Sunday, June 27, 2021

What is a Blog?

What is a Blog? The search engines says it is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

You might laugh at my sudden post to ask what is a blog?? I have my reasons to continue on Part 2 in my next coming post which has been typed, all ready.

Many bloggers treated their own blogs like a personal space or diary to record all the lifestyle events, vacation trips, fashions, cooking recipes or left over meals!! Since it is often made for public reading and viewing, it's best we read them with open mind and a pinch of salt. If we appreciate the writer's topic, it would be good to leave some kind words in the comments. That would be welcomed by the writers and motivate them to carry on sharing. Do not attack or belittle them if one cannot practice kindness. 



Time has really changed. I have seen many anonymous blogs that slander about politics, royalties and character assassinations. These ghost writers often posted untrue facts and malicious lies about a certain person or place to bring them down. These dangerous tactics are despicable in today's world which will see no end in the social media. Now everything is online, free and easily accessible via smartphones to get the latest and hottest news across the continents. The Western Media has been hiring cybertroopers to spread lies about China, Middle Easts, Russia and whatever under the sun. We should trust our instincts and read them carefully without being gullible and prejudice. 

Similarly, many active bloggers today have become real keyboard warriors! Some are so brave, bold and sometimes blunt with their typed words because they don't reveal their actual photos and identity. That is up to individual's choice to remain hidden. They may say it is for their own safety. Yes, safety is priority but sometimes they got carried away with the situation and ended up waging online wars or leave a barrage of threatening comments in other blogs. This is actually very scary for me to learn after seeing some incidents in the blogsphere. Words can really kill.

As you know, I have been writing my blog for the past 13 years. I have definitely seen many happy and  crazy moments besides sad and ugly battles between bloggers. The list goes very long and it is too tiring to recall everything. I have no particular title for my writing styles here as I would pen down whatever that comes into my head. Sometimes I would love to share my happy stories and exciting trips. I would also share about life and death matters without fear or favour. I am very transparent here with all my photos from baby to a matured adult today. My intentions have always been genuine to share anything worthy and sometimes to awaken my readers. 

When a blogger posted about a product or ate some food that they found it unsatisfactory, they are actually naming and shaming the seller. If one thinks it's alright to warn others, then the bad karma would fall back to the blogger for causing the seller all the loss of income and reputation. The damage done could not be undone, so we bloggers should try to refrain from killing someone's rice bowl esp when famous bloggers have thousands of readers daily across the world. It is meritorious if we share good things and benefit the seller & consumers. Character assassination is a sinful action. Just like the Borneo Elephant's case, I did not provide his real identity or his blog links. I merely shared some truths about his bullying and only few bloggers could guess his identity because they were also stomped by him. I was a victim too.

Moving on, the fellow bloggers often shared many good ideas and advice with me especially when they have returned from trips to Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. They would post them in their own blogs and similarly I would also try to share all my experience gained from the travels. Sadly, I never found the time to retrieve many more photos from the hard disk that contains my happy trips and glorious days with friends and family. 

Looking back at all my posts, I suddenly realized that my style of writing and choice of words used, often made me sound very arrogant, egoistic and probably a show off too. I am very sure many readers might have felt this way, deep inside their thoughts. This is solely my fault as the choice of words and topics could be perceived very differently from my humble intentions to entertain my readers by sharing everything. For this, I have to apologize for giving this unpleasant impressions of myself. Perhaps I should not share and brag about myself too much from now onwards. I might remove all my personal photos if I deem it fit to do so. I should write more about general topics that could bring benefits and smiles to mankind. I will try my best to be more Humble, Humble and Humbler. 

My next post: Blogger Vs Blogger


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39 comments:

  1. To me a blog is an online diary. My ex-colleague once told me to attract readers to your blog, you need to engage, entertain and educate. It is quite saddening to see how our blogsphere has developed into cyber wars between blogger and blogger. I miss the SK days where everyone could joke and make fun of each other with no ill intentions. Like you, I am someone who dislikes quarrels and wars and would rather have peace. Peace is priceless ok?

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    1. Yes. Peace is priceless. The world still have wars against each other due to human hearts. Now the Covid is having wars across the whole world. Karma bites!

