13 February 2006

My Blog From The "Other Side"

I was reading Asian Blog Review and I don't know what came over me when I sent in an email asking for an appraisal. Perhaps it was my overpowering curiosity to find out how my blog looked "from the other side", or perhaps it's just the masochistic streak in me asking for a slap in the face, should the review turned out less than flattering? I very fragile one you know?

Yah lah, you'd probably hear, for about a gazillion times, from people that we should just blog for ourselves and not bother what others think, even if yOu tHinK tyPinG iN aLtErNatE caPs is uBer cOOlesT tO the mAXX. <-- Kaoz... that sentence alone took me over a minute to type! NB!

But... but,

I curious mah!! Can??

Then I started to think about how the review would turn out.

Will I be penalised for my overly simplistic layout and colour scheme? (Trivia: WonkyTong picked the orange for me. I loved it! I mean have you seen another blog with orange in it?)

What about my Engrish for I is not berry goot? My sperring can be quite atrocious some times. Acherly hor, I can easily "code switch" between proper Engrish or English or even Bahasa Cina lah. See my mood how lah.

I is so schizophrenic. 

Eh. Then if I say bad words on my blog and voice blog, will minus mark or not one har?

What about all the photos and pictures? Some of them my own while others I kapok from outside by shamelessly linking it direct. So far nobody complain. Heng ah.

I always make it a point to have a photo/illustration on each entry, does that mean it would take too long to load? I think I will earn the wrath of the reviewer if the person suay suay uses a 300-baud modem. Then I really hong kan liao. I shall keep my fingers crossed.

Coming back...

By now some of you would want to tell me to ease up on the throttle with this obsession but if you recall from my Blogger's Matrix, I allocated 25% to Bean Counting. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about at this point, may I suggest you read here and then here.

I don't deny that part of me writes for an audience. An audience from which I have made quite a number of friends over time. The audience is like my Pet Plant where I talk and nurture every day. My blog entries collectively, is the proverbial fertilizer (crap!) that grows and aids the blossoming of the plant.

From a young little seedling of yore to the present-day leafy tree boasting a total of 498 blog entries in In time I shall mark another milestone when I hit the big 500. Stay tuned.

The audience is my friend, be they lurkers or active participants. I welcome one and all to my humble abode. Perhaps it is the desire in me to want to play the perfect host that I would make an effort to accommodate everybody and making it as cosy as possible. Hence, my interest to want to find out what the outside have to say about this blog.

So while I wait for Asian Blog Review to come back to me, if at all, I wonder what do the rest of you good people have to say?

Drop me a note yah?

- Voxeros

1. Agent-BB210 left...
Sunday, 12 February 2006 9:16 pm
U fragile? Bleah.. that is complete nonsense.. U mean if they said that this blog is crap, u are going to stop it and disappear? And don't call me plant.. hahaha

2. kIm left...
Sunday, 12 February 2006 11:47 pm
Oh, for once, I'm the first here! Hahahaha.. In my humble, innocent and young girl's opinion, your blog rocks my socks. Just that your US entries get a tad boring at times. (Think 'cause I didnt know what you were talking about)
I get what you mean by blogging for an audience. I have no idea when will I hit the 500 mark man. I have only about 200 so far.
Anyhow, your blog's easy to read, understand and get *ahem* involved *ahem* in. Ay, why you wanna know how it's judged by others when your audience love it? If your audience don't like it, then they won't come back for more le wad..
DAMN! I just realized I'm not the first!

3. SB left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 2:51 am
I can't say much about your blog, having only started visiting your blog recently. But I don't get why people get attached to their entries. I could hit the delete button and start all over again, and it wouldn't matter.

4. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 8:01 am
kIm: muahahaha...

5. winter left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 9:34 am
i didn't started out reading ur blog till akk was pointed out that she tagged me twice & that u notified her about it.
i like ur entries because ur entries always make me laff. because after i have met u, i find ur entries more endearing because of the fact that i can imagine u saying it like ur audio blog. haha
nothing much for me to complain about except that pls entertain me further with ur entries.

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 9:40 am :: 
kIm: If you want to be the first, you will have to beat Jaschocolate to it. I have no idea how she managed to do it. Click refresh every 5 minutes?

Sb: I am very attached to my entries simply because they are a part of my life. It's 100% real. This blog is a chronicle of sorts documenting my path as I walk this earth.
Hence. Jay Walk.

7. aloe left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:13 am
Then ur real name is Jay or some other? I can't remember how I got here liao... haaa!! But it reads interesting and thus started reading the past blogs of urs, when I can lah, cos u go block/archive the rest liao ma. And also... at least you got reply to comments on your blog loh. :)

8. kIm left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:38 am
Jay, Jas: I 投降.

9. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:46 am
kIm:投降? So pls give me all your goodies...

Jay: No, i didnt refresh every 5 mins.. as u can see recently, i had stopped myself from commenting when i can :p
Btw, i think i came by here though wonkytong's blog (really, i think.. cannot remember liao...) but i didnt visit it a lot in the past lah.. heehee

10. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:52 am
Anna: if his real name is Jay, then those Jay Chou's fans will kill him.. his name should be Lao Uncle.. so nice hor..

11. mht left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 11:51 am
i started reading your blog bcos this <i>Just a Singaporean expat trying to etch a living in Ch1na</i> caught my eyes!
thought i found someone in similar situation. but then, you is you and me is me. so the experiences will never be the same.
in any case, you are able to pick up the meanings (or double, triple-meanings, IF ANY ) of my comments easily. your question about how we come to read your blog or how good we think your blog is?
guess i got carried away...

