The Smiling Proud Wanderer, Events and Blogging

I was reading the Not our fault if we are invited to attend your event by Az and I remembered three things (i) a story, (ii) thoughts on events and bloggers, and (iii) thoughts on events and blogging.

The Story

Smiling Proud Wanderer was travelling with White Crane towards the Hermit of the Blue Mountains. When they encountered a river that needed to be crossed. As they approached the river they saw a woman shivering of fright: She was afraid to cross the river. Upon seeing this Smiling Proud Wanderer offered to carry her across.

This surprised White Crane for it was considered not proper for a member of their order to carry a woman. And he began to stare at Smiling Proud Wanderer and the woman.

Not surprisingly, the Woman took the offer of the Monk. And both were able to cross the river with White Crane still looking quite disappointed, His face formed a frown.

And the frown remained even after they left the river and the woman – now much happy that they cross the river.

And the frown stayed on face of White Crane still the further and up to the Evening when they were about to a sleep. A day more and they would be at the Blue Mountains – the home of the Hermit.

When the Smiling Proud Wanderer said,”I noticed you were frowning at me when I carried the Woman at the river and up to now. A word of advise. I stopped carrying the Woman when we reached other side of the river. It seems you have not stopped carrying her and with Elder Monk smiled and started to sleep.”

EVENTS AND BLOGGERS

Not all bloggers write about and go to events. It is decision taken up by the blogger to go and attend. And to take the step further it is decision what the blogger takes from the event. And as in any human undertaking the road between guests and organizers is a two-way street that is not wise to abuse. I think it has been discussed at great length what can be saif to be abuse or neglect. A timely reminder though for bloggers who would want to get involved in covering an event aside from introducing oneself and all the other things:

(i) It is not wise to be late. What is the point of going if you miss the main part of the press conference or event.

(ii) It is not prudent to bring non-invited people to the event. Ask leave first. It is not a family or barkada outing or get-together, Unless the event was designed that way, otherwise you will be the only one who has a family there.

(iii) It is not prudent to complain or frown if you are not invited at the event or press conference. If someone mistreats you take it up immediately with their superior or the person in charge.

(iv) It is not prudent to complain or compare freebies. This is not the reason you are there.

(v) Also avoid becoming too self-entitled or too demanding. Better to ground oneself. As they say. Pride Goes Before the Fall. Remember a facebook fan page can be effective in marketing and less of a Diva or L’Enfant Terrible.

And then there is this Old Scottish Toast That goes:

Here’s To You as Good as You Are
And here’s to me as Bad as Iam
But as Good as you are
And as Bad as I am
I am as Good as You are
As Bad as I am

So try to be fair and treat all people with respect and be professional about it.

EVENTS AND BLOGGING

Not all bloggers write and go to events. An event or even a press conference is not the only source of posts for a blogger. The whole wide world is out there to explore and write posts. The world is not limited to events and press conferences.

There are bloggers who write about their work.
There are bloggers who go to places in search of stories
There are bloggers who spend their own money and time to search for a story
There are bloggers who write about their families
There are bloggers who write about their travels
There are bloggers who write about politics
There are bloggers who write about cooking
There are bloggers who write just about anything

There are several type of bloggers and even more sources for posts or stories. It was, it still is and it will always not be limited to events.

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6 Responses to The Smiling Proud Wanderer, Events and Blogging

  1. Aileen Apolo says:

    And there are those who just copy and paste! Amen.

  2. AJ says:

    You couldn’t have said it better! Thank you for echoing what I and many other bloggers feel.

    Props to this: (iii) It is not prudent to complain or frown if you are not invited at the event or press conference. If someone mistreats you take it up immediately with their superior or the person in charge.

    If you weren’t invited, it means you’re not invited! lol

  3. There are bloggers who write just about anything-documenting life and capturing moments to reminisce in the future…this truly reminds me of Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Eat, Pray and Love..

  4. markku says:

    Copy and paste. I can relate. =P

  5. Didi says:

    I really love reading your stories Juned :) Blogger version of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. If you even remember that segment in the Jim Henson Hour :)

    Para kang wise man. Hmmm wise man ka nga!

  6. Juned says:

    Didi, Thanks. :)

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