2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


JLPT N2 RESULTS! (& a Speech Contest)

I have to apologize, I haven’t posted in a couple weeks, but I’ve been incredibly busy. I’m participating in a Japanese speech contest and I have to finish my essay by this week, so with school and tutoring, I’ve had hardly any time to myself. I’m still enjoying myself though, I love the feeling of hard work and sweat late at night.

I don’t have time right now, so I’m not going to go into too much detail about this speech contest, but there are some interesting things worth talking about when the time comes.

Here’s the real meat and potatoes of today’s quick post though:

I got my 2010 JLPT Results in the mail today! I passed! 5 hours a day of study, for 2 years, that’s 3650 hours, one failed exam, and a lot of tears and blood and salty sweat. Aching hands from too much kanji practice, dreams in japanese about reading and listening comprehension, and not to mention the stress and fear while you actually take the test itself… BUT I PASSED.

I have never felt so proud of myself for any single accomplishment in my entire life. Thanks to everyone who helped me succeed. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Now, on to harder material!



Alright guys, I know this is getting irritating so I’ll apologize in advance.

All day I kept looking at this blog, and I kept thinking to myself, “something’s just not right about this new name.”

Here’s the problem. The blog has been called エリオットブログ (Elliott Blog) for 2 years. It just doesn’t feel like home to change it.

So I’m going back to the original name.

I don’t know how you guys all feel about this, but if you have any thoughts or feelings, just let me know. I’m open to suggestions.

Thanks, sorry about all the craziness today.