I have some good news.
I have been pondering over the fact that I have been up and running this blog for two years now. That's a pretty long time. As of yesterday, I have 452 posts. This blog used to be very simple, using a traditional template provider by Blogger.
I've bumped into a few blog friends as well, from a guy in Amsterdam who likes to play video games, to a woman in Nashville who keeps horses. They came and went. I used to link to their blogs manually, encoding their URLs by hand in my template.
I also discovered Weather signs, where I could put a weather forecast of the location where I am in. I also discovered the clock, where there can be a digital clock that shows the time where I am in. I also discovered video embedding, thus, I was able to put music videos in my blog.
Then, Blogger was bought by Yahoo! and there became the new Blogger. Things became much easier. I also got tired of all the hocus-pocus that I attached in my blog. So I removed them, retaining the necessary ones. Like, who cares what the weather in Buffalo is like? Do my readers really care? If I want to know the weather, I would go to the website of the Weather Channel, not my blog. If I want to know the time, then I'd look at my wristwatch.
That's the same reason why I don't buy a camera phone, if I want a camera, I'd buy a camera, not a camera phone. A phone is for calling someone, not for taking pictures.
So, after two years, I was wondering, what would happen if I suddenly become offline? What would my readers think about it?
Well, the things that I anticipate is that there would be more of those offline messages from my Central European fanbase. They would probably call me and check on me more frequently, since they don't have information that they can read in a blog anymore. They would call me in the middle of the night, due to the fact that they forgot that I am six hours behind.
Ok, I guess taking the blog offline is a bit of a hassle.
Thus, I am keeping it.
And, in a show of determination from my part with regard to keeping the blog online, I just bought my own domain! Yes folks, I am real. I now have a dot-com domain name! I have my own little corner in cyberspace now. So, look up, and instead of seeing http://linguist-in-waiting.blogspot.com, you see http://www.linguist-in-waiting.com! So, update your links friends. After two years, I think it is time to take this one step forward.
There are more updates ahead, but I don't know how fast I will update them. We'll see. For now, enjoy my Ecuadorian Flora Series. Smell the flowers, or rather, pretend smelling them.