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On this day four years ago, the then Communications and Information Minister Muhammad Nuh opened the first Pesta Blogger at Blitz Megaplex and declared the day National Bloggers Day.
Much has happened since then. The online community grew and grew, Facebook and Twitter made their entry and replaced much of the energy people put into blogging, several of the past Pesta Blogger chairmen went on to become well-known personalities in their own right.
At that event we also struck up a relationship with the US Embassy in Jakarta and this relationship turned into an annual partnership to organize Blogshops – workshops on blogging – in 10 cities each year as a run up to the main Pesta Blogger event, that lasts till this day.
Pesta Blogger also gave rise to a host of other social media events, much like a successful bakso shop will soon find itself surrounded by other bakso shops, and today we see a very vibrant online community. Where will all this lead to? Time will tell, even as we gear up for the 5th Pesta Blogger, which has been retooled as ON|OFF to change with the times, on December 3.
Here’s a blast from the past posting from Unspun on Pesta Blogger 2007 for those who were there and might ant to take a nostalgic trip back in time:
The Blogshop was held at Universitas Negeri Padang and about 50 aspiring bloggers attended. In the evening we had buka puasa with Palanta members as well as the local members of the online communities at a – what else – Padang Restaurant. PB+ Chairperson Irayani Queencyputri and PB 2009 Chairman Iman Brotoseno represented the Steering Committee. Representatives from PB+2010′s main sponsor, the US Embassy and partners dagdigdug were also there.
Padang is the second of 10 cities that will hold Blogshops as a run up to Pesta Blogger+ 2010 on October 30.
Here are some photos from the Blogshop and Mini Pesta Blogger+
Let’s start with the chairperson. As Unspun‘s written before, she’s Irayani Queencyputri, better known in the blogging community as Rara. She’s the first woman to become the chair of Pesta Blogger . She also belongs to a younger generation and has strong ideas of doing things a bit differently from the past. So we shall see some welcome changes to Pesta Blogger that is running into its fourth year this year.
The concept has also had a tweaking. Since 2007 when Pesta Blogegr began the use of social media has increased. So have the platforms. There is now micro-blogging in the form of Twitter, geo-location based services in the form of Foursquare. And of course there is also the seemingly ubiquitous Facebook. There’s also huge communities of onliners such as Kaskus.us.
This year’s Pesta Blogger tries to be more inclusive of these new platforms. Hence Pesta Blogger + or Pesta Blogger Plus.(Yeah, yeah NOT plus plus for those of you with dirty minds).
Then there’s the theme. Each year the steering committee tries to come up with a theme that is relevant for the moment. In 2007, the inaugural year for Pesta Blogger the theme was Suara Baru Indonesia (The New Voice of Indonesia); in 2008 when blogging communities began to emerge and to carry on offline activities it was Blogging for Society and in 2009, after a rather potentially divisive general elections it was One Spirit, One Nation.
This year the theme is Celebrating Diversities to capture the potential synergy that can be harnessed with the greater involvement of bloggers and blogging communities from the regions, as well as virtual blogging communities that have sprung up around particular interests such as fashion, food and other fascinations.
For more about this year’s Pesta Blogger, its younger steering committee and the conversations taking place about how the event should shape up this year go to pestablogger.com.
Change is in the air and this year’s Pesta Blogger will see a woman helping the premier event for bloggers and onliners that wil take place some time in october. This will be the fourth year of Pesta Blogger and the person asked to be the Chairperson is Irayani Queencyputri. A dentist by profession Irayani, better known as Rara, is an active blogger , is active in the Angingmamiri blogging community, and a Tweep as well.
Rara is likely to bring some changes to this year’s Pesta Blogger by making it more inclusive to the various online communities. How is she going to do it? The conversation has begun in the following links:
Ini Dia, Manusia Kursi Pesta Blogger 2010
- Perempuan di Pucuk Pesta Blogger
- Welcome, Chairperson PB 2010
- Menyongsong Pesta Blogger 2010
- Rara dan PB 2010
- Dan Dia Adalah, Rara…
- Kembali Ke Khittah: Mimpi Saya Buat PB 2010
- Pesta Blogger 2010
- The Chairperson
- The Boss of Pesta Blogger 2010
Below is a posting on the official Pesta Blogger Website by Iman Brotoseno the Chairperson for Pesta Blogger 2009:
Ini dia, Manusia Kursi Pesta Blogger 2010
Post by: iman on April 22nd, 2010 in Headline
Dari beberapa polling di twitter dan perbincangan milis, sosok wanita ini menjadi salah kandidat yang paling banyak disebut sebut. Kenapa tidak, dokter gigi Irayani Queencyputri atau yang lebih di kenal sebagai Rara memang bukan orang baru dalam dunia ngeblog. Aktivis komunitas Blogger Anging Mamiri, Makasar ini sudah makan asam garam dalam kegiatan blog.
Entah karena tradisi atau tidak, yang jelas setiap ‘manusia kursi’ demisioner wajib menyampaikan amanah teman teman blogger terhadap kandidat pilihannya. Hingga kemarin saya bertemu empat mata untuk bicara panjang lebar tentang Pesta Blogger 2010.
