A Year in the Making

A year has passed since my very first blog post! Unsure of the direction to take, but wanting my blog to be a place to practice and maintain the craft and habit of writing, I decided to kick off with a 30 day writing challenge (it has its own dedicated menu header). I stayed true to the challenge for 20 odd consecutive days before being rudely interrupted by DRESS syndrome- a hypersensitive reaction to a rheumatoid arthritis medication I was on which had the potential to put a permanent stop to further posts! Anyway, once that cleared up, I was grateful to be alive and I made up for the shortfall on the 30 day writing challenge, with a renewed perspective on what challenge means.

Aside from my 30 day  writing challenge, the other period of prolific posting here was via the Writing 101 assignments which were a great way to stretch myself, particularly in writing about my life (e.g. favourite childhood meal, house I lived in when I was 12). I found it quite confronting to delve into my past for a story, but those posts are amongst my favourites. Writing 101 was a great way to engage with other bloggers and become a part of a community that spans many countries, cultures, customs and communication styles. Interestingly, looking at my “top” posts based on likes, it is my non-fiction posts that feature in the top 5- clearly truth and authenticity resonate with readers, and what greater truth is there than sharing what we have known and experienced?

It has been really lovely to know that what I write is being read by people, and sometimes even receiving a like or comment and engagement in further discussion. Thank you if you are reading this now, and thank you if you have read any of what I have previously written- it is an honour, as there is so much competing for our attention online and in real life, so to have a splice of your time  wherever in the world you are means a lot to me. Apparently the day and time that means the most for readers of this blog is Sunday 11:00 UTC/GMT + 10hours, happy hour here according to the WordPress stats.

Over the past year, where my days have largely been dictated by the whims of my now 13.5 month old baby (more toddler now, but he’ll always be my baby), the majority of reading I have done has in fact been blog posts through the growing number of blogs that pop up in my reader. Just ask the librarian at my local library- I usually walk in with a stack of well intentioned books that I return late, unread. The librarian normally looks at the stack, looks at my pram, looks back at me, and nods in understanding, waiving the late fee. I have fond memories of reading blogs when awake at 2am, 3 am, 4am during the sleepless baby phase. Some posts would make me laugh, others would make me think and probably infiltrated my brief dreams, no doubt inspiring me to continue blogging and connecting with my fellow bloggers.

Here are some interesting numbers:

365 days that 10000hoursleft has existed

55 posts (including this)

71 followers– four of whom I know personally, probably about 10 that are bots, and the rest other bloggers who follow my work in progress

5 top posts at time of writing this, plus a couple of wild card entries which didn’t get much of a look in when first published:

1. A Year of Sunrai

2. House Sitting Ducks

3. Memories in a Meal

4. That Place

5. Writer’s Manifesto

Wild Card Poem- Moonrise

Wild Card Story- Intermission: Kathleen

1.5 hours: typical time spent per post- conception, writing, editing, publishing, then editing agian cause I didn’t edit well the first time. Technically I should rename my blog 9917.5hoursleft.wordpress.com

1 birthday wish: more engagement in the comments section, particularly constructive feedback on writing – but I guess I may need to work on inspiring that!

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23 thoughts on “A Year in the Making

  1. Well, I can certainly help you by trying to be a bit engaging in the comments section. It’s funny how this blogging morphs into something you don’t really expect it to be, but I always see your blog as an opportunity for you to improve your writing and look forward to seeing you take on the challenges.

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    1. Thanks! You already do engage- I loved discussing poetry with you! Yes, I see it as an opportunity to improve my writing too. I should continue to take on more challenges. You just gave me an idea by saying that! Thanks! 🙂

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      1. Thank you! I feel like I’ve gained a reprieve as I was meant to start today but the paper work hasn’t been finalised (probably to do with IT and security) so I am home today with my baby! : )

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  2. Congratulations on completing your first year here ^_^ And what a year it has been 🙂 I’ve loved your posts, and surely have loved to know you as a beautiful person inside and out. Keep going strong love, and keep writing! 🙂
    P.S. Blogging shouldn’t be really taken as a platform for competition, because you begin to enjoy it the most when you do it for YOURSELF and not anybody else 🙂

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    1. Thankyou- I’ve loved reading your posts too. They just exude your bubbly nature and your excitement for stuff is contagious- whether it is about a movie you loved or tales of the late night chicken snack tradition with your family. Yeah, I don’t see it as a competition- hope my post didn’t suggest that?

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      1. No, not at all 🙂 It is a good thing to take blogging seriously like you do. It reflects in the quality of your writing ^_^ I on the other hand am very very casual about my writing 😦

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      2. Haha okay. I think it is just my general demenour or my sense of humour which some people mistake for being non existent.I guess I never really inteded this to be a “this is what I did today” blog so it might come across as less casual because of that? Your writing style is great!

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      3. oh dear, we are going to keep having misunderstandings here. Thankyou! BTW- liked your post on your new room and wanted to comment, but limited time. I’ll get back to you before the week is up. Have a good one : )

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  3. Hi Mek! (an Aussie slang? just curious). You do this blogging thing in-between (excuse me) ‘baby attacks’? Wow, that’s tough. I’m a guy, no baby thing, doing this only in my free time, and still having trouble being ‘on schedule’ 🙂

    By the way, in my case, no followers or likers I knew in real life, and only one commenter I did (and this friend of mine only commented once). I find this strange as it is fun.

    Happy anniversary, happy blogging 🍸

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    1. Thanks Kamus. As long as you are enjoying what you do, the numbers don’t count really…I just put numbers here cause I was taking stock of how my blog had grown since it was born. Mek isn’t aussie slang actually- it is an abbreviation of my real name which is Ethiopian in origin. I will check out your blog when I get a chance- not much WP action this end since I returned to work (as in the kind where you have a boss and get paid- not to lessen full time parenting as not being ‘work’).

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