An award unlike others
Malaysia Website Awards 2017 was held on the 27th of January 2018. Initially, I did not know about the event but was told to join by one of my readers to just try my luck and submit Kaki Jalans for nominations. After submitting the website, I totally forgot about it until I received an email from Exabytes telling me that my website nomination has been approved. And that was not the end of the story.
How they judge
According to the email that I received, apart from the Public’s Favourite Website Award which is 100% based on the votes by the public, the Site of the Month and Site of the Year Awards in the Malaysia Website Awards 2017 are judged based of five criteria namely design, SEO, accessibility, performance and content. All this criteria will be evaluated by the judges before they choose who will receive the awards during the Malaysia Website Awards 2017.
Kaki Jalans selected as the Site of the Month November 2017
After I received the email telling me that my nomination has been approved, I checked the official Malaysia Website Awards 2017 website and saw Kaki Jalans, listed with other websites but with a banner stating SOTM. I did not understand what that means at the time. Suddenly, a few days later, I received another email telling me that Kaki Jalans was chosen as the Site of the Month (SOTM) for November 2017. I was so shocked to receive the news. At the same time, I was so happy too since it is the best accomplishment that Kaki Jalans has ever received so far.
An award night to be remembered
On the 27th of January 2018, I went to CO3 office in Puchong to receive the award together with my mother, my wife and my sister. It was such an unforgettable evening. The venue was great, the food was awesome and the vibe was so ecstatic. It was such a memorable event for everyone attending. I even got the chance to meet fellow travel blogger Mei Mei Chu of meimeichu.com. She won two awards – the Site of the Month August 2017 as well as the coveted Site of the Year 2017 award.
All in all, it has been such a great journey so far for Kaki Jalans. If you have been following Kaki Jalans, you would know how it was established from scratch in 2016. I lose the old URL due to some problems and it was not easy to regain readership. There were times which I felt like giving up but I keep on moving and writing. I keep on telling myself that writing Kaki Jalans is not just for me, but it is also for all of you.
So, thank you to all the readers for the support all this while. It is not easy to keep on writing without your support. Hopefully, I will keep on sharing my travel journeys to inspire others to go out there. Go on and explore, see the world, experience the journey and share with others. Thank you!
Nominations for the Malaysia Website Awards 2018 is now open. You can submit your website or suggest other websites for nomination here.