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What your personality has to do with blogging

Ever wonder why some people are so drawn to cyberspace by maintaining a blog while others don’t understand the appeal of it? While social media is considered the one-size-fits-all corner of the internet, blogging, on the other hand, has become a dedicated art and crafted by very interesting individuals. Blogs have even been utilised in the education system, engaging students with various assignments. As you can imagine, there are a great host of reasons as to why people blog. Whether you started a blog for cathartic, self reflections or to demonstrate to the world that you have something to show them, research has found that your personality has a say in your blogging habits.

The NEO Personality Inventory developed by Costa and McCrae measures five basic personality traits known as the ‘The Big Five personality factors’ i.e. neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness and studies have linked these five personality factors with blogging.

According to a study conducted by Guadagno, Okdie and Eno (2013), those who are high in openness to new experience as well as in neuroticism are more likely to become bloggers. This makes sense as those who are high in openness are characterised as imaginative, artistically talented and possess a wide range of interests. Blogs can be a convenient and simple outlet for their self expression. Those who rank high in neuroticism may, however, blog for different reasons. Characterised by feelings of anxiety, tension and nervousness, they could be blogging to branch out and form social connections with fellow bloggers in order to combat feelings of loneliness.

Also, in the case of the relationship between neuroticism and blogging it was found that gender is a moderating factor for women, with those higher in neuroticism more likely to blog than women lower in this personality factor yet for men there was no difference in this regard. This highlights the gender differences in personality and its impact on this form of online behaviour.

Gill, Nowson and Oberlander (2009) found that bloggers who are highly extraverted tend to use their blogs to engage directly with readers, just as they would with people in real life, as well as document their lives. They vent both negative and positive emotions. However, highly agreeable individuals focus on expressing positive emotions while highly neurotic bloggers mostly dwell on negative ones. Highly open bloggers blog about leisure activities while highly conscientious bloggers tend to report more on their daily life and work.

Not only do your personality factors predict the maintenance and content of your blog, they also play a role in how much you enjoy blogging. Agreeableness and extraversion have been positively associated with levels of perceived enjoyment in blogging while conscientiousness has a negative impact on the very same. Factors like neuroticism and openness to experience proved to be insignificant (Wang, Lin & Lian, 2010).

So, it looks like your personality manifests and transforms your blogging space to tailor its needs and mirror itself instead of morphing into an unknown person to display an online facade. Fascinating, isn’t it?

If you’re interested in reading the full studies, check them out here:

Investigating the Individual Difference Antecedents of Perceived Enjoyment in the Acceptance of Blogging

What are they blogging about?Personality, Topic and Motivation in Blogs

Who Blogs? Personality Predictors of Blogging

Motivation for Kids

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I drew these for my friend’s sister who teaches the first grade. It’s for her classroom! It was fun to draw these and reminded me of all the lovely colourful posters and things in class when I was a kid. As we grow older, our classrooms become more bland which I despise. This year at uni, I’ve been stuck in a room with a ceaseless noisy fan and cramped space so I guess I took all those nice and spacious rooms for granted 😦



A week of exams had me left deflated through out, with a severe lack of motivation to study when all I really wanted to do was read A Clash of Kings and watch Game of Thrones. Yet I suppose Tyrion Lannister’s words never seemed better fit for life than now:

 “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

By far one of my favourite quotes from a book, it has led me to think of exams in a different albeit greatly dramatized perspective, more or less to make it seem worthwhile as I question their necessity…



There are battles and wars fought with swords and gunfire, skilled in bodily strength but there are trials and tribulations to test the mind as well. They are now, in modern times, called examinations.

It is known how wars are not won in a single day but by fighting many battles and triumphing. Examinations, it can be said, are a war of their own in which our plethora of subjects ranging from arithmetic to psychology serves as battles.

Just as swords are sharpened on stone, so too is a mind with the aid of books. Knowledge is a powerful and complex weapon, you see. It can win wars just as well, perhaps better, than a spear through an enemy’s eye.

Armed to conquer mathematics we wield swords of logarithms and formulae of circumference and integration. Against, literary theory we load our crossbows and let it slip arrows showering terms of ‘binary opposition’, ‘polymorphously perverse children’ and ‘ostranenie’  like fire upon a battle field. Wearing armour doused and oiled in ‘electric potential’, ‘escape velocity’ and ‘restitution coefficient’, we shield ourselves against physics. With these abstract weapons and shields, we go off to defeat exam after exam, slaying biology, french and chemistry alike… or perhaps they slay us.

In the end, we come out as victors or the overthrown. I hope the victors do not aggrandize their conquests nor that the overthrown diminish their capabilities.


