Slip ups in blogging are liable to drive me bat crazy, but they provide a good source of amusement, too. Not exactly your idea of an influential blogger, but I’ve used the occasion to be grateful. Why? Let me share with you three blogging stories which happened to me this past week.
A little background info: Janette Toral of Influential Blogger has this yearly writing project, Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. It’s that time of the year when everybody nominates new blogs which have gained traction in terms of readership, perceived influence and let’s say excellence – for want of a better word.
This writing project is winding up in two weeks – thank goodness. My life will return to normal. I can write to exhale again. But first the stories.
This blogger nominated my blog a week ago. I did not know why but I went back to check up on him. Alas – my blog had been stricken off his list. Argh. Of course, that’s allowed. As in life as it is in blogging you can darn well change your mind, right? So I did the next best thing: I asked for his honest opinion about my blog. If I’ve made a mistake and displeased him, I should learn something from this at least. None came.
This young lady voted me in her list of influential blogs. Yeeha. I was about to leave a comment when I saw a comment on this young lady’s post. It’s the blogger herself, beating everyone in commenting on her own post. That’s a first all right. That’s blogging with an attitude, I chuckled to myself. Until I read her comment in which she basically apologized to everybody for writing the post. This post, she surmised, was nothing but a marketing stunt and she could not refuse a friend who requested her to write it.
OMG. She practically nominated my group of Jedi Bloggers, put it up with lights over their names in the marquee section of her blog. But why did she had to hoist a placard with her disclaimer and started to picket her own show? I wrote her a courteous objection. It was awfully hard to be polite under such circumstance, but I managed to do it without summoning a bolt of lightning to strike her blog in flames.
She listened – somehow. She took down the post along with our comments. Fine, that’s good enough for me.
Good friend Holly Jahangiri twitted me about a mistake I’ve made in FriendFeed. I had just performed sex change operation of sort to creative writer and poet Justin Germino. I had called Justin as Justine. WTF.
I’m great with mixing up names, I know. I once did it to great blogging buddies Sean Platt and David Wright, mistaking David for Sean. I have since managed to live down that mishap mainly because both David and Sean have been gracious enough to shrug it off.
But to proceed from switching names to performing a sex operation on a respected poet? What can I say - I somehow managed to pull it off.
Without Justin’s consent, how can I now send him the bill for his medical procedure? How can I now look him in the eyes in Twitter where we often talk?
I’ve got a foolproof solution. I’ve got to thank him here. Got to turn this bad week around and make it superb by acknowledging my mistakes and learning from them. Might as well be grateful to two clueless bloggers who made me red in the face this last week.
The Jedi bloggers can’t win everybody’s affection. Fine. But I’ve got to be thankful for writers who believe in me and my group of friends. It’s expected Filipino bloggers to vote for us. I’d like to mention here seven (so far) friends from across the miles who put their stamp of approval in our efforts at blogging, effectively offsetting the setbacks we’ve suffered last week. A hearty shout out of thanks to these generous guys:
1. Justin Germino - Dragon Blogger (USA)
2. Holly Jahangiri - It’s a Matter of Perspective: Mine (USA)
3. Gopal Krishna – Krishna Musings (India)
4. Mathe - HotMomma (UK)
5. Reica - Candid Mom Reviews (USA)
6. Tasha Bud – Tasha’s Take (USA)
7. Patricia Rockwell - Subjective Soup (USA)
Thanks a lot for your vote of confidence! Please be assured I will not be performing any sex change procedure on any of you any time soon. Promise.
With two weeks to go in this writing contest, the Jedi bloggers are doing well. Here’s the latest overall ranking of the nominated influential blogs.
Whatever happens, let me say, in behalf of my Jedi friends: we are very grateful for your support. For we know this much:
“It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” - Roberto Benigni.
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