Big 500

I realized yesterday that this will be the 500th blog post that I have made on this new blog.

It is a big milestone to me personally. I ought to write something a bit more… celebratory to celebrate the occasion, I suppose. But then, today is a public holiday in Malaysia (Deepavali… Happy Deepavali to all my Indian friends who might be reading!) and I slept in. I only woke up close to lunch time when I heard firecrackers noise.

I had scrambled eggs for brunch, and I’m getting hungry again now.Β I’m still kind of dazed, haven’t had my coffee. So, I don’t really know what to write to commemorate this historic moment.

Maybe I’ll share with you a couple of videos of one of my favorite American superhero of all time.

In those days, my mom would use Popeye to encourage me to eat vegetables. For some years, I really believed that eating spinach would make me grow stronger. That’s how spinach became (and still is) one of my favorite vegetable. That’s how gullible I was.

But I like the concept of Popeye. I like the spinach concept. That little can of spinach, to me, represents humanity’s hopes. Whenever you feel down and defeated, if you keep faith, help would indefinitely come to make you feel better. In Popeye’s case, it is a can of spinach. For natural disaster victims, it could be the volunteers and all sorts of donations that people around the world make for their sake.

You know, I sometimes feel tired to blog continuously, every day (except for that minor enforced absence some months ago). I’ll be very honest with you, sometimes I really ran out of things to write. That’s why we got the 1P100W crap. Other times, when I stay and work late in the office and got really tired when I got home.

But then, every time I would think of my streak, and how depressing it would be for that streak to break. And I think of the comments that you might leave me if I ended up writing something interesting and/or funny. And I wonder if I suddenly break this streak, would you guys wonder (and be worried) that something might have befallen me.

The thing is, thinking of you guys makes me want to continue making a new blog post daily, even if the blog post is a crappy short one. You guys are my spinach. Thanks guys…

I guess I really should do something nice, like a giveaway (again) of some sort. But I’m too unprepared now, and too poor to attempt something like this. Maybe I’ll do something when I’m in Europe next year, like send you guys postcards directly from Barcelona. Or maybe I could buy a limited edition Barcelona FC merchandise as the grand prize for a certain blogger who meets certain criteria.

Yeah, I think I’ll do that. I’ll put more thoughts on how to do this when the time comes. But I’m getting dizzy now, so I guess I’ll stop here and go get a nice coffee in a cafe or something. That would be my personal celebration.

Anyway, thanks for all your support and attention for the past year and a half or so. Hopefully we will still be around to celebrate my 1000th post

Ciao! πŸ˜‰

44 Comments

  1. I’m a bit late to the party, oops! But congratulations on the 500 post milestone. And congrats for keeping up the streak of blogging every day and I’m sure we’re all batting an eyelid during that moment you stopped for a while πŸ˜‰

    Blogging certainly takes more effort than many think. Writing your posts and responding to comments takes time. As you said in the previous comments, your blog posts are indeed spontaneous but I do think they are always food for thought. Perhaps more so than the lengthy ones I churn out once a month or so.

    Looking forward to the 1000th post. Oh, and a postcard from Barca would be lovely πŸ™„

    • It will either be postcards, or maybe something more interesting. It depends on what I can find. πŸ˜‰

      People who blog will certainly understand how difficult it is, and I’m glad you find some value in my spontaneous writing. You’re a very premium grade spinach for me! πŸ˜€

  2. You like spinach so much then be macam me lah, plant your own spinach πŸ˜€ This spinach can eat wan πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your big 500 and more to come!

  3. Wow!!! What a milestone! and such a sweet little speech too. I’m really impressed by your dedication to blog everyday, and how you always have something to talk about. I just can not do that. But I feel the same way, every time I think about stopping blogging, I think of the blog friends and readers I’ve made, and I feel like I must continue.

  4. The Big 500…so when sampai 1000th post going to have big big celebration or not…

    LOL…I have downloaded some popeye. J loves them. Entah la…maybe old cartoons more “ganas” …he watch till laugh out loud. Not like the new cartoons…watch like zombie

  5. u know what? my parents have been using Popeye as an example to encourage us to eat our spinach too. We even have a Popeye game (sort of those Nintendo gameboy stuff, but older than that). I grew up eating lotsa spinach, and still liking it. When I was a student, I took it almost daily coz that’s the cheapest dish I could get from stalls.

  6. Congratulations on your 500th post and still surviving from blogging!! hahahaa.. I am getting lazier, now I take one day off from blogging each week, gone are those days that I blogged every single day… Thank you for your blogging support too on my blog, we need each other’s encouragement so as our blog can stay alive! I thought of sending out souvenirs too but I am just too lazy, with my condition like that, I cannot even walk lest alone drive.. so I guess it has to wait till I am walking and running again!

