Fall is over

For the second time this year, the semester is over yet again. Unlike in Spring, this semester was hard, like literally. But education won’t be fun if things were easy right?

I’ll be talking mostly about my expectations and the reality of this semester in this entry and I’ll leave the nitty and gritty stuff about the classes that I took in my class reviews which I am hoping to complete by the end of the year. I was really, hard pressed at getting it done by the time I was done with the finals for the class but that clearly didn’t happen. Right now those reviews are like 10% done.

Over the Summer I actually listed out seven(7) goals that I wanted to fulfill in this semester. Most of them were just things based on what I noticed during the Spring semester. Sadly to say, I only managed to get 2 out of the 7 things that I set out to do. I’ll just talk about what I managed to achieve this semester and just leave the other 5 things for another day.

The first of the two in my list was to make more friends. I didn’t clearly define what I meant by making friends but how I calculated was based on my interactions with them. One of the biggest reasons why I have met with more people this semester compared to the last semester is because I was more outgoing that I usually am. Being more outgoing and doing things that I wouldn’t usually do was my second goal of the semester.

It all started with E2 camp where I had an amazing time, then came orientation where I met with lots of interesting thing and then finally is the club that I joined this semester where I became closer with a couple of people that I previously met. Honestly speaking, I am not much of a people person. I don’t have much friends. I know a lot of people from school but never in my life that I had this many friends that I can actually talk to on a personal level.

The friends that I have made this semester (each and every one of them) will always have a special place in my heart. Although I might not be the most outspoken one, I have experienced a lot of things during this semester while interacting with them outside of classes, during camp and casually on campus.

If I were to describe this semester in one word, it would be ‘unexpected’. Everything that happened this semester was really beyond what I could predict. Like what I learnt during Philosphy 101 last semester, at the end of the day, everything goes down to determinism. What’s meant to be will eventually come to place. It felt like all of these chain of events that happened this semester is based on my decision but I believe it’s fate that put everything on the table.

The things that I did this semester was so unexpected to the point that I just felt lost at times. Lost in the sense that my mind was blank.

But overlooking at what I did this semester, the thing that I am most worried about all semester was my grades. Compared to last semester where I didn’t have much friends, I spent most of my time studying rather than going out and socializing with others. I can definitely said that I didn’t study as much as what I liked but I think everything turned out pretty well, I guess. We’ll see about it.

Looking forward to doing some meaningful things during the winter break.



Truth on the internet

For months now, I have been wanting to talk about this openly and I think it is the right to to talk about this.

The internet is full of lies.

There’s no denying that fact.

Everyone is stuck in their social bubble due to the algorithms that internet companies integrate into their platform. The illusion of validity proves once again that their algorithms are right.

There is no doubt that the advancements of technology have brought upon this trend of falsifying information on the internet.

But does truth have a true home on the internet?

This semester, one of my focuses was doing intensive research on topics related to the class material. Since ASU is a research 1 university, it was no surprise that even the lower division classes focused strongly on research. What I learnt a lot about is that each source type has it’s own credibility. But even with the validity based on the source, these kind of sources can also be invalid.

I spent the bulk of my time this past year on social media. More than I ever spent in a year. In the past, what I share on social media is merely just random bits and pieces of my life and this year I am shaking things up a bit by introducing more personal stories and encounters. Being actively sharing information on social media is years in the making. I had an idea that there will be a time that I will take advantage of the potential that social media platforms like Facebook and twitter has to offer. That time is now here.

Being openly public on social media is my choice. Some people might still have reservations that government agencies are spying on their online data but I believe that having an online presence and understanding it is important in surviving the 21st century.

It is my choice to publicize certain information. I have spent the last couple of years figuring out what exactly that I want people to see and what I want to publicize. That meant googling (and even bing-ing) myself to see what search engines can pull up about me. I have made it relatively easy for people to stalk me on the internet. But not by chance, I know what people will know about me when they look me up on the internet.

