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NST Writing Blogs Workshop

April 21st, 2009 - Tuesday

NST Writing Blogs Workshop participants
Photo by Wuan.

Since Suanie has blogged about this event, I am just going to write briefly about it and put up some photos. New Straits Times organized a workshop on blogging at its premises at Jalan Riong. Suanie was the coordinator and chief facilitator. It was a two day event. Suanie invited me and several other bloggers to speak. She slotted me into the session just after lunch on Sunday on April 12. The morning sessions were conducted by Timothy Tiah and Foong Cheng Leong.

Peter Tan at the NST Writing Blogs Workshop
Photo by Wuan.

I had planned to talk for half an hour and leave the other half for questions and answers. Unfortunately, I talked for nearly fifty minutes and left only ten minutes for the Q & A session. Luckily, the two or three questions were short and by the time I finished answering, my session ended just in time for Yvonne Foong to take over.

Yvonne Foong at the NST Writing Blogs Workshop
Photo by Wuan.

The topic of my talk was “Blogging As A Tool For Advocacy.” I also shared a few tips on search engine optimization (SEO) that I use on my blogs to get listed higher in the search engine results page (SERP) and provide more relevant information in the listings. This is imporant to draw organic traffic and get the message out for activists who use the Internet as a tool to advocate.

NST Writing Blogs Workshop group photo
Photo by Wuan.


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2 Responses to “NST Writing Blogs Workshop”

  1. suanie says:

    thanks for participating :P
    how’s the workshop in BM coming along :P

    Peter:
    I’d rather not think about it!

  2. ex penang boy says:

    This is off topic a bit but there’s this interesting article in today’s straits times about making buildings and public more accessible to wheelchair users.I think the government over here is serious about this as they envisage that as the population ages and people are living longer, mobility issues will become a concern.
    I couldn’t help but also notice that the emphasis was that if the infrastructure was improved and made more wheelchair friendly, it would have a positive impact on tourism.Seems to be the same thing that you’ve been advocating!

    Peter:
    This is the case with many developed countries. They provide accessibility because of the aging population not disabled people. However, in Malaysia the population of senior citizens will not reach a critical stage for a few decades more. That is why there is no urgency or such facilities. Because of that myopic vision, we are going to lose out on inclusive tourism where the aging population from developed countries who have the money and time to travel are going to give countries that do not have accessibility in the infrastructure a miss. It is such a pity. Thanks for sharing. It is good to know what is happening in other countries.