Friday, April 18, 2008

I Blog Therefore I Am


“But blogging, aside from Perez Hilton and other big time bloggers (you know who you are) is for me a slacker job or a medium and pastime for lonely people to connect. Unless you’re in bloody Siberia or in a Gulag prison, try stepping outside your comfort zone and turn off the laptop or pc, you just might find some real live people to talk to instead of typing away in cyber space.” ---Malu Fernandez in Manila Standard Today

Why do I blog?

I blog because


despite certain circumstances showing otherwise, the constitution says this is a free country where freedom of expression is allowed. I have a right to discuss, to debate and to have a say about the things that matter to me and that affect me. Blogging is as legitimate as gathering in the streets to bang on the palace gates and clamor for change. It is as legitimate as speaking from a podium to rouse the sleepy masses. It is as legitimate as writing for a national publication to prompt awareness into action and because we can’t all be fortunate enough to become high society columnists who get paid even for spewing nonsense, I chose to blog. I have the right to my opinion whether you will read it or not.

I blog because

I recognize technology and respect its rightful place in an inevitable future that will improve and reinvent the past but will not repeat it. Although some things will never change, those that will change in the realms of business, communication, education, science and art shall embrace the digital and virtual era as a part and a complement of who and what they are. The virtual world is real and alive. Only those who refuse to broaden their horizons, explore possibilities and leave the comforts of an old age will be left where they are.

I blog because

it is a powerful tool with which to discharge my social responsibility. I know that there are social, political and environmental ills plaguing our reality. I know that there is a need for responsible leadership, social revolution, environmental accountability and activism within oneself. What shall I do with this knowledge? Aside from acting on it, I also have the duty to tell others of what I know and push them to act. Even if only one person realizes some form of truth because of me and decides to be moved, then I would have been justly rewarded. I would not exchange this opportunity to influence for more money than I can count.

I blog because

I have substance. I have a richness of experience that I cannot keep to myself and that cannot possibly be borne out of nothing or out of a false and lonely existence. Writers can only write from experience. If I had lived in the loneliness of virtual isolation, I would have nothing to write about, but even some of those who do live apart from vibrant society, have far clearer insights into life truths than those who claim to own the attention and admiration of legions.

I blog because

I can. I have a skill possessed by many but not by everyone. I will not waste it but far from using it to enrich myself, I will use it first for no other reason than because it is what I do best. I would be a fool to attempt to chart other waters that I do not love when I have been given the gift of words which I do love and the skill to weave them. I am only guilty of using a gift in the only way that it can see the light of day, even if it is only a virtual light. It would be a greater sin to let it rot in my breast because I cannot hawk it in the streets. If by chance I do grow rich because of this skill, it is merely a bonus.

I blog because

I am driven by my creative spirit. Although I respect structure and conventions, I do not have to survive yet under their restrictions. My online passion is yet to be studied, understood and categorized for the benefit of those who must define or those who comprehend only through structures. Today I am free.

I blog because

I bloody hell just want to. It is an interest, an inclination, a desire. It is not a defect or a sign of social retardation. I have nothing against those who stitch crosses all day, those who drink coffee while swapping their neighbors’ dirty linen or those who walk their feet sore going from one window display to another. People should have enough respect not to mind me if I choose to bleed my brains dry over my virtual parchment.

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24 comments:

  1. That was really harsh of her to say. Anyway we all have our own opinion and for those who think netizens like us are lonely aloof people who doesn't have a life..they should think again..

    Nagboblog tau kasi gusto natin at bukod sa realidad..masaya rin sa net.

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  2. oo. webster twelb. kakainis yung comment na yun talaga. ok lang. heads up parin tayo.

    thanks for dropping by aimee.

    by the way, to all those who drop by the comments section: do any of you have any problems viewing my template from your browsers? a couple of readers are complaining that my side bar overlaps with my text? did any of you notice?

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  3. I-blogged this too..ka blog blog xa in fairness..

    At..bongganess sobrang ganda pla ni malu fernandez and she's so hrsh pla tlga.

    There's nothing wrong with your sidebar..okay naman ung template mo.

