The collective mood towards the end of 2016 has been somber. Just about everyone couldn’t wait for the year to end and wrote it off as a year that can burn in the fiery pits of hell where it belongs. In many ways, people aren’t wrong. Our world seems to grow increasingly uncertain and scary based on what you hear and see on the news. I always try to be hopeful in the new year. I may not be able to control what’s going on around me, but I can control how I live my life. The best approach? Live your life on your own terms and make sure you’re surrounded by people who will continue to help you along the way. If something or someone drags you down, then it’s time to subtract or remove yourself from what hinders you. We’re only a few days into 2017, but there’s a number of things I’m looking forward to.
November is a special month and it isn’t because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in America. It’s the month simpleek was born and my blogging journey began.
Entering the month of October for most people means there’s a lot going on from anticipated video game releases to more fall shows returning or debuting for the first time on television. October for me and the blog will be an especially busy time and I want to outline what you can expect from me this month.
There’s something about the end of the year and birthdays that always puts me in a reflective state of mind. Maybe it’s because I have a tendency to go inward a lot and I’m not afraid to take an honest look at how I did this year or how I’m doing so far, as far as personal growth and life goals go. I always find something hopeful about the promise of a new year or age because I see them as an opportunity to do something differently with my life or change the course of my current direction if I’m not happy with where I’m at or where I’m going. It’s time I close out 2015 with an end of the year reflection for my blog.
The month of November is here and with everything that has been going on with me lately, I nearly forgot this blog’s birthday is here. Time flies, right? Celebrating a blogging birthday may not mean much for most people, but it’s important to me when I realize I’m still at it after all this time.
My readers may already be aware of this, if you read my recent video game challenge post, but in case you aren’t, I’ll be cruising around Europe for about a week and a half starting this week. During this time period, my blog will be a little quiet until I return after the Fourth of July weekend. I should hopefully feel invigorated and a little less jet lag when you start seeing regular posts resume. For now, I’m going to take this time to address a shiny new blog award I’ve gotten not too long ago. Continue reading “Setting Sail And A Blogger Recognition Award!”
I like to follow the rule of working hard and playing hard. Maintaining a blog I do for my own personal enjoyment with no monetary gain requires just as much hard work as doing my day job (the one that actually provides me with a regular salary) does. It’s rare for me to take a break from doing my blog. I only post once a week. It won’t kill me to keep doing it, you know? The only time I do allow myself the luxury of a break is when I’ll be away from home and the computer for an extended amount of time. Once again, as of today, I’m going on vacation.
Looks like the readers have spoken when it comes to popular posts I’ve written for the site. Enjoy this WordPress report and have a safe and lovely new year, everyone!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The final week of December has arrived and the end of 2014 is nigh. I tend to get a little reflective right before New Year’s. I like to think about where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I can do moving forward into the new year. I like what a new year represents––a fresh start and a chance for something new to come into your life. The sense of hope that comes with that idea is very reassuring to me. I want to use this time to reflect on my blog in the past year and what my plans are for it in 2015.
November 1, 2011 is the exact date when I officially started the blog you know as simpleek! The first post I published on that date isn’t anything special. Like any newbie blogger, I wanted to introduce myself and describe what I intended to write. I didn’t have any readers or any traffic for my blog at the time. Now that it’s 2014 and the month of November, I have approximately over 69,000 hits for my blog and 929 followers at the time of this post. I’ve come a long way! The blog has turned three years old and I couldn’t be happier.