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I’ve heard about Xia Xue. But I’ve never read her blog until today. Even Seth mentioned about her blog in class. All the way in Australia, my tutor is talking about a Singapore blogger. She’s got to be somebody.
I was actually redirected to her blog via her profile when her name popped up in the ‘Who To Follow’ column in Twitter profile. (There you go, external links!) An external link in Twitter that led me to Xia Xue’s blog, which prompt me to write a blog post about it, and here I am, providing you an external link back to her twitter profile. The internet is a wonderful thing.
According to her, she’s been awarded numerously for maintaing such a fantastic blog. I wondered how she got noticed? Really, the stuffs that she talks about on her blogs are actually quite everyday-life. What makes her standout? Is it her Caucasian wannabe look? (sorry, I don’t mean to offend). After learning about pingbacks and trackbacks, I know this blog post will somehow notify Xia Xua that I’m writing a comment on her blog.
Blogging about everyday-life is actually great. To you and your community, it may be of something common. But to another culture or country, it could be something intriguing or Robert Merton’s ‘Specified Ignorance’? ‘Specified Ignorance’ refers to information that is not known yet, but is worth getting to know. (I got the ‘specified ignorance’ theory from Walker and Mortensen while researching on blogs for the first assessment task.)
Whatever the reason, it is great to know that even Asians can be influential bloggers. What more, she is even married to a Caucasian. Did Xia Xue meet her husband with the help of her blog? Well, according to Wikipedia, she did meet her husband online. If that’s the case, her blog is some sort of transnational tool! According to Wikipedia also, she hosts Xia Xue’s Guide to Life. What’s surprising is that she looks different on TV as compared to the photos on her blog (the video was posted recently). I don’t mean to offend, but may I say that she doesn’t look as skinny as she looks on TV as compared to photos posted on her blogs. Particularly the large header photo that greets you (literally) on her blog. My friend reckons its all photoshop work.
This makes me think of what I’ve learnt about blogs that is no longer relevant if taking Xia Xue’s blog as an example. Blogs are suppose to be a space for you to voice out your thought as they are, without much emphasis on the structure. (I’m probably already breaking this rule at the moment.) Well, if Xia Xue’s photos on her blog are all photoshop manipulated, it is as if blogging is becoming more and more like print publishing, where everything must be perfect.
Something to think about.. is blogging taking over print publishing?