Sunday, 1 July 2007

The 6-months journey

6 months ago today, I pen down my first entry and voila… zewt gave birth to As Zewt As It Gets in the wonderful world of blogosphere. As some of you may know, starting a blog was my resolution for the year 2007 and it is the only resolution I have managed to keep in my life. Words cannot describe how incredible this journey in the blogosphere has been for me.

As AZAIG comes into 6 months of its existence, I would like to take a moment to specially pay tribute to all my blogofriends who rendered endless words of comfort to me during my mom’s passing. I am greatly touched and you all have helped me go through those difficult times. Some may claim that the virtual world can be very fake and some people may brand bloggers as liars, but during those times, you have proved that the human connection is very much alive in the virtual world. And of course, we bloggers are certainly not liars. A very big thank you to all of you!

Being in the blogosphere for 6 months also opened my eyes to a lot of things. For a start, the saying about blogging is a thing for the young and that most bloggers are young students is an absolute myth. I’ve learnt that there are a lot of older more matured bloggers who carry celebrity status in the blogosphere. I guess I should not put up some name, you all know who there are.

Secondly, I’ve noticed there are 2 famous terms which make up name of blogs. They are “rant(s)” and “rambling(s)”. Would you agree with me on this? Does your blog name have one of these famous 2?

On a more spiritual side, I’ve learnt that there are a lot of bloggers who are Christians, to me at least. They may not write in a manner a Christian should write, but they do have God in their heart. By the way, have you noticed that the F word has not appeared in my blog for quite some time already, at least not that regular anymore. Pastor, are you reading this?

Next, I’ve also learnt that there “most” bloggers despise do not really like not very happy with the govt. A blogger may blog about his or her cat, dog, housemate, school, work, food, husband, wife or even sex life, but one can always see a blogger’s dissatisfaction about the govt in those subtle entries which appear once in a while. Are you one of them?

Speaking about govt, I once stumbled upon a blog which specially states that AZAIG is boring because it talks about political and social stuff. But strangely enough, I’ve noticed that whenever I do blog about political stuff, my stats will hit the roof! And just to make things even more peculiar… while political entries attract most readers, such entries tend to have low amount of comments. Hmmm… wonder why…
Those are some of the things I’ve learnt in my last 6 months of my blogging life. I must say they are intriguing discoveries and I look forward to more.

Last but not least, a very big word of thank you to those who made AZAIG as your daily drug. I must say it’s too flattering. Thank you the 41,891 hits thus far. To know that some of you actually surf AZAIG before you check out the daily news in TheStar or Straits Times does indeed brings a great sense of satisfaction to me BUT… please do take heart that zewt is just a regular blogger like you. I will need all your help to keep my feet on the ground and I certainly do not want to be too big headed.

Again… thank you all for keeping AZAIG alive and kicking and by the way… have you voted at the poll yet?

64 comments:

Angelina said...

42k visitors in 6 months is a very large number! I wonder how some bloggers like you do it :D

Seok Thong said...

As your blog is my regular drug, i should say thank you to you!

Actually i don't read news anymore as most of them will make my blood really boiling..Kekekeke..But once in a while it's good to know a little bit from home country through your blog..

Hope to see more from you! Keep up the good entries!

Daphne Ling said...

Happy 6th Month Old Burfday AZAIG! Got cake ah? Safe some for me ok ;)?

kyliemc said...

:) congrats on achieving ur new yr resolution!

ya, notice tht many blogs do hv rants or ramoblings as their blog names..but i used voice instead :P n so far i've not blogged bout polical stuff yet as i blog mostly bout my life.

sooi2 said...

yay, top 5 komen for once!

wishing AZAIG "cheong meng pak suei" hor. gnite!

Jemima said...

"Shared joy is double joy.
Shared sorrow is half sorrow."

The above Swedish Proverb sums up the reality of the blogosphere.

Thank you for sharing, Zewt.
Thank you for becoming my friend.

confessing7girl said...

congrats on ur big 6months landmark!!! i absolutely love ur blog!!! u always make me think somehow and sometimes u can actually be quite funny!! ;) about the political orientated posts they r not my thing 1st cause mostly i dont understand anything about it and 2nd we live in different countries and we def hv different problems!!! :D love ur ramblings and ur mathematical logical problems!!! so keep up the good work here!!

angel said...

