the short straw .

kind of read through my old blog posts, because someone else did, and i’m a bit concerned with my loss of interest in real life. my interest in myself has grown considerably, while i hardly blog about other things anymore. i think that’s tragic because when one writes about something they believe in that relates to the outside world, there is a tiny chance that it could change something. as opposed to blogging about your crap life which doesn’t change anything at all.

because the medium in which you express things determines the effect on those who read it.

recently re-read the five people you meet in heaven because the last time i read it, it was for school and i skimmed most of it because i don’t like large blocks of text.

although i’m not religious and don’t really believe in heaven/afterlife/whatever, i found the whole thing to be extremely inspiring. albom has created the perfect way to convey his beliefs; he IS preaching, but by showing. and even though he’s trying to teach me about life and love and sacrifice and anger and truth in ways i don’t believe them to be, in the end i was left with shivers and goosebumps and the complete, sincere belief that “this world is full of stories, but all the stories are one.”

at times i feel so envious of those that are able to express themselves so proficiently and have such an impact on the masses. as if they could change the world.

and who says they couldn’t, with their made up stories strung by fancy words?

who’s to tell you what the truth is when there are so many fantastic ideas expressed perfectly to try to swing your opinion their way?

and ultimately, what’s to say that any of them are worth it?

    • Leora
    • April 4th, 2010

    Dear lizii:

    My name is Leora Trub and I am a student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I am conducting a study of the reasons that people blog and what benefits it brings, which at this point are still largely unexplored in research studies. I am therefore reaching out to you as a blogger who can help deepen our understanding of this phenomenon. I believe that your voice is an important one to be heard and hope you will enjoy participating in the study. I have developed an online questionnaire that asks about specific aspects of blogging as well as asking about feelings about yourself and others in your life. The survey is a mix of numerical scales and opportunities to reflect in an open-ended format about the role of blogging in your life, and how it has changed over time.

    You are eligible to participate if you are at least 21 years of age and have been maintaining an English-language personal blog for at least six months that you update or visit at least twice a week (on average). Your participation involves completing a confidential online questionnaire. The data will be downloaded onto a secure server to which only I have access. No identifying information, such as your names or address, will be collected. If you desire, you may choose not to share your blog name, in which case I will not access your blog for any reason after this point. If you do share your blog name, it will NOT be connected to your responses in the survey. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to be identified by a code name in research reports and to have your blog description changed slightly so it cannot be identified.

    The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and participation is completely voluntary. Three participants who complete the survey will be randomly selected by a lottery to receive a $75 cash prize.

    There are no foreseeable risks to participation in the study. Although some of the questions are personal in nature, participation in the study provides an opportunity to think about the role that your blog plays in your life.

    If you have any questions about this research, you can contact me at x

    The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate School of the City University of New York and meets of their guidelines as well as all state and federal guidelines for research with human participants. If you have any concerns about the project at any time, you can contact x

    In order to participate in this study, I need to send you an invitation through survey monkey. If you are interested, please send an email to x from the email address to which you would like the invitation sent. I hope that you will decide to participate and also that you will share it with others if you decide you would like to. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


    Leora Trub, M.A.

    Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology
    Graduate School of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

  1. Hi, sorry but I’m not over 21.

    If anyone is interested, leave a comment and I can email you the information i have deleted from the comment for spamming precautions.

  2. Hi Lizii! I havent met u in ages! I mean met ur blog in ages..LOL..

    “this world is full of stories, but all the stories are one.”

    I like this phrase alot. It is in line with my philosophy too! hehe..

    PS: I am so sorry I haven’t visited you in some time. Was busy with work and stuff. I am now a trainee in JP Morgan Chase Bank.

    Ee Suen Zheng

  3. A blog is a place to express your thoughts. If you start to blog about yourself a little more than about society or life then it just means that at the time society or life has less to offer you. Or you find you observe less.

    If it really concerns you then you should write down keywords to blog about like I did for a period of time. Because you usually think about the best ideas whilst walking around or whilst sitting in public transport. When you think of a great idea, write down somewhere what it is you want to remember and when you get home, then you can write down all there is to say about it.

    Besides, I think it’s absolutely okay for you to blog about anything. I tend to like to read all kinds of blogs except extremely happy or extremely angry ones. Mostly because when it’s too happy all you can comment with is ‘Lol, glad things are turning out good for you’ or if it’s too angry you don’t wanna comment at all; too afraid to fuel the fire.

    I guess sometimes I might actually fall into that category though, me being the gigantic hypocrite I am. But I don’t care about what people think about my blog…although there are times where I do…aaanyways.


    Garmon W, M.A.

    Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology
    Graduate School of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

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