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FYI

I’m leaving this blog behind for a bit. There is a possibility that I may revisit it at some point later in life, but for now I a) don’t have the time to maintain its upkeep, and b) think that the majority of the content in this blog is linked to a particular…kinda ‘era’ in my life.

I think it would be perhaps insensitive and unfair to blog about my everyday life these days in the same place that I have been for the past year plus. And also, it’s sort of time to turn over a new page. Well, a virtual page…

I’m still updating my tumblr daily, so if you’re interested, feel free. I guess this is going to be my replacement ‘place to think’.

It is strange how things have turned out. I never imagined my life taking a turn down this path. Not once. But now that it’s happened and is, of course, still happening, I can honestly say that I’m truly appreciative of everything I’ve done in my life. Every choice I’ve ever made, every person I’ve spoken to, every place I’ve been, every memory I’ve made… These all collate to make me who I am.

People can say I’ve changed. Or they can say I haven’t. Or never did. It’s fine. Truth is, I don’t care too much for what people say. Only the people close enough to me to know me well enough are the people whose opinions and thoughts matter.

As it is, I’m content with where I am right now. I’m changing, but I’m not. I’m definitely learning. And hell, I’m happy.

Because there’s nothing better…

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no”.

Au revoir. But only from here. For now.

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New theeeeeeeeme.

Good excuse for a poll me thinks 🙂 So, que pensez-vous? (Slightly awkward that I had to google translate that to check the spelling. Jesus Christ, I’ve only not spoken French for 2 and a bit months. But maybe that explains the 4…)

Nothing much else to report, except that I’m glad it rained today because it meant I could wrap your V day gift and things without sweating all over them. I’m glad we’ve opted for a budget day this year. We don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to show that we love one another. And with the 14th also being your first day at CPIT it means we don’t even get to spend time together this year. But I’m sure a Skype date will suffice just fine 😀

Annnnd because I haven’t spoken to you all day (grr) and it’s true that “You’re out there having fun, and I need you. I’m alone with this song, about being empty. And the fear of missing out, it’s hard to be alone.”, this is the soundtrack of my night alone:


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 112 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 125 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 21st with 109 views. The most popular post that day was Awkwardest thing?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, touch.facebook.com, and blogsurfer.us.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for baby pandas, gatsby, baby panda’s, panda baby, and feet bed.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Awkwardest thing? September 2010

2

Hello, this is me… (March 2010) March 2010
5 comments

3

Gatsby. September 2010

4


Gina ♥
October 2010

5

OK, this is really me. (April 2010) April 2010


10 ’til 6.

I DID IT! 40 home-made cue cards later and I’ve succeeded in keeping myself away from facebook and here for 8 whole bloody hours. See, I do have some self-control.

Admittedly, I haven’t quite finished all my work. I’ve spent all day working (literally – I’ve moved from my chair for lunch and to make two cups of coffee) but I’m still only on scene four of seven of The Glass Menagerie. Oh well, at least I know I’m doing things in detail, maybe. I’ll do a few more tonight but finish them off in the morning, then do les mathematiques tomorrow.

I’ve just created one of these – http://www.yourworldoftext.com/boatsagainstthecurrent. It’s basically a blank page which can be edited by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Thought it could be fun. And it’s completely anonymous, so anyone can write whatever the hell they want. Please do it. I like reading secret messages.

Et finalement (that is my token bit of French study), it’s so light! I like getting into my pyjamas and dressing gown at around 6 if I’m staying home, but I feel awful doing it when the sun’s still shining outside. Guess these means summer’s on its way. Again. Things never stay around for long enough, do they.

So, tell me –


Blog vs. Blog.

So obviously, I use WordPress. However, I know all of my other friends with blogs use tumblr. I use tumblr to find a lot of the pictures and quotes that I use, but essentially, which is best?

IMO:

WordPress

  • You can make it as personal or as impersonal as you want. Obviously I choose personal. But from the customisable theme you can use to the huge length of the posts you can submit, it’s entirely up to the author. Which is great.
  • On the theme of ‘themes’, there’s heaps. Absolutely bloody heaps. And yours can be entirely your own (as mine is) thanks to the interchangeable headers and toolbars and…ahh, everything!
  • Recently, they developed the new sharing options. This means anyone who reads your blog and likes it can repost to facebook, reddit, digg, WordPress…well, just about anywhere. (Except tumblr actually, ha!) But that’s bloody good for blog publicity.
  • Anyone can comment (if you want them to). Of course there’s a range of security filters you can use, but if you want an easily accessible comment thread, it’s right there. Easy.
  • You don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to ‘like’ a post.
  • Awesome support community. WordPress constantly – and I mean constantly – updates you with the newest themes and features without spamming your inbox. So, you’re never out-of-date…unless you choose to be.
  • Integrated stats system. Handy and very swish.
  • The only ads you get are those for other WordPress blogger’s blogs. This is a win for both parties.
  • Everything’s so bloody easy to access! Not as in tumblr (as you’ll see below…)

tumblr.

