This isn’t my first foray into blogging. Before the days of Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, there was this little site called Friendster which was a huge boom to the Asian market. Yeah, American youth would use MySpace during that time but on the other side of the globe, we were quite content with our Friendster accounts and the “testimonials” (essentially, friends’ wall posts in Facebook speak) they come with.
I used to keep my first blog on Friendster. It was a little used option. No one really used the blogging service they provided but I thought it was convenient because people you were friends with could just automatically wander into the that blog if they so wanted. Anyway, I didn’t really nurture that blog too much. It was mainly an avenue to vent out “emo” angst I had in high school.
Thankfully, I have Twitter for that now. I get to type more succinct and unobtrusive tweets about my angst-y nature.
After that, I left Friendster to roam around different webspaces. I initially refused to setup a Facebook profile because it was so popular and I was such a contrarian. Since I was in cyberspace limbo, I finally discovered the wonders of community forums at the age of 15. (I get to discuss shit I care about with other people who also cared about same shit! Win!)
So, I drifted through different forums for a while and then I signed up for Multiply. I don’t really know if Multiply made quite a splash in the West but it sure did become a good blogging avenue for kids in the Philippines. That’s when I started voicing out my opinion on random things, like the fall of proper shoe code in my country. People would visit malls and other public establishments wearing only flip flops! And flip flops that cost about 1000 pesos, at that! Fuck flip flops. They are for the beach and for your home. Not for shopping or for watching a movie.
Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. Multiply is now a marketplace. There are no more blogs, no more pictures, no more videos. I stopped blogging for years after that.
Now, I’m back. I sustained my opinion sharing need by writing long posts on Facebook. However, that no longer satisfies me. So, I’m giving this “real blog” thing a chance. Wish me luck. I hope I keep this up.