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You know it’s December when you see those icicles/snowflakes falling gently on your blog. Thank you WordPress, it makes blogging so inspiring

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I was inspired by a friend’s post about following blogs and blog followers. You can find his post here.

We could not hide the fact that when we gain more followers, we are happy.  Either it means they truly love our blog posts and they would like to participate through comments and likes or they are those who are new in the blogging world and ask us to follow their blogs as well. Sometimes I return the gestures back when I read the content of their blogs and I like it.  There are bloggers who follow you just to promote their site with nary a like nor a comment on your posts. I wonder if they really read what you write. There are those who have deleted their accounts and would still follow you.There are those who just love to  link their sites to  yours but when you try to visit the sites, you would be surprised,  most if not all posts are ping backs. Sometimes I am in a quandary whether to approve those comments or not.

We could always control all those comments  by manually approving them, We could always choose who to follow. I don’t always follow those who follow me. I only follow more than a hundred blogs that I regularly read. Last night though, I learned that you could also remove followers that you are not comfortable with.  I started the process of visiting some blogs and  removed those I can’t even see when I clicked the links.  Never mind if I’ll have fewer followers in the process.  This is a work in progress and it may take sometime to check all those 2,800 plus followers that I have.

A few months ago, I learned how to block  some people who visited my site.  There were one or two that  I decided to block.  I must admit that  I am learning so much in this blogging world.  Sharing a bit of your life in cyber space takes courage but the happiness that you get through blogging, unleashing those lovely thoughts, putting into words those  ideas and feelings, giving vent to something you have encountered and do not necessarily agree to.

Blogging still.

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The rain has stopped…finally. Brrr, it’s cold. We’re  still under a typhoon signal but the weather is improving.  Hope to see the sun again. I miss its warmth.

I’ve been reading a post by a friend on Facebook about her encounter with a doctor at a local hospital in  Baguio.  She used to blog here at WordPress but now prefers to write about her lovely and inspiring adventures  on her wall on Facebook.  She didn’t feel well the night before coming home so she ended  up  checking in at the emergency ward of the hospital by herself.  She met this cute (her words)  doctor at  the hospital. She said it is not a tale of   ” swept-off-my-feet romance. This is, rather, a story of how every now and then, I have to treat myself like my own leading lady. This is the love story we must all have with ourselves, primarily.”   Haha, I laughed and smiled and several of her friends are still posting their comments until now.

Sometimes, we need those “feel good” encounters with fellow human beings, not necessarily a romantic one mind you but something you’ll think about long after  it happened.  I had a similar experience years and years ago when I was having treatment for my recurring UTI.  This doctor  was  a substitute for my  nephrologist who was in another hospital at that time.   The kind words, the caring ways made a difference.  He said that his brother also worked  at the same bank where I used to work. That was the first and only time I met him at the doctor’s office. When you are not feeling well, everything comes into focus and  you appreciate  meeting people  who are concerned about your well-being.  You welcome them in your orbit just like welcoming a new member of the family or newly met friends.

And speaking of FB, I’ve been noticing those ugly grammar errors that people post on their comments. Gosh, I cringe when I read shout outs/comments on FB shortened like they are text messages. I am beginning to think, either one is too lazy to type properly or just feeling “pa-cute”.    I am not pretending to be perfect but there are those red lines you’ll encounter when you are typing in another language or using misspelled words.  One should proofread one’s post time and again.  We don’t need more time than the others to write legibly, right? Do you agree?

 

 

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The lazy bug strikes again.

The truth is I am not inspired  to write so I  read the past  three days. I was able to finish a ghost story ( a re-read) and a thriller. Done with 182 books since January, 32 more books added to my 2017  reading challenge.

Looking at the Christmas tree lighted at night makes me remember those Christmas past when the family was still complete with Dad still around and my youngest brother who migrated to the US of A  since 1991.  We used to spend Christmas  Eve in the province, a simple celebration of  Christmas Eve mass,  then later partaking  Noche Buena  with various sweets prepared by Mom.  When I was in high school, I also experienced tagging along with my aunts and uncle a few days before Christmas when we would visit neighbors and friends and sing Christmas songs accompanied by my uncle’s violin and Dad’s guitar.  The fun of walking late at night with a cold breeze on your cheeks, the generosity of people who love to hear Christmas carols of old.  Some would offer hot drinks  or sweets aside from  coins from their piggy banks.  Nowadays, you’ll hear the voices of little children shouting “namamasko po”  and singing  “Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo, thank you” and that means “thank you for being so kind”.   Every year, the Mini Parish Pastoral Council would send a letter a week before they are due to serenade each house  in the village with Christmas songs. It’s a way of collecting funds for the chapel and other  Christmas activities in our village.

Envelopes are aplenty during Christmas time from the maintenance of our subdivision, guards, messengers  (some you’re not even familiar with, like those who just delivered  mails  just once)  and our garbage truck collectors.  I give more to the latter because they  are more visible than the rest.

