10 things Pakistani blog readers should know

Published: September 22, 2010
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Next time you are online try to observe some netiquette

  1. Blogs can be casual, formal or anything in between. So while writing, the blogger can interrupt the readers with an “akhhh thoo” if he wants to, without having to suffer tons of meaningless comments. It’s a blog, not a featured article in Foreign Policy magazine.
  2. Blogs are opinion-oriented. They may or may not be backed by hard facts. A blog or ‘web log’ does not necessarily have in-depth analysis that will impress readers. If that is what you need, you might want to start reading Time Magazine or Newsweek.
  3. A blog is not a divine revelation. God has nothing to do with it. It should be criticized if required, but getting personal with the writer is not right. Bloggers don’t appreciate personal remarks. However, any thoughts on content are more than welcome, no matter how unpleasant.
  4. If a blog writer writes a post criticizing former President Musharraf, that does not mean he loves the Bhuttos and Sharifs, or hates Musharraf. It means he wrote a post on Musharraf! – full stop.
  5. Don’t tell blog writers that their post is one-sided. They already know. It is absolutely legal in the blogging world to be subjective. Bloggers have the right to refrain from the art of hypocrisy and speak their mind. How else would you tell bloggers and politicians apart?
  6. Tolerance. If you do not have the ability to listen to divergent thoughts, blogs aren’t meant for you in the first place. Blogs are for people who seek fresh thoughts and ideas. Disagreeing with blog posts is good, trash-talking them makes you a bad reader. Yes, take offense.
  7. Read the blog before you comment. Titles can be misleading! Skimming through can make your comments nonsensical. If some blog writers really annoy you, try holding a stress ball when you read. In extreme cases, you can also use a punching bag. Also – civilized people mind their language on public forums.
  8. If you have reached this point, my effort in writing this post has paid off. Treat yourself with a snack! Yes, this is an interesting, educational post.
  9. Acceptance. Blog writers can write random sentences, just for fun. If the tone of a post is casual, might as well make it interesting to read. Refer to the previous point.
  10. Give feedback. If you actually have a constructive feedback to give, do not hesitate to reach out to the authors. They want to improve. They hate personal attacks but value positive suggestions. Meaningful debates in blog comments fuel the writers.

samir.butt

Samir Butt

A former Youth Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Fulbright undergraduate scholar, freelance writer, public speaking trainer, IT consultant and marketing professional. He blogs at samiranwar.net.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com/ The Only Normal Person Here.

    Okay. So what exactly did we learn? Barring number 10, I dont think there was any point of this post. But VOILA your 10th point worked. Here is my “feedback.” Hope you would “improve.” Good luckRecommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Kudos……….thank God that you wrote on this issue…….and what should one think of a reader who abusues some XYZ celeb or polititian and asks in the end? BTW who is XYZ…..LOL
    I have to agree with all the points you have mentioned…I have seen people telling bloggeres “this is one side of Story.” def in 600 words, they expect bloggeres to write a research paper? The abusive comment language on forums, makes people sick………
    a very nice and practical post……Hope the readers will read it before commenting..;)Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    As a blog writer myself, I can relate to your suggestions. But to tell you the truth, it’s a colossal waste of time explaining these etiquettes to readers. After all, comments have to be as subjective as the blog itself. Moreover, as a blogger, your responsibility is to express an opinion and receive feedback on it. Although I agree that some comments are disturbingly libelous, they still count as feedback which – for a writer – is a reference point for improvement. This is not to say that a blog writer cannot justify his work when it is being misconstrued. Justify your stance to what ever degree. But don’t disparage the integrity of your work by dedicating an entire blog post to such a futile cause. You’ll simply be losing the readership as blog readers will see you as bigoted and inflexible.
    Take the example of Nadya V, whose writings have come under immense criticism. She has always stuck to her resolve and written what she feels is right. So my suggestion to you is to let people say what they must. You ought to keep writing because, at the end of the day, it’s your blog!Recommend

  • Amena

    Oh now you’re just getting whiney! Of course if you’re writing a blog, you’re open yourself up to criticism, personal and including everyone from your pet squirrel to your ancestors who used stones to kill birds. Man up and take the comments as they come! I have the right to comment on the color of your coat, I should hope!Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar

    samir mate…you do realize you are going to cop quite a lot of flak for this…write what you believe in, let the haters hateRecommend

