6.26.2006

meta

Every once in a while, I think I should wrap up this blog. I would keep it online, because people who are considering emigrating to Canada or in the process of doing so, use it all the time. But I'd stop writing, or maybe write very infrequently.

When I first mentioned this to Allan, he was horrified, and told me I couldn't, I shouldn't. Then I got a second wind, or a third, felt good about wmtc again, and kept going. This repeats itself every few months.

We're coming up on the one-year mark of living here, amazing as that seems (to me, anyway). Much of our settling-in has been done, and although we're still exploring and learning about Canada, we'll be doing that for a long time to come. I'm not going to blog forever. (Or am I?) Perhaps the first anniversary of our big drive north should be the end of wmtc as we know it.

My original purposes for starting this blog have either been accomplished or never really worked. Writing helped me process this Big Life Change, and wmtc has helped some other people making the same move. On the other hand, blogging didn't turn out to be a good way to keep in touch with long-distance family and friends. I don't know why, but most of those people don't read it.

The most wonderful and unexpected result - the community that's formed around wmtc - is what keeps me writing. I'd miss everyone. I'd miss the advice, the reflection, opinions, jokes, and most of all the occasional but excellent in-depth discussions.

Also, the writing discipline has been excellent. I've never been a journal-keeper; I would write things in notebooks on an as-needed basis, but not as a daily discipline. But writing to be read on a daily basis - as opposed to writing for your own eyes only - helps one think, and therefore write, more clearly. I like to say it "primes the pump" for other writing.

So if something helps me be a better writer, then I should do it.

On the other hand, it often feels like just so much blather.

38 comments:

Peregrinato said...

Honestly, this is anything but blather. This is well-informed and thoughtful commentary on events in your life, which happen to include your reflection on political and cultural events. You're an excellent writer, and your posts never (from my perspective) seem filled with sturm und drang or narcissistic angst that occupies some blogs, even if you're angry. I may not read everything you write, but I've gained much from that which I've read. However, I do appreciate that you have these concerns, because it keeps you humble, and avoids the pretense and bloat that also occupies many blogs. Some people do blather. You do not.

L-girl said...

Ok, wow, thanks. Now I feel the need to say I wasn't - am not - fishing for writing compliments or "wmtc is so great, don't stop blogging". I just wanted to tell you all I've been thinking about this.

L-girl said...

I may not read everything you write

WHAT??? You are banished!!!

:-D

James said...

Maybe it's time to move from we move to canada to we live in canada.

L-girl said...

Maybe it's time to move from we move to canada to we live in canada.

I think that's what it is now, more or less. But if I keep blogging, I don't want to change the title. At most, I would shorten it to wmtc.

Ashes77 said...

I've just started reading your blog in the last ten days, and probably need to go thru your archives more thoroughly to know where you're coming from. I moved to Mexico almost a year ago and have never been happier, but I've enjoyed your take on things. I think your blog will find new reasons for being and getting better as will you. Many thanks - Ashes

L-girl said...

Thanks, Ashes. I'm glad you're happy in Mexico. Where are you from originally?

I see you're in Mexico City. We loved it there. It has a bad rap, but I thought it was an amazing, vibrant city. All best.

Ashes77 said...

i grew up in pittsburgh but then spent almost ten years in New York. I wish too that my blog had more reasons to be written. I am a little tired of just attacking the US so I try to write about cultural comparisons. Maybe you notice too, that in a US filled with immigrants it is very hard to see other countries, everything is dropped except in very hard core immigrant places that seem to have no windows to the rest of the country, like an Albanian community I encountered in New Jersey. When I am not writing about art, I try to open a window so that my gringo friends can get a glimpse of the outside world. Still saddens me how closed it's become. Best -A

L-girl said...

Hm, interesting. I would never describe my blog as just attacking the US. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It's about my personal journey - why we decided to leave, documenting my last year in NYC, and our adjustment to Canada. My thoughts about ending it are because that may have run its course. May not have, I don't know.

I think it's hard for many Americans to see other countries because they're raised in a culture that doesn't value any other country, and believes itself to be superior to all others.

Nicole said...

Yeah it's funny. . . only about four of my friends (and that includes my Mom) read my blog and the reason I started was a way to keep in touch with them-

Much like you however there is thi little community of the few people I read, who read me that I don't really know but I find the snipits really useful.

