The Four-eyed Journal re-born

In just a span of 24 hours, I have managed to do something that most bloggers – from noobies to well established ones – would often shy away from; doing a blog reboot. Or simply relaunching, renaming, rebranding and redesigning their blog.

From Pinoy Explorer to the BioTech Chronicles and now, for good and in the spirit of things returning to their roots: Casino Royale and “Kami nAPO naman”, I’m back to writing The Four-eyed Journal. Hard for me to make up mind eh? I’d like to tell the story in a more polished manner but I think that going straight to the point and sharing with everyone else the real-story that led me to re-launching The Four-eyed Journal.

Here below are excerpts from an online chat session, it all started when my highschool mentor sent me a private message, excerpts of which I’ll share below:

(Edited for clarity and elimination of txt linggo)

Master: Oist, anong balita? Nabasa ko yung blog mo, anong drama at nagpalit ka ng title?

Jhay: Sir H****?! (his real name would be hidden as he requested and from here on, he would be known as ‘Master’) Kayo ba yan? himala at nakikipagchat kayo sa akin.

Master: Sagutin mo ang tanong ko, anong pumasok sa isip mo at nagbago ka ng title ng blog? Pa-baduy ng pa-baduy ang pinipili mo.

Jhay: Sakit nyo namang magasalita. 🙁

Master: Totoo naman diba? Ikaw ang nagsabi dati na hindi ka masaya sa mga napipili mong bagong pangalan ng blog. Bakit kasi binitiwan mo pa ang Four-eyed Journal e swak naman sa iyo?

Jhay: Hindi ko po alam, siguro msyado ako nagfocus na kumita sa blog monetization, e SEO-wise, hindi naman maganda ang Four-eyed Journal.

Master: Para saan at para kanino kaba nagsusulat? Para sa tao o sa Google? Para kumita lang o ipahayag mo talaga ang mga saloobin mo (at natutunan sa akin, hehehe) 😉

Jhay: Oo nga no…

Master: Ayan, kita mo? Nagmimistulang kalabaw ka na lang ngayon, “Oo ngaaa noooh” 😀

Jhay: Sorry po talaga…

Master: Sa sarili mo ikaw magsorry. Kinakahon mo ang sarili mo sa pagsusulat para kumita. Nag-iba ka na talaga, mahina ka na sa chess no?

Jhay: Alam niyo namang nakakatulong din ang kita sa pagsusulat, diba ako malaki ang patak ko noong huling inuman natin? Galing sa TLA cheque ko un.

Master: Hindi ko naman sinabing magsulat ka para kumita at magpainom, sinabi kong ipagpatuloy mo ang ginagawa mo, ang magsulat hindi lang para may maisulat. Ang magsulat para makapagmulat.

Jhay: Opo, tama na po kayo, sorry na.

Master: O sha, ano nang gagawin mo ngayon? Ipagpapatuloy mo pa yang bagong name-kuno na yan?

Jhay: Hindi po, ibabalik ko ang Four-eyed Journal, geeky man pakinggan at least hindi ako nakakahong magsulat lang ng tungkol sa iilang topics.

Master: Natauhan ka rin! At maraming paraan para kumita sa pagsusulat, this is not your purpose to begin with right? Left? hehehe Sa totoo lang namimiss ko yung original mong blog sa LSJP. Ano nang nangyari dun?

Jhay: Mahabang kwento sir, magkikita pa naman tayo sa Linggo diba? 😉

Master: Sige na nga. Seryoso kang ibabalik ang orig mong blog title ha? pati yung kung pano at ano ang mga isinusulat mo. At pwede ba, baguhin mo na ang design ng site mo. Para maiba naman, 😀

Jhay: Sige sige. Gagawin ko po, buti na lang naka-chat ko kayo. Iniligtas niyo na naman ako, 😀

Master: Ano pa at tinatawag mo akong mentor diba? Pero sagot mo ang inumin sa Linggo ha? hehehe

Jhay: Walang problema sir, text ko yung ibang tropa, dalhin ko din yung chess set ko. Parang hayskul reunion to, hekhekhek

Master: O sya simulan mo na ang pagbabago, babalik ako ha. Titingnan ko kung pinakinggan mo talaga ako.

Jhay: Promise sir, gagawin ko talaga bukas, kahit d ako pumasok ng school, wala naman akong exams eh. hehehe at mag comment naman kayo sa blog ko, laging anonymous commenter lang kayo eh, tru text pa.

Master: Ayaw mo nun, mayroon kang sikret reader. hahaha at baka kapag nagcomment ako sa blog mo, mapahiya ka lang at may makaaaway ako sa internet. Mahirap na yun, hehehe Sige, log off na ako. Alaga pa ako baby, hintayin ko kayo sa Linggo ha, sagot ko na pwesto at kwento. hahaha

Jhay: hahaha, sige sir! Susugod kami dyan sa Linggo, haharapin na naman natin si San Miguel, hekhekhek

-end

So there you have it, the story of how and why The Four-eyed Journal is now back, for good.

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12 thoughts on “The Four-eyed Journal re-born

  1. @ Jam: Glad we all enjoy the new layout. I actually almost went for Cutline's cousin, PressRow but it was more difficult to customize than Cutline. But now, I have no more regrets. 🙂

    @ Ade: Right on Ade. Thanks dude, you're such a peach. (And I mean this in a strictly non-gay manner 😉 )

  2. I am so glad you went back to using your original title.

    And your "Master" is right. We never should compromise who we are for money. I did take some SEO tips from you (and I am so thankful for that, my Adsense is awesome now), but I'm gonna keep Noisy Noisy man 'til I die. 😉

    And The Four-Eyed Journal, for me, is awesome and best describes your blog. It has attitude.

    And also, I see you're using Cutline now. Naunahan mo ako. 😛

  3. yan tuloy, nasermonan ka tuloy ng mentor mo. hehe! I agree with him. I think Four eyed journal is better and is not at all geeky.

    Ako nalang ang ipagisip mo ng bagong blog title! 😀

  4. @jong – wag mong disable ang Akismet mo. gamit ka lang ng antispam plugin kagaya namin.

    @jhay – nice new layout! and it's good to have the Four-eyed Journal back! i previously had the same antispam plugin but i switched to Matriphe Keycode. it looks better and it's also easy to install. it's what i'm using right now.

  5. Thanks guys. 🙂

    Jong, Peter's Custom Anti-Spam plugin ang gamit ko. Madali lang i-install at wala maysadong editing under the hood ng WordPress. Ayos din naman ang Akismet, kaso tinatamad na talaga akong magbura ng mga comment spam.

    Wag mo i-disable ang Akismet, may nakakalusot pa rin naman kasi pero konting-konti na lang. 🙂

  6. I had to reboot my blog recently too, after I decided to go anonymous.

    Yes, I agree that it's good that you can write about biotech and other geeky things, but can write about your life too.

  7. nice, mas ok nga ito. Di masyadong pormal, tama lang…

    Nga pala, anong plugin etong anti spam. Medyo kinakain kasi ng akismet ang mga comment ng iba kong tagabasa(kujng meron). Kaya ayon. Gusto kong idisable at palitan ng ganyan. At least kung ganyan, e malimit ang spam kasi nga kelangan nila yong security word.

    GOodluck at. Blog ng blog!

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