The Brony Fandom: Surprising, Unexpected And Acceptable

My Little Pony has existed since the 80’s and what started as a simple toy quickly rose to popularity amongst the little girls who had taken a fascination to the ponies. Then the animated TV show, My Little Pony, aired on TV and touched the hearts of almost every little girl.

Fast forward to 2010, Hasbro Inc., the company responsible for My Little Pony, decided to recreate the show and making it more suitable for the little girls of this new generation. The reboot was entitled “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”

The new show immediately became a hit with little girls from every corner of the world dragging their parents in front of the TV to watch the fourth generation of the My Little Pony franchise. Although girls were the target demographic of the show, it has also managed to attract an unlikely following of adult men.

Surprising, isn’t it?

Yes, many grown men have seemed to have taken an obsession with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Soon after, this following was given a name and that name is Brony. What started from an internet meme soon became the trademark of the adult male fans.

Brony is combination of the words bro and pony. Brony in itself means bros who love ponies.

The entire Brony fandom was given wide publicity and almost none of it too positive. Bronies were heavily persecuted in the cyber world. Some were even bullied to the point of suicide.

The general public did not expect the fandom and they did not understand how grown men would love to watch girl’s shows. The bronies became social outcasts but they found solace, friendship and support with one another. Their fandom soon turned into a brotherhood that supports each other.

In my humble opinion, it is quite shocking to find grown men watching girly shows but that people should not have exercised their freedom of expression in opposition and scrutiny of these men. For me, it is all a matter of perspective. These men found something in the cartoon that many other people did not and maybe that was what made them love the show.

Bronies should be allowed to do what makes them happy without the scrutiny of other people. Democracy allows us the freedom to choose and express. So if you think that bronies are just wasting their lives watching cartoons and wasting money on its merchandise like toys, shirts, hoodies, and other collectibles, then why not keep the thoughts to yourselves because these people are just doing what makes them happy and also doing what democracy allows us to do: to choose and express.

Death Toll Increases In Bangladesh Due To Political Unrest

Dhaka, Bangladesh- At least 7,000 people were arrested and thirty one are confirmed dead in weeks following political violence in the country.

Most of those who died were victims of arson attacks made by militant groups in buses and cars. There were also a number of people who died in bomb blasts.

The Reason For The Violent Protests

On January 5, Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the opposition to the ruling government called for a nationwide strike and road blockade. BNP has 19 political party allies and they have a growing number of supporters from the private sector.

January 5 marked the anniversary of the disputed Bangladesh elections. According to the opposing party, there was deception during elections and the votes casted were rigged by the incumbent party. Bangladesh National Party and their allies boycotted the elections as they lost trust in their government.

Thousands of civilians wounded and killed

Several incidents of bus torching took place in the capital city of Bangladesh and neighboring towns. The Communication Minister said that at least seven people from the transport group were killed in the recent violent attacks. A total of 200 buses were torched.

The government banned the use of social media applications so protest leaders could not campaign for their activity. The head of law and order in Bangladesh said in a statement that 7,015 people are held in prison because they participated in the violent protest and bus torching.

There are thousands of innocent civilians caught in between the violence of the opposing party and the government’s military effort to restore peace.

Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu said that the government is offering a $1,300 reward for anyone who can give information regarding to the whereabouts of the masterminds of the series of attacks.

How business industries faired in light of recent attacks

The economy of Bangladesh is down for several weeks following the political unrest. This effect is expected of a nation that is torn in an internal warfare. BPO industry, packaging industry, manufacturing and service sectors took a strong hit from the tug of war of power in politics. If the situation in Bangladesh worsens, the economy will dip further and the ordinary people will suffer the most.

Reality Star Reveals Struggle With Lyme Disease

One of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Foster, had been absent for a month and her last blog entry was posted days before Christmas on Bravo. But in the most recent update she had posted, the 51 year-old wife of multi-award winning composer David Foster, revealed that she had her struggles with Lyme disease is not yet over. She had also revealed that she had a recent relapse that is why she wasn’t able to post anything on the Bravo website.