12. SB left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 1:03 pm
And most of my entries are a part of my life as well. But I don't like my life(hate?) as it is now. Maybe that's why you're attached to your entries since you're enjoying life right noe.

13. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 3:25 pm :: 
Anna: Jay is what my friends call me anyway.
I always try to reply to comments as best as I can. Just my way of showing my appreciation to those who made the effort to make a shout here.

kIm: Maybe if you were to refresh the blog EVERY 4 min 59 secs, they perhaps there is a remote chance of beating Jaschocolate. LOL!

Jaschocolate: You know you are always welcome here. Do forgive me if, at times, I am unable to keep up with your "youthful stamina". :)
As for Jay Chou, he may sing better but I'm definitely the better driver. Young punk!

mht: Thanks again for dropping by. Always good to have a fellow cheena-expat (albeit no longer) to share all the single/double/triple meanings! LOL!

SB: In life there is the dirt track as well as the highways. It always sucked when you are in the middle of the muddy path but always a smile when you look back from a distance away.
Hang in there. Things often have a strange way of straightening themselves out.

14. winter left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 4:51 pm
i bery jealous
never reply to my comments

15. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 5:05 pm ::
winter: That because I needed to take more time to savour your comments mah.
OK fine. I confess. I did reply but I think it never got thru and I didn't double-check to ensure. Sorry!
Anyway, what I said in my supposed reply was that I am glad to know that my blog brings a smile. I will try to keep up. Watch out for Thursday's blog.
Also glad that we met up but too bad no chance to go "posing". LOL!
Next time we must!

16. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 5:14 pm
kIm: dont believe what Jay Daddy said.. i dont refresh every 5mins.. my boss will kill me if i did that.. Just that my working hrs started at 8am mah.. so i will just read this blog at that time... heehee..
But come March, my working hrs changed to 8.30am liao.. so u want, just come earlier.. confirm WIN me!! Yea! Y_Y

17. spellbound left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 5:32 pm ::
hmm, your blog attracted do not worry about what review they gave you...if they do reply with a negative review, just take it with a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper k. I believe you will get positive review la.

18. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 5:48 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: I think you forgot to tell them about the secret that you read the next day's blog by using the preview feature.

Spellbound: I am not worried about getting a negative review lah. I have you guys telling me I am doing ok thus far. That certainly carries more weightage.
*wink back*

19. kIm left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 5:49 pm
Jas: What goodies? What goodies? Where got? Anyway, how I beat your 8am? Everytime I come in like 12++am there's already 4 or 5 comments. I surrender totally. (But then I learnt the trick to detect new entries before they are posted le! :D)

Jay: Right.... Like I no need to study lo! I rather keep a watch out for u-know-who than visit here every 5mins. Muahaha.. By the way, I came across your blog while blog hopping around at work. You have no idea how many blogs I hop about everyday and only a pathetic few made it to my favourites. Honoured not? Wahahahha.. But that time I was a lurker. I didnt dare to comment. See? I'm a shy girl hor. Haha..

20. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 6:16 pm :: 
kIm: Honoured? I IS SIBEH HONOURED!!!
*lao bak sai* T_T

21. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 6:31 pm
Oh yeah, that preview thing helped too.. never tell cos thought is secret mah.. now secret out of bag.. opps...

kIm: who is you-know-who???

22. kIm left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 6:34 pm
Eeyer. I can smell sarcasm all the way from Ch1na! Hahaha..

23. Sheena left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 7:48 pm
TPP! I damn suay! I recently lost my phone, can you drop me an sms with your name? Or email me? Thanks.
We never got to go for 2nd prata outing too... *sniff*
Hope you didn't think I was avoiding you or anything like that. I lost my phone on the 2nd of Feb, only just got a replacement.

24. winter left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 8:55 pm
i know u forgot!!! wahaahahaha
i want to pose... pose & pose..
long time no pose liao

25. akk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 9:05 pm
Are my eyes decieving me? you are asking for reassurances via a blog critic?!! muahahaha...oh geez, looking forward to the review siah. wah lau, just ask us all can liao mah...within 1 day got 23 comments, what u think ah?
if u get bad review hor, ur XMMs, the SYTs and your daughters will whack him big big...scare what?
OTOH, I'm slowing down liao...perhaps I go send him a URL how? then just link him, I no need put in entry...damn, must go back to working. seeya ard and miss u all!!! :)))

26. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 9:45 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: When more than one person know about something, it's no longer a secret liao.

kIm: What sarcasm? Really!

Sheena: And all along I thought you were too consumed by your new job. What is it so far?

winter: I where got forget? Dunno who last minute tummy become washing machine. Who ah?

Akk: Aiyah... people backside itchy mah. Some more people review serious serious type and so I kaypoh went to chup jee kar loh kee lor.

27. kIm left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 11:21 pm
Jas: You know you know.. Hahhaha.. Cute guys la..

28. Pam left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 11:43 pm
you know how i got here - and you know why i'm here. 'nuff said. :) eh, we're shopping for a new car - have you seen the new honda civic???? was duly impressed by it on the weekend. might get that one. can't quite afford a german car, and not going for italian, french or american.

29. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 12:26 am ::
Pam: But of course! These days Jap cars quality are so good that while German cars are still better, the gap is now much smaller.
Let us not forget the advantage of fuel efficiency given the rising oil prices. Definitely a major factor to consider.

30. winter left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 9:25 am
my fault :(
next time lor
wat to do
du zhi bu zhen qi :P

31. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 9:38 am :: 
winter: Dounch worry. Always got next time one. No scared!

32. zeenie left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 3:31 pm
Lol, my titlebar is also orange! =)

33. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 5:02 pm ::
zeenie: Yours is more like *cough* yellow ocre *cough cough* :P

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