I'm a simple girl with a li'l dream, of seeing her humble works in exquisite print, to share with all who feels for words, written with
an unsupressable urge. So indugle in my fantasies, and plow your way through my memories, greatly appreciated you will be,
if you can leave your comments here for me.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Why Are You Here?


There are millions and millions of blogs in the blogosphere. Sometimes I cannot help but wonder - what makes someone choose to read a person's blog but not another?

What drives people to a blog? Controversy? Sexcapades? Tragedies? Love stories? Politically incorrect verbal diarrhoea? Dirty secrets?

Why do some even bother to read about other people's lives? What motivates them to log on every day, hungrily devouring each and every printed word published by the author?

What goes through each reader's mind, as their eyes splayed over the screen?

How do they feel being let in on the lives of someone they hardly know, except for the virtual persona that the blogger paints online?

I read some people's blog for a few reasons. The most practical one would be because that blogger happens to read my blog, and out of blogger's etiquette, I feel obligated to return the favour. But yet I am selective - I don't read ALL blogs. Scarcity of time simply means I have to filter out the more quality ones to read.

I like reading blogs also because it gives me an insight into another person's mind. It's interesting to know the kind of random thoughts that get translated into verbal diarrhoea. The more complicated a person's thoughts are, the more intrigued I get. I am curious what made him/her the way they are. What moulded their life perceptions? Bloggers like these inspire me.

Strong command of the language definitely helps - because I love to learn and muse at the different styles of good writing. But being a good writer is not enough to command my attention. The blogger must have its own brand of persona and attitude, a character that is distinctive in its own special way.

Few bloggers possess that. So I only read those that I link on my blog. The rest are really a waste of my time.

I feel very much for people, and they are usually the main source of my inspiration. Being a blogger myself, I do feel a sense of unspoken affinity towards other fellow bloggers. But again, this affinity is usually reserved for a selected few. Such exclusivity confers a kind of special status to these people that I hold high regard for. Simply because what they have written have either impressed me, touched me, or inspired me - in their own li'l ways.

That's just moi.

What about you, the one who is reading this entry right now? I am curious about you - especially at this point in my blog - where I feel you would probably know more about me than I would ever know about you.

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?
2) How often do you read it?
3) What motivates you to read it again?
4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Five simple questions - and hopefully I will get five truthful, honest, and no-holds barred answers from you.

At least for once, let me know who you are - since I have bared my heart and soul to all of you for so long.


"Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support."

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi elvina, just happened to stumble upon your blog some time ago. started initially with scouting for motivation/contemp. ideas on my prof. writing narrative-writing course (im a student in QLD). i like your blog very much cos' it's insightful, hence explains why i came back time and again. hope you dont mind. may i add you on in Friendster? ~ best, angel.

Richard said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?

I came across it by random blog hopping.

Whatever I read that fateful day motivated me to leave a comment. By serendipity, you commented back at my blog.

I do not bookmark blogs I visit, so unless I get a visit back, that blog is lost (unless I happen to randomly stumble on it again). So, your comment allowed me to visit back.

For some reason I continued to comment and gradually began to feel welcome.

2) How often do you read it?

Two times a day. (1) when I get into work in the morning. (2) at lunch time (I might hit it a few times around lunch, if I am following comments, since it seems a lot of activity occurs around this time - my lunch time, not yours - don't you guys ever sleep?

3) What motivates you to read it again?

I have developed an affinity for your writings and, I suppose, for you. I like to know what you are up to these days ;-)

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?

That you are an interesting and in some ways complicated person.

You are also intelligent and literate. I think you would be a great person to go out with, have a few coffees and discuss deep and intimate thoughts with.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

This question is hard to answer. I am more affected by your visiting my blog. Thus making me feel that my random musings are, from time to time, worthwhile to someone.

After all, isn't that what we all want, to know that we mean something to someone? That someone, somewhere enjoys our companionship.

I agree with all the sentiments you have expressed (except the part about it being verbal diarrhoea). There must be something, some reciprocity, some affinity, some sense of kinship. Perhaps even vulnerability.

Perhaps it is your humanness, without being a complainer; your thoughts without venom. (Lack of profanity also helps).

