My husband once asked me what it is in blogging that I like… He was wondering that I complain about going home tired from work, not getting enough rest on weekends or not getting enough sleep and yet I still find time to write and blog. My answer was simple, “I consider blogging as my form of relaxation and release… I write when I feel sad, I write when I am happy or excited, I write when I’m worried even when I am upset.”
When I started with my blog, it was actually for myself, the intention was to put my thoughts and the ideas running in my brains to my blog… until I started to see more people follow my blog, comment on it and some will even send me a personal message.
My blog posts are mostly all about coming to Canada and how my life as an immigrant is, I first thought of doing it just to avoid sending the same email to friends, relatives or people I know who keeps asking about the process of going to Canada. But after I published my very first post about the provincial nominee application and I received a few emails saying thank you and telling me that they will continue to follow my blog site, I got inspired to write more. Coming to Canada is one of the “in” thing in the Philippines and I know that a lot of Filipinos who are looking where to get the information they need may not find it easy to find the right place to start. I was once in their place and at present, I am one of the many immigrants here in Canada who has now learned to embrace the life that my husband and I have chosen for our family. Through my posts, I wanted to share my experiences.
My blog posts can be long or short, it can be well-written or parts of it can be from books, other websites or even other blogs, but it is in blogging where I find satisfaction and have consistently used as my way of sharing my story and experiences for years now.
In the past weeks (actually months) I have not been posting anything in my blog, except for updates in the distribution of WelcomePack in Winnipeg. Aside from being too occupied with my responsibilities as a mom and wife and of course with my full time job I feel that I do not have enough time to keep my blog updated, aside also from the fact that maintaining a blog and website also comes with a cost. I sometimes ask if it is still worth keeping my blog?
But my recent encounter with my fellow Filipino immigrants and other immigrants of different nationalities have the answer for me… In the past 16 months that I have given out welcomepack to more than 2,000 newcomers in Winnipeg, a lot of them will say their thank yous, but, those who would ask if I am the person behind “Momsie’s Blog” and would tell me that they follow my blog certainly bring a happy feeling and sense of accomplishment to me. Through WelcomePack distribution, I met a few newcomers who knew me already, not because I met them before, but because they were already reading my blog even before they came to Canada. I even had the chance to somehow talk to them online (some of them) either through Facebook messenger or through email exchange. Hearing the good words from them warms my heart and made me feel that somehow some people find my blog worth reading and useful. It is an affirmation that some people appreciate what is in my blog.