I think it's amazing what Jakarta does to one's mental equilibrium. I use a public bus across town, one I might add with limited stops, a/c and a reasonably comfortable seat, one with enough legroom. I know from experience that there is no point in getting het up by the gridlock even though it's generally caused by traffic policemen or lanes of cars shoving their way across the main stream into the lengthy lines attempting to access the toll road entrances.
At such times I'm a stoic. When I get home I chill down even more with a mandi before checking my emails and the Jakartass stats. Today's initial trawl, however, has got me somewhat further bemused.
The following letter/appeal needs an answer and you might be it ~ if you fit the profile that is. If you do, follow it up with Simon Owens directly, but with a copy to me please.
I think I should add that there have been other folk suggesting that they'd pay me for any syndication they do of my posts, but apart from freelance copyediting and writing which has resulted from my 'fame', I've received nothing from any of them.
My name is Simon Owens and I'm doing work for a new news organization that will be launching soon that focuses on news coming out of 13 Asian countries. As part of our project we'll be actually approaching bloggers from these different countries and paying to syndicate their content. I wanted to reach out to you as a Indonesia blogger and ask for suggestions from you about independent bloggers within your country that you think are producing the best content. Ideally, the bloggers would:
1. Write primarily in English.
2. Fit into one of these demographics: political content, enterprise/business, popular economics/new media, society, arts, wine, travel, green / environmental (obviously there are a lot more political blogs than these others, so we're looking especially hard to fill the non-political niches)
3. Already have an established audience. They don't have to have thousands of readers a day but would hopefully have already a community of regular readers.
Do you have any suggestions to add to my list? Please let me know and I appreciate any help you can give.