A Blogger at a Media Event

What happens if a blogger attend a media conference designed for journalists? This was what happened today, when I was invited to join the Australia Pavilion Foundation Completion Ceremony. Here is my observation.

Amateur vs Professional

It seems everyone in that room was there simply because it was their jobs.

There are officials from both Australia and Chinese government – should be pretty routine job for them to participate in events like this. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean it is not important, but to do ceremonial thing again and again may cause people lose the real passion doing that – just holding wedding ceremony many times may cause the bride and groom to lose their passion for love at the moment of exchanging finger ring.

There are PR agency, food vendor, logistic vendor, venue service people there. They are doing their job (well done,BTW). They are professional. All the attendants: journalist and camera men all went there for work. They are professional. It seems I am the only person who are there just because of curiosity (with a warm invitation).

This is an interesting contracts for me and inspired me to really think about the line between amateur and professional about doing anything.

Working people

Amateur with Attitude of Professionals

Sports, for example, are often amateur for most people. However, I found people who do it with the attitude of profession enjoyed it much more than others. People like running get nice running shoes, and record how long they run, and do many research about it (like guys Yiqipao). We are amateur in most things – there should be only one or two things we think we are professional (the things we do to make a living). In the end, the line between professional and amateur is really blurred.

Professional with the Passion of Amateurs

The more interesting thing I learnt from today’s event was about doing professional things with the passion of the amateur. Look at the people who participated in the media conference. I am sure if I have to attend all the similar events and have a pretty big news report waiting for me to write, I will lose my passion too. I won’t do what I did today. (I used the stair to go to every floor, and examined every corner I am allowed to in the building).

Looking at what we do in offices! We are profession, and we do it professionally. But if we imagine we are just the walk-in stranger, and we can discover much more of our daily life than otherwise.

The Right Combination

To combine the attitude of the professional and the passion of the amateur may be the best case possible. Thanks for the opportunity today to be a professional amateur, and an anmateur professional.

5 thoughts on “A Blogger at a Media Event

  1. 虽然我通过翻译看得不太明白,但好像我以前也写过类似的业余或专业的话题。主要是对自己所作事情的思考。这样的话题也有很多人写过。结果虽然不一样,但思考这类问题的人大都可能碰到了让它想作的事情。

  2. 在我的BLOG上使用了回复邮件通知的插件,不知你的博有没?不然我在你这里回复了那么多留言,万一你回复我的话,我还是无法知道的。如果你在我的博回复了作了评论,那么,只要你留下了你的邮箱地址,我对你留言的回复会自动的发送到你的邮箱。这样你就可以知道我回复了你的话了。而不用再打开我的博来查看你的留言是否我回复了。


  3. 像你有了一个比较有流量的空间以后,你就可以成为一种类媒体的东西,这种效果,其实与在大街上用麦克风大声喊是一样的。所以我觉得媒不媒体在于你与受众面接触的面积有多大。有了这这空间作为支点,你完全可以成为一个业余的记者。因为你的所写通过你的BLOG将传递给看你BLOG的人,这就完成了一个有效传播,本来电子邮件在中国应该成为一个相当不错的工具。可惜,已经被某些人垃圾化了。如果不是GMAIL,我想电子邮件将在中国用户的心中失去传播的本能吧。


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