Why am I doing this, well in managing my online presence, I can protect my information. Sounds a little counter-intuitive but what this means is that I am still in control of what people know about me. At the end of the day, it goes down to my online privacy and relating back to the title of this entry which is about the truth, I do personally believe that the internet should be more truthful.

I can’t say that I am 100% truthful on the internet, but I try my best to keep things legit. Sometimes, lies really is necessary because being truthful just doesn’t cut it.

Things that I publish on the internet is not by accident nor is it by chance, it was a decision that I spent time making.

Making America Great Again?

Disclaimer: This is the most baseless entry I have yet to write on this blog. Kindly pardon some of my naive-ness and negligence in this matter.

Come January 20, 2017, America will be appointing Donald Trump as the 45th President of The United States.

Honestly, I am neither angry, sad or happy about the results for this election. I do have a slight preference towards Hillary Clinton winning this election but only because she would make history and give the female population the confidence they need that anything is possible. That’s all.

This morning felt like a usual day but things changed drastically in class. My english teacher came in the class feeling quieter than usual. Just the other day she told us that she was afraid of the election results and so during class, she tried to talk about her thoughts on the election results and after just a couple of words, she started tearing and was on the verge of breaking down.

She just started crying

This is my first time experiencing a teacher cry in front of a class. I have seen other teachers cry before but not in front of a class.

She then proceeded the class with her sunglasses on and tried to teach the class. Honestly, at that point, I felt like crying also. Not because I’m sad but I understand what she is feeling. As an American, of course losing an election is a shitty thing.

I knew it coming in this country this year that a new President will be appointed

I have also been told that Americans don’t like to openly talk about politics.

I also understand that at the end of the day, politics really goes down to personal preference.

To be honest, I have never really quite followed the US Elections this year. Only up until till recently that I started taking attention about it and learning about the various policies and changes that the candidates are fighting for. Prior to this, the only thing I knew about the elections is that Trump is a funny guy (contextually speaking) and that Clinton is the one fighting for the minority groups. But even after doing extensive youtube-binging and clicking on lots of internet links, I still don’t know the big picture about the candidates.

I guess that is the nature of politics and why some people choose to support one candidate over another. Everyone is just looking at one part of the story and concluding from there.

And especially with the election this time around. Social media and the internet today is so advanced and everything said by any party can be fact-checked. The use of social media this time around is wild and crazy. The thing about social media is that things like facts and opinions can be easily manipulated based on the preference of the publisher.

Simple reason why people who support Hillary Clinton thinks Trump is going to lose because the algorithms built into Facebook is designed to show you only things that you like. It’s that amazing. The same thing goes for the Donald Trump supporters that think Clinton is going to win. All of this is based off the expectation that you conceive your standings through social media.

Facebook and Twitter has been real crazy in the last 24 hours, all about politics. Glad that it’s finally over but it’ll probably take a while for this election fever to go away.

But the reason why I brought up the topic of social media is that I have been reading long and short remarks online about the election results. Most of the things that I have read on my Facebook is that people are surprised that Trump won the election and that people are feared for the next President.

I am no political expert here but I know that there’s no reason why we should be afraid of the new President. The United States is built on the foundation where the President only has partial power over rulings. But then again, Trump has shocked the world by winning the elections.

Honestly speaking, I was somewhat expecting Trump to win the election but not by a landslide win but more of a close tie between him and Clinton. What this shows is that Americans do like him despite his lack of political experience.

Either way, I am looking at this from a positive view. I don’t think that Trump winning the election is a bad thing. This is politics after all and that I only know part of the story, maybe it’s much worse than I could imagine. But anyways, if Donald Trump can win the election, I presume that he can try to be a good president.

Hope he keeps his promise to Make America Great Again.

Here’s President Obama’s speech about the election results. His speech is probably the most meaningful words I have heard this whole election.

Side note: Why the hell is WordPress just displaying the link for the video. They need to fix this. It looks perfectly fine in the post editor but not in the published entry. Zzz.


