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I Missed Shakespeare's Day

Anggap saja ini postingan permohonan maaf karena melewatkan hari Shakespeare tanggal 23 lalu. Hari Shakespeare yang jatuh pada hari Minggu atau hari Sabtu memang selalu mudah terlewatkan. (Alasan,) Karena itu saya mau memberikan beberapa pengumuman.

Posting blog ini mungkin akan semakin jarang

Kehidupan di dunia nyata memang ternyata sangat merepotkan. Pada akhirnya, saya tidak bisa menyediakan terlalu banyak waktu untuk blogging, karena jadwal yang semakin padat. Kalau Shakespeare bilang, "My salad days, when I was keen for merriment." #misquote

Post mungkin akan semakin sering dalam bahasa Indonesia

Yang satu ini sama sekali bykan karena saya nyaman menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, tapi karena saya rasa blog Shakespeare dalam bahasa Indonesia akan lebih menarik daripada dalam bahasa Inggris, yang tentu sudah banyak bertebaran di mana-mana. Fitur-fitur seperti Bad Translation juga rasa-rasanya lebih "kena" dalam bahasa Indonesia dan jelas akan lebih mudah dibaca oleh orang-orang yang kurang nyaman berbahasa Inggris. 

Kemungkinan akan makin banyak posting fangirling

Fangirling Shakespeare itu NORMAL. Buat para fans K-Pop, drama, dll, pastinya sudah tau seperti apa die hard fangirl itu. Fangirling Shakespeare nggak beda jauh sama fangirling Bigbang atau DoTS kok. Postingan di sini misalnya, adalah fangirling murni tanpa bukti atau dasar yang jelas. Karena kebanyakan adalah bias dan opini, mohon maaf kalau menyinggung perasaan orang-orang yang berbeda pendapat. 

Itu saja kira-kira. Mohon tunggu postingan berikutnya, yang mudah-mudahan lebih bermanfaat dan berbau Shakespeare. 


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