Work In Progress

New things to learn

I can see this blog is going to a real work in progress. Gentle reminder to everyone,  I am a young 50 something self taught, d.i.y blogger!   Newbies, the forum ( from dashboard xtreme right )  is a good place to learn from other wordpress member’s beginner’s teething problems and good place for me to pick up the bloggers jargon and learnings.  Check out teckline.wordpress.com assisting to feature newbies’ postings on his website.  BTW tags and categories are the same right ?

Nope – no one there !

Today I click into my weblog and ahhhh … no visitors !!  Newbies nightmare.  Never mind, I shall get there.   So I confess, I went back and edited my past postings ( no one has read it yet ) so I am following the great rules – cut short my postings, include helpful sub heads for easy readings, add tags and categories.   I am a work in progress.

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Is there a winning formula ?

  Hello World,

I am ”  2 days blog creation ” old and I feel compelled to write again. 

Helloooo ,   Is anyone out there??? 

My first blogsite

About 2 years ago or maybe even 3 yrs back  ….  I  encountered my first blogging site – The Datin Diaries !!!  Than, the word blog was new to me.   I remember giving a puzzled look at my young twenty something Friendster colleague who recomended the Datin Diaries. It was nice to peek into Datin’s world of Tatler society upper class butterflies friends and find out who does what and with whom.  Her writing was personal and I felt like she was an old friend who was just rambling on …. I use to think – wah  so clever one !!!  Can write such terror menera stories !  So that was what blogging is all about !!    

Why do I blog ?

I must confess to you.  I am a day one kiasu blogger who’s paranoid that no one will read my blog !

Well blogging is supposedly to be cathartic and self fulfilling !  But I don’t want to have a blog with no visitors.  It will be nice to get visitors.   So I just  wanna ask you nice happening people out there to comment whether my style of writing is okay or not and the more expert bloggers – any winning formula for a popular blog ??   

Still….. its nice to have visitors, comments and other people reading this.  You know, sharing! So ……..how ? 

Silly Questions but I shall ask anyway 

a) Is it a must to post pictures /images for my blog to attract more visitors ? ( silly question – you might as well ask me to go straight to do (g) ) 

b) Most blogs are so full of …well you know the ”  beep ! word “  and we have a fair share of angry bloggers out there, will my blog still be great without the combination of  strong words  and lots of swearing ! 

c)  In Malaysia, most bloggers refer to what’s in the news and when you get all of them blogging about the current political drama, it does get a tad you know – same old, same old content. Boring lar! 

d) Must I use Malaysian slang most of the time ?  I like to use a few localised slangs once in a while but than again there are some bloggers who write with a mixture of  Malaysian colloquial Chinese and Malay words.  I think that makes it more interesting and the reader will feel bonded – you know sama sama.  Does it mean I should start using more  of aiyah, lar, loh, meh and the likes? 

e) Than there is the humourous, witty style which is pretty straight forward.  Is that why Malaysia’s  No.1 personal blogger is so No.1 – I notice he uses the combination of witty humour, relevant topics and lots of videos s and pictures !!!!  Must be the winning formula – that’s why he is no.1. 

f) Shall I adopt a condescending, journalism and light hearted style instead ?  Always wanted to be a writer – like Marina’s Musings and Rantings.    She’s one of my favourite people on earth and I love her style of writing – straight, to the point and lets just tell it as it is.    I think I am more comfortable writing this style.  You know – just get it all out !!!!      

g) So wordpress is FOC – free of charge for a newbie blogger like me.  Does that mean I shall have to spend money $$$ to be able to upload pictures and videos to attract lots of people to read my blog to attain popularity for my blog ???  I remember  Datin Diaries did not have any pictures.  I was still hooked !!  Must be the content than !!!!!! Hah – surely I am right , the winning formula must rely on the choice of the topic !!! 

Its early days yet right ?

Isn’t blogging global and is reaching out to millions of eyeballs? Is there such a thing as a failed blogger ?

 Tanny