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. 🙂 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.  🙂



21 thoughts on “Shutting Down
the Blogging Playground

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. First, I’d like to say that I miss your online presence. 🙂 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. 🙂

  3. 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 🙁

  4. 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.. 🙂

    1. Hi Krishna. 🙂 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.

  5. 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. 😀 please? Thank you ate Helen! I’ll miss you. And be sure to come back. Can we still keep in touch? Email, maybe? 🙂

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  7. 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

    1. Hi Myles! 🙂 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. 🙂

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