I think your writing is great and so often much more politically focused than mine. Me I am a shotgun spewing everywhere- where your stuff is far more on point.

i hope you don't stop- yet on the other hand, if you ain't feeling it. . . maybe a sabbatical is due?

L-girl said...

Thanks, Nicole. Funny how you started a blog for the same reason, but it also didn't work!

I guess I feel it off and on. I give myself little breaks by doing an "easy post" or two - posting someone's column with a few of my own comments - something I want to share, but basically I'm just pointing out to whoever's reading.

I should think about a sabbatical. I'm often too all-or-nothing in my thinking. Good idea, thanks.

David Cho said...

Wow. You and I blogged about blogging the very same day. I am speechless.

L-girl said...

I am speechless.

Well then no wonder you've got writer's block!

But seriously. Blogging about blogging is not a deathknell. Humans are always reflecting on what we do - it's a big part of what makes us human, our self-consciousness. So if we blog, we think about blogging. I guess I should go say that on your blog, since it's in response to what you wrote over there.

As for why you and I are both blogging about blogging on the same day... you've exposed more of my evil plan to take over your brain. When we met, you described yourself as a Christian Conservative. By the time I'm finished, you'll be the Korean-American Che Guevara. MWHAHAHAHA!!!

Masnick96 said...

I for one am eternally gratefully for WMTC (pre and post application process.) Reading your journal makes me feel good, motivated, angry, vindicated and a number of other things. Thank you for blogging L-Girl, keep it up :-)

Niko

David Cho said...

By the time I'm finished, you'll be the Korean-American Che Guevara.

Oh brother.

Can we stop when I become the Korean Robert Redford and girls jump all over me? He is pretty liberal too.

L-girl said...

Can we stop when I become the Korean Robert Redford and girls jump all over me? He is pretty liberal too.

LOL, maybe so, but he still drives a big fat SUV.

No, sorry. Che is probably your best option. Unless Rosa Parks is more appealing?

L-girl said...

Thank you Niko. :)

deang said...

Even if you stop keeping up this site, I know I'll still get to read the occasional well-crafted sociopolitical piece from you somewhere. Won't be the same as reading you regularly, but it's still worth looking forward to.

L-girl said...

Thanks Dean. That's incentive right there, next time I try to write anything.

Tresy said...

Hm, interesting. I would never describe my blog as just attacking the US.

I don't think that's what ashes77 meant to imply, though I can understand how you might interpret it that way. I think she was just explaining where she was coming from in terms of her activism.

I think the wave of people moving here is only just starting. Your blog is a nice watering hole for thirsty souls making the journey, or just thinking of it. Don't close up shop!

L-girl said...

I think she was just explaining where she was coming from in terms of her activism.

That's the way I interpreted it, too. Except I think Ashes is a he.

Your blog is a nice watering hole for thirsty souls making the journey, or just thinking of it.

Thanks, Tresy. I appreciate that. Even if I stop posting, I'll leave it up for advice and whatever help it can serve. People email me all the time through it, so I'd at least leave it on the server for that.

Diamond Jim said...

Blather? Ridiculous, and you should know. You've read my blog, so you've seen actual blather. And there is a wmtc community--maybe not as big or rambunctious as the firedoglake community, but it's here.

It's funny that I too started my blog as a way to keep in touch with friends, because I'm too lazy to rewrite the same e-mail a dozen times. Now I get hits from India, Uganda, Dubai, Australia, and one of the people who originally got my secret blog URL is whining that I'm not e-mailing her with "vivid tableaux" of my life in Toronto. Go figure.

Anyway, you'll do what's best for you, but there will be disappointed folks if you give up the blog.

L-girl said...

And there is a wmtc community--

Oh, there definitely is. It's something I'm proud of and very pleased by.

maybe not as big or rambunctious as the firedoglake community, but it's here.

Well, I never been there, so I wouldn't know. :)

You also started your blog to keep in touch with friends? Too funny! Everytime non-blog-reading friends ask how it's going, I give the briefest of areas and refer them to a few key posts. Lazy!

David Cho said...

Hey, I will take Rosa Parks' dignity and grace any day.

Granny said...

I would miss watching for your posts. I'm hanging around even when I don't comment.

