Why ‘you suck’ sucks…

20 08 2008

Right now, there is a huge grin on my face. If you want to know why then read my abouts page, I am Cheyenne Phillips. I remember stating there don’t put comments such as ‘You suck’ and there we have it. Someone who actually did it.

I have already contacted the person, asking for a reason for the comment and I have also approved it to prove one thing. People don’t listen to instructions or request.

Really, people don’t like seeing the words ‘you suck’. They don’t know where they went wrong. They don’t know how to make your reading their blogs more enjoyable. Please be specific and let them know.

Please don’t be fooled by the name of the writer of that comment. It certainly wasn’t me. Oh and kids under 18, don’t click on the linked name. This leads to a warning page, explaining that the website shows adult content and a link leading into the real website. Don’t click the link. I didn’t  and even if I tried, I have programmed my laptop to block out any websites with adult content.

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A surprise call

26 07 2008

Usually, when I get a call from a strange voice I have never heard before, I just put down the phone or say wrong number. However, once the guy starts asking for my dad, I am not so hesitant to slam the phone down. He was asking about me and my sister and I answered his questions. I asked who he was and he said her was Percy. I was like ‘OHHH. You’re Uncle D’s brother’. I knew who he was. Never met him tho. He lives in Canada and moved there before I was born. I grew up listening stories of the adventures he, my dad and Uncle D had ( back in the day). He says he might come down. That would be really interesting. He said he’ll call another time. I can’t wait.





Wise words from My English teacher

24 07 2008

Did any one ever think what Blog stand for?

Bout Life Or Garbage.

I’m kidding but you have to admit. It makes sense actually. People go around blogging about their lives, the lives of others or absolutely random nonsense.

I wonder how people write interesting blog post which engage other people. This question is one of which puzzles me the most. I read blogs and I can bet you do too. Some are good, some are okay and some can use work. I always try to remember the most important thing my English teacher tells me before I write an essay, any essay wheather  it is a narrative, a report, an article or a letter. She would say ‘ Remember who your audience is’ and she would go on to explain.

I really never thought I would ever be quoting her but then she has a point. Audience is important. I like to think that I am writing to the general public. Sometimes I’m addressing specific groups of people. I always try and remember my audience when I am blogging. It makes it easier to use the appropriate wording and sentence structure ( I’m sounding so much like my English teacher now). Some groups of people like teens need things told to them straight forward. Some adults prefer it that way too. Others may like to read formal entries. At the same time, some people prefer reading informal and casual posts. With so many different styles of writing, which do you pick? Well, pick the style of writing you are used to. If you enjoy writing in a formal manner, then do so. If you enjoy informal and casual, then go ahead. Your blog, your style.

Another thing my English teacher would tell us is to remember our tone. Again, there are many kinds of tones. You can be funny, sarcastic, neutral, casual etc. etc. However, some of these are traits. If you aren’t naturally funny and you try and be funny, sometimes you over do it and the comedy in your post is lost. Sometimes being too sarcastic can seem harsh. Neutral can be mistaken for no sympathy. You need a balance. You need to try and be funny but your wild sense of humor down. You can be sarcastic but not too often and neutral in certain issues. Usually, the casual tone works because you have sarcasm, comedy and everything else together. The best tone, really, is your tone. I am very dramatic and passionate and I’m not sure if that shows through my writing. Be yourself when it comes to tone. Your readers will figure you out, eventually.

Spelling and grammar is very, very important.  Haha. My English teacher keeps stressing on this. She says that you need to always be careful with your words. There are often words people will misspell. My advice: use SPELL CHECK and even after spell check, you should read through your post again.  There will definitely be mistakes either in your grammar, sentence structure or wording of phases. Sometimes, when you read back, you come up with better ways to express yourself too.

Well, that’s all for basic language. What about topics or subjects to write about?

Basically, you can blog about anything under the sun. I have noticed that many people tend to write a lot about politics. I think that is maybe it is because politics have a very big impact on people’s lives. You don’t have to blog about politics tho, if you don’t want to. It is up to you, really. I mainly blog about things that inspire me or things that are on my mind and I feel that I really need to voice them out. I usually try and find an interesting occurence in my day and blog about it. Prephas you would like to take this up too.

You don’t have to blog immediately after you create a blog ( although a lot of people do). Take your time to build up your blog. Don’t go for major or wide topic. Start with an introduction ( another wise words from my English teacher). WordPress.com offers bloggers with an About Page. Other sites may not. It doesn’t matter. Start your blog off with an introduction. That should be one of the first things you should do first. You don’t have to say your full name (unless you want to). Do include your age or age group so that your readers get a better idea about you. You might just surprise them with your blog. Let your readers know where you stay. I’m not telling you to put your full address down, just your country and state. Everything else can remain private. After all this basic information, you can inform your readers about your interest and your personality. You can quote books and pharses to help you. You can always go back and edit your About Page.

You are almost there. Now about the topics.  Like I said previously, you can blog about anything under that big, old sun. Politics are popular and so is news. DON’T, please, blog and bitch about people who irritate the heck out of you. People may not be very interested. They have their own problems to worry about too. You can ask for advice on something you need help in. That is perfectly fine. Just remember to blank out names. Use fake names or alphabets instead. Also, don’t tell secrets you shouldn’t be telling. I don’t think it would be very decent if your aunt found out you blogged about her addiction to smoking. Another thing to watch out for is to becareful what you put up. in some countries, discrimination and defaming people and organisations is illegal. Your word can hurt.

