About a year ago I wrote a blog in support of Dual Pricing in Bangkok; a policy which sees locals and tourists pay different prices for one off tourist attractions. I argued from the side of domestic tourism and the obvious gap in disposable income. I think I made fair points, maybe in a slightly provocative way, but little mattered anyway. The blogging community in Bangkok had already made up their minds and I wasn’t going to get away with it. It was like being picked on in primary school only this time it was the nerds doing the bullying. Name calling, twisting words and just being darn, right mean. I have a fair idea who many were, prominent expat bloggers in Bangkok and Thailand and bloggers who I now find very hard to find respect for. This was at a time when my blog was 2 months old, with so called ‘pitiful readership’. I took the blog post down and never looked back. However there was always one niggly comment which stuck with me “we will not take you seriously from this point on” We? Who are they? Why won’t they listen to me… Maybe I should have backed down, bowed to them and avoided the blacklist from the Gods of Bangkok blogs. But then again I’m not a chump. Anyway Bangkok was never my main interest for blogging it just happens to be where I live; a city I truly love. I have been visiting Bangkok 10+ years, I have lived here 4 years, I own property here and my wife is Bangkokian; yet I am not qualified to write on Bangkok because I disagreed with top tier bloggers. Am I still not taken seriously? I have no idea. Maybe. Does it matter? I don’t mingle or interact with expats in Bangkok let alone bloggers or micro-bloggers. On the plus leg humping was not necessary to gain recognition because Google liked me. I now rank number 1 for keywords ‘Living in Bangkok’ and have gained recognition from those who matter. All achieved through blogging alone, no networking, no meet ups, no tweet ups, no kissing ass.
My rant comes after a comment on a friend’s travel blog. While I don’t call myself a travel blogger it is part of my lifestyle (as is Living in Bangkok) and it is something I dabble in. So in the post my friend shares his experiences during his first year blogging; only to be called ‘shit’ and told to “Put your big boy pants on. Learn to help the blogger community, continue helping your blogs community”. Holy good God! The blogging what? Who are these people?? Turns out we have to pay homage to the more experienced before we have the right to write. But I became an independent blogger to not deal with dicks on a daily basis yet lo and behold…. it’s our obligation, apparently. Admittedly my experience with bloggers in Bangkok was more like trolling; I got the bite of bitter expats. The comments on my friends blog were on whole new level of deluded. I’m now forced to hold off my post on a ‘Shadow Puppet Show in Xian’ to consult with my nearest blogging community and will no doubt have to read the blogger handbook of etiquette. What if there’s an initiation… either way my dues need to be payed. In fairness I have come across Blogger Communities before; general networking on Twitter, Facebook with a lot of kissing ass, back scratching, building profiles and just being uninteresting in general. Blogging tends to take a backseat for them. I refrained from joining the cliques as it would only have been with snide comments. So for now I will be wearing my small boy’s pants, blogging independently, as a rebel and outcast. Here’s some photos of a Shadow Puppet Show in Xian…. please don’t hate me.