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One Year On…

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I launched and started updating Stickboy Bangkok back in October 2013 with just a handful of news stories and galleries each week that brought around a thousand monthly pageviews. I didn’t promote the site in any way at that stage as my thinking was to build up content ahead of taking it full time in the new year. For reasons I can’t remember that was delayed by three months and I eventually set to work full time in the first week of April 2014.

A year on and the site continues to grow in both the amount of content added and visitor numbers. A weekly average of 70 updates across numerous categories and last week seen it surpass 100k pageviews in a week for the first time.

Everything takes time and I’m pretty pleased with the progress the site has made in 12 months. And most importantly, I’ve had a blast doing it despite it completely taking over my life. I’d say I spend about 15 hours a day on it, most of which is me parked in front of my screens despite most people thinking I’m out whoring and touring 7 nights a week. If only 555+. Yeah, there’s the out and about aspect of the job but in reality that accounts for just a fraction of the time.

Having stories syndicated on ThaiVisa for 4 months helped greatly in terms of site exposure, not so much in boosting numbers which is why I decided a couple of weeks ago to pull the plug on the arrangement. Deals of that sort must be balanced in benefiting both sides. It was my feeling the scales were tipped too heavily in ThaiVisa’s favour and despite a lot of back and forth we just couldn’t hammer out a deal agreeable to us both.

Social media has also played a huge part in the growth thanks to well known guys like Ajarn Phil and Dave The Rave, to name just two of many, who regularly share my updates.

The other surprising accomplishment, if you can call it that, is quite a few stories being picked up by well known news outlets across Europe with mentions in numerous tabloids from the UK, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and a handful of others I can’t recall. I say accomplishment because as everyone who reads this site knows only too well I’m definitely no writer. Something that a guy like Bob James from the Bangkok Post will hammer out in ten minutes takes me an hour and even then it’s usually all over the place. it is what it is and for me getting the facts right is more important. Getting something wrong pisses me off no end. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often and when it does I always add an update to the article correcting any errors. So to all those who question my writing skills and enjoy a chuckle at my expense, carry on because I know myself and I’m certainly not trying to do or be something I’m not. My aim is purely to share what I see or know that might not otherwise be covered.

So where to next for Stickboy Bangkok?

A few things, such as the The Big Bangkok Breakfast Show, have been delayed. The radio plan will go ahead as it’s something I want to do but due to a large sponsor pulling out for reasons unknown just as the deal was set to be signed means it going live is on hold for the time being.

I’ve ended up dipping into my savings to the tune of around £7k (ish) to keep myself afloat in the past 12 months as advertisers are few and far between. Currently the website makes around 13k baht a month which considering the hours I put in is piss poor but the site is still new and not widely known and the niche is very competitive with older more established, higher trafficked sites pulling the advertisers baht which I’d do myself in their shoes.

This of course has me thinking when is it time to turn my attention to something more profitable. Spending 15 hours a day scanning for stories and creating content is fun, hours plugging away on social media is a laugh too, however, there comes a point when it actually has to start paying some bills.

And so the burning question I’m asking myself every day of late is when is it time to say enough is enough? I have a long term advertiser who took a six month deal and that must be honoured so I won’t be disappearing into the dark and not showing up one morning.

The most likely outcome is I will get a “real job” and just update Stickboy on a part time basis but as yet I haven’t made any concrete decision and will keep plugging away for the next month with my updates and bullshit. All I will say is it can’t go on forever the way it is no matter how much I love doing it.

To wind up here I’d like to say a BIG thanks to everyone who stops by the site to read my updates or check out the chick pics. All the followers on social media whose timelines and news feeds I flood with updates everyday and not to be forgotten are the handful of managers and bosses who keep me in the loop. Final thanks go to the guys who have put their hard earned cash my way for ads. ขอบคุณมากทุกคน

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

July 1st was the day many owners and customers had been waiting for since the middle of March when entertainment and nightlife were allowed to resume.

My plan was to visit all three bar areas to see what was going on and share it here on the website and do a few updates on social media.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry as the saying goes and that’s exactly what happened. My whistle-stop tour became an adventure in Nana Plaza and boy, did we have ourselves a grand old time.

With some bars deciding to wait until after the long weekend with 2 dry days we had ourselves a list of 9 bars to visit and we kicked things off in Morning Night.

As we progressed through the outside beer bars to Stumble Inn, Big Dogs and K&S our entourage started rapidly growing in numbers.

There were lots of happy smiling faces in each of the four beer bars we visited and a decent amount of customers around too.

Time to venture inside Nana Plaza where you are asked to check-in via the Thai Chana app or alternatively sign in with your name, time and mobile number, at the entrance. Masks are required and once you’ve had your temperature taken and offered hand sanitizer you’re good to go in less than 30 seconds.

