Blogging101 task 2 – what about a snazzy blog name?


You may notice that the name of this blog has not changed in the slightest.

Yep.

So what’s up with the annoyingly misleading title today then?

Despite ‘thoughtofVG being a rather mundane name I’ve also grown rather attached to it and even if it affects readership negatively, I want to keep it…

Doesn’t stop me changing the language blog though! ‘PolyglottingofVG has after much scribbling and deliberation hence become ‘Lost for words’, and kind frankly I’m so happy with it I’m lost for words. In fact I’m so happy with it that I definitely Don’t need to ask you guys whether it’s a change for the best…

Is it?

I’m not really sure…

Still, given everything, A change whether staying or not can give me a false illusion of progress. That’s got to count for something!

start of ‘blogging101′ about


Blog 101. That’s the name of today’s game, and actually really the game of the following month.

As some of the more regular people on this blog may have noticed, I have certainly not been regular in my content. Ever. I even claimed I was leaving this blog for another, but it was too hard not to come back…

Luckily, WordPress came up with an idea to get me writing again. ‘How about an organised course with ideas for everyday to play with for a month?’

I like a challenge.  Unfortunately I’m giving myself a stupid challenge for today on top of the main one – mainly being to write this in five minutes so i’m logged into the university system in time for results (uni results today for me!)

Soo…let’s see how much reasonable content can be created in five minutes….

Today’s challenge is an introduction post. I’ve done these in the past, but the for the sake if the challenge, I’m happy to oblige. It’ll just be more in a sort of retrospective way, so rather than ‘what will I do on this lovely little webpage?’ I want to say where blogs have taken me so far.

My first blog was this – thoughtofVG – A mad conglomeration of ideas, criticism and poetry with little direction at all. I loved it though, and it has managed to collect a reasonable, if not large following over the time I was more avidly using it.

Then came TVGinChina, which unfortunately had to be created on a horrible website called offexploring due to The great firewall of China blocking WordPress. This blog tracked my experiences of being a volunteer Teacher in Far western China for a year. This was also when ThoughtofVG originally started to disappear. It’s hard to post on a blocked website.

Oh and there’s the five minutes over, uni marks are available…I want to carry on writing instead though. Sorry university marks, you shall remain neglected a while longer!

Now I’ve started a language blog at polyglottingofVG, and this is my main blog currently. This post I however decided to stick on Thought as I see it as a kind of central point for my other blogs, even if it isn’t the main one currently!

So, about me for new faces, or as a reminder, or for those who really really hate about pages which are separated from the main blog thread…I’m sure that’s a thing…

I’m Tim Van Gardingen, I’m 21 living in the UK and I’m a language student. My degree is in German and Chinese, but I learn Swedish, Arabic, Dutch and a little French on top of that. Languages are awesome, and I like to give them the attention they deserve…which when you have so many on the go at once is a serious lot of attention.

I also have a soft spot for music, art, literature, philosophy and travel too. I had a whole year where in my spare time I was able to travel across China, and that certainly gave me a travelling bug.

For blogging aims, I’m now wanting to learn after 3 years on various projects how actually to gather a following with shared interests. That’s why I’m taking part in blogging101. With a following with such a mutual interest, I hope that there can be to some extent exchange of ideas and experiences. Sharing ideas and knowledge is powerful, so with a bit of luck I can learn a bit about how to gather a following like that!

And thats blogging101 1. Too many 1s…

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The end.


Dear readers, I have decided that now is the end. I feel it is time to let go of this blog and start anew. Thank you all for joining me so far, it’s been a pleasure.

A few posts ago I wrote on the topic that essentially launched ‘thoughtofvg’ in the first place – a battle with depression. Now that I have written so openly on my journey from that point, now seems the right time to change direction.

The good news is that I’m not leaving the world of blogging alltogether, oh no, this is just the beginning for me. ‘thoughtofvg’ has been a learning curve, and a very meaningful one at that. From philosophy, to poetry, to art, to dreams and to me; I didn’t know where I would go. But it’s finished in a good place – a place which is a natural end.

So what next? Firstly I will be keeping this blog open, although I currently plan not to write on it again. ‘thoughtofvg’ is to become my base blog, as others expand from it. My first new blog will be my language blog (as of yet not created, but that’s what I’m doing next today!). I expect to start a new creative blog at some point soon, and given I sort out a VPN I will have my travel blog for my return to China in September.

I will be linking the new blogs here as the appear, so I hope some of you will be joining me on the other side!

So thank you all for reading, it’s been great. On to new and greater things!

“I can’t imagine what it would be like to let go of my goals”


That title gives off a common view. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to let go of my goals.”

Well then, at that point you’re already in trouble.

If you can’t imagine each element of your goals, then you risk never reaching them – even when it is the act of giving up on them.

We need to imagine what it would be like to let go of our goals, because in doing, we understand everything which is at stake.

Why not go imagine what it would be like to let go of your goals?