Jan 22, 2008

365 Days Ago,... The Story Of A Dream

365 days ago, I started blogging. I had just finished my winter semester finals and was so excited to start bringing my touch to this blogosphere. At the time, I was a daily follower of Ricky Cadden, Darla Mack, Engadget Mobile and AllAboutSymbian. I knew I wanted to create my own blog months ago, but was still hesitating. Finally, on January 22nd, Dotsisx was born.

Many of you may not know it, but Dotsisx was first hosted on Vox, that's where I made my first contacts with Darla, Daemon, and many many others. It isn't until June the 12th that I decided to move here, to Blogger.

Now, one year later, so many things have changed. Over this year, I have casted my foot, got a masters 1 degree in molecular biology, gained some weight, made some friends, became sillier and funnier, changed a little bit my plans concerning my future Masters and PhD specialization,... Over this year I also got my first device trial (the N95 8gb, nothing less), received my first invitation to a mobile event (that I unfortunately can't attend, story coming soon), got in touch with so many great bloggers and readers, received my first email from a manager inside Nokia, got in touch with many software developers, fell in love with the slider form factor, conducted the N95 8GB Lebanon Ambassador, started blogging for one of the sites that I followed the most Symbian-Guru...

210 feed subscriptions, one interview and one review later, do I still have the same passion? Yes I still have that same passion that I had when I started Dotsisx, but I also have more maturity and more understanding of the whole blogging world and mobile technologies world. Do I know it all? Not in my best dreams. But I know more and I understand better. That's the process of evolution. Am I now where I thought I would be when I first started? No, I am waaaay ahead of my expectations. I admit it, the first weeks, I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. It isn't until later that I understood that it takes a lot of effort, dedication, passion and patience. A wise woman once said to me "It's because you're a girl. Take a look around and see for yourself. It takes us 10 times more work and effort to reach the same level as a guy". I know she is right. In a male world, it is kind of tough to be heard and taken seriously. I don't blame anyone, it's just how it functions. We're not perceived as credible tech addicts. But at the same time I won't give up. I will be here, in one year time, hopefully, still carrying the torch.

One last word before I close on this chapter, I would like to save my best regards to fellow bloggers and readers (in no particular order): Tarek Ghazali, Michael Hell, Ricky Cadden, Darla Mack, Jenifer Hanen, Vaibhav Sharma, Jay Rashid, Antoine Wright, Kirollos Fares, Daemon Welch Abernathy, Ravindra Dissanayake, Zacharye Epstein, Ishtiaq Saddam, Pasco, Luca,... and to my friends here (Yaya, Stef, Rach, Pati, Nancy). Forgive me if I forgot anyone.

Now here's to another year of friendships, surprises, symbian love, blogging, passion and maturity. A wise man once said to me "I live to make every moment worth telling", so here's to more life experiences and stories.


  1. Happy Anniversary Rita! ;-)
    Great journey so far! Wish you all the very best for another great year!

    You cant make it to Barcelona?? Damn! (You were referring to 3GSM right?)

  2. James @ Nokia CreativeJanuary 22, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Congrats! I've only been following the blog since your recent hook up with the Guru, but it's been good so far, here's to an exciting 2008! (^_^)

  3. Happy Blog-a-versary!

    Thank you for the good writing and a blog I enjoy reading.

    smiles, jen ;o)

  4. Happy Blogoversary Rita!!

    Your Blog really deserves credit, and is by far the best launched blog in 07,you got my vote!!

    Thanks for mentioning me :).

    Your way of writing everything about the N95 8GB without actually having to review it is unthinkable,and really inovative

    btw where's the N81??did they take it back after what you typed in symbian guru?!
    i got one too, but the frekish DHL Agent want me to pay 800 LE for Taxes!!

    Nokia N95 Blog

  5. Wow; thanks for including me in that list of those you've thanked. I've learned a good bit in reading your blog as well, and am glad that your career pursuits have provided a point of perspective that keeps you unique and readable in the blogsphere.

    Maybe I'll steal you for an article or two for MMM to speak about mobile tech and your faith in Lebanon as that's something about your life that you don't touch on too much, but I'd be interested in knowing more about.

    Many blessings to you on 1 year in; and hope to have you around for plenty more.

  6. Happy anniversary Rita!! Congrats on having accomplished quite a bit in your 365-day run! :)

  7. Happy anniversary!

    My question (you've probably answered this but I am new to your blog):

    Why "dotsisx" ? what does that mean?

  8. Bassem, the explanation of the blog's title was present in my old blog (on vox). I chose it because many blogs use the words "symbian" or "nokia" in them, and I wanted something more original and yet wider. Dotsisx means .sisx, which is the specific extension for applications and software for the S60 3rd platform. Software come in either .sis or .sisx extensions, .sis being also used for S60 2nd.


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