Simply Jean had been running for about a year and 3 months. A blog that was initially started so that friends would be able to blog anonymously under a single moniker grew to be a blog commenting on almost everything, particularly Singapore social issues. Some have thought Simply Jean to be a political blog, but that’s… a little far from the truth. The fact is, Simply Jean is as political as the man on the street – which is quite apolitical if you ask me. Besides the usual ramblings, Simply Jean serves no more than just the daily news and discourse. Amongst the most popular topics are ERP hikes, petrol hikes, taxi fare hikes, Mas Selamat, the Li Hongyi episode and the Pedra Branca fiasco.

However, here’s where the problem lies. These daily news and discourse are usually available here, here and here; or if you have a deeper pocket, here too and we are thinking if Simply Jean is still serving any purpose at this moment. While it is common for other personal blogs to post pictures of their authors, it’s a little different here. Simply Jean wasn’t meant to be a personal blog.

In terms of "political comments", Simply Jean is lacking in many areas. In terms of the daily discourse, it’s almost what everyone else on the streets is saying. In a nutshell, Simply Jean is beginning to be of little substance. As one reader puts it:

Author: unknown

Comment: your blog is getting more and more boring…. zzz

Thus with a heavy heart, Simply Jean will breathe her last breath on 15th April 2008, yes, that’s the day when the last post will be published and Simply Jean will be history thereafter. To make it easier to remember, it’s also the last day that you guys should be filing your income tax. =)

So hurry now and unsubscribe Simply Jean from your RSS feed reader. The last thing you want is a dead feed.

Reader's Comments

  1. JayWalk | March 24th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    It’s sad to see you go when I am really enjoying reading you.

    Should there be a day where you decide to return, drop me a shout at jaywalk[at]liquidblade[dot]com.


  2. Elia Diodati | March 24th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Such a pity to see you go. Are you sure you have absolutely NOTHING new to say? I think our country needs more people to comment on things, not less.

    Maintaining a blog can be tiring, and yes it can seem at times that there isn’t much to say, but to close shop solely because of that is somewhat tragic.

  3. Priyan | March 25th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I will be missing the news updates, live blogging …

  4. Joe | March 25th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    There are always things to say. It always about how far you want to go. For those who are bored, they should read ST which is “very interesting”. SJ, I think that you should continue as blogs have an effect on the general readers.

    People need to know. By stopping, less people will know and eventually, they will fall in the folds of the aimless sheep.

    People need to know. You can make the difference.

  5. offpoint | March 25th, 2008 at 3:03 am

    been enjoying your blog posts for a last few months. sad to see you go indeed.

  6. Kevin | March 25th, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Jean, the first time I got to know you, you seemed excited with the prospect of blogging. Humans are social animals, and what better way to express and engage that than through blogs. It’s an accelerated means to meeting new people.

    Indeed, as you’ve discovered, the experience of blogging can be multivariate. While really popular blogs are genre-specific, personal ones can diatribe into anything, and that can be beautiful. The thing that binds readers to these blogs: it’s personality.

    You’ve come so far, written well, socialized much, and perhaps even received commendations on your work / pleasure here, but you might be feeling the pressure from your audience.

    Whatever they say, shouldn’t matter to you. You should blog for yourself first, before others. As such, don’t quit just yet.

    Take a day, a week, a month, a year off.

    Come back to your blog when you’re ready and energized. It will always be here for you, and so will we…
    thanks to the advent of RSS.

  7. aaronkoh | March 25th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    All the best on your new blog.

    But I personally don’t suggest starting a new url as the one year and many months you have built have added to your web’s popularity and also pagerank.

    Why do you look at a redesign of your blog and start the change of how you would approach you content?

  8. claudia | March 25th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Why?? Why are you all ending it? Do you know this is the only source for daily news to me? (Cause ermm… I never read the news except those posted by simplyjean.)

