Sunday, April 05, 2009


Wow, I feel like I've been slapped in the face.

I got this email the other day regarding the submission of my a malaysian abroad site to a Malaysia-based blogger's directory:

Dear lynne Naranek,

We are sorry to inform you that we could not approve your blog listed below to [yaddayaddayadda].com.

Blog Title: a malaysian abroad
Blog Owner: lynne Naranek
Blog URL:

This could be but not always true due to the following reasons:

* Too new, less than 5 posts.
* Inactive blog, no update.
* Incomplete submission.
* Submitted link is not a Blog.
* Not a Malaysia Blog (we are [yaddayaddayadda].com).
* Blog contains material that is illegal under Malaysia government law.
* SPAM / Website contents are plagiarism from other websites.

If you think your submission doesn't violate any of the above, please contact us at by replying to this email and we will reconsider your blog submission again.

Thank you!
Yours sincerely,
Dr. [blah blah blah]


Let's take a closer look at the list of "not always true possible reasons", shall we?

* Too new, less than 5 posts.
... ummm, no.... I have over one hundred posts there!

* Inactive blog, no update.
... see above - that's over one hundred posts and counting!

* Incomplete submission.
... I believe I filled up everything that was asked for, I am usually good about things like that...

* Submitted link is not a Blog.
... ummm, yes it IS a blog

* Not a Malaysia Blog (we are [yaddayaddayadda].com).
... I'm a Malaysian writing about being a Malaysian abroad, what more do you want? I think that's more a "Malaysia Blog" than a few blogs I see in the Travel category I applied for: there many generic travel blogs that might have one article about Malaysia buried in there somewhere - so THOSE are "Malaysia Blogs" and mine isn't?

* Blog contains material that is illegal under Malaysia government law.
... LMAO I make it a point not to discuss politics or take digs at the Malaysian government over there, and I really don't think anything I've said in the over 100 posts has been "illegal under Malaysia government law" in any way!

* SPAM / Website contents are plagiarism from other websites.
... certainly not a spam website, and all content there is original content produced by me for, thank you very much!

... ... so yes, I could write in ask the powers that be to please reconsider ... but I really don't see why I would have been rejected in the first place?!!! So my pride is in major reactive mode right now. Heck, I've been stewing about this for two days.

Rabble rabble rabble.

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  1. Yeah...It's kinda rubbish.
    They must have made a mistake.
    You should enquire about it and resend your application. It happened to me before somewhere I can't remember and when I asked, they apologised saying it was a mistake..

    Good luck! :)

  2. I wonder if it was an automated response. Because it really doesn't make any sense!

  3. why wld u want to be a member of a lousy provider anyway? If it is so good and up to date then this should not have happened.

  4. Hai Lynne, I think I know which website is that and I think they made a mistake. It is just a listing after all and the only thing I ever get from them is a badge... Try bloggerunited in which the people there is friendlier...

  5. Cashmere: I might resubmit, if my pricked pride allows me :p

    Kim: Good question. It's certainly a form/standard response, but I think an idiot human took a look at my blog and decided they didn't like it. For whatever reason that isn't obvious form the list.

    Anon: Certainly didn't know it was "lousy" until this came up. I figure whoring out my "abroad" site to a few directories won't hurt - always a chance of attracting random curious visitors...

    Lina: thanks :)

    Eden: I'm very tempted!

    Kruel74: Thanks for the tip - I'll go check them out now :)

  6. I think these rejections are not personal, but scary. We take things for granted, that we are free to express our ideas. Recently in the blogging world there has been a dispute between and entrecard...and from some of the blogs I read, there was an attempt at controling a blogger's content. We take blogging for granted. It is something precious we need to defent.

  7. ..they dont know what they are missing..i tend to agree with may be an auto response..lazy bums..hehehe


  8. I was rejected as well. Maybe they think I am less of a Malaysian because I live abroad. Huh.


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