Day 4: The 5th Entry

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Prompt:  Look at the 5th post you ever wrote on this blog. In hindsight, what do you think about your frame of mind and your style of writing?

If there’s a prompt that proves that I didn’t “fix” this challenge to work to my benefit, this one is it. I picked the fifth post as the one to look at because it wouldn’t be one of those very first “this is my blog and why I am here” posts, but still early enough that everything about the experience, or at least writing about it, was probably pretty new. Today, I found the 5th post on my blog from March 27, 2010. The title of the post is “No Worries,” and I felt a little embarrassed reading it. 

I wasn’t actually embarrassed about the content or some naivety, but because it is so very close to the post I wrote very recently for the Expat Blog writing contest, “How to be as Laid Back as an Aussie in 9 Easy Phrases.” 

My 2010 post is fairly short, talking about the Aussie phrase “no worries,” the variants, and a sort of cute story about encountering the phrase “too easy” in a restaurant. From the entry:

The most popular phrase in the lexicon is “No worries” (i.e. – “Can I get a Diet Coke?” “No worries!”) I hear “no worries” at least 50 times per day. It does begin to give one the sense that there is little to be worked up about. It’s the perfect expression of the easygoing Aussies.

Variations include

No drama
No stress
-and my new favorite, too easy

And from my recent article:

1. No worries: It’s like “you’re welcome,” but with sand between its toes and a James Squire Golden Ale in its hand. May also mean, “I can do that for you.” Add a “mate” at the end for the total package. No worries is more than a phrase, it’s a way of life, so much so that the next four phrases are all variations on the theme.

Example:”Thanks for inviting us to your BBQ. It was a ripper!”
“Ah, no worries, mate.”

The next four phrases are “no dramas,” “too easy,” “she’ll be right,” and “she’ll be apples.” 
Apparently, I have no new ideas!
I thought about this for awhile, a little bummed about how unoriginal I am, but I realized that the first entry was pretty surface on the topic – sort of like, “here are some new phrases I’ve learned. How fun are they, right!?”. The recent post, though light hearted goes deeper into the cultural aspects of the Aussie expressions. I don’t think that I could have written the second post in 2010. 
So, I decided to look at the first post as sort of a pencil sketch, a preparation for the fully realized work of art to emerge from my canvas when I, the artist, became sophisticated enough to complete her masterwork! 
Guernica, sketch and painting. As you can see, I am like the Picasso of expat blogging.
Sketch image from here. Full image from Wikipedia.
I kid, of course, but it’s interesting to see how long I’ve been mulling over the same idea. 
And on the topic of style, I was struck by what a short and sweet little piece my entry was. These days, I’m always looking for something profound to write about, and it’s a reminder that there’s something nice about a quick little bite-sized blog morsel. Something to carry with me post-challenge. Look for some Hershey Kiss sized posts in the future.
And now, may I introduce you to another expat blog challenger. Yesterday, I recommended a friend from college, Kelli, and today I’ll introduce another friend from college, Kimi, who is currently living in Bangladesh. Kimi was a couple years ahead of me, and I first met her when I went to visit our college as a high school senior. She and her dear friend/soulmate were like a comedy duo, and I was so taken with them. I’m very glad that Kimi’s picked up blogging for this challenge. Her personality shines forth in her writing, and I know you’re going to love reading her blog The Three Little Birds… (Las Picharditas).

8 thoughts on “Day 4: The 5th Entry

  1. Samantha

    The Picasso of expat blogging, I love it! Lol. Oh, I have definitely been there myself. You have a thought. You write it down. You forget about it. You have thought again. You write it down again feeling ever so proud of yourself for your originality! Lol. I agree though – you’re second post was more profound & on a deeper cultural level than the original.

  2. Christie

    You are not alone. I have learned to do a quick search of my blog archives before posting. I occasionally find that I have already covered the topic—sometimes almost word for word. Ouch. Although my writing instructor last semester did tell us that writers just keep writing the same things over and over again, and it gets published. There are lots of nuances to language use, so I think the topic deserves several posts!

    1. C. In Oz

      That’s a very good point. When I think about my favorite authors, there are definitely themes and motifs that recur.
      Just call me Hemingway. Hemingway-Picasso. 😉

  3. Yvette Niesel

    OMG – I say “No worries” all the freakin time! It’s the one thing I’ve picked up. (At least I don’t say “mate” at the end… that would be too much!)

    P.S. Totes loving Kimi’s blog!

  4. Jen@Drinking the Whole Bottle

    hahaha. i use “no worries” all of the time because when i graduated college and took a Contiki tour through Europe with about 40 Aussies I couldn’t help but pick it up. And you’re right, it is like the sand between your toes cousin of “you’re welcome. AND finally, to know Kimi is to love Kimi. I met her here in DR and she invited me to join this challenge.

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