I’ve had a few different people contact me about writing guest posts for The Memoirs. First and foremost, if you are going to write a piece that’s filled with links to some website, let me tell you that you needn’t submit it. I’m looking for original articles and posts, specifically about photography, editorials on politics and news, art, and creative writing.
Photographers are welcome to send me links to their portfolio and images. The best chance to get published would be to submit a ready-made post, in HTML, with images and links. Please don’t include content that’s been published elsewhere.
Any type of creative writing is also welcome, from short fiction pieces to poetry. I’ve also expanded the scope of my blog to include cycling and endurance sports, so guides and posts about that are also welcome. Please ensure that you have at least 3-5 photos to include in each posts. Contact me at memoirs.on.a.rainy.day at gmail dot com.
It’s the new year and time to look back on what was written on this blog and what was popular. 2009 was the year I came back to Taiwan to be with my wife and pets. It’s always funny to see what kind of posts were popular. Some are just simple links that I post on my blog as asides. Others were full-on articles that I wrote.
2009 was also the first full year that I was a freelancer. I started in 2008 and have started working for different sites. It’s good to be paid to write. Naturally, this has hampered the production of content for this blog, but I still find time to blog every day. From 2007 to 2008, my blog was viewed almost 300,000 times more. There was a modest increase from 2008 to 2009 of about 60,000 views.
In 2009, this blog was viewed between 38,935 times in February to 71,333 times in October. For the whole of 2009, it was viewed 646,974 times.
My plans are to continue writing as much as I can, sharing interesting links and photos, as well as original articles and posts. For 2010, I plan on returning taking photos almost every day as well as returning to writing original fiction and fantasy, something that I’ve put aside for a few months.
Posts: 6,364 (There are still 500 asides that I haven’t rescued.)
I’ve received quite a bit of Moleskine swag from Chronicle Books for a giveaway to my loyal readers. As you might know, I love notebooks and receiving some free samples as well as receiving extra products for giveaways just makes my day. I was really surprised at how heavy the packet was.
There is the following Moleskine swag up for grabs:
-2 × Moleskine Colour-a-Month Daily Planner
This is a great way of planning out your year. You’ve got 12 small 3½ × 5½ Volant notebooks, each with 64p inside a handy hardcover Moleskine folio-type binder. It’s quite compact and retails for about $40, though you can purchase it for $35 in some places. Check out Nifty review and Parka’s review.
-2 × Moleskine Desk Calendar 2010
This is just a simple desk calendar, delivered in Moleskine style with a hardcover back and prop, which lets it rest at a great angle.
This blog and I have been mentioned as notebook addicts over at Notebook Stories. I agree, I love my notebooks and the written word. Oddly enough, I haven’t taken any photos of my recent additions, nor of my notes, so I’ll have to oblige later in the week.
I’ve noticed a couple of great posts about notebooks by Range over at Memoirs on a Rainy Day. I love it when people can just talk about their notebooks and why they like them and how they use them, as in this post: Notebook Obsession and Rhodia Love. He doesn’t have a photo of his whole collection, but he seems to be using 10 notebooks concurrently, as described in a post called Never Enough Notebooks, which I’ve excerpted below.
I also just received some swag from Karen at Exaclair, for Clairefontaine which makes Rhodia and Quo-Vadis. I’ll run some tests over the next few days, with some pics and post them. I was surprised at how small the webbie was, but it was oh-so-pretty in orange.
Today was a great day. I caught up on some grad school work, received some swag, finished early and ate a Vietnamese beef soup. I also played some Dragon Age: Origins. I’ve been wanting to play all week, but didn’t have them time. I’m about 44 hours in and completed 18% of the game. That gives you an idea how long it is!
I got a strange email from a ‘bot telling me that my Polaroid Is Back post made it to the front page of WP.com. Kinda cool, as it wasn’t really intended to be a traffic generating post. I’ve actually stopped writing those years ago¹.
Since 2008, monthly traffic has started to grow. As with all blogs, there are ups and downs. It went from 44,471 back in January ’08 to 68,106 in September ’09. Naturally, some of the numbers are skewed since they don’t include the ones from my hosted site, thememoirs.org, which I abandoned in 2008. This is actually the first time in about 2 years that I checked the summary tables. I usually just check the daily hits from time to time.
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[¹]: I think I stopped writing posts to create traffic in 2007.
I started this blog on the 24th of May 2006. Last year, I skipped mentioning it. This year, I’ve spent the weekend away from the computer. Well, I spent last Sunday and Monday away. Today, I was back in front of the computer.
In three years, I’ve posted 5,148 posts.
You’ve left 4,358 comments.
You’ve visited this blog 1,448,190 times.
When I started freelancing, I had to cut down on the original posts on this site. I still have about 500 asides to rescue from my old memoirs feed, which I plan to do during the summer.
You’ll be happy to find out that I haven’t stopped writing. When I mention writing, I mean creative fiction writing. There is also a story out there that I found that I want to tell, hopefully in print.
In the coming months, I’ll probably be doing more freelancing.
What can you look forward to on this blog?
More reviews, more photos, more essays and opinions.
What is my blog to me?
It’s a form of expression. I haven’t gone on FB this year and I don’t twitter or tumble, so I’m stuck doing this the old fashioned way. At least that’s what I tell myself. I love blogs. What you write is immediately published when you push the magical Publish button on your dashboard. My words come to life.
Then again, I’m not a great writer. Well, I think I could be good, but I need a lot of work. Parts of my writing have drastically improved over the last three years, and this is due to my daily writings on this blog. This blog has led me to opportunities that I wouldn’t have usually had in the past.
Some blogs get really into personal details and publish daily accounts of what happens in their author’s lives. I’m not like that. If you really want to know, I do keep a diary. I don’t plan on publishing it and I’ve had it written by hand and on my computer. I’m not that particular, but I do love writing things by hand.
Over the last three years, my life has been going up and down. More down than up if I’m honest. At least I have my wife, my dog, and since last year, my cat and I know that they all love me.
Here’s to another good year of posts and writing. Hope you’ll stick around.
So, I’ve got City Homicide, Prison Break, Merlin and The Mentalist left to post. That should done during this long weekend. Sorry about the delays, I’m frightfully busy at the moment. Midterms are coming up.