One thing I regularly do when I’m online is to check different websites where freelance writing services are bought and sold. If you’ve been in the freelance writing market as long as I have, then you probably know the sites I’m talking about–www.odesk.com, http://www.elance.com, http://www.getafreelancer.com and so much more.
When Filipinos were tagged as humorous even in the direst situations, I honestly thought it was just one of those qualities Filipinos would claim as exclusively theirs when it clearly wasn’t. I had the chance to truly verify that claim when Ondoy came–tragic as the typhoon might have been , it was one of those times when certain Filipinos took the opportunity to relax a little and lessen the tension that characterized everything related to Ondoy.
More than the spirit of volunteerism evident in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube among many others, there were also jibes and jokes that, I admit, even I couldn’t help but laugh at.
I remember one of the first few questions Sir Barry asked the class: How much have you changed in the last ten years? At that moment, I literally couldn’t force an answer out of myself. I never liked personal questions about myself: I hate digging deep in me to find out what my favorite songs or hobbies are–as well as being asked to describe myself. So I didn’t even try.
As I sat there ready to play Who Wants to be a Millionaire, I couldn’t help but feel amused at the Vic Sotto’s question: What is Organizational Communication? It was the one question I’ve been asked for the most part of my past four years in college. It was the same question I almost always answered in autopilot—to freshmen, to clients, to internship interviewers, to my mom’s amigas, to high school batchmates, to relatives, and to so many other people who’ve gone in and out of my life in the recent past.
Remember when we were in class and didn’t stop bitching about the disadvantages of the broadcast model of communication? Somewhere in my vague memory, I even remember reciting about the disadvantages of traditional media–print, radio and broadcast. And it’s not just me–most classmates of mine didn’t think the former trio worked for them anymore.
True, we Filipinos may be lagging far behind in terms of technology of all sorts–robotics, genetic advancements, even nuclear breakthroughs.
This lag, however, does not at all curtail the Filipino’s use of the Internet. One only needs to look at our self-assured awards–texting capital of the Philippines, first mobile payment service, and so many other social media breakthroughs–to be convinced that we are, indeed, a growing breed of new social media users.
I am excited. Shamelessly excited, as a matter of fact.
From the moment my professor, Sir Barrientos, gave the class his syllabus for the course Communication Trends and Style until the end of the period, I couldn’t help but squirm with excitement: we were having a subject on new social media!
I wasn’t excited because I was a social networking frenzied boy, but because the subject opened up an ocean of possibilities I always knew was out there. I couldn’t help but think that this subject was the exact impetus that I needed in order to get my online writing skills jolted to life. After all, the thought of getting closer to that dreadfully low grade is probably the only kicking I need to, well, jolt me to life… next to losing money, of course (Blame it on my Ilocano upbringing. Hehe).
Looking back, I could only remember snippets of my professor’s orders. I was in la la land thinking of different, although a bit related, things: the unfinished courses in internet marketing, the niche blog I’ve always planned on creating, the unread lessons in search engine optimization, the clients that always asked for my writing samples, the personal websites of other freelance writers I’d feel jealous of…. all the frustrations pent up in the 2 years that I have been freelance writing online.
In other words, I had a self-serving purpose. The website I always wanted to put up would finally materialize, I thought to myself.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. There is, after all, a thesis to start (and finish), a semester to overcome, a whole lot of projects (a definition: purposely vague) to work on, and an academic year to survive.
And, currently at the top of it all, an aspect of social media to explore, understand, and blog about!
So, Sir Barry, OrCom batchmates, online and offline friends, would-be clients, Google searchers (Google Adwords shall be my friend!), and anybody else who stumbles upon this yet undeveloped piece of a site: welcome to Arvin Razon’s Empire.
You see, there are a lot of reasons why my excitement is warranted. :>