The first entry in this blog was written exactly 10 years ago today, on 7 June 2007. You probably can't see it now because I've unpublished half of the entries on this blog into drafts.
In 2007, blogging was a fad that was fast spreading teens and young adults. Blogging was the "in-thing". I was already blogging on MSN's Windows Live Spaces when I was 13. There were many mundane, silly entries about... feelings and life as a teen who was discovering her own identity.
I don't remember how I got to know about Google's Blogspot but the 14-year-old me decided to simply start afresh and dump the blog on Windows Live Spaces and started blogging here. I think it was some time before or after the 2007 YPF Camp that I decided to do so. I think so.
I chose the url 'xtremezx.blogspot.com'. HAHA. Yes, so silly.
Back then, I can't spell to save my life and I didn't care that I wrote who as 'hu' and disappointed with two 's'.
A few years later, I changed my blog url to 'hazelzlurps.blogspot.com'.
By September 2010, I won a contest to get a free domain for a year and it was then that I permanently used 'ruxyn.com' until today.
Blogging has taught me a lot of things, whether intentionally or unintentionally. I learned some basic HTML from the Internet because I thought was cool to have my own layout for this blog. I was doing some things right to improve my blog's SEO even when I don't know what the heck it was then. It was the beginning of my stalkerish behaviour of wanting to know what people was saying, what people was interested in. I started paying attention to social trends and understanding little things.
All of a sudden, I started meeting new people too because I was "blogger". I started joining some communities and landed some new opportunities, just because I was "blogger". I got invites to events because I was "blogger".
But then I didn't like this label actually. I never liked introducing myself at events and say that - "Oh, I'm a blogger at so and so."
Somehow, everything just fell into place. Almost perfectly.
After SPM, I went to college - with little idea about what I really wanted to do. But one thing led to another and I found myself pursuing a degree in Communications because I really love this thing about people, ideas, and the media.
Towards the end of Year 3, I was already anxious about what's my next step. But God is so good and gracious, He has great plans for all of us. I didn't have to wait for long and the next thing I know, I applied for this internship and I was accepted. I was humbled and amazed.
And months after the internship, I'm still at the company today (not as an intern anymore, of course, :p) - writing almost every day, which is why I no longer update this blog regularly anymore.
And often when I think of it, wow - I feel very privileged to be part of something that I've never even imagined. This is what I've dreamt of and it's reality for me. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have the best command of English but I thank you to everyone who've given me an opportunity and let me try to improve.
Blogging is one of those things in this lifetime that is always close to my heart. While many social media platforms have come and gone, I'll hope to be a part of this for as long as I can.
For me, this blog is a small part that has helped to shape Ruxyn. It's a small fragment of my own identity, and it's here to remind me of the little milestones I've achieved in life.