You might as well ask me why some people become friends and why some don't. Need, availability, and reciprocity are important ingredients.

Take care.

Richard said...

Just occured to me that you could have done a modified prisoner opening:

Who are you?

What do you want?

Whose side are you on?

Dave said...

Hi,

I came across your blog a few days ago, following a link from a friend's blog to Son of Singapore and from there to here. I've read it most days since. As to why... I guess I like what you write about and I like the side of you that you show to the public. I hope you don't mind - it must be strange to know a completely unknown stranger sees something about you but you don't know about them. Very unequal. (I live in Tasmania, Australia, by the way, which I suppose is a long way away.)

As for the fifth question: I guess I've felt touched by some of the entries. It's hard to say exactly how, maybe just empathy sometimes. You also post interesting entries, on all sorts of things, which makes it good reading - you never know what you'll find next time you come back. And I like the pictures you put in some of the posts and the banner at the top. You seem to put a lot of work into how your blog looks.


I feel a bit like an intruder. I don't know you and I've never met you and I'm very unlikely to, and so I don't have a real person in my mind to connect these entries to. Most blogs I read, unless I'm linkhopping, belong to friends, and it gives a different connection to what's written. I haven't commented before, because of that. I hope you don't mind me reading.

pinto said...

I came across your blog via your post in fmslist about the Kelong. As I have an interest in things to do in Singapore and in general, I was quite intrigued. Anyone who can recommend a something like a kelong trip is good in my books!

So, I subscribed to your blog feed. This means I read it every time you update! No lah, I will read the post if something of interest catches my eye.

I've not trawled through your past posts but from the little I've read so far, you seem like an interesting and thoughtful person. And, unlike most blogs, you carry on the conversation in your comments, which is the essence of blogging.

Something which the MSM fails to come to terms with.

Your post about the Kelong was inspirational. Your I am sorry was raw and deeply personal. Yet you posted it. I admire that.

On a less serious note. Wah, you only read those blogs that you link to! I'm not so discriminating. So, I've added your blog to blog links on my site. Perhaps I will qualify for to be linked on your blog based on your discerning and stringent criteria. =)

Oh! Thanks to your reading your blog, I have a new template.

luvphobia said...

1.
Because i'm jealous that you look significantly younger than you are actually. Hah!
No, actually i'm intrigued by your thoughts, how you percieved the world around you and your strong hold of the language. Being a gorgeous lady you are, helps too!
Stumbled from the lads from FK Forum.

2. A recommended dose of 4 times daily.

3. Because words are the ones that tingle my soft spot.

4. Of you or your blog? If i were to generalize everything into one, you're one helluva sentimental lady. Of love and relationships, you treasure and you lost. Of life, you are making the most out of it. Of svelte words, you have me wanting for more.

5. Let's take things one at a time ya? It's too early to tell. ;)

the virgin undergrad said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?

I clicked on the link to ur blog when i saw u commented in Spinnee's blog about wanting your funeral to be one of a celebration.

2) How often do you read it?
Maybe once a day or once every two days now that i'm in a self-induced cyber exile cos' of the stupid exams

3) What motivates you to read it again?

i like the layout and your poems. and also outta out of reciprocity since you took the effort to advice me on my blog during that period when i felt really down

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?

i think you're a closet bohemian.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Yes. refer to 4)

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Angel: Thank you for dropping by. Hope you will continue to enjoy your stay here in Hotel Solace, even after your project. :)

Richard: You are one of my most cherished online friends because you have always been honest, true and supportive of me, someone who is merely a virtual friend. Appreciate your frank comments every time because they make me think... :) And yes, your random musings do mean something - whether it is here or in your blog. Don ever stop writing.

Dave: You are more than welcome to Hotel Solace. Thanks for reading my blog, and I am glad you like my musings.

And yes, I like designing my blog. It gives me the identity that I wanna portray. Or brand persona. Everything here including the categories by the side bar, speaks of my personality and character.

Don't have to feel like an intruder. The very fact that I put up my thoughts and feelings online, means that I am ready to share with anyone who is willing to read. So do enjoy the read while you are here.

