I do really love the new Adidas campaign slogan: Impossible is nothing. They’ve been making really cute ads as well (see left, from a magazine, and below, ripped from their website). The London Marathon is today and I’m wishing everyone who’s running it (and my classmate Sony in particular) lots of stamina and fun.
So I’m back. I think some of you might still be here. Thanks for the nice comments and emails, I appreciate it. I’ve said this earlier, I don’t know exactly why but I lost my blog-mojo for a while. Had nothing I wanted to write about. Which was weird. Because after 2 years and 300-odd blogposts later, you’d think I would’ve gotten the hang of this thing. Anyway, top this blog-lethargy (hey, maybe I had writer’s block… does that mean I’m a writer? Yeay) off with the death of my grandma last week and it’s probably no wonder that my heart wasn’t in writing something.
On the plane home to NL for the funeral, I read the latest issue of Wired, about getting naked (don’t worry, I’m not naked, not in a literal clothes-off kinda way anyway) online and decided it’s probably time to unveil my own identity. These past two years I’ve blogged under a pseudonym (following the two bloggers who inspired me to blog: Britchick and Poweryogi) because I was afraid that people would react negatively when they found out that I was the one writing this. I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be admitted to b-school in general and LBS in particular, after that my classmates would think it weird I write (wrong, most of my classmates that know, and that seems to be most people, love reading it, at least that’s what they tell me. Hi classmates!), that I wouldn’t get an internship (I ended up setting up the company’s internal blog), that I wouldn’t be anonymous at Stern (does anyone at Stern even read blogs?? I suspect not), that I wouldn’t find a second year project if people knew it was me writing this (turns out this blog is partially what got me the gig, about which soon more), that I wouldn’t be able to find a freelance gig to support me through my second year (ehm, right… I have a freelance gig, but suspect that has preciously little to do with or without the blog) and now that I won’t find a full-time job (but hey, I figure if I’ve come this far, I’ll cross that hurdle too). None of this happened. In fact, I’ve had people say a lot of nice things about the blog (thanks!), no one that matters to me saying bad stuff about it (thanks for that too), have met some cool friends in the blogosphere (you know who you are) and I am kinda proud to call this piece of web real-estate mine.
So I feel it’s time for me to come out of blogging anonymity and really claim this blog as mine, which for me is a reasonably big plunge into a scary open space although I suspect no one else on this planet really cares. As most of you have probably guessed, my passport doesn’t read Divine Miss N as my name, instead it says Natasja. I help out as a student ambassador for LBS (see here) so some of you have probably seen me around at LBS events here or in the US and I write for the LBS blog as well. What else? Oh, Al Martine is really a friend of mine in real life (as are most of the other LBS bloggers that I know), and of course (cough) I’m a natural blond (cough).
My name is Natasja and I’m addicted to blogging. There it is. The naked truth. Now keep fingers crossed Google doesn’t send heaps of people here because I said the n-a-k-e-d word in this post three times and the blog shows up high in the page rankings of people looking for something well… um… a little more undressed.
Back to my reading for CPM and writing my 2nd year project, both of which I’ll write about more soon.