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No, I’m Not a Blogger

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When someone asks me about my blog, this is how the convo usually goes:

Everyman: Do you have a blog?

Me: Yes, I do.

Everyman: Ah, you’re a blogger. Nice.

Me: No, I’m not a blogger.

Everyman: But…you do own a blog and write stuff in it, don’t ya?

Me: Yes, I do.

Everyman: So, that makes you a blogger.

Me: No, I’m not a blogger.

Everyman: But you write in your blog. Naturally and inevitably, *that* makes you a blogger.

Me: No, I’m not a blogger.

Everyman: Yes, you *are* a blogger.

Me: No, I’m *not* a blogger.

Everyman:

Me: …

Everyman: Y’know what, you’re right. You’re not a blogger--

Me: No, I’m not a blogger.

Everyman: --you’re a broken record.

Please let me make clear of something before you get all indignant by my hipster-esque too-cool-to-call-myself-a-blogger stance. I’m well aware that I’m supposed to call myself a ‘blogger’. Heck, I used to refer myself as one back in the day when I was a fledgling blog owner. But now, I never really refer to myself as one because the said term, in one way or another, doesn’t do it for me. I mean, imagine saying the word: Blogger. Blog-ger. Bllloooggerrr. Blech. Yuck. When I try saying that I’m a blogger it makes me feel like I am human blob who rolls about in an ungainly manner in the mud. A blobby blogger. That, however illogical it may sound, is reason enough for me not to call myself a *shudders* blogger. I hope that sheds light on the matter.

P.S. And as much as I really want to, I’m not calling myself a writer, too. Saying that is well akin to calling oneself a doctor after administering a basic first aid to minor injury.

P.P.S. No, I’m not a hipster, either. Just so you know.

Written by SZA

12 January 2015 at 9:42 PM

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Mitzvah

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is one of the very few great talks I’ve ever seen to date and basically, it’s about achieving your childhood dreams. What an inspiring lecture, it is. Watching the talk often gets me thinking about myself in relation to Pausch’s achievement of his dreams--he’d dreams and I also have dreams, he’d achieved most of them, but have I achieved some of them, at least?

Be that as it may though, why should I care too much about finding my dreams and achieving them, when my dreams lean more towards getting the bounty of worldly joys? No, I don’t mean to say that it’s completely wrong to have a secular dream, but I believe that there should be an equilibrium between spiritual and non-spiritual aspirations. One should not be too extreme on either side. Moderation is the key. Ironically (hypocritically?) though, I’ve been too focused on achieving worldly rewards and neglecting to find what my deed is, and what I am going to leave this world as my source of benefit for others, because it is part of my responsibility as a Muslim. The deed need not be grand, just a simple one like doing random acts of kindness, will do.

It seems so sad that I’ve overlooked that part of fulfilling my true life purpose. Astaġfirullāh. But hey, better late than never.

Written by SZA

26 April 2011 at 10:41 PM

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Feet in Mouth

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I’m doing it again--walking the talk with both feet in mouth. Why? Well, the answer lies ahead.

I got to brace myself now, for it’s time for a makeover of my existing blogging game plan. OK, not that I’ve any kind of plans established in the first place. Besides, if I really did have one, I’d probably stick to it only for a split second before mentally archiving it to my plausible-but-hopeless-endeavor folder. So, the feat of having a blogging strategy is most likely doomed to failure from the beginning. But, for this particular occasion, I’m willing to do a one-eighty and bend my blogging principles just a bit. Well, not to say that I’ve any, by the way. ‘Tis just a figure of speech. But, of course we know that already.

Alright, prologue over. Now, let’s move on to what I’m about to say lest my minute and volatile memory suddenly crashes and loses all my saved data. I wanted to get all of this down on the slat before I forget everything because my capability to retain information what little I usually remember is unreliable. So, what was I saying? Ah, yes, if you have read my earlier post Here for Good, you’d know that my perpetual laziness and non-existent life are the key ingredients to my on-and-off-but-mostly-off relationship with Soliloki. And I’m ashamed of that (sorta). Well, that’s about to change, folks.

See, I got a verbal comment on my last post from a fellow friend about my semi-hiatus, so I’m now mulling over to increase the average rate of posts published per month on Soliloki. I’m all aware that battling with laziness and rummaging around for interesting stories to write are not easy, but I shall try--try being the operative word--to write new posts more often. Once a week possibly. At worst, three posts per month.

Having said that, I hope this time my both-feet-in-mouth act is worth it. And will truly transpire. With a bit of luck, this will be the last time my long-suffering mouth is housing my two feet after bearing the pain throughout the 25 years of my existence. Too bad a piece of duct tape over mouth has never been seen as a chic fashion trend.

*Peering down*

Hm, at least my feet are clean this time.

Written by SZA

15 November 2010 at 12:27 AM

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The Freudian Quiz

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I’ve just completed an online personality test a few minutes ago. The verdict: Troubled is what I am. That quiz surmised that yet-to-be-proven fact about myself after I completed one graphical question by selecting an image from a collection of colourful pictures that appealed to me the most. And just by executing that single simple step, I’d know the supposedly real story about my ‘true inner self’. How quaintly ironic. You cannot get anymore Freudian than that.

I’ve had my fair share of participation in this sort of online quizzes back in the time when I believed online-quizzes should have been a part of the Seven World Wonders (ha, go figure). Well, time has changed,and thankfully, so have I. So, at the present time, all these mass-produced generic whatchamacallits we see on the Net don’t hold any appeal to me any longer.

Somehow though, today the online test has successfully lured me into doing a Q & A session after many years of online quiz abstinence. Gotta give it to whomever-the-quiz-creator-is for the great-but-not-so Marketing approach *applause*. Generally, online quizzes get my full blast attention by first telling me about all the good stuff about moi (which I do not mind really, ahem), then move in for the kill by spilling about the dark side of me (I plead not guilty, Your Honor). And this particular crucial part of its modus operandi is what could potentially evoke me to re-do any online tests over and over and over and over and over--well you get my drift. Anyways, this must be some kind of a genius marketing strategy…or a crazy commercial plan.

Oh, here I am, talking and over-analyzing about this matter. I guess that goes to show that the quiz verdict might be right to a certain extent after all--I am troubled.

Written by SZA

24 October 2010 at 6:11 PM

Posted in My Two Cents, Whatevs