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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #144950  
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QuartermainesWorld known for his strong opinionated blogs, has had one blog go wild - 37,668 visitors today, from facebook alone.

Philippines - Manila - Awfully Disappointing

It's a fairly negative post on Manila, Philippines - I strongly believe in peoples right to hold and express opinions - in either direction - and as he fairly says - all the comments are read - and he'll accept any that are coherent and not abusive.

Congratulations Geoff - and good luck with all the flak you must be taking as well 😉
[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 03:09 - Ali:1 - added blog link]


Added: Twitter Discussion - interesting - most of it is from the Philippines and a lot is of the "painful but true" theme...
[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 04:18 - Ali:1 ]
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #144956  
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Somehow, I feel responsible for the rise in traffic, or the flak the blog may be fetching now. I posted his blog in a forum where we were discussing how and why our airport's Terminal 1 here should be improved. (The other terminals are way better). Didn't realize many would pick it up and even blog about his blog. Many influential bloggers, some I know personally, here picked it up and many Filipinos now know Geoff!

Look: people will say the Filipino people are nice, and indeed they are polite – we Brits might say “smarmy” – obsequious or ingratiating are maybe less pleasant words. But they do try. That does take the edge off the sheer misery of a crumbling, filthy, depressing city and an economy that exists only on the remittances of the smart ones who have left.




Geoff, I respect your opinion though I take exception to your branding the Filipinos as "smarmy". Many of us here are genuinely interested in people, without seeking favors, nor expecting any. Cheers!
[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 05:28 - liliram:99705 ]
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #144958  
That guy's blogging is some of the most narrow-minded stuff on the internet Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #144961  
I love Geoff's blogs. In a world where people are slowly being brainwashed by the pervasive cancer of political correctness, his writing comes as a breath of fresh air.

I agree, sometimes he does push the boundaries, but as he says himself 'please don't take his blogs too seriously'. His intention is to inform and to amuse and this he does very well.

Keep up the good work Geoff! Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #144966  
As soon as we read Geoff's blog we knew he was in for a rough time!! We can't believe it's gone viral with so many hits though.

A couple of times when we have published a mostly positive blog on a place in the Philippines but mentioned a couple of bad points (let's face it, sometimes things go wrong when we travel!), we have had a lot of abusive comments from some Filipinos who have taken real offense to our experience. We have been called ignorant and arrogant and told to f*@k off back to the UK, just for mentioning one bad thing that happened to us on our trip! We know other bloggers have experienced the same thing. A lot of the comments we haven't been able to publish because they were plain offensive.

Liliram, we think Geoff using the term 'smarmy' isn't meant to be offensive, in the UK the titles sir or ma'am are rarely used expect in sarcasm or to suck up to people, so to us Brits when we are referred to as sir or ma'am in the Philippines it just comes across that way and does take a bit of getting used to!

Nick, we agree that Geoff sometimes does push the boundaries but we also believe in speaking our mind in our blogs - it can't all be perfect and amazing - we say it as we see it. We never quite believe people who publish blogs which say everything is amazing and never have a bad word to say. Unfortunately, this opens us up to abuse but that's part and parcel of having a blog in the public sphere!
[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 10:13 - Donna and Neil:22231 ]
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #144967  
I like what I have read of this blogger. He has some opinions worth reading about, from my point of view. Needless to say, I dont agree with absolutely everything he says, or everything anybody says for that matter.

From a phychological point of view, if you complain, it will make people want to hurt you. That would explain the barrage aimed at any blogger who complains about a country or any aspect of a culture.

I am going to email this blogger(in case Ali hasnt yet) to give him an opportunity to contribute to this thread. Then I will read the ''contentious'' blog. 😉

This blogger has not been received positively on his couple of visits to the forums either. Hopefully, this time folks will be a bit more receptive. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #144977  
Here is a blog this blogger made to respond, to the 500 comments his Manilla blog has so far received.

