Due to various special requests, I have decided to post this one separately:
There are some men who have two homes, the one they grew up in and another one in cyber space...a planet knows as the Blogosphere. Their homes in the Blogosphere are Palaces, fitting for their titles as Blog Knights, Kings and Princes…even if no one really knows who they are. But the Blog Monarchy do harbour a few secrets of their own.
There are the BLOG KNIGHTS, who are somewhat theatrical…true exhibitionists and voyeurists they are. They enjoy putting themselves on display, and take an equal amount of pleasure in watching others perform. To them, blogging fosters a sense of kinship and is a playground where they can express themselves freely without fear, limitation or intimidation. They can engage with other like minded individuals in thought provoking and jovial discussions. They are usually honest and have no qualms about who they are.
The BLOG PRINCES are somewhat more reserved and conservative than the Knights. They usually blog under pseudonyms that reflect upon their personas or is significant to them. They also like to engage in intellectually stimulating discourse, but are less open about who they are. They usually use the blog as a means of escaping boredom and in some cases, loneliness. The blog allows them to interact with other people in a “safe” environment that does not leave them feeling vulnerable.
The BLOG KINGS on the other hand love controversy. They are also reserved and private when it comes to their personal lives but have no reservations when it comes to raising controversial issues and promoting debates. Some of them will even go as far as to express their favourable opinions about issues that they do not believe in…just to create hype and encourage a cyber bar-room brawl...a mêlée of sorts. They will hide behind their computers and keyboards, announcing the most contentious statements and they love the fact that they can’t be held directly responsible for their actions. Its not like they’re physically available and people can’t fight with their monitors. They are usually quite popular and have a large following. Secretly they are just insecure nerds who enjoy their popularity on the blog because it makes up for a lot of what they lacked in their adolescence.
Real-life Scenario: *names have been changed to protect identities.
Ismail is an artist of sorts...a real Blog Knight. He enjoys the company of people and has a lot of friends and acquaintances. Ismail has an active social life and is out and about on most weekends, often meeting friends for coffee, catching a movie or an exhibition at the museum…or he can be found being involved in various community projects and programs. Ismail is also quite popular with the ladies, and is often surrounded by females who find that he is incredibly attractive and has a personality to boot. Ismail carries his persona into cyber-space via his blog. He enjoys expressing his views and opinions on a variety of subjects and garners equal enjoyment from the popularity of his blog. People comment regularly, and he is not one to shy away from meeting new people…another activity he thoroughly enjoys. Ismail however, is secretly yearning for that one thing that he thinks will make him whole…and he keeps on searching, one person and one blog entry at a time.
Luqmaan is better known as Krawl, the Blog Prince…very few people know his true identity and he blogs out of curiosity and as a means of self-expression. He however, prefers to remain anonymous because it gives him the freedom to say what he wants to on his blog, without any inhibitions, intimidation or restrictions. As long as people don’t know who he really is, they can’t judge him. In a sense, he hides behind the Pseudonym, it’s a wall that he places between the real him and the blogger known as Krawl. His Pseudonym also grants him a freedom that makes him somewhat fearless and he finds it to be liberating. In reality, Luqmaan is just another guy, trying to find his place in the world...searching for something that brings some meaning to his life.
Hamza is a true Blog King. He is the drama queen of the Blogosphere. He loves the fact that his blog is so popular and attracts a rather large following and he actively looks for ways to make it more controversial, thereby increasing its popularity. He generally brings up issues in society that people are afraid to voice and uses his “innocent” banter as a platform to incite eruptive arguments and debates amongst his audience. They are puppets and he is the puppet master, gently guiding and provoking dramatic reactions from the unsuspecting crowd. He is sometimes two-minded about his blog, but loves the attention too much to ever stop the controversy. His popularity, large following and dramatic flair is encouraged and rewarded by various contracts from advertisers and the like who use his blog as a means to promote their products and services. So in essence, his blog is a commercial machine, generating income from little pieces of contentious information directed at an addicted audience who happen to love the drama because they obviously don’t have enough of it in their lives.