An abandoned city, photo essay

This has been around quite a long time now, but not many people have seen this. It is an interesting eye-opener into the failure of socialism in Eastern Europe and a modern Pompeii.

From the site:

When the Soviet Union collapsed, government didn’t have much funds to support some small cities around strategically import objects. People of these cities were left all by themselves. Nobody could support them because any communication with this places terminated after the army decided that they now don’t have money to support those objects.

People had to leave their places and move. Some were lucky to find their place under a sun of the Army of new Russian Federation, some less fortunate had to leave such places without any hope to find a new home, just because the shops stopped working, water stopped coming out of the facet and nobody cared about them any more.

Unfortunate blogging trends….

A little trend I’ve noticed in blogging – there are so many blogs that are full of details about someone’s life that we don’t care about. What sport they regularly do and what the score was in their last game. Photos of their dog showing how cute he is. How they love long walks around their suburb. What they did in the garden yesterday.

If you are going to make a personal blog, write entries that people have a reason to read and feel involved. A great example of this is one I found recently – Violent Acres. The author does not give out many details of herself, rather she tells of many extraordinary and not-so extraordinary events in her rather hectic life. She has admitted to embellishing her posts, however (she says) that this is only done to make a point. I really don’t care too much of the truth, more of a good read. I’m not saying that you should make-up cool stories, but I am saying that you should either write a good story or embellish a boring one.

You also have the option (certainly my preferred one) of taking a more citizen journalist perspective and ‘report’ on stories. No surprise here that I’m a Journalist student. Try to have a particular focus or angle if you follow this path. For example, I’m going to report on many technology stories, anywhere from the latest press release from Microsoft and the newest iPod available to the retirement of the shuttle fleet or the best electric-powered car.

Just remember to keep your focus and not let your readers strongly dictate what you write. Be yourself. However, you have the responsibility to check your facts, maintain a proper writing standard (something we do not always achieve all the time) and appropriately respect for others.

But I suppose from time to time you can let loose that fiery tongue.