blogging 2016

When I started blogging 8 or 9 years ago, I had zero readers. I only had my closest friends to read my stories. These are real-life friends who accepted me and my evil streak, who did not judge me for my questionable decision-making skills and just generally laughed at my antics. I had no fear of being judged, so I had no fear in writing. So I wrote a lot. Full-on blogger mode.

A couple of years later came what I recall to be the golden era of personal blogs. Everybody had a blog. Suddenly I had readers, strangers visiting my blog and regularly leaving comments. People I did not personally know. And it felt good, to know that other people read my stories and enjoyed them too. It felt so good to wake up in the morning and find new comments on my latest post. It was so exciting to respond to the comments one by one. And then in return, I visited their blogs and left comments too. Bloghopping became a daily activity for me. Some of these bloggers became online friends, and then became real life friends. It was a great time to be a blogger, a writer. And so I wrote. A lot.

I have found an audience and got so scared to lose them. Suddenly I couldn’t just write about my weekend, it had to be a funny weekend. I couldn’t just write movie review, it had to be a hilarious movie reviews. I couldn’t express my opinions on current events because opinions are not funny. My blog is under the humor category and I didn’t want to bore the audience. At the risk of trying too hard, I did try to make very post worth reading. Writing became a task. I grew tired of it.

Finally came the great age of social media, which we are in right now. I have this deeply held belief that Facebook is killing personal blogs. When in the past I used to write a full blown story of how something fucked up in my life, now I just tell everyone about it on Facebook and get instant feedback. No one has the time to faithfully follow blogs anymore. No one has the time to blog anymore.

Now when I do write something on my blog, I have no idea if a lot of people read it. Gone are the days when I would log in to Blogger and see 50+ comments waiting. I don’t know if this happened to other personal blogs or just mine, and the reason I don’t know is because I don’t bloghop anymore. I probably just lost some readers and that’s inevitable. People grow, and sometimes they outgrow you. I outgrew some people too. That’s just fine.

The blogosphere has been abandoned. My fellow bloggers, the one who first read my blogs, the one whose blogs I first read, are gone. The same bloggers who have turned into friends are no longer active, their paid domains reverted back to their original. Some of my blogger friends aren't even my friends anymore.  So now with only a handful of readers, if not two or three, I can write anything I want again. Now I don’t have to fear losing my readers, because I already lost them. I can still write funny stuff, but I would like to write those funny stories for my second book.

You might ask, Why not just close this blog? Nabayaran ko na kasi yung domain, sayang naman.

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mike said...

well said sir glentot.

yes, blogging seems to be a dying art form. but no worries, there are still a few of us who wants to keep this alive. and as always, excited to see a post from you....kahit na medyo may kabastusan (medyo daw, yeah right) LOL!!!

keep posting!!!!

yccos said...

you prolly just gotta go back to your initial why... why you started this blog and what kept you writing before fame and money started to come in. Maybe by then, you will get to remember why you do what you do.

jep buendia said...

True :) Malinaw ang mga punto mo :)

Rix said...

☺ ganun talaga. sabi ko nga sa last post ko nothing is constant but changes ganun pa man nakakatuwa dahil may fo-follow pa pala.. Anyway siguro mag-a-abang na lang din ako sa new book mo

Ellamarietan said...

im still here, faithfully reading your blog, and waiting for any update... Keep on blogging as it always put smile on my face :)

Senyor Iskwater said...

Ah... promotional post pala for the 2nd book! akala ko farewell post na! Close this blog na, I'll reimburse ung binayad mo! J/K ... Dami pa namang active jan! di nga lang tau sure sa sense nila!

Adi said...

Aww. Sayang naman. Kakarating ko pa lang. Still, that's your decision to make.



chingoy, the great chef wannabe said...

still following and reading :D

Momel said...

Some of those fiercely long legged people from your Golden Era of personal blogs have decided to write again. This is because they think they have to be good at something, and not just putting dicks in their mouths. They're posting Fridays, Scout's Honor, and they're doing it with a convincing enthusiasm. They're mostly cocksuckers.