Gosh, it is already November  and we are still having tropical storms. Typhoon Salome is the  19th one this year. We are under signal number one. PAGASA says it  would bring lots of rain.  It is expected to move out of  PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility) by Saturday morning.  I am hoping it would not bring lots of rains  as they have predicted.

Looking forward to a sunny weekend since I am meeting some friends.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am excited.

Who would not be?

Finally, this is another milestone in blogging. And I thought  it would take me until December to rich these numbers.  500,006.  Truly amazing.

When  I started blogging, I ‘d be lucky if I have 50 visits to my blog posts in a day.  I don’t mind how many followers I have, not all of them read my blog anyway.  No offense meant but some are just promoting their own blog. Just yesterday, there was  someone who posted her comments in five of my blog posts but there was really nothing there except her website. Not even a hi or hello.  I really got annoyed,  allowed one of her comments then I politely commented back.  If she is promoting her blog which is practically new she should have a least left a nice comment in one of those  posts. I have to put them all in my trash file then deleted them.  The last time I checked, she deleted  her comment which I approved just to answer her.  That was the first time I encountered  spam comments approved by  WordPress. Maybe it’s because she has a legit site at WordPress. The last time I checked, Akismet has protected me from 54,456 spam comments  and  I have deleted them all.

Half a million views but not that many visitors. Maybe when they visit my blog, they read earlier blog posts that I wrote over the years.   For me, having many views means that someone out there is reading what you write and it’s kind  of inspiring in the process.

Thank you so much my blogger friends for the support. Thank you WordPress for the nice numbers.

 

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This is the nth time I’d be writing about blogging.  Same old subject, same old thoughts (I guess).

Do you consider your stats important in your  blog’s performance? I do. I have this dream of reaching half a million viewers  by year-end. Presently, I have registered a total of  495,675. Sometimes,  I get a total of 300 views  per day  and that’s a big bonus. It seldom happens now though. The average I get is between 150 to 200 a day.  Don’t ask me, I don’t know where they are coming from. Some people visit but never leave comments or like. I am grateful though for the number.  As of last count, I have a total of 2,681 give or take one or two. It includes the more than 80 followers I have at Twitter and some friends who subscribed via e-mail but they are not bloggers.  I follow  a little over 130 bloggers on WordPress and some links from  those gifted poets  that I admire.  I cleaned up my list a few months ago when I noticed that some of them are no longer active in blogging. Would love to explore more blogs and discover more bloggers  and writers soon.

I  have a friend  who tells me that she is always updated with what is happening in my life although we don’t see each other much. It’s been years since we left the bank where we used to work.  Funny how  I’ve been so open about my  life journey here. I’ve always said before that blogging is a sort of catharsis for me. I recall those days when I felt so down and I just wanted to share.  I recall those days when my health was challenged and writing about it helped me cope.  I recall the days of just being happy and blessed. What a nice feeling when you get in touch with your inner self.

I never attempted to  write about “how to’s” in blogging. Sometimes we find subjects that we are comfortable writing about. We find our niche under the sun.  Again it would be a bonus if some people  could relate to what we share. Chances are there would be one or two who could. It is a touch and go thing.  One thing I would like to say is that, always write from the heart. There is no use inventing something you haven’t experienced or felt. There is no use sharing a subject you are not familiar with.  I made a total of 2,076 posts on this blog alone, this one excluded. Maybe if I were to add the posts on my four other blogs it would probably  reach 2,500. Sometimes I wonder, some posts have become redundant through the years.

We often say the reason we are on the world-wide web is because we got something to talk about.  Aside from that of course is  to find new friends online and interact with them.

It is a lovely journey…..blogging, that is.

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A blessed Monday morning to all.

Cloudy skies. And there are two low pressure areas which are still outside the Phil. Area of Responsibility (PAR) but this early it looks like it will rain again. It’s a good thing we are finally done trimming  our plants and cutting the carabao grass yesterday. Gardening is  a lot of work but one is happy when you see the immaculate lawn smelling of the earth and newly cut grass.  We harvested calamansi too and got a bout a kilo. The two calamansi trees we have in the garden are presently bearing so many fruits. Heaven.

I was done with my Goodreads 2017 Reading challenge last August 20 finishing the 150 books I set myself to read. I’ve added about five more books since then. I am presently reading The House on Honeysuckle Lane by Mary McDonough, my first book of hers. Gosh, it’s full of Rumi quotes and one character was even named Rumi.  I remember those  earlier days  when I used to write on my little notebooks several quotations from that  writer.  His works are still widely  read until today. Reading is such a leisure that is so fulfilling. Give me a book anytime.

Last September 7 and 8, I got a total of more than 2,400 views alone on my post about Mama Mary.   I guess since 2013 thereabouts, my stats always jump during Mama Mary’s birthday. Busy Google.

 

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