I started this blog one year ago today. Little did I imagine that this would become such a part of my life, as much as breathing or walking.
Blogging has so gotten into me that my week would not be complete without posting anything of note.But then again, that is expected since as Lei would say, I am such a “compulsive writer.”
Other than this, blogging can be a convenient excuse for having a lousy love life. Or my inability to hog the television because the box is literally owned by my seven-year old son. Plus… if you’re on the graveyard shift and the rest of the world has become quiet at 3 a.m., what else is there to do?
It remains that the best thing about blogging are the great friends I’ve made who I would not have met any other way in my lifetime. It’s amazing to learn how the WWW has bonded us together and bridged the distance. A special mention especially goes to my web ninong Yuga, my new-found friend Christine who gladly helped me tinker with this WP template, super-designer Thess in NL who’s offered to help me some more, the rest of my Blogkadas like Tito Rolly, Dr. Emer, Mec, Apol, Toni, Tintin, AnP as well as everyone else on my link list and who I’ve yet to link. My gratitude also to all those who’ve left their comments and continue to drop by. Your patronage motivates me to write meaningful posts and it is from knowing that I have a decent, discerning and intelligent audience that I will continue to write meaningful posts.
Of course, this minuscule blog cannot possibly compete with the others who already have a hundred thousand or more than a million visitors to their traffic. But I am quite satisfied with the fact that there is quality more than quantity in this little world. Issa did tell me how her classmate in college who’s now based in the UK had been looking for her for ages and found her through this site. That, for me, is edifying enough.
The good thing is that I have ceased being anonymous. I think this is the reason why more and more people are getting into the bandwagon – the fact that ordinary mortals like you and me can have their five minutes of fame, that publishing has become more democratic and is no longer limited to the select few. The bad thing about blogging is what made it good in the first place – I have indeed ceased to be anonymous. The fool who dares to go out with me, for instance, can just type Ajay or my real name on Yahoo / Google’s search box and thereupon be given the links to all my past articles as well as this website. It’s as if I bared my soul to the rest of the world, warts and all.
But of course it would be a profound misconception for anybody to think that they know everything about me just from reading this blog. There is, after all, a need to segregate parts of my life which I deem private and public. It is not censorship or being less truthful, it is simply having respect for people in my life who may want their privacy protected. As I stated in one of my earliest entries dated July 28, 2004: ” My readers and personal friends should not expect to see every single lurid detail of my love life, even if itâ€™s worth the price of a movie contract (grin). Am also not fond of expressing my views on politics and government, I leave that to high-flying columnists. But I will write about things close to my heart – places, personal discoveries,food, culture, books, and as an exception, monumental events in history. The barometer in all these is that it the blog should not cost me my job (but rather should gain for me a book deal (bigger grin). It should also be something my son Paolo should be proud to read when he stumbles upon this yearrrrs from now.”
My foremost blogging philosophy is that one should blog responsibly and with finesse. Traditional media maybe edited but its one advantage over the blogosphere is that it is “streamlined” by way of observing the proper language and etiquette. On the other hand, maraming taong naghuhurumentado sa cyberspace. There are the eggheads who think they own the franchise to the whole blogosphere and therefore think they can do anything in their powers to abuse it. Take for instance this person, S, who I looked up to during my pre-blogging days for the kind of “eloquence” she displayed in her blog. Because we were getting to be close, I would tell her private things which, to my surprise would find its way to her blog complete with my name on it. This bitch-who-is-not-a-female-dog would also be instrumental in breaking things up with a jerk of an ex-boyfriend and what have you, she blogged about it. In fact, she blogged (and bitched) about me long after I severed my friendship with her for loss of trust and confidence and I believe continues up to now, even to the point of twisting facts, lying through her teeth, and praising no one else but herself. Her reason? It’s her blog and she can do anything with it, including, of course, gravely incriminating herself.
Yes Virginia, blogging can be such a potent tool but it can also be a dead giveaway for knowing about a person, not only about his/her intelligence but also his/her character. By blogging, it’s either you appear dumb or smart, modest or humbug, bitter or spoiled, a saint or an ass****. Hopefully, the good eggs outnumber the bad eggs. Blogging is definitely not for the fainthearted ( because for one thing, it’s not easy to do, day in and day out) but here’s to more happy blogging days ahead…
Thanks for joining me in the journey!
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