Best of blogshops

I saw this shop at Far East Plaza, Singapore. So now blogshops have an offline front too?

Traditionally physical stores become online stores, this is quite the reverse isn’t it. Blogshops are blogs that are selling items ranging from apparel to toys. They’re popular among younger Asians who are looking for a bargain and something unique. These shops transact money using bank accounts or in-person even. It’s kinda like a decentralized Craigslist.

A welcome notice to spammers

I’m a little happy, a little sad too. Basically this blog has the first stream of spam. Now I have 2 spammers per day, previously it was 0. (Then again, the only one blogging and commenting probably is just me so an improvement I guess.) I felt rather encouraged having to log in spotting spam; reason being that it is getting a little popular than last month.

I have a dream that one day this blog will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my little children will one day read a blog where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Okay that was just slotting “blog” to the speech by Martin Luther King, Jr..

Find out the personality of your blog

Okay, this is a rather interesting tool. Let’s you find out the personality of your blog.

The blog is ISTP:

ISTP – The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

And by the way, my other blog somewhere somewhere over the rainbow is:

ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Erm soft fabrics? I might suffer from split personality. Find out your blog’s personality at Typealyzer.

Thanks for the interesting link, Thinking Nectar.

Bloggers can die due to stress

My friend just showed this to me:

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December. Continue reading “Bloggers can die due to stress”

Why have another blog?

I have a blog already, so why have another one? (Question I ask myself a week ago.)

The previous blog has been a great learning experience. Some of the things that I didn’t expect that I would learn are:

  • Web design – Admittedly, I’m not really good at that but it’s improving for sure. Polished my “design sense”. It was real bad in the past.
  • PHP – I learnt PHP through trying to customize my layout
  • Web servers – Apache mainly.
  • Internet marketing, search engine optimization – I spent quite a lot of time, using all sorts of tricks to popularize my blog.
  • Advertising – Converting visitors into some cash. It started off to cover my web hosting. But it has become an unexpected income for me.
  • Something – I find that I become more and more aware of what people like to read, and what people would not like to read. I feel I can somehow predict what to blog and how best to blog to not get flamed.

Unfortunately, many of my posts there aren’t really reflective of what I want to blog. I always had the problem of people getting upset over what I blog. It can even be a mere mention of a name or perhaps complaining about a product. I used to take people’s comments quite seriously and I get upset when people get angry with any blog posts I have. I blogged based on what I think people want to see. Continue reading “Why have another blog?”

Indonesia lifts YouTube ban, Brazil bans

Indonesia’s YouTube ban has been removed. And the government of Indonesia is doing things right this time (see bold text).

Indonesia Removes YouTube Ban, Brazil Bans

As it usually goes, it only took a couple of days for Indonesia to remove the countrywide YouTube and MySpace ban, enforced because of the controversial movie Fitna.

Instead of blocking the biggest sites on the net, the Indonesian government now plans to focus on banning the individual pages on YouTube and MySpace which contain the offensive video. Continue reading “Indonesia lifts YouTube ban, Brazil bans”

“i just realized” in Google returns with 6.5 million results

Well, if you are bored like me, you’ll search for “i just realized” in Google and realizing that there are 6.5 millions results for that.

That’s a lot of people who just realized their stuff. Sad to say, is not within the top 100 results.

Technorati picked up some blog reactions from this blog and visitors are very slowly coming in. Around 2 visitors per day that is not me. It’s a good start alright!