Because they are inevitably meant to fight more wars, years to comes, term after term with the coming and going of pleasant summers and foul winters.

It is my solemn hope that we do not lose track of what we are truly (or perhaps somewhat falsely) fighting for.

Our future. Our fate.

Photography Challenge Day 18- This Motivates Me


“I like to do things in bed. I fold the laundry on the bed. Food tastes better to me when I’m under the covers. Bed is the only place to read, the best place to talk on the phone.”

– Elizabeth Burg

This picture is of a makeshift bed on the floor because I wanted to sleep under the Christmas lights as if I were beneath the stars but the appeal of a cozy bed is all the same.

It’s certainly true that even the most tedious of tasks like assignments and studying are made that much manageable when sitting on the bed. I can’t think of a better place to rest my head while reading nor a better place for watching television, with sheets to cover my horrified face during scary movies.

A bed is very motivating and there are so many days where all I can think about is going home and collapsing upon it, wishing never to leave. And when it is time to leave, early in the morning, it is truly the most difficult thing to do.

The NaBloPoMo Experience


This is my last post as part of NaBloPoMo and it’s been a great month because of it. It’s also the first month that I’ve posted each and every day of the month. I’ve really come to appreciate the scheduling feature since it’s allowed me to space out my posts and ensure I don’t miss a single day considering how you can easily get bogged down with work and other things. Ever since I started my blog in April I used to post immediately but by scheduling I feel that I’ve become a more organized and efficient blogger, not to mention writing and drawing on a more regular basis. That is perhaps the greatest thing I’ve learned after participated in NaBloPoMo. Looking over the posts ranging from art to list articles to opinion pieces to a poetry chain, I’ve written more diverse posts to make the most of the whole experience. This drive seems like it might even continue into December which is exactly what a challenge like this should do i.e push you to continue beyond its expiry date.

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I’d recommend participating in NaBloPoMo to anyone who wants to be a more regular blogger since it gives you just that little nudge and motivation to post every day for an entire month. It’s not as daunting a task as writing an entire rough draft of a novel in a month like NaNoWriMo and it allows for more flexibility in writing. In fact it doesn’t even have to be writing, it could be painting and photography as well. The main aim is to keep at it. Unlike NaNoWriMo, you can sign up for NaBloPoMo every month, not just November (but it has become the somewhat official month for the challenge). Please do give it a go if you’re looking for some inspiration! Hopefully, you’ll love it as much as I did.



6 Ways Music Influences You

In John Dryden’s ode to music Alexander’s Feast, Alexander the Great returns to his kingdom after defeating his enemy King Darius and at the celebration feast his bard, Timotheus sings his praises and in the end inspires the victor to burn down his Persian palace. How? Well that’s just the power of music.

Now here are 6 ways music influences YOU:

  1. It  influences your shopping tendencies. According to a few employees, supermarkets tend to play music slower than a human heart beat so that customers linger around for more time and this causes them to buy more items than they initially wanted to. It’s advised that you go shopping listening to your own music with the help of headphones and preferably up beat fast-paced music so that you buy what you want and leave.
  2. It influences your emotions and mood. Obviously listening to happy music makes you happy which has been effectively proved whenever Meredith and Christina on Grey’s Anatomy dance away their problems. But negative music can also help those coping with a major loss like the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship  while frustrated people tend to listen to angry music.
  3. It influences your health. Did you know that certain types of music can boost your immunity? It can also reduce blood pressure and intensity of head aches. Patients in hospitals find music therapy to be incredibly effective in their recovery because it provides them with a distraction, gives them a sense of control and music can possibly result in the production of endorphins (feel-good hormones).
  4. It influences your performance. Ever been so mind-numbingly bored by a task that you put it off till the last minute? Try finishing bit by bit by listening to music as you do. Listening to up beat music not only quickens your grocery shopping but also speeds up your performance in disinterested activities by fighting fatigue. Athletes also listen to motivating tunes to get in the zone and helps improve their physical performance.
  5. It influences your personality. Psychologists say that your music preferences say a lot about who you are and they are definitely onto something when they say your playlists are more revealing than you think.If you love those Top 40 hits, chances are that you are an extroverted and honest person. If indie is more your style, then you’re likely to be introverted and creative. Rock and roll lovers are surprisingly more gentle than  expected.
  6. It influences your learning.  if your parents ever tell you to switch off your iPod and get started on your work, then remind them that listening to music can enhance intelligence and learning. it certainly helped when I worked on my trigonometry and no wonder, since it particularly helps in learning math.

So don’t ever think that listening to music is a waste of time because it’s actually symphonic catharsis!