This is what you are going to find here (for a more detailed history of the blog, see below):
- A daddy’s blog: posts describing milestones (with pictures) in my daughter’s life. Her name is Viyana and she was born in September 2010 (info for those interested in her age – please do the math). She is responsible for the narrative: I hope the reader finds this amusing rather than confusing.
- A traveler’s blog: posts containing details of some of our trips (with pictures). These two blogs will eventually merge (if they haven’t so far).
- A student’s blog: posts describing my life as graduate student at George Washington University. They are written in Romanian and I do not plan to translate them (at least not in the near future).
The history of this blog began in January 2001, when I started to study for my Ph.D. at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Pretty soon I realized that keeping in touch with friends via regular email was very time-consuming. I ended up answering the same questions over and over again, mastering the technique of using copy&paste from one message to the next. To save the copy&paste time, I started sending monthly mass-emails, adding new people to the list as they expressed interest.
After almost one year I was still replying to some emails with information already detailed in my first messages. These first messages had to go public, so I could point to them every time I needed to. Yahoo Groups hosted my first messages and gave me the platform to keep everyone interested updated with more information than they needed.
One day, while looking back over old messages, I was surprised by how many details of my life I had already forgotten and I congratulated myself for writing them down. I created a section on my website to improve the text readability and to add pictures (this is still work in progress).
After my wedding I started to write in English mainly to keep my non-Romanian speaking relatives in the loop. It still takes me way longer to write in English because I don’t master the language as well as Romanian. Many of my English posts are poorly written with a few ideas thrown together to remind me the stories captured by pictures. I promised myself (too) many times to get back to and polish these posts, but I never seem to find the time.
In the meantime, I realized that the java scripts on my website only worked in Internet Explorer, with other browsers completely ignoring or misinterpreting them. That was the last straw and I gave up trying to re-invent the blog wheels.