Blogging is About Life
By Apolinario Villalobos
A fellow blogger once asked me if he should go on blogging or not because he noticed the sparse likes that his posted photos are getting. I told him that he should go on and just forget about the likes. I reminded him that his primary reason for blogging is to share with utmost sincerity what he has as a person, which is skill in photography. I told him that somehow, he has his own space where he can showcase his talent – practically for free, and can reach out to those in other parts of the world. Capping my advice, I told him about a blogger, Tedd Navarro, who interprets his views uniquely, by way of illustrated electrical installations, being an electrical engineer. Another blogger I mentioned is Ross Capili, renowned Filipino artist whose paintings are admired even abroad and which he shares with viewers. I finally forced a nod from him when I said that it is God’s desire for us to share whatever talent He gave us, as it is a blessing, and meant not only to be appreciated but also to be “learned”.
I am appreciative of bloggers who, in their own simple way, exert effort in sharing with others how they enjoy life by posting even their modest breakfast fare of fried dried fish, rice, tomato and onion salad, and coffee. Those who share the lighter side of life by posting photos of families, beloved pets, newly-polished fingernails, pouting children and even stolen shots of sleeping friends with open mouth, and many other hilarious moments should be commended, as well for their humble appreciation of life. For me, blogging is an expression of one’s appreciation of life.
We should be thankful to those who find time in posting photos that visually describe their culture. Blogs let us know about the happenings in other parts of the world such as calamities brought about by the forces of nature, unrests brought about by differences in political and religious views, places that we need not personally visit to appreciate, foods that we can also cook in our own homes to be enjoyed without going to first class restaurants, and other extensive information that can only be had by flipping the pages of expensive printed books.
No less than the current pope himself, Francis, made use of the blogging tool for its vast outreach to interact with Roman Catholics throughout the world to put a check on their dwindling number. We are living within the cycle that God, himself designed. We just cannot oppose the force of momentum, and part of it is the complicated high technology.
The blogging arena called internet provides a web that serves as an intricate system of electronic highways that eventually unify mankind. We should thank those who bred this technology to once more bring the different races together after they were “dispersed” as told in the legend of the Tower of Babel.