This blog now contains more than one million published words. Here I analyse nigh on a decade or so of blogging and writing; giving an analysis of the contents; a summary of the keys points; highlighting and low-lighting; and passing commentary on my commentaries! By any stretch of the imagination, a million published words is quite an achievement. Enjoy my digital celebration of this in a Q&A format – yes, yes, yes I know . . . interviewing yourself is soooo crass! Too bad . . . this blog is celebrating a million today!
Writers write because we are writers. That’s who we are and what we do. I’m also a trained educator; I think and I care so I like sharing what I have found by asking questions and helping others who either do ask the same questions or wished that they had. Blogging is the natural form for writers wanting to make a difference. It is immediate, permanent and if Savea Sano Malifa’s court case against me for $2m defamation has any substance to it – it’s extremely powerful too!
What’s in there?
The early days of my blogging has heaps on Samoan culture written from a Christian world-view. As my investigative blogging increased, exposes of crims, crooks & crazies increased by volume, with a splattering of comments on alternative currencies, conspiracies, religion and politics.
What’s not in there?
Personal family stuff like my divorce from Debbie, or any details of new personal relationships. I don’t blog about peoples’ sex lives [conman Daniel Evans and the Prime Minister of Samoa should be grateful for that!] and I don’t bore people with the mundane, such as . . . oh dear I came home to another break-in and this time it’s the TV they took . . . or I’ve fired yet another Samoan for stealing. I don’t get into partisan politics.
There are too many to single out one or two but I’m proud to have tracked down Daniel Evans and closed his Ormita fraud. That was a major investigation that I took straight to him and flushed him out. It involved serious teamwork from across the globe, stitching together pieces from more than a decade of following him and watching him. That the rest of the world couldn’t even find him, let alone touch him made it especially rewarding seeing the fraud get wound up.
I consider my analysis of the true nature of money and development of a perfect traders’ currency one of the most valuable contributions to the world – potentially. I think it’s ahead of its time but as the global financial squeeze comes on it’s possible that people will recognise the thought that has gone into it.
I’ve worked hard to mix the Christian perspective into my blogging in a way that people who want to engage in biblical matters can see more than the religious rules and drivel they are dished up. If I based my assessment of the truth on what the mainstream Christian churches seem to dish up, then it’s little wonder that many accept relative “absolutes” and classify Christianity as yet just another religion. I don’t blog that Jesus is alive and is the Son of God and came to save the world every post, but my Christian beliefs do permeate my blogging – deliberately.
The Bartercard expose, along with the corruption at IRTA; the Tradeqoin fraud and eventually The Qoin Con all took a major effort. To see Qoin, a bastion of self-righteousness fall from grace as I relentlessly exposed the people that the large bulk of the international industry believed in, was in my view spectacular success. These are two conmen who ripped off all and sundry all the while presenting themselves as saints. Fraudsters; smiles in suits; laughing all the way to the bank – exposed, and in due course likely to be staring at concrete walls if legal systems process their activities ethically.
I’d consider my analysis of conspiracy theories quite valuable and I say this because it’s quite revealing who uses them and how they respond to them. Detractors will pick a few that they scoff about (like that Michelle Obama is actually a Michael) and ridicule for petty point scoring, all the while knowing that I have the b*lls to call others that they’re too scared to! Putting it all out there like I have is quite a polarising thing, and this suits me for if someone attacks me for believing that a President is a Homosexual then on the same page I say that 9-11 is a conjob my detractor, by default, surely believes that the laws of gravity can be changed with a few computer generated graphics. Putting it all up there has been a risky but strong move on the side of credibility.
A million published words and hardly a correction required. Most people aren’t aware of the incredible amount of thought and research that goes into a post. Sure, some just come easy and I can rattle them off in an hour or two, but many will sit there as I ponder; gather the facts and then massage the words to a finished post. It is very rare that have to correct things after publishing and that’s a highlight for me, a truth-speaker.
There’s only really one regret I have out of the million words published. In the early days of blogging from Samoa I said that I didn’t see any evidence of corruption in Samoa. I clearly got that one wrong in a big way! Which has been corrected over the years since, particularly with my book Corruption in Samoa.
The most sickening thing was conman Daniel Evans’ claims in a fit of fury when he first became aware of The Ormita Report. He spent a couple of days attempting to smear me to try and try and save his credibility and one of his hitpieces talked of a homosexual relationship between us. I had calls from around the globe telling me what he had distributed AND news that some people believed it! I chose to wait, responded with a simple blog post letting all and sundry know that the closest Daniel would ever get to be was my boot up his posterior and that the Fafafines of Samoa worked out in short order that we were on different pages! The really funny thing was that some of my informants were Daniel’s ex-bum-boys who spoke VERY frankly about his nighttime/hotel activities. I indeed did have knowledge of the conman’s sexual activities, but not from the manner he claimed. A year or so after the events the stories all dropped off the Internet ‘somehow’. Just “sick” stuff really. Nuff said!
The hardest part of exposing crooks, crims & crazies has been wading through story after story of the victims of injustice. I hate it and would consider this the low parts of being an investigative blogger. I can’t and don’t take on the world; I can though push through with certain people who I know are doing something wrong, exposing them and hopefully affecting some form of change or justice.
I’ve learned a lot about many things in the process of writing and publishing a million words . . . especially the subjects I have chosen to blog about. I’ve come to understand them heaps more than before I started – Samoa, it’s people and culture and what drives it; conmen and how they deceive; TPTB and how they too deceive.
But it goes deeper than this for when sharing about others and things external, we’re also drawn into reflection about the internal. I became aware of the true significance of this when I’d been writing for a little over a year about how I saw the greed and selfishness of the Samoan people manifested. Make no mistake about it, it is surely ugly! But when I transposed this greed and self-interest back into my own culture, I came to see how my own people were in many ways just as greedy with just as much self-interest as the people I was surrounded by – it’s just that it manifested in different ways.
Take for example capitalism. It’s “good business” to buy something from China for a dollar and sell it for $99.00. We put it on special at half price and still make a killing. Even to our friends we will still sell it at a huge profit. We seek the latest gizmo, borrow at interest [because we can] and ignore our neighbour [literally] who is hungry or struggling financially. Such actions are simply incomprehensible to many Samoans who will buy something for a dollar to be able to give it away, or to share food with others whether they need it or not. Yes, I know that there are peer pressures and social obligations that go along with this giving BUT my blogging and sharing has enabled my thinking to develop a good understanding of the world around me. So I think anyway!
It goes deeper too. While I have spent decades fighting low self esteem and insecurity, blogging like I have has essentially nailed the door to the past stresses in this area firmly shut. I now have the confidence to speak it like it is at any time, on any subject without fear or favour knowing that in doing so, I will eventually hear the words I live to die for, “Well done good and faithful servant!”
I know there is a small core of readers, some going back years; most wandering in from time to time, and new readers who have done or are doing initial due diligence. Thanks for being with me as I’ve shared my thoughts here.