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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blog History: A Question That Spawned A Blog

Back in 2005, when a couple of friends started "blogging", I was mildly curious. Then, after repeated requests to join, I gave it the old oh-what-the-hell and joined Blogger. During the registration process, it struck me that I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to publish on the Internet. There were friends who did dream recollection, and there were others posting about their lives in a most vivid fashion with as many pictures as possible. What was I going to say or do? What was I going to call my blog? Then, I remembered a friend in college who had once told me about an abbreviation, almost acronym, that he had coined when he professed his love to his girlfriend. Turns out he started a company, or an agency with that same name; URIYB (pronounced yu-REEB), which stands for You Are Why I Be. That's when I hit upon a semi-ingenious idea and thought of calling my blog YRV-WHOVR. Here's what the blog title looked like until yesterday.

Old Blog Title

Then, somewhere in the middle of last year, or the year before that, I figured out some HTML shortcut that would make the question -- because the title of the blog is a question -- show up on the top of the browser screen, like how it was supposed to be said; Why Are We Who We Are? Wait, that was before Blogger came up with the easy formatting interface. Since then, I've always meant to set things right and not confuse people with some cryptic blog title that would scare them off. Finally, and it is a very meagre effort, I finally got around to making this happen, and here is the result.

New Blog Title

Rest assured, however, that I am still trying to come up with something that's a little more unique and "me" as a title image for the blog. But it's the question of who we are, really, that makes me put stuff up on this blog. Sure, there have been some severe lulls in activity followed by some maddening phases of blogging, and vice versa, but that, unfortunately, is a free-time-related issue. If I don't have the time, I ain't blogging. Yet, I still seek to answer this question almost each and every day. Why am I who I am? Who am I? What am I? What makes me say this is who I am? What makes you say that?...

I'm hoping to change a couple of things about this blog, and any suggestions are welcome. Also, I now realize that my earlier rant about how all things Internet have permeated our lives to such an extent that we're living in public each and every moment of every day seems to be the way things are going. In any case, this seems to be the way in which I'm taking them in my life. If I was concerned about that I shouldn't have started this blog in the first place, eh?

Here's hoping that when people see a question in a language that they recognize as a valid language -- whether they understand it or not -- they'll stick around for a little longer and leave their thoughts. There's always hope, isn't there?


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