Blogs have been the latest ever-growing trend in the cyber world, and it has gained a more than expected since its debut in August 1998, when Jonathan Dube of The Charlotte Observer published one chronicling Hurricane Bonnie. Blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network in which everyday authors can publish their opinions - this is what we call the Blogosphere. Even according to tracking site Technorati, as in 2006, more than 54,000 posts per hour in different blogs are posted online.
Trends in Blogging
In Technorati 2009 report, it is found that 28% of all bloggers are professional bloggers, and 72% of them are blogging hobbyists. However, the topics that they are blogging about are generally very diverse, with personal life and lifestyle beeing the main topic.
According to Sabahan.com (2006) In Malaysia 44% of bloggers blog about personal stuff and technology, 16% on politics and another 40% on business and corporate.
Benefits To the Community
Blogging mainly affects Malaysian community positively in a way that the media gives Malaysian an opportunity and medium to express themselves. Many different bloggers from Hasan Skodeng (nose4news) to Jeff Ooi (first political blogger to become member of parliament, people with their own views and creativity are now being heard and seen. The only issue, it seems, is the privacy and sensitivity of some issues such as religion or politic.
1. 50 Most Influential Blogs in Malaysia 2007, sabahan.com, viewed on 18 April 2010, at http://www.sabahan.com/2007/02/06/50-most-influential-blogs-in-malays
2. Berlin,E, 2009, Richard Jalichandra Keynote: BlogWorld 2009, viewed on 18 April 2010, at http://technorati.com/blogging/article/richard-jalichandra-keynote-blogworld-2009/
3. Microsoft 2006, Blogging Phenomenon Sweeps Asia, viewed on 17 April 2010, at http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-28-2
4. Wikipedia, Blogs, viewed on 18 April 2010, at