You may think I jest about the fame, but let me tell you–yesterday I walked into Kennedy’s Irish Pub for the first time, and the first thing that someone said to me was, “Oh, so YOU’RE the I-Lin. Spelled I-…” And he congratulated me for being Yelper of the Week.
Nevermind that this was the Yelp International Table event, so of course these were fellow Yelpers who were up-to-speed on the latest happenings. But still–fame and recognition. 🙂
But it is nice to have some sort of validation for my writings. I mostly just write for myself and for my mother to look at, but it’s always a bonus if other people find it beneficial, too.
I only started writing quite recently–started Yelping in March 2012 and just started blogging this month. It’s one of those things where I never really thought about it… but once I decided to get into it, I realized that it’s quite entertaining. Some of my friends ask, “Why are you doing it if you don’t get paid?” Simply because I enjoy it. Plus, I get to keep my English up-to-speed while I live in Switzerland. And it’s probably better than playing Farmville or Sims 3 for hours on end. 😛
It probably takes a certain type of person who feels compelled to obsessively check in to every place they go to and enjoys taking photos of everything and then writes about it. But I guess I’m that type of person. And I’m not the only one out there–there are a LOT of us. BOOM BOOM BOOM!
The great thing about it is that this actually motivates me to try out more things and check out new places so I can write about them later. Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck into a routine and not get out of your comfort zone. The social networking aspect is also great for sharing new ideas and meeting new people–both in person and online. I know there are some people out there who disagree with me, stating that they would rather keep their privacy. But for me, it’s an outlet to people I might not otherwise reach–especially to keep in touch as I am so far away from my homeland. With the power of technology, it helps me feel connected to people who are thousands of miles away. And sometimes I see new things that I otherwise might not have noticed or thought of on my own. So if you want to give it a shot, why don’t you try writing, connect to me, and we can share our adventures together. 😀