Hey, it’s been a year already, did you notice? Well, if you are new here, this was started April 24 last year. I could remember how confused I was when I did the application for a website, then tried to figure out WordPress and did my first blog. I did about 36 hours of research on how to do a website. Doing the first post was the hardest part of it.
Well, nothing comes easy and I’ve experienced it many times over. Maybe for some, but for me it always take a lot of reading and studying before I begin to understand what is going on in new things.
The past year I studied manual photography. I have tried hard in the past to learn it by reading a few books or asking a few people. Nothing came of it. Since I was rehabilitating from the surgery I had some time. So I went to three night classes for almost three hours a night. It made a world of difference. Now a Digital SLR camera doesn’t look as intimidating as before. Of course, correct practice makes perfect. That means I have another 2,000-3,000 shots before I begin to become an expert. But it helped. And photography opens an entirely new world of appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.
I also went to several watercolor classes. I learned a few techniques but not as intensive as the photography class. What is the most important thing that I learned? Painting can really relax you. Painting with a bunch of older citizens around you is very relaxing and can be a therapy procedure in itself. I paid only $60 for six sessions.
On the minimalist front, we sold my wife’s bicycle as it’s not being used. I have one of my bicycles for sale now too and pretty soon we will be a one bicycle household.
Well, our readership increased from around 53 last May to 166 visitors for this month (as of today). This year we are averaging 550 visits per month. Considering that some websites have tens of thousands of loyal readers, I am just a very small fish in a large pond.
I wanted to do more articles, but I wanted quality more than quantity so instead of posting twice a week, I do about 5 times per month. I hope to double that in the next few months. I just got sidetrack with three possible income generating projects. I am coming up with a new blog, maybe about heart surgery recovery, maybe some other topic. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s online.
So where are we going? I plan to run this site for about three years, and I had posted 57 articles already. I will try to go for 200 or more articles by the end of the 3rd year. After the 3rd year, I will keep the site for a few more years as ready reference for my grandson James as he will almost be a teenager by then. Hopefully I had given him (and you dear readers) some good insights in living a delightful yet productive life.
What did I learn from the blogging experience? If I can do this, then you, my dear readers, can do anything you set your heart into doing.
Thank you all for taking your time to read. I hope to get more wisdom to share with you in the next two years. Take care now.