The Live in the Philippines Web Magazine had a groundbreaking year in 2007. So many milestones were reached, it’s hard to even know where to start!
I guess that the first thing would be to mention the growth in the Staff of the site. We started out 2007 as a blog, and I was the only writer.
In the first few months of the year, my wife Feyma joined me in writing. I wanted to add Feyma to the site, because her perspective on living here was totally different than mine! Feyma had lived in the USA for 10 years after marrying me in 1990. When we decided to move back to the Philippines to live permanently, it was a big commitment for Feyma (something that she didn’t want to do at first), and I wanted her to tell that saga on the site, as it was important for readers to consider the female side of making such a move too.
Later, in June of 2007, I invited my friend John Grant to write for the blog. He happily accepted, and began contributing interesting articles for the readers to consider. John is a native of the UK, but has been in Davao off and on for several years now.
Also in June, we added Kevin Smith, a writer who lives in the States, but has ties to Digos, Davao del Sur. Kevin is a teacher by trade, and also operates a non-profit group to assist children in the Digos area.
In July 2007, I invited another friend, AmericanLola (A.L. chooses to write under this pseudonym on the blog). AmericanLola has been living for many years in the Philippines doing missionary work, and is currently residing in Cagayan de Oro City. Many have come to realize that advice from AmericanLola is sage advice that should be considered carefully, as it is generally spot on.
Another addition came to LiP in July, Klaus Döring. Klaus is from Germany, but has been living in Davao for many years now. Klaus is a good friend, and often adds a “German” touch to his articles, posting in both English and German for the advantage of our readers in Germany.
Just last month, we took on another writer, Ichi Miyake. Ichi is a Japanese resident of Davao, and a “friend of a friend.” I hope we hear more from Ichi as time goes by.
About the time we were adding more and more writers, I came up with the idea to convert from being a blog to being a “Web Magazine” with a stable of authors and other features to serve our readers. I think that our migration has been a success, and the traffic figures of the site would seem to agree with my thinking on that.
It’s been a good year for the LiP Web Magazine! I hope that we have served you well, and that we will continue to innovate and add new features that the readers enjoy. If you have a suggestion, please write to me and let me know and let me know what your idea is! We are always happy to entertain new ideas from readers! If you want to write a guest blog post, please let me know that too!
Tomorrow, let’s have a look at the LiP Highlights for 2007!