Apakah Harus Nge-Blog Sesering Mungkin?

Menulis blog mirip lari marathon. Bukan sprint.

Menulis blog tiap hari terasa mudah awalnya jika memiliki banyak ide tetapi di tengah jalan, setidaknya pasti sesekali saya ‘disergap’ kemalasan, atau kesibukan lain yang tak kalah pentingnya.

Dengan bangga, saya mengatakan saya tak lagi bisa disebut sebagai narablog yang produktif. Blog-blog saya sudah lebih jarang diperbarui. Tetapi itu bukan karena saya malas menulis. Justru karena saya lebih produktif menulis untuk kebutuhan profesi saya.

Betul, saya sudah tak seproduktif dulu lagi. Namun, itu bukan karena saya sudah tak memiliki passion atau karena kemalasan yang susah dihalau. Atau karena saya tak memiliki alat dan sarana.

Tidak.

Justru saya bisa menulis dengan leluasa dengan koneksi internet dan laptop yang tersedia.

Kini saya pikir menulis blog hanya untuk sekadar eksis hanya memberikan kesia-siaan. Sering kita menulis blog hanya untuk menulis ulang soal apa yang sudah diutarakan banyak orang di luar sana. Atau kita hanya menulis sebuah blog hanya untuk bisa terkesan mutakhir, tidak ketinggalan langkah zaman yang begitu cepat. Kalau ada isu terbaru dan blog kita tidak membahasnya, kita menjadi merasa terbelakang dan ‘nista’ karena tidak cepat menanggapinya. Semacam FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Ketakutan yang menjadi penyakit laten dalam diri para sosok social media influencer. Bukan, saya bukannya berambisi untuk menjadi seperti itu tetapi setidaknya saya bersikap realistis, bahwa kehidupan semacam itu berisiko untuk membuka masalah baru.

Namun, bukan berarti bahwa saya berhenti untuk membahas topik yang sedang panas dengan sudut pandang yang segar tetapi saya akan mengarahkan upaya lebih banyak untuk memberikan opini yang otentik daripada sekadar mengekor opini dari A, atau B, atau C, atau X. Dan inilah yang susah, sebab saya harus berpikir lebih banyak.

Jadi, apakah memang frekuensi kita menulis blog itu penting?

Ada saat saya merasa sangat bersemangat dan memiliki banyak ide untuk ditulis. Semakin banyak yang ditulis, akan semakin banyak pembaca datang juga. Kunjungan naik dan blog ini makin populer. Bukankah itu yang diinginkan seorang narablog?

Yang jelas, mengisi blog dengan tulisan baru dengan teratur memberikan sejumlah keuntungan, misalnya:

1. Semakin banyak Anda mengunggah, semakin banyak laman web yang diindeks oleh mesin pencari.

2. Semakin banyak yang Anda unggah, makin banyak kunjungan yang Anda terima dari pengguna Internet yang menerima konten Anda.

3. Makin banyak Anda mengunggah konten, makin tinggi potensi konten Anda untuk dijadikan rujukan oleh orang.

4. Makin banyak Anda mengunggah, makin tinggi peluang Anda untuk mengukuhkan status sebagai pakar atau ahli.

Ada banyak manfaat sering mengunggah konten baru ke blog kita.

Masalahnya, yang patut dicamkan adalah kualitas seharusnya menjadi prioritas dibandingkan kuantitas. Jika yang kita lakukan sebagai narablog cuma menulis ulang apa yang sudah ditulis banyak orang, orang tentu akan jemu. Akhirnya mereka menjadi tidak tertarik untuk menjadi pembaca blog kita.

Sekarang, apakah kita harus menulis blog setiap hari?

Narablog berbeda memiliki opini dan jawaban berbeda tentang ini. Betul bahwa menulis blog saban hari atau setidaknya beberapa kali seminggu akan menghasilkan angka kunjungan yang lebih tinggi dan membuat kita lebih profesional. Apalagi jika Anda menulis blog untuk kepentingan finansial, frekuensi menjadi penentu keberhasilan. Masalahnya, jika konten itu cuma mengulang yang sudah ada, tidak ada manfaatnya Anda membuat sebanyak mungkin konten untuk diunggah setiap hari.

Beberapa kiat yang pernah saya coba ialah bereksperimen dengan beragam topik yang relevan dengan ceruk atau bidang yang saya tekuni; frekuensi mengunggah konten baru. Satu yang belum pernah saya coba ialah meneliti kebiasaan pembaca blog saya. Apakah mereka lebih banyak yang membaca pada waktu tertentu? Saya belum tahu. Mungkin sudah saatnya saya berusaha mencari tahu. (*/)

What Getting Involved Actively in Non Profit Communities Has Gotten Me into

yogem.PNGThis year marks my 9th year of involvement in a local yoga community in Jakarta. It’s a totally nonprofit community that grows purely organically. As one of the witnesses in the early phase besides the founder himself, I was proud enough to see how the community has thrived in all these years. I still recall one weekend when things were not so bright. It was post savasana (corpse pose) bliss that I experienced under the morning sunlight after I had a quite depressing week at work. It was just a nice person behaving badly under the spell of hormonal imbalance, I guessed. And it was more than enough to ruin my work mood.