My dilemma of writing articles

One of my goals this year was to create a consistent schedule for writing blog posts (and also increasing the number of published articles) but that has clearly not happened as things started to go crazily off track half-way into my first semester at ASU. Homework and assignments started catching up to me and I just did not have the mood to write articles.

I had all of the big ideas as to what I was going to write but I ended up missing the opportunity to write those articles because of my laziness. Then came Summer and I was all pumped up as I had all the time of my life to write all day long. But then, the dilemma struck me yet again, I did not have the passion to write the articles. All I wanted to do is to continuously watch youtube videos, sleep and eat.

For the most part, Summer really didn’t work out as I planned it to be. Didn’t manage to complete any of the tasks that I set for the holidays. I tried everything from creating wunderlist notifications to watching motivational talks but I just did not have the mood to do legitimate things during the Summer. Take example this very article, I had the plan to write this back in July but only in September am I actually writing the said article.

But right now as the new semester is starting, my mind is getting all of these ideas about the things that I want to write. But the problem right now is that it is conflicting with my school work. Currently, I am back to speed in writing articles thanks to the labor day long weekend which is ending in a couple of hours time. Hopefully I will be able to find out a methodology as to how I can be consistent in writing articles.

Word of the day: Multipotentialite

Anyways, I stumbled upon this TED talk today and it was a pretty interesting one because it just clicked to me. The reason why it’s in this article is because it relates closely to what I am trying to explain here. Long story short, this talk is about how people usually like to start doing a lot of things but end up quitting it because they quickly lose that initial enthusiasm that they had when they first started learning about that new thing.

I can tell you that this has happened to me so many times. Just take example blogging, I started doing it frequently back in 2012 and while I am still doing blogging on a weekly basis to express myself on the internet. Often times, I end up not wanting to write articles because I don’t have that passion.

My passion for blogging comes and goes. Another thing is about how I was so invested in the Raspberry Pi platform last year and now I am struggling to find the passion to continue on with it. I ended up quitting it late last year but the point is that never did I expect that the things I learnt while playing around with the Raspberry Pi would become useful in my college degree. The digital design class and engineering class I took earlier this year had lab sessions that touched on electronic circuits and my experience of wiring and referencing circuit diagrams did benefit my time at the labs. And the Linux command lines that I learnt while using Raspbian is proving to be useful in my current programming class which dives into multiple programming paradigms.

And this all goes back to the definition of determinism that I picked up in the philosophy class I took last semester. Ultimately, everything has it’s purpose and I will continue to explore into new territories as things will eventually become useful.

Now, I’ve just got to devise a plan to keep up with my blogging streak.

Summer is over

It felt like just yesterday that I was packing my bags ready to move out of my dorm and take a flight to Boston for the Summer. And here I am writing this entry on the night before class officially begins.

Tomorrow is the first day of classes and I am still questioning why the first day of the semester is on a Thursday. But anyways, starting early means ending early.

I would like to say that I am well prepared for this semester but that is not the case here. I did learn a lot about the higher education system here during the Spring session but somehow, I still feel a little worried for the classes I will be taking this semester. My initial plan was to get a head start for the class by doing some reading and practice but that did not happen at all. I was thinking about doing it but I did not actually do it.

Nevertheless, I am hoping to improve on what I did wrong last semester. There is still room for improvement. Most notably is my time management and commitment with different things need to be improved on and

Right now, I am mostly excited about the classes for this semester because they are genuinely the thing that I am interested in opposed to the courses I took last semester which was a 50/50 mix of things that I liked and things that I was “required” to take in order to be on-track for graduation.

I really don’t know what else to talk about but yeah, real excited for the first day of classes tomorrow. Orientation last week was pretty much amazing and I hope I can meet with people like that in my classes for this semester.

My E2 Camp experience

Honestly, I don’t really remember how I found out about E2 Camp.

