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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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There are so many apps at Facebook but this is the only one that I’ve tried at the moment. I just want to know how well they know a person through her public profile by guessing (?) things that would make you smile or frown.  My FB status is for friends only. I don’t click like on those posts of friends who are updating their walls publicly.  For one thing, I never send  nor forward chain mails even if they are of religious kind, I just erase them. Neither do I  play online games, it is a waste of time for me.

I like this though.

And except that weak point which is being crazy about sweets, I am not. I choose sweets I wanna eat and only do so when I crave for it.  Neither do I smile when confronted with suffering, I just cry silently and pray. All the rest though are quite true. I really hate FAKE people but I love meeting new friends.

By the way, I’ve just erased another twenty spam comments with that annoying word “write”. Some even have  WordPress sites. If they are legit  WordPress users, how come  they’ve joined the bandwagon of spammers?

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Will this never ends? I found twenty comments on my spam folder with the usual sites before with the word sexy at the middle of the e-addy.  I am guessing this is only one person using different e-mails.  I don’t know what they get  out of such useless spam  comments. Waste of time really. I even noticed that my comments on two blog posts by friends  were  “liked” by a spammer with  the same e-mail address. What do you think?

Equinoxio21, an online friend advised me to bring back the re-blog button by going to “sharing” on “My Site”  menu   and clicking the “Sharing buttons”  and saving it. Voila, the re-blog button appears again. Thank you!

I found another book by one of my favorite authors (aside of course from Mary Oliver, Richard Paul Evans, Khaled Hosseini and many others) Nadia Hashimi.  Hashimi is an American doctor, a bestselling novelist and a women’s rights advocate.  Her parents are Afghans so she always write about life in Afghanistan.  Since I encountered Khaled’s Hosseini’s books years ago, I looked for other Asian authors and found her.  I’ve read three of her books before two of which I posted reviews here two years ago. When The Moon Is Low is Goodreads’ Best Book of 2015, I actually wrote short reviews about her first three books that I read. Here’s my take on this: One of the best books I read so far on the 2016 reading challenge. I wonder why I am always drawn to historical novels (I am an old soul) and stories about Afghanistan always make me cry.

The Pearl  That Broke Its Shell came second on my reading list although it was her literary debut novel. And I wrote: “A painful but riveting story about what life is like for women in Afghanistan.”The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies.” Here’s a lovely quote from that book.

“Life has typhoons. They come and turn everything upside down. But you still have to stand up because the next storm may be around the corner”.

The third book is entitled One Half From The East.  I am reading the fourth book now. Just like the first three books, this one looks so good. A House Without Windows is a haunting story about friendship and the plight of women in Afghanistan.

If only I could find her other book which I think is the newest so far.  When you find such gifted authors, you always look forward to what they write about.

Yes, I remember another author, Khaled Hosseini, Afghan born and also a doctor. His memorable book, The Kite Runner was adapted into film which Nissa and I watched years ago. We cried inside the cinema.

 

 

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It is still dark and cloudy outside. It rained the whole night because of the tropical depression Domeng  and a monsoon trough. They are bringing moderate to heavy rains in the Southern part of the country including Metro Manila.

It’s that perfect weather to get lazy, just read a book or stay in front of your PC.  Or you may listen to your favorite music. Listening to 70’s non-stop classic hits at the moment. Oreo is right beside me asleep. I tried putting the headset near his ears a while ago  and he just looked at me. Maybe if he could speak, either he’ll say thank you or get that away from me.

I was just checking my dashboard (yes, I do check it twice a week) and this is my 2,276th post on Dreams and Escapes. My most popular and  most read post  is still  Another Year To Be Thankful For  although it is not the most liked  and commented on post I’ve ever written.  I wrote it on my birthday back in 2013.  There is really something uplifting for being grateful for God’s blessings.

Viewers came back after I lost some of them when I didn’t blog every day. I used to have an average of 100-120 visitors a day the past days but this week, daily views  reached more than 200. It’s a nice feeling to see such even if only a few of them make comments and click like.  My  views reached a total of 530,445  recently although followers only reached 3,230  including around 90 people from Twitter.  It’s really not that important to have thousands  of followers who don’t even bother to click  “like” to your post but it adds up to the beauty of blogging.  But you are more inspired to write when there is an interaction between you and your readers.  Meeting all those lovely people here is a big, big bonus.

Got this lovely quote from Goodreads.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Muhammad Tabish

And I wish I could write like this, producing a blog  not only for myself but for the enjoyment of my readers.

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Have you noticed the new feature of WordPress right on the comment box? Whereas before they only have  “approve” and “like”, now they have added  “trash,  “edit”  and “spam”. I was wondering whether Akismet is still working. It is. I just deleted a few spam comments. I wonder why these people keep on writing those nonsense, those comments are not even related to the post. They have their own stories, sometimes their comments are even longer than my blog post but I don’t read them, I just press “delete permanently”.  As I have said before in some previous posts, they are quite annoying. I don’t see the relevance of reading them before deleting. Occasionally though, some valid comments  are in my spam folder so I reverse it and put them in the comment box.

