Blogging ten years on – 煮字解飢又十年

霎眼間在這部落格筆耕也十年了,猶記得剛開始寫的時候是20078月,也就是大三升大四的暑假期間。記得那一年臺北沒什麼特別嚴重的颱風,開始寫部落格就覺得蠻好玩的,既可自己制訂格式、風格,內容也不需要嚴肅或正經八百,可以風花雪月,有空談談歌詞。

寫部落格除了自由,還是自由。我時時希望寫作可以獨樹一格,在一個乾淨俐落的版位好好寫字,或是小品、翻譯,或是之前發表過的歌詞創作。喜歡寫什麼都可以,而且讓文字與圖片或音樂配對起來,最近兩年每個星期六早上起來看見網站上又有一篇乾淨俐落的文章刊出,是對自己的鞭策,亦是我與世界溝通的渠道。

我從來是低調的人,當個專業譯者必須低調,才會有足夠時間與空間讓專業能力得以精益求精。要我每每完成重要譯作就敲鑼打鼓在人多吵雜的某個社交網站上宣傳,抱歉我真的做不來。若我作品重要,宣傳工作應該交由客戶的公司自己的行銷人員執行,我負責內容就好。當然,專業質素比較高、人人發言比較不偏向八卦的社交網站,例如 Twitter Google+,我是可以接受的,以後也會在那裡張貼文章網址的聯結:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/110255891630518116738

https://twitter.com/KeithYeow

In the blink of an eye I have been writing my blog for ten years. In August 2007 – a good summer when no major typhoons struck Taipei (at least in my memory) – I started blogging while preparing to proceed to Year 4 in September.

I enjoy blogging because I get to set my own format and writing style. And I don’t need very serious or solemn topics to blog – it could be, as the Chinese saying goes, ranting about the wind, flowers, snow and moon. Discussion about lyrics is fun too.

Blogging is all about freedom. It has always been my dream to present my own style in a clean space so that I can publish my writings, including short pieces or translation, as well as some of my lyrics previously published.

Other than the freedom to write whatever topics I like, I also get to match writings with photos or songs. Since September 2015 it became part of my self-discipline to regularly release a weekly piece – and the pieces brighten my day when I wake up Saturday mornings. And this is how I communicate with the world.

I have always been a low-profile person. As a professional translator I have to lead a low-profile lifestyle, so that I could have sufficient time and space to further sharpen my skills.

I can’t really make it – if I were to brag and boast about my very-important translation pieces on a certain social media where many are talking meaningless topics and posting useless stuff for no obvious reason.

If my translation and writing pieces are important enough, that means the marketing professionals of my clients’ companies should do the promotional work. This is to make sure I can focus on the contents.

It is, however, quite acceptable if I am to post on social media websites where users are of higher quality and talk sense, such as Twitter and Google+.

So, please follow my future postings:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/110255891630518116738

https://twitter.com/KeithYeow

Special thanks to 
All readers

Zibin – Website administrator

Bernard – Technical support

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