Why It’s Hard Being A Blogger. And Why Some Asians Find It Hard To Be Creative

Blogging. It’s a space where we are creative and share creativity. Our writing. Photography. Fashion tips. Handmade craft. But blogging and creativity don’t always come easy, sometimes perhaps more so if we’re Asian.

Next week marks three years since I started this blog. Three years of being a multicultural blogger writing about all things culture and what makes Australia, Australia. In all honesty, it’s been challenging getting inspired and weaving words into sentences for every blog post.

Creativity knows no boundaries. The beauty of each sunset knows no boundaries | Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries.

Creativity knows no boundaries. The beauty of each sunset knows no boundaries | Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries.

Creativity is about seeing the light, connecting ideas. It’s about discovering solutions to problems and seeing the same thing in different shades and from different angles. Each of us believes in certain values and stereotypes – two things that might hold us back from being the creative person whom we want to be.

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The Challenges of Blogging, And How To Overcome Them

A lot of the time blogging is a challenge, even for bloggers who have been blogging for a while. We all blog about different topics and blog for different reasons. But what we have in common as bloggers is sharing stories on our blogs – and so much effort goes into it.

This is the 100th post that I’ve written for this blog, excluding reblogs. Next week marks two years since I’ve started this blog, this blog about Asian cultures and being Asian Australian. It has been a bumpy blogging road and as writer Jeff Goins said, “All things creative are hard. Blogging is just one of many”.

When it's a nice day outside, it's a sign for us to stop blogging, get outdoors and enjoy the finer things in life. Flinders St Station | Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs.

When it’s a nice day outside, it’s a sign for us to stop blogging, get outdoors and enjoy the finer things in life. Flinders St Station | Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs.

Creating Content

There can be days when we simply don’t know what to blog about or don’t feel inspired to blog. Maybe we feel like we’ve run out of stories to fit the theme of our blogs. Blogging about something we don’t often think about tends to get ideas flowing, keeping us motivated. Early this year I felt like I had written all I could about being a cultural outcast and racism, having written a lot about these topics over the previous year. After some thinking, I asked myself: why not look at what it means to be Asian every, single, day?

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Creative Passion. Uncertainty

Am I a writer?

For a long time, I laughed at calling myself a writer. I didn’t believe I was good enough. But after a year of blogging here and pitching articles elsewhere, I recently realised that, yes, I’m a writer. I can do it. Write.

One creative little birdy abandoned on the abandoned creative road. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned.

One creative little birdy abandoned on the abandoned creative road. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned.

Or maybe “multicultural blogger” is a more accurate description of me. A term which I like a lot and it seems to be funkier and catchier than “writer”.

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What Should I Write?

I’m stumped. Clueless.

No, no. It’s not that I don’t know what to write about for my multicultural-themed blog. I have a list of diversity-Asian-themed topics I plan to tackle, all listed out neatly and saved in a Notepad doc on my laptop.

No words. Blank. Uninspired. But opening up the notebook is always a start. Photo: Mabel Kwong

No words. Blank. Uninspired. But opening up the notebook is always a start. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Each week when I explore a certain topic on my blog, it feels right. Something, call it instincts or gut or six sense, tells me it’s time to write about this this week. The topic chooses me. Each week I’ll open up the Notepad doc and a topic will jump out at me.

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I’m Lost. But Thank YOU

Exactly one year ago to this date, I started this blog and put up my first post.

Since then, I have somehow managed to put up posts about being Asian Australian, multiculturalism or cultural norms every Thursday. And people far and wide around the world are reading and commenting on what I post.

There's a path ahead of me. I wonder what lies ahead. Uncertainty. Photo: Mabel Kwong

There’s a path ahead of me. I wonder what lies ahead. Uncertainty. Photo: Mabel Kwong

I never expected this. This whole activity of blogging and the blog itself feels very surreal to me. It is also precisely this experience that has made me a stronger person on several fronts and is the reason why I feel so lost in terms of what I want to do in life.

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The Right To An Opinion – Project O

Everyone has something to say. Everyone has an opinion. And we should respect all opinions and express all opinions respectfully because we’re all people.

Respecting the right to an opinion is the message Opinionated Man is trying to get out there through Project O, a blogging project collating responses to a series of questions on this topic throughout this month. It is a global project dedicated to exploring how various factors such as location, nationality, sex, age and cultural background have the potential to affect the formation of opinions.

Protestors sitting on the road and voicing their opinions at Swanston St/Bourke St. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Protestors sitting on the road and voicing their opinions at Swanston St/Bourke St. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Below is my submission (questions edited for brevity reasons) for Project O. It was first posted here. Check out the other submissions here – all very different from mine but well worth the read.

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