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Friday, July 20, 2007

Skating and Technology

When I was in college (many moons ago) I frequented the newsgroups, where there was, and still is, a group on recreational ice skating. At that time, there were lively discussions on skating skills at all levels. Skaters posted to share their progress and frustrations, ask for advise and get useful tips on certain skills. Today, there are numerous online forums that serve the same purpose.

In the more recent years, an more powerful media has emerged - video. Indeed, the nuisance with "just words" is that one cannot picture how a skater is really doing a skill. Video-hosting sites like YouTube, provides an avenue for skaters to show their online community their skating, to gain interesting and sometimes useful comments.

In the time before blogs were popular, some skaters had set up websites to write about their experiences and their progress. With the advent of easy-to-use blogging tools, more and more skaters have began to blog. Not just blogging in words, but also posting videos of their progress.

I joined the blog-o-sphere a few years ago, also to write about my experiences, but not just about plain ol' figure skating. It is about figure skating in Singapore - a country that isn't the first place one would think of for figure skating. It is also about adult skating, whose popularity has grown rapidly throughout the world in the last decade.

I never expected to be listed on Blogs of Note, but it is nice know that some of you out there appreciate my blog. Thanks to all of you who have read and/or commented on my blog, and hope you will continue to enjoy reading!

13 comments:

Acne said...

very interesting!

http://acne.rouxtech.org

Bails said...

I had my first ice skating experience in Singapore. :-) Then I moved to Texas and competed for a couple of years.

I lived in Singapore for many years and miss it lots. Tell it hi for me. :-)

R2K said...

: )

Kate said...

I used to want to be a figure skater when I was a kid... somehow I ended up running a coffee shop

amreeth said...

excellent blog "neighbor".. i am Malaysian.

Ruth Anne said...

I found you from it too!

(Experiment #3)

Fun Man said...

that is cool :)

Mimi said...

My son and his family live in Singapore and I've been there several times. Are you Singaporean?
It never entered my head that people figure skate in S'pore, the climate being what it is--shows how provincial I am.
Like your blog.

boozer said...

Good work. Keep it up

A said...

Found you via blogs of note. I'm a figure skater, too! Love that you're giving the sport some well-deserved visability. Keep up the good work!

Ron "Mighty Gee Guy" said...

Hi, www.mightyamerica.blogspot.com

ariff_nqyd said...

interesting..u really sound ambitious..BRAVO

momkid said...

wow
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