AKO: Bakit hindi ka na masyadong nagba-blog?
BLOGGER: Naging busy kasi ako sa totoong buhay.
Natawa ako sa naging sagot niya, but at the same time, napaisip din. Hindi ba considered na totoong buhay ang buhay ng isang blogero?
Ano nga ba ang buhay ng isang blogerong tulad ko? At first I thought it's all about expressing oneself thru blogging, may it be about your personal experiences, opinions, insights, or reviews. Pero mali pala, hindi pala natatapos sa pagsusulat lang. As you blog, you get to introduce yourself to other sources of social interaction. Dadating 'yung time na merong maliligaw sa blog mo, magbabasa ng mga sinusulat mo, at mag-iiwan ng bakas sa comments page mo. Ikaw din, maliligaw ka din sa blog ng iba, magbabasa ka din ng sinulat nila, at mag-iiwan ka din ng bakas sa kanila. The possibilities are endless, from getting a personal e-mail from an 'online fan' to a possibility of getting married to one. LOL! Have I mentioned before that I had once a GF because of blogging? (No intention of bragging about it. Too bad it didn't work out.)
I must admit, naging adik ako sa iba't-ibang klase ng social media, not just limited to blogs. Name it: social networking sites like Facebook, microblogging platforms like Plurk & Twitter, online forums like PinoyExchange & PinoySG, photo sharing apps like Instagram, and others. I got hooked dahil iba't-ibang klaseng 'high' ang nae-experience ko sa bawat isa. I get to express myself more, learn more at marami din akong naging kaibigan thru all these social media thingamajigs.
But it's not always been a bed of roses. Hindi lahat ng experiences ay naging maganda. FIRST of which, I think it has become an addiction, and I guess too much of anything is not good. Naapektuhan nito ang concentration ko sa ibang bagay, tulad ng trabaho. Hahaha! Pakiramdam ko eh hindi ako nagiging productive sa office kapag masyado akong tutok sa Twitter. (Ito ang reason kung bakit ako pansamantalang nag-HIATUS sa Twitter.)
SECOND, I've encountered some people online who, I just realized, are not really worth any of my time and attention. These are: (1) those malicious ones who don't have the purest of intentions. They would try to befriend you but afterwhich, gossip behind not just your back but everyone's backs, and utter not a single positive word about certain people; (2) those who excessively rants and complains about everything. I know that we all have the freedom of expression, but these people don't seem to have anything else to do but spread bad vibes around them. (This is actually not a rant post. I have come to accept that there are people who are like those, and 'to each one his own'.)
Come to think of it, my blogger friend made a lot of sense, so I'm planning to do the same. Huwag kayong mag-alala, hindi ko pa naman lilisanin ang aking 'online social life'. Babawasan ko lang siguro, as I need to prioritize on other things as well. Tulad niya, siguro kailangan ko ding maging busy sa aking 'totoong buhay'. :)