I would like to say that I read about it through the newsletter but it also could’ve been through the stalking that I was doing about the Fulton Schools. But either way, attending this camp has provided me a different perspective towards my experience here at ASU. This is probably the push that I need as the first semester novelty of studying in the USA wears off.

A couple days before camp, I was somewhat reluctant to go to the camp because I was anxious about what I was supposed to do. I did not attend E2 Camp before so being a one-up level compared to the campers is a difficult task. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, I was given a schedule, a handbook and also paired up with a co-counselor but even then, some things are just hard to do without prior experience.

What is E2 Camp?

According to the ASU microsite, E2 camp is

E2 is an exciting way to jump-start your success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.You will meet other students, faculty, and staff and learn skills that are important to your success as a Fulton student through a variety of fun and interactive activities. Upperclassmen, faculty, and staff serve as resources to students during E2.

As I said earlier, I did not attend E2 Camp during my freshmen year and I kicked off my E2 Camp experience as a counselor. The description provided online is pretty spot on. The general theme of the activities is teamwork, communication and some good-ol fun.

Comparing the activities during E2 with the freshmen level courses that I took last semester, there is a lot of similarities in terms of what they teach. First and foremost has got to be the Fulton Difference. Things like the tutoring center, professor office hours, undergraduate research, job opportunities were heavily talked about in most of my classes in the Spring semester. And to no surprise, there was talk about mostly the same things during certain E2 Camp activities.

But beyond the planned activities, there was actually quite a big chunk of free time allocated during the camp. That time was not only there to give groups the opportunity to discuss about the group cheer but it is also the time where campers and counselors alike are given the opportunity to mingle around ourselves or to approach faculty.

Was it worth the time?

For the most part, yes.

I can tell you that my ideal representation of E2 is having a group of motivated freshmen students that are passionate about camp and want to win. But that clearly did not happen because life doesn’t always give me what I want. Overall, I did eventually come to like my group after a couple of activities. I would have like to to talk to them individually about their plan for the academic year but I didn’t have the time to do that.

Nevertheless, the individual conversations that I did have with my campers ended up being a fulfilling one. It was definitely a privilege to be able to share my experience with a willing party and provide feedback about the expectations that other people had.

Other than having these conversations with my group members, I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with faculty that I would never get to speak in person if it weren’t for E2. People like the Mr Fulton (didn’t get to speak to him but I did get to see him in person), Dean Squires, staff from the Dean’s office, Professors from different Engineering schools and alumni.

Round 2?

Funny thing is that I did not know that this was some sort of competition between different groups up until I started reading the counselor handbook. All is not lost but I will be going for a second round of E2 later next week and I a hope that my experiences during the first camp will help me better lead my campers.

New York City

The Big Apple

I am still not too sure why it’s called the big apple but I presume that it has something to do with the size because Manhattan clearly doesn’t look like an apple.

But anyways, last week I had a glimpse of life in NYC and it felt different and familiar at the same time. One thing that I instantly got used to is the layout of the streets which is typical United States where most of the major streets are in a grid layout. But the easy layout didn’t stop me from getting lost because frankly, I am not very good with directions.


While the general layout of NYC is the grid layout, there is a couple of exceptions and one of them is the diagonal intersection along the 7th avenue. There is where the iconic Times Square digital screens and billboard resides. I actually could not recognize it when I first entered the intersection because it didn’t look like what pictures depict it to be. For one, the iconic Nasdaq digital screen is actually tucked away in a corner with a building obstructing part of the screen. I didn’t manage to get a full  picture of all the billboards because I didn’t have much time to look around for that spot which can get the full picture.

An approximate map of where I walked

I am pretty sure there’s a specific position you need to stand in order to get that picture. I only spent about 15 minutes at Times Square because there was a lot of people there plus the weather was hot that day. Also, there was some construction being done along the intersection.

