But First, Coffee (and the need to reinvent my blog)

by - June 24, 2018

I could no longer remember the first time I blogged. I've been from one platform to another (Freewebs, Multiply, Wordpress, Blogspot, you name it!), a concrete evidence of my scattered thoughts. But I decided to put them all in one place, and so I wrote prolifically in what became my official blog, Lust for Wonders. I had the same domain for that, bethgstories. Beth G. is the pen name I used for my very first Filipino romance book in print, Destiny Cheated Me, and I still use it for all of my Filipino books. Believe me, I considered letting go of this domain and change everything all together for the sake of rebranding. But then I thought, well, it's my name and it's what people call me and I have to use it (and since all the other blog names I came up with are already unavailable dammit!).

I have no idea if my entries were really good, but the blog unexpectedly allowed me to receive invites for product and book launches, restaurant openings, exclusive movie screenings, musical premiere nights and other things that needed the press people. I get to meet people of different backgrounds and social status.  Everything was fun and at some point, I felt like what I was doing was very important. My thoughts mattered, and I was getting paid to write them.

But then the excitement ends there. Because one day, I read my blog and I could no longer find myself in what I've written. PR posts were the worst, because I was required to feature irrelevant people in what I claim to be my personal space. I was pressured to write good things despite the lack of it. I was writing not because I want to, but because I need to.

And so I thought, maybe what I need is rebranding. Revamp the blog and start from scratch. I had no idea where, or how to start, though. Thankfully, one of my friends helped me gather my scattered thoughts (thanks, Pau!), put them in paper and then execution. Gosh, I loved that feeling when I knew I am finally starting all over again. And hoorah! Beth G. Stories is reborn.

Beth G. Stories would be about my genuine life experiences - the good, the bad, the ugly and the pretty. This is gonna be my no-pressure, stress-free writing avenue.

But then, who am I kidding? Of course, I'm always under pressure!

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