Pinto: Thanks for being here too. You should go for the kelong trip sometimes. It's quite therapeutic haha. And I am glad that I have inspired you to do something for your blog. Hope I can continue to do that. :)

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Luvphobia: Thank you for the comments. You are quite an insightful and intelligent person yourself, an underrated one too if I may add. :)

4 times daily? Wow.

Virgin: You write really well too. Your command of the Chinese language left me in awe. Totally impressed. Thanks for being here...even though I know you have been extremely busy.

Don't forget to keep your chin up! Somehow I can feel it in my bones that you are going to do quite well. :)

What the hell is a "closet bohemian" anyway?

J said...

1. You left a comment on somebody's blog. I saw your photo, and thought I should visit this pretty gal's blog to read more about the person behind that face.
2. Whenever there is an update. I leave the page on the desktop permanently and refresh it as and when I was told there is an update.
3. To find out more about whatever you choose to reveal.
4. You are an easily hurt gal, like that song: 一个容易受伤的女人.
5. It has affected and traumatized me a lot. For one, I am suffering from sleep deprivation because of your blog! hahaha.

J said...

"Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support."

Really? Then I would like to be your friend, close to your... :)

Bee said...

I only have one answer for u, elvina:

I read your blog because someone told me u r just like me. When i first read your blog, i begin to see that u r truly my 'miror'. But as i read more, i see the 'distortion' of this 'image'... yes, i could feel everything u wrote, but i handle things very differently from u... here lies the 'distortion'. :)

One major difference is I don't care if people read my blog... for i write solely for myself, to express my thoughts and feelings, to vent what's trapped inside me. I 'run' so often partly because I want to keep my blog 'private'.

But i have made some very good and long term online friends along the way. They are the ones i don't mind reading my blog. Those who comment w/o identity, i simply ignore... for they mean nothing to me.

oops, saying too much now.

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

J: I am glad you are here - and am happier that I managed to traumatize you haha. At least my blog has an effect on you - so keep you on your toes. But thanks for reading it really.

Bee: Ya, we are really quite different. I wouldn't say I "don't care" who reads my blog, because like you over time, there are some really sincere friends who stayed on despite everything. Saying don't care will sweep them all under this same category.

I use my blog as a channel for expression as well. What I don't care is whether people agree or don agree with what I write, because it's my blog. I Am What I Am.

As private as you want your blog to be, once it's one the world wide web, there isn't really much privacy is there? To be really private is to blog it in a Word Document and save it in your hard disk so that no one else can read it.

But thanks for reading my blog. And I do care about you. :)

solid said...

Alright, time for Q & A session.

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?
Caused i would like to know what is happening around this blogger.
Got to know this blog from a goup where the owner posted some kelong trip info and i wanted to find our more about the kelong, hence i am here.

2) How often do you read it?
Once a day.

3) What motivates you to read it again?
Same like a serial drama, the urge to find out what happen next.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
The owner really has a good command of English. A personal thought, a good novel or blog is not fully on language. But is the feel and plot to lure the reader to proceed reading.
You did well.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?
...

A complete Honest and Sincere Ans

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Solid: Haha thanKs! Din know my blog reminds you of a serial drama. Thanks for reading it.

Richard said...

I think you have had lots of wonderful responses and I can agree with almost all of them (except Bee's - ha ha you are definitely not my mirror ;-)

Know that you are blessed to be able to attract such wonderful people into your life.

Take care.

"To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed. That can make life a garden."
-Goethe

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
- Helen Keller

"Just as water reflects a face, so one human heart reflects another."
- Proverbs 27:19

"Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price: no amount can balance their worth. Faithful friends are life saving medecine."
- Sirach 6:14-16

Fireborn aka the lonely saleman said...

For a start, I don’t really read other people blog especially on a daily basis.
I admire her talent and styles of good writing. and of coz her poems.


2) How often do you read it?
---> First thing in the morning and last thing before I go to bed

3) What motivates you to read it again?
---> Witty, intelligent, pain and agony in the article which, I can related most of the time.
Dedication and discipline of the writer to update the blog almost daily

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
--->Female version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, and touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Hooked. Once addicted, reader has a psychological craving for the rest of his life and it is very difficult to cut down or stop


WARNING: high doses are required to satisfy the craving and these can cause death

LGSF said...