    • Hahaha true. Make sure you are up and running again first! I thought you will suffer traveling around the way you are, but it seems from your blog posts, touring Europe has been good for your recovery hahaha! πŸ˜€

  7. Woi, I see only I thought you buy RM500 (Big) 3 sides, means RM1500 lah! Aiyoyo.. But then I was thinking, maximum bet is RM100 (Big), unless you buy 5x separately.. Ooooops, very “larn dou” the way I talk, wakakakaka.. Congrats on your 500th post, and many more to come πŸ™‚

  8. Congratulations for that milestone! I know how you feel without the daily coffee dosis…
    My parents encouraged me similar with the spinach and Popeye the Sailor. Wonders me how it was possible that it took two decades for me to find out that there is even a real action movie of it!

    Anyways, you going to Europe next year, already set up all countries to visit?

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!! that is indeed a milestone.. this is your 500th post on such a special day, consider that as ι›™ε–œθ‡¨ι–€?? hahaha.. so your next milestone you are looking forward to will be 1000 huh?? πŸ™‚

    • Er… no disrespect to the Indians, but… Deepavali is just a holiday for me, not really a special day 😐 …

      Yeah, next stop, 1000 posts!

  10. Congrats! on reaching your 500th post! Now onwards to your 1000th post. Thanks for saying we are your motivation to post daily. Feels funny to be referred to as spinach, hahahaha! You are really diligent to do freelancing and get paid to write for websites. Good for you!

  11. Congrats on your 500th post… πŸ™‚ Look forward to your 1000th post, hehe…

    To do on a daily basis to me is very tiring, usually, I will upload pictures and write as and when I have the time, then save in draft and then schedule to post it…

    • I sometimes do too… I mean scheduling posts. Especially when I am doing travelogues. But most of the time, I like to write “real-time”. I am still treating the blog as a (open) diary, where I can write whatever I want and if people gets pissed, they should just eff off.

        • Well, it is free market in the internet. If we cannot “agree to disagree” with anyone, it is best to part ways rather than force the issue. I used to worry about how and why I pissed someone off, but nowadays I don’t really care. So what if I know the reason? I’m not going to change my way of talking (writing), or my thoughts.

  12. That’s an achievement, your 500th post! I am not there yet hah..hah… You know, I actually like it that you blog everyday and I look forwards to your new posts every evening. I am sure your other readers feel the same. But really, you don’t have to post everyday if it is too taxing. I know how hard it is to write a post. Sometimes, I run out of what to say. So bravo! Cheering you on to your 1,000th post πŸ™‚

    • Maybe one day, if I suddenly disappear and stop blogging for some weeks or months, there might be people speculating “see, he burnt out, he should not have blogged daily, forcing the issue”… πŸ˜›

    • I guess it is because I have nothing better to do. I am writing a lot when freelancing, but I have to be professional about those, so writing my blog is like a hobby and I can go however I like to. It reminds me that I like writing.

  13. Milestones should be celebrated….I do that all the time with my mini milestones. All of us bloggers, at one time or another, will run out of things to write, that’s why I can’t do it on a daily basis (plus my posts are usually long, so it’ll take up too much time if I blog every day). But I do admire those who can blog daily…but (you know) you don’t have to do it daily if you don’t want to and can’t find anything to write…we’ll just wait patiently for the next post. Commenting in each other’s blog is a means of motivation (in your case, it’s spinach :D) for us to keep blogging!

    So, congrats on your 500th….onwards to your 1000th! πŸ™‚

    • If I am to write full fledged article posts like you do, I would go crazy to do it daily. No, mine are simple, spontaneous posts mostly. (I do write full fledged articles when freelancing for other websites, but I get paid for those, so it’s fine)..

      • Now you make me so sad that I’m writing full fledged articles but not paid for it (except for those I’m doing for one company lah)….wakakaka! πŸ˜€ If you don’t mind my asking, how do you get freelancing job contacts? What type of subject do you write about? Any for the stuff I write that you care to point me to? πŸ˜‰

        • I used Elance.. (They have now moved to Upwork, I haven’t got myself setup in the new platform yet). There are tonnes of writing jobs to be had there. Of course, it is not a guaranteed job fest, it is basically a freelance job site where you can apply for jobs.

          It wasn’t easy. It took me months to get someone to hire me, and I worked for next to nothing for months after that just to earn good feedback and build up my portfolio. Only get in if you are serious and are willing to persevere.

            • Elance took 5-10% depending on the job, I still have not logged into Upwork and make the transfer yet so I’m not sure, but I suppose they do too. I can live with them taking a cut. How else would they remain operational without such revenue, right?

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