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Sep. 18th, 2005

A few weeks ago, i received this email@work...

Dear Colleagues/Bloggers
Presslines is doing a feature on connecting with newspaper readers. One way is blogging by writers/columnists.
We would like to feature you and your blog.

Hope you can spend 10 minutes to answer these questions:
1) Age
2) Designation at ST/SPH
3) Blogsite address
4) What's on my site?
5) What's most juicy or what issues attract visitors?
6) Why do you blog?
7) What's my hit rate?
8) Does your blog increase your popularity, profile, lead to more readers to read your newspaper articles?

Presslines is our SPH monthly newsletter/journal which features the activities and staff@SPH. Was a li' blur when I read the email because there were obviously targetting at journalists/columnists and I'm definitely not one of them. But I still answered the quesions but added in the end that they probably made a mistake here because I wasn't a writer and thus may not be relevant to the topic at hand.

Few days later, the writer for Presslines called and and said she still wanted to feature me because she liked the fact that I wasn't a writer but since I do blog about some of my events and promotions, she could see some synergy between my blog and the print media I'm promoting. I also mentioned that I wasn't sure whether blogging was officially 'allowed' at my workplace and am a li' hesitant about letting the entire company know about my blog's existence. Thought it was a tad ironical too since our papers doesn't seem to think too highly of bloggers since most of the stuff reported tend to be more negative. Anyway, it's not like I have anything to hide though....am sure I haven't written anything seditious (heh..still not sure what that means) nor have I written anything negative abt my company. In fact, a few of my colleagues are aware of my journal already as I do show them some of the entries with photos I've taken of them. In fact, a client of mine found out my blog through a friend of hers who happened to be blog surfing.. said she definitely didn't mind me doing so *phew*..(fortunately, I wrote good stuff abt her event)..

Anyway, I stressed to the writer that my blog is really in truth..an online diary. It's still predominantly about Aidan and that it started as a pregnancy-blog which later evolved into a baby blog. But since I'd started working, I began to write more about my work-life. Asked her how she knew abt my blog and she mumbled about someone telling her about it but couldn't remember who..hmmm.. The writer then got a photographer to come by my (ultra-untidy) cubicle and took pics of me hugging my pc (!) with the screen showing my journal site.. Now I know how hard it is to pose man. Was feeling really awkward. Thankfully it was lunch time so most of my colleagues weren't around. Think he took almost 60 shots and probably only one of it will be used (or maybe not at all :P)..

Still not sure whether I did the right thing. She'd mentioned that Janice & Ian and some other journalists would be featured too but one's a writer and former photojournalist for TNP and the other's a columnist and freelance writer so it makes more sense. And mine's such a 'noodle' blog compared to theirs...Oh well, will see what it's gonna look like when it comes out in October :p

just realised how dirty my hub's keyboard is..yecks!

Since I'm sorta on the topic of work..i should try selling some koyok. Here's a promo I'm doing that's coming up in The New Paper tomorrow..For all the WOW fans out there..(although come to think of it, they would have gotten the game already), here's a World of Warcraft contest..where you stand a chance to win the grand prize of a trip to mega gaming convention -Blizzcon in Anaheim and also WOW starter packs. Cool stuff leh :P e_rambler, must take part hor!

Some photos taken last week & today :)

the boy wearing my shades..

with my sis, evonnetay at her cafe..

@United Square today..


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( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 18th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Nice shades!!
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
cheap too. only 19 bucks :P
Sep. 18th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Okay will take part heh... Haven't bought a copy of WOW yet sigh...
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
must buy TNP mon wed and friday ah!
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
I bought today's heh... Only need two to take part :P
Sep. 18th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Fwah piangz! 60 shots?
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
yeah about that much..siong hor. smile until face freeze :P
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
Until eyes blur also.
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
i wanna go Blizzcon! i wanna go California!
do i have to buy today's papers?
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
yah got to buy lah *bish*
Sep. 20th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
yah but what i wanted to know if it was "todaY" or some other day.

which is now too late. now i have to ask around office :P
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Ms Tay is going to be a celebrity blogger. :D
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
no lah..in presslines only what..
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
yeaaaa nice shades! haha
Sep. 19th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Blizzcon? Hah... just a way for Blizzard to scam more money out of people :)

Not that it isn't a great game... but... really! They DO NOT need more of my money!
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
heh..every event is usually marketing driven..ultimately, you're right. It is in the end a way to make pple buy more of their products but nothing wrong with that im sure *grin*..you're more cynical becuz you're from the 'inside' :P

Sep. 22nd, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think my insider status has definitely jaded me on games, but another thing is that QuakeCon used to be organized by fans of Quake whereas BlizzCon is organized by Blizzard. Just seems a little forced to me. Not that it matters since WoW has millions of subscribers by now. I just think the $200+ they're charging is pretty exhorbitant.
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