1) Why do you read my blog?
Because it's not everyday you come across someone with a flair for writing. You've written some nice pieces, and I always look forward to those.

2) How often do you read it?
Once or twice a day.

3) What motivates you to read it again?
Same answer as Question 1.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
You have a wicked sense humor from an impish mind.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Your writing has inspired me to start writing again.

This is for you:


Ode to Hotel Solace

There exists this simple girl, her name is Reena Tan,
She has a blog on the internet, to have a little fun.
The browsers come and read her posts, her soul she bares to us,
We read her every whim and thought, it's now our daily task.

Hotel Solace is the place to be, to relax and unwind,
Be charmed by her wicked innocence, her impish little mind.
We all know her by her pseudonym, a cute and funny name,
LaoNiang is what we know her by, and writing is her game.

So here's to a special girl, who's life has touched us all,
We hope her life would always be, an endless joyful ball.

John said...

I read your blog out of curiosity, but got more than I thought I would find.
I will continue to return to read whatever you have to say simply because you mean every word of it and seems like your written verbal diarrhea is for us as much as it is for you. In a word?
Sincere
... sincere enough to make me take a peek when I have the time. I am addicted to sincerity in any form.

As for influence.. I think most of your readers would be influenced to be concerned for you including myself.

John said...

Looking at your question 'Why are you here?'.. you've caused me to think of two more questions..
'Who are you?' and 'What do you want?'.

How's that for influence? ;)

John said...

If you think Kelongs are very inspirational.. wait till you try the open sea.. watching the moonrise/moonset,sunset/sunrise and the occasional group of sea twisters/tornadoes.. all while being surrounded by nothing but water and with no land in sight..

Ben Tan said...

why people blog? ya, people do have a day job, I think that I stammered something vague about having "something to say," but that didn't feel quite like an honest or accurate assessment... And as I was trying to think of a more memorable answer, will that because "bloggers hope to accomplish with their efforts or want to make a career out of this?"

It could be any reason, I think is good to share a few articals, pictures & etc especially moments that you like to caputure or define.

Have a good one.

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Richard: Thanks. You are right. I am indeed blessed. :)

Fireborn: Death ur head la. Overdosage will only lead to severe addiction. Which is good for my blog. :P

Eh, but I like your description of me as Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I truly believe I am so too. Haha...

LGSF: Wow you are indeed talented. I am humbled by your poem. It's beautiful. :)

Impish mind, wicked sense of humour huh? Sounds like me. Not a bad observation dude.


John: Hey thanks for dropping by Hotel Solace. Glad you like my writings. You are right...if there's nothing else about this blog that is interesting, at the very least, I am sincere.

And yes, I do love the open sea. Very much. Appeals to the romantic in me.

Bentan: Hey, thanks for dropping by. Maybe it's late - so I don't understand what you are trying to get at. But erm, thanks for the comments anyway. :)

Anonymous said...

first time here....

wad made me read on was cuz u called urself, or ppl called u, lao niang... and i thought that was funny.
LOL

so having that first impression, i decided to read on.
quite funny... but... too many words. so i decided to stop and comment straight away.

must be the time of the night

Bored Dad said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?

I came across your blog when I first your reply at Xishi's blog. I have to be honest, I was first attracted by the pretty lady in the picture and thought 'Wow! So pretty!', then as I read your blog, of some of the emotional thoughts you posted, I could feel your heart and emotions, cause often, I had similar experiences.

2) How often do you read it?

OK, I have to admit, I didn't read your blog everyday, but will sure check out for updates every alternate days of so.

3) What motivates you to read it again?

Hmm... Darkest secret in my heart... should I reveal? Haha... Not too sure, perhaps, I want to know you or understand you better? Then eventually, able to support, encourages and 'by your side' when you need someone to, cause wish you to know that, you need not, and will not be alone.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?

You are a intelliegance, witty, easily hurt, fun loving, thoughtful, beauty with a brain, the list goes on and on...

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Like I said earlier, it was similiar experiences in life that I went through, that I could feel the same way as you do, thus, I hope I can provide you a lifting hand when you are down.

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Anonymous: I assure you my entries are really not as wordy...I have seen really wordy ones! But thanks for reading and commenting still. Appreciated.

