MEET our Blog Addict of the Week, Anna a.k.a. ahnnabanana of the annafication
Here's a pic -- Anna's the one in the middle.
Could you tell us something about yourself? How old are you and what ar
e you currently doing? When and why did you start blogging and who got you hook
I'm 19 years old, a freshman at the University of the Philippines
. I'm taking up AB English, majoring in En
glish Language. I started ahnnabanana almost three years ago because my friend
) encouraged me to because I kept visiting her LJ an
d replying to her entries with long comments. When I opened my account, I used
it only as a "stalking tool," to read my friends' friends-only entries. After I
took a Creative Writing workshop in New York, I started updating more often.
What makes a blog better than a regular website? Did you try putting up
your own site before you started blogging?
My best friends and I had a website when we were in fifth grade. It was nothing
high-tech; it just had pictures and profiles of ourselves. We even posted who
our crushes were at the time. Just kid stuff. A blog is more real, more persona
Would you say that blogging is very addictive? How many people have you
convinced to also start blogging?
YES! I've been called an update whore. When I'm inspired to write, I update dai
ly. Sometimes even twice or thrice a day. I don't outright persuade people to b
log, but some of my friends say they opened accounts to read my protected entri
es. Every now and then, they blog too.
How has blogging made a difference in your life?
It's had a big influence on my choice of course for college. Through my LJ, I r
ealized how much I enjoyed writing. I love it enough to spend the next four yea
rs (maybe even the rest of my life) immersed in words and language. And since I
've been writing for a while now, I must admit I write for an audience. When th
ey comment that they like a certain entry, I build on it. Like this thing I cal
." Two years ago I posted a number of short conversations I had or over
heard that made me laugh. I got so many positive comments, so I always kept tra
ck of stupid/funny things I hear. Over time, I began to post pictures of funny
signs or names I see on trips. I also uploaded silly music videos my friends an
d I make. When interesting things happen to me, I blog about it. Anyone I know
can possibly showing up on my LJ. It also helps me keep in touch with friends I
don't see all the time.
What blogging software do you use? What makes it better than other blog
I use LiveJournal. I can't really compare it to other blogging services since i
t's the only one I've had. I think it's user-friendly. With the new Rich Text f
eature, it's so easy to upload pictures, videos, and link. No more dealing with
complex HTML commands. I particularly like the LJ-cut, which enables me to hid
e parts of my writing.
What's the most memorable experience you've had in the blogging world?<
I've had a lot of good and bad experiences. I once wrote an observation about a
group of girls from one school. Apparently, they got offended and started pass
ing the link of that entry over YM. Common friends talked to me about it, like
why I wrote it, that I shouldn't judge [those girls]. Another time, I reacted a
bout a negative statement a Brother in my high school released about my batch.
I got over 60 comments. After I posted that entry, my batch saw him as the "Bro
ther who does not like our batch but pretends to." People have to understand th
at Anna the Blogger and Anna in Real Life are similar but not exactly the same.
Sometimes you have to know Anna in Real Life to completely understand the thin
gs Anna the Blogger writes, and why she writes them. I never post to purposely
berate anyone; I just write for the moment, as honestly as I can.
On the other hand, I've had complete strangers add me on LiveJournal. Complete
strangers come up to me in my old school or in parties saying they read my LJ.
I get nagged by friends when I don't update. Oh, I became a contributor for a l
ocal magazine because one of its editors reads my LJ regularly!
If you have to pimp your blog to readers, could you tell us in 100 word
s or less why they should visit your blog?
On the menu of ahnnabanana.livejournal.com are my eccentric family, crazy frien
ds, funnies, pictures (lots and lots of pictures), tributes, videos, reviews, o
pinions, current events, movies, music, and reflections. They may make you laug
h, cry, or cry from laughing.
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