Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Just recently, I received a feedback from a particular 'critic' about how I can't be corrected. This reader commented about how 'trashy' and 'half-baked' my posts are and that I only share trash in the net, that how he/she hates bloggers who don't take suggestions. At one point, this critic went on to say that bloggers are just bloggers and are not/can't be writers. So, here's my point:




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Of Being a Blogger/Writer

I have always been passionate about writing. During my high school and university days, I wrote for the school publication even though most of my articles had to go through some revisions before it could finally pass the editorial board. In most cases, my published articles were posted because of persistence. Perhaps the editors got tired of me knocking their office over and over again so they had to approve my articles lest they'll be seeing the same 'me' the following day. I was not a good writer, but I write  because I love writing. 

When I came to Thailand four years ago, two new-found blogger friends encouraged me to blog - John of Khon Philippine and Ate Janet of Schenker's Chronicles, I thought I found an outlet for my seemingly declining English skill. True enough, I blogged and great because I earned dollars for every bit of trash that I shared in the net. Somehow I've bought a piece of land because of it and few personal belongings (This is my personal testimony of "pera sa basura"). So that's typically writing for money, right? Come on, let's get things straight here. We work abroad leaving our children, our parents, our loved ones behind because we want more than what we earn back home so earning a little bit extra at the side is a golden opportunity. 

Am I a good blogger? No, I'm not but I blog anyway because I love to. I care less about people calling my posts as 'trashy'. I will write anyway. If nobody reads my posts. It's fine. I'll blog anyway.

On Corrections/Suggestions

I don't mind being corrected and I welcome suggestions. I consult friends when I need advice especially with things that I am aware that my knowledge is limited. I go to people when I am not very confident about my grammar because I am not a writer but rather just a struggling blogger. I'd be more than happy if somebody would help me improve myself. Learning is a continuous process, and I have loads to learn to get there.

It goes the same with job-related issues. What gets into my nerves about people giving 'suggestions' is when they sound as if "they are my immediate superior" and "that the efforts I did doing my job are nothing but waste". Sincere suggestions are those that are meant to help a person grow not seeking to magnify their incompetence and inadequacy. I wouldn't like to take a suggestion of an angry man who has just awakened at the wrong side of the bed and goes pushing every bit of his ideas to my throat without even giving me a minute to digest. Who would?

On Facebook

According to statistics Facebook is the most popular social media in the United States (September 2014) accounting to as much as 58.88 percent of all social media site visits and even world statistics reveal that Facebook remains to be number 1. While it is true that it is the most famous site, it is also a very dangerous social media platform. The Telegraph reported (October 7, 2014) that Facebook-linked crime comes every 40 minutes involving cases of murder, rape, assault, death threats and fraud among others. The most prevalent of which is harassment or cyber-bullying.  

Cyberbullying causes the infamous suicide of Ms. Phoebe Prince, a freshman at South Hadley High School, Massachusetts in 2010. She was subjected to taunts and bullying for months before she took her life. Several murder cases are also linked to Facebook posts, blackmailing incidents, identity theft and the list goes on and on. 

In other words, we have to be on guard as to how much influence we allow ourselves getting from Facebook. There are many bullies out there who could easily crush your spirit.  The last thing we would want to read when we wake up in the morning is a post containing angry remarks about just anything else. That to me is a 'trash' that ruins all positivism while starting a new day.  Believe me, you are doing yourself a favor if you get rid of this kind of people in your friend list because you are freeing yourself from negative vibes. 


On Being Intellectual

I'd rather not be called 'intellectual' if I had to go through regular bickering and bantering against those who don't have the same view and idealism as mine. The world is already filled with so much hate thus creating chaos and strife. We don't need 'WORD' war by now but rather peace and calmness in the midst of many societal complications we face.

Life is not at all about (extraordinary) intelligence. Character does matter. By now I have learned that wherever we go people may admire us with how excellent we do things but in the long run we will still be fondly remembered by our character and inner qualities, by how sincere we are with our advocacy. Simply put: walk your talk.

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A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress but a loving word will heal and bless.  
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An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot tempered man abounds in transgression. A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 22-23
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19 comments:

  1. Your words woke me from a very deep slumber. I felt it...

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    1. Deep slumber? Come on John, you can do better than that! :)

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  2. I think a lot of writers fell the same. As with you, I was a writer first before I started blogging. I welcome correction and criticism as well to improve my craft.

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    1. It's just that people do not know how to do it in a proper decorum. And it's unnerving.

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  3. I like that you are doing what you like to do without caring about what others think. Cheery on top.. u earn money for that!

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    1. Haters gonna hate as they say...let 'em burn.

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  4. I agree! As the saying goes, write to express not to impress. *insert Taylor Swift song, Shake it off for your haters :)*

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  5. I have been reading you write ups secretly long before you earned dollars from it. And as much as I enjoyed reading it, I love it, not because of the grammar or how you organize your thoughts and ideas but of the pleasure of knowing your stories left untold personally, I wanna know deeper of WHO REALLY YOU ARE.

    I also love writing so much. It is my means of expression , however when I realize that it reveals so much of who you are, then ii stop blogging...char murag hiding I inside myself. . Haha haha excuses! Sa mailad ra


    Kuka ni

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    1. as in secretly?...now i'm starting to get scared... :)

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    2. hahahaha... nakasulod rajud...

      kikay

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  6. As long as you are happy with what your doing and you are passionate about it. People will get your message and follow you.

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  7. I am not a good writer too but I blog not to please anybody. Honestly I envy those who can write well. Through blogging I am encouraging myself to write, learn (grammar, vocabulary) at times and most of all exercise my freedom of expression.

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  8. I agree with Franc, blogging is a passion of writing by putting your best efforts to make your content more valuable for person that reading that thing after 10 years still seems him sth important

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  9. I remember my blog post "Why Do I blog?". Writing and blogging is really helpful!

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  10. I guess one of the main reason for you to keep on blogging is passion in writing... Great reasons you have there..

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  11. I cannot believe that some critic had the temerity to call your writing trash. The difference between you and your critics is that you get up in the morning to write and add your voice to the conversation. They get up to add poison to the mix. Stay strong and keep writing!

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  12. Very inspiring written. All I know is do whatever you are passion of as long as you are on the right path.

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