Yolanda has been diagnosed with the disease three years ago and has been undergoing treatment ever since. She was only able to achieve 60% recovery until her relapse in early December. Since then, the Real Housewives star admitted that she hasn’t been able find her way back.

Yolanda first told her fans regarding her condition last December 2012 by way of Twitter. To those who don’t know, Neuro Borellia Lyme disease is an illness where bacteria spread through a tick bite. When one is bitter by an infected tick, the results would include fever, depression, fatigue and rash. More serious cases have been known to affect the central nervous system that is why treatment is always important. But the effects on Yolanda were far more serious because the symptoms have impaired the former model’s ability to live her life with how she wants it.

The star had revealed that she had lost the ability to read, write and even simply watching TV. She is unable to process any information as well as any stimulation.

The most terrible thing about her condition is that there is no proper knowledge on how to treat Lyme disease although there is a number of data concerning the illness that even dates back to 1908.

Since then, the Real Housewives star has been traveling around the world in search of better treatment. Yolanda has been to Korea and it is now revealed that she is currently in Singapore.

Yolanda Foster is very thankful for her husband’s support. They have been married since 2011. She is also thankful for the continuous support her fans are giving her and that she is truly sorry for not having been able to post updates lately as her condition makes it hard for her to do so.

“God gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers.” She says in a photo.

IT Consultant A Self-Confessed Brony

Rob Harrison, a 34-year-old self-confessed Brony is obsessed with the magical ponies and has spent thousands on articles and items associated with My Little Pony. Rob, a male IT consultant, from Vancouver, Canada is one of the members of adult male fans who adore the make-believe horses. The group has their own name “Bronies” which is derived from the two words “Bro” and “ponies”.

He confessed that he enjoys watching My Little Pony especially the characters Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle and Applejack in his TV screen. He even filled his house with memorabilia from the said TV show. He owns My Little Pony plush toys and even full body costumes which he and fellow bronies wear to their conventions.

Rob is currently single and proudly admits that he is not bothered with people who laugh at his preferred obsession. He confessed that at first he did not pay any attention to the show because he thought it was meant for girls but was amazed when he found out that the target audience is the general public.

Rob loves anything related to cartoons ever since and owns a lot of things that his closest friends and relatives are already aware of his hobby.

He is used to people making fun of him and instead of bothering, he just laughs with them. He considers his obsession just like any other hobby and his fellow bronies as guys who shares the same interest.

Rob discovered his interest in the show last 2013 when he helped out with BronyCAN, Canada’s biggest My Little Pony Convention for males. After the event, he felt at home with all the males who share the same interest and realised that the group is a lot of fun.

After the convention, Rob realised how much he liked the show and everything about the brand. The bronies started out as an internet community and then they scheduled meet-ups which are mostly drinking parties. My Little Pony paved the way for them to find each other and have some fun over a common interest.

The IT consultant even revealed that he travels for My Little Pony meetings. Seattle, USA, UK and Germany are just some of the places he have been to because of the conventions planned by bronies all around the globe.

An ex-girlfriend tried introducing my Little Pony to Rob but failed to take interest at that time. He shares how his new hobby does not hinder his social life.

World Leaders To Gather In London To Discuss Islamic State Conflict

January 22, 2015- London reports that top officials from 21 nations will gather in London to discuss how to combat the growing militants in the Middle East.

The one day meeting which will happen in London will be participated by John Kerry, United States Secretary of State and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. They will be part of the 21 delegates across the globe to discuss on the current state of the jihadist militant group and how they will fight the terror that the group has spread over Iraq and Syria.

The agenda will include how to strengthen the ground military force that is fighting against the terrorists. Humanitarian efforts will also be discussed.

According to an insider, the coalition of nations is now even more under pressure to carry out results in light of the recent attacks by the jihadists in France. The Secretary of State of the United States expressed that they are now very determined to end the heinous massacres in the Middle East and Asia.

