Written on January 31, 2009 by CincauHangus
It’s been a good year plus since I restarted my blogging adventures. Who knew I would end up where I am now. I met new bloggers on a nearly weekly basis at one point, till my own schedule had back to back appointments, gatherings, events.
From being behind the keyboard to real life meet ups. Bloggers turned friends. Friends to lovers. Lovers to marriage.
Funny thing is that how people know my nickname/blog name but not me. My alter ego is much more famous than me. Maybe because I don’t post photos of myself that much.
I’ve dated quite a few from the blogging community. Something which I didn’t expect at all. Some turn out well, some didn’t.
Some bloggers became close friends, to the extent I’d travel distances to meet them. To be there when they needed it most and sharing our joys, tears and memories together. My online family.
Then there are a few weird ones who came along. The nasty ones. Whom we just know for the sake of knowing.
But then, no matter whether they are close or not, there are those who double cross, there are those who back stab you when you least expect it, those who you put on your block list on your MSN. Just because we are all human.
Blogging has changed, drastically.
Monetary gain and fame has taken over. Over photoshopped self portraits. Self flaming for more hits. Comment box bashing. Gossips everywhere. Everyone taking sides.
Yes I do make money out of blogging. Only because it’s just to cover my hosting and domain expenses. Occasionally some pocket money for F&B or the coming 1 year old camera.
Someone once told me there’s two types of blogging. Old school blogging and the new way of blogging.
Old school blogging is one typing paragraphs upon paragraphs of thoughts and feelings and just words. Straight to the point. If it’s damaging, password protect. Simple. Something I used to love.
New school blogging. I guess everyone has little to say and more to show in photos. Posts with sole photo and a little caption. Posts with 2-3 lines of words. Cryptic posts. Only the intended reader knows what it meant. Twitter style blogging.
Then comes the generation of promoting your own posts. It was a good idea in the beginning. Good posts gets good traffic. But now, I see posts about a question to post something up getting the top rank in the post aggregator. Maybe it’s just the mentality.
I used to love writing long and windy posts on a topic.. Just on and on about it. It gets interesting when I’m talking about someone. Though calling that person’s name out may not be such a good idea.
I learnt that the hard way.
But things change as times goes by. People change as times goes by. I find myself not interested in sucking up to products and events that I personally find mediocre or even bad. Good stuff of course deserves it’s own mentions, but why write till the extent you change the way you write, the way you express yourself. If you’re mediocre, you’re mediocre. If you’re bad, you’re just bad.
It’s just fake.
I find that some of the reviews I wrote don’t reflect me or my personality. That’s why I categorised them under advertorials, just a way to say I’m writing this post because I’m paid/instructed to write in a certain way to reflect a certain nature of the event/product to my readers. However, I’m proud of a few that I wrote, and even received recognition for it as well.
If I ever get to test a product myself, I’d write it truthfully, and constructively. Constructive comments people, it’s always good.
Shit, I sidetracked.
Occasionally I find myself posting because I have to post and not because I want to post. It’s becoming like a job at times. But there are times I do enjoy, although it’s pretty much seasonal. Things we do to keep the perks we get.
How blogging has changed and how it’s affected me in the process. Wow. Have the new way of blogging changed you?
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