This blog has been around for about four months now and my pageviews had gone up to about two thousands plus. My readers come from all over the world -- Russia to N.Zealand, USA to H.K, Canada to Brazil, but 90% from Singapore!. Not bad for an un-promoted blog with an amateurish blogger. Please pardon me for my self praise and indulgence. I need this occasional self gratification to keep my writing enthusiasm in track.
Hey, I got asked last night whether I get paid for writing this blog from my taxi buddy, who knows that I'm the blogger. The answer is that I do not get paid for it. In fact, it actually costs me to write it because I've to spent time to do it instead of using the writing time for my much needed sleep. The advertisement you see in this blog is my way of getting my blog to a wider audience through the advertiser's connection. They don't pay me a cent.
You see, I can't write during the day as I've to sleep in the day so that I'll be fresh for my night driving. Driving a taxi is my livelihood. In any case, my mind and body are too tired after a night of driving that whatever come out from my writing usually doesn't seems interesting and engaging. I need a relax mind to write. Very often, I even delete whole stories I've written because they don't read right once I read over them. When I first started to write this blog, I find myself racking my brains to remember anything interesting to write. It didn't take me long to realize that to get my old rusty brain to recall a recent event in complete details is simply unattainable. So, I did the next most practical thing i.e. take short notes of interesting happenings and develop them into real life stories later. When I write, I explore both my thoughts and emotions about the events I encountered, rather than just the facts alone.
By the way, the only reason I blog, as I often say, is to make a dull job of driving a taxi a bit more interesting. I do get a lot of pleasure when my readers make comments on my stories and provide feedback. To date, nobody has ever asked me, "Who the hell is that bloody idiot who writes that taxi blog". That would be the greatest compliment I ever had. I don't think that I'll ever receive such a pleasurable remarks in my lifetime. Someone did commented that I'll soon become a famous cabby in Singapore and publish a book. That comment was surely an over-rated compliment and sorry to say, preposterous.
Writing is also my outlet when I feel unhappy or needs to get that nagging thing off my chest. When I write things down, my thoughts become clearer. I also have a chance to reflect and see things from a different perspective.
Honestly, it can be hard work writing this blog. After sometime you can find yourself repeating yourself if nothing new or exciting happened. I don't create stories from my imagination like writing a novel. My characters are real people---ordinary men and women who go about their daily lives. My stories may appears trivial but they are real life stories that reflects and exposes the recognizable traits and emotions of human behavior. Generally, if I've nothing absorbing to write, I don't write. Right now, I'm like a aspiring singer without a large audience yet, but as time goes by and as I improve my "singing" skill, I hope more spectators will attend my "performance" and enjoy my "singing". By the way, thank you for reading this posting. Do come back again to visit me. Bye.