the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

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Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.

5/19/2005

Neophyte Guess

IT'S TURNING OUT to be a sweet day after all :) This neophyte-blogger (?!) found this interesting article.

Oh wait. What's a
neophyte?
Definition of neophyte (noun)beginner; newcomer; novice


Greek word "neophytos," meaning newly planted, or newly converted.

It’s a simple and useful (just my neophyte-opinion) guide on how to discuss blogs. It covers the myths and stereotypes that exist about blogs. It even comes complete with a classic example of how not to discuss blogs.

And it raises an interesting point about my other (astonishing!) discovery, today :)

So, like, other than length of one’s blogging career, what other characteristics distinguish a neophyte from a veteran when they
decide this?

Allow me to hazard a neophyte-guess:

1. How prolific the blogger is ? number of entries on the archive list or frequency of PPS pings.
2. Blogger's popularity ?–visitor stats, influenced no doubt by the following:
*Linguistic skills (articulation/eloquence whether cuss-lingo or otherwise)that promote robustness of ‘discussion’ and generate amount of comments.
*Aesthetics of the blog (template design, graphics, Photoshopping skills)
*Bells and whistles and numerous other funky stuff, I prolly neber eben hear of..
3. How well the blog utilizes/explores the infinite possibilities of blogging as a TOOL to … interact/socialise - or not!, learn/share, bridge/divide, affirm/abuse, hone creative/fantasia skills to create a whole new and alternative world, improve all manner of personal development, productive, and/or survival skills, network, shift paradigms of the public sphere, discover an evil/better self… entertain, edutain, misinform, reform… ad infinitum. Hey, everything has its binary opposite; the light and dark side, no?

Heh! by now, it should be plain for all to see that this neophyte-blogger has utterly bombed out from the offset! :P

Still it's always wonderful to be singled out for attention, however briefly.

Thank you, sweety, for a very sweet gesture.
Thanks too, to the few and kind visitors who acknowledge my existence in the Malaysian blogosphere. This muddy blog is today, a day shy of fifty days old. I've learnt lots, and it's been great just being able to chime-n-chorus in with the caterwauling and cacophony in the M'sian blogosphere!!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Lucia Lai said...

you asked:
"what other characteristics distinguish a neophyte from a veteran when they decide this?"
and gave 3 characteristics.

it is simple actually. the only difference is, as you had found out the meaning of neophyte - new, beginner, novice - a neophyte blogger is simply one who is new into blogging (and according to PPS rule should be 6 months old or less).

the 3 characteristics you stated does NOT distinguish between a neophyte and a veteran at all, because basically as i said the ONLY DIFFERENCE between neophyte and veteran is that the former is new at blogging, the latter is an oldhand at blogging, nothing more. and it doesn't necessarily mean a veteran is better than a neophyte, or that a veteran will have more traffic than a neophyte. no no. all the 3 characteristics you stated should be for ALL bloggers, whether they are new or old.

hope you understand what i'm trying to say, percolator.

10:21 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

Yes, I got you, lucia. It speaks volumes about the Malaysian blogosphere and how in their choices, Malaysian bloggers define themselves, their sphere and blogging within it.

9:06 AM  

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