Filed under: Obligatory Announcements | Tags: Alvina Antonio, new social media, OrCom, Organizational Communication, UP Manila, writing
I’d do anything to avoid writing.
You’d probably raise an eyebrow at my statement, should you know that I am: 1) an Organizational Communication major; 2) a loyal diary-keeper since 1996; and 3) a regular blogger since 2005. I can give a few more examples that makes my first sentence seem inconsistent to my character; true enough, a disproportionately large amount of my time is spent on writing.
I write for myself, mostly. I write how I feel about the little things, the big events, good memories, bad actions—anything, anything at all in my head that I do not want to forget will most probably be documented in my offline or online journal. Sometimes, even my mobile phone or a scrap of paper will do when my journals aren’t accessible. I don’t want to forget much; I like seeing through my writings not only the past events, but also how much I’ve changed.
My fondness for remembering the past does not stop me from wanting to avoid writing, though. Whenever I have a writing requirement, I whine and stall endlessly about the work. Writing is such a chore. Beginnings are hard. I can easily produce a dozen excuses for not writing right away.
But when I finally write, turn in my piece, and receive positive feedback, my love for writing becomes restored. A bit of ego-stroking makes me happy enough to forget I ever abhorred writing. The problem is, happy feelings don’t last long enough; I can easily want to avoid writing again—and I have. This love-hate affair with writing is a bad habit I need to break out of.
I’ve come up with a few solutions, one of which is my daily blogging. A Biology student once told me that “scientifically, you need 21 days for anything to become a habit.” While I have yet to verify his scientific claim, I can say that daily blogging has become a habit. After all, I am already at my 278th online entry—one entry written per day, with very few lapses.
With my daily entries, I require myself to write at least one thing that I remember from my day—no matter how inane or vague the thought is. I set my standards pretty low, the objective is merely to make writing a habit.
In less than a year, I will be joining the corporate world. Perhaps now is the time to raise my standards a bit, and turn the objective into: make good writing a habit.
Here is where my new blog finally comes in. Instead of entries with disjointed ideas, this blog will zoom in on a good theme: new social media from an organizational communications perspective. In the process of exploring new social media, I’ll work towards becoming a good writer with no qualms about writing. Watch (and engage) me as I kill two birds with one stone. :>
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