Farewell 2011…but 2012 is going to epic!

January 1, 2012 in Best Of, Blogging, On Writing

I miss Sydney already (Source: cbsnews)

And…we’re back to our regular programming.

2011 was a massive year for me.  I made WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” list (with this post).  I migrated my website from WordPress.com to WordPress.org (and this is how I did it).  I graduated from my masters degree in writing (and this is what I thought of it).  I moved from one country to another (again).  I secured my first major piece of freelance work.  I scored a full-time job in writing and editing.  And most of all, I became a dad (and this is how it happened)!

As for this blog, since making the move in September 2011, traffic has slowed down significantly without flow from WordPress.com channels.  Instead of an average of 1,000-1,500 hits a day, my stats dropped down to around 400-600 a day.  Was it worth it though?  Err…yes!  Less hits but more freedom, and it’s prettier!

For the year, I racked up 346,525 hits, with 289,807 coming from before the move and just 56,718 from after.  Unless the new address takes off, and given that I’m about to have a lot less time on my hands to post, chances are this will be the most hits I see for a very very long time.

So that’s my 2011 in a nutshell. It was great, but I have a feeling 2012 is going to be EPIC!  New apartment, new country, new job and new baby!  Oh, and the NBA is back, baby!  Will Pacquiao and Mayweather finally get it on (after Mayweather gets out of prison)?

And my goodness, the movies that are scheduled to come out: The Hobbit (Part I), The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers (holy crap I think I just sprayed my shorts), just to name a few.  And yeah, the final Twilight movie (more reason to celebrate?).  I wonder what awesome books are coming out next, sorry, I mean THIS year too.

Of course, this is all contingent on the world not ending in 2012.  I dunno, but I tend to believe in crap like this.  While I don’t expect the world to end (per se), I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some seismic event that changes the world (as we know it) forever.  Maybe it will make me work harder to finish writing my books.

Aspiring Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2010 in Blogging, Novel, On Writing

(AP / Rob Griffith)

Happy New Year!

Did 2010 really just pass us by?

Oh well.  There’s always 2011!

I guess I did achieve a lot of my resolutions from last year.  I quit my job, started studying writing, did a lot of reading and writing, saw a whole bunch of movies, and I’m a lot fitter than I was at this time last year.  And I achieved the goal of getting published as a writer.  But that novel is still unwritten, and I still haven’t won the lotto (damn that lotto).

Anyway, this year is for real.  My resolutions for 2011:

1. Finish that fantasy novel — starting with writing at least an hour a day for at least five days a week (need to set achieveable goals)

2. Read at least 20 books — starting with reading at least an hour a day for at least five days a week (I read 18 books this year, so 20 shouldn’t be a problem).

3. Finish my writing course — unless I fail, I can’t see how this cannot happen.

4. Break 800,000 hits on this blog — should happen.

Setting my goals real low, aren’t I?  Better ramp it up a bit.

5. Get at least 10 more articles/reviews published in print publications.

6. Get paid for writing (money, not stuff).

7. Win the lotto.

Let’s revisit them in a year and see how I go.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a Fantastic 2010!

December 31, 2009 in Travel

I just crossed over to 2010 in Taipei!  Here’s a pic of the fireworks at Taipei 101.

I have a feeling it’s going to be one heck of a year.  Hopefully life-changing…in a good way.