The aboutmalta.com July 2005 newsletter written by Toni Sant:
Wired Temples, a most interesting blog about Malta on the web has now been integrated into the MaltaMedia Online Network. Robert Micallef, creator/editor, is also aboutmalta'com contributing editor for our section on Maltese blogs. Robert is relatively new to the MaltaMedia Online Network, but he is quickly becoming an important part of our team.
Athena, a researcher at Cambridge University, UK:
As I was browsing some of my favourite blogs I noticed that once again Wired Temples has nominated one of my posts as the top monthly posts. I love Wired Temples, it's a good way of keeping up with back home and all the madness, plus I admire Robert's diligence and dedication.
Lori Hein, an author from Boston, United States:
A warm hello to Robert Micallef, a Maltese economist who found my blog and enjoyed a November post about horse racing in Marsa, Malta Robert's father's hometown. Robert's blog, Wired Temples, is about all things Maltese. Check it out. One of the joys of publishing this blog is "meeting" people from around the world... I continue to be amazed at the combined power of words, pictures, travel and the Internet to bring people together. Thanks for letting me share my stories with you.
From the blog by Toni Sant based at the University of Hull, Scarborough, UK:
Take in the first instance what is by far the most active blog of all Maltese blogs: Wired Temples. This blog belongs to an old schoolmate of mine... Robert's blog is a very ambitious blog, but it is quite refreshing to see someone so committed to blogging daily about things that are neither too personal nor of little interest to a larger public.
Richard Marlowe, working with the BBC in London:
Wired Temples has become addictive reading for me and a way of following feelings and stories that abound in Malta - it's written by a guy who's there on the spot and who has a solid and, in my opinion, quite credible opinion of his own.
Malta 9, Thermidor:
Nice to see there's Robert Micallef running a blog called Wired Temples. Micallef ran as a candidate for MEP last June on a Labour Party ticket and he was certainly the most well-versed on EU matters amongst the candidates fielded by his party... Micallef's must be the most political blog in Toni Sant's list. The others occasionally make a comment (usually lame of the "what-a-wonderful-place-Malta-would-be-if-its-politics-were-different" type).
French journalist Aurelie Herbemont writing for the Independent on Sunday:
Wired Temples, a blog by Robert Micallef is a blog of reference in Malta and “is mainly, although not exclusively, a platform for Malta related information on the Internet. It is a window on Maltese culture, history, blogs and news...Wired Temples is aimed primarily at an international audience with an interest in Maltese affairs,” ... Indeed, some blogs deal with news, and could easily be compared to a new kind of media, like Wired Temples, which also offers links to articles written in Maltese newspapers.
Maltese author Immanuel Mifsud:
A number of blogs, particularly those owned by Mark Vella, Toni Sant and Robert Micallef, even if on varying degrees, are committed alternatives to what Maltese journalists are feeding the public. This new, emerging chattering class, seems to have promulgated a no-confidence vote in Maltese print, and have seeked new pastures, which presumably defy the red felt-pen of some hidden censor ready to file reports and send them to court once the 'borders' are crossed.
Uħud minn dawn il-blogs, partikolarment dawk ta' Mark Vella, Toni Sant u Robert Micallef, għalkemm f'livelli differenti, jistgħu jitqiesu bħala alternattivi impenjati għal dak li l-ġurnalisti Maltin qed jitimgħu lill-pubbliku. Din il-klassi emerġenti ta' kummentaturi tidher li tat vot ta' sfiduċja lill-istampa Maltija u qiegħda tfittex orizzonti ġodda li wieħed jippreżumi li ma jaqgħux taħt l-iskrutinju ta' xi ċensur moħbi lest biex jimla formola u jibgħatha l-Qorti ġaladarba xiħadd jazzarda 'jaqbeż il-limiti'.
Stuart Fenech from Queensland, Australia:
Maybe the Internet is cool after all. Robert Micallef's Wired Temples, a blog in Malta, picked up a piece of writing of mine a couple of months ago. Robert is an economist, editor and University lecturer. Wired Temples is an interesting varied combination of articles on Malta, from the casual references from afar like mine, through to interesting intellectual debate within.
Carniola blog from Slovenia:
I'm grateful to Robert of the Maltese blog Wired Temples for pointing out that Slovenia took first place in the 2004 Wealth of Nations Triangle Index. The index is compiled by the Boston-based WorldPaper, of which I know very little. (Actually nothing, but their "about" page is here if you're curious.)