Kung hei ah tuck gor geh AZAIG... mm chor, mm chor... yao liu dou...

*siu phao cheong*

Ei, you very hard sell your pole hor?? Ooopss... I mean POLL :p

5xmom.com said...

I think you are the only one who burst/explode/pau cha/meletup into the blogging scene the fastest. Fuyoh, reading comments here took longer time than reading your blog. Syabas.

day-dreamer said...

Congratulations on your blogging milestone! And a Happy Six Months Anniversary to A.Z.A.I.G.!!

I do agree with your statement of "the human connection is very much alive in the virtual world". That is one of the reasons I felt blogging as relieving and that is also where some of my motivation comes from.

Here's to many more Six Months to come! ;)

anthraxxxx said...

Congrats zewt, AZAIG has been a good read for the past 6 year months. Hope you'll last more than 6 years :P

ColourMeCrazy said...

Congrats and Happy (6months) Blogday! May you have many more!

J.T. said...

Thank you for making my blogging life interesting.
Wishing you many more entertaining, informative, mind-boggling, zany and zewtlicious postings. :)

I have voted already - you make me think and I like it. :)
(also Joker - you makes me laugh)
Three months ago, I would have voted "Err.. who is Zewt?" :D

J.T. said...

* sorry.. typo. I meant to say, "Joker - you MAKE me laugh" :)

Sheena said...

I could be really insensitive and ask you how old you are... but I won't 'cos it's A.Z.A.I.G's 6-months anniversary.

(D'ya have to give a red egg to a blog?)

Anyway, have congratulated here, and congratulated you on my latest post on my blog. It's right at the bottom, in fine-fine print, so don't get all-excited.

But you know my heart is in the right place ;)

God bless you & your loved ones!

ehon said...

do we get like free gifts for reading AZAIG daily and as part of its 6 monthnniversary?

jaezrel said...

u made me blog and most important of all to prove myself that im not a stupid blondie....muahahha

Tine said...

Good writing always make the people come back for more ;)

Congratulations, Zewt.

Jessica said...

Reading your blog makes me smile. Not only that, it's been my daily morning "caffeine" but it brings satisfaction no coffee or drug can. :),(but of course having Him in my life also makes me have that satisfaction...must never forget God).heheheh!!!

But, anyway, it's been great following you through your blogging experience and I hope there's more fantastic blogs to come.

ah nel said...

so blog bout govt lor so ur trafic reach 100k in 2 more month time... ;)

mimi - C said...

Congrats Zewt, thank you for entertaining us with your posts. :)

zeroimpact said...

Six months already
:)
Here's seeing many more six months to come

Huei said...

happy 6mths old!!! =D

ahh..i like politikus stuff!! =P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

keep up the good work!..6 mths..42k hits..ur da man la!.. hope u make it all the way to 2008 as well if u dun get caught for writing too much politics..kidding..

Anonymous said...

zewt, one thing i must commend you is your ability to come up with very catchy titles for your entries. not many bloggers around can come up with titles like you can. keep that up!

Princess Eileen said...

Hopefully I can hit 42K in 6 years for my blog. Hahaha... Keep it up, Zewt~

Winn said...

ok...gratitude accepted:P
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buy us lunch! :P

Manal said...

Tahniah, bro.

This blog, it's really about keeping ur creativity juice flowing and good health ,or is it? Good that u know best how to express whatever thats been itching from the bottom of ur heart. And whats more, u r able to share them articulately while enticing us into seeing your colourful world from your perspective. With that, we thank you.

Here's wishing that this blog will continue its active existence even after u become a husband and a daddy.

aSstHa said...

first an foremost, congrats on ur 6mths of bloggin. u r by far one of the thinking blogger we all know n luv (not to mention u giving our brains a workout). to hv so many hits in such a short amount of time is no small feat and u did it in mere 6mths. kudos to u zewt.

on the rant and ramblings part, i agree with u completely(seeing as i hv dose tags in my own blog) dat a lot of bloggers use dem. i don't know bout them, but my reason is simple:
(1) no time to think of something more catchy
(2) no time to think of better name
(3) basically jz no time to think... or plain lazy if u must
u forgot to add musings (or does not many ppl use it?)

secondly, on d political front. ppl complain but den they come back bcos it's touched some nerve/hidden desires to voice it out but fear the consequences i guess. same goes for comments on political entries (wat to do... 99.999% M'sians kia si, i know i am one of dem n not afraid to admit)

cheers to my daily drug since i first stumbled upon it while reading andrew ho's blog (dearly miss his bloggin) and here's to many more intriguing post to come.

here's looking @ u mate :)

alan zed said...

keep on blogging, bro. you know you want to. ;)

Helen said...