    Soon I’ll have no news to read anymore. Waaaa!!

  9. Otterman | March 25th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Sigh, pity, just when I found this feed (well for some months now). At least I now know the reason for the mildly schizophrenic sound. i enjoyed the tone and the highlights. Thanks for all the posts! Sorry to see you all go.

  10. Simply Jean | March 25th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    @JayWalk: Thanks for loving this blog. =) Well… would really love not to go… but… ya, it does seem like Simply Jean is getting a little redundant.

    @Elia Diodati: Hmm… there are things to say, but if it’s the same as what everyone else is saying, then somehow it becomes a little pointless.

    @Joe: Hmm, I don’t think people will wall into the folds of the aimless sheep just because of Simply Jean closing. There are other sites (hyperlinked in post) that also serve the same purpose.

    @offpoint: Thanks. I hope you’d still like it if Simply Jean returns (sounds like Batman Returns).

    @Kevin: Nice to see you here. Yes, actually I have known more people in the past year or so than I did in my entire life… well, not really, but the exposure was tremendous. Yes, there’s a certain level of pressure from the audience, which probably warranted the “boring” comment from an anonymous reader. This, however, is way off tangent because Simply Jean (or most blogs, technically) wasn’t meant to cater to the whims and fancies of the readers, but somehow got sucked into it and worse, affected by a single comment that started the entire thinking process. Hmm… well, we’re still rethinking…

    @aaronkoh: Thanks… erm, there won’t be a new url because like you said, much effort was invested into Simply Jean

    @claudia: haha… at the rate Simply Jean is going, it’s just going to be 1 news a day… can’t be la, other good blogs also provide news. also has many links to daily news 😉

    @Otterman: Mildly schizophrenic sound? *gasp* But thanks for dropping by. Speaking of feeds, strange that after this post was up, the feed count went up. Gee… thought ppl will quickly drop it and move on…

  11. Chris | March 25th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    why do you want to stop writing because of some comments people made?

    you have your own style of writing and people will appreciate it for that style of writing

    do come back soon =D

  12. ignorantsoup | March 25th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I too, have enjoyed SimplyJean and I think it is a pity to let it go. It’s a good source of information. The person who gave that comment is probably childish. I do hope you change your mind!

  13. The Singapore Daily | March 25th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Alamak, why close. Not boring wat.
    Do email us if you starting another blog ya 🙂
    So long and thanks for all the fish!

  14. Miss Loi | March 25th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Jean, I’m amazed that a no-head-no-tail comment like this can even be considered a factor by you to stop blogging.

    If that’s the case, do take heart that I’ve received an arguably
    worse comment than the one you have. But maybe I’m just probably more thick-skinned than you.

  15. airworm | March 25th, 2008 at 1:35 pm


  16. Tianhong | March 25th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and people read blog because they need fresh perspective and it is what the different views brought up by different people that makes reading blog interesting.

  17. ricE | March 25th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    so ungay. actually found out about the selamat guy from here, well i was in mumbai la, india! ok, wasnt really mumbai but well you get the point.

    i got to be honest with you george, too much of selamat makes it very unselamat as the risk of making it well the anonymous person said it all. hey, thats a good idea for a blog, honest george. and georgie boy talks politics. barack and hilary sitting on a tree, kick-dumb-ass-of-poor-georgie.

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  19. Vandalin | March 26th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Agreed that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

    So I’m not going to hold the authors of Simply Jean responsible when I hunt down and hang, draw and quarter that idiot who posted up the comment.

  20. magicalstar | March 27th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Personally I feel that a person’s blog is just an avenue for him or her to express thoughts and feelings, so you shouldn’t be bothered about “your blog is boring” comments.

    In fact I find your blog very interesting! As with some of your readers, I get my news from your blog =P. It’s much more interesting to read it the way you say it then the way those newspaper reporters write it.

    Hope to see you back soon! Will be watching for your blog pings =)

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