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Blog when you have something to say, never mind if you haven’t for a few days or even a few months. If you have a good content, people will read and follow your posts.

I always notice this that when some bloggers haven’t  posted  in one particular day or for a week, they apologize profusely to their followers. Do we need to?  It’s not as if we are that popular that they would miss reading our  posts for a day or two.

Speaking of those online friends that I follow here, I just don’t drop them when they suddenly disappear in cyberspace.  I wait for a few months anticipating what they will write about when they come back. I guess there is always one valid reason among others why one particular blog is not updated. They might have given up on blogging, they might have found other hobbies aside from blogging, they might be busy to write or perhaps they might have lost their muse.

Oh yes, blogging has become a lifestyle, a habit that is hard to break. And I always enjoy discovering other writers when they follow my blog.  Some don’t engage in liking nor commenting. Others follow your blog and they just want you to follow them back. Some are genuinely friendly  and I feel like they are my extended family. I often ask myself where these visitors come from. So proud of having 566,305 stats as of this writing.

Went out for a while to buy three-in-one coffee mix for mom at the village convenience store.  It is more convenient for her to use a singe mixed sachet than either having her coffee too sweet or too bitter for her taste. I met this neighbor (we live in the same street) who used to say a few words when she passes by the house and when I am at the garden. She told me that the plants and seedlings I gave her a few months back are thriving well.  She smiled and told me I have a pretty and well-maintained garden.  I told her to come back and I’ll give her dried pods of blue ternatea. It is an anti-oxidant and the flowers are used in making tea, juices, salads  and blue rice.  It is always nice to meet people who appreciate what you do.

A blessed weekend to all.

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I just wrote my  2,525th post a while ago. From time to time, I visit my dashboard  and clean spam comments which are filtered by Akismet (just so blessed Akismet is here to classify those unwanted comments in our blogs).

How do you find bloggers that you follow aside from those who follow your blogs?  Some are followers of our blogger friends who probably read our exchange of comments and decided to visit and read a few lines. Some probably appeared at the bottom of your post because they had posted similar subject like you did. Anyway, no matter how you found them, aren’t you glad that you did? Lately, I visited and thanked those who followed my blog the past few days, reading some post and comments and liking those that are wonderfully written.  Sometimes, I return the favor and follow back.

Are you that kind of blogger who looks for seasoned writers with thousands of followers and statistics in their blogs?  Or do you take a chance on those blogs  with not even a hundred followers  but their writings are interesting and they have lovely contents? I am one of the latter I guess. Photo journals are lovely, blogging about farm life is interesting too but I love garden blogs. I love those flowers which normally don’t grow in tropical countries like ours. I love blogs about family and faith.  I am mesmerized by those photo blogs featuring countries like Italy, France and some exotic places in Asia.  I’ve found memoirs featuring these countries and read them with gusto.

Just received a comment from a blogger promoting a product.  And this was approved by WordPress because it was nicely worded. Sorry, I am not into it.

Blogging about blogging, anyone?

 

 

 

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It’s getting rather colder at night and early in the morning you won’t even need to turn on your electric fan. It’s cold enough. Hopefully this will last until the end of February when the summer days slowly set in. December to the early week of  March are the best times of the year here in our country.  It is usually sunny during the day with a slight breeze in the afternoon and an almost zero possibility of typhoon or heavy rains  here in our area. Usually though in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao, they still experience occasional typhoons around this time.

I am listening to YouTube with my headset on.  60’s, 70’s and 80’s music. Lovely! An eclectic mix of music genre from ballads, slow rock, fast beats to mellow sounds.  Compared to the sound of today some of which I consider noise, the music of these three eras are the best  I think. I remember those days when we only had the radio to listen to and knowing those wonderful songs and memorizing those lyrics.  Heaven 🙂

Catching up on my reading. I am done with four books this year three of which I started the last few days of December 2018. I am presently in the middle of reading Go Set A Watchman by  Harper Lee.  I  postponed reading this one, I had it since last year but there were more books and authors that held my interest. This is supposed to be a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird.  Have you read it?

