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6 Things I’ve Learned About Writing [600th Post]

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

I honestly can’t believe I’ve written 600 of these essays. I went from a little blog somewhere in the atmosphere to getting a nice pat-on-the-back from the hundreds of you who read me weekly. I’ve learned so much, I just had to write it down. I’m at a point where I’m bombarded with requests for advice (sure), web design help (depends), and enough spam to fill an inbox (yikes). Furthermore, …

The JLV's Blogger of the Year: The Unapologetic Mexican

The 2008 JLV Blogger of the Year

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Background The 2008 JLV Blogger of the Year Award came about as a result of my desire to acknowledge the best and brightest bloggers around my side of the blogosphere. There are plenty of spaces that acknowledge the same bloggers, most of whom deserve the praise. Blogs like TechCrunch, Deadspin, and Huffington Post will always get props because they’ve set the trends and have a whole staff that can crank …

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A Writer’s Make

Jose Vilson Jose 18 Comments

Question: What’s the difference between a blogger and a writer? Yesterday, a friend of mine decided she’d abandoned blogging for a myriad of reasons, all of them viable and understandable in the eyes of the reader and the writer alike. It hurt me to read because I honestly believe in her ability to convey her deepest emotions and ideas. Even when she extended the post, she never bored people with …

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Pomp in Circumstance

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

A few notes: – A few days ago, I mentioned how one of my favorite teachers / mentors / friends left my present school of employ. Today, I found out that another teacher, who was an icon in the building, passed away. It hurt my soul to see him go, because he was a staple for the school and like the first teacher I mentioned, contributed positively to the school …

Not About My Salary, But More About My Reality

Jose Vilson Jose 15 Comments

Am I sure I want to make this kind of leap? Why leave the confined of a blog where I amassed what feels like thousands of comments (100+ comments in my “Fuck Bush” post alone)? 300+ subscribers? almost 5 years of blogging? Tons of forwards, friends, and acquaintances And I was able to start some shit at will? Good question … A year ago, I started this humble blog in …

Short Notes: Somewhere In The Middle

Jose Vilson Short Notes 11 Comments

A few notes of interest: 1. Yes, I cleaned up around here. Click refresh, and tell me what happens to that header. Do it a good 7 more and you’ll get your wishes granted ;-). 2. The oddest thing happened on Friday. One minute, my Feedburner says I have 83-93 readers, and the next, I have 299! Sick. What’s more, it goes back down the next day. Weird. 3. Yes, …

Bob and Weave

Jose Vilson 9 Comments

I’ve been tagged by JD to do the 7 Things Meme. I really thought I got hit with this meme, but it was really the Crazy 8s, so technically I never got hit with the 7 Things Meme. That’s weird coming from someone whose made his rounds and then some in the blogosphere, but I guess it’s only appropriate. 1. My blog runs on a schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and …

Black, White, and Read All Over? Terrorism!

Jose Vilson Jose 12 Comments

I recently read on Slate.com that not only is Big Brother watching, but he’s also trying to get into my library, keeping records of the types of personal items I keep and stuff I do on their planes. I wonder what Osama bin Laden’s reading list looks like and if they compare it to my own. I was recently on an airplane on my way to Florida, and everyone but …

About My Blog: Notes of Interest

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

Back when I started blogging my life away back in 2003, I never thought I’d actually continue it with the intention of addressing issues of interest to me. I felt it was more a personal thought journal, something I’d use to emulate the last sequences in Doogie Howser M.D. since I didn’t have his word processing program on my computer. Now, 4 years, a few pseudonyms, and millions of blogs …

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Jose Vilson 1 Comment

Breakthroughs in the way people communicate often leave the older technologies at a search for its own identity. This is especially true in today’s media (most visible within sports and news). Sometimes when the old media tries to find its identity, it finds ways to destroy any and every other media outlet without much success and with a heavy backlash. For instance, there’s been a few instances in which radio …