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Blogging for Leisure vs Blogging for Profit – Insights from Singapore Bloggers

We have all read horror stories of diva bloggers misbehaving, demanding fees from restaurants for positive paid reviews, bringing along many friends to eat for free at food tasting, among many other complaints. Likewise, there are positive stories of bloggers who spend considerable efforts maintaining and crafting quality entries on their blogs out of interest rather than for commercial gains.

With the advent of social media and digital media, more and more brands are looking to working with and engaging bloggers for their campaigns and publicity.

Where do bloggers strike the balance? How should brands leverage on this trend? Why not hear it from the bloggers themselves?

Me moderating a panel of bloggers
Me moderating a panel of bloggers at SPH News Centre (picture via omy.sg) 

As a prelude to the launch of the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year in April, the team at omy.sg organised a causal sharing and networking session with a panel of prominent bloggers in Singapore. I was the moderator for the panel discussion.

Joining me in the discussion were bloggers, Daniel Ang, Peter Breitkreutz, Grace Tan and Christine Ng. 

Check out the full video recording below if you missed the event:

Personally, I think the panelist did a great job and were candid with their replies. If there were more time, we could have gone deeper into the topic and stir up more controversy.

The conclusion I draw is regardless of your motive for blogging, a common arduous task is how to grow your readers base or get yourself noticed by organisations and people that matters.

One shortcut is of course to join a blog awards (shamelessly plugging for the Singapore Blog Awards).

To find out more about the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year, bookmark this link to the official website. Coming soon in a few days time. 🙂 

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Panasonic Fun Learning Workshop 1 – Photos Make Your Blogs Go Pop!

As part of the lead-up programs to the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 award ceremony on 21 July, omy.sg organised a series of fun learning workshops for everyone, together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic.

Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel
Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel
Lumix cameras and lenses on display
Lumix cameras and lenses on display
Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel
Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel

The first workshop was a photography workshop over the weekend with bloggers, Jerome Lim and Christine Ng as they share tips on photography as well as insights on effective story-telling through images.

Christine sharing her photography tips
Christine sharing her photography tips
Jerome sharing photography tips
Jerome sharing photography tips
James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras
James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras

Participants get to be among the first in Singapore to try out the Panasonic Lumix GF5 camera – the camera only just launched in the local market the same week!

Group picture
Group picture
Successful jump shot
Successful group jump shot

The workshop was held at the heritage site of Albert Court Village Hotel, located just beside Sim Lim Square and near the Little India area.

After listening to the presentations by Christine, Jerome and James from Panasonic, the participants were treated to some light refreshment, courtesy of Albert Court Village Hotel before setting off on a photography walking trail round Little India:

Colourful flower garlands
Colourful flower garlands
Taking pictures of the flower garlands
Taking pictures of the flower garlands
A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India
A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India
$1 sunglasses!
$1 sunglasses!
Take pictures!
Take pictures!
Vegetable stall
Vegetable stall
(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower
(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower
A lady buying vegetable
A lady buying vegetable
Sunny tomatoes
Sunny tomatoes
Giant bananas
Giant bananas
Limes and calamansi
Limes and calamansi
An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets
An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets
One of the many goldsmiths along Little India
One of the many goldsmiths along Little India
A technology firm on a second floor unit
A technology firm on a second floor unit
Curious resident
Curious resident
Old school shop house
Old school shop house
The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way
The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way
The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone
The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone
A Hindi temple
A Hindi temple
Along the wall of the Hindi temple
Along the wall of the Hindi temple
Conservation shop houses
Conservation shop houses
Ghandi Video and Photo - Very Cheap Rates!
Ghandi Video and Photo – Very Cheap Rates!
You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!
You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!
A Sikh temple beside the hotel
A Sikh temple beside the hotel
The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah
The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah
Front view of the colourful heritage building
Front view of the colourful heritage building
Galore of yellow coloured food
Galore of yellow coloured food
Curious onlookers
Curious onlookers
Christine and Jerome addressing the participants
Christine and Jerome addressing the participants
Curvy figurine
Curvy figurine
Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant
Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant
A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses
A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses
Closer view of some of the deity images
Closer view of some of the deity images
Indian books and magazines
Indian books and magazines
This used to be the tallest building in Singapore
This used to be the tallest building in Singapore
Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail
Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail
A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions
A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions

The weather was sweltering hot as usual, but everyone had a good time, snapping away on their Panasonic GF3 and GF5 loan sets.

