Wednesday, September 30, 2009
six cups of green tea
I've just this week passed the mark of writing here at Greentea.tk for six years. Since I pondered the third anniversary, a whole lot has happened although very little has actually changed, if you get my drift.
The first time I ever encountered the word 'blog' was in a 2002 Sunday Times Travel article which discussed how disgruntled travellers were posting online to spread the word about bad hotels and sub-par tours. Via the old JapanToday.com forum, which I was hooked on for a few months in grad school, I found Kim's 35 Degrees blog. It was the first one I really read. I came to the conclusion that 'blogging' was something ex-pats did to keep in touch with friends and family in the homeland. I now know that's not true although ex-pat blogs are still the most interesting to me. 'Stranger in a strange land' is a compelling theme.
When I moved home from England in 2003, I enjoyed almost a year of funemployment during which I cultivated many hobbies like knitting, kendo, political volunteerism, cooking, weight training and yes, blogging. Back then, I wrote more than I do now, although I posted far fewer photos.
The first two years of my posts are lost forever since they were hosted on my old .Mac account via iBlog. The iBlog program required me to figure out a lot of my own formatting via HTML. I was not always successful in my trial-and-error coding. I should have used the free Blogger platform right from the start.
Over six years, my most popular content has been the two posts with 17 comments each about the classic French Immersion tune C'est l'Halloween. My visitor stats start to climb every October, but people come here looking for that song all year round. The runners-up for biggest traffic drawing searches are Shinzaburo or Ichizawa Hanpu, 'winter fashion', and "I'm a vegetarian but my boyfriend isn't" even though my post was about the opposite scenario which I'm no longer in anyway.
Speaking of hits and visitors, I know there are lots of people reading who have never commented. Why not make my day and 'de-lurk' just this once. Say hello!