Sharon Spiteri in Edinburgh, Scotland:
When Robert at Wired Temples discovered me earlier this year, I was writing some hugely personal stuff for the perusal of some close friends along with what I call my soapbox posts. Robert meant well, I'm sure, but I decided to take all my old posts offline and make a more circumspect comeback. Now I write for a wider audience and this conditions my writing, which I find irritating, but I tend to believe that all writing is intended for an audience (yes, even a secret diary kept under lock and key) and that the character of the audience envisaged by the writer conditions the writing.
Xifer by Mark Vella in Luxembourg:
Robert Micallef tal-Wired Temples huwa aktar konoxxenza milli habib imma ili nafu hafna f'sens voyeuristiku. U studjajtu b'kurzita bħal ma kont għarrixt għal Manwel qabel ma' sirt nafu. Minkejja li segwejtu waqt il-kandidatura tiegħu ma l-MLP, l-aktar għall-elezzjonijiet tal-Parlament Ewropew, lil Robert nafu ghax tarah dejjem kullimkien... Jista' jkun li forsi dan kien parti minn xi pjan ta' kampjanar politiku, imma, anki kif nistghu naraw mill-blogg tieghu, jidher li Robert ghandu interess genwin, forsi anki guh dejjem miklub, ghal kull mhu ghaddej fuq il-Blata.
MaltaGirl's Diverse Ramblings:
Robert Micallef is an economist, editor/analyst and University lecturer. It was through his daily posts highlighting Maltese bloggers that most of us discovered each other, and thus the bloggosfera was born. This post on the untimely passing of Julian Manduca is an example of Robert's writing; in it he gives his own thoughts, links to relevant sites, quotes Julian himself and provides a roundup of related posts on the bloggosfera.
J'Accuse - comments posted on Wired Temples by Jacques Rene Zammit:
Wired Temples remains a point of reference with unbiased commenting which is good. We need a maltese portal which probably integrates wired temples. Any takers for the project? (go robert go! how about an online Folja?)
Sabine Cassar Alpert, German based in Gozo:
Yesterday afternoon I spent two very interesting hours chatting with Robert Micallef, the creator of Wired Temples, which is part of the MaltaMedia Online Network. It was a “real-life” chat, by the way, from person to person with no electronics attached. Don’t seem to get many of those nowadays! I’m not usually given to enjoying the talks of “politicians” but Robert was definitely an exception. I actually believe that if there were more Robert Micallefs around, this country wouldn’t be as stuck in partisan squibbles as it is! Way to go Rob!
I have been following closely during these last couple of months Robert Micallef's blog Wired Temples, which, I must say has seen some steady improvement since last summer. I reccommend the blog for anyone who is looking up some info on Malta and the Maltese - I think that it resembles more of a blog portal as it always contains some interesting and thought provoking abstracts taken from Maltese blogs. A particularly interesting point which I could observe when reading the blog was the coverage given to what we may call 'the language question'.
Mikiel Galea, cartoonist from Valletta:
Jidher li rcevejt il-maghmudija ta’ bloggista fil-bloggosfera maltija minghand il-habib tieghi Robert Micallef wara li llistjani fl-ghazliet tieghu t’April. Nirringrazzjah u wkoll lil min irrisponda ghal dan bhal Mark Vella kif ukoll lil Antoine Cassar u Kenneth li kkummentaw fuq it-tpengijiet tieghi. L-idea li nibbloggja giet b’cikka wara li kont qed nipprova nfittex sit li jallokali l-ispazju minghajr hlas biex nitfa’ xi erba’ tpengijiet milli nharbex jien...Ghal xi hadd bhali li kwazi nghix maqful f’torri bla bibien , fi bloggosfera nsib zbokk. Onorat li issa sirt parti minn din il-komunita’ fil-kerrejja webika maltija.
Stefan Koski in Connecticut, United States:
Recently my blog was featured on Wired Temple, a member of the MaltaMedia Online Network, which features all things Maltese on the web (sports, news, weather, and other things). They mentioned my blog for my post featuring Maltese teen writer Maressa Zahra under a post of miscellaneous blogs on the web that had something to do with Malta. So let me just say, kudos to you, Robert Micallef. You are doing the country of Malta a great service. Thank you.