Yes, this is a migrated blog. I used to have a blog with Blogger, but I’ve decided, after much research and deliberation to migrate that blog to WordPress. My main reason? Wordpress is just a much easier platform to use, it is far more user friendly, and generally just works better than Blogger. Not to say that blogger is bad, just that WordPress, at least in my opinion, is better.
My previous blog account doesn’t have much on it, even though it stretches all the way back to 2012 (I know, I’m that old), so I’ll be migrating the posts over. Now don’t expect many posts, otherwise I wouldn’t be migrating them all, and don’t expect the older posts to be much good (I was still in high school at the time, after all). But I felt it was best to have my entire blogging history on the current platform, rather than spread over the two.
I’ll warn all you prospective readers of one thing, though, I’m horrible at writing consistently. This is due to several factors, one of which is that I’m just no good at it – I’ve never even kept a diary – the other is that my life is filled with A LOT of things to do – from reading study materials, to doing research for my papers and other assignments, to attending classes, facilitating for my juniors, and studying for tests (of which there are several every weak) and exams. I will try my best, but no promises.
With that warning out of the way, let me introduce myself, and then get on to migrating the posts, and finally writing something original to this blog.
Who am I?
Well, as the About page will tell the uncannily astute (and those who bother to read those kinds of pages) I am a student. Yes, indeed, I am a citizen of the world of intelligentsia as my Communication Theory, and Intercultural Communication lecturer would say. I am studying Journalism and Corporate Communications, with English Literature and Linguistics as my second major, and Psychology as my extra major (yes, I know, I have that little of a life that I take extra subjects at university level. Hey, at least it isn’t two extra subjects like it was last year).
When I first enrolled at university, I wanted to specialise in Beat Journalism, specifically Science Journalism, but as of the beginning of this year, I’m looking to specialise in Corporate Communications, specifically Reputation Management and Public Relations.
Who am I, really?
This isn’t something that is easily answered, but let me give it the ‘good old college try’.
I’m an Afrikaner of Dutch, French and German descent. I don’t know all that much about my Dutch and German heritages, but I have traced my French heritage back to the French Huguenots who fled from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and settled in and around the seaward side of the Cape escarp in South Africa.
Boring history aside, I speak both Afrikaans and English at the home language level, with Afrikaans technically being my home language, though I prefer to call both my home language in equal measure.
I am a fervent admirer of literature (as is evidenced by it being my second major). My favourite genres of which are Hard Science Fiction Space Opera (a la Alastair Reynolds), Modern fiction (a la Clive Cussler), Historical Fiction (a la Valerio Massimo Manfredi), Japanese Light Novels (translated into English, of course, a la Kugane Maruyama), and Xanxia and Xuanhuan (once again, translated into English, a la Er Gen, Mad Snail, and I Eat Tomatoes). I generally enjoy any story that has a well-built, and flushed-out world, interesting, unique and relatable characters, and a non-generic storyline that can throw you interesting and sensical curve-balls and take you on roller-coaster rides without feeling forced or rushed.
I also love to watch anime, though my schedule as of late has not granted me the time necessary to keep up with new and upcoming series. In this area I generally enjoy most genres, though, save for a few notable exceptions, slice-of-life, comedy, and ecchi anime don’t appeal to me.
My package would also not be complete without some manga on the list, which I do enjoy as well. In most cases, though, I quickly move on from the manga to the light novel.
Moving on from literature, I very much enjoy almost any academic topic. Whether it be Politics, Economics, Information Technology, Communication, Linguistics, any of the STEM sciences such as Astrophysics, Cosmology, Quantum Physics/Mechanics, or Chemistry, I have wet my toes in all of them, and in many cases, jumped in and swum around.
I’ve been avoiding the topic long enough, so let’s talk about my personality.
I am an interesting combination of extroversion and introversion. It depends very much on the topic and company. On matters of academic, intellectual and/or personal interest I can be very outspoken and freely-spoken, whilst on more personal matters I tend to be very tight-lipped. In new and unknown company I tend to remain silent and observe/gauge the room first, and only once I feel more clued in as to the personalities in whose presence I am, will I open up and begin the usual babble inherent and incessant in colloquial get-togethers.
I tend to fluctuate between passionate about and apathetic towards subjects quite frequently, depending on how interesting and stimulating I find them. The perfect example is with my sports. I’ve tried almost every sport that I could get my hands on (which include, but are not limited to: Horseriding, Chess, Tennis, Squash, Cricket, Rugby, and Karate – specifically Goju Ryu), but only rarely have I done any one of them for more than a single season. Once I build up some proficiency in the field, and no longer find it challenging or stimulating, I tire of it quickly, and move on.
I suppose this has been my bane for most of my life. I very quickly become at least moderately proficient in something, but equally as quickly grow bored of it, and move on. As a result I have never really gone exceptionally far in anything, with study related things such as science expos, and public speaking being the notable exceptions.
Speaking of public speaking, this is one of my great passions in life, and one of the few things I haven’t tired of, and don’t think I will any time soon. I’ve taken part and done moderately well in nearly a dozen different competitions and leagues, in both of my home languages (Afrikaans and English).
My two other great passions are learning, as in studying and trying to grasp new and difficult fields, and teaching, or imparting that same knowledge to others.
I suppose that tackles the gist of it, I hope you all found this interesting reading, if you even bothered to read that is, and that you look forward to my various ramblings from my previous blog – which I will upload over the course of the next week, and my hopefully many ramblings and babblings to come.