First up was Spanky’s for me while some of the guys opted to check out Twister BKK.

As you would expect, the middle floor house of fun was crushing it. Spanky’s was rocking and almost full when I popped in. Happy days.

My aim was to make sure we visited every bar that was open so it was a quick drink and a catch-up with all the usual suspects on and off the stage before moving on.

Next stop for us was Rainbow 4 where we planned to meet with the boys who headed to Twister BKK. In we go and ask where’s the bell…. “mai mee”. Huh? You haven’t got a bell?

We ordered a round and a few moments later a bell appeared. Ding, ding, ding.

Lots of cuties to keep me busy but to be fair, it wouldn’t have been difficult to spot some eye candy as the owners had filled the bar with at least 100 dancers.

It was the same story in both Rainbow 5 and 2 plus Twister BKK. All those bars had no fewer than 100 girls dancing. That’s a lot of chrome pole crumpet to choose from.

The man who appeared with the bell in Rainbow 4 was on the ball and accompanied us to Rainbow 5, formerly Twister Bar, before we all moved downstairs to Rainbow 2 which was heaving with dancing dollybirds. I fell in love at least 5 times in the hour we were there.

One for the road in Twister BKK which I missed on the first visit and damn, it was like Hotties R Us.

It’s too easy for me to get in trouble. I’m weak but there was no monkey business for old Stick last night.

It was burgers and bed after a great night out with the boys.

Hats off to all the bar owners who jumped in on the first day of opening who made a fine effort. As the week goes on more bars will be opening giving you even more choice and by the middle of next week, the whole Plaza will be open again.

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It’s Not A Race

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The race to be number one is as old as man but in modern times, in a fast-paced world of news and social media things are at an all-new high when it comes to being “first”.

Sure, it feels great to be first with a scoop but it can come at a cost as most news outlets and reporters have come to learn in recent months with COVID-19 coverage.

Desperation to announce the latest coronavirus numbers before anyone else each day became a talking point on Twitter back in March as reporters banged away on their phones and computers as the stats were released.

Mistakes were made almost daily, corrections added later but in truth, not a care was given by any of the guilty parties. All that mattered was they Tweeted the stats first, even when they were wrong with one so-called journalist sharing the previous days numbers that were never corrected. She simply didn’t realise what a cock-up she’d made of it.

Not A Race

In the past few weeks, the same scenario has been repeated with news outlets desperate to be first with booze news and information on easing of restrictions.

I can’t think of one news website who didn’t run the ridiculous story of a two-day amnesty to allow people to purchase alcohol when sales were banned.

The story first appeared on Khaosod Online who sourced the story from who knows where and every man and his dog were all over it like a rash taking what had been published as fact and re-wrote the fairytale.

Did any of them bother to do a bit of research such place a couple of calls to ask a few questions to shed any light on the story, or anything else that might have enlightened them that the whole thing was a farce from the start? Of course they didn’t.

It was just too good not to publish as it was the #1 story of the day that turned out to be complete and utter nonsense.

Over and over again I have been told that I’m not sharing enough news on what is going on right now. I beg to differ.

The updates I have shared have been factual and accurate. Yes, I’ve sat back while others churn out clickbait crap as I don’t want to be part of that party.

Big news outlets get a pass when they share inaccurate stories, just look at the Bangkok Post – you all still read it and believe everything they publish despite dozens of misleading and inaccurate articles over the past 3 months.

If I was to do the same and publish something that turned out to be wrong, nobody would ever believe another word I said. I don’t have a gold “Get Out Of Fake News Jail Free” card.

And to be honest, that’s just the way I like it. Stickboy traffic and stats are great, I don’t need or want to be part of the clickbait crowd. I will continue to share news stories and information that I think will be of interest when the time is right.

It’s not a race, well, at least not for me.

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A Legit Question

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A Twitter follower has a legit question – What is the point of leaving a seat vacant when other people who are standing on the BTS can literally smell each other’s armpits?

This very topic came up in conversation the other day with me and a few friends who pointed out that everyone on the BTS wore a mask and it couldn’t be compared to sitting in a pub or a restaurant.

As you might expect, I disagreed.

A Legit Question

Sure, while waiting on the train stood on the platform everyone is spaced out 1m apart… most of the time. And yes, everyone is wearing a mask but once inside the carriages during rush hour people are touching each other. Isn’t that the main way this coronavirus spreads?

By comparison, if you were sat in a pub or restaurant you’d be sat apart, no touching, no nothing. Sure, people wouldn’t be wearing masks but with numbers now so low the chances of catching anything has to be very unlikely.

So squashed together wearing masks is safer than being sat apart without one?

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