      Nothing is forever in blogs. I guess SK was tired of the whole circus. LOL

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  2. For me, i am someone who really appreciate sincere comments left in my blog. I am someone with few words so i am not good in replying the comments left in my blog but i do reciprocate and make an effort to visit the other party's blog and leave some comments.

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    1. It would be good if you could find time to reply. If I don't, you would not be hopping over to check lah. Hahaha

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  3. I feel that a blog should share some ideas, tips, information and thoughts with its readers. In that sense, it engages the readers and educate the readers with its information, tips and ideas. Examples of information could be nice and recommendable foodie places where we could patron or it can simply be a recipe.

    We can also share our thoughts and views on some topics and issues. Have a comments box so the readers can share their thoughts and views also. Also, it is good to throw in some photos as well bcos a picture paints a thousand words.

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    1. We belong to a small number of people who still read and write blogs. Young generations laughed at me and said "Blogs" are fossils now. Belong to dinosaurs. They prefer Tik Tok or Instagrams. Even Facebooks are on the way to Museums. Now advertisers are making a comeback and looking for active bloggers. They found it most useful to advertise their products in lengthy words.

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  4. Why putting restriction to your writing style? The TM i knw is memang popular with his brag & tht pulls me or at least some readers to your blog coz i find it entertaining to read. Is your blog so u can brag lah about yourself as long as u r not killing someone's rice bowl or critisizing others.

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    1. Wah! This is a joke that someone encourages me to brag as it is entertaining. I am thankful that you never thought I am arrogant and showing off. I was only sharing the truths.

      I am actually lazy to criticize others in words but many bloggers who met me realized I am fiery mouthed la. Wakakaka

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  5. No matter how positive you write, some people can only see negativity. Up to the person on what they want to take away from your sharing.

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    1. So true. I wanna start hiding like you. What cartoon face looks like me??

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    2. So many apps out there that can 'cartoon-ize' your face.

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  6. I think it is ok to brag on blog. It’s your own blog, ppl make your own choice to come to read your blog. It’s not like the other social media platforms where you suddenly see the newsfeed that you free ‘meluat’ about it.

    I think blog is one of the best platform where you can truly be yourself, of coz minus the merosakkan periuk nasi org lain la.

    If ppl like it, they will come back. Else it’s ok, just be you.

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    1. It is true that I have been myself for 13 years in my own blog space. Nobody or few people have met me and I don't even try to promote my blog in FB or Instagram. In my FB, everyone knows me, so the comments run into hundreds. Sometimes they bombed me and they enjoyed it like clowns. Muahahaha

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  7. Why I never feel that you are bragging, instead I enjoy reading about your stories. It is your personal blog so it is up to you to write what you want. If some people sour grapes, they can choose not to read it.

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    1. You could feel that you have known me for a long time. That's why you looked at me as a friend who speaks the truths. That's because my topics revolve about everything in my life and the journey that I walk.

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  8. Hi. My name is Ivy and I have been following and enjoying your posts & pictures, especially those on ghosts stories. Please do not change your style of writing. Thanks and keep safe :)

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    1. Many thanks to you Ivy. I appreciate your time to read my long winded stories. Now you have given me an idea. I might create a new blog that contains only ghost stories. I will have to export all the old stories to the new Blog which would not show my face or identity. That way I would dare to write more. What do you think?

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    2. hmm, do whatever that makes you comfortable. But I like your current style, all mix mix. But no need to hide your face lar, so handsome :)


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    3. Awwww! Old uncle is shy now... Wanna hide behind curtains.

      Okay I will mix mix to make good salad.

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  9. Your readers all support your style of writing. That's why they are your readers. I am curious why this sudden introspection? Anyway I am always curios and curiosity kills the cat.

    Some people may want to read about the history of blogging.

    Thank you for being introspective as you are an extrovert. And please don't change your style just to please others. Change your style only because you want to and not because of other people.

    Remember the parable - the old man, the boy and the donkey? In the end, trying to please everyone got them no where. We cannot please everyone but I agree with you that we can be kinder in this harsh world.

