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I haven’t  posted anything here since May 18 except today (please see my earlier post called I Mourn For My Country).

I experienced a big drop on my page views and stats the last three or four days, the lowest of which was just 29 views two days ago. I do believe that no matter how experienced a blogger you are, you are just as good as your last blog post.  I miss those surges of page views/likes and comments a while back. And I also miss reading other posts from my fellow bloggers.  Got so focused on other things.  Even reading has become a little lax. I could not finish a book in two days which I used to do. I made some progress in gardening though. It is now quite inconvenient to stay in the garden when the soil/grass is saturated with last night’s rain. It rains every day now mostly at night.

I broke my reading glass so I had it changed. Had another refraction last Sunday and the optometrist told me that I either wear double vision lenses or have two eyeglasses, one for reading and one for long distance. It is quite costly in the process but I had to order two. I  am again wearing a multi-coated lens for reading to protect my eyes from exposure to radiation and glare from reading. So far, so good. it’s worth it.

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Sometimes you just imagine, have I really written about all those subjects? Sometimes you just imagine, have I really shared all those stories about my life and my family? Sometimes you imagine, have I lasted this long in this blogging world?

Yes, I am on my tenth year today at WordPress. WordPress actually celebrates how long you have been here the moment you opened it even without an entry but a lone poem which somehow got lost through the years.  But I celebrate it when I began  writing my posts. What did I know of  customizing a site? What did I know of uploading photos here and adding four more blogs through the years? Although only Dreams and Escapes is active at the moment, still I am proud what this blog has become.  I used to upload several photos at Multiply, earned about a hundred friends who became close to me. I met some of them over the years. When it closed shop several years ago, I just maintained my WordPress blogs.

For those who are quite new here. I have five blogs all in all. A blog for my grandson Nate, a separate blog for  photography, another blog for my garden and a new one which would replace this site once my free limit is filled up. All have their links here on Dreams and Escapes. You can just check the site.

It’s my 10th year at WordPress, a decade of sharing life and all its angst and joys. I can’t believe I have garnered a total of 690,545 stats and shared a total of 3,261 posts in all my blogs.

I really don’t know how many followers I have because most  of them don’t actually interact nor click like to a post. I have loyal followers though who I also follow back.

Looking back, admiring the present and moving on to the future. I would like to thank those wonderful friends who I met here. You have enriched my life more than you know.

culled from the net

 

 

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I noticed a couple of days ago that WordPress has removed the spellcheck. What happened? I always use it even if I know that there is no grammar error or wrong spelling in my post. It was very helpful.

So WordPress has this to say:

We removed the feature as it has become a bit redundant lately. Most major web browsers have some form of this already built-in, and free extensions like https://www.grammarly.com/ are making huge strides in the field.

It felt like the right time to back out of that field and focus more on everything else we offer.

Are you missing it too?

 

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Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

I would say it has been a long journey.  Yes, I opened an account here 11 years ago with a lone entry of a simple poem but I only got the courage to update it  more than a year later. I do have five blogs here but Dreams and Escapes gets the biggest share of it all.  This is my 2,560th post in this blog and so far, I have around 570,047 stats total for Dreams and Escapes. In terms of followers, this lately registered 3,713 including those who subscribe via e-mails.

It’s been a long journey of meeting people from all walks of life, becoming friends with them, enjoying those lovely comments and exchanges, discovering other blogs that  one enjoys reading. And it’s all about sharing all these –  life, daily experiences, books, family, thoughts and ramblings and some simple poems in between.

It’s been a long journey of sometimes deep thoughts that come and go. Some of my followers have been with me since I started blogging and I deeply appreciate it. Some are just new to my blog but they are also active in commenting and sharing their thoughts too.

And I love how a friend views blogging:  It has become a way of life 🙂

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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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