Well, This Should Be Interesting (or, Resolutions)

I’ve kept a paper journal since I was in elementary school and my writing process has always followed the same pattern.

  1. start journaling with the intention of writing everyday
  2. write faithfully for two or three days, or a week if I’m diligent/lucky
  3. get bored with writing—or rather, disappointed that most entries end up being a mere log of my daily activities or bitching about how boring my daily activities are
  4. stop writing for the next few months…or years
  5. find the poor, discarded journal under the couch or on a shelf and resolve, again, to start writing

The first entry of any given phase usually goes something like “Wow. I haven’t written in this thing in almost a year! Since my last entry I’ve gotten braces/had a crush on a boy/turned fourteen/acquired a driver’s license/graduated {elementary, middle, high} school/, etc. From now on, I vow to keep a faithful account of my life so I don’t miss a single moment!!” Seriously, I’ve written more entries of this type than any other, more interesting type. The entry also usually goes on to list other resolutions such as:

  • eat healthier
  • exercise more
  • be nicer
  • do well in school
  • get consistent sleep
  • read more

As far back as middle school (maybe even elementary), I made these kinds of lists and I still make them. A 9 year old me was already hoping for a life that included a set wake-up and go-to-bed time (which reminds of me of my brief, wake up at 5:30 a.m. stage as a 9 year old. I’d get up and take a shower for about 45 minutes, rudely awakening my parents when the fire alarm went off from all the steam).

This blog has fared me no better.

I’ve already written two or three entries promising readers (all three of them, I’m sure) that I’m going to resurrect it. Well, here is another one. But this time, I think that blogging is something I need to do. I had a Livejournal in middle school that died. I got a Facebook account in high school and a Twitter in college. At this point, my Facebook is a way for me to communicate to large amounts of people: the literary magazine I edit, the prospective non-profit project, my co-op. Twitter on the other hand, is where I go to complain. And I do a lot of complaining. I also use it to show a small group of people how funny I am because I AM REALLY HILARIOUS IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

Both my Facebook and Twitter have been instrumental in creating a sort of embarrassing, no-filter-between-my-head-and-my-mouth/hands identity. Part of me would never, ever give these accounts up (especially Twitter) but another part wants so badly to stop giving in to the instant gratification of a tweet or status update. And that’s where the blog comes in.

I’ve rather stupidly registered every social media account with the name “caitlinparent”. This is because I don’t want to do something stupid like “caitlinpmsu” or “koreangirl217” or whatever usernames usually indicate. Because that is dumb. And I’m sure as hell not going to do something like “thewindblowsforcolors.wordpress.com” or “pterodactylsareawesome.wordpress.com”. Or whatever. So, once again, I’m promising to write more on this blog that is connected to my name—the strongest identifier for myself that I can think of. Partly because I need to have some kind of consistent writing practice. Partly because I’m in a sort of transitional phase in my life (maybe? is that too self-important?). Partly because I think I’m really interesting and I like talking about myself (har har). This blog won’t have a theme unless I start doing something really interesting or my life takes on a little more direction but I’ll try to write about things that interest me whether highfalutin’ or quotidian (yeah, I took AP Language).

So be prepared to read about:

  • school and extracurriculars
  • fashion and makeup
  • me being Asian
  • food I’m enjoying
  • movies, books, TV shows, music, art and other media things that an average 21 year old takes interest in
  • my family and friends
  • social media and communications
  • my struggles in French class
  • typography and design of all sorts
  • knitting
  • and so much more

Riveting stuff, right?

I think there’s more to blogging than just pouring the contents of your brain out. I’ve made a list of interesting topics (read: interesting to me) so hopefully that will keep me busy for a while. Stay tuned, yall.


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