You don't blather.

Ann

tornwordo said...

Wow, I just come on board and now talk of quitting.lol.

I started it to keep in touch with long distance peeps, but they don't read much either. Weird.

L-girl said...

Hey, I will take Rosa Parks' dignity and grace any day.

OK then, Rosa it is. She was a radical activist you know. Not just a lady who one day decided to not give up her seat...

L-girl said...

Thank you Granny. :)

Wow, I just come on board and now talk of quitting.lol.

Hey, welcome to wmtc! You're an American expat, too, yes? I'll add your link.

Even if I do quit blogging, that won't be before August 30, so you're safe for a couple of months. :)

mkk said...

Reading your blog has become one of my favorite pasttimes! However, you should continue it only if your heart is still in it. Perhaps a break from time to time would re-energize you, and then all your loyal readers will still be able to feel in touch periodically.

All your information on immigrating to Canada is extremely valuable to those of us contemplating or in the process of such a move. Please remind me and all other interested parties how to purchase that future bestseller, wmtc - the book.

We all thank you!

L-girl said...

Well, thank you, mkk. As I've said, I would certainly leave the blog up on the server for anyone who could use it for information on emigrating.

The wmtc book ordering information is linked on the side (click on the picture of the book), but YOU should NOT order one!! Do not. Hint, hint.

Canrane said...

I wouldn't say your blog has "run its course", but it has certainly changed course over time. I have long since stopped thinking of this as a place to talk about immigration issues and cultural differences. Rather, it's a place where I find thoughtful and informed commentary about anything and everything. A little island of sanity ;)

I really hope you will continue, but whatever you decide, rest assured that I have enjoyed your writing on a daily basis for almost 2 years. You will leave a gaping hole in my blogroll that can never be filled ;)

mkk said...

How silly of me! It was staring me in the face and I didn't even notice. OK. So I'll wait... ;)

mkk said...

A matter of semantics. I wrote immigration to Canada, to emphasize that it is the going in that is important, no matter where one is emigrating from. As you know, I am interested in these nuances of meaning.

lucie said...

my 2 cents: when i decided to go to canada, i looked for blogs written by americans who had immigrated to canada, not only for the "legal" advice (the pages you link on your blog about your own immigration process) but also for the cultural experiences, the reflections, the discovery, political differences, ... and above all, to see what it is to live in canada when you're an american (i am french, but i consider my life as american since i've been living in the US for more than 10 years now). few blogs are as consistent, as interesting, and as well written as yours (this is not a compliment, just a fact), which is why i come back here often.

thanks to your blog (again, not just the "information" but the daily posts), i felt a little better and less lost when i went to toronto for the first time, plus it is an incredible relief (and it's kinda fun too) to know that i "know" someone there and even though i don't know you for real, i'm sure i could email you in case something went wrong or i had a question or needed advice...

sorry, all this is very selfish, but what i'm trying to say is that your blog is important, maybe not to your family and friends as you had hoped it would, but to a lot of other people! and it's not just the info about the immigration process that's important, it's also your daily view of canada from an american's (immigrant's) perspective.

L-girl said...

Thank you so much, Lucie. I often feel like blogging is such a selfish enterprise (I did this, I did that). You remind me that it's really about connecting with other people.

L-girl said...

I really hope you will continue, but whatever you decide, rest assured that I have enjoyed your writing on a daily basis for almost 2 years.

Two years? Wow.

You will leave a gaping hole in my blogroll that can never be filled ;)

You are too sweet.

Hmm. This gives me something to think about.

Wrye said...

If I may say, you-and your perspective-help us all to think about what it means to be Canadian and to hold this place in the world. When we rap on your blog, your thoughts and observations help us to become better, more thoughtful and articulate Canadians-- in a laid back, not too serious kind of way. Original purpose or not, I think that's a valuable gift to your new home.

Anyway, more than most places, Canada is first and foremost an idea and a possibility. So aren't we all moving to Canada?

L-girl said...

I think that's a valuable gift to your new home.

Very cool.

Anyway, more than most places, Canada is first and foremost an idea and a possibility. So aren't we all moving to Canada?

I like it. :)

Re Canada as an idea, a potential, that's what many people have said about the US - America - over the years. It doesn't seem that way now.