|Me in the Media #3: Whole blog of Balderdash
||[Aug. 30th, 2008|04:10 pm]
Whole blog of Balderdash|
Digital Life (Straits Times), 26 July 2005
As one of the editors of Tomorrow.sg - Singapore's most popular aggregator blog site - Mr Gabriel Seah works with big bloggers such as Mr Brown and Mr Miyagi. But as MELISSA LWEE finds out, he likes to keep things simple
CLAIM TO FAME
I've had a homepage since the late 90s, but only started blogging in the later part of my second year in junior college. It was only when I was doing national service that people started reading my blog for first-hand accounts and observations of army life sans PR spin.
Now I'm in university, so I share interesting snippets of varsity life while providing the usual stream of eclectic content that inspires my blog's name - Balderdash.
Right now I'm also on the Tomorrow.sg editorial team where people submit interesting Singaporean blog posts. We mo-derate the submissions, posting the better ones.
I'm probably quite a disgrace as far as accumulating a veritable panoply of tech gadgets goes: I use a cheap Nokia 3200, for example. Of course, this also means that my tech budget isn't as high as it would be.
I have a mid-range IBM notebook and a history of bad karma with desktop computers.
I keep up with two open-source projects: Miranda Instant Messenger ( www.miranda-im.org/ ) and Mozilla Firefox ( www.mozilla.org/ ), and download new nightly builds and plug-ins regularly.
The burgeoning number of blogs out there makes it difficult to keep up even with only the more interesting ones so I use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to monitor blogs, but at the end of the day, there's only so much blog-reading that you can take before the burnout sets in.
With Bloggers.SG, the recent Singaporean blogging convention, as well as all the media coverage over the past few months, blogging in Singapore has lost its exoticism and even, dare I say, some of its innocence.
Some of the more distasteful facets of real life that bloggers sought to escape by venturing into cyberspace have increasingly been popping up in the blogosphere: blogging politics, fallout (especially real world) from speaking one's mind, for example. Bowdlerization and self-censorship have set in.
It was inevitable, I guess, but it was nice while it lasted.
Singaporean blogs have famously been called 'infantile', but I think that's largely because most people are afraid and so stick to harmless subjects.
If Singaporean bloggers find that they have nothing to fear, they will become more confident. Then perhaps we will lose this label of being infantile.
Mr Gabriel Seah, 22, is a second-year arts and social sciences student at the National University of Singapore. Writing under the moniker Agagooga, he writes frequently in is blog Balderdash, which can be found at http://gssq.blogspot.com .