1. They think they’re actually making a significant difference in the world. No, they are not. Hugh Hefner thinks he’s advocating for women’s rights. If he is, then I’m signing up for women’s rights as well. So no, your 300-word post on African kids makes no difference to them.
2. Your personal problems are not society’s problem. For a country that is so mired in problems, you would think that the last blog you’d expect is about an “Anonymous Lesbian”, who can’t come out in society. Seriously, how many conversations do you have where your sexual preference really needs to be brought out in the open?
Person 1: Wanna get some food?
Person 2: Nah, I’m a lesbian.
3. Taking photos of poor people won’t make them any less poor. And your “Their eyes tell an untold story” descriptions won’t help them either.
4. The inability to take criticism. The minute you point out the fallacies in their logic, you get labelled “PTI Troll”, “Mullah Supporter” or “Fascist” and your opinion is officially invalid.
5. Blogging doesn’t require skill. Thing is, anyone can have a blog — it’s easier than making a Facebook account. Just go to Wordpress.
6. They find it perfectly acceptable to make stuff up to support their moral arguments. How they find making stuff up moral I do not know.
7. If you have to write “This blog post is satirical in nature” at the end of your post to tell people you’re trying to be funny, well, then you’re really not funny.
8. Grammar. I know you’re not getting paid to write or anything but if you want to put forward an argument or a case it would really help your cause if you knew the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’ or more commonly ‘she’ or ‘he’.
9. They confuse themselves with journalists and writers. You’re not either, so keep your Paul Coelho-inspired philosophies to yourself. Thank you.
10. Copy-pasting is not blogging. Also, have you heard of such a thing as giving people credit? If you run a photo blog and you steal half the pictures from someone’s Flickr account, that does not make you a blogger it just makes you a moron with no manners.
Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, December 4th, 2011.