2017 Borneo Jazz Festival : A Glimpse Behind My Coverage
Excerpted from Sarawak Bloggers official website,
Sarawak Bloggers Society (Reg. no: PPM-013-13-04092012) is a registered social media association with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia (ROS) since 2012. It has active members Sarawak-wide, with dedicated representation in both Kuching, Samarahan and Miri.
In Miri, I’ve been the focal person for Sarawak Bloggers with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB). Been doing the coordinating, facilitating, briefing, whatever shit for the last seven years and I think I’ll be still doing it for as long as it takes. Unless I step down from my current position in Sarawak Bloggers. ;p
I’ll scrutinize their resume (blog dak nya la maksud aku tok. nei alah2 ngaku blogger tapi blog post baru sigik duak kakya meroyan sik tentu pasal. blogger sengapak!), identifying their level of writing skills, their level of expressiveness and their activeness in blogging before making the decision to include them in the team. From there, I would initiate for a mini gathering just to get to know the bloggers in person. Here, I offer them an information sharing platform where the senior bloggers (those ever covered the event before) would guide the junior blogger (1st timer), the do’s and the dont’s in covering the event. At the same time, I get to see their personality and their level of commitment too. All in the name of establishing good bonding among the bloggers and producing quality writings. Quality over quantity yo!
However, not everyone are on my boat hence the wind of negativity spreads. I’m the kind of person that really appreciate constructive feedback but it does get into my nerve at time when baseless negative feedback are thrown at me. I was seen as bias! (aiieee kan meroyan dah aku)
Media Briefing & Press Conferences
It is like an annual ritual for the media group. This is a platform that provides information updates, wrist tag collection, meal coupon collection, program schedule updates, press conferences, photos updates and interview sessions with the jazz performers. STB was kind enough to provide such facilities to the media for their conveniences to produce latest news for their media outlets . The media centre is equipped with high speed internet connection of computers and we the bloggers would sometime do our blog updates here or get our gadgets charging prior to any of the ground coverage.
This is also where you get to meet and build new network with some International printed media, local printed media, Miri based printed media, bloggers and social media influencers (vlogger, instagrammer, youtuber, mc hammer-naaaa just kidding, coz it rhyme bah!). They’re just like colonies of bees swarming on flowers (aiieee meroyan agik aku!).
Work Hard, Play Hard
My rule of thumb in covering an event is to embrace and enjoy the moment to the fullest BUT you must also DELIVER with quality by the end of the day. Usually, we would start to hype the event few days prior to the actual date based on provided information by STB. During the festival, I/we would disseminate live updates via Twitter, images on Instagram, information sharing or blog updates on Sarawak Bloggers official FaceBook page or on respective blogger’s FaceBook page. Blog post usually updated few days after the end of the jazz festival. When I first started back then, I usually updates my blog post on a daily basis. Nowadays, I’ve tone it down by updating my blog after the event ends instead. (biyol palak mikir apa mok ditulis ehh. bukan nya ikot ati suk ko ajak.)
People/Client have high expectation on any engagement therefore you have to step up your game and deliver it in a timely manner. That same principle apply to the bloggers that I get to team up (kau ingat kedak beli sayur setompok kat tamu? Cali juak kau! – Mirian standard of local Malay dialect).
As a blogger, I love what I’m doing. For now, blogging is for leisure (with commitment and being consistent) but gradually I know for sure, it will lead me to another stage of the blogosphere. It is just a matter of time. I am learning along the way and still is. I’m also aware that along this journey, there are haters. In life, you can’t never please anyone (including my parent) so I’m taking things one at a time wisely. As long as I’m on the right track, I know I’ll be fine.
Thank you for your time reading this. Thank you for the support (I know you’re reading this based on my statistic) and if you enjoy reading the post, do show/share me your love under the ‘Comment’ section (mejal aieee).
Have a nice day ahead people. 😉