The somewhat different intercultural communication blog

Category: Writing

Attention, unedited babbling

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you, sang Alanis Morrissette in her 1995 song Ironic. She was right. Life does tend to take over if you let it. It just goes on, with or without you. The show goes on, it must. You need to decide, which role you take on in the play called “The life and death of [insert your name here]”. Are you the actor following a script? Who wrote the script? Are you the director? Or an extra? (by the way, if you haven’t watched Extras by Ricky Gervais, do so!)

That’s a lot of metaphors. Clichés? Maybe.

But do me a favor and think about it. Perhaps tell me about it.

I’ll leave you with some more wisdom from the philosopher on love, life and peace, John Lennon, from his song Beautiful Boy.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Off to work.

New Year’s Resolution: To Find My Voice as a Blogger

Possibly inspired by the movie The King’s Speech, I found my new year’s resolution: I will dedicate 2017 to finding my voice as a blogger and writer.

Being a development professional in “real life”, I immediately picture this logframe (short for Logical Framework, a widely used tool to manage development projects, and measure progress and results):

Overall goal: Find my voice as a blogger and writer

Outcome 1: A small piece of writing produced every day (or at least very regularly)

Outcome 2: Different styles and formats experimented with

2016 has been a good year blogging-wise. During a 3 month sabbatical over summer I finally decided to act on my desire to write. I took the time to set up a website and published my first posts. Following various bloggers’ advice on what works best, what a blog should look like and how it should be structured, I have experimented with different topics and formats. I’ve done some typical “how to” pieces” (e.g. Intercultural Communication 101 – How to prepare for your trip abroad), I’ve written posts inspired by real life events (e.g. Thanksgiving Thoughts – Celebrating Extraordinary Encounters), I’ve written book reviews (because when I don’t write, I read, and one of my favorites this year was Americanah), and I also shared some more personal reflections (e.g. about that funny thing called home).

While it has been a great journey so far (taking baby steps, really), I am well aware that I haven’t arrived yet at where I want to be as a blogger and writer. That’s why it is time to look back to the roots, to why I have started this blog in the first place. It might sound cheesy, overly ambitious, perhaps even a bit naïve, but – apart from my love for writing – my underlying ambition for this blog was to inspire people to see the good in each other. To act with kindness and respect for other human beings, regardless of their cultural, social or other differences. I deeply resent all forms of racism and discrimination, and what is happening across Europe and many other countries in “the West” these days is deeply scary and disconcerting to me.

But enough with the rambling. Here is what you can expect from this blog in 2017 in the quest to find my own, authentic voice as a blogger: more opinion pieces on contemporary issues I care about, more experimenting with free flow formats, more creativity, more inspirational stories from people I meet through life and work doing good, more personal reflections, and many more book reviews.

To fellow bloggers: What have you done to find your personal style, your voice?

Let’s see what 2017 holds in store for us, I can’t wait.


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