Sunday, May 16, 2010

Topaz Horizon is 4 years old!

I just realized that when the GoDaddy reminder came in my inbox. Time to pay for another year's domain use!

While this blog has been up since May 24, 2006, I actually started blogging via Friendster in May 2005. So I've really been blogging for 5 years now. But my blog used to be too honest, too raw, too... me! Har de harhar, not that I'm saying I'm fake now; just saying that I've learned to edit myself and not to spill every little emotion on cyberspace. That, my friends, is a very bad idea, and I can say that with conviction because I've hurt a lot of people and got hurt myself just because I was careless.

Anyway, on to the present! To celebrate, I created a Facebook page!!! I really dunno if I did it right but this link should get you there. If not, just type "Topaz Horizon" on your FB search and the page should come out. Pleeeeease like me!

While I've been blogging for a while, it's only now that I really feel like I'm a blogger. For one thing, bloggers now are recognized as the new media. Events and press conferences now aren't complete without bloggers. I feel a bit weird sometimes because I'd get two invitations to the same event addressed as "Frances Amper Sales, OK! editor-in-chief" and "Frances Amper Sales, Topaz Horizon" (or "Beauty For A Living")!

I'm glad that my blogs are getting popular. I feel like I'm being recognized as a person. What I mean by that is, as an editor of a magazine, I'm usually addressed in the context of my work, usually very politely and in a very business-like manner. With my blogs, people see me as a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a homemaker and now a mom-to-be. People see the person behind the editor-in-chief, and this is really okay with me. Because when I'm no longer editor-in-chief (let's face it--this gig can't last till I'm 60!), I don't cease to exist in people's minds because they already know my other roles. And that's a big relief! 

How about you? How long have you been blogging? And how do you feel about blogging as the new media?


  1. Oh my goodness, really? Five years? That is amazing! I've been blogging for two years and I do believe my posts have matured in the last 8 months or so. I can give up lots - but not my blog ;-)

    Frances, I hope you keep going strong with your blog for many, many years to come!!

  2. Congratulations Frances for the wonderful 4years! I discovered your blog around last year and glad to know it survived 4yrs and I have a feeling it'll go on forever!

    I've been blogging for more than 2 years! I am loving every minute of being a blogger as I talk and share what I enjoy to talk about! It's a huge responsibility to write and have people read about's a blessing for me that people read my blog! :)

    Congratulations Frances and hope to see you around!

  3. YEY!!! happy 4 years! ive been blogging since 2004 --- unfortunately, i lost access to my first blog so i lost interest in blogging.

    here's to more years of making people happy!!! i found your blog from nuffnang and i never followed it right away. keep writing and god bless on jelly bean (it is jelly bean right?)

  4. You're an old-timer in the blog world!

  5. Congratulations! Five years is a long time. I have been only blogging for two years. I love it. Its my new fave hobby. I have met so many wonderful people via writing.

  6. I started a blog so I can follow other blogs. Not much of a blogger now though. But I still follow a few blogs and one of them is yours. Fearless forecast, you'll be as popular as Chuvaness. More power to Topaz Horizon! Happy blog anniversary! :)

  7. Topaz Horizon is a continuous inspiration to me though i've only found your blog last year. :) but i'm glad i did as its full of things that i could learn from..

    i started bloggiing coz i got inspired by beauty bloggers. i also wanted to give my thoughts on products i use. i'm glad people are saying i've improved a lot. now i blog most of the the time and i couldn't be happier. :)

    More power to you and Topaz Horizon, F!! God bless always!

  8. Hi Frances. I've been a lurker of Topaz Horizon since I stumbled upon it two years ago, while prepping for my wedding in 2008. (I did a pink and brown theme for my summer wedding, and my birthstone is topaz, coincidentally! Freaky or ironic?)

    Anyway, congrats on your blog. I mentioned you in my links, so I hope you don't mind me following you. I've loved following your preggy journey too. If you need any mommy tips, please stop by my blog anytime!

    Following on,

  9. I will always be glad that I found your link in one of my friend's blog roll :) And yes, Chin and I met each other through Multiply only as well. I started blogging in 2003, and that was in Multiply. My wordpress account is actually my 4th or 5th blog site. Tee hee.

    Congratulations, Frances! :)

  10. WOW! Thanks!!! I'm overwhelmed. Just so you know, you ladies are an inspiration to ME!

  11. Congratulations ulit! Super mwah! :)


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