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  4. thank you webster. i found out pala the problem with my blog template. siguro firefox ka or IE7. pag IE6 or 5 ang browser nasisira ang template. nakakaloka. kailangan pala ang custom made na templates gawin cross browser compatible. sigh. (huhuhu)

    oo. si malu talagang bongga kasi she belongs sa upper class of society. pero sa opinion ko lang ano, parang may mga aspects in life siya na di niya gaanong naiintindihan katulad ng blogging. pag na try nya baka magustuhan niya :)

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  5. totoong mga tao naman ang mga nakaksalamuha ko dito ah. oo, may ilan na pasaway bloggers, pero ganon din naman sa labas ng blogosphere, may mga pasaway pa rin, mas madami nga eh.

    lonely na kung lonely pero nagkakaisa at nagtutulungan.

    aba at nadala ako. hehehe! :) peace

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  6. caca thank you for visiting. i agree talaga!

    pero warning lang sa mga new visitors ko, may isang passionate friend ako dito na may multiple personalities. baka ma confuse kayo. hehehe. peace my friend. :)

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  7. thank you for dropping by mrs. darcy :)

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  8. I'm using firefox..wg mo intindihin ung IE kc sobrang naloka din ako ng nakita ko ung blog ko sa IE, gwabe...

    IE is lame...people hardly use it anymore (i think).

    Insecure lang cguro yang c Malu. Kung xa kino-conceal ung anyo n'ya sa supah expensive na make-up...eh parang pareho din naman yon..d n'ya tayo maiintindihan at di rin natin xa maintindihan..

    ay nako e1 k s knya. Kaloka ang lola mo!

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  9. Ha, another Rene Descartes fan. My version was Environmental blog: Enviroman Says - "I think, therefore I reduce, reuse and recyle".

    Didn't have intention of making remarks about Rene Descartes disciples, but just pop over to let you know I have responded to your comment at downloading and changing New Blogger xml temp;ates.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Environmentally friendly presents

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  10. thank you peter. you really are a lot of help.

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  11. blogging pang lonely people?hmmm.ung kagaya nyan ni malu na di pa nkakapunta dito sa lugar ko at magsasabi na lonely ako dahil nagbblog ako,think again we almost never sleep here...kung di nga lng ako may trabaho eh malamang blog,tropa at pamilya ang kasama ko sobrang saya ewan ko b kung bt sya nagcomment ng ganun.malamang sya ang malungkot sa buhay kahit na nasa upper class sya...kung sabagay most upper class dont know the real happiness ng mga normal na tao...kaming mga normal sya ewan ko?

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  12. hahaha. oo nga tantrum. sana malu will just write about upper class na mga bagay kasi yun ang kabisado niya. baka di pa niya nasubukan kung ano talaga ang feeling ng nasa ibaba :)

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  13. hahaha nope malu is pretentious... upper class blah lol... nice blog

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  14. hahaha. thanks for dropping by earthlingorgeous :)

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  15. Walang pwedeng magsabi kung saan tayo pwedeng dalahin ng pagbaBlog.

    Hindi balanse yung comment ni Malu at pwedeng papampam lang sya dahil "lonely" sya.

    Sabi nga "Huwag kang huhusga batay sa iyong kamangmangan dahil lalabas kang katawa-tawa"

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  16. uy, uy, kauste you're back! is this for good? kumusta na? i have an idea where you went but we have to hear it from you. na miss ka namin :)

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  17. mathematically speaking, malu = lonely-sosyalera. ;)

    not all people who do not blog are happy. most of the times, people who do so turn out to be refreshed and confident. i met real people here in the blogsphere, it might not in be in the conventional way, but they do share bits of stuff that makes pen as PEN...friends is what i call them.

    as for me, i blog simply because it set no boundaries, it makes me the queen of my so called world. :)

    hugs for you GM's!

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  18. thank you pen for dropping by. lots of hugs to you too :)

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  19. Congrats! you deserve it! There's irony and depth in your writings.. Keep the thoughts burning! :)

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  22. Salamat para sa mga kagiliw-giliw na blog

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