BoredDad: Thanks for your encouragment.Oh and the compliments. I am really undeserving hahaha. You think too highly of me! One day I shld blog abt my flaws....maybe that will let everyone see the other side of me.

jesse said...

Writing takes me a tremendous effort but since my fav blogger asked...

Hotboyz kelong, somewhere I have always been wanting to go. I read a post on it @ FishingKaki.com by a "berrynnice" and was drawn here by the cute gal in intelligent-looking dark frames. With all due respect, little did I know that it is a whole lot more than that.

"Thou art is wise as thou art beautiful."

How often do I read it?? It's my morning staple, regular after-dinner special and night shift time-killer. Such is the perversion of my addiction to your blog, I homepage your blog on my internet browser. Too carried away?? Dun worry, just a figure of speech. Hehe..

They say writing is the act of faith, not a trick of grammer. I believe style takes the attitude of the mind. Not too many fancy words and absolute clarity is always a thumbs-up for me. Those words in a way, seems to come naturally, that's how the chapters you've penned appeals to me. Although I suspect that I could be under some kinda spell cast by your words and poems.

Your rhythem, Laoniang's style of writing and felicity of expression engages my senses totally. Life as stagnant as mine, I need to live vicariously thru others. hahaha... Hotel Solace ROX! :)

NJS said...

Hi Elvina,

There's no reason for every human behaviours...

Some may comes by chance and coincidence... Some may be cause by intentions...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?

One point is that you are very real in your blog. Someone everyone can relate to.

I came upon your blog when reading some comments you posted on another blog- Xishi's blog if I remember correctly...

2) How often do you read it?

Once a while when I am free. No fix time.

3) What motivates you to read it again?

I like your style of blogging and there's an interactive feedback from the author to the reader in the comments page. People get to know you better and they also pleased that you read every single comments posted.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?

Ha ha... Impression is that you are who you say you are:-

Strong-willed, Sensitive, Sensual, Stubborn, Sensible, Solitude, Sense of humor, Sane (at times), Smart, Sarcastic, Superwoman, Sweet, Sassy :>

What I think really stand out is you are Smart, Sensual, Sensitive and have a great Sense of humor.


5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Every Blog tells a story, a reflection of the author- even though its what you call a "verbal diarrhoea". Yours is considered quite healthy- didn't get stomachache from reading... so don't worry.

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Jesse: Wow - perversion is a STRONG word. You write really well too I must say. Maybe you should start a blog too? If only my words can cast spells like you say.....
Then I shall make all of you hand over your money to me.

So - when you plan to make the trip up to HotBoys?

NJS: Well, I Am What I Am - so I do try my best to be as sincere as possible. I may not always be right - so I hope readers here will be discerning enough not to swallow whatever I say - hook, line and sinker.

Catherine *MeowMeow* said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?

I realise that we both are very similar person in character - A woman who is Strong-willed, Stubborn, Sensible, Sense of humor, Sane (at times), Smart, Sarcastic, Superwoman and Sassy.

Through the link of Son of Singapore's blog

2) How often do you read it?
Everyday, no fixed time, usually after checking my emails and reading entries on my-must-read list of blogs.


3) What motivates you to read it again?

Your abillity in expressing your intensity of emotions got me hooked.

Your entries reflected some of my thoughts which i wasnt able to put down in my writings.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?

Even though u are yearning for luv.. but when it comes, u afraid that it might hurt u and u refuse to get too attached to it.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

I used to think i'm insane for having so much thoughts. Now that i have finally find someone who is much alike.:)

suspiciousbastard said...

1. Started after the Virgin's long post about his life. Reason? Same.

2. When there's an update.

3. Because it's interesting.

4. None. See below.

5. Nope. For me, actions speak louder than words. For a person to influence me, he/she must do it through actions, not words.

Tan Kok Seng said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?
- I started reading sometime in September after you'd posted a comment on either A Babe in Toyland or BlinkyMummy. I still read the former regularly, but not the latter.

2) How often do you read it?
- Every weekday, checking a couple of times a day for updates.

