Four years, eleven months and 10 days ago, I entered the shiny new world of blogging when one of my closest friends, Trang, talked me into opening a Xanga account. For nearly 2 years, I kept up with it and using it as a way to communicate with many of my friends who also had their own Xanga accounts. It wasn’t too long after when a college-based social networking site was released and just like that, my friends and I re-located from Xangaverse and became one of the first groups of people to become Facebook addicts. Facebook is still my preferred choice for networking (I check my Facebook as much as I check my e-mail and my Entourage is never closed) but I’ve since expanded into Myspace and Twitter.
Thanks to my six-month stint at Schipul, I grew to have an appreciation for what I learned was called “social media.” Don’t get me wrong—I personally believe that “social media” is just advertising and marketing jargon for what us regular folks call the “Internet.” Still, there’s a level of sophistication that I acquired when it comes to blogging and networking online that I never would have learned had I not joined the Schipul team. Granted, 98% of the time, I disregard this knowledge and blatantly go against etiquette because I’m not online to promote anything—I’m just here to hang out and have fun.
As I write more on this blog, it will become more evident that I have a tendency to overlook what I deem superfluous rules for the sake of genuine communication. In fact, I’m killing myself using proper capitalization over this blog post since I prefer to use lower case letters for any writing that isn’t going to be submitted for anyone’s approval. I just figured my first post should be a proper one. I am, however, a stickler for grammar and will try to stick to common grammar rules without having to pull out my English notes from primary school.
I find it difficult to decide whether my blog should have a primary focus or should I just use this as a replacement for my Facebook notes. My posts on there are quite erratic and are generally more for my own entertainment purposes than anyone else. The same will probably happen here. I’m calling it.
In any event, I just wanted to say hello to the blogosphere and let you know that you’ll be hearing a lot from me.
…even if you don’t want to.