WordPress dutifully reminded me yesterday that it was the 7th anniversary of registering this blog. That was at a time when I suddenly had more freedom of speech, relatively speaking, because of a job change. No more pre-approvals, no more top-down censorship, no more “change this” or “delete that” because it might offend certain powerful people who happen to control purse strings.
Over the past seven years, this blog has offered ample evidence that the fields of education and international education in general and in Viet Nam, in particular, are many things; dull is not one of them.
So who has read this venerable blog since 2009? US and other foreign colleagues, Vietnamese colleagues who have an interest in the issues I discuss and who read English, colleagues from the US and Vietnamese governments, competitors, and a veritable rogue’s gallery of other individuals.
The latter category includes people who work, how shall I put it?, on the fringes and in the dark corners of this multi-billion dollar business called education. I have delighted some and angered others. And the truth will set you free, even if it occasionally hurts and costs certain people and certain entities money.
Please join me, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever your drink of choice is, in tipping your glass to seven (7) years of Information, Insights & (Occasionally) Intrigue! Thank for spending some of your precious time to visit, virtually speaking. I do it for you and for myself, i.e., writing as thinking and, sometimes, as therapy. Happy 7th Anniversary, International Educator in Viet Nam!