What Sets My Blog Apart

I've been seriously considering lately whether I should follow the blogger's cliche of blogging about every darn restaurant they've been to.
You know, the ones where they take insanely close-up pictures of the food to show how 'yummy' it looks & share their experiences with the world (be it good, bad or so-so).

I eat out quite often but I do not find a need to blog about every single shop or stall that I visit.
Mainly because I only blog about things that have touched or impacted me in some way.
I've written posts about a few priviledged establishments because they have something there that sets them apart from the others.

This doesn't mean that I wont write about food establishments.
I'm planning to blog about my favorite places for food in Kuching simply out of my overflowing love for them.
I want to expose my love affair with Kuching food to the whole wide world!
p/s: I've got really good taste (oh, I'm so vain) so be sure to check these places out when you're in town!

I write what I want to write.
But sometimes I am clueless as to what I should put in my next blog post...
And I'm tempted to imitate the recipe of the famous ones.

Nah, I dont think I should put in half-hearted pirated posts.
I'll only post something on my blog because I really want it to be there.
Either that or someone has paid me to do it... **hint** **hint**

I think that is what sets my blog apart. I blog for love. I blog for me.
I don't care to much about attracting more readers or being popular.
I don't go around leaving out-of-context comments on random blogs.
I don't want to be the next KennySia.

I want to be me.
This blog is an extension of my psyche on display for those who care.

I think I've attracted a group of readers with a similar disposition.
I've attracted people who actually care instead of those who are blindly following a trend.
And I am thankful for them.
They... No, YOU motivate me to be a better writer / blogger.
I will do my best to be sincere & truthful on my blog for you.

In this day & age, where information is at one's fingertips & almost every tom dick & kumar has a blog, it's time people started blogging with a difference.


  1. Good luck with getting restaurants to sponosor you to eat at their place! And yes sir, your blogposts are certainly something ! :)

  2. I hope you're not talking about me...*cold stare!!! LOL!!!
    There are bloggers...and there are bloggers...and you blog about anything you want. There are themed-blogs like food (and they call them floggers), business/finance, computer technology, movies, education.... You name it, they've got it.

    Others may have some hidden agendas e.g. increasing traffic so they can make more from people like Nuffnang, not me!Mine is more a personal journal - what I do, where I go, what I think...but I USUALLY avoid sensitive issues - race, religion, politics and sex. No need to stir the hornets' nest... I'd like to bask in the peace and quiet of my laid-back life and enjoy my retirement.

    But then of course, food is my favourite subject - and just looking at my shape and size would tell you that. That's why in a lot of my posts, I share with the readers about...food and food joints...A LOT!!!

    But when blogging, you blog for yourself...not for others...or at least, I feel that way. If they visit and like what they see, they're most welcomed to stay...and if not, they need not come back again. It's as simple as that. I cannot understand why people go to others' blogs and criticise them from top to bottom...

    One man's meat is another man's poison...so, to each his own!

  3. Good good..do write down whatever u desires coz it's ur blog...and please do write about those delicious food u tasted..who knows, i might go Kuching one day =)

  4. blogging is a place to state your piece of mind on anything you figure, but being in the civil service, we have limitations on our opinions.

    I share situipui's comments here.

    Anyway,the best blogs to read are those whom are opinionated and also talking about things that matter to them.

    Blogs which are educative (ie food blogs, movie reviews , technology blogsetc etc) are good, but they don't have the 'pull factor'. Nonetheles, you scout them out when you need some info on something.


  5. Sarah: I'm so nice to you... You're restaurant will sponsor me, rite?

    Arthur: I like what you write because you share about the good places in Sibu & I find your blog very informative.
    Your writings are authentic because you blog about things that you are interested in.

    In this post, I'm citicising those who try too hard to get their blogs to be popular.
    I'm sure you've seen some of them at work...
    Those who leave comments without even reading the posts.
    Those who link to ppl juz coz they want to be linked back.
    Those who borrow heavily (if not plagiarising) from popular blogs.

    Alice: Sure will!

    Cyril: Actually, any kind of occupation would require some discretion on what is put on the net.
    Executives have gotten fired over what they put on twitter.
    Beauty queens have lost titles from pictures in Facebook!

  6. Yep, ur blog should reflect what is dear to you or what are your views on the world around you.

    you shouldn't write something just to please other people.

    i feel free after i'm done with writing something in my blog. doesn't bother me if no one cares to read it.hehe

  7. don't blog about restaurants too regularly . it's so retarded cause you're giving free advertising and your blog will be flooded with pictures . not cool .

