It was an afternoon to remember at Movida of St James Powerhouse when virtual virtuosos became real rock-stars. More than 100 bloggers, models, singers, friends, fans and followers of social media stardom congregated for Omy.sg’s Singapore Blog Awards 2010. As one of the judges for the awards, I had the privilege of evaluating the shortlisted finalists for two of the categories, and was blown over by the quality of the entries.
Looking around the hall, I had the following quick thoughts (being an insightful blogger – remember?) on what Singapore’s blogging scene has become:
– Bloggers are no longer just geeks, nerds or techies (just look at the photos and blogs below);
– Social media isn’t new media any longer, but is in fact a part of mainstream media. Conversely traditional media is also moving into new media;
– Anybody can be a social media celebrity/rock-star/”god” or “goddess” if he or she tries hard enough.
My heartiest congratulations to all the winners of the 13 categories as well as the hundred over finalists! Here’s a pictorial recap of an afternoon to remember.
Crew from the Omy.sg video team interviewing larger-than-life Steven Lim and his coquettish coterie.
Sumptuous servings of food (prepared and served by students from EASB) helped to keep energy levels high…
…washed down with free flow of soft drinks and Tiger beer (courtesy of APB).
My colleague Karen Tang won a cool laptop bag by Fabrix during the bingo-like stage games.
These talented students from EASB pulled off some slick dance moves.
Silver Ang, a finalist of the Best Modelling Blog, brought us two songs. I heard that she is already signed on to greater mainstream stardom. Nice work!
Chim Kang, editor and bossman of Omy.sg, addressing the audience.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winners. Finalists’ details (like cooking blogger tigerfish here) were flashed on the screen ala Oscar award style.
Violet Lim, another blogger whom I respect, won the most insightful blog for her matchmaking services. I think Mr Teo must be especially happy since that’s one of the KPIs for his Ministry!
Ever the flamboyant showman, Steven surprised us when he popped over to ask for “I Like” stickers (inspired by Facebook). We gladly obliged, and Kevin quickly camwhored with him.