Wow, I am starting my 9th year of blogging!
Sometimes it amazes me that I've been doing this for 8 years now. I don't have a wide readership, I don't make money out of this blog, yet still I feel compelled to write. So now, this blog is now known as Memoirs of a Traveling Linguist: Year 9!
You may have noticed slight changes here. The title changed a little bit, for example. That is because during the past couple of years, I have slowly moved away from the personal diary model and on to the travelogue model. I still write about the occasional rant every now and then, yet the primary focus of this blog is now on my travelogues and my travel pictures. I have reduced the blogging frequency, so I only publish once every other day (it used to be twice every three days, and before that, there was a time when I published every day of the month). I guess the purpose of this blog, at least for me, has been evolving.
I've said this before, but it started as a blog to document my ups and downs during graduate school. In fact, the URL reflects that: I was a half-baked linguist while I was in graduate school, waiting to be a fully-baked linguist. I don't feel like changing my URL, so that stays. After all, I am still waiting for many things, mostly for modes of transportation.
I usually write a year-end review as the last entry of the year, so I won't cover much here, but during my 8th year of blogging, I moved the blog from Buffalo to Berlin. That's perhaps the largest announcement of the year for this blog. I've also visited 8 new countries (Poland, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, and Switzerland). And there are many other things that have happened, but for the most part, Year 8 was a great year for this blog. Here's hoping that Year 9 is another good year. No big moves are anticipated, but who knows.
So there. Onwards to Year 9. I hope you'll still hang around.