An Amusing Turn of Stats Event

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I know this is nothing to be completely happy about – it just means that my blog – which has usually been flying under the radar, must have caught the eyes of a bunch of spambots.

Since I have no new comments in my notifications, I guess I should be thankful that the Spam filter is working as it should be.

But still, it’s funny, and I got a good chuckle out of it. Look at how my blog has performed for the past few days — then suddenly, BOOM!

This reminded me of that post Jim Borden made on his blog,  The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild. It’s amusing to see such performance out of our blog, eh? Outstanding!

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Anyway, my suspicions were mostly confirmed when I saw where most of the views were from. Hahaha…

Well, anyway, that’s all for now. I hope you are having a good day today. Stay safe!

If you like this blog, and the things I post here, I highly recommend that you follow me here. If my current post has not convinced you yet that it is a good idea to follow me, please take a look at my past content and decided then.

See you around, and have a nice day!

Inktober – Throwing in the Towel (+Other Updates)

With October having just 7 days left, I guess I have to call it. I won’t be able to continue with the Inktober challenge anymore.

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Hello, I’m glad you could join me.

As I said with my title, I can no longer continue with Inktober. I am way behind in the days, and I feel that I can no longer catch up.

I have been swamped with real world obligations, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I would hate to make the fun of Inktober become a chore and a burden. And so, I’m calling it.

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WordPress Theme Building: Like Riding a Bike?

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I met up with a potential employer yesterday. It would seem I would be working on a web design for a big project. If my design is good, I will probably get the job.

The requirement is that I will have to develop a website using wordpress.org. Therefore, there are two things I need to do – make a design and create a theme using the design.

From my past experience with building a theme, I started with a skeleton theme and created the custom theme based on my design.

I haven’t done this in years, so there are at least two things I need to refresh on – php coding, and css coding.

However, most important of all, I need to create a design. I better stop procrastinating and get this working.

So far, I managed to get an offline development server running and have installed a wordpress.org site on it. I finally managed to get it running after fifteen minutes of not being able to get the server to detect where I placed the wordpress folder… Then I realized I haven’t switched on the http server…

Whoops…

No wonder nothing was running.

Then I had to connect the database. That took a bit of time, mostly because I could not find the user settings…

Anyway, I really need to get this thing done. We got deadlines.

Later.

When You Can’t Seem to Write

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Hello everyone. How are  you all doing this fine day?

I hope you are doing well.

In the past few days I haven’t really been up to writing anything. I tried reviewing the outline and draft that I am crafting for my new novel, but I could not seem to get any ideas flowing. It’s one thing when  you are stuck with writing your first draft, but it is another thing when you can’t even get a decent outline out.

Outline. Yes, you read that right. I am actually working on an outline for my novel.

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Incoming Milestone!

Hello everyone.

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As I’m writing this, I have 96 followers. It’s not much compared to most of you big-shots with thousands of followers, but for me, who have only started focusing on growing this blog sometime late last year, my first one hundred followers would be a big milestone.

Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who have decided to follow and subscribe to my humble blog. I hope I can continue to educate, entertain and not disappoint you guys too much. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I originally did not know what to do, write or post on this site. I literally had no direction. No direction, means no growth, and that’s exactly what happened. This blog had almost no growth in the past few years.

Then I realized I want to be a full-fledged writer. To be a writer, I must, therefore, write. Where do I write? I thought about that for a while. I thought that blogging must have fallen out of the mainstream’s radar probably due to micro-blogging and social media. It was a dying thing, I thought.

I could not have been so wrong!

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Just Checking In

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Hello everyone!

How are you all doing?

This are still a bit hectic on my end. While I am procrastinating on my current work, I decided to check in the site and do a tiny blog post (so most of you would not be wondering if I somehow managed to walk off the edge of the earth…)

I have not been able to do any writing lately, but have been reading a lot of manga. It somehow have been giving me different perspectives, and hopefully give me fresh ideas on what to work on in the future.

Actually, I’m probably slacking off on my writing, and this is more of me finding a valid excuse for slacking off… hahaha… whoops…

Anyway, once my workload simmers down a bit, I’m going to dive back into writing some for articles, and fiction.

Please bear with me. Thank you, and have a nice day.

Some Problems Don’t Just Fix Themselves

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When the end of the month approaches, I am reminded of the financial mess that I made.

It can’t really be helped much when unforeseen events causes business to fail or perform poorly, and when the end of each month rolls in, bills reminds me that what I have is not enough, and that I am failing.

We run a physical store, which has been in operation of around five or eight years already. It’s not much, but it has been able to augment our finances, apart from my regular desk job. Thanks to our business, we somehow did well for ourselves.

However, as times changed, so did the market environment. There seems to be more competition which took a chunk off of our market share, slowing sales down. While our business still could float on the water, our personal finances which relied initially on excess profits from the business is struggling.

Aside from that, we also made terrible investments that flopped this year. In our attempt to increase our sources of income, we inadvertently ended up making more problems for ourselves when the second and third business we invested in failed. It’s understandable that in business, there is no guarantee. It just hurts when mistakes have repercussions – and in this case, additional bills to pay at the end of each month.

