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Am I trying to be the most popular blogger in Singapore?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Someone asked if I was trying to be the most popular blogger in Singapore. I don't know why she got that impression. Was it something I said or did? Hmmm...

Anyway, I really am too lazy to work much harder on my blog. Blogging is a hobby and I want to keep it that way. I mean I enjoy blogging enough to want to continue doing it but to work hard at it is really a different ball game, isn't it?

For anyone who has the ability and the will to become a popular blogger, there could be many financial advantages. No kidding? Yes, no kidding! There are enough examples out there.

Xiaxue
A blog I visit from time to time belongs to, arguably, the queen of bloggers in Singapore, Xiaxue.

She makes enough money from her blog to do it full time. I was told she makes $XX,XXX in certain months and has a manager to deal with advertisers!

When she got married, she didn't have to worry about most of her wedding expenses. She had so many sponsors!

See:
http://xiaxue.blogspot.sg/2010/03/my-wedding-solemnization.html
(Just scroll to the end of the blog post if you don't want to look at the photos.)

Then, recently, she got her matrimonial home renovated and, again, she had so many sponsors!

See:
http://xiaxue.blogspot.sg/2013/03/home-decor-part-1-living-room-and.html
(Again, scroll to the end of the blog post and you will see what I mean.)

Pretty amazing!

I think part of Xiaxue's success stems from not being a finance blogger in Singapore. Hahaha... I am only half kidding. Want to have more financial rewards as a blogger? Don't do what I do!

If you don't believe what I just said, you just have to search for blog awards in Singapore and there are quite a few annual events out there but you will never find a category at these awards that says "Best Investment/Personal Finance Blog".

Sobering for some.

Related posts:
1. A couple of thoughts.
2. Request for sponsorship.

12 comments:

seefei said...

i see a good fit between you and xiaxue, value wise. investing needs to start young...
buy one handphone less and get one lot of starhill and you will be paid 50 for the rest of your life...

AK & xiaxue may look like strange bedfellow but it will be good crossover as both of your deal with people from different demographic... XX followers are the young and fashionable and as they age, crossover to your blog.
I know this is a generalisation but just for the sake of argument.

AK71 said...

Hi seefei,

For a while, I thought you were going to get me in trouble! She is married and she just had a baby too! ;p

OK, I have to admit that never in a million years would I have looked at it the way you did. It just blows my mind!

It is definitely an interesting take. Thank you. :)

Garfield75 said...

Noughty thoughts ....

I follow xiaxue's pics on tumbler daily, I like to see her pics...always colorful....and happy...and the baby is so cute, maybe, if you start posting your photos... U may get a high hit rate! Or maybe you want to start promoting some health products... Then you will start hearing some click click in your cash register;)

AK71 said...

Hi Garfield,

I think Xiaxue has a good head on her shoulders. She knows her rights and she knows how to defend them!

She also knows how to be happy and that is a very important thing to know. :)

Put up some of my photos here and I assure you they will turn people off! hahaha... ;p

As for selling health products here in my blog, I tried once a couple of years ago:
Health supplements AK71 takes.

Didn't sell any. ;p

Garfield75 said...

Haha just read that post....I just remembered the junk food you take...so Gen X ... Those are delicious food for kids then....So I guess u r not good at selling products on your post.

Xiaxue is a smart girl who knows what she wants in life, and lives a carefree life... Which many Singaporeans envy...maybe that is why she is so popular.

AK71 said...

Hi Garfield,

Junk food? I like to think of them as comfort food. ;p

Sigh, if I could monetise my blog more effectively, I could consider blogging full time! That would be nice. :)

FoodieFC said...

oh I am surprised that you read her blog from time to time.

I seldom venture into her blog. I guess success or famous is measured in different ways. can't compare as u are a financial/stockmarket blogger while she is a lifestyle blogger. Not an apple to apple comparision =)

AK71 said...

Hi FoodieFC,

I find her gutsy and very grounded but, at the same time, she is like a little girl. Her heart is also in the right place. :)

Later, I think I will Google "Singapore Investment Blogs" and see which sites are on the first page, just for fun. ;p

Jay said...

AK: Maybe instead of Grohe and Electrolux you can have AAREIT, Sabana, MarcoPolo, Cache and all the others paying you a commission for making these counters more known.. (giving you some extra units maybe?)

Thanks for writing these blogs! I love them exactly because I know it's your true opinion and now some 'sponsored' view.. ;-)

Jay

AK71 said...

Hi Jay,

Hahaha... You mean "not" some sponsored view. I have to correct this typo as it is quite important. ;)

Anyway, I am not qualified and neither do I have the reach for any REIT to be interested enough to contact me. The local brokerages would crush me like a cockcroach. ;p

Jay said...

oops, sorry, typo again... ;-)

Of course, you might get those brokers to sponsor you maybe...

AK71 said...

Hi Jay,

Hahaha.. OK, I guess I can always dream. ;p

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