Friday, August 19, 2011

InsomniaStrikes- The Story Behind This Blog.

You know what I realised? You guys barely know anything about me!
I know most of your names, where you come from etc... but me? I've tried to stay as anonymous as I can on this blog. I don't know why. When I first started blogging, my main goal was: to stay anonymous. I mean, it wasn't like no one knew that I had started blogging and it wasn't like I was talking about my biggest, darkest secrets on here or something :P. I just didn't want to tell everyone about this. But now that it has been over a year, a lot more people (who know me in person) are aware that I blog. Still, I've only told people I'm close to, people who I wouldn't mind looking at my blog (though I DO regret telling a few of those people).
So yeah, I feel I've come a long ways since 1st July, when I first started blogging.
WAIT. Oh my god.
I missed my first blogoversary! I just checked and my first post was written on 1st July 2010. I am exactly 50 days late, but what the heck, Happy (belated) Blogoversary to me! :D
This was my first post (feel free to laugh):

Reasons for starting a blog:
1. I'm bored.
2. I have nothing else to do.
3. It seems interesting,so i'm giving it a go..
4. I need a place to write my thoughts.
5. I'm bored.
6. Blogging is cool =D (I think..)
7. Did I mention I'm bored?
..So here I goooo!
(Apologies for my lameness.)
I still remember back when I had maybe around 3 followers. How that number got to 91- I have no idea. But if I learnt one thing from this is that: if you want something, you have to give something back. This applies to blogging because if you truly want people to read your blog, know what you have to say, and respond to it, you have to do the same thing for them. It won't happen magically, it takes time and effort. Some bloggers get readers quickly, but it took me over a year to get this many people to read my blog, and it wasn't easy. 

So I'm actually proud of myself, because if you asked me this time last year whether I would still be blogging in 2011, I probably would have said no. 
This blog was just a 'pass time' for me during my 6 months holiday last year. I had too much time on my hands so I decided to start a blog. 
Why InsomniaStrikes? Because at that time I used to sleep really late (around 4 a.m, maybe even later), and I would stay up all alone with nothing to do, I just couldn't get myself to fall asleep at normal times like everyone else. So I settled with InsomniaStrikes because it suited, and I was tired after thinking of a name for hours.
I found all sorts of blogs which inspired me to write more on my own. And I have to say, I didn't realise just HOW many young people have blogs until I began looking around. I made some great friends through this site, read stuff which made me laugh and stuff which made me think (a lot) and I'm so so glad that I didn't give up on blogging :) (why does this sound like a good-bye post or something? :P)
Also, I would like to thank Twefrence for supporting me with my blogging from the very beginning, even when I practically forced her to make a blog too. If it wasn't for her, it is very likely that I would have quit. And I'm glad that she's still blogging on hers too, instead of just doing it for a while then forgetting about it. So THANK YOU SO FREAKING MUCH :D (And I KNOW you're waiting for the 'A Letter to Twefrence' post that I said I would write- just wait, i'll post it when you're not expecting it, in other words when I'm done with and I feel satisfied with the outcome. Be patient! :D).
I've thought about it, and I don't really want to go un-anonymous just yet, maybe I will someday, but not now. I can tell you, though, that I'm a girl (you probably already guessed that :P) and I turned seventeen a few months ago. 
Oh and just to make you happy (and because you have read this far), i'll tell you some other random stuff too:
- There was a time when I was obsessed with water droplets. Yes, water droplets. Don't ask why, I don't know myself. I just thought they were cute. My friend's used to 'kill' the droplets (squish them with their thumbs) in front of me to make me sad :P
- My classes in college are like 3 hours long, so we get a 10-15 minute break half way through the class. While all my other classmates fall asleep on the desk, or play Angry Birds on their phone, or go down to the cafeteria to eat. Guess what I'm doing? 
Reading MLIA (My Life Is Average) posts through my phone and probably making myself look like an idiot while smiling/laughing stupidly at the screen :D
- I like chocolate. I stay away from it now- too much sugar, but I still eat a lot of chocolate flavoured stuff. Like Oreos. And chocolate chip cookies. And brownies. Yeahhh, so much for consuming less sugar :P
- While a lot of people out there are trying to lose weight, I'm trying to gain it. Don't you find it weird how there's like a million T.V shows like 'The Biggest Loser' and 'Downsize me'- all about people losing weight and turning their lives around, but there's nothing which shows people trying to gain weight?
I'm not complaining though, but what I'm saying is that in some ways, gaining weight can be harder than losing it, for certain people.
- I am very much obsessed with The Script right now. I've already mentioned this before but I'm gonna say it again. All their songs are so catch and deep and amazing!! I have always been someone who likes the songs not the artists/bands. But I like pretty much every The Script song I come across.
My favourite keeps changing, last week it was 'If You Ever Come Back' and now it's 'Man That Can't Be Moved' :D
- I'm sitting across my brother on the table and I randomly blurted out, "I'm gonna die."
And guess what he replied? "Thank you."
hahaha such nice siblings I have :P
This turned out to be wayyy longer than I expected!
So yeah, this is the 'story' of my blog...and me. I just realised that I didn't really make it sound like a story. Oh well.
I'll shut up now and go back to work :D

What I've Been Reading...

I have read two books in the past few weeks. I don't have time to review them properly because I take ages reviewing a book, and to be honest I'm too lazy to do that right now. The only proper review I've done was on 'The book that changed my life', and it took me hours to get it right.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
When Miles Halter leaves for boarding school, he goes to seek what dying poet Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps". Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, self destructive and dead sexy, Alaska pulls Miles into her labyrinth, catapulting him into an unimaginable future...
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
These novels really made me think, even after I had finished reading. I highly recommend them!
I wish I could write more but I really need to get some sleep :/
If you have read any good books recently, tell me!