Blog Virus Is A Dangerous Epidemic!!!
I discovered blogging 17 months ago. That time, I didn’t know what does the word ‘blog’ means. I soon realized that blog was derived from the a combination of “web” and “log”, which became “weblog”, and finally “blog“. Blogging gave people like you and me a platform to express and share ideas, opinions, thoughts, knowledge and more than that too. Anybody can create a blog and compose whatever they want.
Starting to Blog
I wish I knew about blogging earlier. I love to write and post articles in magazines and bulletins. I was always directly involved in publication since primary, secondary and tertiary education (using my mother tongue language). Now, that my work place does not provide me any means to write, they just want me to work and work and work…. Hence, as soon as I discover blogging, I immediately sign up under Blogger and start posting. My first blog was Chemical Engineering World. That blog progressively received attention from chemical engineering students and fellow chemical engineers around. Initially, it was not easy managing that blog. I never purchase any e-book on how to create and maintain a blog. Slowly, I learned positioning some script code the hard way – by try and error. It took me some time to learn and grasp the technique and skill.
Blog + Money…
A good think (bonus) about blogging is the income that can be automatically generated from it 24/7. Earlier, I never thought that blogging can generate money. I must admit, after some research and reading, a lot of successful blogs out there inspired me to create and produced a good quality content blog. Almost a year ago, I read a post: “I’ve made $4,375.75 online! Here’s how you can too…“, and I discovered more ways and tools to monetize our blog. It really open up my eyes reading Paula’s teachings. If you have not read that article, you can spare 10 minutes reading it. It’s a great post and I’m glad she shared it with her readers.
From time to time, few bloggers proudly display their blog income report. Those figures are really exciting and who wouldn’t want to earn income like John Chow, a genius dot com mogul blogger. Who says local bloggers cannot be as great as international pro-bloggers! 5Xmom proofed that making money via blogging (+some other internet activities) can be worthwhile and full of fun…
Ever since blogging appeared this century, it never stop growing. It’s just like a disease, virus… Blogging ‘disease’ definitely have affected a lot of people around the globe. It is an epidemic. Those affected are known as bloggers. A big chunk are part time bloggers while a minute of them successfully emerge as a pro-blogger. Statistics shown that there were 690,000 bloggers since 1998 using LiveJournal as their platform. In 2005, Blog Herald estimated there are more than 60 million blogs. I tried to search for the latest figure (as of in 2008), but I could not find it. Is 500 million blogs a good estimate?
Blogging has become an industry by itself. For the first time ever, BlogWorld Expo 2007 was held in Las Vegas. It is the first and only industry where trade show, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media was held. In addition, the expo featured the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business. The expo is the right place for those who are currently blogging, vlogging, podcasting, producing other forms of new media content, entering the new media industry, or simply those just want to know what the blogosphere is all about. BlogWorld Expo 2007 was a massive success and BlogWorld Expo 2008 will be continued.
What Has Blogging Done to Me?
I go to work very early in the morning, and return home when it is already dark. Everyday, I arrive home and have a wonderful home cook dinner prepared by my wife (I’m lucky that my wife’s cooking is marvelous and she loves cooking for me). I play a little bit with my three beautiful kids. Sometimes they’re noisy playing around and sometimes they quarrel with each other. Well, they’re just small innocent kids. Before taking shower, I’ll switch on the laptop and modem. After shower, praying, having dinner, “ajar anak ngaji”, I sit at the table with my right hand initially maneuvering the mouse. My eyes are laser focus reading emails and my favourite blogs. After about an hour or two, both of my hands are one the keyboard, posting something for the two blogs that I maintain.
After work, I spent almost 3 to 6 hours on blogging activities, depending on my physical fitness and my eyes stamina 🙂 . It’s funny to admit that I think about blogging almost all the time. When I drive, eat, walk, bath, relax….etc. The disease already conquered me. I’ve been infected with the dangerous blog fever!!! I have almost no desire watching the TV accept when there is a Manchester United live telecast. There are those saying: “Makan blog, tidur blog, minum pun… blog…he he…”. At work, I’m spreading the virus and some have been infected. I’m trying to spread it to my brothers and sister as well. My syster (the stewardess) has shown some symptoms. I think she will be infected by the virus soon.I have some general informations and knowledge on how to make money in the internet using various methods. Like everybody else, I want to earn more from the virtual world (besides blogging). However, limited time and priority problem has made the progress delayed. I could not focus on other things. My heart will always urge me to blog…. and blog…and blog…. Do you face that problem too? It seems everything inside me is about blogging… 😉 I just hope all my effort and hard work will be worth while. I hope this blog will be appreciated and fancied by my readers. I hope they will subscribe to my content and enjoy all my entries.
I can say those that I mentioned above is my daily routine as a part time blogger, full time process engineer. Not to forget, a full time husband and father. I’m tired and sleepy but I could not sleep without posting to this blog. No Manchester United match tonight. OK, now that I’ve completed this post, I want to have some sleep. Thanks for reading my musing… 😉 Adios!