When Brunei social blogger RanoAdidas celebrated his eight year anniversary last month, it was an event which was well-covered by the mainstream media. It's an indication not only of his popularity as a blogger but also his success in promoting social media in Brunei.
The Brunei Times recognizes the popularity of the blogger whose blog traffic is an average of 5,000 to 6,000 hits per day and 20,000 to 25,000 hits per month
Last month, Brunei's celebrity blogger, hosted his 8th year anniversary in style. He rented out one of the halls at the International Convention Centre and had booths set up for clients and sponsors to partake in the event.
The four day event was launched on Thursday 26 May, 2011, and was packed with performances and contests. Everyday Mr. Rano was giving away vouchers and gifts and balloons for kids and adults alike.
When we think Bruneian Blogger, we think Ranoadidas. And you'd be lying to yourself if you thought otherwise.
Another local Blogger, Nonnie King or known as @kisich on twitter, blogged about one of the highlighted events, The Food Eating Contest, hosted by two local food outlets, @kapowburger and @kitarojapanese.
Ranoadidas has proven that blogging is not only a potential source of income but a viable platform to influence public media as well. He faced many struggles in the past 8 years but he didn't lose his belief about the power of blogging to become an important social empowerment tool in Brunei.
Aside from covering various events sponsored by private and public institutions, he also gets involved in charity whenever he can. He recently partnered with another celebrity blogger Reeda Malik of anakbrunei.com.bn and raised money for a charity event hosted by HSBC.
Earlier this year the two of them were also invited to attend the first ASEAN Bloggers conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Indeed, Ranoadidas’ success is an inspiration to many bloggers in Brunei.