♥ toma-ism #51:
toma love is a love for all seasons! ♥
♥ toma-ism #52:
You're like a cool breeze
On a summer day
When you're near me
I don't know what to do
I feel like a fool
Like a school girl
True blue girl ...
I'll be the rain in your summer
The chill in your fall ...
I'll be the fire in your winter
The sun in your spring ...
I've got a love for all seasons
A love for all time ... This love's for you.
[lyrics from Christina Aguilera's Love For All Seasons]
[ PLS CHECK OUT THE fireworks PICS IN BIG SIZE HERE! THEY R SO BEAUTIFUL. =)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOMA LOVE!!! ^__^
today is the 1 year anniversary!!
wow~ so many happy events recently & coming up ne! *__*
(**GOMEN, I COULDN'T POST THIS UP SOONER! SEPT. 24 IS ALMOST OVER! SO LET'S PRETEND TOMORROW IS ALSO SEPT. 24, OK? haha~ thanks.**)
so~ i started this TOMA LOVE! blog about 1 month after becoming a toma fan.
my main goal then was just to help promote toma in this way & feel like i'm doing my part to spread the toma love. and also to help new fans find toma info, pics, etc. and find toma fansites, too. there were not a lot of sites about toma last year in english (obviously, not like now). anyway, i was not computer savvy and ambitious enough to start a fansite for toma, so i just started this blog. honestly, i had no idea how i would keep it updated on a regular basis. i was half-thinking i'd post sometimes about his news or just post links to other toma sites or youtube videos... just simple stuff like that. but as time passed and i was liking toma more and more, i started thinking up all sorts of fun, toma-related stuff to write about and sharing more and more of my thoughts and feelings about him. ~_~ (EDIT: ALSO, CUZ MORE AND MORE PPL CAME HERE...AT THE MOST, I WAS GETTING OVER 100 HITS A DAY! that also pushed me to post more, since i didn't want to disappoint all the ppl that come here!! so thanks to A LOT of ppl who came here last year la!) gradually, this blog became more and more important to me~ it's really a special place where i can go to talk about toma, share toma pics or other media (also my lovely toma graphics!)/news/random thoughts...it's my own toma world, u see~ a not so secret garden where i can go and relax, dream about toma, just let my thoughts flow, talk 2 other fans sometimes & share toma stuff...
oh, i hope u all like the new banners! i wanted to use fall pics from japan, especially hokkaido, cuz toma was born there & the scenary is amazing there. but the central park pics f/new york city R so pretty and the photographers allow u 2 alter the pics, so---no time 2 ask 4 permission like before...but next time i'll be more prepared. i'll try!
i'm really happy i've got nicer, new ones up be4 toma's b-day, in case he drops by. haha. ...it's ironic, i'm updating the banners to a fall theme, yet today it's bloody hot here. well, that's california weather 4 u. it's like summer is 30% of the year, and cool spring-like weather takes up 60%, and the rest is the most winter-like weather possible here, like below 60 degrees fahrenheit. haha~ we don't really have much of autumn... i miss the rain...we haven't had rain in a loooong time. unlike tokyo. haha. can we give them some sunshine in exchange for their rain, please?? =P
sorry~ i got off-topic. right... so! i've posted 183 posts in 1 year! is that a lot? sa. i used to post only 1 or 2 times a week sometimes...thanks for everyone that kept coming back even without much updates! this is my first post by the way: http://ikutatomalove.blogspot.com/2007/09/hi.html. and here R some screencaps to let u see how the blog used to look like...
also, the blog name used to be ikuta toma love, but i later just shortened it to Toma Love! actually, i wanted it to be TL! from the start, but i figure if i have his full name in the URL, it'd be easier 4 people to find it. also, the TOMA-ISMS. =) well, i kept having these thoughts pop into my mind sometimes-- when listening to songs or sometimes i'd hear phrases, it would remind me of toma or how pretty/great/lovely, etc. he is, or how i feel about him. so i started to have a toma-ism at the start of each post, the first one was posted here and it was, yappari:
toma-ism #1: there's no one like ikuta toma!
( http://ikutatomalove.blogspot.com/2008/05/more-random-toma-facts-start-of-toma.html )
already up to #52! haha, they R quite fun to think up/get from songs, etc., too. hopefully u all like them too!
i kept adding stuff to the right side over time...it used to be more empty & faster 2 scroll thru. sorry, but i need everything that's there now. i already got rid of the google ads a while back. no1 really clicks on them, and they just take up room & bandwidth. so i'm completely doing this for free now. haha! no1 here complain if they don't like my material or i'm not updating frequently enough, cuz THIS IS FREE. lol. u get what u pay for! xD and u paid NOTHING for this!!!
ano...my rank at the 2 main search engines is ok. on the 3rd page for yahoo (i searched "toma ikuta"), though a while back i'd often be on the first page and page 6 of google. google is still my biggest referrer, according to blogpatrol. and so many ppl from so many countries have been here! right now, the visiter count is at 19,723. if u look at the cluster map below, u'll see visitors from every continent except antarctica!! well, no cluster map has results f/antarctica, anyhow!
[***BTW, THE CURRENT CLUSTER MAP WILL BE ARCHIVED ON OCT. 8. IT'S ARCHIVED EACH YEAR. AFTERWARDS, THE MAP WILL BE BLANK AGAIN AND SLOWLY FILL UP WITH RED DOTS. SO CHECK IT OUT NOW, BE4 IT'S GONE LATER...the current aug. 31 version is the one i printed out and sent to toma! http://www3.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://ikutatomalove.blogspot.com/ ]
sa~ what R the best posts, for those of u who were not here from the beginning and missed some memorable posts by kate?? mmmmm.... i'll list the ones that keep getting a lot of traffic that blogpatrol tells me, and also pick some of my fav posts that u should check out...
