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Wednesday May 15, 2013

Don’t you want to blog?

Roger Poh at the end of his exhausting bike trip
up Fraser’s Hill. Seniors love to blog about their
travels. Roger Poh at the end of his exhausting bike trip up Fraser’s Hill. Seniors love to blog about their travels.

YOU’VE probably read about bloggers who were arrested or sued for making defamatory remarks in their blogs. Bloggers write about practically anything under the sun. Hobbies, interests, travel, photography, sports, politics, social issues and current affairs are popular subjects. Some bloggers use their blogs to promote their businesses.

You can also share your thoughts on blogs. Perhaps your reflections or musings about the meaning of life, whether there is an afterlife, or how to live a rich and fulfilling life.

If you are a poet at heart, you can write your blog in verse. Someone somewhere out there on the Internet might share your passion.

Seniors generally like to indulge in a bit of nostalgia. Many enjoy writing about places, people and things that remind them of their childhood or youth. They may illustrate their stories with photos to make their blogs more interesting.

Here is an excerpt from a blog. This blogger enthuses about his hometown of Taiping: “The best Taiping Blog in Town. The best Taiping food is also available here.

“You will never go hungry and this will give you good reasons to stay in Taiping longer to enjoy all the food.

“Every Malaysian must visit this town!”

Having been to Taiping many times, I quite agree with his lavish praise of Taiping hawker food.

One interesting feature of a blog is that it is interactive. People who read your blog may leave encouraging comments saying how fortunate they are to have stumbled across your blog, how interesting it is or they might ask you questions to learn more.

You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that your readers come from all over the world. People from far-flung places like Brazil may be interested in your blog about your kampung since they have not seen one. A person shivering in -20°C in Russia may envy you as you talk about a walk on the beach on a sunny day.

A blog need not be just a sea of prose. To spice up their blogs, most bloggers add pictures. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. You can add videos and music as well. A blog is basically about sharing information. It can be an absorbing pastime.

How did I get started? Well, having been a regular contributor to the “Letters to the Editor” page in newspapers, creating a blog of my own was a logical next step. My blog focuses on social and political issues. I make a lot of “noise” on a wide range of issues: poor school discipline, noisy libraries, reckless drivers, crime, the plight of the elderly poor, human rights, customer service, political and civic freedom.

If there are pressing issues over which I need to let off steam, I blog almost every day. I’m now in my fifth year of blogging.

I believe in the adage “Use it or lose it”. Writing engages the brain, and prevents it from going rusty.

I also blog in hopes of making a difference, however minute it might be. And it keeps me out of the coffee shop drinking beer.

Two of the most popular blogging hosts are Blogger (blogger.com) and WordPress (wordpress.com). All you have to do is sign up, create a blog and officially you are a blogger, joining hands with the million of bloggers worldwide. And it’s free, too.

Give it a try!

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