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It’s been a while  and that translates  to almost a week without blogging. Here’s one sure proof that a day is not complete without writing those thoughts, some fleeting burst of inspiration but always, always would not come when you’re ready to write them down and immortalize them on paper, that is. Being busy does not help either and it was quite a busy week for me.

I’ve checked my dashboard closely since I got some e-mail updates from about.me , an app which let you make a short introduction about yourself but completely separate from the “about page” of WordPress. You can link it to Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. It helps that every update you post on WordPress is automatically posted as link to your blog. It’s only now that I get to appreciate it after  almost a year of using it and earned views and compliments on the side. Maybe their feature on “Added Me to A Collection”  is equal to the blog follows which they have here at WordPress.  I am not too conscious on how many blog followers I have  since I also carefully choose those that I follow so if you are in my orbit, I find all your blogs interesting, something I come back to now and then for updates and where I learn something too on everything you share. My blog followers increased a little though when I joined the  2011 post a day challenge. And when I think of it, I still can’t believe that I was able to challenge myself to write every day and share it with the world. It was fun and it brought me a very significant upswing in my stats which I think is more important than how many followers one has. It makes me smile when  I encounter people who are not even my  blog followers and yet  make lovely  comments in some of my posts. The last time I looked, WordPress has this update:

1,351  posts (and this is my 1,352nd)

239,378  viewed my page

620  followers

And this is only for my main blog, Dreams and Escapes. I also have three more blogs  which are steadily gaining views/followers/comments but I don’t regularly update them as much as I do with my main blog. And I want to be honest with you, I don’t regularly read Freshly Pressed  but I admire those bloggers whose posts are featured there. And I don’t follow  WordPress’s suggestions on what to write about except for participating in their Weekly Photo Challenge which I haven’t done lately. Four years ago, I started this blog to share my plight as a cancer patient/survivor and over the years it somehow evolved into something more personal than writing about doctor visits, chemotherapy and such.  I am allowed 3,072MB to use but I already used up 1,889.85MB. That’s a total of 62% space used and I am wondering how the remaining 38% would last, always taking into account the pictures I attach on almost all of my blogs. Maybe, I have to cut on posting photos and update my Cams and Photos blog instead. I still picture myself blogging for the next three or four years, making  regular updates on my blog about baby Nate. One thing I learned is this, having so many followers does not equate to more viewers  and  even if your blog has a few followers , if they like the content of your blog, they will always come back and visit you.

What about you? Do you find self-fulfillment in blogging? I do.

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I got the highest stats  on my dashboard yesterday for this month so far and I can’t resist  taking  a screen shot of where they are coming from. The Philippines of course is on the top rank.

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Got a total of  502 views yesterday with 314 visitors. How nice, I am quite inspired! Thank you all for visiting my blog.

21 January 2013 7:15am

I really think I need to correct this because the biggest number of views and visitors so far was last January 19 with 728 views and 500 visitors. Thank God for blogging!

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When I look back at the times that I felt so down, writing my thoughts on paper helped me to cope, a sort of  catharsis for me since I found out I had Stage 3 colon cancer. It was not a walk in the park  but faith , prayers and love of friends and family made me realize  that when you have all these, you have enough. When you believe that you will get well, you will. And when you believe that God is by your side, He is.

So this is my 700th blog according to WordPress. Since they have introduced letting bloggers know which post was magnificent, grand, dandy, splendid, sensational, fabulous,far-out, groovy, slick, superb, super, wohoo, way-out and all the other positive words they say about a current blog post, I’ve recorded every word count and which post describes all those words. It’s kind of fun to know what word they will use to describe what you have just posted. At the start of the year, I was in a quandary whether to take part in the Post A Day Challenge 2011. I asked myself, “will I be able to do that, write and blog everyday the whole year of 2011? “ Two more months to go and I will be able to say, “I did it.” And George S. Patton was right when he said and I quote: Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

I was reviewing my earlier blogs this morning and I was smiling like crazy thinking, I was a little emotional in some of them but who cares, it’s the process of writing that heals you. And I would like to share a list of at least twenty-five top-rated blogs that I wrote in a span of twenty-nine months. They are not exactly my favorites since there are other blogs which I like better than some of them,  echoing what I feel and describing the true “me”. But the following are my most read, obviously for the simple reason that they frequently appear even if I wrote them a year or almost two years ago. You are welcome to read through my search box since I don’t exactly remember  when they were published here.

  1. Homepage
  2. The Early Bird Catches The Worm But the Second Mouse Gets The Cheese
  3. UAAP Season 73 (University of Santo Tomas)
  4. Friendship Quotes
  5. Soulmates, Karma, Reincarnation
  6. Unang Taon, Ulat Sa Bayan Ni PNoy (June 30, 2011)
  7. Happy Birthday MAMA MARY
  8. Dapitan Arcade (A Shopper’s Delight)
  9. It’s Why I Love It
  10. University of Santo Tomas at 400
  11. On Meeting Dr. Samuel Ang Again
  12. The Aquino Grandchildren And My Own Memories of Ninoy
  13. Bank Of The Philippine Islands, Let’s Make It Easy
  14. Suha,Lukban, Grapefruit, Pomelo
  15. The Famous Transfiguration Chapel – Caleruega, Philippines
  16. Oh, Oh!
  17. Quotes To Live By
  18. It’s Kung Pao Chicken Pasta For Dinner
  19. Some Tidbits On Pres. Noynoy’s Inauguration
  20. Moringa Juice
  21. Sioma-making, A Great Feat For A Six-Year Old
  22. Celebrating 400th Year (University of Santo Tomas)
  23. Meeting Manuel Baldemor, A World-Renowned Artist
  24. New Life, New Hope, New Beginning
  25. Special Palabok

Thank you all for visiting my blogs and leaving lovely comments.  And as of this writing, I have about a total of 60,284 page views.  Hooray to blogging! And WordPress says, this blog is wonderful :)

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