Whether my proposed change of direction can be successful depends on your level of participation. Allow me to explain.
1. As I’ve stated previously and from the very beginning, I do not have a Twitter account. Neither do I interact publicly nor publish any writings through Facebook.
Both these social media tools have a very wide reach. Nonetheless I’m not using them. Thus the next move is this: If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.
So I shall instead try to makeover this blog into a social media channel.
Well, she’s getting too boring and nowadays doesn’t go tweet-tweet-tweet-tweet-tweet “Good morning Malaysia” like she used to. Too busy with babies.
I’m aware that what I’ve written about Hannah has been recycled by some anti-Pakatan or anti-DAP websites. Oftentimes portions of my writings – both in Malay and English – have been reproduced without the copypasters crediting me as the original author.
Note: For the many other bloggers who have credited and redirected traffic to my blog, I thank you all.
As for those BN partisans who have not given any acknowledgment for borrowing my writings, that’s okay. It matters more to me that the ideas I’ve expressed – e.g. on Mama Dapster, Jerusubang, Anak Bangsar Malaysia, etc – are disseminated as widely as possible rather than to see my byline given in their portals.
4. However, I’m bringing this up FYI because not only are my postings proper extracted by them but sometimes what I write in response in our Comments section is copied as well. These jottings are reproduced in toto and verbatim elsewhere without the copiers indicating that it’s not their work but mine.
I’m not taking issue over this plagiarization for several reasons. One is because it’s not a creative masterpiece, i.e. a poem or a prize-winning fiction.
Secondly, since I write for political purposes, I do like to see my ideas spread around.
Meaning for example, if I’ve managed to effectively frame that Hannah is a Hypocrite and a dozen other bloggers liked the way I’ve put it and they copypaste chunks and chunks in their own websites without crediting me, I’ll let the copyright issue pass for the sake of achieving my political ends.
5. Nonetheless, it’s necessary at this juncture to highlight the unauthorized lifting of material from my blog without any acknowledgement due to the fact that even my regular readers have had their high-quality comments lifted and plagiarized (incorporated into the material rehashed by other blogs).
Just putting this on record so that everyone is aware.
6. On another track, I’ve been reliably informed that The Star monitors my blog 24/7 — it makes sense that they should. Komtar cybertroopers do too.
Yeopies pop in occasionally to spew their venom. I’ve got some Umno politician readers and was recently informed that Chua Soi Lek’s office follows my blog too. I don’t know when they first noticed me but they couldn’t have missed the faux magazine cover I uploaded under the title ‘Malaysia’s sexiest man — photos‘.
7. Which brings us to the present development. I believe that we’ve attained the critical mass to evolve into a forum.
My blog stats:
- This blog has passed 1 million hits (I’ve got 1.27 million page views to date), so alpha status lah
- I’ve moderated more than 20,000 comments submitted here
- Alexa, which measures international web traffic, puts this blog in the region of the top 1,000 to 2,000 most popularly visited websites in Malaysia. (Note: Alexa ranking, like stock market quotations, moves up and down daily.)
- Since my material is popularly lifted, it’s fair to consider this blog an opinion leader in sopo cyberspace.
8. Najib has labelled GE13 as “Malaysia’s first social media election”.
The folks manning the BN war room should make a note of the following Star article (screenshot below). The MCA-owned newspaper had promoted some of its favourite MPs and state assemblymen who use social media.
Twitter personalities recommended by The Star to be worth your time are ALL Pakatan politicians. There is not a single BN man in the Star list.
9. You may have noticed that in the last couple of days I’ve incorporated output from other blogs – Ellese’s blog, Amri Yunos’s blog – instead of featuring my own original writing which is the usual practice.
I shall also be putting up the remarks by ‘Conrad’ and Anon sourced from this blog’s own Comment section, coming up next.
10. I’m tired. I want my time back.
Therefore, I’m inviting you all to play in the sandbox as you guys have actually got a greater variety of discourse to get out into the public domain.
Hence this is a notice that good reader comments will be regarded as contributions to be shared and anyone wishing to spotlight particular issues can drop me a line in the Comments.
Only please don’t accuse Datuk X or Tan Sri Y of corruption unless you can furnish proof, in which case you should contact the MACC. But otherwise, some of the stuff that regular commenters have pointed out – thoughtfully and most articulately – should indeed be highlighted.
I encourage those who are able to, to write in Malay, as you will enjoy a bigger readership. Nonetheless English is fine too.