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    1. I would always put thoughts about enlightenment. How to achieve it? I have to practice non attachment and discard the arrogance, egoistic and all the poisons within.

      I will not change to suit others unless necessary. I always control the situation and not let the situation control me. This long lockdown is driving many people crazy. Haha!

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  10. It is your blog and you can always write whatever you want as long as you are not doing anything wrong in the process. :)

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    1. It is true that my blog will never bring physical harms to anyone but I should be more humble. humble and humbler, just like you.

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  11. Come to think of it, I blogged since 18 years ago. I should regard mine more like a personal diary, coz prior to blogging, I used to write diaries and I still keep tens of them in my drawers.

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    1. Wow!!! 18 years old blogger with antique diaries in the drawers. You can donate your fossils to the Muzium Negara. They need it.

      You are the only blogger in this universe who took the most selfie shots. Maybe you can try something new and kinky like going topless or pose XXX behind bushes. 555555

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    2. Dont you think it's fun watching those selfie photos again when we're old and bald and full of wrinkles and toothless? It's precious memory to keep.

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  12. My blog is my happy place where I can share my thoughts, cooking, eating out experience and other stuff. It's a place to free my mind and to have fun and interact with fellow bloggers. No, I don't think of you as arrogant and showing off, I mean you were merely stating facts when you mention all those VIP atas2 people. I agree with you that we must be kind when making or replying comments. If we don't agree on something, no need to impose our opinion on others as if we are right all the time. If at all, agree to disagree and leave it at that. Please continue blogging and write and share as you wish. If we keep thinking about how people will perceive us, then it will cramp our ideas and writing style. I am always here to read your interesting posts. Keep them coming!

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    1. Yes I agree that your blog is a very happy place! Even the elephant blogger has to stomp in first ahead of others just to get the first sip of happiness. Some live on trees but he lives on internet. Wakakakaka I enjoy seeing how you cooked Michelin dishes in your kitchen with your 2 cats running here and there, wanting attentions. You often shared long lost recipes like the recent Devil Curry!! Yums!

      Thank you for being so supportive to read my blog and tolerated my cheeky comments. Sometimes I slapped my face for talking nonsense and totally forgot my age. LOL

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  13. Am I consider killing someone's rice bowl by giving honest reviews to some eateries that I've tried? But I think that the words that I used are not too harsh and I always believe that taste is very subjective, I don't like the food or the food doesn't suit my taste bud doesn't means that those who read my blog don't like it too.

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    1. Oh well, you can analyze back your own comments whether it scared potential customers away? I don't remember you using words that frightened me off. Lots of people use internet to search for food reviews and recommendations. I often do not rely on the given comments because I have been fooled by over rated comments many times. I am aware that many business operators used their own staff or friends & cybertroopers to write over rated good reviews or bad lies to bring rival businesses down. So I really read with open mind and a pinch of salt. Sometimes I still patronized restaurants that have been poorly rated and my good instincts proved me right.

      There was a true incident in my community facebook about a lady who complained about the poor and rude service by a famous dessert shop in my neighbourhood. She ended up getting bashed by over 200 residents for her arrogance as they all were regulars and refused to believe her. I was speechless by the whole circus and that dessert shop gained many new customers who wanted to try their famous specials.

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  14. Bro, I always feel you are down to earth, and you have a writing style that's apparent to read. As bloggers, we could guess what interests our followers, but we can't write what they only like. Life is a blend of all, and we give the best we could, and it's up to them to like it or not. Like how a birth gives happiness, death is sorrow; sharing enhances and consoles at the need, and blogging is the only part of social media where I feel real sharing. I feel guilty that I couldn't read all your latest posts because of a lack of time, but I really enjoy your friendship, and your comments meant a lot to me. As a blogger for 16 years, the experience has taught me a lot, and I believe I could handle any kind of remarks and posts with difficult phrases is a way I take it as a learning experience.

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    1. Thank you very much for finding time from your busy schedule to leave kind comments here. I am curious what keeps you so busy until you could not read my blogs. I will always read your blog as long as you post something. I like to read anything about Tamil Nadu and believe someday I will visit this place which has lots of rich and ancient cultural history.