Did I mention that this workshop is completely FREE? This is all thanks to the generous sponsorship of Panasonic.

There are another two fun workshops with Panasonic and omy.sg coming up soon. The second workshop, “Eco-Craft for You and Your Lil’ One” has just ended its registration. Popular blogger and youtube video host, Joanne Marie-Sim will be teaching parents and their child, aged between 5 to 12 on some simple environmental crafts.

The last workshop will be a cooking demonstration by food bloggers Daniel Ang and Maureen Ow. More details will be available closer to date. Again, this is completely FREE! Do keep a look out!

Bloggers’ Charity Dinner Date at Limoncello Restaurant with Bidders from Sold.SG

Group picture
Group picture

As mentioned in a previous blog post, SOLD.sg, Singapore’s leading online shopping destination for luxury and entertainment products, helped their users find love this Valentine’s Day by partnering with omy.sg to auction off ten popular bloggers as Valentine’s dates. 

Prices the bloggers were sold for
Prices the bloggers were sold for

Over a period of merely five days, this charity auction raised S$2038.50 from the public’s bids, and in addition to the money raised from the auction, SOLD.sg also contributed $1 to match every $2 raised.

A total of $3,100 was raised and were donated to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore (SCAS) over a group dinner date at Limoncello Restaurant.

Angeline from SOLD.sg presenting a $3100 cheque to Erick from SCAS
Angeline from SOLD.sg presenting a $3100 cheque to Erick from SCAS

I was at the restaurant too to witness the cheque presentation and to meet up with the SOLD.sg team, the ten bloggers, the ten winning bidders, as well as the representatives from SCAS and Limoncello respectively.

Seated and ready for dinner at Limoncello Restaurant
Seated and ready for dinner at Limoncello Restaurant
Table 1
Table 1
Table 2
Table 2
Table 3
Table 3
A toast to a successful event
A toast to a successful event
Blogger Ang Geck Geck and her date
Blogger Ang Geck Geck and her date
Blogger Claire with her hunky dinner date
Blogger Claire with her hunky dinner date
Blogger Moonberry and her date
Blogger Moonberry and her date
Blogger Christine with her dinner date
Blogger Christine with her dinner date
Vitello Tonnato Roast Veal Served with Tuna and Capers Sauce
Vitello Tonnato: Roast Veal Served with Tuna and Capers Sauce
Burrata Cheese Served with Grilled Vegetables, Rucola Salad, Cherry Tomatoes and Parma Ham
Antipasti Limoncello: Burrata Cheese Served with Grilled Vegetables, Rucola Salad, Cherry Tomatoes and Parma Ham
Impepata Di Cozze: Sauteed Mussels in a Delicate Wine and Tomato Broth, Amalfi Style
Impepata Di Cozze: Sauteed Mussels in a Delicate Wine and Tomato Broth, Amalfi Style
Limoncello’s Napolitana wood fired pizza
Limoncello’s Napolitana wood fired pizza
Scialatielli Amalfitana: Homemade Amalfi Coast Udon like Pasta with Fresh Seafood
Scialatielli Amalfitana: Homemade Amalfi Coast Udon like Pasta with Fresh Seafood
Cannelloni Di Vitello: Homemade Cannelloni Filled with Ricotta and Veal
Cannelloni Di Vitello: Homemade Cannelloni Filled with Ricotta and Veal
Costata Di Maiale: Pan Seared Kurobuta Pork Glazed with Apricot and Balsamic
Costata Di Maiale: Pan Seared Kurobuta Pork Glazed with Apricot and Balsamic
Yummy dessert
Yummy dessert
Close up of the dessert items
Close up of the dessert items
Blogger Joanne and her date getting interviewed by omy.sg
Blogger Joanne and her date getting interviewed by omy.sg
Blogger and actress, Kanny, being presented with a "certificate of bravery" from SOLD.sg
Blogger and actress, Kanny, being presented with a "certificate of bravery" from SOLD.sg
Blogger and radio deejay Daniel getting his certificate
Blogger and radio deejay Daniel getting his certificate
Blogger William getting his certificate
Blogger William getting his certificate
Blogger Calvin getting his certificate
Blogger Calvin getting his certificate
Blogger Eric getting presented with his certificate
Blogger Eric getting presented with his certificate
Qiuyan and Angeline from SOLD.sg presenting a certificate of appreciation to the boss man at Limoncello
Qiuyan and Angeline from SOLD.sg presenting a certificate of appreciation to the boss man at Limoncello