My mission for that day was to go along 5th avenue and that is what I did. Since, I wanted to experience the full NYC package, I walked the streets sidewalks of NYC with my earphones. It felt like I was blending in with the locals. I’m not going to talk about what I did in NYC because that is not the point but I was basically stopping by both the Apple and Microsoft Store while making a stop at Trump Tower.

Along the way, I realized quite a number of things about NYC. First and foremost, I finally understand why the traffic in NYC is like that. The problem actually lies with the people. A lot of people (including me) tend to cross the street without looking at the pedestrian traffic light. It usually starts with one person and then others follow on and that is just part of the congestion. The nature of the grid design of NYC also means that there is a traffic light on every block which means that the chance of a gridlock to happen is very common.

Speaking of blocks, I managed to walk a couple of dozen of blocks in the course of two hours. From my not so scientific calculation, I came to the conclusion that it takes about 1 minute for me to walk a block but that also depends on the amount on traffic and the number of shops along the sidewalk. Some stores have some nice window display that calls for a picture or two. Overall, walking is a fairly tough thing to do and I can see why those electric skateboards are popular in this city.

Walking in general was tiring but I did find out that walking along the sidewalk of NYC to be a very relaxing thing to do once you put on your earphones. The weather at Times Square might be hot but along the sidewalks, the weather is noticeably cooler with gushes of cool wind every now and then.

But that is about it when it comes to NYC. I have just had a small taste of this dense city and there is still a lot of things that I need to see. I’ll save that for my next trip to the Big Apple.


A new season

I have always imagined what it would be to live in a place that has 4 seasons and gratefully, I am able experience that this year. In January, I had a little taste of winter with the cold winds and unexpected rainfall that rarely happens in Arizona according to the locals. Soon after that, I was greeted with Spring which is a weather condition that is not much different compared to Malaysia. The sun was constantly up but the winds was still a little cold. Personally, I think that is the most optimal weather. Not too cold and not too hot.

Something that I learnt about the weather conditions here is that they are sometimes a little unpredictable. The weather is unpredictable in the sense that sometimes the weather is hot (~28 degrees) and the next day it goes down to around 18 degrees. I still remember that one week where the temperature in the evening was as cold as it was when I first arrived.

The lesson here is that I should always check the weather forecast before going out. Something that I have been taking for granted back in Malaysia because the weather is mostly hot and nothing specific is required when it rains because I always end walking in the rain.


After Spring comes Summer and this is likely the most sought after season for Americans because of the term ‘Summer Vacation’. I actually don’t know why I am writing this article, the only reason why is that I wanted to talk about the hot weather and I also took a nice photo of the first day of Summer snapchat filter. The reason why today is the first day of the Summer is because of the Summer Solstice which is when the sun is directly in the center of the equator of the northern hemisphere. It is also the day with the most sunlight.

The weather here in Massachusetts is still quite nice in the afternoon but it does get a little chilly in the night still. But I will be heading back to AZ in August and boy have I been following the weather there. Everyday is like above 40 degrees which is nothing compared to the hot weather that I have experienced.

When I decided to attend ASU, I was well aware that the weather there was scorching hot. But little did I know that the hot Summer weather actually lasts for 5 months. That’s nearly half the year with temperatures more than 30 degrees.

I am already bracing myself for when I get back.

First try: Material Design Lite

So, the other day I was googling about Bootstrap 4 news and I stumbled upon Material Design Lite. It is basically the simplified version of Material Design built for the web. And somehow, I totally missed out the release of the framework last year. Then, I continued my research on it and found out that MDL (abbreviation for Material Design Lite) is a pretty robust front-end framwork that takes advantage of most of those cool physics elements found in Material Design. You can read more about Material Design in an article I wrote a while back here

There wasn’t much news about the final release of Bootstrap 4 and I was curious about MDL, so I decided to play around with the framework. I have been huge fan of Google’s Material Design since it was announced back in Google I/O 2014 and previously it only existed on mobile applications and also Google’s high end Project Polymer. Never actually made anything with Material Design before but I am well aware of the guidelines that Google set with each element.