Al Dridge said...

Maybe there are still some who read your blog? Honestly, I keep checking wickedmouth if there's any new posts. I've enjoyed reading your stories. I hope you'll find the motivation to write stories and share it with us in your blog. Don't forget your regulars!

P.S
Wala pang pirma yung unang libro mo huhuntingin kita sa panagbenga haha!

Overthinker Palaboy said...

Bawal magsara ng blog. Bawal mag-emo shit. Bawal sumuko. Ituloy lang ang pag-iingay sa blog :)

Ester Yaje said...

Am still here kuya Glen. Still reading your posts. And am still updating my blog. Di nga lang ganun ka often, not like before. :)

Er Perez said...

HI Glen, thank you kasi hanggang ngaun binigyan mo pa din ng time ang blog mo. Seriously, paano na kami kung wala ka at ang iba pang blogger na active pa din. Keep it up!

ruselle canlas said...

hahaha.nakakarelate ako dito. mas active talaga magsulat ibang bloggers dati nung wala pang facebook. but I'm still reading your posts Glentot. hehehe. I'm loyal. Lol. Keep writing hehe

Xhann said...

Ngayon lang ako magko-comment ulit kasi concern ako sa kung anumang pinaglalaban mo ngayon haha!
I am one of the silent readers na nag-aabang ng post mo despite being busy in the real life. You inspired me to be positive. Na smile lang in every situation. It's hard being clinically depressed. I am hoping na katulad ng sinabi ng isang commenter, eh promotional post ito LOL.
Anyway, okey lang naman kung paminsan minsan ka na lang magpost. Basta HUWAG NA HUWAG mo isasara yung blog. Inuulit ulit kong basahin yung posts mo. Salamat, salamat sa ginagawa mong pagpapatawa at pag inspire sa katulad ko, and pasensya na kasi di talaga ako mahilig magkomento dahil introvert sucks.

Diane Writes said...

Wag naman mauwi sa pag shut down ng blog mo :-( Guilty ako na I don't blog hop and comment often. Kasi naman madalas mobile na gamit ko pang blog hop. Problem with mobile is medyo nakakatamad mag type ng comment. ;-) Masaya na ako sa pagbbrowse at pagbasa.

It's true na to some extent, social media is killing the blogosphere. Although minsan naisip ko, pede naman sila mag complement to each other. Kung paano, hindi ko alam. hahahah basta

You were saying na wala na yung mga first readers mo, hindi na sila nagbblog. As a reader naman, I have my own share of bloggers na I became too dislike.... Medyo naging commercialised at pardon the term, medyo pretentious na. Parang lahat na lang ay geared to sponsored content.

Please continue blogging for the simple reason na naaliw ako kapag binabasa ko ang posts mo. Kahit anung topic pa yan, susuportahan ka namin. :-)

Ungaz said...

Nakaka epistaxis namin pageemote neto...ere na nga o.backreading!!!lelz

renzsetgo said...

Still reading and been checking out your blog for 3 years. Started my own travel blog too for the love of writing. I was inspired by many bloggers, including you sir Glenn. Can't wait for your second book! Bloggers, make some noise! Hahaha

Traveliztera said...

Ang sad pero I agree... Even Youtube vids are dying kasi sa Facebook na lahat pati ng vids... Pero please keep on blogging. Iba pa rin yung nakalagay sa sarili mong space and very well-written pa.


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Xhann said...

Heto na naman po ako, nag-back read ulit. Hindi kasi ako nakabili ng book nung 2013 dahil wala dun sa NBS BF. Nakapagtrabaho na ako sa NBS BF just this year din kaso ayun, nalaman ko na kabilang NBS pala nagkaroon. I tried ebook kaso not available in our country daw? Pasensya na kung di ako talagang nagkokomento sa mga posts mo, pero I want you to know na napapasigla mo pa din ako/kami sa mga nababasa namin dito. Sobrang naaaliw ako at nalilimutan ko mga hinaing ko haha! Keep on blogging kuya Glenn!

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