Five years of MACVAYSIA

Wow, so I’ve been at this blogging thing for five years now. May 14th marked five years since MACVAYSIA’s first post. My online home has gone through plenty of changes since those early days. It started out at Blogspot, then went to Blogsome, then briefly to a domain owned by a friend’s deranged husband (now ex, thank goodness), and then finally here to my own domain. Some posts have disappeared with all these moves (someone hacked into my Blogspot blog and deleted several months of posts which I never got back; my friend’s crazy ex even deleted my entire blog once), but MACVAYSIA is still here.

In the last five years, not only has my blog gone through changes, my blogging has as well. I don’t blog as often as I used to, for a variety of reasons. For example, a lot of stuff that would have once gone into my blog before (lots of photos and some more private notes) is now usually shared on Facebook; when I want to share a short comment or a link to something I find interesting, now I either do so via Facebook or Twitter. With other forms of online interaction available to me, I find myself turning less often to my blog. Still, I continue to write here, and people actually keep reading it, mostly a small core of readers, people who started reading some time ago, maybe during the days when I was more actively involved in the local blog ‘scene’ and often pinged PPS (which is now pretty much obsolete since the rise of RSS feeds). Some of my family and friends read the stuff I put here, but I really don’t know who most of my readers are. It’s all good, I keep putting stuff here anyway.

This blog has done a lot for me. First and foremost it has allowed me to indulge my passion for writing. It has also put me into contact with a lot of great people I might not have otherwise come to know. I’ve made friends who have not only encouraged my writing but enriched my life as well. I’ve even had opportunities to write professionally. I’ve had my articles published in magazines, online and even in a book. Speaking of books, I’m even working on one of my own. Needless to say, I’m really glad I started blogging.

I can’t pretend to know what the future holds, but I know I will keep on writing. And I know I’ll keep putting some of my writing here in my blog, for now at least. Maybe people will even keep reading it. That’s a bonus. So here’s to five years of blogging and writing, and hopefully many more. It’s all good.