  • Khadija Masood

    This was much needed. Sometimes I get offended when I read comments which are directed towards the writers. They are so mean spirited and have nothing to do with the blog itself. People need to be more courteous around here. So yes, thank you for writing this. Recommend

  • Maryam

    hahahaaa…..
    loved the post…
    so to the point….

    i enjoyed reading it actually plus these points might revolve around my mind when i comment on any blog but to tell u the truth , i will comment what i felt …..
    because as your blog reflects your opinion, my comment reflects my opinion…and i don’t want to put a check on that.

    your 9th point is about ACCEPTANCE, and my point is only that so accept what the readers have to say. because at the end of the day you must value those who take put time and read your stuff so their response matters the post.

    all the best…cheers…
    P.S. Sadaf Fayyaz please try to see the bigger picture, it is not necessary to jump on to the conclusions just like that. if 40 people are doing what you gave examples of 60 appreciate your work too. so value that and think positive :)Recommend

  • Samir

    @Sadaf… thanks.

    @Taha … if you don’t mind personal comments on your blog, that is very nice of you.

    It was very important that I got my message across to some readers. Whether I succeed or not, doesn’t matter. Recommend

  • Zahra Ali

    so Taha what you are saying is that he should ignore your suggestion too? :)

    I feel one should take the audience with him. Thats why we write.. to make a difference. If not then writings must be for some good reason other than just an explosion of words that we wanted to say.

    I think this post also has a purpose. Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    LOL – okay I really hate this 10 things stuff on tribune usually but this was hilarious.

    Aakh thoo – hahaha , yes that’s what I do when Im fed up of people tryna lecturing me on my blog where Im supposed to put MY ideas.

    Talk against the war on terror and they’ll start calling you a taliban supporter.

    Talk against Musharraf and they’ll call you a zardari lover.

    Talk against Altaf Hussain and they’ll call you a racist for attacking a ‘race’.

    Nice wrie up again Sameer. Keep speaking your mind and keep aakh-thooing. Recommend

  • Samir

    @Amena … I love criticism… did you even read the post?

    @Waqqas … True, but I don’t really care. As long as my message gets across… even a little.

    @Khadija … Thanks.Recommend

  • Samir

    @Maryam and other ppl who will read this…. The post does not stop you from criticizing or commenting at any point… Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    @Zahra – I have said two things
    a) use the comments as the blue-prints for improvement
    b) if you are convinced that your work has substance, just keeping doing what you do best. No comment should prevent you from doing that.
    Writing a blog about how to respond to a blog sounds didactic. Furthermore, I used Nadya V’s example because her blog posts have improved greatly since the negative reviews came pouring in. From her ludicrous piece on Fatima Bhutto and Sara Taseer’s twitter wars she has progressed to pieces that provide political insight – however, convoluted it may be. Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    lecture*Recommend

  • Usman

    Good job Samir. Although I personally disagree with some of your political views, I appreciate your blogs for their content. I think you would agree with me that we can all have differing views on the same thing and should be open to other perspectives. Anyways, good luck and keep on churning out thought-provoking blogs!Recommend

  • Maheen Rahman

    Thank you, this was much needed.Recommend

  • Samir

    @Usman… of course, blogging won’t be fun without differing agreements.

    @Natasha … thanks

    @Taha … No comments prevent me or any blogger from doing anything. Some people don’t understand what blogs are – this post might help them. If you think this post is meaningless, you are entitled to that view. Recommend

  • Samir

    @usman, I meant differing views :) sorry
    Recommend

  • fatima

    good, “educational post”!
    I read all of it to before commenting.
    one imperative point that i would like to mention here. Dont just peep through the posts, comment or at least rate! it means a lot to the blogger!!Recommend

  • http://www.bizomer.com Saqib Omer Saeed

    Really an interesting post Samir! You have hit really good points! Even I have some concerns that I would like to post being a blogger!

    1-Blogs have to be inline with the principles of communication. Here the responsibility lays on the shoulder of communicator i.e. the one who is writing it. People can criticize on the issue or personally but the reactions of the bloggers need to be rationale & professional. If we are touching an issue that is giving a way to people to hit us personally so doesn’t need to be in irritation rather we need to gently handle it. The problem occurs when we take this personal attack over-personally and involve in fight with our readers rather than educating them on core facts within the blog. Writer need to be enough strong to back their text and self even when people say whatever. Let us not stop people say against you as it gives you an opportunity to put better points in response that we sometimes forget while writing the base text. Logic and Facts are the weapons that can face anything if they exist.

