The Quality of Pings on PPS Lately

I’ve heard a lot about this lately, a lot of people talking about it, well complaining about it.

And it’s struck me too, the quality of content on PPS has dropped dramatically, I guess it’s inevitable for any kind of unrestricted system, as the volume increases, the quality decreases, the same can be said for music or TV shows or movies even.

Due to this the traffic generated from pinging PPS has also dropped, not that this effects me much as my traffic is about the same if I ping or not.

It also makes me lose faith in the blogosphere, and the quality..where are the good new blogs? Sometimes I read every ping on PPS looking for a new gem, I’ve found a handful decent writers in the past year or so, and even they aren’t consistent. There are some good ones though (Pink Pau, Sabahan and a few others).

Why are the good posts by the same old people from the same old blogs.

Sometimes I feel like my blog is getting lost amongst all the crap, well honestly..perhaps my blog is just part of the crap.

I’ve been meaning to write about it for quite some time, but I never got around to it, it was really prompted after the whole ‘Kahsoon’ thing when a bunch of people started imitating his linkblog style and flooding PPS with crap no one cares about.

There are a bunch of new blogs doing the same thing now (e-globe1, TheTubeVideo, OffBeatEnough etc..).

I mean seriously if I want to see ‘funny’ videos I’ll go to if I wan’t to see stupid pictures and viral emails I’ll go to

All these pseudo pro-bloggers, then there are quite a number that just paste articles from other sites in a hope that they will strike it rich..

Easily spotted as they have more adverts than content..The ‘original’ content is usually misspelt and grammatically incorrect.

Quite a few of these have thankfully died off, obviously the creators weren’t as motivated as they once thought.

Zzz boring all the same loads of pro-blogger kind of blogs alex allied, financially independant

Creating, running and having a successful blog is not as easy as it seems, it takes a lot of work, effort and in some cases technical knowhow.

PPS has also gotten flooded with myspace kinda blogs, journals about irrelevant stuff, no real content, just whinging, whining, emo..

These people have as much right to ping PPS as say Paul Tan or Mack Zulkifli, but really I wish they would realise no one really wants to read their shit, and keep it somewhere else.

I still do use PPS as I don’t have room for everyone on my RSS list, so I check PPS to see if the blogs I like have updated.

I’d really like to see PPS version 2 come out, with the ability to block certain blogs, as some people like to ping 3-4 times a day when really they have nothing to say, they are just making a 1-2 line commentary and posting an entire news article.

Voting like SpyMy might be a good idea too, but well that idea failed as no one in Malaysia is interested in promoting anyone except themselves.

People just submit their own links and move on, they don’t vote nor submit links from others sites or resources…but well that’s another rant for another day.

I’ve kind of lost momentum with blogging lately, most because I haven’t been doing much or eating anything different..

My traffic is at an all time low.

Should I keep blogging? What should I write about? Does anyone even care?

I’ve taken up a new hobby, photography! So pretty much everything has revolved around that, I’m setting up a new site for my pics, tips, photoshop tutorials etc..

Looking for guest writers too.




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53 Responses to The Quality of Pings on PPS Lately

  1. FireAngel July 5, 2006 at 1:45 pm #

    must be emo. 😛

  2. suanie July 5, 2006 at 1:56 pm #


  3. wingz July 5, 2006 at 1:57 pm #

    yea … cant say it any better myself, kinda bored with it all ledi … is this the future of blogging?

  4. WTJ July 5, 2006 at 1:58 pm #

    well.. sometimes the-no-good post you think might be someone’s good.. hehe… btw, it really drops a lot (perhaps i’m contributing the the dropping as well) :p

  5. Kelvin July 5, 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    i’m a pseudo blogger…

  6. Din July 5, 2006 at 2:11 pm #

    heck, the quality of pings are so uninspiring, even I am lazy to blog…

  7. ShadowFox July 5, 2006 at 2:13 pm #

    Change topic.

    Never stick to a particular type of post.

    Go from politics, toys, sex, tech, etc..

  8. Jon July 5, 2006 at 2:18 pm #

    Hopefully, PPS 2.0 has a better system that only allows Malaysian blogs. Also, perhaps they should reject overly advertised blogs or blogs with irrelevant content.

    But I agree with you at every point you’ve made, the quality of pings have decreased.

  9. cynical-idealist July 5, 2006 at 2:27 pm #

    And also overseas Malaysian blogs. It would be sad if people like us got left out.

  10. Peter July 5, 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    Ho hum.

  11. Giant Sotong July 5, 2006 at 3:08 pm #

    Hear hear.

    Let’s not forget the auto-ping floods.

  12. boringest July 5, 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    i think ppl are afraid/feel unqualified to vote that’s why voting never really took off.

    will be looking forward to your photography blog then =)

  13. KY July 5, 2006 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m really sick at ppl who pings 3-4 times a day, mumbling about everything that nobody cares.

  14. jr July 5, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    maybe you could start a photography blog

  15. mrs jeff buckley July 5, 2006 at 5:00 pm #

    emo is the in =P

  16. suanie July 5, 2006 at 5:33 pm #

    do you care about me, ky?

