Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my journey in blogging, and the response I have been getting from my audience so far. All in all, most comments are positive, and encouragingly supportive. However, there are a few odd ones, which I shall gladly highlight for the public eye.
People think my blog is boring, because I talk too much, and my entries are too long.
Some people only look at the photos I uploaded, and skip the entire text in the entries.
Some people think I have too many pictures in one entry.
A few people think that I blog too much about food.
Ironically, a few people suggested I should blog more about food.
A number of people think I have posted too many pictures of my friends.
A few hate me for my camwhoring sessions.
Some hate me simply because they think I am ugly. How flattering.
For every reason my readers can come up each day, I find it rather comical to defend myself, and do what I can to fit into their interests. You see, people love to compare. They compare your blog with other blogs. They compare the number of comments you have in every entry, they compare the quality of the photographs you take, they compare the content you blog about with the stereotypically accepted as “good reads”, they compare how well you fare in your blogging skills with anything better that they can find out there in the wide, wide world of blogosphere. You can compare all that you want, but I can tell you that what you are doing is simply NUTS.
I believe in this, and I have repeatedly told many the same thing:
There is NO general rule stating which blog is good and bad. For every blog is different and unique, and one blog may serve the interests of certain group of readers but considered to be completely opposite by another group of readers.
Lets talk about different categories of blogs out there. Do note that the categorizations I am listing down here are purely based on my observations and general opinion only, limited to very much, Malaysian Blogosphere.
1) Photo Blog
No content, just photos, and some lame descriptions of the photos. Photos, photos, and MORE photos.
Pros: Pictures are always interesting to look at. They are a form of art, and may represent meanings that words cannot describe. People who own DSLRs and better cameras have upper advantage in this category.
Cons: NOT everything can be described with just photos. Plain photos are nothing but photos, and you will have to actually write something to tell your story. Too many photos can be redundant, and pointless. Learn to improve your writing skills, if you want to bring out the full potential of your photos.
2) Personal Diary/Journal
Chronicles the life of an everyday living, events, friends, food, whatever. May be utterly random and disorganized, since whatever happened in life can be rather random itself.
Pros: People’s life will always be an interesting thing to look at, just as much as we love to watch dramas on TV about the fictional lives of others.
Cons: If you do your blog entry by just “what time I woke up, what I ate for lunch, what time I finished uni, and what time did I brush my teeth”, well, things do get mundane when the same cycle repeats itself over and over again.
3) Mainstream blogs
These are more serious blogs, dealing with real current everyday issues, may it be politics or just simply following the updates of happenings. Issues like change of bus fares and which Datuk slept with which Datuk’s wife.
Pros: Some blogs out there provide real good insight and additional note-worthy information the media might have missed out. Another good source to keep oneself up to pace with the current happenings locally.
Cons: Many would just read the stuff from the newspapers and evening news. All those reads and news are getting too heavy, and most people would prefer something lighter to feast on while surfing the internet.
4) Food blogs
These sites offer salivate worthy pictures of food, and basically good source of reviews and suggestions on dining experience and choices, with mostly real and meaningful truths on the entries made.
Pros: A great number of people just surf blogs for food. This is odd, but I know it is true, people look for food through the internet. Rare and useful information may be available from food blogs only.
Cons: There are weird people who think food blogs are boring, and pointless.
5) Emo blogs
There was one era all guys and girls on the blogosphere synchronically suffered from severe daily PMS, with entries so emotionally provoking that suicide may seem to be the best solution for all of the problems they described so elaborately. Full of passion and hatred and anger and basically all that energy radiates out of the computer screen as you read them.
Pros: Feeling is an important part of writing, and overly doing it may unexpectedly bring out some fire in the entries.
Cons: Get a life. Everyone have problems. Being Emo 24/7 will make you look like a pathetic useless wuss that fell down into the longkang and would never get up ever again.
There are actually so many more categories of blogs that can be added in the list, but hey, I am not being paid to do this part, so I shall just cut it short and go straight to my point. Look, there are different categories out there, with each having their own advantages and disadvantages, the plus and minus points in other words, which may favor some readers but put off the others. Who is to say which one is good or bad by just judging using a number of limited criteria based on unreliable evaluation methods? People who read mainstream blogs would distaste the personal blogs generally, and people who hate heavy graphics uploaded on the photoblogs would have major disagreement with those who LOVE just to skim through good photographs on blogs. You may think that one of my entry sucks big time, but many others would come in unison and tell you that the similar entry KICKS ASS !!
You see, we are looking at all this the wrong way.
A blog is not about how good the blogger can take the photographs. If you want good photographs, why not go to professional photography websites in the related fields?
A blog is also not about how well the person writes. There are established writers out there, read their articles everywhere !!
It is not about how funny the jokes can be, or the creativity or originality. There are plenty of humour websites out there.
Heck, screw emo blogs.
So what do we look for in a blog? What makes a blog stand out from the other blogs?
A component that MANY blogs out there lack nowadays, is….
What the blogger THINKS and FEELS.
Your blog may be what you eat, the people whom you have met, the beautiful events you have been to, the places you have traveled, the love you have found, and on and on…
But if you cannot truly describe what you think about what you blog, and fail to insert the humanly feeling into your thoughts, I simply think that your entries would lack reality and would appear to be simply colourless, and uninterestingly EMPTY.
Share what you feel, share your opinions, and feel free to write something more in detail to make your entry more colourful. A more successful blog can relate to the reader in a much more personal level, and acts as if the blog is engaging in conversation with the reader itself.
This brings us back to the odd comments I have been pointing out from the beginning of this entry. Apart from the reasons and purposes of me blogging (click) which I have made very, very clear long time ago, I would like to add on further, what this blog is all about.
My blog, is about me.
It is about my life, the people around me, the things that happen, the places I go to, and the food that I eat.
It is a record of my journey, every blessings, joy, pain, laughter, bitterness, sadness, thriumps, failures, dilemmas I am going through.
I ALWAYS share my feelings and my humble opinions, and I open them for further thoughts and discussion.
My blog, is simply the History of Robin Wong in the making, and I am telling the world this unique history through my own point of view.
I do not blog to compare. I do not blog to compete with other bloggers. I do not blog to get noticed by the others, or to gain fame and attention. I do not blog to fulfill the demands of the readers who have little or no understanding at all on what a blog is all about.
I blog, because I choose to blog, and I want to do so. Why? The answer is simple. I enjoy, and I love blogging.
Enough of the odd comments and feedback already. You can either choose to realize what true meanings of blogging are, or simply stop complaining about any blogs until you actually know how to appreciate the art of blogging.