Friday, February 16, 2007

Wakey, wakey out there!

What's happened to the initial enthusiasm for this project? Come on, everyone, please post. There are over 30 countries signed up now.


Blogger Rebelde said...

I think the lack of participation is a combination of
1) everyone being busy with their own stuff and
2) some of the subjects are too deep or complex.

Personally, I rather write about subjects that make express my opinion rather than search statistics or numbres. Please don't get me wrong, I enjoy learning about other countries as much as the next but I feel more attracted to individuals since none of us can represent a whole country.

6:07 PM  
Blogger shing said...

i agree. its a combination of those two reasons. :) i'm sure we're all still around. :)

2:32 AM  
Anonymous cole said...

Yes, I agree. I can't and feel uncomfortable speaking for the USA, I say a qualifier many times or just don't want to go off on something (like religion) like I would on my own blog because I don't want everyone to think every american feels the way I do.

I agree with Rebelde although I don't think the subjects are too complex...I think it is difficult to speak about your country if you do not share the popular opinion. Maybe one word threads would help spark people, but perhaps just use that as encouragement. In case you can't think of anything, here , blog about..." ". Not what it means to your country or whatever. It will be about your country because we are natives of our land.

Just a thought.

ps. I would go and check out their personal blogs...maybe they are not posting their either. Many people start one and then give it up quickly.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Asrar said...

i think we should choose our own topics, anything related to our countries and write about it. I agree to wat rebelde says, some of us are not good with figures and stuff and anyway figures and stuff can be found on the web, i noticed 80% of the posts are just information copied from wikipedia, i dun see the point like that. We should just post on our own but it should be related to our country or also something about what we find when we travel to other countries. I personally like to take pictures so i prefer making pictorial posts, you might have noticed that.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Munak said...

i personally think that we should not choose a topic and blog about it. Am not pointing to anyone but i noticed 80% of the information i see in mosts are copied directly from wikipedia. If thats the case, i might as well just go to wikipedia and read more about the country, hardly people give an opinion of their own. This brings us to the conclusion made by Rebelde, some of the subjects are too deep or complex and thus people end up going to wikipedia, copy the information and paste it here. I dun see the point.

I think we should choose any topic we want to write about our country, if others want to follow, its good also and for people who like to travel, it will be good to have a healthy discussion about other countries and their personal experiences. I personally like to take alot of pictures so i rather do a photo post rather than words which are copied from somewhere else.
just my 2 cents

2:19 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

Not guilty ;-) I haven't copied anything from Wikipedia. The only thing I check are my facts then put an personal interpretation on these facts.

The introduction we get to One at All does say that we're supposed to be representing the views of people in our country - not our own personal views though.

At least this has got people discussing how they feel about the group. Maybe Diego can take these on board.

Thanks for your comments, guys :-)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jock said...

I think the suggestions are fine!
Anyone want to start the 1st free topic?

5:09 PM  
Anonymous cole said...

I commented on this and now it is not here? Is there a reason?

I had said something similiar to Munak and also Rebelde that it is impossible for one person to represent a whole country. Some topics are very personal to me and I know that I may not share the majority opinion so it makes me not want to post elaborately or personally because the topic is contriversal.

I would like to suggest a broader type of subject. For example: What was an important milestone that you reached in your life that is a common event in your country. ( I could write about getting my drivers liscense, graduating from high school, going to kindergarten, shopping for the "it" clothes as a preteen, getting my ears pierced, going on my first date...."

Just a thought.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Say Lee said...

Munak's view on not confining the "registered" bloggers to any agreed upon topic as long as it is about their countries is well taken.

How about permitting "guest" blogers to blog about their countries as well instead of limiting their roles to merely expressing comments? For one thing, there will likely be a diversity of views, albeit they might not be congruent with those of the "registered" bloggers.

But isn't that what blogosphere is all about, freedom of expression?

1:10 PM  

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