Saturday, July 07, 2007

Random thoughts from 4 in the morning

I wrote this at 4 AM. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep.

I woke up early to help clean up the Garapan Tourist District. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was spotted by a shy Refalahaole. She saw me sweeping the curb.

After the cleanup I spent a few hours at Café at the Park helping Marites with her personal blog and the FMI blog. She bought me a cup of coffee and an artery blocking, diabetes inducing Loco Moco. Yum. Thanks, Marites!

I went home at around 11 and read about half of George Lakoff’s latest book. Whenever I read in the afternoon I undoubtedly fall asleep, so after a short nap, I turned the computer on and looked at some of my pictures taken during the last year.

EJ came over late in the afternoon. We continued looking at pictures while we drank a few beers. Around dinner time we went out to the new Taste of India down in Chalan Laulau. For $12.95 we were treated to a buffet of curry, tandoori, and other Indian delights. They gave us free beer, too.

Free is my favorite kind of beer.

After dinner we went back to my place for a while and just hung out. I made her watch R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet DVD. I think that movie will really stand the test of time as one of the great contributions to American Culture in the early 21st Century.

I fell asleep kind of early, so of course I woke up in the middle of the night unable to sleep. I decided to get up and log on to the Internet.

So our blogs are finally being picked up by the other media outlets in the CNMI. The Marianas Variety published Jeff Turbitt’s piece on blogging, Harry Blalock interviewed Jeff, Boni, and me on his Island Issues radio show, and MP Magazine had a piece on blogging written by Dr. Khorram.

This blog is the most popular blog about life in the CNMI, attracting anywhere between 200-5000 unique visitors per day. I’ve been averaging about 10,000 unique visitors per month since February. I think that makes me the third most popular written media in the CNMI, after the Saipan Tribune and the Marianas Variety.

Am I right? Do Island Locator, Beach Road Magazine, or Pacific Times have a circulation larger than 10,000 per month or 2500 per week? I think I may be more popular. (Plus, my popularity is rising.)

I wonder how much they charge for advertising? Could I be charging local companies for blogger real estate? Hmmmm…..

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to live off of ads generated from a blog? Then I wouldn’t have to work. I could just go do stuff and then write about it. That would be a good life. A very good life.

Maybe I should have taken an English class in college.

This blog thing has really taken off in the CNMI. I just started a list of all the blogs in the CNMI. So far I’ve counted 65 blogs…and I’ve only included a handful of the Japanese blogs. I don’t want to sound like Al Gore claiming that I created the Internet, but I’d like to think that I had something to do with getting the bloggers blogging. The Blogger Meetup was my idea. We Love Saipan was all Walt, I just helped.

Not that it matters, I’m just saying.


Walt said...

Yes, it does matter, my friend.

You have most definitely inspired dozens, and soon to be hundreds of bloggers here and abroad. And that is no trivial accomplishment. In addition, your blog is the standard against which all others are judged.

The Meetup idea was a stroke of genius that has helped galvanize what was once only virtual into the physical. Since we still live in a physical world, any movement of consequence needs to manifest in the physical world to have full effect. There are certain energies and ideas which can never be generated, transmitted or exchanged without bodies being in physical proximity to each other. There is indescribable magic which happens when two or more are gathered....

Take pride in the fact that when the modern history of Saipan is written, (as it is being written right now) there will be certain people, events, circumstances, and yes, even websites that must be figured into that story for it to be accurate.

The great thing about "the modern history of things," is that it will be written by the people.

What that means is that as long as the people find a thing worthy of mention, it shall, as a matter of course, find its way into the living, dynamic history of things.

Witness how wikipedia has changed the concept of who is considered an "authority" on a given topic. Encyclopedias, newspapers, textbooks are no longer the bastions of knowledge transfer.

WeLoveSaipan, through the power of the web, is now a force to be reckoned with. The Meetup, its physical manifestation has now been chronicled, documented, reported and continues to grow.

What is being built is nothing less than a distribution system for the dissemination of information, cemented by the power of real world relationships among real people.

There are plans afoot. There are those who have their own vision of what Saipan should be. In the absence of forces to counteract those plans, we are destined to become part of them.

We are the random anomaly--the unseen, unforeseen force which shall change the course of events. The reality of this is evidenced by our position on the google search engine, the coverage we are receiving in local and international media, and the dialogue which is springing up about our existence.

This is just the beginnning.

Deece said...

You can call me Refaluhaole or Refalubwesch if you like. But I can't figure out how to throw Chamorro in there too. Refalubweschorro? Refaluchamaole? That's why I stick with Chamolinaole.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

You know I only came back to Saipan for the chicken kelaguin, right?

CNMI Blogger said...

Right on, Walt.

Chamolinaole covers all the bases. Yep. Works for me. :)

It was GREAT to spend some time with you at the beach yesterday. Looking forward to more eye contact. LOL!