25,000 hits. On the second day of the New Year too. 🙂
Truth be told, the best thing that I like about having a blog is that I get to practice my writing. This is something that I have not been able do ever since I entered law school in 2001. One of the biggest gifts of 2007, in fact, is this blog, which gave me a reason to string words together again. I had forgotten how pleasurable it was to find the perfect word.
The second best thing to that, of course, is that I did feel that I was able to nurture and develop relationships through this blog. Bonn, when he was here in Manila was just another person that I would see at various network activities. Through blogging, he became a dear friend. Levy was to me simply a labor lawyer whose convictions I admire, but his witty albeit sporadic comments on this blog helped me (and Gus, hehe) know him a little bit more. Of course there are those already my friends but whom I’ve gotten closer to because blogging provided me a medium to do that. Like Jordan and Dianne and Mori and Golda and Arnold and Joan and Emman and Josel and Charms.
I’m sure there are people who read my blog without posting comments, and that’s fine too.
So anyway, because (1) I feel like celebrating my 25,000th blog hit (2) it’s New Year, and (3) people reading my blog should be rewarded with more superior reading material EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, here’s my start-2008-with-a-blast gimik.
Here’s the drill: Let me know what you think is my best blog entry and my worst blog entry and why; otherwise worded, your favorite and your least favorite from all the stuff I’ve posted starting February 2007. The first seven commenters will be given — tantarantaaaaaaan — a book from my bookshelf. (ASTEEEEEEEEEEEEG, mehn. heheheheheheh)
I’ve chosen the following well-loved books and tried to make it as diverse as possible. It’s been my tradition, after all, to give old books to people dear to me:
1. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. (A novel that I love. Winterson also wrote Written on the Body.)
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. (Hilarious and poignant. Heartbreaking yet funny. Another favorite.picked by Charms.
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka. (Do I really need to make a blurb for Kafka? Does anyone? – picked by Anold
The Summer Before the Summer of Love and Other Stories by Marly Swick. (This isn’t a cheesy romance collection. This is an anthology of extremely well-written short stories. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Great for long bus rides.) – picked by Golda.
5. Forbidden fruit: Filipino Women Write the Erotic. (I didn’t want to give this away at first, I couldn’t find it in the bookstores anymore. Beautiful. Erotic oems and short stories by Filipino women.)
It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt. (Hehe. Cult favorite. May kopya talaga ako, di ba? Wala lang.) picked by Dianne
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Like Kafka, kailangan pa ba i-blurb? One of my favorites among the classics) – picked by Chrisgel
The first seven commenters may pick a book of their choice. Obviously, when a book has been chosen, it is stricken off the list. I’ll get in touch with you via email.
Mauna na ako. My favorite blog entries are Terrains of Memory, Provinces of Regret and This Week I’ve Manged To Convince Myself That My Life Is Made Up Of Bite Sized Pieces of Poetry. Ay isali mo na din yung Meditation Class Dropout. Ito siguro yung pinakagusto ko yung pagkasulat at nahahappy ako pag binabasa ulit. My least favorite is Funky Friday Night. Cringe-worthy. What the hell was I thinking ??
O kayo na. 🙂