Philippines - Manila - Comments Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #144981  
Wow! Thanks for the comments... even Edward... if indeed my blogging WAS the most narrow-minded on the Internet I'd probably have a REAL claim to fame not one based on people being fired up over some comments on a genuinely AWFUL airport terminal and a hotel that's gone somewhat down n the world! Good Lord! How seriously pathetic.

You don't like what I write, Edward... good for you, no one's asking you to agree - or simply don't read it; until this came out almost no one did😊 LoL Or if you have a constructive criticism, let me know.

As to the "flak"... I love it. Somehow these days people seem afraid to express opinions and afraid to dispute. I don't. The more criticism the better - I might learn something. Write to me directly - <snip>, use your own name (come on, it doesn't hurt) and we can have a civilized debate. Very welcome.

If you can't do much else than insult or rant, then I suggest a quiet meditation on what makes you tick. The insults etc. are NOT my problem, they are yours. But they are the very small minority.

Lots of other things to say, and my specific reaction to the "viral" post on Manila is posted today on my blog and further expanded as an up-date on the actual post (without altering the text at all).

So here I'll try to say something more general.

Most of those that criticise the blog object not to the particular opinion - how can they, it's just what I see myself, not "THE TRUTH" - but to the fact that I dare to differ from THEIR opinions. Perhaps I've upset their comfortable world view.

Get over it. My opinion or perspective is just that - conditioned by being a grumpy old man who's travelled and worked all over the world from the last 40 years, latterly mainly in Asia. I don't see the world with the fresh and excited eyes of the first time traveller (which is a pity), I travel for a living and I tell it like I see it - that's the point, it's the way I see it, not that I'm right.

Neither am I politically correct and have no intention of being so. What's the point of being "nice" and PC all the time? So the reader feels warm and fluffy? That's exactly what's wrong with things these days. Yes, I enjoy writing with an "edge", but as I say to Edward, if you don't like it, then don't read it.

Friends, keep a sense of proportion, it's JUST AN OPINION..... I don't expect everyone or indeed want anyone to agree - but as Ali says, "I strongly believe in peoples right to hold and express opinions"...right on, Ali, and thanks for that support

And for heaven' sake, LIGHTEN UP, many of my posts are written tongue in cheek or pushed to the boundary to see where that might be (if your really want to know, I'll mail you a copy of my "Cashtent Chronicles: Diary of a Development Specialist" - now believe me THAT's offensive!

It seems some readers could use a sense of humour. But I don't really intend offending anyone, and I should indeed have been more sensitive to Filipinos sensitivities in the offending post (tho' almost all comments appear to support my perspective). But my apologies to the Philippines and all who sail in them. You know what, actually most places are OK, most people are nice and decent and most people just want to get on with their lives...... But writing about that hardly stirs the juices does it? It it sure doesn't take a blog viral😊

Thanks to everyone... keep the flak coming.

Cheers,
Geoff




[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 13:05 - Mell:49612 ]
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #144983  
I have enjoyed QuartermainesWorld's travel stories for a while now, and like his writing style, his observations and his frankness.

I too have been to Manila, and when I published my blog, I was astounded by some of the messages I received. I was called a 'Monkey Caucasion' and rather oddly, a 'Mind Bitch'. All were from anonymous posters, and judging from their tones, were people from the Philippines.

My blog mentioned some positives of Manila, but it seems that the posters only fixated themselves on the negatives. It's a shame because all the Filipinos I've met personally (I work in the Middle East where there is a huge Filipino ex-pat population) have been wonderful and friendly, all with a great sense of humour.

It seems that the ones who read our blogs though are missing this perhaps.

Keep up the good work QuartermainesWorld!

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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #144985  
I have just read the 'infamous & controversial' blog and after reading some of the comments I've got to say I was expecting a very negative, racist rant of a blog, but I do not think it was racist at all.

Don't get me wrong, I can see why many Filipinos may be offended by it but Geoff has made it clear it is an opinion.

