Posted in blogging, journeys, memories, silence speaks, thoughts, writing, tagged 8th blogging anniversary, blogging, journeys the joys of blogging, silence speaks, thoughts, writing on March 13, 2016 |
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This morning, I received these greetings with the same familiar logo of WordPress.
Happy Anniversary with WordPress. com. You registered on WordPress. com 8 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Thanks WordPress. Has it really been that long? I know I registered eight years ago but it took me more than a year to actively start blogging. I didn’t know how to customize a theme. I didn’t even know what to blog about even if back then, I had separate blogs on Multiply and Friendster. Unofficially, Dreams and Escapes would be turning seven come May.
It’s been a long journey, finding your own niche in the blogging world using a popular site like WordPress. It’s been a long journey, giving a voice to what’s on your mind, tucking the fragments of time in one’s memory, stringing words to make a long post, creating poems and being amazed at the joys of taking photos, experimenting on macro photography. It’s been a long journey of faith and hope.
The pleasure one gets when you publish something, the delight in reading and answering comments, the luxury of having loyal online friends who look forward to every post and the pleasure of reading other posts and discovering new blogs and writers – priceless.
I have five blogs in all with separate and different entries on each one. Obsessed? Not really. Blogging has become a catharsis for me over the years. When life’s angst glares at you in the face, writing heals a little of the hurts and pains that it brings. Sharing the joys and inspirations will always be a priority though. I have a total of 1,766 posts excluding this one.1,545 followers and a total of 392,386 views as of this writing. I don’t follow my stats on my other blogs. A while ago, WordPress informed me that I am getting upward spike on my Garden and Empty Spaces blog. I haven’t updated the site for a long time.
Eight years! Time flies!
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Posted in blogging, guilty pleasures, life, thoughts, writing, tagged blogging, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, writing on February 16, 2016 |
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I was quite surprised to see my stats today. For two consecutive days, I received notifications from WordPress that said, “Your stats are booming! DREAMS AND ESCAPES is getting lots of traffic.” You feel elated when you see something like this and thankful that people read what you write about. There was an upswing on my previous posts as far back as 2011. I don’t know why. Back then, likes and comments were a rarity. I don’t remember if there were “like” features several years ago but I used to get around 300 to 400 visits a day back then. Have things changed? I don’t know because lately, that was cut in half but still a sizable figure for an unknown blogger like me. I would still blog even without those likes and comments but then I have to admit that one becomes inspired when fellow bloggers follow your posts and leave wonderful comments in the process.
You might laugh at this but I still use the old format when adding a post. I am not making excuses but it is easier to write and edit your post in the old format. Don’t make the mistake of re-editing though because it will revert back to the new one. Maybe, I am really getting old, comfortable with what I am used to. It’s like those rituals that makes life easier – you have perfected waking up early, playing with the dogs at 6am, watering the plants and cleaning the garden of leaves and debris brought about by hanging amihan (northeast monsoons that bring cold dry air from icy Siberia), finding new blooms and wanting to capture them with your camera freezing the images forever, a snip of unwanted branches here and there and yes, getting hold of a good book when the chores are done. Life is simple and I find joy and happiness in simple things. Even listening to early morning news or a music program on my transistor radio while I am out in the garden is a bliss. More reasons to smile
There is an advantage of writing a post every day. You won’t feel that dry spell or what others conveniently calls writer’s block. You have all the ideas and words running riot in your head but you can’t seem to create a sentence that would fill the blank page in front of you. You want to write about this and that but you don’t know where to start. When you do it every day, it seems easier though. I don’t think I could duplicate writing daily. It really is a challenge for me now.
Writing out loud, hearing your voice in cyberspace, making friends, discovering new places, reading interesting blog posts and seeing those meaningful, lovely and beautiful captures shared by other bloggers – these make blogging worthwhile. It’s like writing a book of short stories on different subjects (
sometimes emotions are played to the hilt) and sharing how life is in your corner of the world.
Did I say that this is my 1,762nd post?
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Posted in life, Philippine Politics, politics, silence speaks, thoughts, writing, tagged blogging, life, Philippine Politics, something to think about, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on February 12, 2016 |
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After several days of hibernation (hibernation indeed) I found myself staring at my PC monitor thinking what I will share today. This is one of those days when I could finally sit down and write. The Lenten season has started so I was a little busy with some updates on our Catholic page on FB. Ash Wednesday found us attending an early morning mass at St. Jude Parish. I look forward to the next forty days of a blessed and fruitful season of Lent. Abstinence from meat on all Fridays of Lent, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. I prefer though to cut meat on some days too during the week as a form of sacrifice.
Oh yes, I’ve been busy scrutinizing the political platforms of various candidates vying for the presidency, aspiring to be the next vice-president and those senator wannabes who’ll be serving us for the next six years. The official campaign period has just started and I see the same faces – the corrupt ones who don’t have the nerve to face the public and own up to what they did the past several years, the hopefuls who think that the future of all Filipinos rest on their shoulders, the neophytes in politics who believe that they could make a difference once they are chosen, the candidates we call trapos (that’s traditional politics for you), the voters who don’t discern enough on who to vote for (we have plenty of that here), a popular name of the candidate is enough for them. It’s name recall instead of choosing who could deliver. Believe me, I seldom write political blogs, I get a headache just thinking of who would win come May 9. Who is sincere, who is bogus, who is fake? I am hoping all of us Filipinos would learn from the lessons of the past. Words are easy enough but doing what they promised to do has always been wanting.
