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Friday, March 13, 2015

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I am sometimes surprised by the kind of things people say about AK especially when these are people who AK don't know and they don't know AK either. 

Yet, they are quick to judge and say some really terrible things without the slightest compunction. 

I am even more surprised when 有头有脸 (see translation here) people behave in the same way. 

Why the need to say anything so virulent about AK who is a mere blogger? I wonder.

One of the things I care about a lot is my privacy. As my blog got a bit more popular recently, I got a bit more worried about how my privacy could be compromised as I have been asked before why I stay anonymous?

Yesterday, through conversations with two readers, this matter popped up again.

As there possibly could be similar conversations in future, I thought I should just share the conversations from yesterday. 

Then, I would have a blog for me to direct curious readers to in future.

So, this is a bit like a FAQ link, if you like. 

AK is lazy lah.

Chat 1:

M: Why u wan to put on a mask

AK: aiyoh... i always say it is so that people dunno who i am and won't borrow money from me, actually, there is a more serious reason

M: Oh

AK: you know i share a lot of very personal info in my blog de... I am able to feel comfortable doing that because i am anonymous

M: Yeah. I agree

Credit: Eu Jin Lee
Chat 2:

P: Hi there Assi Ak, I just started to follow you on fb, instead of troubling my friend J who is also your fb friend to give me an there a page or a blog page I can access to your bio...maybe?

AK: Access to my bio? I dun understand this. Do you mean to be my FB friend?

P: Not so much fb frens...More like, who you are, what you did before...? Cos urs is investing blogging...

AK: Oh, haha... I think you won't find any info like that. I am a hobbyist blogger and a very private person. You will find that most hobbyist bloggers in this niche are very private.

P: But, why are they asking you for opinions on investment? are freddy

AK: Freddy? Ya, I also dunno why... -.-"

P: Freddy kreuger

AK: Yikes! That is from a horror movie, right? Don't scare me... -.-

P: Ya..cos u mask urself.. Ok...I will ask J, why he is following you. Otherwise, you are no different to those kopi tiam uncle.. lol
AK: Oh, I assure you that is a very good description except that I don't go to kopi tiams. I stay home mostly.

Privacy is important to me. 

It is important for me to say that I am comfortable doing what I do now because I am an anonymous blogger.

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"... anyone who has followed my blog for a while would know that, for me, blogging was something that happened not by design. I started this blog out of boredom and curiosity."

17 comments: said...

Dear AK

I don't get it .. people are just too nosey! ! They want good and FREE advice and on top of that insist you have to prove yourself to them. They are simply too lazy... just read more, listen more and look at the track records... don't take what others say as the gospel truth but learn to be more discerning and think critically for oneself.

I respect AK's need and request for privacy. He does not owe us anything - for other celebrity bloggers they need their faces to be recognised to generate more revenue. Ak doesn't have to. Lol

Do what you feel most comfortable AK!cheers

AK71 said...

Hi Elsie,

Thanks for the encouragement. :)

I do understand that some people are naturally curious. I would be too if I were in their shoes. I am very kay poh, as you know. ;)

Well, I think it is good to have a blog post to share my feelings on the matter. It should save me from answering similar questions in future in an ad hoc manner. This is why I say it is like a FAQ. ;p

Joyce Leong said...

Hi AK,

Ignore them and just do what you feel comfortable with. I also feel better being unknown ;)

AK71 said...

Hi Joyce,

You too? ;)

Privacy is very precious. Once lost, it cannot be recovered.

coconut said...

i can very well understand your feeling, i too stay very secret, even my family member don't exactly know what i do. very often my wife has to stand up and defend me for telling them not to do what i do.

its tough for me to keep my mouth shut, i guess its even tougher for you to put that mask on haha... blogging had releases much of that frastration i guess and keep us safe from any misunderstanding.

Richard Ng said...

That's because you have caught other's attention and they want to know you more (think along the line of celebrity status) ;-)

AK71 said...

Hi coconut,

Long time no hear! Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a heart to heart comment. I appreciate it very much! :)

Apart from my immediate family, no one in my extended family knows that I blog. Very secretive. Just like you. ;p

It dawned upon me some time back that my online persona is probably more well known than little old me in real life. That scares me. -.-"

AK71 said...

Hi Richard,

Well, in show business, no publicity is bad publicity. At least, that is what they say.

If I were in the show business, then, I guess this development would be a milestone but I'm not. -.-"

Richard Ng said...

AK : actually nowadays celebrity status not only applicable to show biz lar, think of those famous chef, sportsman etc... I am sure you are some where there in the local personal finance arena...

AK71 said...

Hi Richard,

Hmmmm... I see what you mean. Food for thought. 人怕出名,猪怕肥...

AhJohn said...

Privacy is good! I will like to do so too.

AK71 said...

Hi Ah John,

I don't know if famous people know it or not but giving up their privacy is a huge price to pay to do what they do.

So, sometimes, when people ask me to remove my mask, I ask them how much are they willing to pay for my privacy? Hahaha... It has to be a pretty high price to make it worth considering, maybe. ;)

Christopher Chan said...

Hi Ak,

Where can I ask you questions which I cannot find in your previous posts? For example, what trading platform do you use? Thank you.

AK71 said...

Hi Chris,

It doesn't matter really which trading platform I use, does it? ;p

Anyway, I have two accounts, one with Lim&Tan and one with KimEng. Both are OK. :)

Christopher Chan said...

Thanks, AK. Thought got lobang for lower comms. Looks like all sama sama :)

AK71 said...


Ak, this article is about you?

Is it? No one interviewed me leh.
That is not me. Not my sunglasses. LOL


AK71 said...

Dolce Goh says...
(ASSI) super addictive leh. I cannot believe that I chose to read this blog instead of shopping even when I am on holiday!

If AK can do it, so can I 💪
If AK is crazy, so am I 🤪

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