  17. James July 5, 2006 at 6:10 pm #

    A photo blog would be great. Those digital SLR cameras can make a hard drive look awefully small. I think they shoot in RAW format too and then you don’t need floppy disks for saving the pictures. It’d be like looking at photos through a microscope. 🙂

  18. spiller July 5, 2006 at 6:20 pm #


  19. thesithari July 5, 2006 at 6:33 pm #

    Speak thee of deserting the Sphere, young Jedi. Jaded, you say you have become. While some wisdom in your observation there is, a Jedi Knight you are. The younglings need you, for who else would there be to defend them from the revival of the Sith and the coming of the Dark Lord ?

    The Dark Lord of the Sith feeds on disharmony and is pleased.

  20. Colbor July 5, 2006 at 6:35 pm #

    Photo blog is a great idea…. you do not have to read anything !

  21. Adam July 5, 2006 at 6:52 pm #

    Some are good and a lot are bad. That’s the internet for you.

  22. decypher July 5, 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    you need decaf.

  23. meekiee July 5, 2006 at 8:46 pm #

    solly if u are disturbed by my posts flooding pps lastnight as i did not realise i had a trackback while updating all the broken links….didn’t mean it.

  24. Jee July 5, 2006 at 10:22 pm #

    I don’t really mind the content as long as it’s original.. blog is supposed to be personal and original imo.

    I really have bad feelings about some blogs flooding PPS in particular those with all those CnP YouTube videos as you mentioned, that’s close to spamming perhaps.

  25. eyeris July 5, 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    yeah. haven’t found any new blogs worth reading lately. boring, the blogosphere has become.

  26. DLT2 July 5, 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    Exactly. The quality of pings in PPS ain’t as good as it should be. People are just pinging pointless entries all over the place. Really kills the blogosphere quality. I’m not using PPS like how I’m using it before >_

  27. lionel July 6, 2006 at 12:42 am #

    I know at least one blogger ready to follow Mack’s footsteps, because of the dulling blogsfera. I think Mack’s departure alone brought down the sum quality by a lot.

  28. alicia July 6, 2006 at 9:20 am #

    no idea on the recent blogging thingy.. but i think there r still alot of good bloggers out there..

    the idea of photoblogging is a cool idea.. can get visitors like me (a noob in photoshooting)

  29. terry July 6, 2006 at 9:37 am #

    you blog cuz you wanna record, maybe sometimes not that important to have readers or have public interest. Due to the fact you surely gotten news somewhere or done sometime others have done.

    well, keep recording and ur son might just see how great a tiger can be 🙂

  30. Hijackqueen July 6, 2006 at 9:39 am #

    Most of the PPS ping blogger is good at cut-and-paste technic.

  31. michaelooi July 6, 2006 at 9:40 am #

    hey, let’s co-host a photoblog site like pps.

  32. __earth July 6, 2006 at 11:11 am #

    Hey, no pinging twice! (but I’m guilty of it too =p)

  33. ~TheAngel~ July 6, 2006 at 11:30 am #

    Hmm, I guess you don’t blog just because of traffic right? I’m sure whenever anyone start to blog, it takes them some time before anyone know about it & ever care to come back for second view…

    Well, anyway, it’s still depend on yourself, if you already lost interest in blogging…

    @ My LIFE Story

  34. Matthew July 6, 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    Never Stop Blogging, all my contents are original, no pasar malam style posts

  35. v0ices July 6, 2006 at 1:02 pm #

    3rd Paragraph. I believe you mean something Affects you. Or something causes an effect.

    It was kinda funny when after reading that para, and then there you wrote bout sites with misspelt content and incorrect grammar. I know typos are common, but it just struck me as funny.

  36. Danny Foo July 6, 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    Everyone speaks of PPS 2.0, but will it really be a 2.0 or just a version 2?

    Will PPS remain as a place for any new writers to try and fight their way in discovering stardom or will more of the blogs with actual content start leaving PPS for its loss in sight towards actually bettering the local blogosphere.

    Besides, the PPS blog itself is more than dormant and what news has there been its hard to say because it isn’t announced in PPS itself.

    Oh, let’s just create our own PPS 2.0. I’m sure we can do a better job somehow. 😛


  37. Guan July 6, 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    Hey, I read your blog and find many of the topics you write about very interesting and useful. Your trip to Angkor series was excellent and I enjoy your food critiques.

    Perhaps you can blog more about how you use that impressive DSLR. Tips on how to take good pics would be very helpful to a newb like me.

    Keep up the good writing!

  38. Jayelle July 6, 2006 at 3:33 pm #

    matthew: eh, what pasar malam style type of posts? I did some posts about my trips to the pasar malam. 🙁 Is that kinda shit boring?

    As for me I think as long as they want to talk about what they are going through (diary blogging style) then thbat’s good because it’s personal.

    THen we have those commentaries and opinions(ie. your blog, st) which are the more intellectual voices in the blogosphere.

    the only bad apples amidst the pings are the CnP and bloggers who don’t know how to split their posts into paragraphs.

