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    Wendy Piersall and Steve Olson are having so much fun they are paying bloggers….

    Posted by CJCM on 21st February 2007

    Wendy Piersall vs Steve OlsonMy friend Wendy Piersall who blogs at eMoms at Home is having a lot of fun and in the way is getting a little bit ’silly’ with her Steve Olson vs Wendy Piersall MyBlogLog Community Building Challenge. I say ’silly’ because you normally enter into a community building competition hoping to be a winner by driving the crowd to join your own community but in this case it is just the opposite. Now if that’s not ’silly’ I dont know what is :)

    And boys… and girls…. the two bloggers really take the matter to help their opponent getting more community members so seriously that two are now entering new chapter of the challenge by employing ‘dirty tactics’ to get more people to join their opponent’s MyBlogLog community… now how much more silly that can be? Yup…. it involves some kind of ‘bribery’. I got to know that both challengers are now paying their friends to help blog about the competition and drive more traffic to each others community.

    Silly it may sound, the real beneficiary to this positively crazy challenge is an organization called Kiva.org. It’s an organization that provide microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries to get them out of the poverty.

    So in the name of friendship and fun, I am asking all of you to help Wendy Piersall in her quest to win this game by joining Steve Olson’s MyBlogLog community.

    And Wendy, for the benefit of those entrepreneurs in developing countries, please help to pledge whatever amount you had intended to ‘bribe’…. err pay me for blogging about this to Kiva.org….. those people deserve more. Who ever the winner and loser of this interesting challenge, both of you are winners, IMHO. Steve Olson, here I come! Happy blogging!

    I joined Steve Olson's MyBlogLog community for Kiva.org

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    Carnival of Cities at Home Turf Media

    Posted by CJCM on 19th February 2007

    Home Turf Media, the bog network that hosts Kuala Lumpur is Home where I am the host, is having a Carnival of Cities. I had submitted the story of two Malaysian bloggers who were sued for defamation by Malaysian-government-controlled newspaper News Straits Times.

    Other submissions from other cities around the worlds are :

    Cities in the Americas

    IntrovertGirl from Introversion takes a crummy, cold, windy Canadian day and makes it all cozy when she explores bookstores and coffee shops in literary Toronto. Are you a mocha and words lover? Read her post to find the best of both in Canada’s largest city.

    Jennifer Miner writes for Suite 101 about Luxury & Resort travel, but she says that “luxury is more a state of mind than how much you spend.” Here are her ideas for some weekend relaxation with the best brunches in New York City. Breakfast or lunch — why choose? Have both!

    Andrea Dickson on Wise Bread interviews San Jose, California seamstress sui generis/designer Amy Doan, aka Shrinkle, about the ins-and-outs of designing and selling her clothing line.

    Local Girl takes her young daughter to the beach for the day. No big deal, except this is the Ko Olina Beach in Oahu, Hawaii because, well, she lives An Island Life. Kinda routine.

    Brad and his bits of brain (some bits are still under construction) are tracking the progress of a North Bank condo tower in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Join him for some urban renewal.

    Kathy Maister at Start Cooking takes us on a mouth-watering tour of the Boston, Massachusetts Copley Square Farmer’s Market. Aren’t you inspired to cook up some fresh veggies after that?

    American football fans in sunny San Diego, California are abuzz that Marty Schottenheimer was fired from his job as San Diego Chargers head coach. Carole Lane blogs all about it on the The San Diego Beat.

    For Alli Crumley, Chattanooga is home. It may not be on the American Institute of Architects top list of architectural favorites, but the Walnut Street Bridge over the city’s Tennessee River holds a special place in her heart.

    Cities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand

    For local color from Oz, enjoy over one hundred photos from when Brisbane is Home’s David Jackmanson photoblogged Australia Day at Brisbane’s Southbank. I particularly liked the Redland Shire Ladies Drum Corps.

    Rajesh P.I. of Open Windows writes that in Kerala, India, the city of Kochi needs a Pied Piper to lead certain obnoxious critters far from town.

    Wes says I Love Brisbane, and he has some great pictures and thoughts on the famed Story Bridge that links the city’s north and south sides.

    Kiwi Liz Lewis from Travel New Zealand cuts to the chase of the top 8 things to do when visiting Christchurch. I vote for the Avon River punting.

    L.R. Newberry, The Traveling Mum, found a different view out of every ninth-story window of the pagoda in Nanning, China.

    Che Jaafar Che Man (a.k.a CJCM) from his home in Kuala Lumpur has some media news: Malaysian bloggers were sued for defamation by the pro-government newspaper New Straits Times. Will this have a chilling effect on blogosphere dissent?