I have wrote some negative stuff in blogs before, admittedly not on the same scale as Geoff, and I have then received some negative comments from 'anonymous' people, but that is them expressing their opinions too.

I have also read negative blogs about where I live and I totally understand people getting offended by such blogs, especially when you see all the positive things about a place and that person has focussed on all the negative things.

Geoff's blog has not made me want to visit The Philippines any less, infact it has probably made me want to visit there even more to see for myself what it is like. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #144988  
Geoff, I removed the email address from your post. We do this to discourage spammers from thinking the TravelBlog forums are a good harvesting ground for contact data.

The email addres is also on Geoffs Profile Page, for those who want it. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #144989  
Allow me to make a fun comment here...and please, take it only as a fun comment.

As a disclaimer, I'm going to admit I haven't read any blog for a while...I'm actually late on my own publishing.

Geoff, were you not making comments few months ago when TB3 appeared that you were sad you lost hits with the new version. If I remember, you were trying to hit 1,500 hits a month....

Second disclaimer, this purely out of my own little memory, so I may be completely out of the point.

Well, Shane took years to reach what you did in 24 hours....he did it with Sex in the Gulf...we now know that controversy sells better than sex...as of today!

So now I've got to read your blog...for info, my blogs on El Nido are still my highest hits...no controversy and only about beaches...

Liliram, you show the power of internet today. It's still way behond my own little understanding, but I find this pretty fascinating.

Geoff, let us know if you hit CNN next week and need some protection...
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #144991  
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Hi there. More humor here.

The blog was published Sept 4. It went viral starting Oct 11 and hit over 40,000 (it's now 50,000+) within 24 hours from the time I posted the link in a local travel blog community. So for those of you who want to get hits big time, write something controversial (we get enough sex tales here) and I'd take care of the rest 😊

Btw, some demographics. More than half our population are 19 years old and younger. Many are Twitter and Facebook users, and I venture to say, easily affected by such "controversies".

Enough said. I changed my mind. I'm not posting any more links. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #144992  

The blog was published Sept 4. It went viral starting Oct 11 and hit over 40,000 (it's now 50,000+) within 24 hours from the time I posted the link in a local travel blog community.


Looks like you are responsible for a large portion of TravelBlogs visitors of the last few days, then Lilliram. I declare you our PR person of the Month! 😊
[Edited: 2011 Oct 12 15:31 - Mell:49612 - Spelling]
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #144996  
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That record isn't likely to be broken for a long time, Mell. Declare me PR person of the year! 😊

Btw, I posted the link in an exclusive travel blog group. Some members tweeted about it, and from there it went viral. You are right. Controversy sells. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #144997  

Declare me PR person of the year!


Indeed! If things like this happened more often, we could make an award for the most astonishing/outstanding... ones. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #144998  
Or maybe there should be a unique special award for you. I think I will add it to the list of suggestions for things to be made. 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 18 Msg: #145000  
Geoff, your blog has made it onto the list of most viewed blogs of all time. 😊

Check this out.
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7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #145002  
I've just read the infamous blog and don't really understand what the hype or the controversy is about. Less than 500 words of negativeness, which is probably warranted if the blogger's experience was negative. So what? This is just a perfect example of how a random blog can generate massive amounts of heat (in this case the backlash from disgruntled Filipinos) by being linked up somewhere else. If Geoff is happy about the tens of thousands of views and heaps of negative comments, good for him. I would be rather embarrassed about the attention, but that's just me. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 12th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #145006  
In response to: Msg #144989

Well, Shane took years to reach what you did in 24 hours....he did it with Sex in the Gulf...we now know that controversy sells better than sex...as of today!



Yes indeed. My Sex in the Gulf blog was the second most viewed blog since 2008, and it took 3.5 years to reach 50,000 and no other blog (barring the Sign Up to Skype one in July 2008) published since has overtaken that number - until now - so congratulations to you Geoff!

Let's see how much further you can rise in that top 20 list!

[Edited: 2011 Oct 13 03:19 - The Travel Camel:11053 ]
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