It seemed like yesterday when i penned the post for the 9th anniversary last July. You should read it if you are new to my blog as it summarized my journey and recapped some of the key articles and milestones for the blog since 07.07.07.
Reflections of my journey so far
It was an interesting week for me where i received 3 invitation emails from Shareinvestor, Deal Street Asia and Small Caps Asia on the same day to be either a panelist on Invest Fair 2017 or for a media interview. Unfortunately i have to turn down these invitations as i am not able to conduct public engagements or be interviewed on a personal basis under my employment contract - my sincere apologies and here is a little publicity to your websites from my small fan base. The invitations probably signify how this little journey of mine has evolved over the last 10 years - from an obscure blog to a "go to" website whenever there is an IPO in Singapore with readers waiting for my Chilli Ratings...(I know i still owe you the Netlink Trust IPO write up, i promise to do it over this weekend...😋)
While i shun public engagements, where time permits, i actually catch up with interesting personalities through the blog over the years. These include the initial "ninjas" group and over time, i met up with business owners asking for listing advice, fund managers, Catalist Sponsors for IPOs, trader reps, media writers, and fellow investors. My life would have been less interesting if not for you and through some of them, i get the latest gossips from time to time about the IPOs.
Looking at my writing style, it has also changed over the years. When i just started, the style was more like mumbling to myself on whether I should subscribe for the IPO shares. I cringed at some of my earlier posts 😢 and the lack of quality (not trying to imply that the current quality is perfect). As time progressed, I realized more people do read my "mumblings" and that is where i started to make my blog post more comprehensive and share what i like about the company and some of my concerns. I also give my 2 cents on the fair value as well as provide a simple chilli ratings on these IPOs to let investors know whether i will subscribe for those shares or not.
The chilli ratings probably helped boost readership and fans base, of course, some of the accurate "Chopped Chill" or "3 Chillis" calls also helped boost my profile although I definitely have my fair share of wrong calls as well. One of my fans then started calling me Mr. IPO on Facebook and that is probably how the nickname started. I also have one crazy stalker that for no reason, start stalking me and calling me names on the blog, forcing me to "gate the comments" section or it will be flooded with nasty comments. I do wonder why he bothered to visit and read my blog when he hated me so much? 🤔
My workload has increased dramatically over the last 5 years and i am traveling a lot these days. In fact, most of my IPO analysis and blog posts in May and June were done from a hotel room. I do apologize neglecting some of my other blogs and will try my best to write and share more where time permits.
Singapore IPOs Facebook Page
In July 2012, i made the most important decision to start a Singapore IPO Facebook Page to have more engagement with my readers. The "fans" base hit the magical 1,000 in May 2013 and continue to enjoy a healthy growth rate of 21% last year. How i wish my personal portfolio value grow at such rate as well! 😀 Here's a thank you to all of you and do continue to "like or share" my posts. It does mean a lot to me.
Demographic wise, male fans continue to dominate at 72% and between 25 to 34 years old being the largest age group. This is probably the group that are more internet savvy, with emerging "investing power" and more urgency to increase their knowledge and returns.
On this anniversary, i hope all my fans and readers have benefited from a decade of postings. It has been a long time and thanks for all the encouragement and being part of my life!
Do feel free to leave comments if there are areas which i can improve on ^_^