Generacion Y, the blog in which Yoani Sanchez describes with a critical eye the day-to-day realities of Cuba, marks its fifth year online.

"Today I reach the 5th anniversary of the blog since I posted the first entry on Generacion Y," she wrote Monday on Twitter, where she said that the blog has brought a "total change" to her life. "But I'm not sorry."

Sanchez said it has cost her an "enormous" personal and social sacrifice.

"The gift of invisibility that it boasted went by the boards, between the hugs from those who approve of me and the watchful eyes keeping me under surveillance," an article on her Web site said.

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Recalling the first Generacion Y text, Sanchez said that she decided to launch a blog because she was tired of "saying nothing, of applauding and pretending," and also because citizens no longer had any way to express themselves in their own country.

Over the past five years, the 36-year-old blogger has become one of the critics of the Cuban regime best known abroad and has received numerous international awards, such as the Ortega y Gasset Digital Journalism Prize in 2008.

Pro-government bloggers on the Communist island denounce Sanchez as a "fraud" and a "mercenary" in the pay of Washington.

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During these five years the authorities have barred the blogger from leaving Cuba to receive the honors awarded to her in person.

The name of her blog, Generacion Y, was created as a tribute to the Cubans of her generation whose names in many cases and because of a fad at a certain time begin with the letter Y.

Before debuting as a blogger, Sanchez worked at a publishing house in Havana and as a freelance Spanish teacher giving classes to German tourists, until she emigrated to Switzerland in 2002.

She decided to return to the island in 2004 with a new understanding about the importance of information technology and the power of the Internet.

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