FINALLY, i've said this hundreds of times be4, but i need to say it again:
ARIGATOU, everyone-chan, for coming here! ♥
and double-thanks if u like what i write & come here often! ♥
TRIPLE-thanks if u leave comments sometimes! ♥
i send you all some LOVE! everyone! ♥
you know who you are! ;)
AND IF SOME OF YOU CAN SEND SOME LOVE BACK TO ME ♥ , THAT WOULD BE VERY COOL.
^__^ i know most of u don't like to comment, but just for today, i hope you will. everyone reading this, please give me a shout-out by posting a comment below. doesn't matter what u say or how long the message, as long as it's something nice! even just "thank you, kate" is enough la! but if u're feeling particularly good cuz of this special day, pls also tell me how you found this blog & what country u R from, cuz i'd like to know! thanks!!
ALSO, IF U LIKE MY BLOGS, PLS REMEMBER TO LINK TO THEM (both this and dear toma...) FROM YOUR BLOG OR WEBSITE OR WHATEVER. THE MORE IT IS LINKED, THE HIGHER ITS RANK ON SEARCH ENGINES, AND THE MORE CHANCE THAT TOMA FANS CAN FIND IT! THANK YOU! ~_~
CHEERS, my fellow toma fans!
i am looking forward to many many more years of blogging about toma!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
& i will continue to try my best to keep this blog a fun/funny/awesome/cool destination for toma fans from all over the world! & i hope that some of my posts make u smile or even brightens your day a little! just like some of your comments make me smile/laugh and brightens my day! ~_~ yorushiku~ onegaishimas~!
[both are MUST READs! HAHAHA.]
[also MUST READS for new fans!!]
[this might be my fav post ever. lol.
i had a lot of fun writing and imagining me & toma as a couple!! ♥]
[also 1 of my favs! tomapi love. hehe. ah, i wish i had such a close, good friend!!]
[ah, i like this one! i talk about my JE calendar & how I'LL ALWAYS SUPPORT TOMA NO MATTER WHAT!! ~_~]
[i like this post too... the first time i really wrote a review of toma's drama. and i really tried to get ppl to give Honey and clover a 2nd chance, if they quit watching earlier. H&C is really quite draggy, but toma makes it worth watching!! i didn't really write 1 for hana kimi, but of course, u all already know i love it!!]
[many ppl looking for general info about toma, i see!]
[yappari, a lot of fans looking for toma pics]
[yappari, many ppl want to participate/learn more about the b-day project! cool.]
[ah! this is when i talked about where u can watch Maou. =) ]
[i guess lots of ppl wanna watch him in HYD2? that's cool. cuz toma is wicked cool & kakkoi when he's evil. hehe. or they were looking for info about that drama... ]
[i knew it!! haha. any post with the words "girlfriend" or "kiss" is sure to get a ton of hits. xD]
[of course! lots of hana kimi/toma fans wanna see what the dvd box set looks like and some hana kimi goodies!]
[haha. i'm thirsty now! *takes a drink of cool water* ah! that's better. =)]
[hana kimi wins!!! (IMO.) sorry, taiwan hana kimi fans.]
[more hana kimi DVD screencaps/goodies!]
[i liked this post! ah... nakatsu!! u'll always be #1 to me!!]
[TOMArathon!!!!!!! yeah~ unfortunately, a lot of the videos i watched on youtube have probably been deleted. but i saved a lot of them to my computer. =) ]
[another important post that i enjoyed writing! about tomagoto, toma's blog or jweb. ~_~]
[awww. =) i really do mean it, toma-kun! arigatou.]
[yeah, this was a good post. =) about why fans write to their idols...]
[yappari, this is a post that took me a long while to prepare for and write!! i really poured my heart out here. heehee~ i hope it gave u a sweet feeling, too.]
[MY SONG FOR TOMA!! hahaha. everyone sing along now!]
[about the first hana kimi dvd set.]
[already 1 of my fav posts ever. just cuz toma's so cute and i enjoyed finding pouting toma pics for this post! haha.]
[my post about Cat in the red boots. =) and how toma seems too good to be true. lol.]
[this was cool, some great toma quotes!! he really is an inspiring SUNSHINE BOY!! he really is my hero!!]
[of course, this is a really memorable post 4 me, the first time sending toma fanmail! it must have reached japan by now...now for the hard part. waiting 4 a reply or some kinda sign he got it. =T ]
[i talked about toma's fav music. i like posts like this... that helps u get to know toma more. and listening 2 music he likes makes me feel closer 2 him.]
[this was interesting, if u wanna learn more about honey & clover. how the manga can be interpreted in so many different ways! love that beautiful purple cherry blossoms screencap f/the anime!]
[this post is great cuz that magazine article is so great! haha. seriously, who wouldn't want the secrets to making toma fall in love with you in 10 days!]
[interesting...and i get to talk about my fav ppl, johnny, toma, and also included some jerry seinfeld quotes!]
[cat in the red boots changed toma's life!! and some maou stuff!]
[someone saw toma while he was filming for the hana kimi SP and wrote about it!]
[about pretty boys like toma...]
[toma's cat in the red boot songs]
[ah~ my first hana kimi keepsake. =) ]
[congratulating toma's 1st award for hana kimi!]
[was happy my toma b-day MV was getting lots of views! but it was removed earlier this year. =( but u can still watch it at here! http://www.dailymotion.com/2007kate/video/x516xh_viva-toma-happy-23rd-birthday-toma_shortfilms ]
[1st time i saw toma, already thought he looked like a hk tv star. haha~ then later found out lots of toma fans think he looks like a lot of different guys!]