31 August 2009 ~ 11 Comments

I feel like a hundred grand!

As my blog hit count approaches 100000 I want to take a moment out to thank all of my readers for continuing to support me. You guys and gals have been great!

I’ve been a Japan blogger since November last year and during that time I feel like I have learned a great deal about myself as a writer and as a person and it has helped me tremendously. I didn’t realize keeping a  blog would have such an effect. I knew it would be cathartic. I didn’t know it would feel so rewarding. I work very hard on most of the entries, trying to dip a little deeper into that well of truth we all try to draw from…it’s not an easy task, telling the truth. The truth often has to face down my desire to entertain. This blog has helped me to find the balance between the two.

It has also helped me to moderate my feelings to a certain extent, and engage. Whereas venting and whining can be entertaining if done with a great deal of style, I’ve learned there are other ways to express complaints, or express feelings like anger or disappointment, without blatantly complaining,  ranting, and raving which I’ve found is not only uninspiring but also a little reckless and immature. Yes, the creativity factor derives from taking the time to choose your words carefully while expressing your feelings and formulating your opinions and concerns without spewing them all over the page- like the difference between penmanship and chicken scratch or merely pouring a bottle of ink on a page, I think.

The life of an ex-pat in Japan or any country can be a trying one…It’s great to have an outlet. It’s even better to have a creative outlet. That’s what I’ve strived for with this blog.

And, reading many of your blogs has helped keep me  get and remain grounded. I’m awed and humbled by the creativity of many of my reader’s blogs. They inspire me to work harder and spark my innate competitiveness which I’ve also found to be a useful motivational tool.

I realize that my responses to your comments as well as my comments on your blogs I’ve visited have gotten shorter and shorter recently, mainly because I’m hammering away at the book I’m trying to finish in the very near future. I only hope my book will be similarly if not far exceed the success of my blog thus far. A success no doubt due to all of you, so I want to say thanks. Thanks a lot!

Anyway, all of this is to say I take my blogging rather seriously (though not too seriously, I mean it is just anther blog after all) and I respect my readers’ intelligence and the time spent reading some of my rather long posts.

I hope you continue to read and enjoy Loco in Yokohama.




PS: And don’t forget to vote /rate my posts as you read them even if you don’t leave a comment. It helps me to know what my readers are thinking.

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11 Responses to “I feel like a hundred grand!”

  1. TLR 1 September 2009 at 12:21 pm Permalink

    I did not realize you had the voting feature. You see I read your blog on my google reader and rarely go to your site unless I am inspired to comment. I will take notice and vote now.

    My wife and I will be heading to Sendai next month for 2 weeks to see the inlaws. Looking forward to going to Matsushima for oyesters, uni and Toro

    aloha from Maui,


  2. Bored in Kanagawa 1 September 2009 at 2:23 pm Permalink

    Great pictures and maybe my next vacation! I’ve been to Taiwan and Hong Kong but never to the heart and soul of China. Keep the posts coming and thanks for helping me through the days.

  3. Edward Chmura 2 September 2009 at 12:31 am Permalink

    Hey, congrats on hitting a Big Number.

    I heartily agree with your comment about how running a blog teaches moderation.

    Best wishes for many more to Big Numbers to come.


  4. Moogiechan 2 September 2009 at 7:47 am Permalink

    おめでとうございます! Congrats! I found you blog when I was in Japan, and now that I'm back in the States, I'm still enjoying it. Keep writing!

    • Locohama 3 September 2009 at 12:08 am Permalink

      Moogiechan, thanks for dropping a line (-: It must be fun being home in the new improved America hehehe
      Chmura-san, hisashiburi dane. You were one of my first back in the beginning so I want to give you an extra helping of thanks for your support and encouragement…yep moderation is sooo key.
      BIK-san, you're most welcomed my friend…you won't regret it.
      TLR-san, no worries, baby. I know you're always in my corner ready to pat me on the shoulder or blast me with your wit, and I really appreciate it. The voting thing is a rather recent development so you haven't missed many votes, don 't sweat. (-;

  5. Bill Bartmann 4 September 2009 at 11:40 am Permalink

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

    • Locohama 4 September 2009 at 7:11 pm Permalink

      Bill-san, I shall god-willing hehehe

  6. areason2write 8 September 2009 at 9:06 pm Permalink

    100,000 holy smokes Loco – you are ticking away the numbers! Very impressive! Congrats!

    • Locohama 8 September 2009 at 9:15 pm Permalink

      Thanks reason2 (-:
      when I was talking about inspiring blogs I was thinking about yours. When i was talking about getting and remaining grounded I was talking about the influence bloggers like yourself have on me. So, when I say thanks I really mean it.

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