posted in personal stuff on October 2nd, 2007

… to all of those that congratulated me today. I have received comments via email, text messages, a very funny voice message and even a handshake from a train conductor - how about that?

The two items that stood out the most though, were the ones I did not expect at all:

Dorien Aerts, whom I met at the European Bloggers Conference last Thursday sent me this:

Facebook: Dorien Aerts B'day message


And Olga Gachko, from Spb, maker of fine Windows Mobile Software sent me:

Facebook: Spb B'day message


Spb’s message was totally unexpected, yet a very kind gesture. It shows that the company is committed to keeping their customers ( = brand multipliers) happy and that is what counts in business.

To all the others that did not make the blog - thank you all, too!

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Happy Birthday!

posted in Blog on August 26th, 2007

On this day, a year ago, I launched 2.0; my third attempt at blogging. My goal, back then, was to blog at least once every three to four weeks and share some insights about my college with anyone interested.

Now, a year later, I have managed an average of two posts a week, much more than I originally anticipated. I have sparked quite a few discussions amongst friends, both virtual and analogue.

Then, back in June, I switched from to I never really blogged about that, but the reason for the whole move was rather simple:

Names are brands and it was about time that I started working on my own brand. I like the <firstname><lastname>.com concept a lot more than <random-name>.com; mostly because I never came up with something that I was really content with as far as <random-name>.com goes.

With a <firstname><lastname>.com however, the whole thing is a lot easier. It is simple to remember and makes a lot more sense than discussing the life of a coder, especially since I am no real coder (anymore).

With the domain switch, I also decided that it was time to adjust the style of the blog and hey, what do you know, after looking through a myriad of themes, I finally found Journalist. It is clean, lean and does not take away focus from the part of the site that matters most to me: content.

In an effort to improve my language skills, I have also switched from a relatively casual style of writing to a more professional style, but the judges are still out on a verdict for this one.

That said, there are a couple of entries I would like to highlight, mostly posts about things that I found worthy to share and entries that I am proud off:

In December 2006, I wrote about Micro relationships, which is my take on Relationship 2.0. The article also, partially links up with my thoughts on what identity really means.

Also during the final days of December 2006, I posted my Thank you article. While I am not religious in any sense, I think it is important to remind ourselves every now and again that this is a group effort, not a solo gig.

Valentine’s Day 2007 saw a post called Here’s to you, which is my ode to a person that I care about a lot, even though I never really had the guts to show it.

During March 2007 I blogged about the perception of life and how others are able to distort it.

There are, of course, many more items that I am happy with and sometimes even proud of, but these are the ones I personally liked the most.

On very much related note, two people I value immensely are celebrating their respective birthdays today, too.

Here’s to you, Ben and Judith!

Happy Birthday!

posted in Media on March 19th, 2007

A bit more than a year ago, a famous Dutch newspaper, primarily aimed at the group of people with higher education, went forward with an idea to attract a new group of readers, namely the myriad of young professionals who didn’t have the time to read the full story behind events and only wanted a bit more than a blurb.

The publisher came up with a way to, basically, spoon feed information to their prospective, future clients and they called it The journalists like to think of their publication as a way to get up-to-date on what has happened in the world in the fastest way possible.

Now, a newspaper on it’s own wouldn’t really be worth the time to talk about, but is different. They are one of the first Dutch newspaper to embrace crossmedia publishing and embrace it the right way.

Apart from the actual, printed, publication, there’s the online edition, with additional information. Many of the journalists also contribute to a platform that could actually be considered a blog. even toyed with the idea of publishing podcasts but it would appear that that step was just a bit too much.

The best thing? Half of the web-based content is freely available to everyone, either via the browser or through a RSS subscription.

The resulting numbers speak for themselves, after one year, they are still standing strong, In a market that is very highly saturated, they managed to gain a foothold and attract an audience that normally wouldn’t bother reading newspapers due to time constraints or the lack of interest.

The newspapers distribution time is also different to that of it’s parent’s. While NRC Handelsblad is published in the evening, targeted at decisionmakers who want to relax after a long day at work and spend some quality time with the latest news, is published in the morning and is supposed to be on your doorstep at 07:00am.

The idea behind that is simple, I figure: “if you’re the first to bring news to your reader, you win (and get paid, eventually)”, And it makes sense, if your client has a chance to get his news somewhere else, say, on the web, for free, there’s no incentive left to actually buy your publication.

While I don’t read regularly, I’ve still been able to enjoy the newspaper for quite some time now and in fact still have the first issue at home. As a reader of the first hour, I have to say that this publication manages to amaze in ways previously unseen, in the Netherlands anyway.

So here is to you, you editors, you journalists, you bloggers, all of you who make the great thing that it has become. I compliment you on a job well done. You’ve managed to amaze the (Dutch) publishing world, for a year already, don’t stop now.

As one wuld expect from a market leader in (publishing) innovation, also gifted it’s readers with something very special: a 14 track CD.

The songs are a compilation from tracks published my favorite, online, music publisher Magnatune as well as from

I’ve been listening to these tracks while writing this post and, like the newspaper, the featured songs are of high quality. The listing is very diverse, however, it doesn’t try to cater to all wishes at the same time but rather present the listeners with new music they probably haven’t heard before.

The whole album, free of charge, is available via this link, cover art and all is, naturally, included.