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My 2009

One useful thing about blogs is that they also serve as a kind of 'digital memory' - like a diary, memories and thoughts are stored for a future time when you can go back and be reminded of what you've been through. How some things you thought were so important at the time have turned out to be insignificant, and others have developed into so much more.

Anyway - here's my retrospective of 2009

Nine posts. As for most of the year, I was reflecting and thinking about blogs - the topic of my PhD. I was ruminating about the importance of comments in The Commentosphere, and Bloggers, transparency, truth and personhood.

Also, as Chinese New Year and the Dancing God of Prosperity! beckoned, I made one of my many failed resolutions 'blog every day' in Decisions, decisions: ethnographic focus.

Sixteen posts for this month, which is probably a record. More thoughts on comments with The 10 types of commenters, musings on How SoPo blogs helped the advertisement industry; a fieldwork experience at Profit Blogging Bootcamp - Meeting for money?; and a cryptic references to events in Perak in Silver transformations.

Apart from helping me to get a cinema premiere ticket in I’m Going Kame Hame Ha with Dragonball Evolution, our dog Gambit appeared in The Star in Canine Car Seat Belt :-) (yes it was just a pose, no we didn't actually strap him in like that).
malaysian dog wearing seatbelt

Eleven posts in March; I tried initiating a map of Recycling Centres in Petaling Jaya, and did a little Tourist in KL post after a friend visited.

But the most important thing for me this month was on March 9 - myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey now open!. I relentlessly promoted and harassed anyone I could about it for a month, including at the Dragonball Evolution Premiere and my Thought Bubble :-)
huai bin sixthseal julian hopkins dragonball premiere

and the eLawyer Conference - Be informed!.

And amongst a few food posts, I admitted to My food fetish - Cili goreng!

Nine posts for this month, which saw quite a few events - I won a PS3 for dressing up as Bob Marley at the Nuffnang Music Bash - Super prize!. Due to that, and the myBlogS survey (myBlogS 2009 - 538 already and only two more days left!), I got some attention from The New Straits Times, who did a full page spread on me, boosting my readership (temporarily) by thousands, thanks to mentions by other bloggers, leading me to remark that Bloggers are not journalists, and blogs are not newspapers

Eight posts this month (note the decline :-|). Thanks to AMBP, I met some Star Trek Camwhores
trekkies in Malaysia
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myBlogS 2009 - 538 already and only two more days left!

Just two more days to go!! I was soooo stressed when I launched this survey, and just hoping that I would get at least 100 responses, but now there have been 538!! 500 was my target, so that's cool 8-) but I want more, more, more!! - muahhhahahahhaaha

No seriously, 500+ is great! And a big

to all of you who have taken the time to answer it :-D

But the more responses there are, the more likely it is that the results really do represent Malaysian bloggers as a whole.

For those of you who have not heard of it yet – it's a survey that's part of my PhD research for Monash University, and it's asking what Malaysian bloggers and blog readers think of the increased monetisation of blogs – like the advertisements you can see on the right, or 'advertorials', when bloggers are paid to write about products or services.

It takes about 5-10 minutes for a blog reader, and 10-15 minutes for a blogger, and when you finish the survey you can enter your email for a prize draw for Platinum Movie Suite vouchers (or something similar near you, if you don’t live in Klang Valley). I'll be posting up the results for all to see once I've compiled them.

It's completely anonymous, because I want people to be honest in their answers :-)

So try it now before it's too late! It will be open until tomorrow midnight, so do the Malaysian Blog Survey 2009 now!!

And my eternal and kow-towing thanks goes out to those who were kind enough to spread the word (previous ones here)

A particular mention goes to Kenny Sia who had a sidebar panel up for a week :-)
Kenny Sia screenshot, myblogs 2009 malaysian blog survey
and thanks again to the others who also took the effort to make the survey more successful! (Please tell me if I’ve missed someone out)

• Hic Sunt Dragones: myBlogS 2009: The Monetisation of Blogs in Malaysia
• deep inside: myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey
• As Suanie Sees It: elawyer law conference 2009 @ um
• Follow the cable: Blogger turbulence.

