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Hiatus

I’ve blogged every day for the nearly 4 years now, give or take a few glitches and accidental deletions. To date I’ve written around 1245 posts, and used countless of my own photos or photos curated from the Internet and Pinterest. There’s 8.1 GB of data on my WordPress account.

It’s time for my yearly WordPress Premium subscription to be renewed. It isn’t cheap, at AU $129 per year, but for the last few years I’ve managed somehow. 

Until now. I figured, all that data is just sitting there doing nothing. I’m basically paying for data storage. I’d like to print excerpts or the entirety of my blog into book form, as my memoirs for my son Jack to read when he’s older. 

So, after an online chat with a very savvy tech named Alvaro from WordPress, I’m downgrading my WordPress subscription from Premium to Personal ($53 per year). I’ll still get all the benefits of a Premium account, only I won’t get as much data storage, only 6 GB. Which is okay, as once I’ve migrated my older posts off to an archive for converting into a book, I’ll free up space so I can write again. 

And if I keep archiving my posts every year, I’ll have a nice Memoir out of them at the end of every year.

So, this is me saying “Au Revoir” for a while, taking a sabbatical, a hiatus from blogging. Don’t worry, it’s only while I springclean my blog and free up more space. 

I’ll be researching the best platform for converting my blog posts into book format. There are quite a few out there, and I’m sure I’ll find one that fits exactly what I’m looking for.

So don’t worry, folks. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator films,”I’ll be back”. Sooner than you think! 😉

Quotes on Generosity and Kindness

Just some inspirational quotes on the theme of Generosity (and Kindness and Compassion), that I came across while researching an earlier post. These are from Google Images. Please respect the copyrights of the original creators of these images, and avoid using them for profit or gain to yourself, without permission or due credit.

I hope you’re all still enjoying the Season’s Best! Namasté! 🙇

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Statistics

I like to look at the statistics on my WordPress blog, okay maybe it’s a little narcissistic…but hey it gives me a lift everytime I’m checking the stats and the numbers jump up by one or two. I can’t boast thousands of followers (yet), so if you’re lucky enough to be one of Those bloggers, watching your stats might not appeal to you. But for me, it’s great to know that someone or some ones are actually bothering to read my ramblings, and liking them or better still, leaving a comment. Thank you kindly, folks! 🙂

The USA generally tops my stats list, followed by the UK, then Australia and New Zealand. Canada gets a good look in too. The other day Saudi Arabia topped the list. I have had readers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Viet Nam, China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Israel, even Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan once or twice, French Polynesia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, El Salvador, Saint Martin, Latvia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Guernsey, Jersey, Malta, France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Cyprus, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Turkey, Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Moldova, Guadeloupe, Latvia, Russian Federation, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Bermuda, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Suriname, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Tunisia, Kenya, Federated States of Micronesia. But not all at the same time, unfortunately… though hopefully as time goes by and word gets round, I’ll have more countries to add to the list. AND all at the same time too!

But the most surprising country, and one I must confess I’d only vaguely heard of prior to this, was New Caledonia. So I looked it up. I thought it must be one of those Polynesian islands near Hawaii. I was only a few thousand kilometres off course. 😛 (It’s actually not very far off the Queensland coast of Australia).

The Lonely Planet describes New Caledonia thus:
“There’s no better place to experience the Pacific with a taste of France than New Caledonia, where Melanesian tradition blends with French sophistication. This mix of the chic yet casual, très French but ultimately Pacific comes together with peerless élan in Noumea, the cosmopolitan capital. Dining out and shopping run the gamut from gourmet restaurants to humble roulottes, from Chinatown’s colourful shops to the expensively elegant, air-conditioned boutiques on rue de Sébastopol. When you leave the capital, the urban scenery gives way to a wealth of changing landscapes – the rolling plains of la brousse (the bush), lush river valleys, steep mountains coursed by tumbling waterfalls, cool rainforests and wild coastlines.

Grande Terre is the main island with rugged mountains, waterfalls and the world’s largest coral lagoon. To the Southeast, lies romantic Île des Pins with its slender pines, white-sand beaches and emerald lagoon. To the east, life proceeds at a leisurely pace in the relaxed Loyalty Islands: Maré, steeped in Kanak culture, Lifou and Ouvea.

