Radio Silence: NaNo, JLPT, and the 100th post

Sticking to things is hard. Stuff can be super interesting when you first begin with them but it’s so easy to lose steam. Whether you’re studying for a test, setting a new personal record at the gym, or just trying to roll out of bed at a reasonable hour, everyone has their one thing they wished they were better at.

For me, blogging has always been one of those things.

Which is why I’m very excited to announce that this is my 100th post on WordPress!

When you stop something for a few months, be it a video game or language study or whatever, which of these two things do you do: attempt to pick up where you left off, or start all over? For me, I often choose the latter, feeling it’s “safer” and more thorough to ensure I know what I’m doing.

However, it’s not necessarily the best choice for me.

If you look at my posts here, you’ll find random periods of silence where I got distracted. Or lost interest. Or wondered if it was worth continuing at all. I have attempted a few times in the past to blog about things, whether it was for personal reasons or in an attempt to reach out to someone in the void that is the Internet. Each time, I gave up a couple months in… and never went back.

Therein lies the difference: going back.


I’ve written about a bunch of seemingly random things here; my travel experiences, Japanese books I’ve read, my taiko lessons, whatever. And through those posts I feel like I’m slowly learning what I want to share with you, the people who stumble across my blog and for whatever reason opt to stick around long enough to read something.

There will be other quiet moments in this blog, where I go away for a bit. In fact, I can feel one such quiet period happening very soon thanks to NaNoWriMo starting! Not to mention my low-key panicking about the JLPT this December. But I will be back, because I will always have something to say.

To those of you who have commented or liked my previous posts, thank you. I hope to talk with you again in the future, too, whatever happens on Stefanie What.

If you too are facing the looming threat of NaNo, drop me a line! Maybe we can be writing buddies this year.

Otherwise, what are you facing in November? What accomplishments have you achieved lately? How do you feel about Halloween?

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