28 April 2016

Blog Evolution

Hello. I've been wanting to write about this topic for the longest time, just that I don't have time to go slowly get all the photos and upload it. Now I've got the time, I thought why not just get it over and done with?

So, what triggered me to write this blog post is because I was wondering, who the hell still read blogs nowadays? And from the time I've started blogging till date, I've seen many come and go. Many started, but not many stayed. Well what I mean is that not a lot of people actually have the patience and time to continue to update their blogs and eventually they just left it there. Or some, they just closed down their blogs. I want to write about how I feel regarding this "blogging" industry and how time has changed everything.

Remember back in the days, the only bloggers I knew was Benjamin and his brother Randy (Typicalben & Randyys). Shawn (shavvn), Andy (ANdyStorm), Jayden Tan (Jaylief), Alton Keh (AltonKeh), Fauzi Rassull (fauzirasull) - Singapore's Only Male Bitch, and some of my circle of male blogger friends like Weijie (vveijie), Meldric (Sexy-Swisz), Hong Peng (hpility). As for female, you don't say cuz same as to modeling (CHEH MODEL SEH!!!) its more of a female dominated industry. The female bloggers I know of was Xiaxue, Esther Xie (IceAngel), Sheylara (Sheylara), Valerie Lim (Dweam), yes she was called DWEAM back then... Peggy Heng (ThyDowager), Tammy Tay (OhSoFickle), Jessica (Underage-Girl) back then she was called Underage-Girl, until she decided that she was no longer "UNDERAGED" so she rebrand herself as Shiberty, Lao Zhar Bor (in case you don't know who she is, she damn popz one okay!) And of course, some of my circle of female blogger friends such as Joyce (Forest1012 or was it Joyce1012?!?!), Ying Zi (Dream2BreakAway), Wynnette (LilYellowLorry) and Dawn (Dawnrockka). Just to name a few.

So as time pasts, some of them are no longer in the "blogging" industry, but thank god for Instagram. I manage to keep in contact with some of them. (Not sure to be thankful or not) cuz with the birth of instagram, here comes all the "hipster" food/fashion grammers with instant hundreds and thousands over of likes. Ohyah, I totally forgot about Twitter. It was the biggest social media hit back then, until Instagram came about...

Back Then

I was introduced to blogging via this friend of mine during secondary school. She was the one that intro-ed me to this whole blogging thing and to pen down my thoughts cuz well... I was relatively emo in school. Mainly because my previous pet dog passed away and I didn't hand any mood. I was 95% putting my head down and sobbing in class la. LOL And did I mentioned that my previous pet dog shared the same birthday as me?!?!?! So losing him made me really disheartened and depressed for the following month.

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Throwback to my very first blog entry. Please, go ahead. Laugh all you want. HAHAHAHAHA! I cringed so much whenever I read the things I wrote in the past. Not forgetting the photos I'd take. I kennot!!!! Like what they all say, we were all once young.
first entry
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So as time goes, my blog became a ranting ground, a place for me to post my daily updates and narcissism. I don't even know how I can manage to post 2 - 3 posts a day. LOL! Back then I really damn free. Like nothing better to do. LOL!

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Do you guys remember no one actually uses the comment box on blogs, what we all used was TAGBOARD!!! HAHAHAHA!!! And some muthafuckers would tag you at your tagboard to do something like this.

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Moving On
After using blogger for close to a year, I happen to bloghopped till my junior's blog where she had this "I ♥ Nuffnang" or was it just "Nuffnang" tab on her sidebar, so I was quite curious so I clicked on it. I find it rather sketchy cuz my mom told me that there's no free meal on earth and not to trust whatever you see on the internet, I didn't sign up for it. Well but eventually I did cuz I end up asking that junior of mine what's that. LOL!!!

So after which I signed up and I put that "Nuffnang" tab on my sidebar. I began receiving emails from them regarding movie invites and blogging contests. This is when I found that passion to do up good blogposts so that I can win those god damn contests.

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I remember how excited I'll be and I'll always ask my friend (Qianyi) to help me with taking pictures and filming for most of my contests entry. :)

My First Ever Monetary Win
That was when I didn't believe what my mom said about never to trust what the internet says. Cuz what Nuffnang says is all true. LOL!!! I know $50 is not a lot but to be able to win some *KA-CHINGGG* online... Its something worth showing off. Hahaha!

