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How Blogging has Affected Me

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. :P

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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  • Comment by babedevil:

    dat’s why…have a low-key, virtually unknown blog like me!!! :D

    January 31, 2009 @ 2:45 am
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    elehh.. =p u’re the one complaining when got ppl read ur blog what. =p

    January 31, 2009 @ 2:48 am
  • Comment by babedevil:

    i don’t complain! i shy only!

    at least i don’t have as many problems as u…bluek!

    January 31, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
  • Comment by Eri:

    i think.. it doesnt matter anymore…
    as long as you type what you wanna type.. i mean, put the politic/race topics aside…

    blog what you feel, and feel what you blog.. i think that is very important to anyone of us take blogging seriously. like treating it as our diary, besides it can be read by many people.

    there’s one time i’m like you. thinking that blogging is no longer as true as last time, people now only tend to post only their pics, but at the end of the day, its their own choice of what to blog. we have no right to judge. maybe we have lah, but lets not go into detail about it. lol.

    and some, just because of money. which i hated them so much and wonder why they’d still exist. some bloggers blog to seek for fame, which i have no idea why also. maybe they couldn’t get enuf of attention in the real world lah.

    but what we care is the content of the blog. one is true to him/herself in their blog. no?

    don’t think so much about it. blog as how you’d always do. :)

    January 31, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    bebedevil: WHAT problems wor! ><

    Eri: that’s a looong comment.. hahaha..
    yeah, i do see the same thing as you do.. but sometimes.. i really do wonder what my reader thinks wan lor.. some things, although i’d love to write it out.. but now with things changing.. a word wrongly placed can be quite troublesome.. one of the main reason i slowed down my posts lately..

    but yeah.. i agree with you.. blog and dont care about the world! =p

    February 1, 2009 @ 2:59 am
  • Comment by Sam:

    I think i must be the weird and annoying blogger friend. HAHAHAAH

    February 1, 2009 @ 4:39 am
  • Comment by Jeffro:

    Ooo.. all so true.. but i havent been able to travel the distances yet.. Still waiting.. XD

    February 2, 2009 @ 1:54 am
  • Comment by David:

    AARON BER-EMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! MONNGGGKKEEEHHHH IN MY CUUUPPPPPPPPPPP

    February 2, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
  • Comment by jessie:

    whoa. thats a rlly long post aaron.

    blogging has now created a virtual community alrdy. and every community works the same way as all other communities. love, hate, friendship, fallouts, backstabbing n other stuff.

    whatever it is, dun let it affect the way u blog. keep ur head up dude! =)

    and no, wordy posts do not suck. i read every word above.

    smile!

    February 2, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    wow. didnt expect to receive so many comments for this ‘emo’ post.
    this isn’t an emo post btw david. >< !

    sam: you’re definitely one of em. :P

    jeffro: u will. u will. :P

    jessie: hahaha.. i am smiling.. iz not emoish. =p

    February 2, 2009 @ 10:03 pm
  • Comment by andrew:

    wow… interesting lo… i jsut got back from a same topic with yatz and zoe over mamak… =D LOL =p

    February 3, 2009 @ 2:40 am
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    wahh.. go mamak tak ajak. :(

    February 3, 2009 @ 10:05 am
  • Comment by Yatz:

    wahahaha same topic..smart people think alike wtf XD

    February 3, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    i agreee. hahahaha..

    February 3, 2009 @ 5:08 pm
  • Comment by Simon Seow:

    I know what you mean for the have to post thingy.

    February 3, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
  • Comment by hongkiat:

    blogging has certainly changed a lot of bloggers, malaysian bloggers in particular, thanks for ad networks. when I say thanks, it don’t really mean thank you, but rather, thanks for creating a ugly side of blogging.

    so today i was surfing some local sites, out of 6 i went to, 5 had advertorials; some declared, some did not. some had like 2 on the main page. it’s sad, but that further proves everyone blog with a price tag.

    February 11, 2009 @ 1:50 am
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