      You have come a long way in 16 years of blogging and made so many foreign friends who are supportive towards your effort.

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  15. Don't change your style of writing for anyone. I have to admit if a reader comes into your blog and reads your blog for the first time, you may sound a little sombong to them but that's because they don't know you. We, your loyal readers who have been following you for a while, know that's not the person you are. We know that your so-called showing off is (first of all) the truth and you share for the fun of it. You usually tie your 'bragging' with some amusing writing...and I, for one, enjoy reading such posts though I might 'tease' you about rubbing shoulders with the rich & famous...all in the name of fun. So, no, I don't think you sound arrogant at all. Those who do are just jealous...muahahahaha! :D

    As for killing someone's rice bowl with our negative reviews, I'm with Choi Yen on this. It's never our intention but we also have to be honest with ourselves to tell the truth of what the meal meant to us. My food blogging principle is different from the food blogs that do invited reviews (that's why I've never accepted any invitations but I'm also not against those who do as it's a choice). I tell it as it is, so I owe it to myself to be sincere with my reviews (according to my taste buds lah). And the question of character assassination does not even arise as I'm only 'attacking' the food, not the people behind the food. Anyway, I'm just a small-time food blogger, certainly no where near those famous ones, so my reviews mean nothing as it's read by so few. It wouldn't even touch a hair on a polar bear...lol! :D You're one of the few funny writers I know, so keep those bragging posts (and scary ghost stories) coming...they're very entertaining...hah..hah.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind and understanding compliments. I am feeling lighter that my readers are looking at me as I am! That's wonderful. I will continue to brag as much as I could and blow the loudest trumpet I could find.

      I am seriously considering to write all ghost stories in a new blog with no identity. Then slowly export all old stories from here to there. This is for my own good otherwise some people would think I am insane.

      I always enjoyed reading your very unique style of food blogging that could keep my mind thinking and doing self analysis for the next few days. Your variations and demographics on food topics are like research papers from Lincoln's Inn. You really have this talent to go into details like a Food Barrister! I have said this before. You have so many silent readers and you know it well.

      Both you and Choi Yen have not attacked any seller until gulung tikar. You guys often gave readers the choice to try it for themselves. Fair enough.

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  16. i don't think you need to change anything. you're so hilarious and i love your honest voice—never thought you were braggy or arrogant. thanks so much for always taking a moment to leave a comment whenever you have read something, twilight. i personally don't reply comments on my blog because i don't want to just up the comment count. but i address it in the next comment i leave on the commentator's blog (does that make sense?). truth be told, i think an opinion shared is just that. one bad experience doesn't automatically dictate that everyone's experience would be bad, too. in remaining transparent, there is accountability. if i were a brand that cared about customer experience, i would welcome both positive and negative feedback. there is always room for improvement.

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    1. Thank you very much for looking at me in a positive and hilarious way. In reality, I am what the public sees through my writings and thoughts. I wish for everyone to be happy and laugh away the darkest moments. Happiness is all around us. Can we see it?

      Talking about brands.
      Let's look at the case of Dolce & Gabbana in China. Just one wrong racist sentence angered the first Chinese fella who cooked up a storm and led the whole netizens online to boycott the brand and called off their new launch in Shanghai. The permanent loss chalked over millions USD. It all started from wrong choice of words being used. Now who caused the loss of D&G income? I am not sure but it could be shared by the ad agency and the first Chinese who took to social media to boycott. To me, it was all unnecessary from the start by the keyboard warriors.

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  17. Hi TM, I started blogging in 2008 cos I love to write, even during my young teenage days, I used to imagine stories and write them out... How I wish now I could read back the fable stories I have written, they are all lost in transit after moving here and there. Now in blogging, it is a public diary and I have actually put a lot of photos and my personal feelings in my blog all these years. Like you, I feel like removing all those personal photos of my family but thinking of doing that, it is such a tedious job! I guess my blog will be as it is, a legacy left behind for the younger generation to read... hahahaa... as if they would!

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    1. I like the way you have been blogging over the years. You shared what I love to hear all about your filial kids and your many trips!! You are really a jet setter with much humorous character to make us laugh.

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