by Michael Lyons
Christina Lomon and I were married in December 2016 in a traditional Dayak ceremony in Jakarta Indonesia. After a honeymoon in Bali, we were confident Indonesia would be our home. Three months later I moved to Indonesia to join Christina. Together, we created Dayakdreams.com in July 2017,
Our careers were both in publishing, hers as an Editor in Chief and mine as a Creative Director. Our combined experience in mass media is over 50 years. This along with our love and passion for Dayak culture inspired us to build this website. Our menu includes the following:
Borneo Bliss –Culture and politics of Borneo
Sekayam Raya—The politics and daily life of the Sekayam River culture
Indo Politics— Articles about Indonesian elections, policy, and personalities.
Headline News—Recent headlines from our favorite Dayak news outlets. Links to articles are posted daily
G.I. Dayak— Brave Dayak “G.I. Joe” warriors who have earned the badge “G.I. Dayak”
Aneka peristiwa—Miscellaneous articles along with two subcategories:
Journey—Our personal travel and adventures
Inspirasi—Stories that inspire our spiritual nature
Our political strategy is to support policies and politicians that will make Dayak communities stronger and more prosperous, while protecting Kalimantan’s environment.
85% of our traffic is from mobile phones, so we have made DayakDreams.com easy to navigate on a small display. This is very important in Indonesia where nearly everyone has a hand phone, but few have a computer. Our strategy is simple, When a new article is posted, we send a push-to-read link on all our Face Book accts, Instagram, and WhatsApp groups. Anyone with a hand phone can read our internet article.
- The number of internet users (penetration rate) in Java is 58% and growing rapidly.
- Penetration rate in Borneo and other less developed parts of Indonesia is 7%.
- Large scale internet infrastructure projects are being built in Kalimantan and other areas.
- Penetration rate for 18 to 24 age group in Jakarta is 100%.
- The largest age group in Dayak Dreams’ audience is split between 18-24 and 25-34
- The average session time for Dayak Dreams is 3:22.
- Most of Dayak Dreams traffic comes from: 31% Jakarta, 16% Surabaya 16% Makassar, 9% Pontianak, and 28% all others combined.
Call us anytime if you would like more info: 0813-1500-3288 (Indoesian) 0812-1002-3379 (English).
One final word: I want to say this about my wife, Christina: She graduated from college as a journalist and accepted a job working on a major magazine in Jakarta. In a few short years, she became Editor in Chief. This is remarkable considering she is a Catholic woman in the male-dominated business world of Jakarta. My wife is amazing.
Read more about Christina’s experience in politics HERE.