Shedding light to who IS is

The Islamic State was formed in 2013. It is a group that separated from al-Qaeda that was based in Iraq. It attacked and captured Raqqa in Eastern Syria then went on to Iraq to stir up mayhem and inject fear to the Iraqis.

Members of the Islamic State are Sunni extremists who believe that non Muslims must be punished. They consider the Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims (heretics according to them) as their enemies. This brutal group is known for its vicious way of dealing with their enemies. They beheaded soldiers, journalists and killed humanitarian workers.

Bringing hope to children

The turmoil in the Middle East has been going on for quite some time. Families are devastated and children are especially affected. Thousands of children die and are displaced daily because of the terror attacks. Being part of the free world, you could help put a smile in their faces. You can let them feel that you care for them by giving toys or t-shirts with their favorite super hero on it. To order these items, you can go to TV store online. Giving them these trivial things will surely brighten up their spirits.

Can You Sustain Your Lifestyle Through Blogging?

If you are planning to start a personal blog, then do so because it can give you a sense of fulfillment. If you have pretty decent writing skills and knowledge about certain topics that will be interesting to an audience, blogging can be an alternative path you can pursue. If your goal is to earn money from blogging, you are not alone since there are hundreds of thousands of bloggers who are aspiring to get rich through blogging.

Don’t quit your job yet

Perhaps, you have read about the rock stars in the blogging world who earn six figures through blogging. They are a rare breed of bloggers who were able to monetize their blogs. It is possible to make money through blogging but it will not be enough to make a good living particularly if you have a family to support. If you have a 9 -5 job, don’t quit. Blog at night before you go to sleep or during weekends so that you will earn extra money to augment your employment income. If you are a freelance blogger, it is relatively difficult to build a name on the online world because you are competing with millions of bloggers. A good option would be to apply as a blogger for an established company who can help you expand your audience.

How much do bloggers earn?

An article from Lifehacker lists down the various salaries of bloggers. Some sources reveal that bloggers get to earn somewhere between 19K to 79K a year while other sources claim that only about 14% of bloggers make an average of 24K a year. Freelancers get to earn about $10 per post if they are lucky enough. A survey from Blogging.com in 2012 has revealed that only 17% were able to sustain their lifestyle through blogging while 81% never made it beyond $100.

If you will look at the revenue side of blogging, you are in for much disappointment but if you simply want to share your thoughts and insights to an audience, you will be more than satisfied whether you earn or not. Writing can provide you with more satisfaction particularly if you are able to participate in conversations with your readers.

Why Should You Start A Personal Blog?

Many individuals who have a passion for writing want to start on their personal blogs. However, the problem is what to blog about? Anyone who makes an effort to blog expects some readers but what would be the topics that will be interesting enough to read? To help you assess the reasons why you should start on a personal blog, here are some tips that will make blogging a lot easier.

1. Share your thoughts and insights with a broader audience. An option would be to start on an old-fashioned diary that can chronicle the major events in your life, of your family, your friends. You can write about the challenges you are facing and how you plan to overcome the difficulties and turn out to be winner.

2. Many readers are interested on how-to blogs. If you have special talent for cooking or for making handicrafts, teach your readers and soon enough you will find that your audience is expanding. Make it informal because your role is not that of a teacher. Provide your audience the benefits of your knowledge in a friendly way.

3. Share your passion with your audience. Are you interested in sports, politics, fashion, effective weight loss diets or music? There are a lot of topics you can blog about and there will never be a dearth for readers. According to HubSpot Science of Blogging, 46% of people read blogs daily.

4. Reach out through your blogs. If there are campaigns that require the attention from an audience, lend your support by writing. Are you concerned about the sad plight of some people who are stricken with the dreaded C, write about them. You will never lack for concerned readers.

5. Make money through your blog. Blogs can generate revenue. Money is actually the reason behind many blogs. Rock stars in the blogging world receive generous income through their blogs. Their blogs have become their investments to get them noticed in the online world but it took them years of efforts and dedication.

Before you start of your first personal blog, assess your goals. Will blogging make you happy and fulfilled? If money is your concern, forget about it.