I Am A Moron, Let Me Gloat About It

When I wrote Bloggers Are Morons, little did I realise that it will create such a stir in blogosphere. I stayed back because taking the elevator was not an option I fancied especially during and immediately after an earthquake. There was no way I could go down thirty eight flights of stairs. Stayed back I did.

The only way to calm my fraying nerves was to occupy my mind by blogging about the moment. As the floor continued to sway under me, I was pounding away at the keyboard. I had gotten the maid to open the door just in case we needed to escape; to where I had no idea.

Those two minutes or so felt like it would last forever. I was still anxious but there was nothing much I could do. During the tremor, there was a commotion outside. I looked behind me out the door. My neighbours were scurrying off into the elevator. I mumbled a silent prayer and hoped they would not get stuck between floors and continued to type. And a moronic blogger was born. That entry made its way around the globe and into some very interesting blogs.

Here are excerpts from some of them:

Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine in Quake: ‘Bloggers are morons’ called it “this great post.” Someone commented in the same entry that “only people who think bloggers are morons are the bluehaired, antiquated Marxists of the legacy media who are still living in the Great Depression.”

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit with this one line entry
MORONS? I prefer to think “brave.”

Norman Geras of Normblog in Does blogging damage the mind?
Quite possibly.

Crook and Liars in Blogging thru the Earthquake
Blogging has fried our brains.

Will of MSNBC’s Blogs etc.
Peter Tan has been helpful. My particular favorite: “Bloggers are morons.” Also handy, What to do in an earthquake.” Jeff Ooi and Mack Zulkifli were mentioned in that same entry.

pointblog.com, a blog in French, in Blogueur ? nos risques et peril

Mack Zulkifli of Brand New Malaysian in Malaysia Service Desk -Lost and Found announcement
So last night, the good Peter Tan experienced the quake, like many of us. It was terrifying, yet he blogged as the building was shaking violently. he questioned his wisdom. I question his building management.

Jordan of Macvaysia in A Whole Lotta Shakin’
Peter’s certainly no moron. He’s confined to a wheelchair and had no quick way out anyway (this country is WAY behind in accessibility for the disabled), so he might as well blog, right? Keep blogging, Peter!

Imran Idris of What’s Up Doc in Earthquake Alert!
One interesting outcome of the earthquake was to demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt how crazy bloggers are. Peter Tan, a Malaysian blogger who resides in Penang, actually kept on blogging throughout the minute or so his apartment was shaking.

Updated March 31, 2005 – 1344hrs.
Flaming Duck in Live moron earthquake blogging
This is a must read post! Peter Tan was blogging during the earthquake at The Digital Awakening. Pay special attention to the post titled “Bloggers Are Morons” because it begins

“Blogging has fried our brains… ”


The Sock Diary in Bloggers in Malaysia Warn of Earthquake
This guy, Peter Tan, goes above and beyond the call of duty… and makes a good point. How the hell was he supposed to get out with no working legs and authorities with no plan? Jeez.

First Kid on the Blog
The Digital Awakening claims the distinction of being the first in Malaysia and probably the world to blog about the earthquake. Yes, let me gloat about it since I risked life and limb to do that.

Jeff Ooi of Screenshots in 8.7 earthquake near Medan under the subheading The Online World Rules, Again!
Peter Tan has the first blog on the earthquake at 00:17hr, and scores of other bloggers ooze from their vantage points reporting to PetalingStreet.org.

miss-information.net, a bi-lingual blog in French and English in Blogging the earthquake
Peter Tan is in Malaysia and probably the first blogger to have posted about the earthquake.

Bene Diction Blogs On in Earthquake and tsunami warning
The power of blogs. Peter Tan of The Digital Awakening was probably the first person online blogging about the quake. Peter is in a wheel chair.

Danny Lim of SunBlogs Bazaar in The Quake Response
Peter Tan clocked in at 12.11am, two minutes after the tremors started with the briefest of postings: “My apartment is shaking now.”

Updated March 31, 2005 – 1347hrs.
Other blogs that linked to my earthquake entries:

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog in Peter Tan Blogs the Quake

Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth in Peter Tan Blogs the Quake in Real-Time

Mack Zulkifli in Global Voices Online in Bloggers in Malaysia Warn of Earthquake

auyongtc’s blog in Felt tremor!
(auyongtc was the second blog to ping PPS about the earthquake right after me.)

CheeV’s Useless in Weblog Tremor?

cityrag in asian bloggers on tsumani watch

Tiago D?ria in Meu apartamento est? tremendo

TheBenitoReport in “There was a strong vibration at 12.15 am”

Blue Fuse in Asia quake blogs (MSNBC)

Updated April 3, 2005 – 1555hrs.
LIONEL.blogs in Easter Monday earthquake

This entry will be updated with blogs that linked to the earthquake entries from time to time.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

18 thoughts on “I Am A Moron, Let Me Gloat About It”

  1. Marita,
    Forgive them for they know what what they are talking about. If anything, I suggest that they read the entry and understand my situation before commenting.

  2. Yeah, little did we realise that short entry would leave such a huge mark in the world, eh Peter? I find it amusing to have my hits rise up 300% for that night alone before dropping back to normal the very next day 😀

  3. Jinny,
    Famous for confessing that I am a moronic blogger?

    I was surprised too. 300%? Wow!

  4. C&L,
    I do not think there is any damage or injury directly attributed to the earthquake here. Thank you. I have been through 2 earthquakes too. Experience does not provide courage. I was even more scared than I was the first time.

  5. whoa…celebrity in the making 😛 taniah saya ucapkan kepada anda 😛 *want to share the spotlight* haha..kiddin’ kidding

  6. JoMel,
    I was being silly… anything to keep my mind off the tremor.

    You are a celebrity already, don’t need to share the spotlight with me.

  7. Peter,

    Sad to hear people have been taking your blogging on the earthquake out of context. I hope you’re OK, and that your authorities pull their fingers out and get some sort of plan sorted asap. Good luck and keep up the good work.


  8. Wow, Peter’s entry on the world stage. When are you going on tour? I am happy and proud to know you, Peter. Keep up the blogging, and well, still looking forward to your next visit to KL

  9. PartTimeSock,
    I accept that this is part of parcel of blogging. I do not begrudge them. Yes, I hope the authorities and people concerned will have some form of plan for people living in high-rise should an emergency happen again. Thank you for your concern.

    Well, I was at the right place at the right time saying the things people want to hear. Anybody having the same opportunities would have gotten the same coverage I got. If all things go well, I may be in KL again in the middle of the year. Lets meet up again. Will keep you posted.

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