So, with 2013 about to close, I could sit here and write something far more constructive as an end to another year. I’ve spent the entire day reflecting on everything I’ve gained and learned (along with the few things I’ve lost) and, if I was to begin to write it out now, well, I wouldn’t be hitting that ‘Publish’ button before midnight, that’s for sure! So, instead, I’ve decided to share with you the stats that WordPress provide at this time every annum.
Happy New Year to you all!!!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Before I get started on a brand-new post with regards to a walk I’ve been wanting to write about for the past week; I’d like to announce that I am back in touch with my blog, after a long week of apparent inaccessibility! It looks as though it’s an issue with several UK-based ISPs (ours, here at home, is TalkTalk). I haven’t been able to sign-in to my blog without difficulty, I could load the site to simply view it in any browser and neither have I been able to view any other blogs that happen to be hosted by WordPress (and I am subscribed to quite a few).
Sites that use WordPress’ software and developer tools only (but hosted elsewhere) don’t seem to be effected by this. I’m no techno-genius but it’s almost as if something within the ISP’s setup is ‘blocking’ some elements of the WordPress software… I’ve not yet experienced this on any other site, although I have had trouble trying to update the basic information on my Facebook fan page for this blog.
Anyway, I’ve moved around this by turning off the wi-fi and switching back to my mobile broadband dongle, with its minimal download allowance remaining. I hope this might help others experiencing similar difficulties, if these ISPs don’t sort the issue very soon. In the mean time, I’m going to begin writing about the walk. There are already a load of photos on Flickr so, even if I don’t finish this tonight, you’ll at least have something to look at! 😉
Thank you all for your patience and also, a big thank you to everyone who’s recently decided to follow and Like my page on Facebook. I’m trying to keep it updated (more so now than ever before) with regular photos of progress and any links that I find interesting and would like to share. I’ll try to include more snippets from my walks as well, so it’s not entirely about working with wood.
Last night, I sat down to write this but took a break part-way through to remove myself from my lovely arm and to head off for a relaxing shower. By the time I returned and awoke my laptop, I realised it was deciding to play up. Even with an internet connection, none of the tabs in my browser were responding properly. I had to reboot the computer (and a forced restart, at that) before I could type any more and, as Windows reloaded and I clicked on the Firefox icon on my desktop, I realised that WordPress had automatically saved nothing more than the opening line.
I was virtually ready to hit ‘Publish’ but now, I’m stating again. My mind was clouded with other thoughts last night so, maybe this is for the better.
My day job isn’t one that I particularly enjoy. It doesn’t involve working with wood but, mostly to the extent of fixing sheets of plywood together with nail guns to construct packing cases. Not the sort of fine-quality work I’ve been trained to produce but still, it does just about pay the bills and I can only imagine it is better than working in a confined, stuffy office. In over eighteen months now, this role has taught me the significance a pin gun (you might refer to them as brand nailers) can bring to a woodworking workshop.
“Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?“
When I first read today’s daily prompt, I immediately thought of two teachers (plus a third) from school who have had a positive impact on my life and, erm, what’s another word for ‘growing’?
I therefore feel it would be unfair and, perhaps too personal (don’t read too far in to that!) to write this about just one man (I’m struggling to think of a female who’s had the same affect throughout education).
In an effort to keep the content flowing on this blog even without the regular passing of wood, I’m going to try my hand at some of the writing challenges that the kind folks at WordPress kindly lend us for inspiration.
This one’s specifically a writing challenge and they regularly feature others on a daily basis too. They also include at least one photo challenge each week, if that fits in better with your creativity.
Today, I’m going to ‘map out’ the locations of some of the solo walks I have enjoyed in 2012. They’re all fairly local so, you might get an idea of where I live. Unfortunately, I’m currently unable to embed an image of the map on this site (anyone?) so, for the time being at least, you’ll have to click here please to be redirected to Google Maps.
In time, I also hope to be able to share some of the may photos I have taken with you (I’m a bad blogger…). I was thinking about posting a list of each place with an accompanying image but, after a first Monday back at work, I’m too tired… 😛