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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Newest Millionaire In KL :)

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I launched this blog on 11th December 2008. The first ever post was A Streetcar Named Abdullah.

Twenty-six months, 461 followers and 221 posts later, on 21st February 201, this blog registered it's 1 millionth hit. It is nothing compared to hits recorded by some other famous blogs, such as Rocky Bru's or Niamah. But I am nonetheless very pleased.

I started blogging at Navel Gazing upon the invitation of a dear friend, Daef. NG was a blog with no particular theme. It was a place for Daef, myself and another friend to dump our creative - and non-creative - thoughts in written form.

Soon, I began to take a detour towards socio-political stuffs. My first serious post was The Tun Salleh Saga - an open reply to Dr Mahathir, which was picked up by Haris Ibrahim's The People's Parliament and Raja Petra's Malaysia Today.

I then began toying with the idea of launching a blog of my own. The theme would be socio-political, although I was never going to restrict or constrain myself with only socio-political issues.

I had waned to make this blog a bit different from other socio-political blogs. My main plan was to write with responsibility and a great amount of civility. I had intended to intelectualise the issues which I delve in and write articles with deeper analysis of the issues at hand. I had also wanted my posts to be devoid of emotions.

In my mind, my articles must be accessible, in the sense that the readers must not find them too pedantic or too deep so as to invite tears of boredom after the 2nd paragraph. It was with this in mind that I had infused my articles with some humour and sarcasms.

The objective is to create a platform for a discourse. To me, civil engagements and discourses are a mark of a vibrant society whose members are aware of their surrounding, their rights, their wants, weaknesses and strengths.

I had never set out to be some kind of a hero or something. I am just an ordinary guy one would meet on the street. Being an ordinary human being, I do make mistakes.

What I have is just my opinions and thoughts on some matters or issues which are close to my heart. What I do is to voice out those opinions and thoughts. One may agree or disagree with me. That is normal. The comments made against my position and opinion in The Interlok Quagmire are prime example that I may not be right all the time. Nevertheless, I make no apology for whatever stand or position which I take on any issue. Of course, I am not beyond being criticised or even persuaded to change my stand.

However, what I resent is the inability of some of us to engage in a civil and proper manner. There are people who skip the issues at hand and start making personal attacks. That, to me, is a mark of a shallow mind, a mind with little or no ability to articulate its thoughts and express its opposition against another's position on whatever issue. I normally disregard or ignore such people no matter how vociferous they try to be.

Over the years, I had touched on many issues. Some are important and some others are just reflective of my restless mind. One particular article was so well received that it not only surprised me but also puzzled me. That was 1Malaysia Dalam Kenangan. That article was just a depiction of my early formative years in my kampung. The warm response which I got from that article made me happy and sad at the same time, as it was obvious from the hundreds of comments that Malaysians generally are peace loving people who yearn for integrity, equality and most of all, acceptance.

Throughout my blogging days, I had tried to cover as wide a topic as possible. Being so, I had veered between the  hyper hilarious in Dear Mr Todt; Dear Ambassador Todt and A Tale of Two Tuns and super serious in The Wolf and the Silence of the Lamb; The Bastardisation of the Social Contract Part 1 and 2.

When I started, I was thinking that even if 5 or 10 people read my stuffs, I would consider that an achievement. I am more than glad that this blog has had 1 million hits. Even if 10% of that hits result in the actual reading of my articles, that would mean my articles here have been read at least 100000 times.

I was thinking that if this blog could garner 10000 hits a month, I would be a happy man. Never had I imagined that this blog would get 1 million hits in 2 years of its existence. The early days recorded about 50 hits per day (20 of which were my own hits - lol!!!).

I wish to say thank you to all of the readers for taking the time to visit this blog, read the articles and making the effort to leave comments. I wish to thank all of you for all the kind words of compliments, words of encouragements, criticisms and even chastisement (when I had gone astray).

A special thank  must be recorded for Malaysia Today, which had linked most of my articles on its site, giving huge exposure to this blog. My thanks also to the Malaysian Insider for publishing some of my works. My appreciation also to Rocky Bru's which had been one of this blog's top referrer. I am also obliged to people like Zorro, Loyarburok and Patrick Teoh who had from time to time linked my articles on their respective blog, gaining this blog priceless exposure.

Once again, thank you to all of you.

55 comments:

HTC said...

Congratulations are in order! You are being modest, Art. One million is one million and this is quite an achievement. You are a breath of fresh air to an otherwise dull, mediocre, and lazy main stream public media and forums. Syabas!

joejellyjay said...

