The blogging culture has progressed from an online version of one's journal to a website that cater to a niche market. While I find the latter useful for my interests in fashion and chismis, I have to admit that I seriously, seriously miss reading the journal type. It's been a while since I've discovered anyone new, whose writing, wit and humor I'd crave for day and night. (To the Internet's credit, it's a huge sea out there—please feel free to make recommendations.)
So yes, there's a vacuum in my heart left by my Pinoy blogger heroes. Ranking number on the list is the person who actually forced me to set up a blogger account, Pam.
Hence, Paper Cuts, her collection of online essays, is a nostalgic trip not only for those who personally know her but also for anyone who blogged their personal stories and made friends with fellow bloggers, meeting them for coffee and not through a PR event. It's a vicarious thrill, getting to know the intimate secrets of a stranger (though as a reader, one must remind himself that blog entries alone do not a person make), and for an aspiring writer like myself, to see how the author deftly strings words together to make an otherwise mundane entry entertaining.
It's a feel-good book
Her writing voice is not irritating. The tricky thing with writing about oneself is that there's a danger—an easily crossed line at that—when the author becomes obnoxious. (And they're not only found in blogs; they're found on Twitter and Facebook, too.) For some reason, Pam writes like she's your best friend
My only complaint regarding this book really is that it can be read in one sitting; obviously that's not enough to tide me over until Anvil publishes a part two :-P
Read the story behing the making of Paper Cuts by the writer herself here. I couldn't have been any prouder of you, Pammy—your blog entries are now a book!!! I'm so happy for you and congratulations!!!