I won’t be posting anything here until after the new year, though I may be Tweeting sporadically in the meantime.
Seriously, is it 2014, or 2004?
There’s a bit of a renaissance of real personal blogging here in NYC. Two of the original NYC bloggers have, after years of writing professionally and editing others, returned to their own blogs.
It started with Lockhart Steele, the founder of Curbed, Racked, and Eater, who started that media business on his personal blog.
Then the next day, Elizabeth Spiers, the founding editor/blogger at Gawker, dusted off her blog and started writing on it again.
There is something about the personal blog, yourname.com, where you control everything and get to do whatever the hell pleases you. There is something about linking to one of those blogs and then saying something. It’s like having a conversation in public with each other. This is how blogging was in the early days. And this is how blogging is today, if you want it to be.
It feels so good to link to both of them.
I’ve heard blogs classified as a type of social media. Maybe that’s true, and maybe not — I don’t care.
What I do care about is that my blog isn’t part of a system where its usefulness is just a hook to get me to use it. It works the way I want to, and the company running the servers (DreamHost) doesn’t care one fig what I do.
My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.
The things that will last on the internet are not owned. Plain old websites, blogs, RSS, irc, email.
I have been blogging consistently here at Newley.com since January, 2002.
Streaks are important.
2012 has been a memorable year for me.
In addition to writing some stories that I’m quite proud of, I departed Thailand after six years to begin studying for my Master’s in Business and Economics Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City. (I’m on winter break now and am writing this from Bangkok.)
Here’s a look back at some of my favorite posts from the last twelve months. Some entries are lighthearted, while others are more serious. At the bottom, I’ve linked to a few of my favorite pieces of non-Newley.com writing.
As you’ll see — first things first! — in March, my soccer team won our league. As the year progressed, I posted my notes from Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand and blogged about the landmark elections in Myanmar (Burma). And who could forget what happened in May: Lady Gaga arrived in Bangkok.
In New York, I wrote briefly about some of my classes and posted my notes from three memorable talks. First, R. Glenn Hubbard and Jeffrey Liebman, economic advisors to President Obama and Mitt Romney, debated business and economics issues at Columbia. Then Bob Woodward delivered an inspirational speech to Columbia Journalism School students. And I wrote about a talk Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave at the 92nd Street Y.
And, finally, as the year ended, I blogged about Hurricane Sandy hitting the New York area. (Indeed, it has been quite a year: I didn’t even blog about another two significant events from the fall: President Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.)
For Bloomberg BNA, I covered a wide range of issues, from political reforms and economic sanctions in Myanmar to a new rare earths processing plant in Malaysia. (I would link to the pieces, but they’re subscriber-only.)
And finally, this fall I penned a couple of pieces for Covering Business, a Columbia Journalism school Web site. One offered tips for business journalists who want to freelance abroad. The other was about covering tourism industry shocks.
Thanks, as ever, for reading. I always welcome feedback, so feel free to leave a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* As I noted earlier, I was happy to see that the nostalgia story was included in WSJ Scene Asia‘s list of their top Asian travel stories of the year.
**Links to all of my stories are on my Journalism page.
This modest site is recommended as part of a boxed text feature on Bangkok sites called “The Inside Scoop.”
Some of the other blogs mentioned include 2Bangkok, Austin Bush Photography, Patrick Winn’s Global Post blog, and Greg Jorgensen’s Greg to Differ. (You can find more Thailand-related blogs on my Links page.)
You may recall that Newley.com appeared in Lonely Planet’s last edition, as well. I am honored.
(Image: Richard Barrow.)
I won’t be posting anything here until the week of Jan. 9.
You might catch me on Twitter before then, though.
If you’re looking for something to read, check out the recent stories I link to from my Journalism page.
Or click over to the Popular Posts page for evergreen Newley.com posts.
I hope you have an excellent holiday season. Thanks, as ever, for reading.
A few quick programming notes, now that things have slowed down a bit following Thailand’s recent election.
The vote attracted global attention, and Newley.com has some new readers.
So here’s a reminder of what you can find here, and as well as a few ways to connect with me elsewhere.
I’ve also started linking to many of my pieces on the right side of every page, under the “selected recent stories” heading.
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That’s it for now. Thanks, as ever, for reading.
(Cartoon via The New Yorker‘s Cartoonbank.com.)