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A Change of Direction for LongCountdown

I’m so active around the net these days that this blog is starting to gather dust. Probably the biggest reason is because I’m always on JapanSoc.com and the JapanSoc Community Blog. Usually, whenever I get the urge to talk about Japan, I turn to one of those two sites rather than my own blog. It’s much easier to post a one paragraph comment than put together a large blog post.

Another reason is I’m blogging once a week on my brother’s site, VirtualTripping.com. We each fly off to some remote location in Google Earth, take a photo and write about the place we visited. That’s something I enjoy doing at the weekend.

I’ve also been busy behind the scenes at JapanSoc…

  • I’ve set up a development site
  • I’ve been working on building a blog-sized FAQ
  • I’m setting up a social networking extension to JapanSoc with the exciting title, JapanSoc Groups.

This has led to me joining various computing forums to learn more about the technical side of things. Specifically, I’m a regular on the SWCMS forum and the Elgg Users Google Group.

So, where does that leave LongCountdown? Well, I’m going to try my hand at micro-blogging, i.e. posting small, regular updates on what I’m doing or working on. That should be quite manageable, even if it’s not as interesting to read as my exploits with stool samples.

I hope you stick around!

New LongCountdown Theme

For the first time in ages, I’ve decided to ditch my own homemade WordPress theme and use somebody else’s instead. I chose the Amazing Grace theme by Vladimir Prelovac, and spent most of the day customizing it. I think Vlad’s theme is one of the better free ones, and I chose it because it was WordPress 2.6 compatible, with support for widgets, gravatars and a few other features. Yes, Jason convinced me to upgrade to WordPress 2.6.

With the extra space, I’ve been able to bring back the JapanSoc web widget and recent comments, as well as keeping the 20-man “Most Comments” list which I use as a dynamic blogroll.

I hope you like the theme. I do have another surprise up my sleeve, but I’ll keep you waiting for a while. ;)

Happy Birthday LongCountdown!

Today marks the first anniversary of starting this blog. Can you believe it’s been a year already? The first year saw Mami and I buy a house and have a baby, and while that will be hard to top, the next year should make for very interesting reading, particularly if you’re following the progress of our son, Rikuto.

There have been exactly 153 posts and 300 comments so far. I’d like to thank fellow Kakamigahara blogger, Jason Irwin for the 300th comment. Jason recently married into a Japanese family and among his many science and technology articles, he writes about his new life in Japan. Take a look at Jason’s Random Thoughts.

If you’d like to catch up on the last year, you should read LC’s 100th post, which highlights the best articles from the first hundred posts, and then look through the latest articles on the archives page.

To celebrate LongCountdown’s birthday, I got to together with Mami, Rikuto, our friend Keith and my Net Buddy 4 Life, Michael McKinlay, for a little song and dance. Enjoy the video.

LC’s 100th post!

LongCountdown's 100th post!I started writing this blog on September 23rd, 2006, with a post describing my arrival in Japan. Now, one hundred posts later, I thought I’d take a look back through the archives and point out some of my favorite articles which you may have missed.

September 2006:

  • What is Yakudoshi? I wrote this when we were looking for a house to buy. There were all kinds of problems at first, not least that Mami was in her yakudoshi, or bad luck, years. Three months after that post, we did eventually buy a house.
  • Ballroom dancing in Japan told the story of how we got into ballroom dancing. It’s one hobby that we both share and love… even though we’re not very good at it!

October 2006:

  • Oh my Gomi! This was the first of a two-part tale about my experience with taking out the trash and recycling in Japan. Read about how I took my rubbish with me as I moved from city to city. At the time, it was just much easier to keep it than chuck it!
  • Tetsu and Tomo mime Shouten theme! This was the first video I posted, and still my favorite. Just watch it and you’ll realize why.

November 2006:

  • I’m gonna be a daddy! This was the day Mami found out she was pregnant. One of the happiest moments of my life! It also marked the start of my Baby in Progress updates.
  • It’s a KFC Christmas was the first post I made that was linked to by other websites, bringing a lot of new readers to LongCountdown.com. Read how the Japanese go clucky for chicken at Christmas.

December 2006:

January 2007:

February 2007:

March 2007:

It was lovely to hear from Emma, she ended her email with…

I wish you and your family a very happy time together when your little boy is born: you’re in my RSS reader!

My motivation for writing LongCountdown comes from people reading, leaving comments and linking here like Emma did. So let me end with a big thank you to all my readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written so far and that you’ll stay with me for the next hundred posts!

LongCountdown hits the 100 post mark.