Earning online as a primary source of income was never really a plan before – it was more of a hobby, a source of income on the side. I have this redbubble shop where I create designs which could be sold on that site for phone cases and shirts, and stickers. I have not really thought about blogging as a source of income, and yet I have started to study on what ways one can earn income from their blogs (affiliate marketing is one of them, which I am still lost on how to go about with it.) Patreon is something that is completely foreign to me for I really don’t know how in the world I could use that platform…

What I’m trying to say is that I know that I have a problem, and that I am actively trying my best to figure out a solution… Yet it can be a bit daunting, and also disheartening when the bills roll in.

Some problems in life can fix themselves without worrying about it too much. Some require minimum effort. Yet some problems need not only a lot of effort but would only be fixed after a period of time has passed.

On a bright note, my younger cousin – who is I treat as like the little brother that I never had, is going to get married next month on December 7. Five years ago, he stood as the best man in my wedding, mostly because his elder brother – who is also like the elder brother I never had, was not available. I wish him the best in life.

Well, I hope you have a nice day. Later.

How Arguments Work For Me

I have a positive view on arguments.

I view it as a means of expressing opinion and a way of changing another person’s mind and perspective by presenting evidences – whether they be statements of facts, or others.

What I mean to say is that, if your argument can be backed up by valid evidences, you are most likely to convince me.

The argument ends with me agreeing to your point, and I feel more enlightened. You get the win, yet I do not feel I lost. I feel more knowledgeable, at the very least.

That is why I approach arguments as a sort of debate. It is not a battle of who got the strongest voice, or who could manipulate another person’s thinking by using emotions such as fear or pity. It is a matter of who could properly state their facts in the argument – who has the more weighty evidence.

However, since an argument is not as structured as a debate, it still boils down to whomever could convince me. Will my statements hold up against yours? Will I be able to defend my line of thinking against your line of thinking?

And lastly, I am willing to back down. This, I think, is the important part of any healthy argument. Both sides must be willing to agree to the other side later on down the line, whether they like to or not. I am not as stubborn as others view me to be. Present me with facts as to why I am wrong, and I will concede.

I view arguments as a means of educating, imparting knowledge on the other side as to why their side of the argument is valid and true. With this view, I believe that both sides would at least leave the argument table with more information as when they started, even if they did not meet an amicable agreement.

I hope you have a nice day.

The Gray Clouds Around Here

Things are not too bright and cheery on my side, and I am afraid all my worries and problems are starting to leak out.

I feel exhausted, tired and I don’t feel all that passionate about life, and it is all because I am feeling the heaviness of the mistakes I have made in recent times that have been causing a large dent in my financial stability.

I was hoping that when December rolls in, the additional money that the annual bonus from my work would somehow alleviate my situation… But it turns out that it merely is just a small cushion that is barely felt.

I need to increase my monthly income so that it could absorb the previous investment blunders that I made, yet it seems that it will be more of a small drip that will just cause ripples in this pond of problems.

But I am at my limit with my regular job and the store that we are running. The store has me up until the late hours of the night, and then I have to wake up early to get to my job.

I feel the frustration of the grind. It’s like when in a game and you are working to earn your tiny experience points to fill up your experience bar so you could get that satisfying level up later on – – but you still have a long way to go. It can get exhausting. The grind often drains the fun away. Life’s fun feels like it is draining away from me. I want to travel, to experience the world, to have fun with life – – but first, I need to deal with this issue head on.

My dad said that me and my wife will be able to get over it. We’ll recoup our losses. I don’t know if he’s being sincere and he actually sees hope, or is just being supportive. I frankly don’t see it happening anytime soon. I feel that as time keeps moving forward, my financial problem keeps getting deeper.

I’m mostly an optimist, and I apologize for having you read all these things.

Well, I hope you have a nice day.

Got a Blank Notebook

Have you ever had one of those experiences when you really wanted something, but when you got it, find yourself unable to do anything with it?

It happened to me when I got a printer with scanner.  I found myself unable to work on anything worth scanning and uploading for a long time after I got it, despite the fact that I bought the printer for the scanner, so I can scan drawings and stuff.

manduka journal bookI got one of those blank journal/notebook things as a birthday present from my sister.  I had wanted to buy one of those for quite some time now, yet find myself second guessing purchasing one mainly because I am not sure what to do with.  I do know that I should write in it, but what exactly, I don’t know…

There is no rule how one should carry their journal, it is the journey of your personal space, your life, cherish it, when you come back and read it one day – you’ll smile, cry, or whatever, that is your life, make it, claim it, own it.

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Then I read that one from a Yahoo! Answers page about what to do with these journals. I really liked that part about not having any rules. Why? That’s basically what is paralyzing me about writing in there. I feel that there is a certain rule or guideline that I should follow.

There is no rule. You define it, yourself. Do what you want. Write anything. It may be embarrassing or silly now, but a few years into the future, you’ll certainly be glad that you have written them down.