I am compelled to write a post today because during this time around six years ago, I started blogging in earnest The other reason, of course, is that I’ll be working at the office tomorrow…
But I digress...
The fact is that Gordon’s D-Zone, the name I would agree on, came to be on that Tuesday 28th August of 2006! Eventually, this blog would form part of other blogs ranging from the more expressive such as Zyhil which I shut down and ones where I showcase my attempt at a book at Cosmos Online.
The blogging experience for me has made it possible to express myself using the medium I am more comfortable with, writing. I have also tried my hand at recording podcasts and short clips for YouTube, but I know there’s still much to improve there. Blogging is a way of reaching out to the world in a way that wouldn’t have been possible just 20 years ago. Yes, the fact that over the years I acquired a visual impairment in addition to my physical impairment did further motivate me to expand and eventually set up gordonGD.com where people can easily access all of my blogs.
However, over the last year, I have been forced to take a fresh look at my life and return to the basic questions about life and death I’ve been asking as a child which I tried to answer by working on the book Cosmos. This ‘search for meaning’, if you may, compelled me to re-examine Buddhism which I had briefly explored as a teenager. In effect, my current engagement with Buddhist thought and practice has changed me on a deeper level. Needless to say, as you may have realised, this new outlook on life has also affected my approach to disability activism.
Having said that, even if my outlook on life has significantly changed since embracing a Buddhist perspective, I wanted Gordon’s D-Zone to remain more specific and here I will continue to focus on issues that are directly or indirectly related to disability issues. Therefore, that is the reason I created the blog ZoneMind where I recently finished my 100th entry and that is why I decided to replace my previous literary blog Zyhil with one containing poetry written in the Japanese haiku, HaikuFlow.
I will end this lengthy entry by hoping that I’ll continue to contribute to this blog with the same motivation I had when writing that first entry I entitled ‘A New Blog is Born…’ which, I learn, isn’t a very original way to start a new blog. But there, you’ve read to the end of this entry….