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“No man can become rich himself without enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), Industrialist and Philanthropist.

In 2011, thefourlobes was launched as an initiative to spur writing talents by serving as a platform to display literary works and go with the tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Exploring Perspectives”. The word “phenomenal” wasn’t the right word to describe the response towards thefourlobes that resided at the address https://thefourlobes.wordpress.com but nevertheless, someone noticed us, commented and contributed. To us, these little comments and views are acknowledgements of our efforts, contributions are bonus on the side.

Now, thefourlobes returns with a new season (taking the form of three months from May to July like thefourlobes 2011) branded as “thefourlobes 2012” with a new theme “Reaching Minds, Enriching Lives” that complements the founding tagline. As most of our writers, especially the four founding writers, and readers are now post-SPM examination students, they are now either on their way or already in the next phase of life-the pre-university life. There were differences among the journeys of these people: some of them have gone abroad to continue their studies; some of them obliged and conducted their national service duties; some of them started pre-university studies in local private colleges; some of them killed the vacant time between end of examination and release of examination results by taking up part-time jobs etc.

And we embrace and celebrate those differences. And we believe that through reality tale-telling, we can inspire people to aspire, hence the enrichment of life.

Like last year, thefourlobes would not be a periodical publication, but depends on material availability basis. If we have materials, we would publish it, and if we don’t, then there’s no publication for that day (or week, but we do try our best to produce at least one per week). Our materials would mainly from contributions by invited writers (and hopefully readers as well) but we would source out to online-published articles that are relevant to the thefourlobes’ theme.

thefourlobes wouldn’t go commercialised or having any advertisements on the pages. In other words, all the efforts are in the name of volunteerism.

Last words: Do write in to us at thefourlobes@gmail.com and share your work or story with everyone. And keep the literary passion burning in you!

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No, it’s not the end of the world, yet.

Howdy! Warmest greetings from thefourlobes, the free online publication that went online last May. And speaking of which-May is one month away, which means exactly one month from now, thefourlobes will be celebrating its First (ever) Anniversary!

Let’s recall what happened in our inaugural year of 2011 (known as thefourlobes 2011). We started out as something supplementary (which is still IS now) to our monotonous daily lives, where the idea of setting up thefourlobes was conceived with the publication of 4 articles by 4 people. (Read About thefourlobes at https://thefourlobes.wordpress.com/about/) It was rather well received, considering average online users are either sticking to Facebook, games or 9gag-similar sites. We had contributors sending in works, apart from works from the editors.

Still, we stick to the idea of not having periodical posts, as there are commitment issues to be addressed and resolved in order to implement that. But what we have shaped was this weird period that spans out from May to July (there were no works posted up before May nor after July), which is now considered a season of writing-thefourlobes Season.

This year, we would be fiddling around the same concept-May to July; not periodical; welcoming any works (as long as it is within appropriate range of any elements). And with thefourlobes 2012, a new theme is born: Reaching Minds, Enriching Lives that is parallel to the founding tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Broadening Perspectives”.

And like last year, we will not be setting up advertisements, nor making any profits, nor seeking any fame. Like a volunteer work, it’s the passion and enthusiasm that drives all of us in thefourlobes to write and share to the world. And we are not expecting high volume of viewership nor contributions as the literary scene in Malaysia is not encouraging, and many online users would rather spend time with social networking sites or games than to pen down their thoughts or read up articles. The satisfaction drives from occasional visits from random readers or visitors. Getting a comment is a bonus.

On May 4, 2012,  which is also the 1 year anniversary of the four printed articles that founded thefourlobes, we will be launching thefourlobes 2012 officially. In line with the new theme, we will not only welcome any works from anyone, but also gather works that hopefully enrich people’s lives. And the initiative started on 20 March, where a few people are invited to write about their lives for the launch of thefourlobes 2012. And most definitely, we would like to call out to you to submit works from any form (be it poem, short stories etc.) of any topic (as long as it fits the society norm)-just write and email to us at thefourlobes@gmail.com.

Last words, I would like to thank to you all for the continuing support of thefourlobes 2011, and may thefourlobes 2012 be a successful one.

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