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I went for Singapore's first ever bloggers flashmob party located at "The Heeren" where Xiaxue, Jessica , Esther Xie, and some many other bloggers were there as well. Spot me at 1;59, lol!!!

After that, I begin joining more and more contests. LIKE EVERY SINGLE CONTEST EMAIL I RECEIVE I'LL BE LIKE... JOIN!!!

But its not a everytime thing cuz everyone have their "day". So when I did not win or anything I'll always tell myself to try harder next time.

My Very First Big Win
So I took part in so many contests that I could barely remember which one I took part in. One day I was having lessons, and I receive a sms from Hong Peng telling me that I won 2nd prize for my Singtel's Live Life Online Anywhere With Singtel Mobile Broadband. I was shock cuz 2nd prize was a iPod Touch if I'm not wrong... Rushed home, and on my computer immediately to check my email. INDEED!!! I WON!!! I was flabbergasted!!! My whole body was shaking in disbelief but yet I'm happy at the same time...

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My Next Big Win
Next up was this Chinese New Year blog contest, where we are required to blog about how we could spend an entire day at The Grand Cathay. This one was tough cuz many people took part, even the strong ones like Andy. So I got help from Meldric and Qianyi to film and take pictures for my blog entry. I still remember how I was having time restriction cuz I was having my internship, so I was pretty much occupied most of the days.

But nevertheless... I WON AGAIN!!! Yes, 2nd place again....This time round, a Blackberry Bold 2. If I'm not wrong, its quite expensive to own a blackberry back then... One would simply costs near to $700 - $800?!?! Or maybe more???

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After Which
All these contests started dying down and I've also stopped updating my blog. It was more or less dead, but I never had the thought of closing it down, just leaving it there would be a better choice, cuz in case one day I wanna look back and write again...

I decided to take part in Cineleisure's Next Online Sensation back in 2012. Probably the biggest hit in the blogging scene cuz A LOT of popz people are taking part and it was overly subscribed if I'm not wrong. I decided to take part in this competition together with Fenny (fennyhwang) and Yingzi (Dream2BreakAway) forming team Y.D.F. I was so excited cuz imagine winning and taking the title. So many pair of eyes will be on you. But sadly, we didn't win. :(

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Ohyah, not many people know, but just a little sharing, do you guys know Isabel (prettyfrowns) was also in CNOS 1?!?!?! Yeap, the center one.

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A year later, CNOS is back with a second season, this time round with vlogging included in all the challenges, also, its individual instead of competing in teams. This means it will be tougher and more competitive than before. I was having dilemma of whether to join cuz I don't wanna be left disappointed again. Two, its kinda waste of time cuz I remembered during cnos 1, I had to go down to Cineleisure to film almost every single day. But still, I last minutely decided to join.

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I managed to bag home the 1st Runner Up aka 2nd Prize for the contest. (DAYUM 2nd AGAIN!!!) With that, I was also the online brand ambassador for Cathay Cineleisure Orchard for that year. After my win, perks and emails started flowing in and that was probably my best win EVER in my whole blogging scene. After that, I set my mind that I should continue to update this blog whenever possible. That's why you see the constant updates and better quality pictures now.

With the overflowing of new generations of social media savvy people coming in, I'm afraid that this whole blog thing will soon die down. Now we have our mobile phones with us and with apps like Snapchat and Instagram taking over the world, its like no one really bothers to read blogs anymore.

Even when attending media events, I feel that its no longer the same as before. In the past, we would all gather and sit together at some place and chill and talk cock over a cup of coke?!?! LOL Now, we all will just leave and not bother to mingle around.

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Back then when Dawn and Wynn were still little secondary school XMM's. When Joyce wasn't so particular about her make up. When Mel had no hair and Weijie had long ass fringe. When Ash was still round and had fringe almost covering his eyes. When Jing Long had cap on top of his head whenever we're out. lololol!!! I miss taking long bus rides home together after an event. I miss talking and catching up on life with one another instead of looking at our phones whenever we meet up. I miss when things were all so simple. I miss the good old times.

Never will I stop writing cuz I'll always remember why I started it. It is to pen down my thoughts. It is to track and retrace back the times where I was foolish and young and the mistakes I've made. If given the opportunity, be thankful. Remember, its a given, not demanded.

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