Blogging Malaysia. We, Malaysian bloggers and blogging, have come a long way.
I had dinner with Desi, DPP, Helen, and A Voice last week at the NPC's clubhouse to discuss the Bloggers Universe Malaysia 2010. Desi, the organising chairman since the first BUM, told me it be in May, in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day, and the theme for this year shall be on or about religion, religious freedom, etc. Last year, you would recall, we had Dr Mahathir as our special guest. For this year's BUM, we are hoping to get several controversial journalists/editors to join the bloggers in a free-for-all. We'll save Prime Minister Najib Razak for next year's BUM, or the year after that.
We have come a long way, as I said. A week ago, the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry completed the inaugural Blog4FT competition. I was invited to the dinner and awards presentation as the chief judge. We received over 4000 entries. And the quality of the postings ... you wouldn't believe it. Like I said in my speech, it's hard to blog positively but based on the entries we were judging, I'd say there's more to blogging than - a lot more - than politics.
Yesterday, I read from Jalan Sudin that FTUW Minister Raja Nong Chik's has inspired a following here. Blog For Terengganu Tourism offers RM70k in cash prizes!
Still on blogging, I passed the 13 million (unique visitors) mark last week. Jutaan terima kasih. The thrill is not gone, I keep telling you. This blog will celebrate its 4th anniversary next month and hopes to be around for as long as you are interested in prolonging the conversation ...