    2- I don’t care what Times Magazine or Newsweek says but if someone is making his writing public so has to be concrete and objective based rather than giving wordy entertainment to people. Yes the point is to make hard core facts and in-depth analysis easy to understand for common readers as it is not a journal but a blog. Let us write something that people can relate to their life or society and give solutions. Giving half cooked knowledge is far riskier than writing nothing.

    3- Tolerance can not be asked from readers by the bloggers but the way the blogger counter feedbacks that turn the negative feedback in positive counts. It is all the art of communication. I always love responding those who criticize me by saying Zionist or Western minded by writing [in response] “Thanks for your comments it is very valuable for me. Let me explain my perspective to your learned self” People give extremely hard feedback because they are frustrated or we have written something that doesn’t matches the reality. In both situations we have to be so normal to post our response. If we have stated something wrong and we realized after the feedback of our reader so we have to accept it. If we see that we haven’t said wrong so we have to prove ourselves right without proving the reader’s comment as wrong or personal attack.

    I really appreciate your post Samir. Thanks for giving everyone an opportunity to share this really important issue. Love your writings anyways. Have a nice day. Recommend

  • Ghausia

    Ohh I sense someone is getting annoyed and defensive lol. I don’t blame you, I thought the personal attacks on your last blog were uncalled for, I can just imagine what you felt like. I seldom agree with your blogs, but they’re just so well-written, unlike Nadya V, its not a headache to read your pieces because its obvious to the reader that the writer is an intelligent person. Ignore the haters, seriously, on my first blog here a lot of people wrote rude things because they don’t like how I’m “meen” to writers in my comments, or even now if they don’t agree with my article they have to be petty and vindictive and leave biting comments. So what? You’re writing and getting blogs published, they’re not. You’re a Fulbright scholar, they’re not. So HAHA at them. :DRecommend

  • sameema

    # 8 was good :)Recommend

  • Samir

    @Saqib… your points contradict mine, but are valuable in any case.

    @Ghausia… i thought i was being offensive and not defensive.. but ok :p anyhoo, not like the comments get to me… however, it is true that comments on my last post inspired this post… lets just call this one a public service message…Recommend

  • http://ayeshahoda.wordpress.com Ayesha Hoda

    Thank God for this piece. While going through readers’ comments on different posts, I was thinking along the same lines. A blog is supposed to be opinionated and less formal than other articles in the newspaper. A blogger can write about anything he likes… there is a reason it is not being featured in the main sections of the paper. If someone does not like the subject of the post, he/she should simply go to another section or post.Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    I must confess that I agree with 4 and 6! 5 is witty, but a bit overstated. Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    @Ayesha agreed………..an abc keeps on asking me how much ET pays me? How much do I get paid for writing? and then he leaves a negative comment on it…..LOls……lastly, I have no interest in sports, so never left any comment on any sports blog….We can browse sections of our choice and leave comments as we wish…..Recommend

  • parvez

    OK that was educational. This whole blog thing is akin to mental callisthenics on both writer and readers part and to observe basic ground rules just makes sense.Recommend

  • http://azizhirani.blogspot.com Aziz Hirani

    Absolutely right.. specially the personal remark stuff… i mean, there are far to many people who just comment to offend and nothing else.. it freaks me out when alot of comments tell the writer that their article did not deserved to be published and how annoyingly bad it is etc.. All these just suffer from inferiority complex and need to understand that blogs are meant to be opinionated otherwise whts the difference between a blog and a feature story?..

    Educated people post comments and encourage debate rather than being judgmental upon anything and everything they read (like the anti-musharaf pro-bhutto/shariff stuff the writer mentioned..)

    The author just nailed the issue… gr8Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    What Ghausia said!Recommend

  • Hina.

    Samir, you must realise that this platform is not your personal journal where you can vent out your personal annoyance. Its a ‘public’ blog read by 100s of people, and all of them have a different mind and different approach. You’ve got to be amiable to any sort of criticism that you come across. And if you don’t agree with it, then justify your point instead going all ‘your opinion is yours and mine is mine.’ That’s really not the sort of mindset for someone as intelligent as you. Though, I don’t always agree with some of your points, but I can see you have a good writing sense and you write straight to the point. However, you really need to be a bit more tolerant towards the comments. If you keep your mind open then they do have a valid point. You can write all that you want in your own personal blog, but this public platform is really not the place for this immaturity.