  • It’s free to host your own domain name. At WordPress it costs US$10/15 per year (which is still nothing really). Although, let’s face it, if you’re a serious blogger wanting your own domain name, hopefully you won’t be so cheap as to opt for a free one. It wouldn’t look too good, really.
  • Sure, it has pretty themes. But not as many. And some of them (from what I’ve experienced) are extremely complex and annoying to navigate around.
  • You have to post things separately. Admittedly, this does look good on the actual tumblr, but when you’ve linked your tumblr account to your facebook and everything you post spams my homepage – no thanks. WordPress allows you to post youtube clips, photos and text all in one, hence keeping your facey friends a little bit happier.
  • Commenting sucks. Unless you have a tumblr account, you can’t comment or do anything to show people you like their posts. It’s bloody annoying actually.
  • I tried creating a tumblr account once, and I’ll admit I was very impatient. But I have to say, despite all the OVERSIZED FONTS declaring on the home-page etc about how quick and easy it would be for me to post photos/quotes/music/text, I posted three photos before it came up with an error message. I didn’t even waste my time reading it. I was out of there.
  • So that leads me to this – it’s easy to delete your tumblr. GOOD.
  • And finally, I’ve read on many people’s tumblrs about how annoyed they are at “tumblr’s broken again” or “Where have you gone tumblr dashboard???” I can honestly say that I have never experience one single fault with WordPress. The most major dilemma I experienced was when a smiley face didn’t publish itself as an emoticon. But that was easily fixed, because hey! I can easily navigate my way around WordPress!

So there we go. This was actually more of an excuse for a rant/procrastination from study, but my highly biased opinion still stands. WordPress over tumblr. Although, I do like other people’s tumblrs. I just admire their persistence. And I absolutely definitely prefer the freedom of expression that a WordPress blog gives you. I could write ’til the cows come home. And I think with this post, I might have…

(Some of the facts/opinions/observations/experiences included above were stolen from this article http://www.blog-install.com/wordpress-vs-tumblr-which-blogging-platform-to-choose.html. Just to cover my footsteps with plagiarism.)

PS. How ironic is that? I go to publish this post and it tells me “Writes to the service have been disabled, we will be bringing everything back online ASAP.” That is absolutely typical… 😛


Side-tracked.

Stupid idea of mine having my CAS reflections blog and this blog on the same site. Oh well, I had the intention of doing work…I just haven’t quite got there yet. Kinda counts though right?

Time for some photo-sharing anyway (found these here)

Someone’s talented…

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And on a side-note, I’m getting ill. Thought I’d managed to escape this whole flu/sickness ordeal that’s been circulating, but lo-and-behold, sniffle sniffle, I fear I may not be as immune as I had hoped. Goddammit!

Finally, just need to share this absolute GEM that my darling friend just showed me. Absolute genius! Made my night 😀

(In case you were wondering, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch absolutely does exist. And yes I can say it 😛 )


This is good for you.

Yes, this. This thing right here. Well, not actually you reading it (although I’m sure it’s not harming you) but, I’ve mentioned before how my English teacher tries to get us to write blog posts on his special ENGRISH blog about our texts and stuff. Well, I never do it (naturally) but I do this and well, apparently my writing is very fluent and worthy of a 7 (which is the highest grade thingy you can get in IB). So yeah, screw you school blogging…MY blog is actually helpful in regard to my school-work AND life in general 😀

I made one of these cool buggers as a mini-celebration:
I like how the important words from my homepage today are the biggest ones. It’s a pretty good summary of what I write about 🙂

And seeing as ‘future’ is up there, might be worth mentioning how fucking scared I am of it. Not scared in the sense that I don’t want to go and explore the world and all that, I do. But I wish I just knew exactly what I was doing. All I know is that a Bachelor of Music sounds like a fun/interesting thing to do so, because of course I’d hate to let down my parents *rolls eyes* it’s my only real option. But the thing is, I don’t want to go anywhere that you’re not going. That’s what I’m essentially scared of – not being able to be near you next year because of some stupid university logistic. Grrr, I kinda wanna skip the whole uni thing and just bloody grow-up, get a sweet job, be happy. Life ain’t all downhill though.

This is playing on my iPod atm…pretty apt:


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