Monday, January 18, 2010

Lagalog is now 6: 1,237 thanks for 1,237 posts

It seems just yesterday when I first heard of the word "weblog" from a friend and promptly tried my hand in it.  Hard to believe but this was way back in 2004.  Since I write for a living, it seemed the natural thing to do.  Oh, I started out with mundane things really and my first attempt at blogging entitled Bloggie was about anything and everything that came to mind.  I didn't even have the means to buy even a point and shoot camera then so there were just kilometric ramblings during those early days. I must have really enjoyed the practice that I kept at it to date.
Simple blogging joys.  Back then, I just blogged for the sheer joy of it, for having a creative outlet outside a stressful job.  Way back, the buzzwords SEO, blogstats, page ranks and Google searches were alien concepts.  Call me old-fashioned but I always reminisce about those early days when blogs were about personal insights, not marketing hooks. It's really very interesting to read about what's happening to a friend I haven't seen in a long time or a stranger living so many miles away. 
But it's not all bad as the Internet has created an avenue for people to share their lives with the rest of the world, be it an audience of one or one million.  I'll be first to admit that this blog isn't that popular but it sure feels good to hear from readers who said I inspired them to blog. I feel fortunate to have been around for six years considering that thousands of blogs are born (and put to sleep) everyday.

Doubly blessed. I feel blessed to have met new friends through this blog.  I am grateful to have been nominated twice in the Philippine Blog Awards but on the other hand, what's more important is to be able to make a difference, no matter how little, in promoting the Philippines, being a voice in the cyberworld, and being a positive influence to others. I hope I was able to make a difference in my own little way.
So, what's next for Lagalog?  All I know is that nothing is for sure and no journey is ever finished so I hope and pray to be able to continue this chronicle.  I have been and will always be striving to be a honest and responsible blogger, to be transparent, to adhere to the full disclosure policy.  Maybe it's going against the norm but I figure it's the only way to go for me.  I thank my family, friends, and of course,  you, dear reader, for reading, supporting and following this blogspace.  And I pray for more safe travels along this journey called life for you and me.  God bless you all.

24 comments:

Sidney said...

Wow! You are an old guy ! ;-)
Kidding aside... congrats. Six years... that is something to look up to. Blogs come and go... not so many have the drive (or something to say) for such a long time.
Keep going Lagal[OG]...it is always a pleasure to visit your blog and be rewarded with beautiful images.

lagalog said...

Hahaha Sidney, 6 years in blog years is akin to dog age. Thanks so much for being a part of Lagal[og] for the better part of the past 6 years :D

witsandnuts said...

Happy blog anniversary! You've been blogging for so long na pala. More glorious years for you!

fortuitous faery said...

happy 6th blogoversary! it's amazing how much of our lives can be permalinked in cyberbia and shared with the world!

may your fridge be filled with more souvenir magnets!

lagalog said...

Thanks so much WitsandNuts and Fortuitous Faery. And I wish you more travels as well :D God bless!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...

happy anniv! i'm a regular visitor, and a huge fan. i'm pretty sure your blog is more famous than you think. cheers to more travels!

SandyCarlson said...

Happy anniversary. Congratulations. That is wonderful. You have enriched my world. This is a gorgeous post.

lagal[og] said...

Hi Gay, thank you very, very much. Nakakataba naman ng puso ang sinulat mo. I must admit there are times when I wanted to shut down this blog because it seems to be languishing in terms of views and readership. I can't really give in to diluting the content naman to give in to commercial pressure of paid reviews, etc. Comments like yours keep me going so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sandy, thank you very much. What you said is simple yet deep -- to have enriched another person's life is indeed a privilege.

wanderboy said...

congrats to you my friend!

please keep on inspiring us with you photographs & stories.

you're such a good person that is why god never forget to shower you with blessings.

more years to come and more power!

lagal[og] said...

ei Bro Erick, thanks thanks! you've been a good friend and I really appreciate that :)

the donG said...

being a positive influence to others. I hope I was able to make a difference in my own little way. >>> you definitely did bai. im just grateful to have witnessed that attitude. salamat sa samahan. isa pa rin sa mga astig na travel blogger and photographer.

lagal[og] said...

thanks Dom! I certainly hoped I did make a difference :D

bing said...

hi, i had visited here once and liked what i discovered; but here i am again taking a peek and looks like i was in time for a celeb.

congratulations! keep up the good work and keep on blogging.

lagalog said...

Thanks for the greeting Bing. Do take a peek more often :D

Lawstude said...

one of the best in the philippines. congratulations on your 6 years of awesome blogging. cheers to more years to come.

my gulch said...

6 is young. more years to come, Oggie. yes, it's been a blessing for us, your readers, to know that there is a blog like this one. good luck on everything! :-D

lagal[og] said...

Thanks Oman & Rayts. It's good to know me nagbabasa pala nitong payak na blog na ito :D

dodong flores said...

Hi, Oggie!
that's already a milestone...
Congrats, Bai!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...

i understand your sentiment. ako, i'd be content even if i only have one reader a day. i love backpacking, writing and taking photos. though not good at it, doing these things already makes me feel fulfilled, big plus na lang kapag may audience.

i want to have my own unbiased say about the world. and in my opinion, ganun sana dapat. so we get to read more honest insights. so ituloy natin ang laban!

lagal[og] said...

PinayTravelJunkie, you're right in that regard. At this junction, I don't really care much about how commercial this blog is. I'm coming full circle and I keep doing it because I want to share my perspective of the world with whoever might be interested in it. And you're absolutely correct about honest insights. Honesty -- it's a rare commodity nowadays, which all the more underscores the importance of upholding it in our own little way.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Belated happy 6th anniversary Lagalog!

lagalog said...

Thanks bro! :D

FERNAN said...

ito ang blog na palagi ko bina-balikbalikan. more power sir! :)

(btw i noticed that comments only shows time of posting but not the date)

lagal[og] said...

Fernan, salamat sa muling pagdalaw. Onga 'no, tingnan ko how to troubleshoot the date.

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