    Andrew Bartlett, a Democrat Senator from Queensland, has been blogging in his Bartlett Diaries since 2004. He shares some poignant thoughts about Oriel Park, a favorite childhood hangout that he visited with his own daughter.

    Ruth from Let’s Visit Asia recommends that you kick back in Thailand and enjoy the Rib Room and Bar at the Landmark Bangkok. I’ll take my steak medium rare, thanks.

    David says let’s take over in Brisbane, Australia. He follows local antiwar political activists at a rally where the brother of “Jihad Jack” Thomas talks about “how Pakistan tortured my brother” and discusses Jack’s arrest and incarceration after September 11th.

    Cities in Europe

    Did you know that there are mountains in London? East London Life’s Jon Tillman tells us the interesting history of the “Beckton Alps” , a part of the East End that isn’t quite as redeveloped as Canary Wharf or the ExCeL conference and exhibition center.

    Seafarer at Family Travel writes about visiting Pisa and Florence with kids, but the tips are good for any traveler to these beautiful Italian cities.

    I hope you enjoy reading about what is going on in the cities around the world.

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    I made it to Darren Rowse’s Speedlinking Reader Submission

    Posted by CJCM on 17th February 2007

    Darren RowseDarren Rowse of ProBlogger had some trouble for this week’s Speedlinking project. He had lost some emails with links in it that were meant to be part of his Speedlinking entries. So he quickly setup a project to ask his readers to submit some links he could use for his Speedlinking post, but it was extremely tight in terms of deadline, about 9 hours away when I found out about it in the private forum of Home Turf Media, a network of city-based bloggers, where I am the host of Kuala Lumpur is Home. Thanks to David of Brisbane is Home for the tip-off, I immediately submit an entry about earning money through using a search engine which I already posted a few days back in my blog here.

    I didn’t really have high hope knowing Darren’s high standard so I wasn’t really expecting any miracle from it. However my hope went slightly up last night when I saw Darren’s face in my MyBlogLog widget, I knew Darren was checking on my post so I waited eagerly this morning and was pleasantly surprised that my submission was included in ProBlogger’s Speedlinking Reader Submission this week 17th Feb 2007. Thank you Darren for including me in your project. I have always enjoyed participating in ProBlogger’s project especially the Group Writing Project where I have participated twice. You can check it out here and here.

    In the mean time, this is the list of readers-submitted entries that had made it to ProBlogger’s Speedlinking this week. Enjoy!

    1. 4 Tips on Smarter Archive Use
    2. Media Giant Takes Note from Christian
    3. Very Cheap Web hosting
    4. 9 Ways to make your new blog seem more established
    5. Last week in China - An Open Letter to Google via Rick
    6. 4 Great Blogs Teaching Blogging
    7. Creating Blog Relationshiops Leads to Successful Marketing and Promotion
    8. 12 year-old pro blogger? hardly.
    9. Strange Google Adsense Ads
    10. How to Blog - 1/8 Start Offline
    11. CPC, CPM or flat rate, which is best?
    12. Advice on Writing Blogs: What has helped me
    13. The Venture Skills Blog is your linkbait not working? try writing instead
    14. bla.st - the free visual directory, is offering a free card upgrade simply by linking to, or blogging about bla.st
    15. Linked in Widget
    16. Review Me, Review You: The Rolling Blogroll Has Launched
    17. Blogging Strategy: Goals
    18. 3 simple questions that will help you blog your city, like I do for Brisbane
    19. Five Basic Lessons in Blog Advertising
    20. Earn extra money doing what you do everyday… using a search engine
    21. Are You Burning Blog Bridges?
    22. SEO Simple
    23. Persuasive Website Design
    24. AGLOCO Will Not Make Money Online! Ever!
    25. 11 Ways for a Beginning Blogger to Get Eyeballs
    26. Blogging Content Matrix via Mark
    27. Weblog Tutorials
    28. WordPress 2.1 And Full Text RSS Feeds
    29. 5 Steps to Make it on the Web
    30. Diversifying from AdSense - Build a Sales Force, check out CPA
    31. Recursos para Generar Nuevos Ingresos
    32. WordPress.com vx. WordPress.org
    33. The Microsoft Monopoly Is At It Again… via David
    34. Free Money Finance Policy on Comment and Trackbacks
    35. Master the Art and Science of Buzz Marketing
    36. Revenue Sharing Podcasts for Blogs
    37. Carnival of Home Business
    38. How to Get a Free Link from ProBlogger
    39. My Cheat Sheet: How to Make Money via Blogging
    40. Adbrite: Make Money with Videos
    41. Scraper Sites Steal Your Content. Use them to Build Your Traffic
    42. BlixKrieg Theme - AdSense ready template via susiej
    43. Win an Amazon Gift Certificate or WP Upgrade Credits - Group Writing Project and Contest #2
    44. Find elements to reduce boredom due to blogging
    45. Google Plans AdWords Algorithm Change; Expects Complaints via Matt
    46. Google Adsense: Less is More? via nickel
    47. 1 Quick Tip to Get More ReviewMe Reviews

