One Year Anniversary with WP

I didn’t remember that but today is my Blog’s one-year Anniversary! Thanks WP for letting me know.

This is also my 400th post!

Thank you to the WP bloggers community and to WP staff, for making this year a very special one.

Blogging has been a pleasant discovery. I came here to share my thoughts and learn to write better. I followed excellent blogging, writing and photography courses, and learnt how to blog and to improve the looks and structure of my blog.

Totally out of my first script, I have also included photography in the blog, which became a bigger part of the blog than writing.

I met wonderful people, I made friends, I met them in person, and all of them showed me that blogging happens through connections and regular interactions.

Blogging is all about being part of an inspiring and encouraging community! Here we discover new ideas, learn about other cultures and ways of thinking, and in turn, expand our minds and knowledge, and learn more about ourselves, in a respectful environment.

Here I dare to experiment, and to share my learnings, being sure to get support and criticism, which helps me to grow and become a better blogger.

I love this community and I am proud to be a member of WP. Your support to my blog, through your visits and comments, make me want to excel and do more for you. The ever friendly Happy Engineers and editors also make this experience worthwhile.

There is no better place to be than at WP with you.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you for a wonderful year!

2014 in Review

I started blogging in February at Blogger. I had mixed feelings about the new experience and blogged at a very slow pace, while trying to find my space and style. After a few months, I felt that I was in the wrong place. I packed and moved to WordPress. That was the wisest decision I took this year.

Following the courses Blogging 101, 201 and Photography 101, introduced me to what’s blogging all about. I learned so much from the editors, happy engineers, and the community of fellow bloggers, and got so much inspiration from all of them. I am grateful to all of you for helping me finding my voice and identity on the blogosphere.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you, readers, who inspire me and encourage with every like or comment made. I’m indebted for your loyalty and support to my ramblings and photos.

I started writing and adding photos to each post, because photography is one of my passions. Surprisingly, photos started taking a larger than planned space at this blog and I let it be; I’m delighted to have met a community of excellent photographers and grateful for all lessons learned from them.

I most definitely never expected to make friends while blogging. The insightful and fun interactions with such a diverse group or people from many cultures and nationalities, has brought me much joy and personal enrichment. Thank you to you all!

A very special thanks to those who interacted the most and left most comments: Desley Jane from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist, Andy Townend from Belgian Streets, Lia from Lifestyles with Lia, Trablog and Justine from Eclecticoddsnsods. You spoiled me and I liked it!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dolphins

Fresco of Dolphins, ca. 1600 BC, from Knossos, Crete.

 

I chose dolphins as my logo. Believing on Wikipedia, I selected a few reasons to explain why:

1.  Dolphins are one of Earth’s most intelligent (and cutest) animals, so it is my preferred animal. Their ancestors have been around roughly 55 million years ago.

They had time to build a reputation! They are good company and role model to a newbie  blogger. 

2. The Ancient Greeks considered that spotting dolphins riding in a ship’s wake was a good omen.

Is there a better way to welcome you on this blog? Sharing Good luck!

3. Dolphins are highly social animals and show strong social bonds. They live in diverse and crowded pods, interchange easily, and will stay with injured or ill individuals, even helping them to breathe by bringing them to the surface if needed.

Human blogging is a social activity and remaining in the blogosphere requires flexibility, cooperation and openness. 

4. Most dolphins have acute eyesight, and they can hear frequencies ten times or more above the upper limit of adult human hearing. The dolphin’s sense of touch is also well-developed. They do have a sense of  taste and show preferences for certain kinds of fish.

A blogger’s touch, sight, listening and taste senses to write well should slightly imitate the dolphin’s sense, if one, like me, intends to venture in the ocean of life’s  observations.  

5. Generally, dolphins sleep with only one brain hemisphere in slow-wave sleep at a time, thus maintaining enough consciousness to breathe and to watch for possible predators and other threats.  In captivity, dolphins seemingly enter a fully asleep state where both eyes are closed and there is no response to mild external stimuli.

Bloggers of the Blogging 101 course have had to develop a new sleeping pattern and style, while trying to keep up with daily tasks and other parts of our lives. I am convinced that if we reach day 30 of this course in one piece, we are true dolphins. Writing when inspiration arrives makes us sleep only with one brain hemisphere, as the other one is busy thinking…

 

Clap Along If You Know What Happiness Is To You…

I am doing the 30-day Blogging101 course from WordPress, which gives us daily assignments and challenges to discover and sharpen our skills. Now you know why you have seen me posting so actively lately.

Today’s Assignment: publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it. 

So, I am publishing this post for you, my dream reader. 

How about inviting you to listen to the music below from Pharrel Williams, which inspired me to imagine who you are?

Since when I was a kid, I was fascinated with the earth, space, and people. I liked to observe everything. I had many questions on how animals, plants, stars, planets, oceans and humans had been created and how they evolved and thrived since their origins and arrived at modern days.

Not all questions were answered through history and science, and I am ok with that to a certain extent. I accept and like the unknown and magic force that still can take my breath away with the sight of the sun rising, the beauty of nature…

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SUN RISE IN GREECE

I observe, ask questions, and ‘photograph’ answers using words, as the images of the reality as I see it. Mine is just a small piece of the puzzle though that I nevertheless want to share with others, as I am also curious to know reality from their eyes – being it equal or different than mine – as it will enrich and broaden my understanding of the world we live.

Because I am looking for you, I write for you so that you may recognize me. I know that you are out there and I am going to find you. You are not taking the world nor yourself for granted and you search for the truth also from the eyes of others, and in this way you may find me.

When writing my experiences, stories and views, I am aware of them being only perceptions based on my references, values and beliefs, and I am never assuming a position of right or wrong, because I don’t believe in dogmatism as a tool to find the truth  but that it rather resides in the combination of diverse views. I know that you agree with me.

Am I am too pretentious to ask for your attention? In fact, I am after you not only because I want to share my views with you, but because I would love to know your thoughts as well and am sure that there is something that we can learn from each other.

I cannot but have humility to accept our human condition, as beings that are affected by nature forces and/or other humans interactions, evolving each second we breath, from our cells to our ways of thinking. We are not a final product, we are not perfect and that is the only certainty we have found out throughout human existence.

We err, we fail, as much as we make it right and succeed. That is the way life is.  That is how you think as well.

CROSSING THE EQUATORIAL LINE

My offer is to take you through the world with my lenses, telling you what I have seen, lived and imagined, or what I have learnt from the many people and places I came across throughout my life, being it family, friends, work, travels, or simply trying to describe to you what I thought when in awe with the beauty of a blue sky.

BIKING IN HOLLAND

BIKING IN HOLLAND

I am confident that you appreciate life as much as I do, and are humble enough to accept that living every day includes the ugly and the beautiful, and many more contrasting elements that make up the ingredients of our journeys. But above all you know that you, and nobody else already made the choice to be… happy.

Clap along with me and join my ride!