In my hometown, I’d never been involved in a community. In fact, I had always avoided the world of organization or community whenever possible. I hated being appointed a member in an organization as it brought so many social responsibilities. I’ve been always an introvert so getting too social is a lot of ‘work’. I always felt what I had was just enough and never wanted to ask for more.

Yet, in this yoga community I feel a totally different sensation. I came into yoga through the community, and it makes me a lot like home to practice here. In this social, super supportive circle.

Why so?

The first and foremost, it was because I got into the community on my own will. Unlike in the past, I participate because I voluntarily signed up for it. It was never obligatory, compulsory, or such. I had made a decision to be committed to the community and whenever I feel like I’m not being social, I am not made to attend or join. And I’ve experienced many times when I had a bad week, going to the park and seeing the yoga community turned out to lift my mood up. And this is a very genuine feeling that is beyond transactional terms.

Getting involved in a community has led me to another world of opportunities that I’d never imagined before. Such as, making new friends, getting a lot of new acquaintances, and sometimes – unexpectedly – a number of professional opportunities for my development. To me, it was more than my own expectation as I started joining it not because of any possible rewards but more because of self development.

Getting involved in a community that is diverse in terms of the member composition also allows me to acquire better social skills. This is absolutely beneficial to balance my introvertedness, which sometimes can bring me trouble than benefits.

 

Getting involved in a community makes me feel liberated

Because I have time for others, I feel like I have more time for myself, too. Research shows that volunteers feel they have more time. In other words, the more you give, the more you have. It might be illogical and doesn’t make sense but — unlike economic, transactional activities in our life — giving has its own logic, don’t you think?

 

Getting involved in a community helps me acquire new skills

We’re getting transactional here. When we talk about self development, of course we turn a little bit more self-centered. But it’s unavoidable, really. Based on the research finding published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, skill-based volunteerism is a golden opportunity for employers to hone new skills of their employees and executives, which are essential in career development.

 

Getting involved in a community aids me to stay healthy and fit

Being an active member of a community, a report says, helps us to stay healthy as they are said to have “lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life”. Isn’t it fantastic? Besides, what I join is a yoga community so obviously enough I can never be more healthier than now!

 

Getting involved in a community helps amass more experience of life and work

In a tightly-knit community, I can see multitude people from various walks of life. More often than not, they have life and jobs that I have never familiar with before. From chats, I can usually see their foreign perspectives towards life events and this is very interesting and stimulating in every possible way.

 

Be prepared for any opening of amazing opportunity doors that can catch you off guard. I sometimes run into people who needs my skills in these community meetups, and this is not made up. They come to me naturally. It’s a totally genuine and real example of word-of-mouth marketing method.

 

And if you’re looking for work, getting involved in a community may be a good idea to fill up your scanty resume. Without having to be pompous!

 

Getting involved in a community makes you happier

Feeling low about life or demotivated after a recent massive life failure? Be happy with only joining a community. A study conducted by London School of Economics discovered that volunteers are happier when they do more for the community. It does make sense as getting involved actively in a community builds empathy and social ties, which eventually leads to a more meaningful life.

 

How about you? Have you joined a local community around you and make your life more meaningful in 2019? (*/)

 

On Benefits of Writing Thoughtful, Sincere Handwritten ‘Thank You’ Notes

New year, new writing goals and exploration.

As of now, I have been a diarist for years. I have been blogging for 9 years I have also been working as a professional writer for 8 years. I have also published my work although it is still under a big publisher’s name instead of my own name.
So today I found this interesting scientific finding on sciencedaily.com. It read:’Writing a ‘thank you’ note is more powerful than we realize”.

I was startled.

I have no idea how significant a thank-you note’s impact can have on human beings.

But as I gave it a deeper thinking, I can make sense of this.

Let’s delve into the report first. The University of Texas at Austin published this finding on August 28, 2018. “New research proves writing letters of gratitude, like Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Thank You Notes,’ is a pro-social experience people should commit to more often. The gesture improves well-being for not only letter writers but recipients as well,” wrote the website.

Intriguing, indeed.

The subjects of experiment were told to write a letter of gratitude to someone who has done something good for him or her and then expect the reaction of the recipients. But if you’re an introverted person like I am, chances are you’ll find saying gratitude in person is a daunting task. Not to mention the growing anxiety of being misunderstood.

The researchers also pointed out these issues, too. They said anxiety about what to say or fear of their gesture being misunderstood causes many of us to avoid expression of genuine gratitude.

The takeaway of the study is that we should from now consider writing and sending people around us (whether they be family members, coworkers, etc) more thank-you notes.

What needs to be taken into consideration is that writing such a brief note, though, is not an easy feat for anyone. Even for those who proclaim themselves as prolific writers or professional writers, writing a heartfelt letter takes another type of skill and, of course, bravery to let our vulnerability known to another person or others. (*/)