  8. just keep up the good work, I would say ;)

    Don't forget you brainwashed *scratch* encouraged me to blog in the first place... Glad you did so~

  9. Blog whatever you feel passionate about.

    Ive been reading your blog since my undergrad days and I have seen a lot of "growing up" =)

    Your blog is certainly one that is intriguing, funny and downright honest. And this is what keeps the reader stats looking good.

  10. i've been reading your blog for a few years now =). & i know you are such a 'blog-reader' too. so thanks for reading my blog since it first started too ;).

    just blog from your heart.

    as for me, i blog whtever i feel like writing...regardless if people read it or not..coz i blog for me...and not to please anyone else.

    hehe! hence i shall never be a famouse blogger, but i dont give a rat arse about it! =D

  11. Anonymous1/11/09 15:49

    "I think I've attracted a group of readers with a similar disposition.
    I've attracted people who actually care instead of those who are blindly following a trend.
    And I am thankful for them.
    They... No, YOU motivate me to be a better writer / blogger.
    I will do my best to be sincere & truthful on my blog for you."

    - correct .. correct ... correct- just write something meaningful in yourlife... =)

  12. jarod, just continue blogging wit ur heart!

  13. just blog about what you feel like too.

    i will read it too btw. :)

  14. Hi Ah Kam,

    I've been following your blog on and off since a few months ago. To me, the best bloggers are those who blog from the heart and whose writings inspire or make a positive impact on the way people think and live. Your blog has given me an insight into life outside KL, as I grew up, studied and now work entirely in KL/Selangor. So yes, I'm waiting for reviews of Kuching restaurants/food/life that are close to your heart. :)

    As for me, my humble blog started out as an online personal journal that documented my journey of life - how I see certain issues in life, what decisions I took at some points of my life and ramblings of whatever issues or incidents that caught my fancy.

    Then, after a certain incident in Perak on 5th Feb 09, the political switch in me was turned on. I started blogging about the (sorry) state of the country and posted up alternative news and views, all because I love my country very much and would like to help improve the land where my blood spilled (literal: tanah tumpahnya darahku).

    But then in an instant, my blogging career was over, as my boss got to know about my 'political inclination' from my blog and asked me to shut the blog down. I guess she has her own reasons - we are dealing with the powers that be (i.e. the government of the day) and we can't be seen to be 'anti-government'...

    So the bottom line is: blog from your heart but don't let your boss/superiors know about your blog, hahaha :D

    Have a happy week ahead!

  15. Well to some more popular bloggers, their blog is their income so they need to attract as many readers as possible.. I try to read the ones with more substance, but at the end of a long day, I enjoy reading sth bimbotic but cheery-- not too taxing on my tiny brain :)

  16. Hanim: Yup. Blogs provide a kind of release for emotions that would have otherwise been buried deep inside.

    Vio: Yes, boss!

    Felicia: Aren't you thankful that this koko' showed you the way to enlightenment?

    Sawi: Growing up? Hey, I was already mature since I was 12 YO, okay. Bulu pun suda jadi pokok!

    PohLin: Well, I read blogs the blogs of friends & strangers with interesting views.
    I think everyone brings something new to the table.
    Let's be in-famous together!

    Warid: Thanks, dude!

    Fa: Thanks, Fa!

    Sayda: Wow! You're like my #1 fan! You want free merchandise?

    LaiHeng: Yes, I can understand your predicament.
    I have given it some thought & I have decided to be very careful about the topics I choose to blog about.
    And I have always got (abiet unelicited) help from my father. He has been my #1 critic. He often reminds me when a post is too 'sensitive'.

    I love my country too & I will do my best to make sure that it will go from height to height.
    Let's do our best for this country.

    Phee: You're right. There needs to be a little bit of balance in the cyber world.
    Just like in movies. There are some serious touching movies while others are just plain fun.

  17. love what you wrote here... i write for the same reasons too... because i like what i write about... but i wldn't mind going out of my niche if i'm getting paid as well!! =) i guess that's the reason ur blog has such a faithful following despite your lack of 'publicity' or spamming other ppl's blog with, as you put it, irrelevant comments. we need more bloggers like that.

    but hey. hits and visitors will come and go if all one is doing is using cheap tricks and gimmicks to lure them in. to build a following, to build trust and credibility with your readers, that takes time. but eventually, once you get there, it'll be worth it, aye? =)

  18. We think too much.
    And it is reflected in our writing.
    I wish I was blonde.


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