I don’t suppose I need to brief the lot of you about today’s headlines in the Star.
See, if most of you have read my blog long enough for say a minimum of two years, you’d have an idea that my father is extremely concerned about me and my blog. He usually takes the papers to work. But he asked me to buy another copy so that I could read the article as soon as possible. As far as I am concerned,Â my blog isÂ anything butÂ a threat to the government.
I remember the very first thing he scolded me about was putting my handphone number up. That was when my only readers were Esther, Barry, Ken, Elizabeth and Melody wayyy back inÂ early 2004.
Then came the scoldings about my cursings and if you’ve noticed, there are hardly any profanities in my blog these days. I’d say at least ONE in five posts. And no, bitch is a normalÂ word. Not a swear word in my vocab.
Then came the scoldings about me revealing things like me kissing in an elevator and… what else was there.. basically about me revealing almost everything about myself on this blog. Though I’ve toned quite a bit in recent times. I used to have to blog about every single thing I do. Now a days, I just don’t find the energy to do that.
Actually I didn’t mention this beforeÂ but the reason he freaked out and was further fueled by that SPG case back in June 12 was because the blog meet I went to consisted of people who would never be friends with me if it wasn’t for blogs. When I first started out, the bloggers I befriended were more likely to be peers of my parents than beÂ my peers in real life.
I mentioned something about some of the heavyweightÂ bloggers at the meetÂ getting a visit from the police to “talk things over”… and he was shit worried.
So, there. I didn’t want to mention names back thenÂ and that the things they were involved in were the reason my dad was freaking outÂ because the meet was still fresh and stuff so I left this bit out in hopes of avoiding any tension.
Now, he’s cool about me going for blog meets provided that I have friends whom I already know present at the meet. What he is worried about now is that the bloggers I meet up with are involved in all these spreading of ‘dangerous information’ and that I might be dragged into it if it was discovered that we “move in the same circles”.
But after awhile, you kind of drift away from trying to fit in and find your own standing.
The bloggers I meet up with are all a bunch of camwhores. 😀 It’s the older generation and the more outspoken one among us who are more into the whole government-socio-political-bla-bla-bla. They’d never come out to meet us crazy camera weilding kids. We’d bore each other to death.
Me:”Come take picture!”
Older, serious blogger: “mmm…” *continues flipping newspaper*
See? It just DOESN’T work that way. You can read Giant Sotong’s extremely brilliant observation about the Generation-Y’s Blog Meet”.
You know what makes my idea of a blogging community? Different personalities leading different lives telling different stories and painting different pictures for us to see.Â In a way, we get to liveÂ all kinds of life through one single medium. At least for me, that’s the whole blogosphere concept is about.Â Not clones ranting about the same issue.
Our prime minister is more concerned about those who blog about things regarding the government. I admit, maybe my national service entries would have been of that sort and my father made me take it down(all 40 entries..arghh) and I was planning to edit it and load it up again sometime in the future. But I think better not.
I blog to make friends. I blog to be part of communities. I blog to keep in touch. I blog to make others smile. I blog to make myself smile.
I wouldn’t call my blog a personal blog but it is still very much aboutÂ me. Personal stuff, love life and such..well, we all have secret blogs for that, don’t we? 😉
I love the other bloggers who are of my generation and we are selfish in the sense that we just close one eye to the latest sensational news and keep blogging about how absolutely adorable our latest manicure was or how great that new fine dining place is. We blog about what we love. We are materialistic like that.
We get together because we know about each other’s lives through our blogs and it’s like we’ve been friends for ages because that’s the purpose of our blogs. To form a community.
The governmentÂ is worried about bloggers who hype up the already sensational news to the point of exaggeration. But we all know who those ‘bloggers’ are, if you want to call them that. I call them people who got nothing to blog about.
They are the cut and paste bloggers who polute our once close-knitted community.
Remember the whole miri school girl fight going around? Pffft. So what.
Remember the UPM fight? It WAS scary to look at.. but not all bloggers want to ruin the rhythm of their blog with some overkilled ‘biG NeWs’. I mean, it’s everywhere. It’s practically everywhere to the point that it was boring.
Maybe some do blog about these issues because they are concerned. But I have a feeling a good number are doing this for traffic.
Oklah, different people have different perspectives on things. You know the old old oldddd saying(which Xiaxue has chanted once too many), “this is my blog and I blog what I want”. No problem! You go on talking about boring government things and I will continue camwhoring with my alarm clock.
I do agree that blogs are never meant for spreading malicious information. But I hope the bloggers I’ve befriended along the way know how toÂ jaga their own asses lah. If the government wants to monitor the blogs more, what can we do?
Just watch what you write, no big deal. We have to be responsible in that sense. You can’t just go directing your anger and discontentment at bigger powers(or even innocent people like you and me) and then say, “this is my blog, I can blog what i want.”
Well, the only way for you to blog about what you want is to use password protected blogs.Â But you still itchy backside! Still want readers! What to do you tell me?
Heck, IÂ don’t even bitch about the people around me no more these days on my blog. (Once again, password protected privateÂ blogs rock my socks.)
So, my friends, we keep up our eat-shit-sleep blogging style and we’re good to go. You don’t need to rant like the world owes you everythingÂ to get a bigger readership. You don’t need to talk about sensationalÂ news to get aÂ bigger readership. You don’t need to expose your body to get a bigger readership.
ButÂ all thatÂ lies in what the individual wants at the end of the day.
I’m for the eat-shit-sleeping-in-style type of blogs.(these type of blogs can either be very boring or VERY funny)Â 🙂 Who’s with me?
Oh well,Â a hug to all my friends who blog and all the bloggers who are my friends.. take care and beware.