Journalizing is a part of me since my teen-age life and I became so close with my journal in my most trying times. In many times when I seemed to lose my sanity and the world is so far from me, my journal is my sanctuary. It is where I share my most private thoughts in my darkest times giving me strength to move on. It’s more than a friend, whom I can share without fear and shame and finding comfort in it. My journal has been a part of me and will continue to be an instrument of making me as a woman, as a warrior and a survivor of life.
Blog I believe is not and will not be the same as my journal which is very private and personal. Yes, I still have to keep journalizing privately for my self empowerment yet find the challenge of blogging as the vehicle for social change and women empowerment. It is a vehicle of echoing and hearing the unheard voices of unheard and suffering women and children globally. Blogging is a connection in finding solutions to everyday problems besetting every households and communities. Solutions such as donation for the feeding program for malnourished Filipino children is a relief for a mother and father who don’t have sufficient income for a day, or a dose of medicine donated can save precious lives for those who are sick and can’t afford medical care. When women struggled to be a potent voice in making world his/herstory amid injustice and violence, blogging is an imperative option. Blogging is the fastest vehicle that humanity discovered to effect social change and women’s liberation in a world separated by lands, seas, mountains and cultures.
These brilliant ideas of blogging challenges my writing limitations. In the first place as I’ve mentioned in my first assignment, I’m not a good writer and deep in my heart I know that being a good or prolific writer attracts more readers. This is my dilemma. Second, I’m a mom with a preschooler kid and a fulltime development worker. We don’t have household helper since our income can’t afford to have one. My writing jobs start when my daughter is already sleeping and housework is almost done. Yet, knowing all these limitations, I still dared to join the community of the Voices of the Future. It’s maybe because my passion for women rights and social justice is so strong that I can’t let go of every opportunity that came along even for a try. I need to organize my time properly and my priorities to sustain this effort. For the meantime, the comments or feedbacks from our VOF community to improve my writing is surely an inspiration to make me going. I don’t know what lies ahead, if I could be a successful blogger or not but what matters most is I try the first step, breaking the barriers of my silence in the blogging community.