Another dot in the blogosphere?

Archiving this blog?

Posted on: June 3, 2013

The National Library Board (NLB) has an effort called the Singapore Memory Project (SMP). It is seeking blog pledges.

Like some other bloggers, I have been invited to pledge my blog to the SMP so as to contribute to the gestalt of Singapore or being Singaporean.

At first I wondered why someone might want to archive a mirror and magnifying glass. I use this blog to reflect and to examine things that catch my eye more closely.

Then I started to I wonder if we need an archive given that there are no borders in the blogosphere.

I understand the rationale of the project though, but I have other perspectives.

From the FAQ of the SMP site:

3. Why should I pledge my blog to the SMP?

By contributing to the project, you are affirming that every memory matters. Whether your posts are an account of your daily life, or an expression of your thoughts, the SMP hopes to find a home for your memories so that it can help build towards an understanding of Singapore. Last but not least, you will enjoy the traction provided by SMP with more visitors reading your blog.

I agree that online memories and artefacts matter, but they are not limited by borders. That is why I operate as a global citizen and make my contributions with blog entries, tweets, social bookmarks, SlideShares, YouTube videos, concept maps, and other artefacts.

What if I do not care about driving traffic to my blog? I did not start blogging with this objective and it is still not something that drives me to blog.

I am still not sure if I should jump on the bandwagon. I am not obliged to. And at the moment, I am not inclined to.

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