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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bloggers, Blogging, Blogged, Buggered


I tend to forget that I am in Singapore sometimes. Yes, ambiguity intended. Sometimes I am in Singapore, and sometimes I forget this.

And so I don't keep up with many Singaporean blogs. Read zero. At least since Mr Brown moved on to pod-casting, still funny and controversial but not really blogging IMHO. Xenoboy and MollyMeek have essentially disappeared. Then, of course, SPG moved into my apartment (temporarily, for a few years) and I could see what was going on in her life without having to read about it or admire the pictures of it (always a five minute warning sent when I was coming back from the airport.) Mainey quit from Kinokinuya so there was no chance of getting discount books (met her sister last week). VirginPornstar moved to Sydney after losing her virgin status and shut her blog down. Valkyrie's spider's all passed on, so I only see her when she comes to our place for D&D games (a while ago now, when Izzy was still here. Lovely lady, nice tattoos.)

However the complete absence of the bloggers I know is not the only reason I haven't kept up with all local blogs that I know, There is one blogger I refuse to communicate with because of her criminally heartless treatment of one of my close friends. No names, no pack drill, as they say, and she is a lawyer so I'd probably get ripped a new arsehole if I linked to her after that comment.

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I'm not sure that there are any Singapore expat blogs I SHOULD be following, but there is nothing I need to know about bringing up babies, about local food or pet dogs or fashion or living advice for those on their first tour of duty.

I made an observation at the first/only Singapore Bloggers.sg.2005 bloggers meeting back in whenever, 2005 or so, about this, and the status hasn't changed, at least for the people I know or should know. The taxi driver guy hasn't published since April last year. Mike is now only talking about his burgeoning writing career (and you really should investigate his work - brilliant). Indy is back blogging under his Platypus moniker, but only about gaming and blowed if I can remember the link.

As a result, my blog is linked to by very few Singaporean expat bloggers. Read none. And it features on few of the lists that come up when you Google 'Expat Bloggers Singapore'. Read none.

OK, I know I have a dedicated bunch of readers, a humble hi-5 guys and gals, but the list of followers is not expanding and my hits are practically non-existent compared to one or fifteen of the local blogs here.

Mind you my blog is pretty specialised. Specialised in a negative space way, excluded, preterite, I am the dark matter and background radiation hum of Singapore blogging that no-one sees unless they use sophisticated equipment to find it.

In fact my blog is damn useless: A list of complaints about toast and coffee with the occasional sex adventure of Bruce in Orchard Towers or Bangkok. Boring, right? Specialised topics, right?

Sigh.

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These thoughts were stimulated by a Chinese colleague - female - who says, yes, she glances at my blog every now and then but reads XiaXue every day. Every day. XiaXue gets the same hits per day as I have accumulated over the past 4 years, thanks to people like my colleague. I wish I could call her a dumb bitch, but she's not. She does the same job as I do, so she's obviously a genius.

But why the fuck do 380,000 people a week got to XiaXue's blog? I'm not going to link to it because no matter what I say, if she finds out, she is bound to rip me a new arsehole. (I have met her once, briefly, seemed nice, completely ignored me.)

OK, new arsehole coming. It is completely beyond me what the pull is to her vacuous, narcissistic, rude and abusive tripe.

Completely. Beyond. Me.

As is popularity.

E@L

(Bit fretful of further damage to my arsehole it seems.)

17 comments:

Anthony said...

Did you ever stop to think that one of the reasons that the blogging community you were a part of disappeared is that we all crossed the "fourth wall", we went from the virtual to having real beers (and sucking at Trivia)?

Added to which all the smart ass comments we used to make over blogging are now down on FB?

Ohhh and my word verification is "prics" :-)

Skippy-san said...

Let's not forget that life moves on and it is tough to keep the pace going for years and years. Especially when technology makes for new toys. Or you just want to do something else with your spare time...............

That last item is a feeling I have had a lot today. Of course that is partially brought on by tis damn thing called work.

DanPloy said...

'Don't bother being nice. Being popular and well liked is not in your best interest. Let me be more clear; if you behave in a manner pleasing to most, then you are probably doing something wrong. The masses have never been arbiters of the sublime, and they often fail to recognize the truly great individual. Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in.'

expat@large said...

Anthony: yes FB allows you let off steam you would once channel in a blog-post.

Skip: especially as you lose IQ points by the dozen every year...

Dan: love it! Here's a coupla quotes from my sidebar on the old blog.


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Cyril Connolly

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
Mark Twain

Tease said...

Your blog is much more popular than the 20 yr old singaporean semi-sex blog! That says a lot...

Tease said...

Also, it helps if you post more pictures of yourself with enlarged contact lenses and photoshop some sparkles in. Thats a definite winner.

expat@large said...

Tease: Well for a start, I tell as many people as possible what the URL is...

Tease said...

thx...*shifty eyes

expat@large said...

Joking! Your secrets are safe with me... like your snoring.

expat@large said...

Oops!

savannah said...

i read your blog, sugar! and i follow you on facebook AND twitter, and if i weren't already married, i'd date you exclusively! xxoxoxox

p.s. how's that for an endorsement? besides, i've seen pictures of all your books! ;~)

expat@large said...

Sav: I know that you are one of the stalwarts and I love you for it! And you are a special lady (one of the few on the intergneck) who deserves that love...

Books do furnish a bedroom, as they almost say, but not frequently enough...

*mmmmmuah*!

Michael McClung said...

Don't fall into the logical doom trap of trying to figure out xia xue. That way madness lies.

The Bludger said...

And what is worse - she who cannot be named also gets a Wikipedia entry.

The Bludger said...

See previous comment. Do people really read that tripe?

expat@large said...

Wikipedia or Xia Xue?

The Bludger said...

I respect Wikipedia (mostly). That should clarify my comment.

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