According to WordPress, I reached my 10th year here the other day.  Well, it took me just one blog post when I opened this account since I didn’t even know how to customize it.  A year after I posted that lone poem, I started writing here so I don’t really consider that year-long hiatus counted as my first year. I only started  actual blogging more than a year after,  just  when I found out I had colon cancer.

Back then, Multiply was still alive and I had about a hundred friends there who are now mostly on Facebook too. I think those were the best years of blogging and posting Music videos and my own CDs at the site.  Multiply was a wonderful platform. My brother even subscribed me to the premium plan of the site.  It has closed its doors a few years ago.

How’s your blogging journey? Are you still inspired to share your thoughts in cyberspace?

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If I were to summarize all the blog posts I’ve written over the years, it amounts to 2,715 all in all. That’s  about five blog sites , of which the four are almost inactive.

Dreams and Escapes  – 2,204 posts  (this one not included)

Gardens and Empty Spaces –  108 posts

Our Precious Bundle  Of Joy  – 145 posts

Colors – 171 posts

Dreams  Never End –  87 posts.

Dreams and Escapes is my main blog of course.  It’s where I started my blog at WordPress. Back then, I didn’t even know how to customize, and personalize a site. I l;earned through the years and writing became an obsession. It comes easy once you started.  As I have said before, it picked up last 2011 when I joined the Post A Day writing challenge.  I am quite afraid to do it now although I dream of it still.

As I wanted to separate my posts which are  most about plants  and blooms in my garden, I started a newer one  called Gardens and Empty Spaces I was inspired by several blogs  I discovered here about gardens.  Our Precious Bundle Of Joy came about when Nate was born five years ago.  I was too enthusiastic before  in updating this one until Nate was a year old. Nowadays, I write posts about him at my main blog. Overall, there are about twenty or more re-posted blogs on these two sites.   (that happens when I am quite lazy to do another post on the same subject…haha 🙂 )

Colors came to fruition  when I noticed that most of my high-resolutions shots were slowly eating up my allowed free space.  This is where I post my macro shots, mostly about flowers and blooms,  some places we’ve been to, food and such.  I love the Duo-tone theme of Colors.  I seldom post there for the simple reason that I no longer have a good camera to take photos. I  mostly use my tab and cellphone when I take  a shot. Each photo has a short write-up.

As I am nearing the end of my allowed free space here, I started a new blog. It has a different title and most entries  do not exceed five hundred words but  they are always accompanied by photos.  I have more than a thousand photos at Photobucket, so many albums in one site but they are all marked  “private”.  Dreams Never End is still a work in progress just like the rest of my blogs.

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It was one those lazy, lazy days. Yes I know, it’s just the start of March. Last January, I dreamed of  blogging every day but that’s not to be. There are days when  I can’t think of nothing to blog about. Ideas are hard to come by and a good content is not even in the offing.

I spent almost the whole day reading aside from an hour of loading the wash and ironing late in the afternoon.   For the last three days, I found two books that I rated five   stars and four stars  consecutively. One was entitled Summer At the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, my first book of the author.  It’s been sometime since I read a feel good story. Lovely characters, all of them.  It speaks about friendship, family relationships and love. It’s comfort at its best, a fantastic read. The other night I started on The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.   I found the author some two or three years ago and I read a lot of her books.  The Great Alone is even lovelier than her famous The Nightingale.   This was set in the 1970’s. Alaska, a great and beautiful country  but has a harsh climate specially during winter. Winter lasts for six months and the sun shines for only six hours a day.  The wilderness, the beauty of it all. This is my 31st read this year.

I can’t help but write down some lovely quotes while reading it:

“Were you ever out in the Great Alone, 
when the moon was awful clear, 
And the icy mountains hemmed you in 
with a silence you most could hear; 
With only the howl of a timber wolf, and 
you camped there in the cold, 
A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world, 
clean mad for the muck called gold; 
While high overhead, green, yellow and 
red, the North Lights swept in bars?”

“Winter tightened its grip on Alaska. The vastness of the landscape dwindled down to the confines of their cabin. The sun rose at quarter past ten in the morning and set only fifteen minutes after the end of the school day. Less than six hours of light a day. Snow fell endlessly, blanketed everything. It piled up in drifts and spun its lace across windowpane, leaving them nothing to see except themselves. In the few daylight hours, the sky stretched gray overhead; some days there was merely the memory of light rather than any real glow. Wind scoured the landscape, cried out as if in pain.

 

I think I’ve reached another milestone in blogging.   I didn’t expect reaching more than 3,000  followers  since it is really not my number one priority. There are only a handful who regularly make comments and like my posts.  I am more into the number of visits the blog has garnered through the years.  The silent followers and visitors, those who  probably just read  one or two posts then move on. I don’t mind, what is important is  how one tries to reach out and  having  those wonderful visits  and followers is a bonus. Presently, I have  a total of 517,780  in my stats.

Blogging?  It is still a continuous fascination and joy for me. When my hands could no longer press the keyboard, when I could no longer think of something to write about, I’ll stop blogging. For now though, it’s still a GO 🙂

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