  39. aw July 6, 2006 at 3:43 pm #

    SpyMy sucks because the only shite that gets voted is sex videos of Tammy. The site overly (and TACKILY) promoted that crap in other people’s blogs, even putting a link right on the front page “Download Tammy videos here!”. Result – credibility out the wiiiindow.

  40. lingghezhi July 6, 2006 at 5:32 pm #

    there’s digg.. but blogs don’t get very good votes i think. PLus it’sgotta be tech related. Which leaves malaysian bloggers with PPS. I still wonder how active Spymy is..


  41. kenJJ July 6, 2006 at 6:34 pm #

    Hey dude. I strongly support you to build your own photoblog since you got that D70. Photoblogsphere is still not common here in Malaysia, but it’ll be great if the number increases on that. Maybe your inclusion in photoblog perhaps, will bring lots of influence to the photoblogsphere in Malaysia. 😀

  42. bodicea July 7, 2006 at 3:21 am #

    My new blog’s up and running. Have a good read now. 🙂

    Btw, not all emo blogs suck. I think it depends on the presentation…the writer. As usual.

    I feel your angst about lousy blogs on the run. Whenever I come across one of them, I wonder why some people force themselves through the pain of writing/typing at all, just to get their content (or lack thereof) bitched about in return.

    I made a faux paux. Didn’t realize the unwritten 7-mins-per-post rule in PPS. Hope they don’t delete all my pings because of that flooding mistake. :/


  43. umeranyth July 7, 2006 at 10:36 am #

    alot of people have this habit of churning news into blogposts which really vexes me. i don’t think the quality of posts should matter on blogtal like PPS; it is, in essence, an indicator of malaysian writing in general (though that’s biased, seeing as a good majority of malaysians don’t blog).

    PPS is a reflection of malaysians blogs in general. imho, i think we’re just average, save for a good few blogs here and there. some of the best malaysian blogs don’t even ping PPS. the level isn’t sliding, it’s just that there are more blah bloggers obssessed with getting hits just ping PPS. the end.

  44. mob1900 July 7, 2006 at 9:10 pm #

    Being in PPS doesn’t make us moderators and the content’s quality doesn’t need justification to be there. That’s what I like about PPS, it doesn’t judge but of course if there’s extreme violation in spamming, we bloggers would have intervene someway or somehow within our boundaries. It’s democracy in action with a little dose of commercialism.

  45. vincent July 7, 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    Simple explaination. Quality went down because I stopped pinging. Durrr..

  46. Ruth August 4, 2006 at 8:14 pm #

    I have to wonder though, what exactly is the quality of a good blog. Aren’t most blogs about “journals about irrelevant stuff, no real content, just whinging, whining, emo..” 😉 So what is a good blog?

    I do agree, however, that well written ones are few and far in between. I don’t know, I’m just particular about not blogging in manglish. (Heh)

    There are far too many personal blogs on PPS (but I think there will always be this case) but not many blogs that are topical blogs like on fitness (, finance (Argh, forgot his URL), spiritual (well, mine is sorta pseudo-religion-personal).

    Say, is anyone interested in creating a Carnival? A Carnival is where bloggers send in their links based on a certain topic/theme. The set of links will then be hosted on a particular blog.

    For example, I participate in the Christian Carnival where they blog about Christian stuff. Ocassionally, I try to join other blogs like Carnival of Dogs (pet lovers!) or Carnival of Finance.

    Carnivals are a good way to narrow down your reading selection, and also to sieve out all those ‘lazy’ blogs.

    I notice that there aren’t any Malaysian Carnivals out there. Maybe we should create one?? 🙂

    I’ve always wanted to create one, but I have no idea how to publicise it … not to mention I’m SUPER busy to manage it.

    Oh well, just a suggestion.

  47. stev September 6, 2006 at 7:30 am #

    well… blogging is itself a journal at times

    does PPS state explicitly on personal thoughts/blogs (besides the obvious spam/ad-pseudo blogs)?

    PPS has gained popularity. and such is the effects of being more well-known imho.

    still PPS has at times its (rare) gems. personally browse it once a while to see what might be interesting. The title of a post is often a dead giveaway


    ps. glhf w/ the photography

  48. Aizuddin Danian December 13, 2006 at 7:40 am #

    PPS is alive and strong, almost has a life of its own now. I find it very interesting as a social experiment actually.

    As you notice, my presence there is hardly ever felt any more, for good reason: i’m hardly ever there (though i browse it once a day or so).

    But its hits and page views are higher now than ever before, on growth rate of 5% per month. Nothing spectacular, to be sure, but it grows. More members sign up, more pings incoming, etc.

    No matter what happens to PPS now and in the future (PPS 2.0 will come someday, i suppose), i don’t think anyone can begrudge its success. Its done what it was meant to do, and done it quite well. I don’t think anyone can ask anything more of an app that lives on the Internet, especially one that has lived a good 3 years (and still kicking!).

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