3) What motivates you to read it again?
- Many of your posts resonate with me, and I especially like the methodical way you lay out and explain your thoughts.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
- You are like the majority of my women friends who have been hurt in love but are still hopeful, although you wear your heart on your sleeve whilst most others don't.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?
- Your entries on the recent kelong experience inspired a couple of posts on my Blog about the BBC documentary on the SDU. This was the only time I have taken inspiration from another blog, thus far.

Bee said...

Elvina said: "I wouldn't say I "don't care" who reads my blog, because like you over time, there are some really sincere friends who stayed on despite everything. Saying don't care will sweep them all under this same category."

You have misquoted me, Elvina. You must be too tired.

I didn't say "I don't care who reads my blog". Precisely because I care who reads my blog, that's why my blog is always "moving" and I only inform those who really care about me of my blog movement.

I said "I don't care IF people read my blog"... meaning, I will write even if NO ONE reads.. cos I write it for myself. I won't lament that nobody reads it. But of course for those who care and do read, I really appreciate them very much.



Elvina said: "As private as you want your blog to be, once it's one the world wide web, there isn't really much privacy is there? To be really private is to blog it in a Word Document and save it in your hard disk so that no one else can read it."

Again this is one big difference we have... hehehe, I see more and more differences now. ;) I believe the web can still be PRIVATE depend on how you use it. The way you are using it will definitely fit into your belief that "there isn't really much privacy is there?". Surely no one I know can find my blog IF I CHOOSE not to disclose it to them, no matter how they search it. This I am very sure since I have moved my blog many times already.


Elvina said: "And I do care about you. :)"

Thank you. I care about you too. :)

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Catherine: Glad to know we think alike! I guess intelligent people tend to attract the same haha...

"Even though u are yearning for luv.. but when it comes, u afraid that it might hurt u and u refuse to get too attached to it."

How aptly described. I was totally speechless after I saw this analysis of me...

Suspicious bastard: I always feel you have great talent. Just like Virgin. But you are slightly more cynical, jaded and critical of life and people around you. You are really too young to be so.... Enjoy life while you can! I think very highly of u. :)

Kok Seng: Your writing inspires me too, and I am always awed by the novelist style of writing that you adopt for your blog. Can't put into words, but it feels like reading Mills & Boons again haha...

Bee: Bee my friend. Of course we are very different! Jade has been saying that right from the start! haha....

But it's ok. We do share some similarities here and there. :)

jesse said...

Thanks Elvina, so flattering. Too strong hor, sorry.. must be those steriods. hehehe...

I had intended to go on 19th Nov but... the distant planets do not align on that day so no plans yet.

Do let me know when you would be going again coz it would be nice to have a kelong guide like you. Sigh, too bad I can't make it on the 26th... sounds like a real PARTY!!!

Try your best to get the catch of the day and knock the guyz out yah!! hahaha...

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Jesse: Well - You can still try to make it on Dec 3. I have another group going up on that day. :)

Don't think I wanna knock the guys out la..... Later they cry. :P

wanderer said...

Ok truthful answer you shall have:

1. Why do I read your blog?
Are you out of your mind ? You blog so I read lah. Simple as that.
I came here thru a link in FK forum.

2. How often do you read?
You see, I got a list of links to forum and a few blog site (I’m afraid the list is growing) book marked, so whenever I have time, I cycle thru the list.

3. What motivates you to read it again?
Well, I can’t read storybook openly at work so I read well-written articles in the net.
Ok, seriously, Command of language must be good but it is not the first priority else I will be reading “Laws book” online. Whatever written must be interesting / appealing to me.

4 What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
Some of these are your perception of your encounter, so I cannot really comment on them. Everyone is unique in his/her own way about how he/she sees or feels. There is no right or wrong. So I cannot comment (or form impression) on your thought. However, I maybe draw to conclude about the personality who wrote these thoughts but then again I do not know if they had been “processed”. So for the moment, let me just say, well written and interesting blog, the blogger is hardworking and energetic (in producing blog).

5 Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Well, it keeps me amuse and entertain in the otherwise boring office hours. But please don’t write those thing that make me laugh out loud as I might lose my job you know?

KuraKat said...

Wow. I did not know we have so many things in common.

I agree with many of your opinions. I have used your blog entry text as and when its appropriate. I filled in some tect in the midst of the quoted contents.

