Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Blog Shelved, A Blog Born.

I had initially wanted to make a picture blog dedicated to November 10. Though I received several more pictures and links, executing the idea could not take place. This, is either I'm not too bright or the mechanism does not allow it.

What I had I mind was to dedicate a page each from the various sources. Then I i discovered that though that is possible, the titles would disappear with time, leaving only the months of each entry visible instead. It would be better than to just put the links and let anyone have a peek when they want to. Thus I decided to shelve the idea.

Now, I'm quite sure an inquisitive mind or two wonder why on earth would I want to create this said blog in the very first place. Good question!

As a moderator for several political e-groups, I have many times received requests from subscribers to have certain pictures delivered as attachment to their email addresses. The pictures they received embedded within emails, are of different system and thus, does not appear.

Next question you may be tempted to ask: why don't these people just surf the net and go to the links?

Well, you would be surprised to learn that the net is still a whole new world for many Malaysians - the inter-net penetration is still at a less than the desired figure in Malaysia! Many Malaysians still rely on their office connection. Further, many offices restrict the connection to receiving emails only and perhaps one or 2 other uses. Worse, the government-related-corporations, uses key-words to block out news which are deemed 'unhealthy'. I say this from th 3 years of experience as a moderator and many times feel compelled to oblige such request mentioned earlier. And this gave birth to the idea of a dedicated 10 November blog which sadly, has to be shelved for the moment. In lieu, another was born...

Many times I have noticed certain emails by individuals are exceptionally good but does not receive much response. Sometimes, the news are a combination of 2 sources such as 'Banding: 2 Contoh Kehidupan Rakyat Malaysia'. Another would be like the missing file for Kampung Berembang court case, which unfortunately happened during the heat of November 10. Then, there's the individual's email as I mentioned earlier. Call me a romantic fool or even by any other names, but I find them worth the effort to put in safekeeping less I forget later.

Strangely, no sooner had I put up the blog - News You May Have Missed - it received some 183 hits! Hello! How the hell did these people know about this new blog? Never mind...

By the way, whilst constructing the blog, I decided to experiment with some free widgets. Thus, if it is somewhat unsightly now, do not give it much heed. InsyAllah, in time, it will be better (I pray).

13 comments:

Kata Tak Nak said...

You certainly walk the talk. I admire you for that. Not many people would go through all those trouble just to keep people informed. I am going to the said blog now.

Mior Azhar said...

Salam Shah:
Thanks for this. We need this to keep us aware all the time

tokasid said...

Salam Shah:

TQ for 'beranak' this newie.This a good idea and it made easier for us.
Aku dah link ke blogroll aku.
Tahniah bro.

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Thank you, someone has to I guess.

cakapaje said...

Salam Pak Mior,

Thank you bro, and feel free to put your comment there...Cikgu has :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Doc,

Thank you. Though the word 'beranak' initially caught me off guard! lol! :)

Fatin said...

Assalamualaikum,

Do you have any figure of how many Malaysians are blogging or reading blogs a day?

Wassalam.

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cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Fatin,

It was just only the other day I read about this but now can't remember the which link. Give me a bit of time and insyAllah, I'm quite sure I'll be able to find it again.

In the meantime, you can check with the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission at www.mcmc.gov.my . I believe they have the statistics there, though am not sure how accurate it is.

One thing you have to look out for is that sometimes a figure will be released of how many new broadband connections and how dial-up. What they might not tell is how many of those figures are homes users and how many non-residential. It is there you'll be able to ascertain how deep the internet penetration is - i.e if that is what your real question leads to.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

shah brader,

sorry bro, for this has nothing to do with the entry posted. just to inform you that, although not such a big deal, km/j will be on tomorrow, unless rtm is at it again ofcos.

*aku bukan malas nak bagitau everyone, cuma malu je...haha..

cakapaje said...

Salam kerp bro,

Waah! You look good on TV man! Way to go! Way to go! :)