It is always a pleasure reading your article... Keep rocking!

joolee said...

You are most welcome. Your blog is one of the most entertaining and enlightening ones around. Congratulations.

Fahri said...

Congratulations bro!

Here's to a million more (and I'm talking about you articles not hits)!

cinafong said...

I admire you, your thoughts and writings. Wish I have your talents too

nellie said...

congratulations and keep writing for you are a good writer.

kosongcafe said...

Congratulations! The magic million figure is only a wish to most of us ordinary bloggers, but speaking for myself, I plod on. For those who wish to be a Ringgit millionaire and yet to achieve, one can own a million shares in BSKL for less than Rm100,000 instead!

SANSIRO said...

Congratulations Brother. Its an honor to read your pieces and to know you in person. God Bless God Speed.

patrickteoh said...

Hiya, Mr. Art ah why you so hark hei as they say in Cantonese. your blog is GREAT man. If I can write macam you my hit counter will be showing 40million by now. Keep up the great work, my friend.

genesis said...

Thank you for sharing your creative thoughts with us - I have enjoyed all of your posts. Don't ever stop, please...

mitchell said...

Mr Art, Congratulations! I started loging on to your blog sometime middle of last year and have enjoyed every article that you have written, keep up the good work, keep up the inspiration of making our beloved country a great nation of loving people. May God bless you with good health and wisdom to inspire all of us.

Nudibranch said...

Love reading your witty and purposeful articles. Looking forward to more.

Joe Naden said...

Congrats! One of the blogs I enjoy reading. Practical and thought provoking. Wish there were people like you leading the country. Intelectual and young (? I'm not sure) but it's like fresh air. Good job.

Geronimo said...

1 million? This is really astounding. I have just been blogging for close to two years now, and my traffic is showing a pathetic 31k. Congratulations, Art. Your blog never fails to tickle the grey matter in me.

Geronimo said...

1 million? This is really astounding. I have just been blogging for close to two years now, and my traffic is showing a pathetic 31k. Congratulations, Art. Your blog never fails to tickle the grey matter in me.

Singam said...

Art, well done. Yours is one blog that I visit frequently, always looking forward to the next update. Your clear perspective on many issues and your clarification of some legal convolutions are priceless.

I may not agree with everything you say, but isn't that the way of the world? There always have to be differences in opinion. Otherwise, we would be a society of mindless clones.

Keep up the good work... and here's to your next million!

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Doing a good job..thanks for the articles and good thoughts

Dr. Evil said...

congratulations..... hope u got your wine ready... Cheeeers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bro Art,
Congratulations on being a millionaire! Your blog and the rest you have mentioned (although I have some reservations about the 'reformed' Rocky Bru) have always been enlightening and thought-provoking. I have stopped reading the MSM because they are nothing but propaganda machines and mouth-pieces for the people in power. Keep it up.

Tiger said...

Art, we read your writings because:
1. Your logic is impeccable
2. You have a wicked sense of humour
3. The contents are very thought provoking.

CARRY ON, good man!

foo wy len said...

Congrats! Keep writing for everyone has a part to play for a better tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

maybe u should invite advertisements in yr blog since the viewer-ships hit such high figure.There a reason why it attract so many viewers. Make hay while the sun shine!

AporN said...

Hey Art,

First read bout your works in Malaysian Insider and I thought it was great article.

Keep up churning marvelous piece bro, keep us Msian abroad looking into Msia from difference perspective.

pornsterSOMC

Feeling Fit said...

If you were paid "a penny for your thoughts"..at todays exchange rates..you would be a Millionaire in Ringgit.

Frusco Dagama said...

What else can I say BUT a BIG CONGRATS to u bro ARt1
Its my family conversation piece evertime we read your lovely writtings.
Keep on ROCKING bro ARt!

Antares said...

1 million bits of rainbow confetti and a million hearty hugs too, Art, for your scintillating contribution to intelligent discourse in this benighted country!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Art.
Your Blog is one of the few that is worth its value in gold.
I always enjoy reading your postings because it makes me reflect on issues that concern all Anak Bangsa Malaysia.
Of course the wit and 'sarcasm' is quintessential Art.
Keep it up please.
Thanks a million

Jaya {SABM}

CK Mak said...

Dear Art,
Congrats to you.
I like your style, your humourous side is very very much appreciated. Really brightens up my otherwise boring days. But I have to admit, some of your articles are very intellectual and too hot for me to handle. All those legal jargons made my head spin. But I enjoy your blog ART! Keep it up! Bye!!!!

