[M.A.P.L.E. IX.1] Push Through

Welcome to Episode Nine of M.A.P.L.E.!

For those of you who have not previously read my blog, M.A.P.L.E. stands for “May Acquires Posts Logged Everyday.” I got the idea from friends from Northwestern who blogged on a rival site, and had “B.E.D.A.” (Blog Every Day April/August). Well, I decided to do that, but in two different months (and of course with different names).

But I digress.

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Eight trips around the sun

That’s what this blog has now taken! And interestingly, the title of this post is related to the impetus for starting the blog.

As most of my readers know, I was inspired to start blogging when I got back to the USA from my Taglit trip, and my first blog posts were detailed journals of my experiences in Israel.

One of the acquaintances that I met there, Jared Rabin, was one of my more frequent post-trip contacts, since he is a musician.

One of his songs is named “Eight Trips Around The Sun,” so I suppose that I should dedicate this bloggiversary to him?

Here’s the song:

And just like 8 years ago, I am taking the day off of work in order to do some transcription of travel journals. The more things change, the more they stay the same!


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UWEC Sophomore Campaign: 35 days

NU/NU: 66 days

Florida: 153-ish days


As a blogger, though I enjoy writing posts, I also enjoy reading other bloggers’ posts.

However, I put reading others’ posts on a much lower pedestal among my other hobby activities, and unless I am in a sequence of scheduled posts (e.g. M.A.P.L.E.), blogging sometimes takes a lower rung on my list of priorities.

Eh… it also doesn’t help that I was moving this week, which caused my e-mail box to overflow with links to blog posts, since I use e-mail subscriptions for most of the blogs that I read.

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Wood Anniversary

It’s that time again! Right after I got back from Birthright in 2011, I signed up for a blog on WordPress, with the goal of sharing my journals, not only from the trip, but also other thoughts. Today is the “Wood Anniversary” (i.e., fifth anniversary) of the blog! (Hooray!)

Thus, just as I reflected on my Israel trip during the last 10 days, I might as well reflect on my blogging journey through the last 5 years.

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