Saturday, January 29, 2011

Will The Real Big Bad Blogger Please Stand Up?

It was a Sunday when an article about blogging was published in my favorite daily. I really didn’t know about it until a Facebook link from a friend pointed me to another page and then to the article.

The article written by Margaux Salcedo, also a blogger herself, mentioned a restaurateur and her resto and how the villains - Bad PR firm (probably not big) and a Big Bad Blogger, applied extortion in presenting their services. The title, catchy to the bloggers’ eyes it seems – Please Don’t Give Blogging a Bad Name.

Some readers were quick to point a finger at a certain popular blogger. And some bloggers, were also ready to aim fire at whoever that shows up. Probably it is easier to shoot a blogger than the PR firm. But who is REALLY giving blogging a bad name?

If getting paid for a review already qualifies one to become a bad blogger, then I am a bad blogger too. And so are my friends, who despite having great blogs, kept other secret sites used to generate $$$. I used to have paid posts here when the price was still at $20-$50. Now when there were already lots of us bad bloggers, the price went down to a pittance wherein you can’t even buy a Starbucks coffee with it. It’s probably because we’re not big and we write for the fun of it. It’s not the review they wanted, but rather the link.

So, will the real big bad blogger please stand up? Oh there you are, eating in a resto, taking pictures of the food and the crews whom you asked to give their best smile. “Pay up or I’ll scr*w you with my review”. Unbeknownst to the big bad blogger, somebody might have already wished that he choke up or something while he chews his meal. That unless he writes a positive review.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Welcome 2011

Today is the 2nd day of 2011 and it actually feels like 2010. I planned to make a blog entry on the last day of December but geesh, I forgot about it. It must be the age. But I'm young(if 30 something is young), and shouldn't be forgetful.

Okay, so who among my early blogging peers are still blogging? I mean blogging. Not copypasting and/or reviewing and/or newsreporting. My blogroll isn't that filled because I deleted that blogrolling link that they say contained malicious codes. What malicious code? Was there a proof?

I'll take a peek at the blog of my peers. Must be 50plus of them. Some had already shed off their masks of internet anonymity. I did. But partially. What will my niece say if she reads this blog? She'll be amused because she will not understand anything until, maybe 10 years from now.

Others retired. It's really sad to think that those I interacted with 4 years ago are no longer blogging. Some may have forgotten that we were once internet friends. They should know by now that I am only using a pen name. And that if you ever try to search me on Facebook using my pen name, you'll be surprised to see that I am Caucasian, tall and handsome. That is NOT me, of course.

So, what's up for 2011? Nothing, really. This blog will still be about my leftover thoughts, and that I am still here blogging.

Let us try politics next time.