Gift from WordPress.com


It was a pleasant surprise to receive a comment email notification saying “Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!” To those who are not familiar with the term, it means to be listed on WordPress.com home page (the photo is a screenshot from yesterday).

This felt like the best (belated) birthday gift from WordPress.com for me. People from all over the world found a very personal and tiny snapshot of my life and shared their thoughts – it made me remember the excitement when I started blogging (I have a separate blog in Japanese) in 2003 and got the first comment.

I’m not saying that it’s not fun to write unless thousands of people are looking at your blog post. I just think it’s refreshing to be reminded that there are so many people out there who may stumble upon your blog someday and think what you post is pretty cool.

By the way, tomorrow (May 27th) is the eighth birthday of WordPress, the open source software behind WordPress.com. Have a beer, cake, or whatever is appropriate where you live, to cerebrate this free and open platform that is enabling millions of people to share their thoughts with the world.

Gift from WordPress.com

New Yoga Mat


I bought a yoga mat today – the same model as someone in my yoga class recommended this morning. It’s relatively lightweight and the color is perfectly bright pink.

Walked 1+ hour and ran 3km, plus just a short yoga session — about 15 or 20 minutes. Not a bad start after a long break from working out somewhat regularly.

New Yoga Mat