Following in the footsteps of @apm, I too have just reached a personal milestone on Cake: 10 featured Conversations! I don't start Conversations with the aim of getting them featured, I often just write whatever I feel like, but it's cool to have started Conversations which are considered good enough to be featured on this great platform. So I just wanted to look back at my 10 featured Conversations and share some behind-the-scenes thoughts I have about them. Going to do this in a "Top 10" manner instead of chronologically, ending with my favourite featured Conversation thus far.
10. Facebook can always spark great discussions
My latest featured Conversation comes in at number 10. I like to write about technology news, and Facebook losing 15 million users is big news which I wanted to share. However, I didn't want to just share the news, I wanted to initiate a conversation (which is why we have "Conversations" on Cake in the first place). So I asked what your "relationship status" is with Facebook (a cheeky reference to the platform's feature), and the conversation that ensued was great. I'm fairly certain the reason this Conversation got featured was because of the discussion and not my initial post, so if you ask me, the credit for this Conversation goes to everyone who contributed 👏
9. Social media isn't all doom and gloom
Despite the fact that pretty much everybody is using social media, whenever "social media" itself is the topic of discussion, it's usually painted in a negative light. Which is why I wanted to share two stories of how social media was used to help bring people together. Two BFFs found each other after 12 years, and a daughter found her biological mother after 22 years apart. When used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool for good.
8. Malaysians love their food
It's not everyday Google celebrates something Malaysian in its doodle. So when Google celebrated Nasi Lemak, I just had to share it on Cake. Malaysians love their food. So much so we always end up arguing with our neighbours from Singapore and Indonesia when it comes to who has the best food or where a particular dish originated from. There's no denying where Nasi Lemak came from now 🤣
7. I love movies..
Which is why I really enjoyed writing this compilation of mini-reviews of my favourite movies from last year. You can bet I'll be writing the 2019 version of this post when the time comes.
6. ..and I've found a new appreciation for music
I've always enjoyed listening to music, but ever since I got a pair of good quality wireless earphones, I've been listening to music a lot more, and enjoying it a lot more too. While I still believe that phone makers should give users the option to use either wired or wireless earphones, I'm fully invested in wireless earphones from now on.
5. My first featured Conversation
I never would've thought that simply sharing feedback would lead to my first featured Conversation. It was a great feeling, getting featured for the first time, which is why this post makes my top 5. This would be the perfect opportunity to ping @Chris again to remind him of some of these suggestions 😉
4. Technology is probably my most contributed-to topic
Many of my posts are about technology (mostly mobile technology). In fact, just looking at this list of featured Conversations, you'll see that more than half of them are about some form of technology. I don't just love to use technology, I like to share what I know about technology with others as well. I'm always suggesting apps to friends and families, helping them choose a new smartphone, I even recommended a laptop to somebody a few months ago. So expect many more Conversations about technology from me moving forward.
3. Sharing my passion for writing
I initially wanted to write about why I loved writing, but decided to switch my approach and shared some tips on how to get into the habit of writing instead. I also didn't plan on utilising the "5W+1H" concept, but halfway through writing I realised that my points fit perfectly with it, so I decided to go all in. Hopefully some readers were motivated by my post and decided to try out writing for themselves.
2. My current favourite smartphone maker
OnePlus took the smartphone world by storm and over the last few years has grown into one of the best smartphone makers in the industry, so I decided to share the company's ups and downs in this Conversation. It took me maybe a week to write and a lot of research to make sure I got all the facts right, but when I completed it, I was extremely pleased with myself. Turned out to be one of the best posts I feel I ever wrote.
1. Technology advancements in Malaysia always excite me
Even before I started writing this I was confident it would be one of my best (if not the best) pieces of writing ever. I had all the points in my head, I actually started "writing" in my head, and I was super excited to actually draft it out. Cashless transactions are thriving in Malaysia, as you can tell by the various competing e-wallets in the country. Some have a stronger foothold in the market than others, but the competition is tight. The best thing is that it's not just big retail chains that are adopting the new technology; hawker stalls, coffee shops, even night markets are enjoying the benefits of cashless transactions. I can go certain days without ever needing cash, and I look forward to a future in Malaysia when cash becomes the secondary mode of payment.
It's great to know that my writing is enjoyed by others. I look forward to writing a lot more on Cake and initiating some riveting discussions with the incredible community here.