find in my phone are a library of eBooks, some photography apps, and a few apps for productivity. That’s until my brothers and I played 4 Pics, 1 Word in Jan’s (my brother’s girlfriend) iPod Touch. I find games involving words more stimulating, so it isn’t much of a surprise that I eventually got hooked on this game.

The answer to the photo above is a no-brainer. You would have guessed this the moment you saw my post in your Reader. This is my take on BLOGGING.

I know many of us have read a lot about blogging: What Makes a Blog Interesting, What Makes a Blog Successful, Tips on Blogging. The list goes on. As mentioned in my About page, I am not a professional writer nor do I have a formal background in writing, but I would like to believe that someday, somehow, I will serve as an inspiration to people from all walks of life. This remains true to this day.

Followers of this blog know very well that I have been slacking off with entries for the past few months. I do have a lot of ideas to write about in most days; you know, thoughts about random things, but I had been caught up between my day job and wedding preparations. When I do find the time, I draft a post, and gradually work on it again the next time I’m free. It isn’t like I make a living out of writing, but since it is my way of sharing my experiences, expressing my thoughts and what-nots, I know I just have to make time for it.

Two weeks ago, I blogged about my deceased friend, Gela, and her long-lost lover, Ralph. Boy, did it earn a lot of likes. I was really overwhelmed that it almost brought me to tears. I know it’s too shallow, but I don’t get that much likes in a post, hence the reaction. No, don’t take pity on me. It’s fine, really. While you’re at it, I gained a couple more followers from that entry, too. Okay, do I get to cry now? Kidding aside, these stats weren’t as dramatic as you would have imagined, but it is a good start.

Below are few of my thoughts on blogging:

  • I don’t have a particular theme for my site, but I write mostly about experiences with family and friends. I realized that I have turned my site into an online journal/diary of some sort. As my fellow blogger friend would put it, my entries oftentimes bear a personal touch.
  • As much as possible, I don’t plague my site with frivolous rants not because I want to kiss my readers’ asses (no pun intended), but for the reason that there are a lot more reasons to focus on sensible things. After all, my aim is to inspire other people, right? How am I supposed to do so if my entries are full of negative thoughts? Don’t get me wrong. It’s just me.
  • I may have this much of followers, but only few them have actually commented/reacted to my entries apart from hitting the “Like” button. More than anything else, I appreciate it when they do drop me a line or two based on what I had posted. Some comments are compliments to how much they enjoyed reading my entry, and some leave me with questions that calls for a good conversation. I can’t really blame those who just settle in liking posts they find interestingly good, and don’t bother leaving a comment because honestly, I do this, too. It isn’t because I have nothing to say at all, but sometimes, I get chickened out thinking what I’m about to say may come off completely ridiculous. I don’t want to be labeled a troll or something else worse. In my case, however, I encourage my readers to speak their minds regardless of what they are going to say.
  • Read. Go out. Meet new people. Get a life. Reminisce. Not in that particular order, but you get the drift. I do these to draw ideas from the unusual things I experience out there. When I’ve organized the pool of thoughts in my head, I put them into writing. It sounds easy, but it takes some work, too.

If you think these are all there is in blogging, you’re wrong. The possibilities are endless. In fact, I dream of being able to do stuff like host blog giveaways, post entries on fashion, share an excerpt from a fictional story I wrote myself, discuss my personal views on politics and encourage constructive criticisms/arguments without lashing out on other people, upload workout videos or make-up tutorials, etc. My fellow blogger friends influence me into believing that I will have the courage and the means to post such entries, too. Someday, someday.

4 thoughts on “4 Pics, 1 Word

  1. At first, I thought you’re going to rave about the new mobile game. Haha. Nice take on blogging, by the way. Likers are welcome, but commenters are more appreciated! Haha.


    • Haha! It’ll take a lifetime before I delve on that, Nic. ;)
      Thank you, and I agree with you on the latter. Makes it more legit that they actually read your post, don’t you agree? :D


  2. Very nice post, Jae. I think you’ve done a good job of offering variety on your blog, and I think that makes it more interesting than most. You should follow your instincts and add your stories, fashion, views, etc. It’s your blog, and you should do whatever makes you happy. :-)


    • Aww thank you for your kind words, Ms Maddie. I’m still reluctant into trying new things out. Perhaps when I’ve gained the confidence especially fashion-related because it isn’t exactly my thing. :)



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