Guidelines For Guests Posts @ The Memoirs

Fall @ The Memoirs
Fall @ The Memoirs

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 at gmail dot com.

Top 20 Posts of 2009 @ The Memoirs

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.)
Comments: 6,884
Categories: 31
Tags: 7,726

Modern HDR photography, a how-to or Saturday morning relaxation 49,178
On Star Wars: The Saga Of Darth Vader 36,126
Thai tattoo crazy or how racism is the cancer of our society 21,366
The Palm And The World Islands In Dubai 13,266
Understanding modern HDR Photography 11,310
How To Photograph Nude Women 10,791
Bronson Review 8,716
Where The Wild Things Are 7,258
Teaching In Dubai 6,806
Naked People 5,890
Kate Moss Nude NSFW 5,255
Sony Ericsson K810i Cyber-Shot Phone Review 5,018
Giant’s 2010 MTB Line 5,017
Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First 4,788
2010 Giant Road Bicycles 4,732
Woman Vs Men Ideal Sizes 4,394
Britney’s Crotch Shot Mania 4,159
Pagani Zonda F Roadster 3,893
2010 Giant Road Bicycles Redux 3,828
Gossip Girl S01E01 (CW) 3,729

Moleskine Mania Giveaway @ The Memoirs

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.

By China Guccio via CC license

Here’s how to enter:

№1 – Leave a comment on this post with a reason why you want these Moleskines and what you’d do with it.
№2 – Follow me on Twitter @ djrange and post the following tweet: Win Moleskine Swag at the Memoirs by following @djrange and RT

Readers who do both will get two entries!

There are no geographic rules for this contest. I’ll ship worldwide. Winners have 5 days to claim their swag, or it will be awarded to someone else. Contest is open until the end of December.

My Daily Tweets

This is what I tweeted about today…

  • 00:02 My Daily Tweets: #
  • 00:49 Started watching #Atonement It’s quite marvelous. #
  • 00:52 My wife is infatuated with me. She still gets insanely jealous. It’s somewhat flattering. #
  • 01:36 @wobblesmccoy I know. It took me a while to assemble a few Murakami books. Just started one Kafka today. It’s really good. #
  • 12:50 @Tortue Most NIA offices or BOCA have photo booths as well as most hospitals, Renai Hospital has one too, near Renai Rd. & Fuxing Bei Rd. #
  • 21:16 wrote 5 posts in the past hour or so. I’ve got another to do but Im taking a break now. #
  • 21:53 Hello Kitty TV Even Cuter Than Before: #
  • 21:54 watched #hitman last night again. Wasn’t too bad, but predictable. I’m going to watch #TheDarkNight tonight #
  • 21:55 The Amazing Retro-Styled Philco PC: #
  • 22:38 Ripple Is A Good Alternative to Mac Mini: #
  • 23:13 A dog has been barking nearby for 7 hours nonstop. It’s excruciatingly annoying. #
  • 23:50 11:48PM in Taipei. I’m done for the day. I wrote 6 posts. Now, it’s time for Dexter! I’m about 20 minutes into the final episode of season 4 #
  • 00:00 @wobblesmccoy 🙂 I’ve had it since about 1PM. Haven’t had time to watch it though! #

Follow me @djrange

Notebook Addict

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!

The Memoirs Made the Front Page

Polaroid Is Back, Bottom left!
Polaroid Is Back, Bottom left! Click to make bigger

I got a strange email from a ‘bot telling me that my Polaroid Is Back post made it to the front page of 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,, 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.

The Memoirs Featured on Moleskinerie

The Memoirs were featured on Moleskinerie
The Memoirs were featured on Moleskinerie

It looks like my Moleskine obsession didn’t go unnoticed. I was featured in a post on Moleskinerie yesterday. I think my post was interesting¹. I tend to read my posts over and annotate them. It cuts down on the digressions that I usually do. Plus, it’s something new to try. I have taken some photos of my notetaking. I’ll post them on the weekend.

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[¹]: I actually meant to say that this is the post that they are referring to. I don’t know why that didn’t come out right.

3 Year Blog Anniversary

photo by Edwin Nollen
photo by Edwin Nollen

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.

TV Reviews & Recaps

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.