What Interests Me

Post by Mark


On my way to lunch I spotted a building under construction on fire in Salmiya. I didn’t head towards it or even take a photo, I was just so disinterested. Around an hour later a friend of mine sent me a video of the fire and I started to question if this is possibly an interesting post for the blog that I am missing out on. I was leaving lunch by then so I headed back towards the burning building. There were a ton of fire trucks, a guy on a stretcher being lifted into an ambulance and a crowd gathered watching. Most of the roads around the building which is on Salem Mubarek Street were also blocked off and yet I still wasn’t interested. I snapped my one picture and drove home.

8 years ago I’d be all over this fire so I could post about it on the blog. I would have parked me car, gone down and tried to take as many interesting photos as possible, maybe ask someone how the fire started.. you know like a wannabe reporter. But now I just don’t think a fire in a random building is interesting content anymore. Accident photos, fires, its more kuwaituptodate style of posts than mine, not unless it’s some important structure burning like the airport or something. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve gotten too picky with what I post and if thats a bad thing for the blog. I don’t think it is.

I’m thinking out loud here so bear with me. The blog has always been about curated content, actually maybe that’s not entirely accurate but it has evolved to being about curated content and the curation process has always revolved around me. It’s what I think is interesting at this very moment and usually related to my personal life experiences. So today I’m interested in Matcha, so I’ll post about Matcha, tomorrow I might be interested in I don’t know, staplers, so I’ll post about staplers. If a fire in a building doesn’t interest me then I think it’s fine I don’t post about it. It’s not like in the old days, I don’t feel the need anymore to post everything since there are tons of other places to get content today. I think what makes my blog content unique to other sources is the utter randomness of the topics, all of which in one way or another relate to me.

So there you have it, I think I needed to write this down for me more than for you. But basically I’m going to continue just posting about stuff that matters to me and not what I think might matter to other people. Like it’s always been.

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20 comments, add your own...

  1. Moe says:

    Wow.. ooossaaaa .. trying to prove much..

    • Mark says:

      \it was more like an open discussion with myself, to make me better understand my thinking process. self understanding if you will.

  2. Husen says:

    Mark, Your blog is interesting. I am reading your blog from long and i will read for long for sure. Kuwaituptodate is only about accidents, fire & ads nothing else on it. Your posts have a quality. Keep posting.

    P.S : Sorry for my bad English.

  3. Gary says:

    I like your posts more than other Kuwaiti bloggers. Your website, is well designed, ads are out of the way and most of all your content is solid.

  4. Bashayer says:

    Just follow your heart <3

  5. AmericanGirl says:

    I think over time we evolve as people. Our interests change and grow as we do. What was once an exciting thing to blog about now seems menial or even silly.

    For well over a year I’ve wanted to start blogging about more relative topics — relative to me. I’ve wanted to discuss current events, news, and things I find more interesting. Sadly I’m only recently (and very slowly) started making that move.

    I admire that you blog about things you find interesting without attempting to appeal to a specific audience. Kudos.

  6. Amna says:

    I’ve been following your blog since 2007 (and I still check your posts on a daily basis).
    I absolutely agree with everything you’ve said! This is the main reason why I’m such a committed reader. I’m glad your posts are not pointless or lame.

  7. Kandar says:

    Nah I wouldn’t post this on here. Kuwaiuptodate is best place to update what’s going on around kuwait

  8. Ya7ya says:

    great stuff mark .. and never post what u eat

  9. q80 says:

    I agree with you about writing about what interests you.

    But lets take the example of that fire incident, the news about it is everywhere so need to post about it unless you have some kind of information no one knows about.

  10. Paul says:

    I love staplers! Hahaha! Dude, whatever man, it is your blog. It’s for what you (or what your friends,) find interesting and as long as you’ve done your research and homework on the subject (which if the subject is something you’re interested in you’ll do it anyway,) and then yabber onto us about it, please go right ahead : )
    Bring it on.

  11. AmuQ8 says:

    Been following your blog since you started 248am and even though I started and ended blogging myself and moved out of Kuwait. Being in Canada has never set me back from reading to what’s happening in your life and around Kuwait. Keep it up!

  12. Animatedude says:

    I don’t live in Kuwait but I’m subscribed to kuwaituptodate Facebook page.

    I’m always surprised when they post a car is burning video, sometimes on a daily basis!

    Can someone explain to me this, please? is this normal? lol

    It seems to me this is happening in Kuwait more than anywhere else but no one is paying attention..

  13. Tinderbox says:

    You content is more interesting and not annoying af like most other kuwaiti blogs. also a fire in kuwait is like a match going off inside an oven lol it’s too hot to notice anyway.

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