It’s funny that my last post was written exactly a year ago on 9 April 2009 and here I am again.
I am still alive and kicking, just doing things in the background while I took the time out from blogging. As some of you know, this is what I do for a living, i.e. work online (not so much of a full time blogger by the way) so I’ll always be around.
For sure there are lots of new developments in the blogosphere for me to catch up to but let’s do this one thing at a time shall we
While I was away, people kept coming to this blog. Nothing changes much in term of number of visitors although it’s not as busy as when I was active writing obviously.
The number of blogs that I subscribe to changes all the time as new ones being added and old ones are removed as I continue to discover better ones that serve my needs better.
Undoubtedly, there are many other excellent blogs that I have not included in my list. That said, I’m trying to minimize the number of blog that I subscribe to, to the bare minimum. IMHO, there’s no point in subscribing to hundreds and hundreds of blog feeds if the end result is information overload.
Besides, I just don’t have the time to keep up with all of them anyway. While it’s important to read blogs to keep yourself informed of the latest happenings and developments, it’s more important to practice what you’ve read.
Now here are some of the blogs that I’ve been a subscriber for a while.
I planned to write a series of articles based on a formula that in my humble opinion sums up the “secret” of success for any blog. The formula is
Blog Success = Truckloads of Traffic + Good Monetization Technique + Good User Experience
Now when it comes to blogging, I must say that I am not a full time blogger and admittedly, there are other full timers who might have put the formula into practice, whether intentionally or not, and make tons of money out of it.
JohnChow.com comes to mind when we talk about this, the guy who made USD34,350.93 from his blog in October alone.
Well, it goes to show the sky is the limit when it comes to making money from your blog.
In general, this formula works regardless of whether you are trying to make money from blogging, affiliate programs, AdSense, eBay or whatever.
The well organised event took place last night at the glamorous 11th floor restaurant of the Imperial Hotel Kota Kinabalu overlooking the South China Sea. The bands were cool, food was delicious, and everyone was looking groovy.
There never was a dull moment when the lively DJ Selina and her sidekick took the stage as the MCs for the event.
Obviously, everything would not be possible without the hardworking organizing committee – the lovely Jacq, Gallivanter (Da Dude), Wei Chuen (you are tall), KadazanBonita (so anggun), PapaJoneh, Impedius, Julian and Farah. I think I chatted briefly with Julian (or was it Impedius). Anyway, hats off to them. I imagine it would be a hard one to top.
Meeting fellow bloggers including Sabahan.com readers face to face was an interesting experience. I’ve met Don (apparently he is one of my subscribers), Lorna (I thought you looked familiar even before we chatted), Pinolobu a.k.a Ben (I already knew you), the famous Elphege Godomon the TV3 reporter.
I had been trying to come up with a nice tagline for Sabahan.com that describes what this blog is all about.
My previous tagline was
About Computers, Blogging, Making Money Online, Marketing and Interesting Stuff
After launching Sabahan.com v2.0, I changed the tagline to
Internet marketing, blogging and everything in between…
While both taglines pretty much sums up what I do and write in this blog, it lacks the originality that I wish to convey that makes this blog stand out from other blogging and marketing blogs.
Anyone, anywhere in the world could have written this blog but not many people from Sabah in Malaysia (formerly known as North Borneo) blog about their experience making a living off the Internet while literally doing it from the rainforest of Borneo.
First off, welcome to Sabahan.com version 2.0!
For me changing my blog template isn’t as easy as changing clothes. OK, technically it is that easy but if you change your blog template that often, you risk disorientating your regular readers and your effort, whether intentional or not, in trying to establish a brand for your readers to associate with will be wasted.
That said, change can be good as long as you don’t over do it.
Now, this is actually the first time I’ve changed Sabahan.com template since it came online in February 2006.
My main motivation for selecting this particular template isn’t because it allows me to allocate more space for advertising like what Rice Bloggers has commented in my previous post. No my friend It just happens that I’ll be able to set aside specific section in the sidebar for that purpose.
Having a fast loading blog is a must if you want to retain readers. Since the next blog is only a mouse click away for them, you owe it to yourself to ensure your blog is as fast as possible.
Studies have shown that you risk losing the majority of your potential visitors if you made them wait longer than 8 to 10 seconds.
If you can’t make your pages to load fully in less then 8 seconds, you should optimize them so that your main content and important elements are loaded within that time period.
There are several online tools that could help you find out the loading speed of your blog, and one of my personal favorites is the tool from Pingdom.
Well what do you know! Two days after upgrading Sabahan.com to WordPress 2.5.1, a new version, v2.6 was released today, almost a month ahead schedule.
While I am still at it playing with the new interface, I might just as well upgrade Sabahan.com to the latest version. I didn’t perform any backup because the last backup is two days old and nothing much had changed since. This post is posted after the upgrade.
It made me reconsider whether to install the WordPress Automatic Update (WAU) for Sabahan.com to make things easier. However, at its current form, I can’t help but think that it may potentially introduce security holes by changing several directories and files writable (of course you can always reset the permissions).
After putting this off for so long, I finally made the move and upgraded Sabahan.com WordPress installation to v2.5.1 from the pre-historic v2.2.1. (OK it’s not that bad).
The upgrade went without a glitch, apart from the Popularity Contest plugin which refuse to work with the latest WordPress version. A fix has been found and the develper is working on the new release.
What may seem like old news to those early adopters, I’ve just found out several nifty features in WordPress 2.5.1 that could make my blogging activity easier and more fun.
The new interface is a welcome update which gives WordPress a fresher and current feel to it. It’s both pretty and more user-friendly. Although, there are a few changes that require some getting used to at least initially.
I know it has been a while since my last post, sorry if I kept you waiting . However, I feel that if I don’t have anything substantial to write besides writing a quick comment about other blogs’ posts, I’d rather not write anything.
Posting for the sake of posting doesn’t add much value to this blog.
As you may also know, I’ve been busy with some other projects. I don’t know about you but I find that I am not as productive when I multitask between blogging and my other projects. It’s either blogging for today or doing the other projects but not both.
OK enough of that, now it’s time for a follow up to my previous blog post. In that post, I mentioned the success of a blog can be attributed to the following factors