Then I end by attempting to answer your 5 Questions. =) Happy Reading!

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I read some people's blog for a few reasons. The most practical one would be because that blogger happens to read my blog, and out of blogger's etiquette, I feel obligated to return the favour.

But yet I am selective - I don't read ALL blogs. Scarcity of time simply means I have to filter out the more quality ones to read.

I like reading blogs also because it gives me an insight into another person's mind. It's interesting to know the kind of random thoughts that get translated into verbal diarrhoea. The more complicated a person's thoughts are, the more intrigued I get. I am curious what made him/her the way they are. What moulded their life perceptions? Bloggers like these inspire me.

Strong command of the language definitely helps - because I love to learn and muse at the different styles of good writing (I am thinking of gHoSt and AsTimeGoesBy now). But being a good writer is not enough to command my attention. The blogger must have its own brand of persona and attitude, a character that is distinctive in its own special way.

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I feel very much for [some] people, and they are usually the main source of my inspiration. Being a blogger myself, I do feel a sense of unspoken affinity towards other fellow bloggers. (I cannot agree more. check out the recent entry that I put up regarding the Falcon's return). But again, this affinity is usually reserved for a selected few. Such exclusivity confers a kind of special status to these people that I hold high regard for. Simply because what they have written have either impressed me, touched me, or inspired me - in their own li'l ways.

That's just moi (and me too =) ).

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To answer your questions...

1) Why do Kuraket read Elvina's blog? How do you know about this blog?

Thru the link from JFE I found this blog. I cant find your blog earlier on bcos its not displayed on ur profile page.

2) How often do Kurakat read it?

This my second trip. The last one was a about 15 hours ago.

3) What motivates Kurakat to read it again?

Your frank and sincere mode of sharing. We do not need to reveal everything on our blogs but what we do reveals and how we reveals tells something about us as a person.

4) What kind of impression have Kurakat formed after reading it?

I wanna come back for more. =)

5) Has Elvina's blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched Kurakat in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Until more research (aka reading) is done, I shall not say more here. The worst thing that can happen to a blog reader is when he/she forms an impression b4 reading a blog and then either romanticize it or condemns it.

You miss the real thing if you cling on to illusions.

I may be easily contented, but I am not easily satisfied. Until I see the real [good] thing, I will not stop unless I have a good reason to do so.

Is this helpful, Elvina? =)

I honestly hope that Reflections-of-Kurakat can one day be added to the list of blogs worthy of your 'subscription.'

Cheers!

KuraKat said...

Hi, I have taken the liberty of quoting extensively from this wonderfully thoughtful blog entry of ours in my blog.

However, I have also introduce inputs into it as well as my comments that I have left here on yor blog.

If you deem that I should not do this,pls lemme know and I will remove the entry and try to come up with something else.

Thanks for sharing. I have a good impression of your blog after reading only 2 entries. Will read more when I can aford the time.

Have a nice day.

Elvina aka LaoNiang said...

Kurakat: Thank you for reading my blog. Feel free to use whatever you want from here - just credit my blog if you can by highlighting where you get the content from.

Meanwhile, hope you'd enjoy your stay in Hotel Solace.

senbai said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?
Because you write interesting articles. Got the link from cowboy caleb.

2) How often do you read it?
Rarely

3) What motivates you to read it again?
Your insightful articles...and the matching quote at the end of it.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
Your dark (blog) background and often pessimistic views on love. It makes people who never fell in love like me even more afraid.

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Inspired, yes. You reinforced my view that women are complex creatures...worthy of more um...."in-depth" investigation :)

Wanderlust said...

1) Why do you read my blog? How do you know about this blog?
You've got an uncanny ability to write. I'm impressed, and somewhat envious. Your blog is linked to my friend's, just chanced upon it when i had nothing to do.

2) How often do you read it?
It's my first time, but i'll certainly visit when i'm free

3) What motivates you to read it again?
thought-provoking articles; entertaining read.

4) What kind of impression have you formed after reading it?
Only read a few, impression? You're a great writer

5) Has my blog influenced, affected, inspired, changed, traumatized, touched you in any way? If yes, how? If no, why no
Not quite. I am what i am, doesnt quite have an effect on me;i read your blog to entertain myself.