Rara memang tidak langsung meng-iyakan tawaran ini. Ini tidak salah, sikapnya yang hati hati membuatnya menghitung kalkulasi kemungkinan yang ada. Dia mengakui beban ini tidak ringan. Menjadi ‘ Manusia kursi ‘ Pesta Blogger. Sekali lagi saya meyakinkan bahwa dia tidak sendiri.
Tapi ini tidak terlalu alot. Saya tahu bahwa Rara memiliki mimpi yang sama tentang perkembangan dunia blog di Indonesia. Ia bicara banyak tentang visi dan apa yang diharapakan dari Pesta Blogger. Bahkan ia sangat antusias untuk mengatakan bahwa Blogshop di seluruh kota Indonesia, harus mencapai ujung timur negeri ini seperti Ende, Flores Nusa Tenggara Timur.
Jelas dia punya semangat dan kemampuan.
Mari kita sambut Chairperson Pesta Blogger 2010. Semoga dia bisa mewujudkan Pesta Blogger 2010 yang jauh lebih baik dan bermanfaat dari hajatan tahun tahun sebelumnya. Karena memang tantangan saat ini bukan melulu hanya blog tapi bagaimana juga bisa merangkul media onliner lainnya.
Selamat bekerja Rara !
Hari ganti dan tahun berlalu, tidak terasa setahun lebih saya memangku amanah manusia kursi, Chairman Pesta Blogger 2009. Banyak kenangan , suka dan duka selama kurun waktu itu. Sekaligus waktu yang tersita untuk hajatan yang menjadi agenda nasional. Kini saatnya lengser dan menyerahkan kepada penerus untuk periode tahun 2010.
You gotta laugh at this article (below from PR Weeek) as you no longer wonder why traditional media is on such a steep decline.
To make the claim in the headline that “Malaysia is rapidly becoming he psoter-child for the transformative power of social media” has got to be as preposterous as saying that the Super Corridor is a flaming success because all the tolerance in the country has unleashed vast quantities of creativity among the Malaysian populace and all foreign IT companies are rushing to invest there.
And to make such an inference on so few and paltry successes such as the one that derailed the lobbying for a low-cost terminal seems to be trying to make mountains of molehills.
For a poster boy on the transformative power of social media, PR Week might want to get off its ass, do some real howework and interview real bloggers and other social media users instead. If they di, they would soon learn that there is no stronger condidate for a poster boy than Indonesia.
This is a country where bloggers and social media users, among other things:
- forced Omni International Hospital off its high hospital bed when it tried to sue housewife Prita Mulyasari for daring to complain about their services; but before that raised nearly US$20,000 from the public as a warchest against the hospital
- turned public opinion against the national Police when they tried to fabricate charges against Chandra and Bibit, the commissioners in the nation’s Anti Corruption Agency. The force of the public opinion was so unrelenting that the police dropped all charges
- pushed #indonesiaunite with its message that “we are not afraid”as the top trending topic in Twitter worldwide in the aftermath of the twin bombings of the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott bombings in Jakarta
- got President SBY to rap the Minister of Information Tifatul Sembiring on the knuckles when his ministry tried to get a piece of legislation on multimedia content (known locally as RPM Konten) passed. The law is offensive to onliners as it makes the carrier or provider of the infrastructure, rather than the content generator, liable to prosecution. The onliners mounted such a campaign that the President chided Tifatul who slunked away to tweet another day (Imagine Najib rapping Rais Yatim)
- come together in a big way when it comes time for Pesta Blogger. Last year about 1,500 bloggers from all over Indonesia went to the event, the third annual event of its kind. Pesta Blogger also was preceeded by blogshops (workshops teaching people how to blog) in 10 cities throughout Indonesia (disclosure: Unspun’s company organizes Pesta Blogger)
These are only some examples of how transformative Indonesia has been when it comes to social media. So please, PR Week, do your homework and talk to people who actually know the social media scene before erecting any oster boys.
Focus On…MalaysiaArun Sudhaman, prweek.com, 12 March 2010, 12:10pm
Malaysia is rapidly becoming the poster-child for the transformative power of social media.
Malaysia has endured its fair share of political upheaval during its 47-year history. Recent months, though, have raised eyebrows a notch higher thanks to escalating religious and racial tensions.
That the political stakes have risen so sharply is due in large part to the success of Anwar Ibrahim in galvanising opposition to the ruling Barisian National coalition. In this, Ibrahim has been able to circumvent state-influenced traditional media by appealing directly to an increasingly raucous blogosphere.
Ibrahim’s success has had consequences. He faces a second trial for sodomy, 10 years after he entered prison for a six-year stretch, following a high-profile rift with former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad.
The influence of social media in sparking public opposition cannot be underplayed. In many respects, Malaysia perfectly illustrates the medium’s ability to galvanise change, best illustrated by the election of prominent blogger Jeff Ooi to Parliament in 2008. Ibrahim himself is also an active blogger.
Bloggers are now also turning their attention towards corporates, as Fleishman-Hillard Malaysia GM Ku Kok Peng.
Ku points to a campaign by various socio-political bloggers, led by Sime Darby Watch and Rocky’s Bru, which successfully derailed low-cost airline Air Asia’s plans to lobby for a new carrier terminal some distance away from the capital city’s main airport.