Fresh baked “Fong Bao” from the oven – 方包出爐

Random musings & meditations straight from the oven. Hopefully some food for thought as well…

One year on, I’m still baking loaves*…….

(* = Lingo Alert)

After much contemplation and encouragement from some friends, I started “The Oven” on this day last year hoping to share my thoughts and experiences and, in some ways, I think I’ve succeeded. That being said, it probably wasn’t as detailed and thoughtful as I would have like.

So what is the one lesson I can take away from blogging this past year?

I should never quit my day job.

It’s quite apparent that I cannot write for a living. My writing style – if it even existed – is scattered at best. Unless I have something specific to focus on, it usually take me hours trying to piece together trains of thoughts into a coherent loaf*. In fact, this was exactly what I went through when I started writing this a few nights ago. Can you image me working with deadlines?

The fact that I don’t elaborate as much as I should is probably out of fear of blabbering aimlessly, which I have a habit of doing when I write. Add to the fact that I’m not a very opinionated person, my writing can be bland and dry at times.

So have I gotten tired of this? Far from it, actually.

In some ways I’m like a novice baker still figuring things out. I started off wanting to bake a certain type of bread but ended up baking several different types. Some loaves turned out alright while others were a bit lacking. At times I would churn out loaves after loaves only to be followed by periods of inactivity.

Through it all, I’m grateful and encouraged by the modest amount of people, friends and strangers, who still find it worthwhile to check out the loaves* that I’ve baked despite the uneven quality.

“The Oven” is still very much a work-in-progress but with a year under my belt, I’m hopeful I can improve on my writing skills while keeping “The Oven” as sincere and real as it can be.

And that’s no joke!

P.S.  This turns out to be Loaf # 91. Had I given it some thought, it would have been neat to hit 100 on the anniversary.


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