Thats all for now folks.

I hope you learnt something.

I really hope I can practise what ever I preached.





Why I’m thinking of having a web show.

29 06 2008

This has been on my mind for a long time. I was wondering what it would be like, having people watch me either being really random or making complete sense. I got the whole idea from watching how hilarious my life can be and Nickelodeon’s new tv show, i-carly.

Sometimes I think that maybe it would be a better way to express myself to the world or at least the online world. I’m not sure if I should. I’m on the verge of deciding. There is so much to worry about. What to talk about? What to wear? Who to feature in a show? What if people think I am a joke?

Alot of these questions I can overcome. I am a drama student/actress in training. I know most of the tricks behind threathe and film.It’s what to say and everything else which I have to worry about.

 

May be I should re think this.





O.I.O.M: Online Identity Of Me.

15 06 2008

A friend of mine, Derrick, worte an interesting article on his blog about your online Identity. I linked his blog once, I’m sure he won’t mind me linking it again.

I’ve often told myself not to put personal life on my blog. I try not to but alot of stuff I blog about are based on real examples and it isn’t easy trying to figure out a way to put up something that people can relate in their lives without giving an example of it being used in life. It is like telling you that the chocolate cake in front of you is delicious but you don’t know because you haven’t tried it. You might not know people who tried it before too. Therefore, the statement that the cake is delicious is not very credible. People believe it more if there is an example.

Lets not side track. My online identity? I don’t know really. I’m still trying to figure out my real life identity.

Well, if you have been a constant reader, you would probably realise, that this is a blog of a teenage girl. Guys, family, friends etc. etc. I really have to stop with the personal like unless I am trying to prove a point or share a story.  Bad habits are hard to kill, right?  Well, what else would you expect from a teenager?

 Well, if you ask me, when you first start blogging, you tend to write it like you are writing a journal or are talking to a friend. That’s how I started out. Blogging about the most annoying things that life gave to me, back when I was 12. Blogs, to most teens, are considered away for your friends to know what you have been up to with out having to open their mouths. It is also away to vent out all their anger and frustrations. This is to the extent that teens in Singapore have been arrested for putting up racist remarks on their blogs.

Blogs are very open. With the internet, there is no such thing as privacy (unless, may be if you make your blog private. Then it is your secret online diary).  Anyone can read. My chemistry teacher was telling my class about her hobbies or things she loves to do during the holidays. One of them is going to google blog searchand typing her name in the search bar. I tried it with her name and mine and it is amazing the nonsense my seniors and classmates put up on their blogs. Well, alot of things come up, they do not need to be all about you. You if you do take a look, people can post the most random things.

Like most people, I can blog about random things ( have you seen my Go have fun post?). Unlike most people, I can also blog about stuff that I would like people to benifit from. To me, you can go do something or read something but two things are of most importance, one, did you have fun? and two, did you learn something? Nothing else really matters. Take yesterday’s snow city trip.
Did I have fun? YES!
Did I learn something? Yes, next time rent the water proof pants, especially needed when you slide down the ice slide, or not you may end up with ice in you jeans….again….oh and never smile too much in the cold. your checks may freeze in place!

When knowledge, no matter how silly it may be, is gained, it should be shared with the world. Don’t be selfish! What you learn everyday should be shared, although I do not recomend you putting up really long lessons plans teachers make before they have a class. Put up basics and bits and pieces of information here and there, if you must.

You might have a degree from Yale or Harvard, but that doesn’t mean you still have alot to learn about. You might be smart in school but fashion and social wise, you may not score a distinction in those areas. Now, I never thought I would say this ever, but never call a dumb blond, dumb or stupid. Look who has the title of best dressed in the yearbook.  The term intelligent is just another way of sterotyping people.

My group of friends in school have given each one of us nicknames. I’m known as Ms. Drama for my love of the arts and my wacky and dramatic personality, or so my friends tell me. We let people pick their own nicknames and for some of them, I wonder why they choose a strange nickname. I have friends nicknamed Ms Emo, Ms Serenity, Ms Teddy, Ms Joy ( previous name was insane), Ms math, Ms goofy, Ms unique and so on ( I have too many girls to name). There are reasons why they have those names. Ms Math unbelievably bright. Ms Serenity is the oldest of the group and ensures that no major fights happen with in the group. My main role is to be the clown, well, sort of.

Well, I guess that is one side of my offline Identity. What about my online? Wait. What’s the difference? If you think about it, if you just express yourself in a ‘formal’ manner and try and relate your post to something people can learn from, you are, in a way, showing yourself to the world. Now it is just up to the readers to read and hope they see your point of view. 

 If you are a girl trying to show the world that she has what it takes to make a difference and people read and understand your side of the story, then you have  convinced those readers that you have good intentions and intend to carry them out. You should feel proud. You have achieved something ( not sure what it is but it is deninately something). If people read your story and think it was just a waste of their time, then they have misread your intentions. You may need to either adjust your style of writing or figure out something better to blog about.

 (P.S. if you recall me attempting to explain how to write a thousand word essay, this blog post is about 1010 words long.)lol