Review Notes: Half Time Report
A Quarterly Greatest Hits Package for the Indifferent Reader

Welcome to 2012, volume 2. The first half of the year just slipped by, leaving us all in our annual mid-life crises. It is indeed time to review our annual life goals and admit to ourselves that perhaps we have been a bit too ambitious this year. Don’t fret too much about it, though. It was the same case last year, wasn’t it? And the year before? And the year before? And…

Oh, wait… before we all decide that we suck at this life-thing, I want to bring everyone’s attention to the fact that this electro-blog is half a year old. Hurrah! Cartwheels all around! Bring out the fattened cupcake! Factorial!

For our mid-year inventory, this bloggist would want to once again compile a highlight reel (i.e. a sad sack of barely legible pieces). The last time something like this got posted was towards the end of March, thus making this a quarterly thing. For new visitors, this bloggist would point you to that update first, as it does include a passable primer for verb.anything. For what has happened since then, please read on…

April started off with the Holy Week holidays during which our bloggist decided to take time off from all manner of productive work. Following some quick posts, the month would end with only ten posts total, except the word count was pretty high. I wouldn’t force it on anyone, but this was mainly due to the Hungry Games series, in which our bloggist looked at balut and evaluated contenders to its throne. With this excursion into the world’s most unsettling delicacies, our bloggist bit off more than he could chew (figuratively, of course). The article took on a life of its own and grew into five parts: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4, and PART 5. It was a fun thing to research, and I can only hope that they turn out as fun to read.

For May, our bloggist found himself bogged down with work, such that most of the posts had to be transmitted from the future. Being our bloggist’s birthday month, he did a feature on famous people who look like him (FACE HUGGER PART 1, PART 2), and later on did a four-parter on people and places – fictional or otherwise – named ‘Ronan’ (NAME IN VAIN PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4). Needless to say, they were both studies in narcissism. It confounds me how well received they were. Zonks. Given the chance, I wouldn’t even read about myself. What were you guys thinking?

Finally, for June, another busy month, our bloggist started off with a back-to-back jaunt into 90s must-haves. In time with school opening, the series imagines a jive-confused granddad giving a 90s pep talk to a kid who’s starting high school this year. The description is probably a kinder read, so don’t read the two parts of Old Schooled HERE and HERE.

Also, because this bloggist is in denial about being a food blogger, he did not write a three-part series on geographically incorrect Filipino fare. It turned out to be a moderate success, surprisingly, and it’s become a personal favorite. The three parts of Fast Fool Nation include: an introduction, a Spanish midsection, and a Chinese ending.

The three-month period also featured stuff about the family dog, Archer (who just celebrated his birthday, yey!). After the first quarterly update last March, Archer put out a rebuttal to this bloggist’s earlier series on running-with-dog. Archer’s reply, Every Dog Has Its Day, came out in two parts: PART 1 and PART 2. On top of that, this electro-blog started hosting his advice column, ASK ARCHER, where he shares gentlemanly advice on life’s big questions (which are always about grammar, anyway).

Of course, we saw that the FOOD PORN series went on, despite being totally uncalled for. There have been eleven installments so far, all unnecessary.

Finally, this bloggist introduced a recurring column, OFF-BLEAT, to look back at stuff that have influenced him growing up. It is always interesting to find obscure favorites among friends, especially because our consumption of media had mostly been involuntary (even imposed) when we were younger. The series began with a feature on the Filipino metal band, Backdraft, on the occasion of their first reunion gig since they disbanded close to fifteen years ago. So far, it’s given this electro-blog a spike in viewership, mainly through the band members themselves. Thanks, guys!

Throughout the first half of 2012, this bloggist mostly played it by ear. Because of a propensity to write comprehensively, I approached verb.anything more as a magazine than a personal blog. It turned out to be quite demanding that way. It’s still an ongoing project, though, so it’ll go through further adjustments, I’m sure. Just stick around, I guess. I just hope that this thing proves to be as rewarding for you as it is for me. And yes, I know you’re there, even if you don’t visit my Facebook page (I check my stats, you know?). I have the worst readers, but let’s keep that between ourselves for now. Thanks again and see you in a few.

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[4] Comments


  • JoQ says:
    July 9, 2012 A.D. at 2:05 PM

    Congratulations on your half a year old blog!

  • julochka says:
    July 14, 2012 A.D. at 12:38 AM

    i love the term “bloggist” – you rock, ronan, even if you did look like a bit of a dork in that childhood picture from hong kong. :-) you recovered nicely.

    • Ronan says:
      July 17, 2012 A.D. at 12:16 AM

      thanks, julie! i may seem to have ‘recovered’, but it’s all just window dressing… there’s no ‘recovering’ from the malady that is dork, i’m afraid. dork doesn’t get cured, only tempered. my latest blood test even told me that i was dork positive (it’s in my veins).



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