I never anywhere in this blog of mine mentioned that I’m :
i. showing off my writing skills;
ii. bragging to people that I can write a bit in English; and
iii. that I am mentally superior to others.
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OUCH : EPI’s Assessment Results!
I write just because I want to practice writing in English and so that my grey matter is used once in awhile and keeping it nimble (you really want to this if you’re stuck in this oxymoronic place). In fact, as I have mentioned here and there, EPI is essentially a collection of my personal thoughts and life experiences for my own consumption. It’s an online mirror of my pastt self like your car’s rear mirror; to see if you hit something or did something wrong or you missed a turn etc.
I want to know where I have been and how say 12 months ago life treated me and how I reacted to it. Essentially, I want a record of how I have changed over the years. A normal pen and paper diary is just to old school even for a 70s burnt out like myself. Anyway, I’ll lose it somehow or rather no thanks to my clumsy and careless personal defects. And this will give some clue to as why I start every entry with “Dear WordPress”. I’m treating EPI similar to an online diary. Additionally, nobody reads my blog anyway so I might as well address WordPress accordingly being my single most devoted ‘reader’ of my ramblings.
Truthfully, I would like to make EPI private and not accessible to the public. Heck, I think people out there deserve to read something more comprehensible or useful rather than browsing EPI. I’d usually hesitate initially in giving out the address of my blog. It is however, very polite to add friends to your links of bloggies once you detect them reading / browsing your blog (which explains the list of bloggies at EPI). These all being said don’t mean that I hate getting comments from ‘readers’. I love ’em; bad or good. Just give your piece. But essentially let your 2 sen worth be of some value or foundation.
Getting your blog reviewed is a much higher form of a comment. It’s not merely, “I agree…” or “Nicely put…” or “You probably are wrong in the sense that …”; reviewing in all fairness means :
i. your ideas / language are being scrutinised and assessed;
ii. the reviewer is having some sort of authority / experience / special knowledge or skill / the very least owns a blog
Now focus on the term “scrutinise”. It simply means not only word by word but the blog is assessed in toto and taken into context as a whole and not merely ‘speed browsing / clicking’ (until you find something that you can understand – type of language perhaps?). And another point is as I mentioned, the very least a self professed reviewer could be is a blog owner. Of course, if it is just registering a blog and never really write in it doesn’t necessarily count as a blog owner though.
As such, when last night whilst I was trying to finish some stuff, somebody YMed me and asked for my blog address. This someone which later on turned blog reviewer extraordinaire, is a new acquaintance stumbled upon via my daily online / YM life a few days ago. I gave this expert my blog address after much hesitation (not because of modesty, but I won’t recommend my blog to myself even for fear of convulating people’s normal thinking processes and because it’s just plain rubbish).
This blog authority then after several minutes of reviewing my blog concluded the following statement;
**** (27/1/2010 9:23:22 PM): **** dh baca dh..
eeqbal (27/1/2010 9:23:28 PM): 🙂
**** (27/1/2010 9:23:34 PM): ok la..
**** (27/1/2010 9:24:00 PM): tp mcm byk yg copy past jek.. he3..
**** (27/1/2010 9:24:09 PM): mane yg air tangan sdiri
Now, that was a brutal low punch to my self esteem. Like I said, I may not write good nor are my ideas that foundations-shaking quality. Nevertheless, these are all my ‘air tangan’ regardless of defect and shortcomings. Yes, unless clearly stated where is the source of the ‘copy past’ such as news paper clippings or articles, all the writings in EPI are essentially of yours truly in its origins. Maybe people will say that I’m a tad bit sensitive and all comments should be viewed and taken with a bit of salt. Probably age has a role in it but I have to say, that really hurt. No amount of salt or ajinomoto could help me swallow that awful ‘review’. In fact the expert confessed on the following facts ;
eeqbal: **** ada blog x
**** : ngah wat… lum leh tgok lg… malu… siap *** bg tgok yer
****: errmm iqbal ada ker
eeqbal: biasa2 je
eeqbal: x de pe yg bes
****: **** kesuntukan masa la
****: nk create
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HURTS : X-RAY confirms the injury in myhead
Oh, the expert doesn’t actually run a blog much less the experience in squeezing your grey matter to get some words out. Nice! That really add insult to injury. By the way, like I explained, I met this expert just a few days ago and were in the process of getting to know each other. But the online thing has really gotten to most of today’s generation’s head until not even basic courtesy and candour are practised nowadays. If you are still getting acquainted with, take this advice from a guy whose era has long passed,
KEPADA GENERASI MUDA (JOM HEBOH, BINTANG KECIL DAN GLAMERWAN) JAGALAH ADAB DAN ADAT ANDA. KITA SEMUA MANUSIA PUNYA PERASAAN. KATA-KATA ITU SAMA ADA ZAHIR TERUCAP ATAU SECARA MAYA DITAIP, SAMA SAHAJA KESANNYA. BOLEH JADI ADA YANG TERASA…