RS said...

congrats Art!

no surprises there. this blog is full of passion and you write WELL! love reading what u have to say.

Anonymous said...

I love your intelligence, fair-mindedness and good-heartedness. Congratulations, 'Newest Millionaire', you have earned and deserve the million+ hits.

philip said...

keep on writing art - i first came across your writing when i read "1 malaysia dlm kenangan" and i could realte to it as i had experierinced it during my childhood-- i also forwarded your article to all my email contacts - and since then i have been reading your articles regularly.
my impression >> your satire is better than the serious essays as it is both humorous and deeply piercing; keep on writing man
cheers

C++ said...

Bhai Art...

Thanks GOD you've make it to a millionaire club... hehehe...

When and where the "open table" ceremonies begin??? hahaha

AKU PEDULI APA @ APA said...

Bravo bro.
Pleasure reading your articles which i sometime cut&paste to my blog.

Keep it up

rob said...

PARTY
PARTY
PARTY

so bila? jom.

Art

congratulations!

at the end of the day when you sit back with a cheroot, you will need to ask whether have you made a difference and affected someone somewhere.

the answer is an unequivocal YES.

Keep it up my friend

next million

cheers

Kris said...

Well done my friend :).

Your quotes referred "My main plan was to write with responsibility and a great amount of civility. ..................In my mind, my articles must be accessible .................... The objective is to create a platform for a discourse.....

To say you have succeeded would be an understatement....

May the creative juices flow eternal from within you.....

Shaowen said...

Congrats, I have enjoyed reading your articles since stumbling on your blog. You have written brilliantly and most times have spoken our thoughts. Keep up the good work.

Deux Anges said...

Dude,

Congrats on hitting this big milestone.
You know, when I started using RSS feeds, your blog was one of the first one I added so I get immediate updates when you post.
You posts are excellent: Intelligent, well reasoned and principled. If only Malaysia had more people like you around.

Anonymous said...

you're welcome art and thanks to you too for the fabulous pieces you gave us.Always look forward to your articles.Yeah...u always spoke most of our minds...really envy of your talent...congratulation and keep up the good work....imagine my life without articulations???

STEEST said...

Syabas, Art.

You deserve the million.

:)

d'enricher said...

Art,

Congratulation, you write well and its fun reading your thought.

Keep it up, One of the best, when you write to Mr Lee, wonder if he ever read it???

Take care and keep on ...

rance said...

Congratulations Art,(the only article i did not agree was the Interlok issue)do carry on writing.I always look forward to your articles.

Parody of Bolehland said...

when an artwork is an interesting piece, once visited it will be revisited.

Anonymous said...

Long may you run, Art.

Hopeful Malaysian said...

You write responsibly, intelligently and attractively.

I have been a big fan of yours. Wish there are many more Msians who are as smart,civilised and fair minded as you. You are becoming my idol!

Write and continue to write. This country needs talent like you. Pls, dont migrate k.

Walski69 said...

Congratulations on your first million, Art, and I hope you get many more... You, for one, truly deserve it!

As the cliché goes, the first million is always the most difficult...

KK said...

Eh..Mr Art , I think we should thank you for giving us so many great articles .

When you are fed-up with the rotten Malaysian Judiciary and decide to hang up your robe, may be you want to consider to be an author ?

Congratulations for achieving one million hits on your blog.

Mike said...

Welldone man !!!
You da man !!!

Ahirudin Bin Attan said...

Sejuta wajah!! Yes!!

Tahniah bro.

They say it's easier to make RM1 million than to get 1 million unique visitors for a blog.

Just don't believe them, ok.

But a million is a million and there are a lot of zeroes there.

siewchinteo said...

ezpz lah... now give rocky's bru a run for the money :)))

congrats!

Ah Beng Crosby said...

One of the traits in civilisation is to have the ability to laugh at ownself and for that we have to thank you Art, for some of the hearty laugh we had.

Seriously you are one towering Malaysian this country is lucky to have.

siewchinteo said...

why are my comments here being deleted?
getting cocky now are we? LOL
anyways, congrats!
now go give Rocky's Bru a run for the money :))))

art harun said...

siewchinteo,

Hahaha...I don't know why exactly your comment was quarantined by the spam filter. Sorry.

A Pinch Of Salt said...

It is always a great pleasure reading and digressing your articles! Congrats and be blessed always!

A Pinch Of Salt said...

Wonderful articles that touches the heart and minds. Congrats and be blessed!~

Gan said...

Congrats to the newest Millionaire in KL !

I love reading your write-ups esp the Todt ones !

Thank you for sharing your "articulations" !