May 15

Shutting Down
the Blogging Playground

The blog is almost three years old on a dot com, and I have posts from as far back as 2004 consolidated from old blogs of my youth.

But honestly, I am reaching a certain decision that I am still 80% ambivalent about. I am thinking of saying goodbye to Helena, this personal blog, permanently so that I can make way for something else, whatever that something is in the offline world.

This is one of the last things I have online, given that I already extinguished my Facebook and Twitter accounts, social media presences which used to be bustling with life and action.

I just think that if ever I am going to write again, it should no longer involve using my real name so that people can just fully evaluate the quality of what I write apart from who I am as a person. So that I can be free to really write what’s on my mind, to write in a way that does not have any unnecessary societal pressures to conform. Because much of what I write here is very much hindered by the knowledge that people know who I am when I write it. I find it most ironic that my very own self gets in the way of the things which I want to convey, in the way I want to shape my manner of writing. But that’s what’s happening lately.

Anyway, I’m keeping this up for now. I don’t really know what to do yet. πŸ™‚ But I’m probably saving word file after word file of my old blog posts before I shut it down and give a permanent downloadable link for a complete digest of my board exam tips. That I promise. Β πŸ™‚

 

 




Copyright Helen Mary Labao-Barrameda 2016. All rights reserved.

Posted May 15, 2013 by helen in category "Wordplay

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* Freelance Article Writer, Editor, and Blogger * Bookworm * Geodetic Engineer * Geospatial Geek * Project Manager * Web Development Enthusiast * Aspiring Data Scientist * Lawfully Wedded Wife * Wannabe Novelist * Androidography Hobbyist * Open Source Advocate * Occasional Traveler * & * Digital Information Junkie*

24 COMMENTS :

  1. By Nonoy on

    I can really relate to this:

    “If ever I am going to write again, it should no longer involve using my real name so that people can just fully evaluate the quality of what I write apart from who I am as a person.”

    Anyway, you don’t have to shut down this blog. Ok lang naman online lang siya;then update mo lang if kelan mung gusto i update;

    Your thoughts will be missed. hehe. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    1. By helen (Post author) on

      thanks Nonoy. you and the other concepticons are such awesome friends. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. By Mark on

    First, I’d like to say that I miss your online presence. πŸ™‚ I now have my own domain, and I decided not to use my name on it. So what happens is, people know my write-ups but not me personally.

    If ever you decide to repackage this site, I suggest you do that to. I’ll hate to lose you here sa cyberspace. Based on what you wrote here, that’ll probably work for you. πŸ™‚

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    1. By helen (Post author) on

      Congrats Filipino Scribe! hahaha! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog. Good to know you have your own domain na. πŸ˜‰ haha!

      Reply
      1. By Mark on

        It’s long overdue. πŸ˜› The transition has been very smooth, thanks to WordPress. πŸ™‚

        Reply
  3. By karen kay guevarra on

    keep your blog. I agree with nonoy! hahaha

    Reply
  4. By Jhiegzh on

    Seriously, I’ve learned a lot from this blog, from the board exam tips to life realities. So, please don’t shutdown this blog Ate Helen.

    I miss you Ate Helen πŸ™

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    1. By h on

      Hi Jhiegzh! I miss you too. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry so much, I’ll keep in touch, promise.

      Reply
  5. By Krishna on

    i’m a fan of your stuff Helen.. i believe you just gotta keep going.. when I wanna feed my mind, everything here is food for my brain.. πŸ™‚

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    1. By h on

      Hi Krishna! Thanks for your encouraging words. Hope I can meet with you soon πŸ™‚

      Reply
    2. By helen (Post author) on

      Hi Krishna. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement. I think I’ll keep this up and running for the time being. The hibernation of 6 months did me a lot of good.

      Reply
  6. By Meynard on

    Before you shut this down completely ate Helen! Give me also a download link of your posts! I love reading them. You’re one of my admired writers. πŸ˜€ please? Thank you ate Helen! I’ll miss you. And be sure to come back. Can we still keep in touch? Email, maybe? πŸ™‚

    That’s all ate Helen! God bless you more! ^_^
    See you!

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    1. By h on

      Hi Meynard! Sure download if you need my content here. πŸ™‚ I am also trying to figure out how to get my files. πŸ™‚

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      1. By Meynard on

        Hello ate Helen!
        I think you can export using the Tools section in your Dashboard page. Just found that out here in this link.
        Hope it helps you. ^_^

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  7. By Pepper Tan on

    The online world wouldn’t be the same without you. Don’t forget me when you come out with your book :). You’re such a great writer (sorry, I couldn’t come up with a better adjective. You’re so good, that’s why!)

    I hope you find whatever it is you’re looking for. You are a gem.

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    1. By h on

      Hi Pepper! I must say, you are one of those people who made blogging so fun and meaningful. πŸ™‚ I don’t know how our paths could have crossed otherwise.

      Reply
  8. By Myles on

    You write well! It’s a shame that you’re closing down your blog.. Although I agree with you when you say that it’s better to write without readers knowing the “real you” because it gives you much more freedom than what you’re experiencing now.

    Suggestion: If ever you open up another blog and use a pen name, why not try writing about more critical issues?

    Visit this link to know what I mean –
    Philippine Underground

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    1. By helen (Post author) on

      Hi Myles! πŸ™‚ Very interesting suggestion. Thanks so much for the encouragement. I think I’ll keep my old content here for the board exam tips users and then figure out how to improve my writing under the curtain. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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