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Archive for January 6th, 2015


Good morning!

Just an observation, I know I am not alone in this. I just wonder why some bloggers always say sorry that they haven’t written a post in a while. Such profusion of apologies which may not be necessary at all. Believe me, unless they follow your blog every minute of the day and read  your post every time you click publish, they would not even notice. It is so easy to click FOLLOW (just so maybe they would follow you back) but then sometimes you forget that you have followed a hundred blogs and didn’t even visit half of it except the time you admired that one particular post, except that time your thoughts were in sync with the writer’s words.

I’d rather they click like or even leave a few comments than have lots and lots of followers  who don’t even give a thought to say hi or hello, (sometimes, I am guilty of this). I know, I know, you are not obliged but wouldn’t it be a better blogging world if we interact? Having a silent blog is just like keeping a private diary that nobody is allowed to read. Being published publicly is something else.

What you write defines you in a sense. One gets a glimpse of how you view things around you, how you look at life through your writings, how you share, how you express yourself.  One could write simply and still deliver the message across. One could convey a lovely  message in a single photograph.

Years ago I found this lovely book of Stephen King entitled On Writing (A  Memoir of the Craft). I was completely enthralled reading it.  It was one of the best books I’ve ever read about writing. Keep it simple without those highfalutin words.

“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up”.

“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.”

I hear you sir! I don’t write  to impress but to share some thoughts that may inspire others in the process and that alone is one big reason why I blog.

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When you’ve got nowhere to go – walk

Having a place to go is a home

Having someone to love is family

Having both is a true blessing.

– richard paul evans

That group shot is a bit grainy. We asked Nate's yaya to take our family photo. Christmas Eve 2014

That group shot is a bit grainy. We asked Nate’s yaya to take our family photo. Christmas Eve 2014

 

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Okay, I finally received the annual report published by WordPress for my blog’s performance for 2014.  It was published late compared to the three other blogs that I maintain here. Every year since it started in 2011, I look forward to it.  I am  curious  how my blogs performed the past year. It gives you a glimpse of what blog post garnered the most like and the number of comments in one particular post. Here it is.

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 64,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 312 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 205 MB. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 8th with 2,045 views. The most popular post that day was Happy Birthday MAMA MARY.

This is a bit lower than what I got for the year 2013. No big deal though, at least I earned more friends in the process.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 240 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,361 posts. There were 380 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 239 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 8th with 2,889 views. The most popular post that day was Happy Birthday MAMA MARY.

Don’t be surprised, that blog I had of Mama Mary was three years ago but I get elated every time September 08 comes and the views get crazy :). I always tell myself, maybe it’s Mama Mary’s way of showing me how much I am loved.

Thank you WordPress, I love this ❤

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