Last night, I spent an hour reading articles from two of my favorite writers, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Barbara Gonzales. I have blogged about them before, how they inspire me with their writings. Lucy is a congresswoman from Ormoc and she shares about day-to-day life in her weekly column Love Lucy at Philippine Star, a national daily. Barbara is a seventy something who writes, teaches writing, crochets and creates fashion jewelries which she sells or give as gifts to friends. Barbara lives alone (she always emphasizes that almost in every article that she writes) but she is not lonely. Growing old has given her a new lease of life that not all people her age experience. Growing old, having the grace to do things that one could be proud of. What a life!
How have you been?
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Posted in blog update, blogging, city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, tagged a blogger's life, blogging, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden on February 6, 2016 |
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Gosh, the sudden morning rain prevented me again from finishing my garden chores but I am glad I don’t have to water the plants. Everything looks so green and fresh. Gone are the dusts clinging to the leaves of the plants.
I’ve focused my time and efforts just updating this site that I forgot I have to visit and post a thing or two to my other blogs. I must admit it is quite hard to maintain several blogs. The thing is, years ago I have decided to separate my gardening blog, photos, my blog posts on Nate and lately a new platform which I could use when I fully consume my allowed limits here. Got 29% more to go before it ends. Hopefully, without posting so many photos, I could still use this in the next year or two.
This morning (finally) I updated my gardening blog called Gardens and Empty Spaces, I really hope you’ll find time to visit it too. My intro page is quite long but you can find it on the widget sidebar, an easier way to know the gardener behind the garden I also included some excerpts on my latest blog posts at my other sites.
Hop in, you are welcome to visit my backyard garden.
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I can’t believe it. January is almost gone and all I have are eleven blog posts since the start of the month. The past days, I struggled with using my tab when posting. It really came in handy while my old computer has finally gone kaput on me, buried for good this time. I am using a new one which Josef gave me as a late Christmas gift complete with a 17″ monitor and is wi-fi ready. This is actually my first post using it. I don’t know, it might be a blessing in disguise since I was able to catch up on my reading ( I am on my 10th book on the reading challenge on Goodreads). One thing I’ve missed while using my tab was the proof-reader. Sometimes you’ll never know that in the course of typing what is running in your head, you misspell a word that never gets corrected even if you edit your post once or twice. I am not a lover of the auto-correct features of my cellphones and tab. I often have to go back, erase and retype words since the former inserts something far from what I have in mind. It’s crazy, more so when I am texting in Tagalog and it does not have an equal word to substitute.
Thank you so much to those fellow bloggers who recently followed my blogs and thank you too to those visitors who left inspiring comments on my old posts. I’ve reached more than 385,000 stats a few minutes ago. It’s a milestone for me. I didn’t really expect that I’ll get to have this number of visitors in my six years of blogging. There was a time during the early years when having a 20 to 50 views in a day was enough for me but then there are loyal followers and online friends here who visit regularly. Added to that are the views I get daily from my posts as a cancer survivor. My old posts are more popular than the new ones
I still get excited publishing a new post. I am happy seeing new followers and likes. Of course they add to the joy of writing, getting noticed that is. I try to limit each post from a minimum of 300 words to around 500 words at the most. It is easier to read a shorter post than a lengthy one.
Where has January gone? February is slowly inching its way. I hope it would bring inspirations for me to blog often and update my other blogs too which I have neglected too long.
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When you are used to writing and sharing your thoughts online, the day seems kind of lacking when you can’t blog. It’s not because you were lazy but simply because you were busy. The truth is, my computer finally gave up on me. Josef says it is time to change our CPU.
I will have to get used to writing a post through my tab. I hate this auto-correct feature of new phones nowadays because I tend to correct more words in the process and typing letters on one finger is gross :) I have a new phone with an 8MP camera which Nissa gave me as a gift last Christmas. Imagine using three phones with four separate numbers in three networks. I wonder how I will attach photos here since my Canon Ixus cam app is in my documents file. Really crazy!
Have you ever heard of a Himalayan salt lamp? A friend gifted me with one last Christmas. I swear sometimes I can’t even hear the alarm clock because I was deep in slumberland. It has health properties. I made some research on its benefits and there are lots. Another friend asked me where I bought it, she used to have one but it was destroyed by a typhoon years ago. Here’s how it looks when it is lighted.
Here’s hoping for more fruitful days of blogging. Here’s hoping to meet more wonderful bloggers here on WordPress. Have a nice day everyone
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I know this post comes late but it is never too late to wish you all a blessed, prosperous and happy new year. It’s been a while and I feel I was away from WordPress for too long. I am just using my tab to write. Since I am not used to a limited and small screen, I am finding it hard to do so.
I want to say a big THANK YOU for all those online friends who have been with me the past few years, those who have regularly clicked like and commented on my posts. Thanks too for my new followers, I hope you’ll find something worth-reading here. Thank you as well to those talented and creative bloggers I follow here, for sharing your lovely and inspiring thoughts and beautful photos.
And to WordPress, having a total of 73,000 views for 2015 is quite amazing, thank you. Cheers to more blogging, meeting more online friends and reading all those wonderful posts from all of you.
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