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From Dash-Media August 16, 2006

Posted by benj in The State of The Blog Address.
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Thank you for your interest in the Dash Media Project. First, I want to give you an idea of what we envision Dash Media to become: You may or may not agree that, much like high school, the blogosphere is dominated by the “popular” mainstream blogs. We’ve realized that with the recent proliferation of blogs, it’s becoming harder and harder to find decent content. We also realized that “popular” doesn’t necessarily mean “interesting”.

In the Philippines alone, we believe that there’s a multitude of underappreciated, well-written blogs just waiting to be discovered. I, along with the other co-founders of Dash Media aim to provide such blogs with a channel that would give them the exposure they deserve. We also envision a tightly-knit community that would present itself as the best the Philippine blogosphere can offer.

What are we looking for?

Decent content. We really don’t care about your site’s traffic or influence. Of course, you have to realize that content goes hand in hand with decent site design in the sense that your content needs to be presented in a way which can easily be read.

How many blogs are we looking for?

The response in terms of submissions has been overwhelming and we’d like to thank you all for that. For the first batch of sites we’re going to induct to the network, we’re looking at 25 blogs. This round of submissions would be open until the 22nd of this month afterwhich, we will roll out the RSS system we’re working on and announce the blogs that made it to the final cut.

What can you do to help this initiative?

One thing we realized as far as the Philippine blogosphere would go is that it is very segmented and lacks the cooperation you’d come to expect from such a small demographic. We can change that but not without your help. You can support this initiative by writing about it on your blogs and telling everyone about us. Afterall, we are the first Blog network for Filipinos (that I know of). L

I signed up a few days ago and I think I have what it takes to be in the first 25. Seriously, is there any blog out there that’s better than my blog? You gotta be kidding me. *nervous laugh*

Monthly Report : June July 8, 2006

Posted by benj in The State of The Blog Address.

It’s hard to believe, but my blog has only been around a little over three months. It seems destined to suffer a fate similar to that of Expo Filipino in Clark – it was greeted with a rousing launch from Filipinos and the rest of world but it eventually fizzled out with the place couldn’t come up with more ways to attract visitors. In this blog’s case, last month was barren month. It was lame. Other than residual Sagada posts, much of it was nothing. It got so pathetic I even elected to post tags. hehe


It was simply a tale of two halves. The first half of the month was phenomenal. Those hit numbers are among the highest daily totals that I’ve had since I started this thing. After that statistical plateau though, it all went down hill. Lesson learned: NO UPDATES = NO HITS. haha


My site was actually in the top 100 for the most part of June only to fade out in the end. It was at no.115 when the month ended – the site’s at number 232 right now. It’s a flatliner and yet it’s still at relatively modest spot.


I hope I didn’t lose much of my readers due to this hiatus/slump.