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Why do we Blog?

By Rigyam (See the original article in Tibetan)

As Blogging is relatively new to us, we are just about becoming aware of its importance in our society. According to outsiders, people publish blogs to further the objective of their professions. If this is the case, then many bloggers in Tibet have no such objectives. I have no any purpose in publishing posts on my blog, too.

Blogging is really curious as many people can read immediately what is posted. With a computer (I choose to use the word “computer” as the exile Tibetans are used to it) and internet access, one can publish articles in accordance with one’s own wishes without the need for approval by a magazine editor; nor the hassle of having one’s specially chosen of words with specific meanings deleted by others indiscriminately.

However, when I randomly ask myself why I post articles on the Tibetan Blog , I realize that I have no specific objectives. When I read other Tibetan blogger’s posts, sometimes they annoy and frustrate me, sometimes they make me laugh and sometimes make me feel inspired. I rarely find Tibetan blogs are practically useful. Occasionally, I find it useful when a blogger publishes some rare Tibetan texts. I can conveniently copy, paste and save it without the need to re-type.

I am not saying that Blogging is meaningless. If Tibetan bloggers can exploit blogging to further one’s own professional goals and interests, I think that would be far more beneficial than frustrating or inspiring someone. That is what it seems to be. But the fact is that most Tibetan bloggers are civil servants, students and monks. Not many Tibetans from business and professional backgrounds blog. Therefore, the posts on Tibetan blogs are mostly limited to commentaries on the vicissitudes of society.

A saying from Jantsa region goes, ‘The fate that has befallen Kyagya village has also befallen Dogya village’ meaning the places may be different but the problems are the same and there will be no end in talking and writing about social issues. So, excessive indulgence in blogging about social problems could end up in trouble as the proverb warns ‘If one doesn’t rein in one’s loquacious mouth, the round head could suffer knocks!’

Tibetan people like to while away time and the bloggers get caught up in an endless exchange of pointless statements and comments. I don’t think Tibetan Blog, that was developed by a few individuals enduring many difficulties, is to facilitate for the bloggers to indulge in such trifle chat and playing with words.

Profession is the key. For example, everybody is familiar with Gangnyi (Golog Kunga Tsangyang), who has chosen to dedicate himself to research in Tibetan architecture. He has made a conscious decision in choosing his profession. With the motivation of filling a gap in Tibetan culture, Gangnyi posts detailed information about the local styles and characteristics of Tibetan architecture in different parts of Tibet. If this project gets widely known, bloggers could definitely make a substantial contribution to the field.

Last year, during the Wenchuan earthquake, Tibetan residential houses in the area did not get damaged. Japanese researchers claim that the Tibetan architecture in the area is exclusively designed in anticipation of coping with earthquakes. This observation has become widely known in the world.

Needless to say Tibetan architectural strengths such is this and even more unique ones could be found all over Tibet. If bloggers were to contribute information on such variations in architectures, Gangnyi’s workload of a year may be reduced to a mere month. I believe this is the potential strength of blogging!

Similarly, Ju Tashi Sangbo from Golog is the first Tibetan ornithologist who does research on Tibetan birds. He has travelled many areas in Tibet, ranging from Ngari in the highlands in the west to Gyalmo Tsawarong in the lowlands in the east, and discovered birds which were previously unknown to the outside world.
In search of just one kind of bird, Ju Tashi says, he had to trek the hard way in many different areas. The amount of one’s workload could be certainly reduced if we share our individual specialist projects through blogs or start a blog devoted to a specialist field of interest or research. These are just my opinions and please bear with them if you disagree.

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