01 July 2011

Year 7

Wow, I cannot believe that I have been online for a full 6 years already! Has it been that long?

See, today is a special day. It's my blog's anniversary. I have been around for 6 years, and I don't plan to cease yet. Thus, it's my seventh year, and I will still be here blogging.

Plenty of changes have happened from the beginning of this blog. I used to simply write random stuff about graduate school when I started. A simple look at the articles I published from 2005 to 2006 affirms this. Then, things started to improve and get more complicated.

I have my Book Review Series going strong: I have reviewed more than a hundred books by now. Even third-party websites such as Blogcritics have taken note of it, and invited me to write book reviews for them, which I did.

I also renovated the format of my travel entries. Browsing my Trips, one could see that the way I write travel posts in the beginning is different from how I write it now. Somehow I feel that I put more energy this time around, and that's the way I like it.

What else is new? Oh yes, for the past year, I have started using post-processing techniques for my pictures. It started as a fix to a problematic digital camera, but later on I realized that I never intended to take pictures for the sake of accuracy. Instead, I take pictures for aesthetic purposes, and if I can enhance the aesthetic level of a shot by improving on it using digital means, I would definitely do it.

So, here's to another year. I am hoping that my dissertation gets to see the end of the tunnel this academic year, and therefore I can attend the last graduation I would ever attend. Hopefully by the end of this academic year, I would get the coveted three extra letters at the end of my name.

I started this blog to chronicle my life in graduate school. Now, my life in graduate school is about to end in a year. Does that mean that this blog would end as well? Perhaps, perhaps not. At this point, it still is serving a purpose as my voice to the world. We'll see, let's revisit this question again at the end of this academic year. But in the meantime, here's to another prolific year of blogging!

(The Steps, from my Ollantaytambo Series)


  1. Congratulations Jeruen! You're one of the few I know who is still keeping at it... successfully and persistently.

    And another evolution... you've also come out with your identity. :)

    It was great to meet you through blogging.

  2. Toe,

    Hehe, I figured it was about time, so yes, I revealed my identity! And hopefully we get to meet live in person sometime in the future. Who knows, I might go to Russia sometime... :)

  3. Hi Jeruen!
    Another milestone on your prolific writing! Happy 7th blog anniversary - times do move so fast while we're busy working on other million things, in your case, getting that PhD! Multi-tasking much huh...

  4. TNP,

    Hey! Thanks! And yes, it's still a multi-tasking frenzy here. Although I have to say I am seeing the end of the tunnel, hopefully by the end of this upcoming academic year, I have extra letters at the end of my name. Yay!

  5. Congratulations! I've been blogging around same as you more or less. Time really flies fast :)

  6. Charles,

    Time flies really fast indeed! I look forward to your further posts! Keep it up!

  7. Oooh... do tell me if you're dropping by in Moscow. :)

  8. Toe,

    Definitely! Project ko rin ang makabisita sa Russia, may pangarap akong gawin yung Trans-Siberian Railway eh!

  9. congratulations on your 7th year in blogging and pati na rin sa studies :-)

  10. flipnomad,

    Thanks! Maraming salamat!

  11. Congratulations Jeruen! Do you visit your year 1 archives and read what you wrote back then? It's wonderful to see the evolution, isn't it??

  12. Priyank,

    I do! And I often think, wow, did I really write that?