Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sayonara, Ameba. Hello, Blogger.

Ever have one of those days (大変だ)?

Early this morning, I couldn't understand why I wasn't able to write my regular Ameba blog. When I clicked the "Write a Blog" button on my homepage, it took me to the log-in page. And then wouldn't let me log in.

To make a long story short, Ameba deactivated my account for some reason. I don't know why. They wouldn't provide a reason. Nor would they grant me access to the hundreds of blogs I had written on Ameba.

All of those blogs are gone forever. I hope you enjoyed them, loyal English impact blog readers, while they lasted.

The good news is that my semi-regular blogs will continue here on Blogger. I'll continue writing about my life in Toyama City, Japan where I wear many hats (いっぱいお仕事)- English impact School owner/teacher, husband, father, avid gardener, health food fanatic, beginner pianist, marathon trainee & American ex-pat. Oh, and my newest one - Ameba critic 【評論家).

One reason I didn't like Ameba is because it is very English unfriendly, kind of like Mixi before it. You have to have a pretty high level of Japanese to access it (I don't; my wife does) like Mixi before it.

And , like Mixi before it, it doesn't have nearly the reach or audience of an international blog site like Blogger.

So I expect bigger and better things with Blogger. Not extinction (絶滅) like Mixi before it.

What a great new day!

John
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