Addendum to May 8th, 2016 essay titled ‘Odottemita in Singapore: A Comparative Commentary’

Introduction

Since writing the essay on the odottemita subculture in Singapore and Japan, there has been a glacial change in some topics touched upon within the essay. As these issues are admittedly minor in magnitude, there is little need for a second essay to be written simply for these additions to be made. In the interest of further building on the foundations established within the original essay, this addendum was thus created.

Go on…

A spike in views

And my first comment from Shion! That’s cool~

I quite like this platform since WordPress lets me regularly type out things in greater detail compared to, say, Facebook or Youtube. Although I’m on these platforms, they’re really specialized for one task.

  1. Youtube is the video platform for drum cover uploads. I can’t type out long essays there, the best that I could probably do is to make use of the status function (that some channels used to have) to update my subscribers. This isn’t really that…useful for reasons I’ll elaborate in the future, but suffice to say, Youtube’s just a good place to upload my videos and nothing more.
  2. Facebook is primarily used for stalking following other people in one’s life. Few people post extremely long and detailed posts there, it is something more akin to a club that everyone joins to show the best parts of their life. Sure, some people will post a bit if they feel sad or stressed, but there’s a fine line between wanting others to care and posting how one feels on Facebook as an ASP (attention-seeking ploy) or to garner sympathy. One could conceivably type out how they felt in say, a diary in Notepad which has no viewers if they wanted the chance to see their thoughts tangibly. Instead a public setting is chosen and their feelings shared with all their friends. It seems more of the latter than the former, at times.
    But I digress. I don’t see Facebook as a place which can be used to type out anything in detail aside from short updates of how one’s life is going. Theoretically I could post my SOL (slice of life) posts there instead of on this blog, but I’m lazy to consistently switch between Facebook and WordPress whenever I feel like typing something.

So it’s for those two reasons that WordPress is fairly liberating. I can’t upload videos here, but I can link to them within the text. And short status updates can still be done.

I’ve cleared up the ambiguity between articles and essays and created separate categories for them. In terms of ease of writing, there are perhaps three current categories:

  1. SOL posts (tagged under rambling)
  2. Articles (tagged as articles)
  3. Essays (tagged as essays)

The ease of writing increases from the bottom of the list up, but the rewarding experience of reading increases from the top of the list down. Mainly because essays take the most time to properly research, formulate what I want to say and cite everything within the essay. However, they go into the greatest depth compared to articles and SOL posts. Likewise, articles are somewhere in between with a slight focus on a topic compared to SOL posts, but not as much is researched or written relative to essays.

Anyway, that should be all for now. I do have a lot more things that I would like to write on in the future, but those will have to wait until I had a bit more free time.

 

Blog revamp

So, apparently WordPress doesn’t allow tagging of pages unless one uses plugins. Thought about self-hosting or going for a managed host, but decided to scrap pages and type essays/articles as blog posts instead (longer ones at that) in order to take advantage of the existing tags/categories function.

Articles will be under the ‘Articles/Essays’ category at the left sidebar, along with the tags for articles or blog posts. Should make it easier to find, I guess.

New ideas about stuff to write, might release an article soon. Time is an issue though ><.

Edit: Also updated the names of each widget to sound less generic. I like the feel, this looks like it’ll be a nice play to stay ^^