2015 Year in Review

2015 was Amiciness’ debut year after expanding out from Tumblr. Honestly, I didn’t expect the blog to grow as fast as it did. After 525,600 minutes, the blog gained a couple of sponsors, 170 likes in Facebook, over 80,000 page views and almost 40,000 unique visitors. This blog is my “baby” project. Since blogs became a thing, I have always wanted to have my own and I have always been a frustrated writer. For some reason, I forgot to fulfil this dream. Maybe I felt that I was not ready or I could not sustain it because of school and eventually my day job. Finally, I decided to do it and commit. You won’t know if you’re ready for something unless you’d tried. This is Amiciness’ 2015 Year in Review.

2015 Year in Review
Amiciness is here to stay!

2015 Year in Review

To celebrate 2015, here’s a recap of the posts that went “viral” (in my own definition) and those that were memorable to me as a blogger and pop culture fanatic.

Let’s go down memory lane!

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Signs You’re NOT A Primary Friend (And What to Do About Them)

Friendship has a lot of layers especially now at a time when its definition can be bounded by the mere clicking of a button. You have childhood friends. Your friends that remember you pooped your pants in kindergarten and the names of your pets that you still use to recover your email passwords. Your high school friends who know the names of your first romances. Those who you barely see but still got your back no matter what. Your friends at work. Those who you interact with for at least 8 hours 5 days a week. You have Facebook friends. Those who you know and follow. Those who you know but not follow. Those you don’t know but follow. Whoever your friends are, there will always be hierarchy. There is always hierarchy.  To put it simply, it’s either you’re primary friend material or not.

Hey! (Friends via Tumblr/fyeahfriendsgifs)
Hey! (Friends via Tumblr/fyeahfriendsgifs)

I don’t know if the term actually exists but a “primary friend” is someone you prefer to be with, do stuff with. May it be as simple as buying a soda from a convenience store or as long-term as traveling for the holidays. Someone who you share small milestones of your life. Your first closed deal. Your first broadway musical. You finally being able to drive. Think about it. The first names that pop out your head. The most active message threads in your Facebook messenger. The people you forward funny video links to. We all have our favorites. It’s nothing personal. Just life. There’re no particular criteria. It’s not really about who is better nor who you know the longest. It just happens. Life happens.

Do cats count as primary friends? (DIYLOL.com)
Do cats count as primary friends? (DIYLOL.com)

Let’s take out vanity, bitterness, insecurity, jealousy, self-centeredness or the so-called paranoia of missing out off the equation for a moment and consider that “primary friends” really exist. Here are some signs that you are NOT (and what to do about them).

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#Travel : Davao, Life Is Here (Day 1)

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Day 1– We were set to fly to Davao on the 17th. Our flight was delayed, so our one hour and 45 minute flight became a drag to say the least. I did not know if we could blame Cebu Pacific or the air traffic at NAIA 3. The government should really look at this problem in a systematic point of view. One delayed flight from another airport would cause a delayed flight to another. I don’t know what we can do but this is an interesting and relevant problem to solve.

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“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” – Chinese Proverbs

Putting up this blog, we had many skeptics. Many said that it would just fail like how our old blogs failed. Many said that no one would read our posts and we would be discouraged by it.

However, this year, we want to prove them wrong. So far, we have over 30 posts and since yesterday, we are now www.amiciness.com.

We cannot see what will happen in the future but at least we have started what most have said to be “cannot be done”.

Like our blog description says it, “When I was young, I dream of changing the world.” and this is a start.