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I just got online. Two days of no internet connection Globe said they were under maintenance.

Anyway, I think it was a blessing in disguise because I was able to finish trimming the carabao grass and pruning some plants I planted earlier. Now, the garden is clean and looking fresh. I have missed blogging though and reading posts even if it was only two days since I  was  not able to visit WordPress.  Read two more books after my post on Maya Angelou.

I found this lovely title called The Book That Matters Most. The story is about a book club whose members chose books that  made impacts in their lives. It was nice to know that among the eight books they chose, I was able read five.  Isn’t it nice when you can relate to the book you read?  You’ve been there, read them too and you had your own  memories of them all. You remember the characters and the stories.

 

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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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Three-Day Streak?


Just got this badge from WordPress. I wonder what the three-day streak is all about.

I used to blog daily sometimes but it is only now that this feature appears. Thank you WordPress.  When I am inspired, I even blog twice daily.

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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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