    I mean no offence. Just an honest advice that I think you should consider with an open mind. Recommend

  • Samir

    @Hina… For the 100th time… I have no problems with criticism. I do not mind justifying my position. Please read what I have written. This piece is not asking people to filter their criticism. Rather it tells readers what blogs are. The only comments I am asking not to give are personal remarks on writers. That is unethical by all means. Recommend

  • Maryam

    i think i don’t to say anything else except for agreeing with Hina….Recommend

  • Nasira Parveen

    After reading my piece, what would you say… is it a blog or article? http://nblo.gs/86CwuRecommend

  • Murtaza Dar

    hahhahhaa the writer again wants to APPRECIATE his every blog in every manner with out any criticisim … as its a BLOG come FB status :D :D
    ok samir you are the BEST…ooouuuuhhhhuuuuu HAPPY ? :DRecommend

  • Saad Durrani

    Samir, I guess you forgot that there is Blogger, Tumblr and Twitter with Twitlonger to make you do a personal rant and all “akh tu”s you wanna do. If you are blogging on a Express Tribune, it means you should have something worth saying, not spiting. When you are on a newspaper blog, it would be better that you stick with facts rather be subjective and skew them.

    None the less, it was a good post.Recommend

  • Murtaza

    Dear Bloggers,

    To blog is to express, to rant, to annoy and please. These are all well and good on your personal webspace. i have many freinds around the world that blog on wordpress and so on. These blogs are found on a public site serving a number of internet users in pakistan and all over the world. therefore there must be some form of Gatekeeping.

    Gatekeeping is the control one has over what is being said. your points may be valid and respectful in the above post but they are true of a blogger posting on his domain. not under the umbrella of a credited news portal.

    by posting these 10 commandments of blogging, are you discrediting those bloggers that actually care about objectivity and rational thought. are you belittling those who care about reactions and sensitivities within a society.

    i appreciate freedom of speech and bloggers contributing daily to this forum. i like some more than many and that is my opinion. yet my opinion is also moderated before being posted on the page.

    i urge Tribune to pay attention to the credibilty and nature of blog posts as they play a larger role in society as watchdogs of sociological occurances.

    Samir, there is a place for blogs like the ones you are defending by laying down those 10 points…. unfortunately for you, this is not the place.Recommend

  • twixy

    Dude, now plz stop crying! im also a blogger but u got hyper with neg response on ur previous piece. what do u expect then? bloggers need to have this stamina, GROW UP!Recommend

  • Aamina

    Finally! Someone had the sense to differentiate between a blog and a featured article. People don’t seem to get the difference most of the time. Well said Samir! Haha, was quite entertaining as well!Recommend

  • http://www.umairhassan.com Umair Hassan

    Dude, you should understand that your blog is in public. You just cant expect people to read it and say nothing. Specially on sensitive topics like your previous blog, you cant expect them to be all calm and respect your opinion. It happens everywhere, so stop crying and keep writing. I like your style tho !.Recommend

  • Samreen A.Khan

    dont know why but Samir u seems to be like defensive!!! Recommend

  • QuratulAin

    Nice write up Samir, I really liked the ideas you have put up there, but when we blog in a newspaper or anyother site that has many users, we can’t expect them to buy whatever we have to sell them and we bloggers should be ready to be ripped apart by the readers as it is them who we write for and readers are the kings of this blogging world and a king is not easily pleased. may be one can follow the above emntioned manners when reading someone’s personal blog, but writers for newspaper got to be really brave and be ready for the attacks and kudos. Just my personal experience. Good content.Recommend

  • http://www.dudekichussian.blogspot.com Hamza

    Love it, so true. Specially the second point .Recommend

  • Nida Haque

    claps enthusiastically ABOUT TIME someone blogged about this crucial information. returns to the frenzy of other blog comment sectionsRecommend