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    It’s Time For Problogger Group Writing Project Again

    Posted by CJCM on 20th December 2006

    Yes…. Darren Rowse of Problogger had launched another Group Writing Competition again. I had joined the project last time and I am definitely part of it again this time around. However, I am participating in the Group Writing Project from my other site Kuala Lumpur is Home. Check it out.. and have fun.

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    It’s Time For Problogger Group Writing Project Again

    Posted by CJCM on 20th December 2006

    Yes…. Darren Rowse of Problogger had launched another Group Writing Competition again. I had joined the project last time and I am definitely part of it again this time around. However, I am participating in the Group Writing Project from my other site Kuala Lumpur is Home. Check it out.. and have fun.

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    Problogger’s Group Writing Project

    Posted by CJCM on 25th September 2006

    I had commented on one of the posting, The Business Boxing Match:: Success vs. Failure by Wendy Piersall, the author of eMoms at Home blog. The blog is one of my favourite blogs that I frequently read. On top of that I am also a reguar visitor to ProBlogger authored by Darren Rowse. Both blogs are listed in my Blogroll.

    Instead of replying to my comment in her blog, Wendy had the courtesy of personally thanking me via the email and at the same time asked whether I had participated in the ProBlogger group writing project that week. I didnt know about the project so I quickly went to over ProBlogger and found out more about the group writng project.

    I made an instant decision to join and spend the next hour writing on How To Accept Mistakes and Dont Blame Others.

    I had so much fun being part of the project, got to know a few other bloggers as a results of that and very happy with the publicity generated by just writing an article and submit it to the project.

    Wendy…thank you for your email. I will definitely join the future group writing project run by ProBlogger.

    For those who doesnt know about the project, you can read about it here.

    I also list all the submissions here….all 343 submissions….great job Darren. Enjoy….

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    How To Accept Mistakes and Dont Blame Others

    Posted by CJCM on 20th September 2006

    Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes done by us can be caused by us ourselves or by third parties. Often times, we are easily led by our own self esteem and self defence to blame others around us for the mistakes we have committed.

    In general, the thought of we are responsible for our own mistakes cannot be comprehended by most of us. This is normal for majority of human being, after all who wants to be blamed for any mistake, regardless of whether it is our or someone else’s mistakes?

    However, having someone to blame for our mistakes does not solve the problem by itself and more often than not, it would only create more problem especially in the relationship with that person or everyone else around us.

    The only solution to this is to find way for us to accept sole responsibility for our mistakes, learn from the incident, forgive ourselves and get on with lives, without severing any relationship you may already have with any third party. But how to achieve this?

    As an example, let say you did not achieve something you want to have, because, from your analysis, someone else had done something he or she shouldnt have done in the first place. Instead of blaming he or she for that, you perform a root cause analysis trying to find the cause of your failure. Sure enough you will get to the point where that someone was the cause of the whole mistake. However, don’t just stop there. Go back one step further and try to think what you could have done to avoid that person from committing his mistakes causing you to lose your goal. Once you find all the possibilities of what you could have done to avoid that person’s mistakes, now you have someone else to blame….yourself…for not doing what you could have done.

    You may ask whats the point if we blame ourselves for any mistakes we go through? There are many advantages of accepting mistakes, blame ourselves for it and get on with our lives.

    1. Blaming ourselves for our failures avoids possible relationship-related problems with the third party which could only creates more problem making you prone to commit more mistakes.
    2. We can train ourselves at finding the root-causes of every problem causing our mistakes, evaluate every possible actions we could have done, thereby presenting ourselves a chance to avoid similar problems in the future.
    3. It is easier to forgive ourselves than to forgive others.

    I can go on and on and on to list down all the advantages of blaming ourselves but I hope the three reasons above would give you some hints of what I am driving at.

    So whatever bad things happen to you, always find out what you could have done to avoid it, blame yourselves for not doing it, forgive yourselves, and get on with lives.

    I hope you enjoy this posting, and if you did not it was not your fault, I could have done much better by many other means but I didn’t, so this is my mistake. I will try better in my other posting.

    This post has been submitted to ProBlogger in conjunction with ProBlogger Group Writing Project.

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