Sunday, June 05, 2011
So I was playing around with Blogger the other day and decided to run a poll. I thought to myself I'll be lucky if 50 people vote in 2 weeks, having had low responses to polls in the past on other websites.

I was wondering what Oman-based English newspapers you all read and so decided to ask. I have been amazed that there was 206 votes - thank you to everyone that has voted.

The results show a clear winner - Muscat Daily, taking a massive 65% of the vote (135 votes)

The online news outlets took 2nd place, with 15% of the vote (31 votes)
Times of Oman came next with 10% (21 votes)
Then the Observer, with 4% (10 votes)
And also 4% of you (9 votes) did not read any of the news papers or online outlets!

I will be announcing the winner of the draw for the free tickets to the Who's line is it anyway? comedy night (at 8pm on Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza) on Wednesday morning - so make sure to enter the competition if you fancy winning 2 tickets.

le fin.


andyinoman said...

I know what you mean by the uncertainty of how those polls can work out. Congrats on the successful poll results, Sythe! That's an accomplishment in itself. Muscat Daily kicks butt! (Needless to say, I was one of those 135 votes! :-)

PALOT said...

really?? Muscat Daily?? hihihi
sad, Times of Oman only 21 votes.

The Linoleum Surfer said...

Interesting. I remember going to the launch of "The Week" in about 2002/3 and wondering whether a freely distributed newspaper would ever become big enough to make money in this city. It was a huge success, and Muscat Daily the logical successor. I've got to hand it to APEX for having the courage to go for it. It's really paid off.

The reason must be that these papers are the closest to being proper newspapers, with the occasional actual piece of local news, written by a reporter, who went to find out what was happening! The standard is extremely low, and it's about time someone cared enough to raise it a little. Good for you, Muscat Daily!

One thing that surprises me a little about this poll is how far behind "Times of Oman" is. It seems to be the first choice of the Indian community who make by far the biggest proportion of Oman's English language newspaper readers. I guess this blog hits a different demographic. Oman Observer dropping off the charts is no surprise. Maybe it is odd that the online readership isn't higher, but as the online versions of most of them are basically just RSS feeds, I guess most of us have arrangements for that through our own chosen medium anyway.

I've been pondering for about a week on writing something about how awful the information media are around here...but maybe I will wait to see what depths are plumbed by Dirge FM when they get to their actual launch...wouldn't want to miss such a sitter ;)

hoonin' around on linoleum said...

Linoleum dude... you've been 'pondering for about a week'... good for you. Can't wait to see the thrilling insights you have on the crappy media scene. It might need more than a week of your time to tackle it though.

Sythe, please run a poll on weeklies and monthly mags too.

The Linoleum Surfer said...

Hoonin'....yeah, well it's kind of a soft target isn't it? It feels a little easy, unfair. Like slapping a sheep.

I note that Blogostan now has media sponsorship emerging too. Fair enough, we all have to make a living. But having already abused the sponsor's name on this very blog, maybe I should button my lip, at least here!

Anyway, can't wait for 7am tomorrow...really. It's like the build up to North Korea vs Brazil. You kind of know how it's going to turn out, and yet are torn between wanting the unlikely to happen and not wanting to be wrong...

hoonin' around on linoleum said...

It is great to hear the unbiased views of Andy in Oman. Merge is amaaaaaazing! Incredible! Wow! Holy c... ooops, no, omit the last one.

Anyway, it is also nice to see Andy has some good advertising on his blog at the moment! Wait a moment... it's MERGE advertising!?!?!?!?!

Well, it seems the blogosphere is going to end up just like the rest of the media. Paid to say what they say.

Sythe said...

Hoonin - The jury is out on Merge. Sure, I took their corporate dollar, have you seen the price of a pint in the Al Ghazal lately?

I'm paid to put their banner on the top right corner of my blog, not to write fluff about them, and to be fair, I haven't, I've only shared information!

Anonymous said...

Reading experience from an online version of news paper's depend on a lot of factors.

Muscat Daily has emerged the clear winner.

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