7 years of blogging: The Java Jive turns 7.

This month marks the seventh year of this blog.

A tremendous amount has changed in these seven years, and through it all, I’ve kept this old thing running – something I never envisioned in 2002 as a naive, fresh-off-the-plane expat. In many ways I supposed I’ve “grown up” in front of anyone who has followed this blog; writing styles have changed, perspectives altered, and life experiences have dramatically morphed my views of the world.

The archives aren’t functioning ideally at the moment (only displaying about two years worth of posts), so you’re better off doing a search if there’s something you’re looking for.

Taking a look back, there have been some vibrant times. Through the good and the bad, here are a few interesting posts I dug up:

The beginning of Novita and I.

Earning supplemental income: How to make money in your spare time?

Earning supplemental income: Part 2 – Ideas and brainstorming

Quarter Life Crisis: Part One (Life as an Expat)

Western Men, Indonesian Women.

Earthquake and Devastation (Asian Tsunami 2004)

Jakarta Floods 2007

Floods in Jakarta

Solar eclipse as seen from Jakarta

Expat experiences: making new friends, approaching foreigners

When friends leave

Muara Karang – A Glimpse of the Past

Bule Behavior Defined.

You Can’t Title a Post Like This

Instructions for the Tourist

What is your best photo of 2008?

Multiple exposures – the best of both worlds

Moving to Manila, Philippines