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I used to blog about blogs and the life of a blogger, for  sometime now though, I haven’t written a single post.

Been blogging  for  about nine years now. I must admit, it is a long journey. A journey of faith, hope, inspiration, finding friendship, sharing and visiting places  I’ve never been. It is nice to see those places that you just read in books. It’s nice to see those wonderful photos shared by online friends from other parts of the world.  Who would have thought  that blogging has gone this far?

When I started here, there were no like buttons yet but comments were open. WordPress used to have that yearly review of our blogs but for some reasons it was gone two years ago. What a pity, I loved it.  Then there was a time when they would add some inspiring words once you have  written another post like awesome, great, inspiring and the like. I miss that too.

I still use the old platform when writing a post and since  I am on a free theme, I now reduce the size of the photos I upload before posting.  I  used to participate in the photo challenges of the site where they give you a word and you have to supply your own interpretations in photos. Those posts ate up lots of my free space that is why I am  quite conscious now to post photos.

I reached another milestone, I guess. Finally I crossed the line on having around 550, 000 stats on my blog. This is for Dreams and Escapes alone. My other four blogs are not regularly updated.  At the moment,   I have a total of  550,057. It is great to know that people from all walks of life still visit and read my posts and some leave comments  on them.  I thank all of you for following my blog.

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Good morning everyone. I hope it is another happy day for all of you.

I’ve overhauled my blog slowly the past days. I noticed that there are some new bloggers who followed me and some are  reading my old posts which I have already forgotten. My mind says, “did I write all those?”And my thoughts wander and  wonder.  Yes, I did.  Some are quite emotional posts, some are a little inspirational, some are just thoughts and ramblings of the old me.

Blogging has come a long way. All these years, I’ve been sharing myself in cyberspace and I love it that I came to know a lot of people in the blogosphere and became friends with some of  them.  Although we don’t see each other and probably have no chance at all to see them personally, I feel a little closer because they share their lives and stories too.

We love stories, don’t we? We love it when  we have similar aspirations and dreams in life. Short of saying, “You too?”, it is really wonderful.  I love seeing your photos, pictures of your family,  places you go to and you’ve been to, your garden blooms, your  daily routines and what have you.

We may have different cultures but everything merges here in one community of bloggers.

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Have you noticed? I just changed my tagline.

From this:

For the nth time, I wish I could put into words the thoughts burning in my mind. I do not know how you could take interest in reading all these muddled thoughts.

To this:

Moments  cherished, memories kept, dreams fulfilled  and little things that make everyday a blessing. 

I feel the first one is no longer applicable since I’ve shared my thoughts for so many years now. And they are not muddled anymore, they are everyday things that make life uplifting and such a joy to see. In fact I could no longer recall all the things I  wrote several years ago, all of 2,356 posts  in this blog alone including this  latest one.  If I were to add the other posts I’ve done  in  my four other blogs, maybe it would amount close to 3,000 entries.

I was thinking of changing the theme too but I feel most comfortable with this one,  Misty Look although I played with the header changing it to some of my previous photos.  So each time you click a single post, the picture changes and I like it that way.

Maintaining  a blog is still a joy for me, an almost everyday thing that keeps me grounded and a little creative in the process.  It’s a guilty pleasure.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your thoughts here. I do appreciate your “likes” too.

 

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Just wondering why my old posts are being resurrected by new bloggers, some  have just started blogging.

This is it, pancit. I just reached a total of 540,058 views at the moment. I know some bloggers don’t really mind the numbers but I do. It just means some people still find my blog worth-reading about. Though I have almost reached 3,400 followers  (about a hundred  via e-mails and Twitter), only a very few  probably read what I post.

I love reading your comments and I make it a point to answer them all whenever possible. I love exchanging ideas with friends from  far away places and knowing how they live.  Having you all around makes blogging a joy to do. This is my 2,342nd post for this particular blog.  I wonder how much longer it would take me to reach 3,072 MB space allowed,  there is still a total of 27%  free space.  It is hard to maintain a total of five blogs and this is the only one I regularly update. I haven’t bought a camera yet so my photos at COLORS  are not updated. I rely on my  camera phone and my tab plus other photos regularly sent by Nissa.

BY the way, I love to share these with you. They’re lovely quotes from one of my favorite authors  Kristin Hannah from a book called Angel Falls.

The measure of a man comes down to moments, spread out like dots of paint on the canvas of life. Everything you were, everything you’ll someday be, resides in the small, seemingly ordinary choices of everyday life. it starts early, this random processions of decisions.

Each decision seems as insignificant as a left turn on an unfamiliar road when you have no destination in mind. But the decisions accumulate until you realize one day that they’ve made you the man that you are.

A blessed and happy Thursday to all.

 

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Much as you want to have as many followers on your site, you can equally remove some of them if you want to. Some are just there to advertise their sites, some have deactivated their accounts and you’ll see nothing at all.

Do you know that you can actually remove unwanted followers to your blog? Just visit your Dashboard, go to your stat page, then you’ll see the word Followers at the uppermost right hand corner of the page, click that and the rest of your  followers appear. You can either invite some bloggers or remove some of them, it’s up to you.  Same with your e-mail followers. I have a few who choose to follow my blog via e-mails so the number adds a little to your list of followers.

You can also block unwanted comments or sites by going to Settings, choose Discussion and look for Comment Blacklist.

I hope this helps.

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Yesterday,I wrote about my Goodreads’ stats as summarized by the site. Today, I also checked my dashboard because I saw a post I did on Facebook on this same day a year ago.

On August 1, 2017, my blog registered a total of 2,505 followers and a total stats of 482,009.

Today, I have 537,574 stats, 2,323 published blog posts and registered a total of 3,360 followers. That’s roughly 855 followers in one year.  I’m amazed although only a few are active in commenting and liking my posts. I’d like to think though that  they read them.  A few years ago, WordPress made an annual report on how a certain blog did for the year but I noticed the last two years, there was nothing.  I really hope they’ll bring it back.

Not bad, not bad. It is always inspiring to see people visit and read my blog. Thank you online friends.

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Finally reached my 2,300th post including this one but that does not include the additional 523 posts (total) in my  other four blogs. The stats here is just for Dreams and Escapes.

Sometimes I feel I lost my muse, finding it hard to write after so long. Sometimes I feel I have already covered all the subjects that a blogger like me writes about. Sometimes I feel I am sharing too much – family life, my garden, my friends, photographs I took over the years, books I read and books I still have to read in the future, dreams and what have you’s.

But sometimes I think they are never enough. As long as one is alive and kicking, you get to experience life and all its angst all the more. You get to learn through time and the journey may be easier to navigate  or the road may be full of stones.

I made a similar title of this post six years ago. There is still that desire to get in touch with the world in general and to close friends in particular. One good thing about this blogging genre is that I found many online friends here, read about their lives in the process. I treasure the times when I open my reader feed and I see their names and their updates.   I feel so excited to see their lovely photographs, read about how life is in other countries far and wide.

And I’ve always said that blogging has become a way of life for me.

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