New Caledonia is surrounded by the world’s largest enclosed lagoon, where marine treasures of all shapes and sizes lie waiting to be discovered – canyons and caves, exquisite coral, the smallest of tropical fish, turtles, sea snakes and sharks. Dolphin and whale spotting are other delights in store, or simply the luxury of total relaxation on the soft, warm sand of a deserted isle”.

Lonely Planet on New Caledonia.

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I’m packing my bags already. SIGH

New Caledonia very recently made worldwide news when it officially announced that it had created the world’s largest marine protected area.

Here’s the article:

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0502-new-caledonia-marine-protected-area.html

It’s wonderful that the French government, that controls New Caledonia, should take this big step towards nurturing and conserving the vast oceanic resources of the region. The creation and maintenance of this protected area means that coral, fish, sharks, dolphins, turtles and all other manner of marine life will get a chance to flourish.

(Meanwhile, on the flipside, back on the sandy shores of Western Australia, the controversial drum-baiting cull of Great White Sharks has just been called off. The Premier, Colin Barnett, hailed the cull as “a great success”…despite the glaring fact that, of the 66 sharks caught since the programme started in January 2014, not a single one of them was a Great White Shark. Who’s fooling who here? Millions of taxpayer dollars spent on a half-arsed programme that went ahead despite public protests by thousands of people…money that could be better spent on research and conservation. Okay, rant over).

I would like to thank my New Caledonian reader, whoever you are, for taking an interest in my humble blog, and for putting your country on my map, so to speak. You should be proud to live in New Caledonia, and rightly too.

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A Nice Warm Fuzzy Feeling Inside

I understand that my blog, writing style, eclecticism, range of topics, warped sense of humour and frequency of blogging may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some bloggers seem able to gain hundreds of thousands of followers within weeks of launching their blog. Some get famous overnight.

Not me. I have, at the time of writing this, 111 hard won followers. And I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for following me on my crazy adventures. I hope you will stay and please tell your friends about me, so that they visit me here too and stay for my Madhatter’s Teaparty that goes on every day, unless I’m too ill or too lazy or have gone into a dead zone where there is no Internet reception.

This year, I set myself the target of blogging each and every day. And, apart from a couple of days missed, when I was time travelling with Doctor Who playing with different time zones, I’ve managed to keep my promise to myself. I have found that, with my Blogger’s hat on, I am more receptive to triggers that stir my imagination and make me want to write. I am more observant of the little things in life, and can get excited at the sight of a new store in town, the shape of a teacup’s handle, new technology I see online, a chance remark or quote. And so I shall continue to blog, regardless of whether I have 111 followers, or 111111.

Today I received an email that gave me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I have in the past written about artists that inspire me in one way or another, only I don’t usually get a response from them after I’ve published my post about them. Kathe Fraga is one such artist who expressed her appreciation for my shout out by sending me 2 packs of her gorgeous artwork as greeting cards. Thank you, Kathe! I was on Cloud 9 for weeks after her generous gesture.

Here is the link to my post about Kathe.
https://alyzenmoonshadow.com/2014/01/18/artist-inspiration-kathe-fraga/

But back to today’s email. It came from Yuko Ishii, another artist I had written about not too long ago. Here is Yuko’s email to me:

Name: Yuko Ishii
Email: yuko@yukoishii.com
Website: http://yukoishii.com
Comment: Hi Aly,

I googled my name this morning and came across your page that talks about my work. I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad to hear my work inspires you! I am also very grateful that you took the time to write about my work and share it with your readers on here. I truly appreciate you, Aly. Thank you so much!

By the way, I just started two blogs (blogger and tumblr) last month:
http://yukoishii.blogspot.com/
http://yukoishii.tumblr.com/

and also, an online store:
http://society6.com/YukoIshii

If you are interested in viewing some of my new work, please visit these websites.

Best,
Yuko

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Awww, it’s sooo nice to get positive feedback from someone that inspires you!

Here is the link to my post about Yuko Ishii, in case you missed it last time:

https://alyzenmoonshadowdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/artist-inspiration-yuko-ishii/

You know, when I said I could be inspired to write about anything and everything at the drop of a hat…oops, I did it again ;-)!

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