After a couple of trial an errors, my first MDL design is now live! Check it out at testorange0106.dickwyn.xyz. It’s not the most content heavy design but I did manage to include most of the elements that showcase MDL.

I learned Bootstrap back in 2014 through Microsoft Virtual Academy (Christopher Harrison is like the best that MVA has to offer) and since then, I have used it quite a number of times. The latest being my attempt at building Sunway’s ADTP microsite which you can check out here. It’s easy to see why a lot of people love Bootstrap, the syntax is simple and there are a lots of templates and guides on how you can get started with the framework. MDL in the other hand is fairly new and Google definitely took some inspiration from bootstrap and MDL is actually very similar to Bootstrap in a lot of ways.

Well, just so happens, Google Developers just recently (yesterday) released a video regarding MDL which perfectly aligns with the release of this article regarding.

Within MDL, there is a grid system that works exactly like how it does on Bootstrap but the syntax is a little long winded in my opinion. The concept of 12 virtual boxes still exist but the syntax used is slightly different.

It actually took me a while to fully understand the syntax despite looking through the documentation extensively. But after a while, I did come to understand how the grid on MDL actually works. Unlike Bootstrap, MDL is designed to reflow from edge to edge. MDL is built to be responsive but it is a different kind of responsive compared to the responsive approach of bootstrap which centers the content with white space on both sides.

If I wanted to replicate Bootstrap’s layout through MDL, I would need to add a css script to apply padding on both sides of the outer <div> tag. And that is how I ended up with my first MDL design (pictured below). I was completely unaware about how the grid system worked and I actually made that table centred by wrapping the <center> tag around it

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Initially, I thought of typing out the class names to learn the syntax quicker but that turned out to be a complete disaster because MDL’s syntax is very confusing for a newcomer like me. The syntax itself compromises of simple words that clearly describes the class name but Google just had to use double dashes and double underscores (notice these in the first two <div> tags at the code snipped below) to make it hard to remember.

Since this is a fairly new framework, there isn’t a code snippet extension on Brackets, my HTML editor of choice. After making multiple typos (kept on mistyping mdl as mld) that made the layout go crazy, I decided to scrap my idea of starting the entire design from scratch. I decided to import one of Google’s sample templates and modify the hell out of it.


Things became a little bit easier when I began modifying an existing template and it took me a couple of hours to over two days to come up with the final design. Most of the time spent was mostly used on thinking what could I possibly put to showcase the Material Design elements.

I would have liked to put videos into the layout but I don’t think the MDL grid will be able to resize the video based on the screen size so I left that one out.

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My initial idea for trying out MDL was to combine the Bootstrap layout with MDL elements but I didn’t end up doing that because I found out that MDL itself is a standalone framework rather than being a complementing library. I’ll probably try that out in the future if I have time but MDL is somewhat of a letdown for me.

Unlike Bootstrap, Google built MDL with strict guidelines that need to be followed in order for things to look good. If I were to change the look of one element, everything else must also be changed in order for the design to look the part. Maybe I need to do a coupe of case studies regarding Material Design before trying MDL once again.

But as is, I am not too impressed with what I am seeing. Beyond the fancy animations that work nicely on the web, MDL is just too restricted for me. I can see it being useful for prototyping app UIs since it does include things like tabs and sidebars but for web designs, I would still prefer to stick with Bootstrap. Now it’s time to continue waiting for Boostrap 4 to come out.

Check out my final design here


It’s been three years

Three years ago today, I decided to jump the gun and finally try out WordPress. Up to that point of my life, all I knew was blogger. I still remember when I first tried out blogger around the year 2008 (same year that I opened my Facebook account), opening a blog was all the rage back then and I distinctively remembered this trend where people had this blogger gadget which was basically a link to friends blogs. That was one of the coolest things on my blog back then and not to mention the chatbox. It came in different colors and anyone could ping a message onto my blog. Those were the days.