And not forgetting tweets from bytebot, kueee, ShaolinTiger, and synical

*Edit*: Thanks to Me, Mine, and Myself also!

Malaysian Blog Survey: if picture not working, go to

Nuffnang Music Bash - Super prize!

OK no time to blog a lot, I'm going to the BarCampKL and I'm gonna be late already... But I have to say something about last night.

The evening didn't start off well... I parked way up at the top of Jalan Sultan Ismail, and had to walk all the way down it - looking like this!

(OK - edit for clarification: I wasn't with Eminem aka Huai Bin while walking :-))
There were people staring, honking and even some errant mat rempits giving me peace signs! :-D But I got there, and was soon enjoying free beer and meeting up with bloggers thanks to Nuffnang and Maxis Broadband.

There was a glam rock band made of bloggers who were pretty good, given that they had only got together one or two weeks ago. And looking very glam!

There were bloggerazzi galore

and the first prize was waiting...

for ME!! I won! Woohoo! :-D

Reggae mon! Rastafari vibrations for I and I!

A big thanks to Nuffnang and Maxis! And to all the bloggers who cheered me on :-) And not forgetting Yatz, who knows his way around KL pretty well - thanks for the lift!

And if you haven't done it already - there are only five days left to do the Malaysian Blog Survey. 474 bloggers and readers have had their say - have you?

myBlogS 2009 - Update

The myBlogS 2009 survey has been running for two weeks now, and I'm really happy with the response so far - 329 responses!! :-D :-D

So, to everyone who has filled it out so far…

I was so stressed at the beginning! Just hoping that it would reach at least 100, which my supervisor had said was the absolute minimum.

But it's not over! It's open until the 10th April, and the target is 500 responses.

It's important to have a lot of responses because no one knows exactly who all the bloggers are in Malaysia, so you can’t do a stratified sample (e.g. for Malaysia, you make sure you have a 50/50 divide of male and female, apprx. 60% Malay, certain percentages of old and young, etc.) that would help to make sure the results reflect the overall population of the Malaysian blogosphere. So the more people who answer, the less likely that there will be bias from a particular section of the blogosphere.

I can't tell you any of the results so far, because that might influence the results if you haven’t done the survey yet, but I can say this:
Saya memohon maaf di atas ketiadaan versi Bahasa Malaysia untuk borang kajiselidik ini kerana tidak mempunyai kemampuan serta pengetahuan untuk penterjemahan. Saya berterima kasih jika anda mencuba dan kerjasama serta jawapan anda amatlah saya hargai.

Seriously, I wish I could have it in Chinese and Tamil too, but I just can't do it now :-( I hope that maybe in future I'll be able to collaborate with someone to redo it in other languages.

Click here to do the Malaysian Blog Survey 2009 now! You can win Platinum Movie Suite vouchers too :-)
And it's not just for bloggers, but for anyone who reads Malaysian blogs.

A big shout out and Thank You! to everyone who has been kind enough to spread the word about the survey - by email, or on their blog:

• Domeless w0nderb0y: ~~ DragonBall Evolution Premiere Screening ~~
• ? ?w?s?më??ss ?år?? ?: Dragonball Premiere Screening
• Abdullah deserts loyalists?; Book launches with Zaid, Nik Aziz, Anwar; Blog survey
• kuE: of blogging & law—
• Open Heart, Mind & Soul: To all..
• The Ranting Cynic: myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey 2009
• The Tiny Tapir: Malaysian Blog Survey - Free movie tickets!
• w w w . x e s . c x: eLawyer Law Conference 2009 - Blogging & Law

and last, but not least
• Malaysiakini: Vox Populi
The Star
The Star Malaysia, announcement of myBlogS 2009

(if I've missed anyone out, please tell me and I'll add you in)

*Update 31/03/09*: • Itulah Aku: Malaysian Blog Survey
Malaysian Blog Survey: if picture not working, go to

myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey now open!

