29 Year Old Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Full-time Blogging

I’m Liew Cheon Fong (a.k.a LiewCF). I just passed my 29th birthday at August 19, 2009. September 9, 2009 (09/09/09) is my 4th anniversary of full-time blogging.

My life does not change much after 1st anniversary of full-time blogging.

Every month, I still get money from multiple Internet income sources. I have free time and money to travel at anytime (went to China, Japan, Taiwan this year alone).

I’m no longer taking public bus because I bought the Honda City 2009 (but still take express bus to KL because of the high toll fees and petrol fee)

I have monthly investments in unit trust funds. Am a Gold member of Public Mutual. My latest funds report shows that I have yet to profit from my funds (blame the economic crisis!).

I do not own a property yet. Buying a property is like getting a girlfriend, it is not easy to find the right one and it is a long-term commitment.

A personal good news is that I am now in a relationship. YES, after being single for years, LiewCF finally got a girlfriend!

hooray! claps! claps!

(No, you won’t see her photo here. :P )

Health is important, especially for someone who work at home. Chances are you would have less exercise and sitting in front computer or TV most of the time.

My body weight is increasing year by year ever since I became a full-time blogger. No more! Started 3 months ago, I joined a local gym club with a friend and have been actively going for gym workouts almost daily!

Till now, I have successfully lose 5KG+ and have a better body shape (read: bigger chest & arms). grin

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Who Are the Top Malaysian Bloggers? (2009)

Adi Wong compiled a list of Top 100 Malaysian Blogs based on Alexa and Technorati rankings.

Here are the top 10 Malaysian blogs:

  1. Hong Kiat — Design & Tech
  2. Kenny Sia — Lifestyle
  3. Paul Tan — Automotive
  4. Raymond.CC — Tech
  5. Anwar Ibrahim — Politics
  6. Lim Kit Siang — Politics
  7. Hemmy.net — Mixed
  8. Jeff Ooi — Politics
  9. LiewCF (me) — Tech & Lifestyle
  10. Cheeserland.com — Lifestyle

What does it mean to you, a blog reader?

If you want to read some interesting Malaysian blogs, it is a good list to start with. Visit every one of them to discover the one you like.

What does it mean to you, a blogger?

Why are they Top 100 and you are not in the list? Why are they popular and your blog has no readers?

It is a good list for you to study the reasons that other blogs are more popular than you, and how you can improve your blog.

Check the blog designs. Check what topics are popular. Check their writing styles. Check their ads placements. Etc.

I am sure you can learn alot from the top Malaysian blogs and improve yours to be one of them.

By the way, if you think your blog deserved to be listed in the Top 100 Malaysian Blogs, feel free to contact Adi Wong to add yours.

P.S. I wonder who in the top 100 bloggers attended the recent Bloggers’ Universe Malaysia Gathering 2009 (BUM 2009)?

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The Most Reliable (Free) Blog Hosting

most reliable blog hostingYou want to host your blog for free, but which is the most reliable blog hosting?

Pingdom did a uptime survey of nine blogging services for a period of 4 months. They discovered that the Top 3 most reliable blog hosting services are: Typepad (not free), Blogger, and WordPress.com.

uptime for blogging services, 10 nov 2008 - 10 mar 2009

Reliable and Free?

Among the Top 3, Blogger and WordPress.com offer free account. Both have the same downtime of 20 minutes in the 4 months survey period.

So, which is better? I would say Blogger.

Although WordPress.com offer free account too but there are many limitations, one of them is “no custom css”. You cannot edit nor change your own blog theme. You have to pay to have WordPress.com premium features.

Note: WordPress.com is NOT WordPress.ORG (blog publishing application).

On the other hand, Blogger, which is backed by Google big brother, does not have such limitations and has better offer.

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