Moving back to the original story, I published my very first entry in this blog on 6th June 2013 which is three years ago. When I first started on WordPress, I had my doubts about the platform because my mind still thinks that Blogger is far superior. That explains the big gap (nearly 1 year) between my 3rd and 4th entry. But I still find it hard to believe that I actually made it through three years and I never planned to write this entry. I just somehow looked through my blogroll while writing my professor reviews last week and realized that my third year on WordPress is coming up real soon. Such a coincidence.

I guess it was fate then.

But since that first entry went live, the biggest change to this blog is the domain which I recently changed to blog.dickwyn.xyz from http://www.dickwyn.wordpress.com which still works as a redirect. Also, I did change the theme a couple of times but things like the header image, title and tagline still remained the same.

Why I made the switch to wordpress

It was around 2013 and my tech blog was progressing at a steady pace and I felt that it was time to go back to  having my own personal blog. Since I started crazily posing stuff on Facebook, I seemed to have stopped writing on my previous personal blog(s). Initially, my plan was to have it on blogger but the dickwyn.blogspot.com domain was seemingly lost. Apparently, the domain is linked to my old blogger account which was part of my hotmail account. Back then, Blogger wasn’t restricted to just google accounts.

It is still a mystery up to this day about what lies in that old blogger account. But anyways, blogger didn’t have the domain I wanted and I certainly didn’t want to add numbers or random characters behind my name to form a domain. So, I tried making an account on WordPress and to my surprise, the www.dickwyn.wordpress.com domain name was available and damn was I a happy boy. Having the domain made me want to try out WordPress even more.

After three years, I finally understand why people choose WordPress.com to start their blog. Everything on WordPress.com is simpler than blogger. You don’t need to tweak the html code or google how to do something on a WordPress.com site, everything is nicely laid out in a clean graphical interface with toggles and menus doing all the hard work. Additionally, the post editor is simplified and comes with modern features like automatic sharing and meta tags. If you use blogger, you know how bad the post editor can be and the fact that the interface tends to bog down after extended periods of time makes it even worse.

I’ve always seen WordPress.com as the easier version of Blogger

However, I won’t deny that I am actually running my tech blog on blogger. I kept it there mainly because it is more cost effective to run it on Blogger compared to WordPress.com because Blogger is a completely free service from down to up. WordPress.com in the other does feature a sleeker interface with modern tools but extra features like template tweaking, extra media storage and even a simple domain mapping will cost money.

I won’t be using google analytics to run conversion rates because frankly, the pageviews that this site generate doesn’t matter. But likewise, google analytics is an important part of my tech blog as I use it to visualize my work. This site in the other hand is primarily for me to just talk about what is happening in life, random things and also serve as an extension of my life on social media. Quite a number of topics that I have been rambling about on twitter usually ends up on this site. I won’t be needing those features expansive features on Blogger, all I want with my personal blog is a simple platform and that is what WordPress.com managed to give me.

I definitely envy the simplicity of WordPress.com but I am still hoping that google will revamp Blogger with some new features. It does look like Google is building up to that big release as they have been quietly optimizing certain elements in the last couple of years.

What’s next?

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I know, I haven’t been positing very much in this blog since it opened in 2013. 38 articles to be exact (excluding this one) and that averages out to about 1 entry per month. But as I mentioned in an entry earlier this year, one of my goals this year is to post on this blog more often and I plan to stick with that. Currently, I am working an multiple drafts destined to be published when the time comes. Stay tuned for those entries as they are totally different than what I have been previously covering.

It’s pretty amazing that I managed to stay on with blogging on wordpress because I had my doubts about using WordPress.com. From the start, I already knew there was limitations with their free platform. So, here’s to more years with WordPress.

That is about it for this special edition article. For the time being, I will be staying with wordpress but I will be actively trying other platforms like medium which has been a pretty hot platform these days and also facebook’s notes platform.