A new online portal, aimed at teaching Singaporeans and Asians the art of becoming a gentleman, picked up the Best Topical Blog award at the 7th Singapore Blog Awards yesterday.
The blog seriouslyman.com beat nine other finalists and was commended by the judges for its funny, quirky and professionally produced content.
Officially launched in March by good friends Nicholas Tse and Joshua Ng, both 25, the blog is written in a tongue-in-cheek manner and features posts on topics from love and relationships, with style advice thrown in.
Almost every fortnight, the duo interview local celebrities on what it means to be a gentleman.
On a good day, the site attracts about 1,000 readers.
Its most popular posts to date are "How to: score a date for Officer Cadet School Commissioning Ball" and "A response to MRT crush: picking up (girls) on the MRT".
The competition was organised by omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings' bilingual news and entertainment portal.
The awards honour independent content producers who create and curate content that is fun, informative and insightful.
A total of 14 awards were given out at the ceremony held at *Scape.
Mr Tse, who gives literature tuition on the side, said he is glad the blog won. It is the duo's first blogging award.
"I feel overwhelmed and ecstatic about things to come, now that we have won this award. Things are looking up," he said.
Meanwhile, housewife Justina Tey, 34, who started Mum In The Making at www.makingmum.blogspot.sg in 2009, won the Best Family Blog category.
Mrs Tey, who has three boys aged eight months, three and five years, writes about family life, homeschooling and her passion for making crafts with children.
"Writing relaxes me. I thought it was fun to put my parenting thoughts online and it has blossomed since then.
"I guess if you blog about what you enjoy, it comes across and people will enjoy it as well."
This article was published on Aug 17 in The Straits Times.
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