By Braddah Lance
I gotta tell ya, blogging about WWD! moments has gotten tough.
Not only has da WWD! moments been further apart (I tink dat's a good thing right?) but evah since WWD! v.2 started up back in late 2011, da "feel" has been a little different. Well first, I was laid off by da newspapah back in 2010 and because of dat there was a hiatus of WWD! for almost a year and a half wea we lost a ton of readers. And then Da Baby was born, Da Wife was starting a new job, finances were supah tight and my "free" time had become none being Mr.Mom. And now of course, with a new job and along with da rebirth of WWD! - you've noticed - da replies have been harder to come by, both from Da WWD! Hui and myself.
Although da past few months there has been some interesting comments left - obviously from infrequent readers - dat I just didn't have time to reply to. They basically said I complained too much, I have no tolerance, I not speaking Pidgin, I not speaking English and one even said I was sukebe!
Wassup Wit Dat!
Sukebe - really?
Just to set da record straight - actually just to give a background of WWD! to those not in da know - WWD! is a BLOG, not a column. I am no where near journalist status - not even close - and I definitely ain't a writer. It's just me sharing a mo'olelo and some mana'o trying to spread a message or two if can. Dat's wat a blog is.
Gotta agree? No ways but at least da responses have been civil...... most of da time. And you've heard me say on a few occasions, if you no like da blog..... no read 'den!
Da thing is, most don't know me personally and das wea da "criticism" comes in. There was a response dat said I "open [myself] up to controversy" but I'd like to think that da same mana'o I try to share are the same ones that are disappearing in this day and age. Old school if you must but I will always be a tried and true brick and mortar blue collar braddah dat da only book besides a Bible (or your religious literature) that I believe in is da unwritten book of character. I am passionate (so my close friends tell me...... nice way of saying stubborn) about things I believe should be "right" and try to live life as true as possible and hopefully dat comes across in WWD!. Da only real difference is dat I'm da type of person to come out and say it instead of "letting it go", hence WWD!.
And I try to do all dat wit humor, sarcasm and of course, in pidgin - which is a dying language. But if I did da entire blog in Pidgin, garans-bombarans you no can read 'em cause it's more of a spoken language rather than a written one but even moreso, there would be no way people would (could) keep reading. I'll be da first to admit, Pidgin "looks" silly written rather than spoken.
In truth, dis blog LIVES off of responses. One thing dat I was proud about back in WWD! v1.0 was dat there were always a ton of responses from unique people on virtually every blog. People felt comfortable to post on WWD! - good and bad - and dat is a really good feeling establishing a blog to be li'dat. I wish I was paid per response but sadly I am not. but wat keeps dis blog going - and my passion for continuing it - is da responses/experiences left by Da WWD! Hui. It's not only fun and enjoyable to read but it also keeps my mind open to wat oddah people have gone through and it's great to read wat oddahs tink.
And while there have been Kwonics coming to da "rescue" from "off" responses, it's not about getting my back - which I reeeeeallly do appreciate - but it's more about seeing da "right" of it since it seems da response was kinda not da "norm" to begin with.
Surah, sometimes it isn't pleasant wen Da WWD! Hui "scolds" me - or oddah readers - but at da same time it shows da aloha not only for da blog but for da situation as well. I know it takes time to read and even more time to post and I sincerely do appreciate your efforts. And trust and believe I do read EVERY SINGLE RESPONSE left on every single blog even if it was left days, weeks or months latah.
I am sooooo surprised dat even wit da rebirth of WWD! v2.0, we still got some old school Lurking Kwonics still around! It was a nice treat to read some familiar names posting recently dat I haven't seen, well, in years.
Da only regret I have right now is not having enough time to respond to all as I have done so since WWD v1.0. There just isn't enough hours in a day and I stretch myself out so thin dat I barely even have time to fut.
So Muchos Mahalos to all Da WWD! Hui and da Kwonics checking in - and posting - on every post! Hopefully for da few Lurkahs dat pop in once in awhile or new to WWD!, at least now you kinda get da feel of wat WWD! is all about and sooner or latah muttering to yourself, "Wassup Wit Dat!".