On around May this year, when I wanted to start blogging actively, I’d been wondering whether there’re free blog providers which belong to or facilitated by Indonesian techno guru. I tried googling using keyword “blogger, blog, Indonesia”. Google led me to many Indonesian blogs none of which free blog providers. they’re only a bunch of blogs written by Indonesians.
There’s one blog which I thought then an Indonesian free blog provider, namely www.goblogmedia.com. There’re two names outthere: Enda and Nita. I thought both were the members. I was wrong. Both are the owners of goblogmedia.com as well as a new couple living in Bangkok who seem to be building another castle in the virtual world to make more perfect and romantic of their already live-happily-ever-after life in the real world.
So, I finally made up my mind to blog in blogger.com. The reason why I choose it particularly because it’s owned by Google, the king of virtual world and the most friendly and easy-going people behind it.
When the blog building was done, it turns out to be not the end of the road. You need promotion as to make it known. Therefore putting it into various blog directories and doing blogosphere rituals become part of the game. Again, I was looking for blog directories made by Indonesian. i found only a couple: blogbugs.com and blogfam.com plus some more blog directories for specific regions like Angkringan for Yogyakarta, etc.
Among so many free blog directories and search engines, I found Technorati is the best. Not only because the people behind it are so friendly and easy going_they treat you with love and make you free doing anything you want as if without anything in return, precisely like google_but the concept also brilliant. It gives all bloggers’ posting a chance to appear in its frontpage for nothing and offer even many more interesting features for the benefit of the bloggers, member or non-member alike. I dream of someday Indonesian techno-savvy can make Technorati of its own.
I pick Ronny Haryanto’s blog and his personality as my Blogger Indonesia of the Week this time because he’s the one behind Planet Terasi project: “an aggregate blog of Indonesian blogs about blogging and technology in general with a preference for original and/or Indonesian content.” Besides, he’s also maintainer of linux.or.id. His academic and jobs background also closely related to this technology, as he writes in his blog. he’s now been doing Master of Science in Networking in Australia.
Planet Terasi I think, could be utilised further towards Technorati-like blog aggregators and search engines. I dont know whether the technorati uses its own ‘closed’ technology (instead of open source); but if the latter is the case, the possibility of planet terasi as Indonesia Technorati is not unlikely.
Having said that, Ronny wont be able to do it all alone. Many other Indonesian techno-freaks can help him out of doing that. If only this thing can be realised, maintaining and funds should not be a problems. Google adsense and, now, Chitika can make this project even profitable. Just imagine, if all Indonesian blogger (some estimates around 10,000 and counting) come in flock by themselves and queing up to be the member; seeing the glimpse of their postings in it (as is the case in Technorati) and link up voluntarily in their respective blogs…
If you have the will to do it, Ronny (along with other techno-savvy bloggers), why not doing it now? 🙂