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So you think blogging is easy huh?

This is not to disillusion those who are new in the blogging community.  Some people might claim they are old hats when it comes to blogging. Some are successful enough having those followers in five digits.  Some are just there, observing, reading and sometimes commenting.

In all the years I’ve been blogging, I never attempted to write “how to’s” or make some suggestions on how to be a successful blogger. I guess when it comes to blogging, what is important is sharing something worth-reading, sharing a bit of yourself in the most sincere way you know.

I noticed over the years that there are some bloggers who don’t really take efforts about the content of their sites. They just visit several blogs and share links on their sites. Don’t you think that’s cheating? Oh I know, ping backs are great sometimes but not always. Years back, I encountered one or  two sites which stole my content, the whole thing and just changed some words in between. I got mad and called the attention of WordPress. It just stopped when I blogged about those two sites that they stole my content. I recently learned that you can actually block someone from reading and visiting your site or keep them away from posting comments just to call your attention.  One must be vigilant. I know  you would say, WordPress is public and unless you maintain your blog for your eyes alone, it would remain so.  It’s okay if you keep it as an online journal or a diary.  It’s your choice.

Starting a blog can be overwhelming or intimidating.  Nine years ago, a friend of mine at Multiply suggested that I start a blog at WordPress. I didn’t know how to build one much less customize but I posted  a lone entry in one of the free themes here.  Back then, I had a premium account at Multiply and had at least a hundred close friends who  were all active at the site.  It took me a year to come back here and learn to customize my site.  I’ve been blogging for eight years now and I am glad that I found this community of bloggers who share their thoughts in cyberspace. What a thrill to meet people around the globe. What a blessing to be able to read all those lovely posts they make and share.

There are always topics that we could all relate to. There are always subjects close to our hearts. As I have always said, blogging has become a way of life. It’s one perfect medium to meet online friends. It’s one perfect avenue to vent what one feels.

Blogging, anyone?

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Contrary to what WordPress says, I celebrate my anniversary here at the time I actually  published some posts and not the date when I opened an account   which was about a year before I’ve  been actively  blogging here.  Tomorrow would be my 8th year on WordPress. Hooray.

Have you ever thought of blogging about “blogging”?  Did you ever make a post about blogging?

It was a bit awkward opening an account here and not even knowing how to choose a good theme and customize your site. It was a bit awkward to post something to an audience (if there was even one) you didn’t know from Adam.  It was more awkward filling up a blank space on your computer screen thinking of what to write about. When I started here, I published some of my posts from my Multiply site. Back then, I had a premium account at Multiply  I am just a little sad, that site has to close a few years ago.  I was not so happy at the start here because no one commented on my earlier posts except for a few friends I met  earlier at Multiply. The “like” button was only introduced in WordPress last August 2010,  more than a year after I activated  my account here.  Introducing that “like” feature was an awesome way to meet new bloggers.  You get to see their Avatar on your post. I could not remember now the first “like” I received and which post earned it.

A friend introduced me to WordPress. I didn’t know about it until nine years ago when I tried opening an account here.  I’ve stayed with it ever since.  I earned a total of 469,162 stats as of this writing with 1,988 blog posts to boot. Yes, 12  more posts to go before another milestone on the 2,000th post.  If I were to summarize my total posts on  WordPress with four other seldom visited blogs  I created, I’ve reached more than that number already.  Did I say I still have 28% more to go on my free space here? I eventually cut down on posting high-resolution photos. In the past, that ate up  a lot of free space posting them right from my camera.

It is easier now to interact with online friends. It is easier to appreciate and make comments on blogs you like.  It has become a joy to blog about the daily happenings in one’s life, things that makes one happy, daring enough to share and be accepted in the blogosphere.

How’s your blogging journey?

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Perhaps my regular readers would notice a  little change in my blog’s look. I’ve been “customizing” it for a while now. Of course I didn’t change the theme. Misty Look would stay. A few years ago, I tried other themes though but went back to Misty Look after a while.

I just changed  the background to  dark grey and the base font is now Arimo in large letters. I wonder why I didn’t do this before. The standard and normal-sized fonts are just too small for my eyes. Hopefully this would make blogging easier and would be helpful too with  tired eyes.  I don’t have a 20/20 vision. The last time I had an eye refraction, it was 350 on the right and 250 on the left. I am using a multi-coated lens now for reading. and to protect my eyes from the glare of the computer screen. It is a little costly compared to regular lenses but I like them. I am often reading or in front of my PC, since the need for an eye lens change.  I am myopic and astigmatic too so I usually wear two eye glasses, one for long distance and for short distances.

This is  why I love  an e-reader because I could always enlarge or make the words a little smaller  to my liking. The black background is also better with the white lettering.  I am finding it hard now to read pocketbooks that have so small fonts.