• Who are Malaysian bloggers?

• Why do bloggers blog?

• Is monetisation changing the Malaysian blogosphere?

How many blogs would a blogging blogger blog if a blogger's blogging could blog blogs?

These are the questions I am trying to answer for a PhD in Monash University Sunway Campus. But of course, the best people to answer these questions are bloggers and blog readers, which is why I designed this survey. :-)

You can read more about my research here, and throughout this blog.

It's for all Malaysian bloggers and everyone who reads Malaysian blogs. Have Your Say about the Malaysian blogosphere!

It will only take you 10-15 minutes and, to thank you for your time, you get a chance to win a pair of Platinum Movie Suite tickets (or similar service in a cinema near you). There are two pairs for the first two participants chosen, and five runners-up will each get regular cinema vouchers for two.

I'll be posting the results on this blog, and the more people who do the survey, the better it will reflect what bloggers and readers really think about the Malaysian blogosphere. Please help by mentioning it in your blog or telling your friends :-) (Nuffnangers can also help by Nanging this post :-))

If you like, you can spread the word by putting one of a choice of banners or sidepanels on your blog - check them out here.

The survey will remain open until the 10th April, 2009 - but don't hesitate...

Life without comments

I had shut down the comments about ten days ago when I was moving server (a big thanks to my brother for making it painless and possible!) - I didn't want people to leave comments and then they would get lost because the database was already elsewhere.

Anyway, I forgot to turn the comments back on! So, for the last three posts, I've been wondering why there are no comments at all - I realised why today, and so if you want to leave a comment to this post you may :-)

The thing is, it was bothering me... I'm used to normally getting one or two comments, and when they were not appearing, I started to worry a bit - were my posts completely uninteresting? Were the advertisements (especially the one in the centre of the screen - removed now) putting people off? An indication of how it was troubling me was that this morning, while peeling and slicing fruit for breakfast and to store in the fridge, it was trickling through my mind again and finally it clicked that I had turned the comments off.

It reminded me of one of the central arguments I have in relation to the blog as medium - that perhaps the most important difference that it has in relation to other media is the comments feature, and I would go so far to say that a blog without comments enabled is 'not really' a blog.

For my research, I need to identify the key blogging practices, and see how they come together to form the blog-as-phenomenon. So, taking comments as an example, what other practices derive from or cluster with them?

• Authorship: with comments, the author-blogger is not the sole voice in the blog; this means that s/he has to negotiate with the commenters regarding the meaning and import of the content. This 'negotiation' can be one-sided - as the blogger can just delete comments, but this can reduce the interest of the blog to readers.
• Dialogics: a newspaper may benefit from Letters to the Editor, but they are not published alongside and at the same time as the post. The post and the comments make up the blog post - this is the dialogical aspect of blogging - i.e. it is the result of a 'conversation' (as Jeff Ooi often says). One result of this can be that the blogger seeks to draw in comments by - for example - asking questions to the reader (as this post will end :-))
• Time sensitivity: there are only so many comments a person can make, for regular readers who like to make comments the blogger needs to provide regular fodder. This is not to say that the importance of regular posting only relates to giving opportunities for comments, but it is one factor that feeds into it.
• Personalising the audience: the blogger gets to know some or most of the regular commenters, who frequently have their own blogs - this is the genesis of a 'community of interest' or perhaps a 'community of practice'.
• Meeting space: in some blogs (such as Kenny Sia's), where there are a large number of comments, there seems to be people who regularly comment there and get to know each other. So, in effect, they use the space as their own meeting space online; the actual content of the blog may become less relevant to them as opposed to the opportunity to socialise with the other 'regulars'.
• Motivation: the blogger - many of whom have a creative or socially-concerned impulse - is not talking into a void. Comments mean that someone has been moved in some way or other to respond, meaning the work has not been in vain.

OK. That's all I can think of now. What do you think? How important are comments for a blog? How do they affect the way a person blogs?