Reader’s Choice: Questions About My Blogging Experience

A reader recently commented on one of my notes the following questions:

“As you reflect with this post that initiated your blog three years ago, what is different today about you as a result of this blog? What is different about the blog that you had not anticipated? Are your goals and aims more intact? Just curious about your experience thus far and how this has shaped you.”

Thanks for reading, and for sharing your questions. These are all great, and have definitely given me a reason to pause and reflect on what’s happened since I started sharing my thoughts here.

“What’s different about you today?”

I can say that I have definitely grown personally and professionally since starting N.A.H. I often tell others that my notes are a reflection of my limitations, but they also a reflection of my attempts to break free of the misinformation I’ve been taught throughout my life. That’s why I continue to emphasize “Aspiring” in Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. As each year passes, I feel as if I’m becoming more and more of myself.

“What’s different about the blog that you had not participated?”

While I feel as if I have a decent understanding of this now, I did not know how much work went into maintaining a blog before I started. I always heard that most people give up in the first year for a variety of reasons, but I’ve found that sharing my thoughts has offered me opportunities to connect with people who I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise, which has led to experiences and rewards online and offline that I had not previously anticipated.

“Are your goals and aims more intact?”

Absolutely. My purpose remains the same, but as time progresses, I am inspired to find ways to expand and refine it.

Each year on the anniversary of this blog’s creation, I also write a reflection of where I’ve been vs. where I am. So if you’re interested in learning more, I also encourage you to check out my Yearly Address category.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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4 Responses

  1. bradbrad78 says:

    That was insightful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This was insightful, Relando! I particularly agree when you mention the amount of time and dedication is takes to maintain a blog. I recently celebrated the 3 year anniversary of my own blog, and I definitely agree that while it’s very time consuming, it’s also been a great way to connect with others. I initially began my blog as a way for me to gather my thoughts on the topics I care about most. I also love your idea of having a Yearly Address! I remember doing a reflection for my 1 year anniversary. I think my next blog post with be a Year 3 reflection! Thanks for all that you do!

    • Thanks Nicole.

      Yes, blogging can be time consuming, but I’ve also found that it’s totally worth it. I also started Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian as a way to gather my thoughts as well, but I can see how the function of this blog continues to grow and develop. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for the future.

      For me, having a yearly address is a good way to place a time stamp on where my thoughts are in relation to this blog at a particular time. It also serves as a marker of how much I and the blog have developed over the previous year.

      I’m glad you’re thinking about doing a Year 3 reflection. I’d really love to read it when you’re done.

      Thanks again for your support!

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