So when's the VIOS lucky draw?

There is a draw right? That's why I came... :-P

zewt said...

Angelina - keep writing i guess, and hope that ppl will come :)

Seok Thong - i do try to blog about news of the country sometimes... especially when i cant take it anymore... like u said.. when it gets your blood boiling :)

Daphne Ling - haha... maybe i will go buy one later.

kyliemc - well, if that's the intention of your blog... keep it that way. dont let anyone influence the way you blog.

sooi2 - i must be also cheong meng pak suei before AZAIG can be right? haha...

Jemima - very meaningful. let us all continue to share our joy and sorrow.

confessing7girl - ya, i always think about how overseas readers will feel when i blog about local stuff. but it does give you a bit of understanding about life here...

zewt said...

angel - have to ler... not many ppl vote... sigh...

5xmom - now it's bursting into money making scene keke...

day dreamer - yeah, let's keep the human connection going.

anthraxxxx - 6 years... hmmm... let's hope i will have the energy.

ColourMeCrazy - thanks my friend.

JT - zewtilicious eh? now... that's a new term.

Sheena - I am entering the finaly year of my 20s... obvious enough right? thank you and God bless you too.

SuddenlyIDunnoWhoIM said...

Happy Birthday to u,
Happy Birthday to u,
Happy Birthday to Zewt,
Happy Birthday to U~~~

Cheers with Champagne~~ hahaha...

i've voted for u twice bcoz i did it once in office n once at home hehehe....

zewt said...

ehon - woooaah... maybe when i start doing PPP, then i can afford...

jaezrel - and arent u glad? haha...

Tine - Hi and welcome! Well, I must say being able to write is also some sort of a self-discovery. :)... hope to see ya around.

Jessica - one question... when are u going to start yours?

ah nel - hahahaha... that's a very dangerous way to achieve hits... later i am in prison already lor haha...

mimi - C - the pleasure is all mine.

zeroimpact - thanks bro...

Huei - really? there are a lot of good politikus stuff around... like malaysia today. got read or not?

zewt said...

constant craver joe - hahahaha... wonder if one can blog from prison... damn!

anon at 10.47 - hey! well... titles are important, dont u think?

Princess Eileen - c'mon... i am sure u can do better than that.

Winn - hahaha... i pokai lor like that.

Manal - well, i am glad ppl are willing to see the world from my perspective. anyway, i think most of us share the same perspective, i am just facilitating by putting them into words and sort of encourage discussions here... thank you for that wonderful wish!

aSstHa - well, i wouldnt blame them. i think we are all kia si... myself included, which is why i try not to touch 'sensitive' stuff. well, blogging can be fun right... and not just about serious stuff. though we cannot run away from it all the time.

alan zed - you read my mind bro...

Helen - ahhh... let me work that out with Toyota... see if they wanna sponsor me... :P

SuddenlyIDunnoWhoIM - thanks my friend... not my bday though... it's AZAIG's :)

AngryYoungChild said...

Yay! Keep on Blogging!!! or i'll Quit blogging too!

just kidding. =p

But yeah! Congrats..hehe..

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to u,
Happy Birthday to u,
Happy Birthday to AZAIG,
Happy Birthday to U~~~

Cheers with Champagne~~ hahaha...

here r some alteration for the song *pai seh* ;)

Anak Merdeka said...

Your success does says a lot about you, eh Zewt? Congratulations and keep being Zewtilicious!

Doreen said...

Congratulations and do keep it up. It is the way you write and the content you choose to blog about that keep the readers coming back for more. So you should thank yourself too! My hat off to you zewt! (^_^)

mumsgather said...

Oh. You're just a 6 month old baby! Congratulations. Goo Goo Gaa Gaa.

rinnah said...

