Category Archives: Random

Bloggers vs Journalists

This is not a new topic at all, I know, but I’m a blogger first before landing a job in a national daily that’s why I find this subject relevant and extremely interesting.

Back in 2003, a good friend introduced me to Xanga, a New York-based website that hosts weblogs, photoblogs, and social networking profiles. It’s also the time when Friendster was the talk of the town. Continue reading

Top 10 words of the ’80s

You might have heard your friends use these words but the truth is, it’s your parents who are more familiar with these following terms:

1. Hip-hop – the term pairs the hip that means “trendy” or “fashionable” with the leaping movement hop.

2. Balsamic – comes from the Italian word for “curative,” because the vinegar is traditionally thought to aid digestion. (A few sips of balsamic vinegar are sometimes taken after a meal, as a digestif.)

3. Apartheid – “The urge to punish South Africa for apartheid is now palpable throughout the United States. Americans want to destroy this abhorrent structure of racism or disown its sponsors’ claimed kinship with Western culture.” — Editorial, New York Times, June 9, 1985 Continue reading

Top Sites in the Philippines

Every Filipino, as they say, has a friendster account. Does it mean is one of the most trafficked websites in the country? I used to believe that after online communities, pornsites are the most visited pages in the Philippines but according to, Filipino netizens are quite decent people.

Nix’s Top 12 lists down the most visited sites in the country in 2008.

1. Yahoo! – Yes, most Filipinos prefer than

2. Friendster – Have fake celebrity friends

3. Youtube – Latest teleserye videos or anything about Charice or Pacquiao

4. – Bloggers like this search engine better

5. – Language barrier?

6. Multiply – Blog whoring trip

7. Wikipedia – Yes, we do a lot of researches (gossip, celebs, UAAP…)

8. – and we blog them right away!

9. Y8 – I haven’t visited this one…I swear!

10. Facebook – The new friendster!!!

11. Imeem – We like pirated sound clips, free right!

12. – I don’t know why, next to it are photobucket and redtude (these I could explain)

Buzzwords for novice bloggers

blog-blog-blogIt was last year when I signed up to wordpress and created this blog. My journalism classmates (the people who introduced me to wordpress blogging, but i used to have a xanga account) were using wordpress for their online journalism subject. I got fascinated with the way online communities work, and how my classmates interacted using this publishing application. Now that they’re graduates it’s my turn to take the online class.

My blog turned one year this November, but it was only last August when I started posting regularly when I tried to keep a backup of the articles I have written for a broadsheet where I work as a contributing writer. So to celebrate my fourth month as a novice blogger, the second edition of Nix’s top 12 is about words that a green apple blogger should know. Today’s list collected buzzwords preceded by the root word blog.

1. Blog – a place where people bitch about their daily activities which nobody is interested in.

2. Blog balled – Girls who will only chat you up online and not meet in the real world.

3. Blog dick – a blogger who replies to the first commenter on the first page of comments so that EVERYONE can see their comment. Usually blog dicking is self promotion on someone else’s blog.

4. Blog drama – it happens when someone posts something that makes someone else mad. That person retaliates with personal attacks, which leads the other person to retaliate. Other bloggers join in and post about the drama. Minions on all sides join ranks and battle each other to defend their favorite blogger.

5. Blog drop – the act of posting something interesting to your blog before your friend does.

6. Blog envy – The jealousy you feel when you realize that your friend’s blog is more popular than yours.

7. Blog fluffer – A topic that, when blogged about, generates a large number of comments.

8. Blog Hooligan – An enabler for truth. One who speaks truth to power. Blog hooligans are an incredibly seismic and democratic force. They are willing to cover any point of view, special interest, or pet project, whether conservative, liberal or moderate, or aimed at justice, media bias, literature, sports whatever.

9. Blog whoring – Leaving a comment on a famous weblog, with a reference to one’s own, insignificant, blog to draw attention to it.

10. Blog-stalk – to secretly read someone’s blog with the express purpose of learning more about them without their knowledge; to stalk via blog.

11. Blogcrastinate – To put off blogging because you are suffering from blogger’s block.

12. Blogstipation – Inability to think of anything to blog about.

source: Urban Dictionary