500 Club


That deserves a dip into the pool.

I finally hit the number on this blog: 500 followers. It took a long time, longer than necessary but here I am now. May not seem like much but it’s still pretty good. What’s the significance? Well, that’s 500 different people who see my words and pictures. 500 people who come across my work and passions and share their interests with me. 501 to be exact. I haven’t been as active on this blog as I was in the past but it’s not like I couldn’t pick it up again and start going good again, if I wasn’t so busy with other things.

Thanks for 500 followers again. Next stop is 1000 but that’s quite a ways off at this point.

My 400th Post- Simply Me

I’m not exactly in the best shape in this picture

I love that I can take a good photograph
and express my life
in ways that words simply can’t
Or write a good poem
and express my emotions
in ways the longform
simply doesn’t stand a chance
My life is not that crazy
contrary to my title’s word
I live a quiet life
my anger’s never gone above
I’m never gone absurd
Living this simple life
that isn’t full of riches
or too much unwanted materialism
the fanciest of stitches

I love that I can write
And find happiness
In the flow of words
My poetic mind
Simplifying thoughts
And channeling my emotions

Simply me
A complex human
With a range of ideas
And ups and downs
Unable to categorize
Cuz’ I’m simply not that easy
But I love that I can find humor
In order to
Kill away the worries on mind
And make life that much better
Candy Crush Saga – so divine!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “These Horns Were Made for Tooting.”

This isn’t exactly the 400th total post in this life of this blog, because I’ve deleted many that were bad but it is the symbolic one, because it represents how far I’ve come with blogging from those dark days in 2013 and the first part of 2014 as well.

Premio Dardos Award and a Milestone

Oh, happy days!

I was nominated for the Premio Dardos Award by truejoy1986 on her blog loveatthespeedoflife. I previously was not going to accept any awards and had a page dedicated to telling people not to nominate me but after thinking it over a while, I decided to embrace the gift and spread the love by lifting my restriction. Pressure? No, I just felt like a jerk for not wanting to accept awards and reach out to more bloggers. Which I really need to do.

And that’s not all…

I have officially 300 followers now! Okay, so that may not seem like a lot compared to some of the giants out there but the fact that I had less than 100 at this point last year makes it very significant to me. So in the course of about a year, I have amassed more than 200 followers. Not bad. Obviously, I am doing something right. Now, I have to do it better.

My 300th follower happens to be Creative, Inc. How fitting of a name for my big 300. Creative is a word that describes everything WordPress or even blogging in general is about and it’s also run by a corporation (Automattic, Inc.). My very first follower over two years ago was Aisling, and checking it out led to me to a beautiful photography blog.

So I am here to accept the Premio Dardos Award.

Premio Dardos means “prize darts” in Spanish and is given “in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.”

This award comes with the following rules:

1) Include the Premio Dardos Award Picture and the name of the person that nominated you (Include a link to their blog)

2) Nominate 15 other blogs and notify them!

3) Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog and link back.

My 15 nominees are:

Jaspa’s Journey
David Snape & Friends
A Trivial Mind At Work
Flirting With Creativity
Chasing Serenity with a Lens
The Ambitious Drifter
Ruby’s Polaroid
The Gad About Town
Alien Shores Photography
Sylvain LANDRY
Indulge litterae
Charlotte Hoather

A lot of these blogs I nominated are filled with exceptional work. Some are Freshly Pressed. Some of them I’m following or am familiar with. I based my nominations off my first impressions (overall look of the blog, consistency with post topics, etc.) and the first couple of posts I went through that seemed to fit the Premio Dardos definition.

So here’s to the iconic number of 300 (This Is Sparta!) and moving ahead for even more adventures and triumphs in the wide world of blogging. I’ve learned a lot but I’m definitely not done yet.