You can find out more about the event via this article on omy.sg or this video:

About SOLD.sg

Sold.sg is an innovative auction website that that offers users the chance to win brand new luxury and lifestyle products and services at greatly discounted prices. Items up for daily auction include technological gadgets like the PS3, iPads, iPhones and digital cameras, and branded accessories like bags, jewellery and wallets. Sold.sg also offer lifestyle items like movie and restaurant vouchers and airline tickets to popular destinations.

About Limoncello Restaurant

Limoncello Restaurant is the brainchild of Restaurateur Mark Anthonisz and Fabio Iannone who have brought about a Team of talented individuals including Evecutive Chef’s Emiddio Cioffi and Mauro Crescendo from the Amalfi Coast.

Fabio Iannone is a Chef by Profession having founded La Braceria with Chef Emiddio who returned from Japan for Limoncello’s project. A Trained Sommelier from Accor Hotels and having worked with Gordon Ramsey’s, Daniel Boulud and Marina Bay Sands Singapore to name a few, Mark has been tasked with heading both the Front and Heart of Limoncello’s House.

Limoncello strives to exceed the expectations of it’s guests. Genuine Service and Traditional Fare from the coast of Amalfi is the focus of each new day. Napolitana wood fired pizzas and charcoal grilled meats and seafood is what distinguishes us from the rest.

Bid for a Valentine’s date with any of omy.sg’s ten bloggers to raise money for charity!

Plugging this for sold.sg, omy.sg and of course, the ten brave bloggers whom have put themselves up for bid to raise money for charity.

GOING ONCE! GOING TWICE!

SOLD.SG AND OMY.SG TO AUCTION OFF VALENTINE’S DATES TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE SPASTIC CHILDRENS’ ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE

Bid for any of these ten bloggers on sold.sg to donate to charity!
Bid for any of these ten bloggers on sold.sg to donate to charity!

Sold.sg, Singapore’s leading online shopping destination for luxury and entertainment products, is helping their users find love this Valentine’s Day by partnering with omy.sg to auction off ten popular bloggers as Valentine’s dates!

All proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.

The 10 Bloggers will promote themselves in the week leading up to the auctions (auctions to be held from now till 13 Feb), and will be “sold” as a Valentine’s “date” to their highest bidder. Users will place bids on their favourite Blogger based on the information provided on Sold.sg, with 100% of the proceeds from all auctions being donated to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.

Who are these ten kind bloggers who put themselves up for auction? Click on their names below to find out more about each of them (and to start bidding):

An article in Lianhe Wanbao (10 Feb 2012) on the charity auction
An article in Lianhe Wanbao (10 Feb 2012) on the charity auction

Kanny Theng

Daniel Ang

Joanne-Marie Sim

Chrispytine

Eric Lim

Calvin Timothy

Ang Geck Geck

Moonberry

William Tan

Btw, a winning bid comes together with a Valentine’s Dinner meal at Limoncello restaurant (worth S$95.00++ per pax) as well as 50 bonus sold.sg tokens (worth S$37.50) which you can use to bid for other items.

Each bid cost less than S$1 and will only increase the item price by 15cents. A great deal isn’t it? Visit the Valentine’s Date auction page on sold.sg now to find out more!