It's safe now to confess that I was bemused when Peter Griffin, otherwise known as The
Griff, sent a joint mail to some of us fledgling bloggers asking if we'd like to be part of a new group blog (or
CollaBlog) that would provide updates and information about the tsunami. This was when the tragedy was just revealing its awesome, terrifying scale. I had started blogging a couple of months earlier and was naive about what the medium could achieve; my own site was little more than a sounding board for scattered musings and rants.
So the impact of the South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami blog, cleverly acronymned SEA-EAT, was an eye-opener. My "contribution" was limited to having my name on the sidebar but I watched, fascinated, as events unfolded. Started by Griffin, Rohit Gupta and Dina Mehta as a forum for information on relief efforts and addresses for donations, SEA-EAT quickly developed into a phenomenon; high-traffic websites like Boing Boing, the New York Times and the Guardian linked to it, and up-to-the-minute...