Happy 6-month blogniversary to AZAIG! I look forward to more zewty posts for the next 6 months and beyond!

p.s. My blog is 6 months old too! Hehehe.

Rabbit said...

Happy 6 months old AZAIG! Ah Booooo, chak!

Er, should i ask u to blow the carrots again this time? *places carrots in front of zewt* =P

Twisted Heels said...

Congrats! Waiting for more to come :)

ah nel said...

nvm as i wil join u later...don woli...my trafic not high so took smts i join u... :D

zewt said...

AngryYoungChild - kidding only ah? not sincere pun... haha!

SuddenlyIDunnoWhoIM - no worries... thanks for the song.

Anak Merdeka - Well... I think I am just happy to be able to connect with people.

Doreen - yeah... i guess i should treat myself to something tonight... hmmmm... sinful sinful...

mumsgather - goo goo gaa gaa... i am hungry... feed me... ok ok... kidding..

rinnah - oh... happy 6 months old to "as the world spins"!

Rabbit - light the fire first la.

Twisted Heel - more will come i am sure.

ah nel - hahahaha.... we share same cell eh?

may said...

all hail the daily drug! ok, I have to admit, it's not so daily for me (I'm such a bad chupper!). but when I do get here, it's a good dose. gunghei gunghei on 6 months!

King's wife said...

So now, you gotto invite all of us to your wedding! :D

Congrats on your 6 months!!

cibol said...

dude, keep on writing .. he he he.that'sall I can say .. rants and rambles ... ermm .. sounds fermilliar.

AngryYoungChild said...

Hahhaa Fine! I dont think i can sacrifice my blog la...XP Maybe i quit blogging for 10 days la can? more sincere a bit. XP

Bena said...

Heh i like your social/political blogs better... i am not into reading people's "diary"... i prefer smth a lot of people can discuss about.
but writing diary-style blog is easier than all the political, stats stuff. So two thumbs up for u there.

zewt said...

may - well... good... at least i know you wont get overdose :P

King's wife - wooaah... i cant fit all of you ler... pressue pressure...

cibol - i certainly will!

AngryYoungChild - at least 1 month la...

Bena - trying very hard not to touch politics... but most of my posts are of social concerns... dont u think?

SK said...

Keep blogging, cheers.

clare said...

Sound like me, all your descriptions...Muahahahha!!!

zewt said...

SK - Hey bro... i certainly will!

clare - hahaha... precisely... especially the blogging about the forbidden stuff!

mar said...

Zewt!
Congrats on ur 6mths...many more months to come ya...hehe...

P/s-why everyone talking abt Transformers???huhuhuhu...I x yet watch...in 2 more weeks...hopefully...*sigh*

narrowband said...

Congratulations on the milestone, Zewt. I hope there will be many, many more to come.

gRaCe said...

hey Zewt...

Happy 6 Mth Bday ya!! I may not come over as much or comment as often..but i'm still hanging around. You definitely did a darn great job to have so many hits for your blog in such a short time. Way to go, dude!! =D

I'm glad to have known u thru the blogosphere too..and we do need to go for makan one of these days ya.. ;o)

zewt said...

mar - have to wait for your leg to heal eh?

narroband - i shall try to keep the energy up!

gRaCe - yeah... i know... our dinner meeting with kenny and the rest is over-due... what till my peak period is over first... thanks again for our support ya...

mar said...

huhuhu...ya lor...just hope wen i can walk again its stilll shown at d movies...and Harry Potter comin up sum more...waaa...its a conspiracy u knw...its like d whole while Im like this all d best movies cum out...Pirates,Shrek,Fan4,TF...

zewt said...

mar - ahh... the beauty of staying in malaysia... PI RA TED DVDs!!!

gRaCe said...

heyy...anytime my friend, anytime. I shud thank U for going over to my blog and leaving comments everytime..altho i haven been updating as often these days. Heheh..;o)

yealor..but nvm...we'll always have time for dinner..no rush no rush..=D

rachel said...

a lil late but
CONGRATS on 6 months of blogging!

"Speaking about govt, I once stumbled upon a blog which specially states that AZAIG is boring because it talks about political and social stuff."
sound kinda familiar.... personal preference i guess.... :D

keep on blogging!

mar said...

hahaha...yea,but the quality sometime no good one...hehe...