While this is not my blogging debut, it has most certainly been a while. The last time I wrote a blog post was almost three years ago – and it was on Blogger! Finally deciding to try something new and see how I like it on this platform. I’m excited! 🙂
*begin long-winded post of where I’ve come from and where I’m going!*
In case you’re interested to know where I come from and aren’t already familiar, my main internet project for several hears had (has?) been CultureQuirk. It started as a blog back in 2010 (it’s actually still up here!), with my main theme being foreign cultures and foreign language. The thing I spent the most time on in particular is Japanese language study – Japanese lessons along with general language study tips by yours truly. A little over a year later, I then launched my Youtube channel, also named CultureQuirk, as an extension of my blog. For a good while I made weekly videos (again, mostly about Japanese language and culture), eventually making more videos than blog posts. I really enjoyed it – and a part of me misses it a lot!
I started having a much harder time staying motivated to continue Youtube once I was out of college. Work was part of it. I enjoy my career, but after a long day at work, going home and forcing myself to film in the evenings was a struggle, and the tedious task of editing video was even worse. I’d also gotten a new computer between college and work life, and I really disliked the video editing software that came with it (nor did I ever decide to invest in new, better software).
These are just little details and excuses of course! The bottom line is that I got caught up in life and just didn’t feel like continuing the blogging/vlogging the way I did in college (nor did I continue studying Japanese as fervently, I’ve just maintained my current level of fluency). In a good way – I love my life, and when I’m not busy and stressed, I have a lot of fun! I did continue vlogging for a while on my side channel, and for a month last January I challenged myself to see if I could make weekly videos again. I did it, and I enjoyed it, I thought I could maybe maintain biweekly videos or something… and then I got a new role at work and got swept up in life again.
I do think there’s a strong chance I’ll make a comeback to CultureQuirk someday. I enjoyed making videos, and I especially enjoyed hearing feedback from people. It made me so happy when I felt like I was helping someone! I’m really sorry if anyone out there feels like I’ve let them down by not continuing Youtube recently. I appreciate all of the support I’ve gotten during that project! Don’t give up on your studies, there are so many great resources out there and you can do it!!
So what am I planning with this new site?
I’m just planning on having fun 🙂 This is meant to be a creative outlet for me where I can talk about life and what I’m up to, as well as show off some of my personal projects – themed crafts, bento making, productivity, art projects, gaming… and anything else I get inspired by! While my old blog was very text heavy with all the lessons, this new one should have way more pictures and be a lot more fun. Japanese study is still a part of my life, so I’ll probably bring back some old topics as well. While this is sort of a creative journal for me though, I’m planning on offering tips and ideas that anyone could use in their own life: tips on making homemade surprises for someone special, on how to throw a themed party (nerdy themes ahead!), ideas for organization, how to be more productive through gamification…the list goes on. So I’m hoping to have some helpful content on this site too!
This blog is definitely a work in progress but I can’t wait to get started!! Thank you guys so much for supporting me thus far and I welcome anyone to join me on this new journey!