2014年6月16日 星期一

Meta-analysis 2

Whether other blogs are insightful or ignorant, I am always trying to learn from them.  My goal has always been a blog that is informative, well-written, and not crushingly serious.  Reading other blogs has brought me a lot closer to this goal, though I admit I still have some work to do.

I entered the words "blog" and "Taiwan" into Google, but came up with a lot of crap, so I added the word "foreigner" to the search.  These were the first five results of that search.


1. 老外愛台灣 Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner

What I Liked: Nothing really.  This whole thing is just lame (see below).

What I Didn't Like: This "blog" is not really a blog at all, but rather a publicity website for a book about Taiwan.  Everything is written in the third person, and one is forced to the conclusion that this Nick Kembel is less an individual than the creation of a publishing company.

Something Strange:The guy has a blue mohawk.  Why?  And why is it "Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner" and not through the eyes of a foreigner?

2. Life as a Foreigner in Taiwan

What I Liked: The picture under the heading.  That was about it.

What I Didn't Like: This guy is really in love with himself.  The subtitle of this blog is "Everything you need to know to start a life in Taiwan," and in the "About" section he goes on to state that the purpose of his blog is "to help the next generation of foreigners in Taiwan."  I'm assuming that he means Westerners, and not people from Vietnam, the Philippines, and all the other countries he has failed to recognize.

Something Strange: In his "Another 10 Foods You Ought to Try in Taiwan" entry, he refers to many common foods by their Chinese names.  Why call them "digua qiu" (地瓜球) when you could just call them sweet potato balls?  Why call it "kao digua" (烤地瓜) when you could just call it roasted sweet potato?

Still pondering the phrase "Over the past few months I have moved back to Texas."  Did he move to Texas several months ago?  Or has the move taken several months?  I hope this guy wasn't teaching English here, though odds are he was.

3. My New Life in Asia

What I Liked: The banner is cool.  It is well laid out and easy to use.

What I Didn't Like: Weird English.  I'm assuming that this guy is not a native English speaker.  He (I'm assuming it's a he) also tends to ramble.

Something Strange: Nothing aside from the odd phrases and sentence structures.  It's a relatively balanced picture of what life in Taiwan is like.

4. The Study Chinese in Taiwan Blog

What I Liked: It is professionally written, and quite informative.  The author is a Canadian studying Chinese in Taipei, and resident foreigners studying Chinese in Taiwan (especially in Taipei), will find this blog very helpful.

What I Didn't Like: It's not finished.  The "Reviews" section is blank.

Something Strange: Couldn't find anything strange, and this might be a mark against it.  Often strange = interesting.

5. The Happier Abroaders

What I Liked: A lot of the entries here are more interesting than what I usually come across.  I enjoyed the "10 Reasons Why Taiwan Sucks for Social Life, Fun, Happiness, and Romance" entry, even if I didn't agree with most of it.  It is, moreover, an entry which belies their blog title.  Are they happier abroad?

What I Didn't Like: The racist and judgmental character of almost everything written on this blog.  It also seems to be a front for prostitution, the finding of foreign wives, or both.

Something Strange:This thing is written like a tabloid.  Probably the strangest part is the heading, which proclaims an agenda that involves "Exposing the Toxicity of American Culture," "Freethought," and "Non-Censorship of Truth."

Related Entries:

Fruits and Vegetables 水果跟蔬菜 (中 / 英)
Tea Vs. Coffee
Do You Remember?
10 Reasons To Be Happy You Live in Taiwan 十個喜愛台灣的原因 (中)

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