Saturday, November 23, 2013

A ‘Selfie’ Celebration for the Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries says ‘Selfie’ is the word of the year (2013).

Funnily, I have always thought that I have been doing selfies ever since I had my first digital camera in 2005 (Dutchman and moi were doing lots of selfies during our 2005 Algarve, Portugal holiday), and actually even before that in 2004 or perhaps earlier, with my stand-alone webcam. This was when I first learned the trick on how to take a snapshot of myself with it.

I also have been blogging for some time. This blog originally was an expat blog that morphed into a travel blog, and then lately, a travel & lifestyle blog, which means I have been uploading pictures for a while. I often had readers asking me why I am posed strangely in my solo pictures during my travels. Well, that is because ladies and gentlemen, I am taking a selfie, lol! Back then I did not call it a selfie. I called it plainly as—‘taking a picture of myself’.

It was born out of necessity, because when you travel solo, no one can take your picture and I am not the type of person who likes to ask strangers randomly to take a picture of me (although I did this a few times and never felt comfortable with it).

So I went to Oxford’s website and plucked the definition of this new social media word, just to make sure we are on the same page. And so here it is:

Definition of selfie in English
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi/
(also selfy)
noun (plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary
early 21st century: from SELF + -IE

I have to laugh at the side comment of the definition---but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn't necessary.

Nevertheless, inspired by this, I went back to my Picasa picture gallery to check out my first ever selfies that I made with my webcam and digital camera.

Tadah! Here they are... and with dates even.

The first 2 pictures were taken by a webcam. The rest were taken by a point-and-click camera (Fuji and Sony respectively). I am very sure that I have earlier taken several selfies, especially with my webcam but they are all gone, i.e. hard drive crashes, hard drive transfers, etc.

And I just realised I loved myself so much back then? Not a bad thing I suppose, haha. But now that I am older, and I guess after taking gazillion of selfies through the years, I do not take a lot of selfies now. I even have to remind myself to take selfies when I travel which is a must, otherwise, I will not have souvenir pictures of myself during my solo trips.

Let us all admit this, although this vary from person to person, we all have a narcissistic side in us. But alas, 2013 was not the year of selfies for me as I’ve been doing this since 2004 =)

And for you, when was the first time you made your own selfie?

More information: Oxford Dictionaries Blog, National Geographic, BBC World  


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