What theme are you using on your blog? How often do you change it?

 

 

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Thank you WordPress for this. I do appreciate it. Two  days in a row, how nice.  Yesterday, it was a spike  in the stats, now this. Lovely 🙂

On Monday April 24, 2017, you surpassed your previous record of most likes in one day for your posts on DREAMS AND ESCAPES. That’s pretty awesome, well done!
Most Likes in One Day
Current Record: 67
Old Record: 66

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Can’t  really pass this up. Late this morning I received a message from WordPress with the familiar logo which is an upward spike. Gosh, I have to take a look at my stats right there and then. Yesterday it was close enough to 300 views then as of the moment, I have 250 on my dashboard.

Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 34 hourly views – 8 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats

Most of the viewers  are from the Philippines. They probably took note of the churches we have visited before during our annual  Visita Iglesia.  It’s been two years now since we did our fourteen stations prayers and readings at our Parish in town.  Before we did the eastern loop of the Laguna towns, the province of Rizal, some churches in Quezon City and Marikina  City.  Tradition is that we should visit at least 7 churches in one day and do two stations of the cross in one church.  Tonight there is an early celebration of Easter Vigil with Psalm  readings and probably baptism of Catholic converts too.

Oh well, I am just glad for the upward spike on my stats.

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1,864 post this one excluded.

1,862 followers to date.

It’s a coincidence maybe, having almost an  equal number of followers  and number of posts.  Well, blogging has become not just a hobby  but a way of life. It has become something you look forward to almost every day. It has become something that is  quite a joy to do.

I thought I’ll never reach more than seven years of blogging (7 years and almost four months to be exact).  It’s been a long journey and I truly appreciate that wonderful stats on my blog. I truly appreciate those I made friends with over the years following me and making comments too.

Some people think that you just can’t form a genuine friendship online. True, it’s kind of different when you are just in front of your computer, looking at several posted pictures and reading interesting blogs but you can and sometimes the friendship is even deeper than what you think. True, you can pour your heart out in the open when you are just talking to a face on the computer screen but then the depth of the conversation and sharing becomes your springboard to take that leap – to bring you to that wonderful world called friendship.

Then the true joys of finally meeting will leave you breathless and happy and you wish it would not just be for a few hours or for a day…..you wish you could stretch the hours and capture those wide smiles and warm hugs forever.

And when you finally bridge that gap, it is even more beautiful and lovely.

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Nostalgia.

Yes, I am feeling a little nostalgic at the moment.  Last night, I reread a book of poems by Rod McKuen, one of the two books that I have entitled Alone. You can actually finish it in less than an hour but when you are absorbing each word, enjoying what it means in your life and looking back at   those life journeys you had before, it is even more nostalgic. The flow of each word is like a balm to your heart.

This is actually my 1,849th post in this particular blog, not counting  the posts on the other four blogs  I have on gardening, photography, my grandson Nate and a newly minted one for when I use up the remaining 29% free space allowed here. It’s been a long journey, blogging for a little more than seven years. Sometimes, I wonder how I was able to share those  thoughts in between.

I remember a few lines from my 1,000th post four years ago. I can’t believe I lasted this long sharing my thoughts with the world. Still hoping I could inspire more, I am grateful for those online friends who leave inspiring words too, coming back now and again to update me with their journey.

“Documenting one’s own frailties, insecurities, battles and happy thoughts takes a lot of courage, more so if you are doing it publicly through a blog. One thing though that I don’t regret doing is sharing my plight as a cancer patient and survivor. I started this three years ago right after I found out I had colon cancer. Each of us has her own coping mechanism and mine was writing my thoughts and sharing it . I’ve always said and I will say it again that if I could touch a single soul out there who’ll draw a little inspiration on what I went through, then that would be enough, it would make me happy. To my surprise, a few online friends found some of my blogs helpful in their own journey, having experienced the same thing that I did. Kindred spirits, if I must say.”

We can do better, we can reach our dreams, we can learn to fly.

I reviewed some of the photos I took since I learned how to take  shots of my garden blooms.  I transferred them to a hard drive when Multiply closed its doors  and I have to find a way to save all those shots.  This shot is nothing new here, I remember posting it when I was still active in participating in the weekly photo challenge at WordPress.

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A moment in time.

They were flying in formation at a speed that I could not capture so well. I love taking photos of clouds on a clear day but they came as a bonus.  Seeing nature at its best keeps you grounded, the beauty of one summer day etched in your memory.  Sometimes, watching the sun show its face on a bright morning is blessing enough. Sometimes, a hesitant smile from a stranger you meet along the road of life makes the day worthwhile.  Sometimes, finding a lovely bloom in your garden is grace enough.  Dreams may not always turn into reality but believing in it takes you to another level, a happy feeling that life would always be something to treasure  no matter what.

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