  • mario

    Alright, Mr. Fulbright scholar few things you need to know before write a blog.
    1. Don’t use copyright images from Google in your blogs, like the one you have used in this section. I can literally sue Tribune for this. You have no right to use others images. Better make one up in Photoshop or MS Paint yourself.
    2. Readers have the right to comment on every blog in the newspaper section and they can be as critical as they want to be. If you simply can’t handle criticism get a new job or go and blog on your personal website and make it exclusive to your friends.
    3. You always need hard facts, no matter on what platform you are communicating, especially when you are on a public forum. If you can’t do this then you better go to facebook and twitter rather than asking readers to go and read Time magazine.
    4. If you write a blog/article on Musharraf than it better contain substance that is relevant to Musharraf, don’t just use his name in your title to get more readers. Next time, instead of using title “An open letter to Musharraf” try using “An open letter from Samir” and see how many hits you get.
    5. It is fine to be one-sided and be honest to readers that their post is not in favor of the subject, but then why use a complete opposite title to attract users, For example there was a blog in tribune known as “Musharraf has my vote!” This is clearly hypocrisy.
    6. Talking about tolerance. Reading this blog doesn’t look like you have any. Readers can comment and must comment on the blogs and give their opinion too. While commenting if Reader decides to communicate with another commenter like @Mario and discuss the matter in further detail then its perfectly fine. If you cannot tolerate this then you shouldn’t be blogging on a public website.
    7. Title should not be misleading. If you are writing about a cow then stick to cow. Don’t start with Once upon a time I saw a cow and then write then write 5000 words on elephant.
    8. See that wasn’t too bad. Was it?
    9. There is no need to be pissed-off if readers are having meaningful debates in comments, this is perfectly fine.
    10. Lastly, clearly you don’t have much understanding of Blogging. So before you teach Pakistani Readers about blogging, try reading some of the other blogs on foreign websites and read the comments specially.Recommend

  • RJ

    the problem with some readers apart from not understanding the context of the blog is not being able to differentiate between critiscism and constructive criticsismRecommend

  • Samir

    @mario,

    Refer to point no. 7.

    @RJ, So true.

    @QuratulAin, Nida and Hamza, Thanks

    @Samreen, I’ll try a different tone next time :)

    @Umair, I never said don’t say anything. In fact, I have strongly encouraged comments.

    @Amina..ThanksRecommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    ROFL @ Mario! One of the best posts ever seen in comments…Recommend

  • Ghausia

    Mario, a) Samir didn’t pick the pic himself, ET plops a pic on their own on all blog entries. And I agree with what you said about backing up a blog with hard facts, specially when its on a crucial topic like Musharraf, BUT while the blogger should remember that by blogging in an open forum, he himself is opening the floor to the harshest possible criticism, at the same time the reader also has a responsibility to critique/comment objectively without getting personal. I don’t know Samir, I seldom agree with his blogs, but mocking the fact that for a Fulbright scholar, he’s not very smart, come on. That’s just being childish. That’s the kind of thing I used to see on Xanga and Live Journal and its not the kind of thing that should take place on a blog run by a leading English daily.Recommend

  • mario

    @Ghausia – Thanks and I have nothing against Samir, I have only read his last two blogs and he seems to be a decent chap.

    As for criticism, I will start with myself. I am a coward. I always put myself first, not my country. I left Pakistan as a teenager, got scholarship and educated in UK, travelled extensively from Africa to America to Australia. Finally now settled in New Zealand and again working as an IT Consultant for one of the largest Blue-chip multinational.

    In short I have a successful career, an expensive house and drive an expensive car. My friends and elders who know me kept constantly reminding me and themselves from time to time that we all foreigners are doing a great job and doing great service for Pakistan by living overseas. The great service we do our country is feel sorry for its current state over cup of coffee/weekend BBQs and by saying “pata nahee iss mulk ka kya hoga” or “bas Allaah behtar kare” or “haan dekho shayad kuch acha ho jaye” and then we all go back to our normal lives and get busy.

    None of us have the guts to make any changes to the system. None of us can stand-up to the current government and criticise them. None of us were bold enough or strong enough to criticise the Sharif’s and Bhutto’s government for corruption. We had no voice until Musharraf came in power. He was constantly tested with difficult decisions like 9/11, Baluchistan, Terrorism, Corruption, Target-killings, Supreme-court, Laal-masjid, Foreign policy and many others. He made some very bold decisions and some mistakes but yet he gave us all freedom-of-speech. Of course he also became the first victim of our freedom.

    We have never used our freedom and asked Zardari to apologise for his corruption.
    We never asked Mr. Sharif to apologise for his lootings
    We never thanked Musharraf for the good worked he did, but we simply remember him for violating the constitution which was already broken.

    I left Pakistan in 90s because I knew I was too young and no one was going to listen to me. When Musharraf came in power, things started to change, there was more freedom but I saw development in the country. Local-body government system was a good move and was working. There was hope!

