Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Happy First Birthday, 6 Billionth Voice

This morning, before anyone else was up, Thunder and I got together and threw my blog a surprise birthday party. The 6 Billionth Voice is one year old today. So here it is, the spectacular first anniversary post!Cue music. No really, that is announcement number one. I can now upload and link to any type of file thanks to the flexibility and 100 MB of free space provided by Google's Page Creator! Yay! This means that I will be posting sounds and movies which I at The 6 Billionth Voice Media Page, which can be found in the links menu on the right!

So what else is new? Well, again, I ask you to look to the right, now scroll down. See how I have increased the size of the advertising section? Allow me to explain. I put up advertising on this site to raise money to donate to hurricane Kartina relief efforts. Well, it turns out Google will not print you a check until you make $100. Current amount of money raised by the ads: $18.71. So I have decided to add more ads in the hopes that this will encourage more visitors to click on stuff, because every click raises cash. So please, I beg you, if you see an ad that is even mildly interesting to you, check it out. I would love to be able to donate this money.

Alright, now for some fun stuff. It took a while, but I have assembled certain statistics. As of the 2nd of May, these were the important numbers.

Basic Stats:
Words: 69,898
Pages as a PDF: 304
Characters: 365061
Pictures: 819 (120 MB)

Top 10 Names:
Dad: 25
Sung Eun (Grace): 28
David: 31
Hyelynn (Lynn): 43
Takaya: 49
Mary: 51
Kira: 52
Manabu: 55
Mom: 59

Page Hits: 2,268 (only from September 2nd to May 2nd, which was after my summer trip)

So, as you can see, I put a lot of time into this blog. Why? Ok, here comes the purple. I am not naturally an adventurous person, I have always been shy, and I am easily frightened. I have never liked these aspects of my personality, and I have spent the majority of my life trying to change how I am. Sometimes I tried to adjust drastically. I got through middle and high school by crafting a very strong and convincing false personality. I even managed to convince myself that that person was the real me, when actually, it was only a part of who I am. Relationships and College managed to basically destroy that personality, but also gave me an opportunity to start building a new personality which took into account more of my natural character. Still, I was not as happy with the new me as I had been with the old me. Until, that is, I began to take Japanese. To do well in a foreign language, a person must have courage, so I slowly rediscovered my courage.

Shortly after that, I began this blog as an easy way to keep in touch with people during my travels. But within s few months, the blog had become both a means and an end. I found that I wanted to have an exciting life, and needing posts for my blog was a good excuse. This blog makes me a better person, because it is like my conscience: always sitting and watching me, ensuring that my life takes the path that, in my heart, I want it to take. I continue to put so much time into this blog because the time I put into it is miniscule compared to the growth that it encourages in me.

Conclusion: I'm gonna keep posting, and you should get a blog too. So what if it is a trend and you don't want to "follow the herd". So what if you have nothing to write about. Try it. Maybe it will give you something to write about. So what if you don't like typing, post photos. Having a blog isn't for everyone, but how will you know if it is for you unless you try it?

So, happy B-Day to the 6 Billionth Voice! Keep commenting (how do you think David and mom got so high on the list? I haven't taken any trips with them, but they have commented a lot)! Keep clicking on the ads!
Keep checking! After all, as much as this blog is for me, I make it public for all of you: my readers, to whom I am exceedingly grateful.


Ralph said...

I am unable to view the advertisements.

Mom said...

Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear 6BthV
Happy birthday to you.

So Happy to know that Trenton and Thunder were so thoughtful. I see I raised them well.

Trenton said...

See, mom knows how to keep her lead in the name count. I encourage the rest of you to do the same. Comment! I love it!

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