It'd be fun to be a blogging hero.
Looking Back at Post a Day 2011 — How’d You Do?.
Oh man – I haven’t done so great. I wish I had done better…but hey, I kept up a blog for longer than I think I ever have, and that’s something! Anyway. For this reflection I’m going to answer the questions in this prompt.
- Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge? I started because I wanted an incentive to write on this blog and keep it going. Too often I stop because I have nothing to write about and things become repetitive – with Post a Day, that issue was eliminated.
- Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge. I started this challenge almost immediately after starting this blow.
- How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge? It’s hard to gage, considering they both started at the same time. But I’ve had more views and feedback than on any other blog I’ve tried to run, so that’s something.
- Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not? At the moment, I wish I posted more. I think I was doing pretty well though for a while there. I think it’ll go back to normal again once the new semester starts and I’m back into a routine and not bogged down with finals.
- What type of blogging strategy works best for you? What’s a blogging strategy? Under normal circumstances I just post every day via the PAD’11 prompt. I don’t really promote this blog or anything; it’s more for a stress reliever. I do, however, enjoy feedback and seeing the attention it gets. I’ve noticed that my views increase the more consistently I post, so that’ll be something I keep in mind.
- If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently? Not much. I would like to answer the questions more in-depth maybe.
- What are you most proud of accomplishing this year? Keeping a blog that actually gets views! Yay!
- Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge. Oh jeez. Anyone who’s commented/followed/liked a post or me has been inspirational to me in keeping this project alive. I’ve looked at all their pages and read up on all of them and I appreciate their blogs and the fact that they took time out of their lives to read what I have to say.
- What surprised you about the challenge? How much I could write about certain things.
- What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly? Do this challenge! It helps a lot. At first I -just- answered the prompts, but now I’m able to do that AND add little notes about my personal life and not feel as self-centered about having a personal blog.
- What are your blogging goals for 2012? Keep it up!
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What was the last noble thing you did?.
Noble? What do you mean by noble? I’m seeing knights in shining armor and Tamora Pierce‘s medieval heroine. I don’t know what you mean by noble. I don’t think about it, really. I’m not the selfless person who tries to be a saint. I’m just a person. I don’t go out of my way to be mean or selfish though. Like I always, always hold doors open for people unless my hands are absolutely full and I can’t. People seem surprised that I wait for as long as I do to hold the door open for them, but I guess it was just how I was raised. And why not? I’m not going to die by losing a minute. That’s really the only thing I do…and really the only thing I can do. I want to help people, be the one they talk to, whatever. But I’m not that kind of person. And I don’t push myself to be. And I’m okay with that. But if asked, or if the opportunity comes up, then I’m not going to resist. So I’m not….not noble. I’m just not the saint of the world. I think I’m a little young for that anyway. I have to help and save and support myself before I focus my energy on the world.
I'm still not brave enough to watch scary movies...
Where do you go to be brave?.
Brave? I don’t know if I’d really call myself brave. But maybe I am. I think this past semester of college has made me live up to that definition more. i’ve definitely faced a lot of my fears and insecurities while being here and have grown from those experiences. I’ve tried not to shy away from the scary or new, and I’ve tried to push myself into making friends and being vulnerable, as well as asking for help and asserting myself in general. I think that I’m probably the most brave when the situation requires it. And by that I mean that if I get lost, I’m not just going to sit down and panic and cry. I’ll work it out and try my hardest to find my way again on my own, and only ask for help if I feel like I’ve exhausted all of my realistic options. Or talking to my teachers instead of just bullshitting the assignments or getting it wrong because I was too scared to affirm the requirements. Or being hungry and using an oven for the first time even though the heat scares the shit out of me, and making it through fine. Or going to parties where I don’t know where I am and being able to get home and make smart choices about what I eat/drink/say/do. My bravery is pretty mundane, pretty insignificant (I’m no superman~), but important for me and my growth as a person and as an adult making it through college. I think I’ve been more brave this semester than I ever have in my life. I’ve always been the one to shy away because of fear of failure or rejection or pain, but now I feel like I’m taking more chances and putting myself out there more. And if I do face those things I’m (still) afraid of? Well, now I can handle it. Now I can deal with it and feel better afterwards, I can control situations that have gone beyond their routine. And it feels great. I feel older. It’s only been a few months and my birthday isn’t until May 2012, but I feel older.
How do you decide on new year’s resolutions?.