    As usual after few years we wanted “change”, we were bored with Musharraf’s government and we were tired of watching him defending his every move on television. We wanted Democracy (a version which does not include Musharraf) and we wanted right away. We forced Musharraf to make space for PPP and PMLN.

    Musharraf left for several debateable reasons and power fallback to PPP as expected. In this democratic approach (if it continues) we all know who the major candidate for next elections is.

    What is Democracy? Who was Musharraf to remove Mr. Sharif’s government? It was the job of the people to take such action. Like we saw in Sialkot massacre! Two young boys were beaten to death by people. A true form of democracy, isn’t it? Everyone there was watching it, civilians, police-officers, the guy who mad the movie. That’s democracy isn’t it?

    This is what going to happen if democracy is given to the people in its current state. The process of democracy is not rebooted by Army’s interference but it is restarted by every elections. The newly form government always abandons every move made by former and start with fresh.

    We as youth have a bigger responsibility to discuss these issues, try using hard facts, its good to have debate, it doesn’t matter on what platform we are communicating, it is always good to have analysis.

    You as authors, bloggers, writers or TV hosts have much bigger responsibility as you have opportunity to bring awareness to the people about issues and you can back them up with facts, there is no need to dig it too deep but it has to have some credibility.

    I can apologise to Samir hundred times if my words have offended him but I will never ask Musharraf to apologise to this nation as he has done way more and so much for this country and his apology will only allow Mr. Sharif to score more points in election.

    This is not America, where Mr. Clinton offers apologises to his wife and nation and win everyone back. In Pakistan, Musharraf’s apology will become his crime.

    Think of Musharraf’s apology as the fact that he left the power to democratic parties and now he is only making come back via democratic process.Recommend

  • http://desiyo.wordpress.com Saad Khalid

    @mario Your last comment can itself become a blog entry and Sammeer i loved the article but diversity in thinking, in perceiving things and in expression is what makes us human. Though I am an ardent supporter of constructive criticism only but you cannot control others from saying Whats the point of publishing this article.Recommend

  • Samir

    @Saad… It is absolutely fair to say whatever a reader feels. But there are certain ground rules associated with everything, For instance, when a reader comments that “this blog is the writers personal opinion”, that comment is pointless. I don’t mind such comments, but of course the blog is an opinion by its very definition.

    I did not ask readers to filter their comments, rather understand what a blog is. Recommend

  • Beenisch Tahir

    I’ve been writing a column for the other english news papers of Pakistan for the last four years, and the criticisms I use to receive were pretty intelligent and objective. I agreed other times disagreed, but mostly, it was nice to know people are reading what I wrote. But when I wrote for the Tribune blog, I was shocked at the personal attacks, and also the complete misunderstanding of my piece, skim reading being the blatant culprit ( or the total lack of it). I completely agree when you say that headings can be misleading, and they usually are, since we usually don’t get the chance to choose our own headings anyway.

    I’m all for sharing and debating. It’s good that the younger lot are beginning to debate the news, even if its by usually biased blogs. But we must earn how to constructively discuss the issue, after careful reading and thinking.

    However, I do have to disagree with one thing, if you have a personal blog then let it rip. But when it is an international newspaper, then standards are needed, even if its the blogs. If you read the blogs of foreign publications their blogs are filled with original, witty, very well written articles- their words jump right at you. There is that literary moxie, which we have to admit is tragically missing in the Tribune blogs. It’s dry writing, that anyone can do. However, the foreign blogs- I sit there and say to myself ‘man I could never write like that’.

    I think we all should agree, that the standard of writing must improve.Recommend

  • Noor-ul-aln Hanif

    wooohhhooooo!!! thanksss!!!
    I am beginner here ;) ready to take a dive in the rock nd roll world of blogs! this helps me alot but experince teach us alot… so m ready to xperince it!
    I day i’ll be a big writer! inshAllah :)Recommend

  • http://awgilani.wordpress.com Syed Abdul Wahab Gilani

    Most of us can see what made you write this. :)Recommend

  • http://fiaasworld.blogspot.com Afia Jamal

    Greattt post!Recommend

  • Tayyab Raza

    whoaa . Would like to see the real identity of @mario dude.
    future ET blogger ???Recommend

  • kashf shah

    agreed…….Recommend

  • http://dosrarukh.wordpress.com Daniyal Danish

    nothing new in postRecommend

  • http://ashfaqueshah-pakistani.blogspot.com ashfaqueshah

    good post well doneRecommend