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Wed 14 Mar 2007

A "consortium of bloggers"

Category : mac and the internet

Kevin just posted an introduction to a "consortium of bloggers" loosely called Media Socialists. In Feb 2007, I mused about my (recent) interactions with them and here is the post I promised Ivan and Kevin whom I am about to meet in person!

I first came face to face with Kevin at a Macmeetup on 12 Jul 2002. He was heading out to the US and would pretty much disappear until he finally posted a question in the me@n list, "do any of you guys blog?"

Preetam too I met at a mac meetup - this was perhaps in 2003 when I used to organise monthly meetups via meeetup.com and he was studying meetup.com sessions in Singapore.

By early 2003, some of the few Singapore blogs I read regularly to get a feel of blogging included VanTan and Tribolum (then Triboluminescence).

In 2004, I read with fascinating as tech-savvy VanTan bought an iPod, succumbed to a Mac desktop and then rapidly became an expert! I finally met VanTan at the first GahmenBloggers meetup on 10 Nov 2005, which she and Ivan organised. I began emailing Ivan at least by Feb 2005 when I asked him for his Bukit Merah drawings for Habitatnews. In May 2006 Ivan ordered his MacBook Pro and started jamming soon after.

I met Walter in the 90's, when he was a student in NUS. He was of the era that got muddy in mangroves and forests - "the good old days." Hopefully, an experience which will return one day. More than a decade later in May 2005, at the height of my blog evangelism, I addressed a Museum Roundtable meeting and both Kevin and Ivan's blogs were cited during the presentation. Walter was in that room, nodding his head vigorously. I didn't know it then, but his department was about to take over the running of the Roundtable and blogs were on the menu in a significant way. By Feb 2006, Yesterday.sg was born, and mainly with the help of bloggers, including Ivan and Kenneth.

Kenneth, I met early one morning at the 2005 Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk - he has since become a volunteer guide with the project and was pulled into Yesterday.sg.

This will do for now; there are ramifications upon ramifications best left for another post.

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