Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sasa Superblog

Written by Arimi Sidek

Introducing Sabah and Sarawak Superblog, or in short, Sasa Superblog. ‘Sasa’ in malay language is also coincides with the meaning of ‘tough’ word in English.

Sasa Superblog aims to achieve the following objectives:

- To foster cordial ties amongst Sabah and Sarawak bloggers
- To become a main listing for Sabah and Sarawak bloggers
- To update online readers with news by Sabahans and Sarawakians, from their point of view and perspectives.

Why sasa superblog?

It is all about blogging horizon expansion, especially in my case. For all this while, I had spent too much time only on certain issues and matters, for example, on kadayans. But after more than a decade, it is about time for me to move on, I presumed. And after a long due and lots of consideration, I decided to explore Sasa Superblog concept.

The target are Sabah and Sarawak bloggers as they need more space online. This is not only about freedom to write, but also about creating a space to be heard. Luckily in pursuing this, we don’t have to squeeze here and there in order to be seen. There are abundant of space on the internet, you bet, and it is also expanding.

FACT: There is always one diehard fan of your blog!

Of course, even without networking your blogging life may also survive. No matter who you are and the type of blog that you might have, there must be at least one die hard fan that follow every word that you wrote, and keep visiting your blog every minute, every day. The person is none other than yourself. But in a long run, you definitely don't want read things that your write in your blog all by yourself!

That is why Sasa project comes about. I believe that blogging isn’t just about writing what we want freely, it is also involves networking and expanding our audience.

On the other hand, I started to think that Sabah and Sarawak bloggers are overly exposed to peninsula’s news, opinion and updates rather than our own backyard. I realize that this is the area that we, Malaysians from Sabah and Sarawak are lacking. It is very easy to access the news on what happen in Perak, Selangor, Kelantan, etc., for example. But what about news that tell us what happen in Tuaran, Beaufort, Selangau, Sibuti, etc.?

Everybody seems to focus on national and peninsula’s news. Those include of mainstream media and newspaper (MSM), online portals, bloggers, and Sabah and Sarawak bloggers as well. So, actually what is happening to us? Aren’t we in Sabah and Sarawak, at the distance of 1,200 km apart from peninsula, also have something to tell the world or not? Is there news about us too?

Join Sasa Network ~ It doesn’t really ask much if you wanna become a member (please click)

For the time being this is the personal project and initiative by me and me alone. But I do not rule out the possibility of collaboration effort in future as I already invited several bloggers to participate as writers. If anyone of you interested to become part of the Sasa team and managing this project altogether, please do not hesitate to contact me. The more the merrier and, I welcome you to jump over the wagon. Thank you.

Arimi Sidek
Kota Kinabalu

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