Cambodian Weblogs in the Spotlight

When it comes to quality, expatriate s’ Weblogs are unbeatable. And to learn what's going on around town and in the country, locals’ Weblogs are noteworthy. It is all about what Webloggers must learn to come up with things to give the world a good read. However, they also learn
some issues, from plagiarism to copyright.

When a number of Webloggers focus on specific topics and issues, the others write about anything that touches their hearts, from issues in their own backyard to their personal lifestyle. What's the difference between Weblogs of local people and the expatriats? Everyone is a
storyteller, news commentator or opinion columnist. They are all digital citizens in this digital age. Let's selectively explore and experience the Cambodian Weblog community.

Cambodian-American Webloggers
Phatry, a news reporter for the Phnom Penh Post, one of the leading English language newspapers in town, is also Weblog author, “,607,069.fists.” His Weblog posts, not so very different from his published news articles, gives readers clarity and worthwhile stories to enjoy. He is also an affiliate member of the Khmer Connection, a Cambodian Community's Web site; the Killing Fields museum in the U.S.; the University of Washington; and more. And Rod Kov is proud to be Cambodian-born citizen. He writes about his life in the United States, and occasionally reflects his views about Cambodia. In response to a debatable discussion on Khmer-American identity, he wrote “I officially decided to change the title of my blog to My Khmerican Corner to appropriately describe me, I think.”

Students in foreign countries
The famous slogan of Nike says, “Just Do It.” But a Cambodian student in Australia, who mostly posts his new photos, titles his Weblog, “Just Shoot It.” In one of his last posts he lets his visitors know that, like everyone in Cambodia, his family members also embrace mobile phones the way that people in developed countries do. In South Korea, young and mature Leakhina, currently pursuing a higher education there, created her online journal to share what's going on in life outside her home country with her family and friends. It seems it is another express way to send letters home or even interactively communicate with her friends. Going further to Europe, Sopheap studies public health in Norway. Like anyone else away from home, he has his own online journal, too. He started blogging in late 2005, talks about his specialized field, comments on Cambodia-related news, and finds it cool to get comments from his visitors.

Weblog by expatriates
Since 2002, ‘webbed feet‘ is likely the first ever blog setup by an expat living in Cambodia. He first started in Siem Reap, the top tourism destination, when Internet connections were expensive and extremely slow. Now, working in Phnom Penh, he muses about almost anything, from local to international issues. Sweet Cucumber, named after the the street where this resident located, Mr. Guy is yet one of the most prolific Cambodia webloggers. Lately he has arrived in town again after several months away. But, his first week this time is likely not a good sign, as he wrote “It seems that my first week in Cambo is riddled with bad luck.” Apart from lively commentary from his readers, he also offers a selection of beautiful photos taken since 2004. One of the big new things in town Food blog, went live in late 2005. This topical food weblog attracts fair attention from expats. The content is all about what to eat and where to go. Mythicaldude: Everyone in town loves to steal his photos. As written in his profile, he claims he is just another amazing human being. Currently living in Phnom Penh, his weblog represents another source about Cambodian life in the eyes of a foreigner.


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