I started my writing ‘career’ in 2004. Before, I couldn’t even write every single word. I just merely wrote some short poem, and it took hours for expressing it into typing or handwriting versions. It took hard efforts and times for me to create even one short paragraph as basically I was not into writing at all, and just reflected my emotions through my daydream or drawing. I began my writing stories during 2004 in multiply.com where I could find many new friends as well as knowing some famous people over there. Initially I started writing in English, but time went by, in turn I wrote solely in Bahasa Indonesia, and gradually I lost my foreign friends…just Malaysian, Singaporean, Bruneians and Indonesian online friends I had gotten so far. If I am not mistaken, I tried to write in other languages in 2005.
I ever tried to write in Portuguese in some of my posts. You know? It was so so hard! I had to look for the meaning of words in online dictionary. I translated some of my short writings into Portuguese, particularly Brazilian one. Even for creating one paragraph was so herculean mission for me. But finally I could do that and several responds from Brazilian netters were so good till motivated my to write more and more. However, the motivation was gradually diminished one year later, when I found it’s hard and I was so lazy to write..in turn I wrote in Bahasa Indonesia again.
I wrote and followed several writing or blog contests between 2008-2011. The contests were held among multipliers (Indonesian multiply users) with distinct but creative themes such as selfie for charity. I remembered the contest was held in 2008, and the rules are as the following
- The contestant must look for someone whose work is small scaled seller, hawker, cleaning service and so on.
- The contestant must interview him or her about their life, work and hope.
- The contestant must took picture pretending to be him or her.
- Then, the contestant must took his or her picture in narcistic way hahaha.
- The contestant must post their interview into the multiply page
The prices were great, one batik, one batik shirt, book and bunch of money which we must share with the seller or hawker. I just joined for participating, not for winning as I just thought it’s fun and great for charity. I was surprised when the committee said I won the contest. It was my first price and I shared it with the seller two days after I received the money. It was unique and little bit crazy contest I remember till now. I still follow writing contests though it was stopped between 2013-2014. I just returned to the contest just now.
Back to writing in other languages…I have talked too much.
Writing in other languages took more energy and efforts as they are not our mother tongue. I could easily write into Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese and English as they have already been part of my speech. My English, however, is sometimes ungrammatical in many sides and I consider my English writing as the plain English, as there’re no enough phrasal verbs, jargons and may be linguistically quite simple. But, I don’t care about it, as far as people can read and understand what I think, this is what we call understanding and communication. I am still learning when I write in English, and hopefully in the future I will be able to follow more international writing contests. Here I just follow photography challenge every week with different themes. Since 2012 when multiply.com had been kicked the daisy bouquette, I had lost all my postings there and when my friend offered me to back it up, I chose to reject it as there were more than 3500 postings I had already made for the last eight years. I was so lazy to restart…I was dropped and I didn’t want to write anything for a while. Maybe around one year.
I started this blog with the heartbroken mood and decided to write in -mostly-English in order to get more readers. I know it’s hard as I write in other languages. I have got many plans to change some of my useful posts into languages I know better. But, I have to manage my own time with other activities such as teaching, lesson planning, cooking and many more. I need more time to blog and write in other languages. By the way I have got my own blog written in Esperanto, but it’s still merely two or three postings. Felicxamondo is my alter blog in the same WordPress, but I have to study it well while writing it. I have plan to write in French and Portuguese in near future as I believe learning more languages can open your horizon. This blog is ‘officially’ English-based one, though occasionally I write in Bahasa Indonesia especially for competitions or something else when my mood changes. You know, right? Writing mood is much alike other moods, identical to roller coaster. Sometimes it’s on The Mount Everest, but sometimes it’s under the Mariana trench.
It’s hard , as I need to spare more spaces in my brain to divide, when I write in Bahasa, in Javanese, English and other languages. But at the same time, it’s also fun because it means I have something more than other people. I am proud to be called polyglot as I know more than two languages. But for learning one language, I also need monolinguals for developing my language skills. Hmmm….Americans? or Frenchmen? or Portuguese speakers? But…If I want to learn, never speak English to me and let me find out the meaning.
In the 39th of mine, I hope for writing more than the previous years, particularly in more languages and I’ll concentrate in French, Portuguese and Esperanto at first. Hopefully…and I believe my brain will be stronger than before though I realize that I am aging, sometimes I am forgetful and even forget where I put my keys..hahahaha. Thanks for reading my blog, because I believe there’re many silent readers who read mine and I also visit some bloggers for leaving tracks over there.
Terima kasih sudah berkunjung dan membaca blog saya (Bahasa)
Thank you for visiting and reading my blog (English)
Je vous souhaite merci pour visiter et lire mon blogue (Francais)
Muito obrigado pela visita e lendo o meu blogue (Portugues)
Multaj dankon pro visiti kaj legi la mia blogon (Esperanto)
Matur nuwun sampun dumugi kaliyan maos blog kula (Basa Jawa)
Tangerang, 6 September 2015