I dunno why but I’ve been quite inspired lately to go into blogging on a full-time basis. This was no doubt after reading an online article which I noticed of its existence from my Facebook news feeds. Last Sunday (2 March 2008), I was alerted to this particular online article on two of Malaysia‘s famous entertainment bloggers Sultan Muzaffar & Budiey, titled “Suara Alam Maya” which was published in Kosmo Ahad that day. For those of you who enter their blogs, which of course can be found in my Blogroll as well if you are reading this entry from my main domain, I’m sure their insights and regular updates beats even reading magazines like URTV or Media Hiburan. Which is why their popularity is right up there with at least 4000 hits per day.
Honestly my blog cannot even hold a candle out to them. Heck I only receive about a tenth of their average number of hits per day, which I already regard as hitting the roof since I still consider myself a novice and practically a nobody. But just imagine what being a full-time blogger can do to your income??? If you can earn about $6000 per month just through blogging and with people clicking on the ads found in your blog, I’m sure quite a few of us would take the plunge and quit our respective jobs now. What’s more, you’ll always be invited to exclusive events either as a guest or as a part of the press brigade. Now that’s the perks that come with the territory and popularity. All you need to do is be creative and objective and lo!
Then again, I ponder and ask myself whether the income is gonna be steady monthly or like any businesses, there will be your periods of ups and downs. And with popularity, you know you’re not gonna remain on top forever, with creative writers sprouting out like mushrooms after a rainfall. Then there is the issue of sincerity, whether I’ll be doing it for the money or for the love of writing. Right now, I cannot even guarantee an update daily or once every other day for that matter, and what if I only blog once a month, would it be fair to my regular readers who come in expecting to read something new but end up seeing the same thing while I laugh all the way to the bank???
Back to reality, I think for us in Singapore, I don’t think there are that many full-time bloggers out there and it is a challenge in itself for them to be blogging full-time without saying something that might run foul with the authorities as they normally speak on current affairs. I don’t want to end up being in that situation as I’ve always taken pride in commenting mostly on stuff pertaining to the Malay music industry here and across the Causeway. Back to reality also, I don’t think that I’ll ever be offered to do it full-time, what more be invited to cover local events on a press pass or as a guest, though it has to be said that I’d rather pay to watch local acts perform as my way of supporting them in monetary and moral support terms. But I would definitely kill to cover / be invited to big events like MTV Asia Awards or even our humble Anugerah / Anugerah Planet Muzik events if given the opportunity but as the saying goes: “Dream on dude!!!“… LOL!!!