Wednesday, April 14, 2010

afresh, anew

So the other day I sat down and decided that I would only do things that I like and want to, no more following the crowd.

Don’t know whether it was the PMS or that I’ve moved on to another phase in life, but I just deleted all my previous posts and decided to start anew.

Har har just joking, my previous posts are imported to this blog here. I’ll think about it whether to re-import it here (because of all the dead samanthacje.com links in the posts, pfft!).

No way I’m just going to delete 2 years worth of hard work, time and energy just based on a little moment of PMS-ness or even if I have ‘upgraded’ to the highest status of maturity and decided that intrusion of privacy on the Web is so scary.

Actually I already know that it is scary; I just have to ‘grow up’ a little bit more AND THEN I’ll delete all my information on the Internet, I promise.

Or maybe I’ll just set it to private.

ANYWAYS, with this new template and cleared space, I have decided a few things that I will be doing instead of what you usually see in the old samanthacje.com:

1. More more more writing.

Once I used to write for my pleasure. Then some people complained that there were too many words, so I thought that okay fine, I’ll post up more photos instead.

Negligence and quiescency (such a lovely word, I couldn’t resist not using it!) took over and I got lazy to write, which is very bad because writing is my first and foremost pleasure, and with the lack of practice I feel that my skills have deteriorated pretty badly, and I did not feel the gratification that I used to experience after completing a wordy post. Even if nobody else reads it.

Reaally read it. Word for word.

But no matter. I seldom do too, on people’s wordy post. Unless of course, if I really want to.

Even though I disappeared a little while from the blogging-and-writing-for-self-pleasure world, I still kept track of lovely and inspiring wordy blogs like pinkpau’s, Jowee’s and Sheena’s. This is not the first time I’ve mentioned them on my blog, but because I like sharing good stuff, here they are again.

And no, I’m not trying to suck up. I really like your blogs!

Because you girls write for yourself, and yourself only. Who cares if people’s eyes get blurred from the overload of tiny words onscreen, at least you’re doing something that you like.

And that’s it.

2. More photographs taken by me!

I promise to try to not ‘steal’ pretty pictures from others and to make more use of my new G11 (which I finally bought for myself sometime mid-March) as well as to sharpen my Photoshop skills by creating lovely and inspiring pictures which will hopefully one day be ‘stolen’ by people all over the Internet.

It will be the biggest satisfaction of knowing that one day my words, photographs and works of art are appreciated by people around the world.

And no, I’m not talking about vain photos of myself. Nope, not doing that anymore.

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Okay maybe just this last one? Heh heh.

3. More on what I want and not what I think others would want.

Basically I’m just going to go with what I feel is right.

More words. More on my loved ones. More self expression.

Less emoisma. Less one-liner cryptic messages.

If you want something else, you can always go ahead and create the perfect blog. But why the hostility?

4. Lesser and simpler.

Among the first comments I got about the revamped theme is the ‘too-simple-to-be-Samantha’ and plainness, of which I’m glad about because that was what I wanted. In fact I wanted something more simple like Natalie’s, but I couldn’t find one and I liked the colour of this particular one anyway, it’s pretty light and clean and very slate-y.

I designed this template using Blogger Draft, try it if you are using Blogger, it really is much easier! Though, I’m having some HTML issues previously not encountered, and am waiting for Nuffnang and HTML-savvy friends to help solve it and cure my headache. :)

And yes, my post titles are still gonna be in small caps and something obscure instead of something related to what I’m writing about.

5. XYZ

  • No more ‘Today I went/did….’ posts.

Actually I stopped writing those years ago, only when I have something interesting to talk about. But if I ever use these words again in the beginning of a post, somebody please knock my head hard with a piece of A4 paper or tissue thanks.

  • More sharing of lovely stuff like good music, funny videos, even funnier jokes, inspiring blogs, and of course pretty pictures!

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Of course, you can also follow me on Twitter if you haven’t done so. Sometimes I mention things that I will never blog about.

Because sometimes I forget that everyone else in the whole wide world can see what 140-characters message I decide on a 10-second impulse to write and publish.

Upcoming: Updated friends’ blog links and a brand new About Me!

2 things to say:

Jowee said...

wah lao. flattered to the max!
i still read urs too :)
Im liking the new blog and the new you-in-ur-blog.

Samantha Chow said...

tq! :) though im having some creative issues these days, long term writer's block! :(