Come to think of it, I am writing this without a title yet and after writing 2,502 posts since I started blogging, I can’t think  about more titles to my post. Just feeling happy on a Monday.

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One of our friendly neighbors gave me a jar of dried green tea leaves. Her daughter sent two barrels for her and her husband last year.

Just perfect in the cold afternoon. I put two sachets of coco sugar in this tea holder and it tasted so good.

Did you know that after blogging for nine years now, I’ve finally reached  my 2,500th post in this site? I could no longer remember the earlier posts I wrote unless I visit them again just to know how it was more than nine years ago. Maybe they are more emotional and a little more poignant and dramatic. I used to blog about my journey as a cancer patient and survivor. Back then, I had lots to share. It was how this blog started.

Six years ago, I became a proud grandma to Nate, our  bundle of joy. I started a separate blog on him and update it from time to time. At least in that site, I am able to post those high-resolution shots that Nissa usually takes on her camera. For a long time now, I wasn’t able to update my Colors blog because almost three years ago, my Canon camera broke. Occasionally though, I find time to write about my garden and the photos I used to take of those lovely  flowers and blooms.  I have used the “press this” feature in some of my garden entries, some of which were published here at Dreams and Escapes. Fearing that my free space would be utilized soon, I avoided posting so many hi-res photos to save on space which has about 26% more of my  allowed limit. I  made a new blog Dreams Never End last March 2015 in readiness for a new blogging experience. My posts there have photos in every entry. I hope you’ll find time to visit it too. The links to this blog are on this site. To think I have five blogs in all, hooray!

Maintaining a blog is sometimes hard but when one is inspired to write, your thoughts flow freely. Sharing has become such a joy and meeting other bloggers from all walks of life  is such a big, big bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s almost the end of the year and I think it is the best time to assess how this particular blog performed. I don’t much mind my other four blogs since I am not that active on those sites.

The last time I blogged about my stats, followers and blog posts was August 01, 2018, almost five months to the day.  I miss the yearly reports of WordPress on how one particular blogged performed for the year.  For the last two years, it hasn’t been there. I do hope they’ll bring it back.

Last August 1, I registered a total of about 537,574 views and this morning when I last looked,  this blog has about 558,297 views, an increase of 20,723 in more than four months. I am happy that they still visit my blog even if sometimes, I am not really inspired to write.  It also registered 206 more followers since August  with a total now of 3,566 though I must admit, there are only a few who regularly visit and make comments. That’s okay though. Around 90 of those are my followers at Twitter which are added to the numbers and around 35 friends who follow the site via e-mail. The latter don’t have WordPress accounts but they read my posts  through e-mail.

I’ve been here at  WordPress for more than nine years now and there were apps before that are no longer active.  WordPress used to comment how many blogs you have written for the day and how  good it was in their eyes. Oh yes, I used to get those words like fantastic, fabulous, beautiful, uplifting etc. They didn’t have those “likes” though and “re-blog” and “press this” were also non-existent yet.

This is my 2,477th post for this blog alone but if I were to add my  four other blogs, it  would probably be  close to 3,000.  Looking back, sometimes, I could not imagine writing all those posts. I could not even remember some of them now.  Maybe some posts are just repeats of the previous ones but with a little twist here and there.  But most are current events that happen in my life. Learned lessons and inspired moments that give life meaning.

For all of you who visit this blog and read my posts, a big THANK YOU.  Hoping for more blogging years  meeting more bloggers in the process.

 

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Icicles


I wonder why there are still no icicles/snowflakes falling on each  WordPress blog. It used to be when each December, you would see them fall gently and and it reminds  you of the special event that is Christmas.

 

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Oh No!


The moment when you accidentally delete a whole paragraph of a blog because you were busy doing something else on the net….so sad, I could cry! I can’t recapture every word, they’re not exactly how I wrote them a few minutes ago  😦

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