What Happens When You Start Producing Viral Content: Hint You Can’t Stop

The Viral Experiment

“Hey check this out, look how many shares it has reached”

I think I must’ve sent this to the co-writer of Brublahblah (BBB) when our post “Things People Say When They Hear You’re From Brunei” was shared (1700++ shares) beyond expectation. The comments and shares came flooding in.

In 2014, I started the website BBB with a local ThoughtCatalog (TC) writer. I found it amazing that a local writer could reach such a broad audience, their writings have reached thousands on TC to an international audience. I wondered whether it could actually work in a local context.

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Jamit anak Lasah: Teraja Longhouse Head

Jamit anak Lasah: Teraja Longhouse Head

Story by Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Photography by Faiq Airudin

Jamit anak Lasah remembers coming to Teraja when he was only a little boy. His father had brought him along with his other family members as well as friends from Marudi in Sarawak.

As Jamit tried to recall all that happened during the migration, he paused for awhile and sat still. His hooded eyes appeared to be looking into space but it was evident they were looking at scenes of his past, that were replaying in his mind.

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Blogging, with feeling

via @Kurapak  https://www.instagram.com/p/BSq1D9TBbc6/

Last night was my first real hug to my mom when we all greeted her happy birthday at midnight. The previous one when I was still a teenager. I don’t know the feeling but I always wanted to hug my mother. – Ranoadidas http://rano360.com/2017/04/08/a-sons-love/

 

two posts over last week caught my eye. an instagram post by kurapak and a long post by Ranoadidas. it was from two veterans (long serving members) of the blogging community and what interested me was how their individual stories felt anachronistic to the type of content they usually provide.

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content with content?

[this was in my drafts. seems somewhat relevant to publish this now. i feel 2017 is going to be a big year for content creators in brunei]

local content is aplenty.

you can read whatever you like in a glossy mag or on online blogs. the issue now is not “omg why is there no local content out there!?” but “as a content creator how can i get my stuff out there?!”.

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creative industry needs support

so, support in what sense really?

what’s coming up are a summary of my respective reservations and apprehensions with this phrase, in conversation and in the media:

“creative industry needs support”

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Advertising: Women

Looking at the most recent issues of Inspire, BHC and Plus magazine what I found was that females are depicted either as mothers, or in relation to marriage. This selection may seem nit picky but in most cases males were depicted as active and single, while the females are usually placed in a home environment. Can we think of other ways of depicting females? 

Seeds Stuff

In a space of a month a team of volunteers went about putting on an original musical play…from scratch. This is everything, I mean everything from nothing. What costumes should be worn, when the music should start playing, how large a fish prop should be, where the audience should sit…the list goes on.

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Outrage

So, things have been happening this week. One of them, of course, is the growing global media attention against the first phase of the Syariah law.  The Facebook page Boycott Brunei has gained a lot of local attention.

Comments against the page far outnumber any comment which support a boycott of Brunei. Despite this, the number of likes sits at around 700.

The handful of supporters of a boycott, comment in a muddled and confusing way which reflects the sudden media attention Brunei has gotten.

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Teeth

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A contribution by Faiq Airudin

I had braces.

Growing up in the 90’s, there was certain romance to it. Protagonists on Saturday morning TV shows smiled into the camera, teeth glinting with braces. They spoke softly, softened by metal in their mouth. Braces were a ticket to social acceptance; at least that’s what I thought.

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