OK, I admit it. I’m an amateur blogger, I never read other people’s blogs, I can’t optimize my own — not even the blogroll using WordPress.
And when I post — which is rare — it’s stuff that would seemingly appeal to only the most severely limited subset of who’s online: people who actually can’t read or use the Internet but would still like to see some antique photos of Jakarta back in the day, junior high fans of Indonesian reggae, and people interested in what a 19th century Java-based German mushroom expert who published in Dutch had to say about atheism.
So let me just apologize in advance to readers (if any) for the Internations stunt. I know it was unfair and unattractive. In fact, I’ve never been to Brussels and they never asked me to be Internations 2013-14 Blogger Partner or help on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 or 5. Those times I did make it mid-week schmooze-and-booze? I just walked in. They did not waive the specially-negotiated Rp 300,000 per-event fee one pays (unless one has already paid Internations membership fees, in which case its Rp 250,000 ).
What I’m holding is a single pair of unsolicited endorsements, to wit:
- “Most Captivating Read,” for our “About” tab (from Simona, June 2012); and
- “Most Convincing Quality” [no laughs], (from Malte Zeecke), for our March 2012 post titled ” Instant Expat Phenomenon — why Jakarta is such mad fun and how to get a piece. “
Thing about expats these days — you know, those oddballs who abandon baby, best friend and bathwater to live weird in different places — well they’re spoiled when it comes to a shot at community and a chance to misfit-in even better.
Example: it’s Expat Blog, a self-explanatory, interactive channel providing society action for the socially challenged. Here you’ll find some 50 pages of Jakarta listings, each with links to 30 blogs, for a grand total of nearly 1500 Jakarta-based expat bloggers representing 75 nations and including the Instant Expat (running on the Puerto Rican ticket ; )
So what does three-of-a-kind beat?