"Boss!!! Tell you what, since we make each other laugh so much, why don't we create a blog just for both of us to post things and make each other laugh. Leng Mou ?"
That was what I said to Boss Lepton 10 months ago before we created a blog meant for both of us to make each other laugh.
On the first day our blog was published I asked him
"Boss, why do you call yourself Boss Lepton? Just say Lepton lar.. I also put my nick as Stewie mah".
Boss Lepton looked at me and said
"You always call me Boss and I always call you Boss what? You also change your nick to Boss Stewie lar! Nobody's going to read this blog anyway... what's the big deal?"I guess we were wrong.
Every morning I would wake up in my cold London bedroom and check on the new little blog we created to see if Boss Lepton had managed to make me laugh to brighten my morning.
After some time, I had even started with a little collection of my favourite posts that Boss Lepton has written like the one about parkaconomics.
On our first day, we received 30 visits .
I remember calling Boss Lepton up to say
"HOLY CRAP! WE GOT 30 VISITS TODAY!!! FROM WHERE?!?! AHHAHAHAHA".
Then the next day we received over 70 visits and I was equally as excited.
Then one day, the visits looked like it was climbing fast in the morning. My London flatmate who knew about the blog bet me that it would break a 100 and I didn't believe it.
I took his bet and lost.
Not long after that... it exploded exponentially to over 4 digits worth of unique visits every day. The fanmail started flowing in and we were both feeling on top of the world.
We were both... very very high.
We've heard comments that we were the "Funniest Blog in Asia" though I highly doubt it since I have seen far funnier blogs like Kenny Sia and Rojaks who take much effort to create blog posts that make their readers laugh every day.
Can you imagine the kind of life these rare bloggers have to live... every morning they wake up thinking
"Hmm.. how do I make my readers laugh today?"
It is easy to blog and write anything you want.
It is easy to camwhore and post many many pictures of yourself...
but it is not easy to write a funny post every day
(not to mention when they do fail... they get criticised for being "lame" when they should instead be praised for trying).
I salute both Wingz and Kenny for being able to keep up with this marathon.What Boss Lepton and I really took pride in though was the fanmail that sometimes mention how we help make our readers laugh during a boring day at work.
One reader also once told me that his entire office reads my blog.
So why did it all end?
I guess after I graduated I realised that there comes a point in my everyone's life when he realizes that he's not a little boy anymore.
That it's okay to be wild when you're a student but less okay when you're old enough and entering the working/business world.
I decided that as much as there was the urge to write all my funny thoughts in one place of the internet... there was a bigger urge that I had to grow up and think of how people I meet in real life will take me seriously if I am known to write rubbish on the internet.
I doubt people would take me seriously if they read what I said about giving a toilet roll lots and lots of love or if they read my post teaching everyone else how to be annoying.
Or if they read the little Malay language essay I wrote about....
Reading their biographies, a lot of great people have had their wild side. For example, Richard Branson once took drugs. But all of them knew when the time came for them to grow up and be men rather than boys.
I had to grow up too.
Yet many people used to tell me that I will never be able to let go of Leng Mou.
That I will never be able to let go of the 'marketing power' that the blog had brought me but I proved them wrong.
Today, it has been exactly 2 months since my last "Goodbye" post at Leng Mou.
(Surprisingly when I check the site stats every now and then I still see many people going back there to read our previous posts.)Now in this blog I get 10% of the visits I used to get every day.
Most of my readers have accepted the fact that I truly am going to stop blogging posts that 'try to be funny' and have left me.
But the ones that remain are the ones that matter the most to me and more importantly... I am happy.
I have finally grown up...