I kind of gave up on resolutions for the new year. Because then when I don’t meet them I’m disappointed, and it’s rare that I do because I mean hell. A year? Ahaha…I can hardly remember what my resolution was the next week.
Sorry about the short answer, but I HAVE EXCITING POST CONTENT TODAY!
So first off: Finals week, eep! I finished my 3D project and I really was proud of my work and everyone else seemed to see a lot of progress, which is good. It felt under control, and I think it was a good end to the semester. I can’t believe I’m done with 3D…it almost makes me sad, mostly because I loved my teacher and my classmates were all pretty awesome. We had a great class dynamic and everyone was respectful and honest. Isn’t it great? Anyway, that’s another thing off my plate.
I also just finished my video for Media 1. The link is here, and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a “bumper” for MTV. It’s called “Make Your Own Rainbow”; I hope you like it! I’m pretty excited about it. I was hoping to have better video quality but that’s not the case. So maybe it adds? Probably not but hey, I have limited equipment.
Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well during finals week! I still have a ton more to do, so I might tell you more later. Don’t forget to check out my Youtube videos, and please ask me questions or whatever. I need prompts!
Yeah how awesome.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?.
I’ve received a lot of great gifts from family and friends. I’m grateful for all of them, but the first one that comes to mind is my gift for Valentine’s day 2009. My boyfriend called me up and asked “hey, you like Coldplay right?” and confused, I responded “I mean I’m not in love with them but I listen to them…” and he made it clear by saying “Because I was thinking that as your Valentine’s day gift we could go to their concert in the summer”, and I pretty much lost my mind with happiness. And not just because of the band (don’t judge me, they’re fun to listen to from time to time), but because my boyfriend thought so far ahead and was willing to spend that much money. And then that Valentine’s day he surprised me with a card and a stuffed animal dog, that’s on my bed right now.
When the concert came around, of course it was exciting. It was my first concert and I was ecstatic that I had the opportunity to share the experience with him. And even if you don’t like Coldplay, the show they put on was absolutely amazing, and I could hardly contain my excitement the whole time. Everything was perfect about that night, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was so worth it.
So I think that there have been many gifts I’ve loved and cherished and held on to throughout my life, but this one is by far the most memorable and is very special to me.
When you go to a movie theater….
Hey guys, sorry for my short posts. It’s finals week and I’m going a little insane! Anyway, first thing’s first: when I go to a movie theater it makes the movie that much better. The bigger the screen, the more I can get into the movie and everything about it. Things just seem a lot less amazing at home. If that makes sense. Also, I usually go with my boyfriend so that makes it nice. :]
SO. FINALS. Here’s my to-do list:
Monday: (Art History 9:15-10:30), 3-D project installed by 1:00 pm, photos of semester projects uploaded.
Tuesday: Might present in Reading and Writing between 10:45-12, (Work from 6:30-8:30)
Wednesday: Art History final from 9:15-10:30, 30-60 second video for Media 1 at 1:00-6:00.
Thursday: If I didn’t present Tuesday, I’d present today for Reading and Writing between 10:45-12. Color book, process book, group project and presentation from 1:00-6:00
Friday: (MIA library 11:30-4:30)
So uh, yeah. I’m fucked.
On a slightly more positive note, I uploaded my newest video. The question is “what’s your favorite movie?” so I discuss that briefly and then I talk about finals and my color book a little.
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Would you rather… (part 2).
I’m in a crappy mood today so this’ll be a short post.
Anyway. The Would You Rather this time was slow time down vs speed it up.
And I can’t really answer that. Because it honestly depends on the situation. Hours before break or before I see my boyfriend I want it to speed up so that I get there faster. Hour before class or week of finals (ahem…), I want it to slow down so I can finish my projects.
Would you rather….
If you’re too lazy to click the link, it’s would you rather have $50 million or live an extra 50 years.
So. This is kind of a no-brainer for me. Mostly this is because I have faith in medical technology, and I’m young so I don’t yet know that feeling of not fulfilling a bucket list before kicking said bucket.
Cut super short. living an extra 50 years reminds me of the debate about living infinitely. Does it really matter, if all of the people you love and care about and all of the things you used to know are gone? Or leaving/decaying before your eyes? The average age for women I think is around 70-80. Which means that if I were to add 50 years, I’d be moping around at 120 or 130. Which doesn’t sound too appealing to me. After a certain point in life when everyone else has faded away and things are so much different than they used to be and you can’t do the things you used to be able to, death is almost more valuable than life. I admit this sounds depressing, but consider: if living means constant pain, dependance, forgetfulness, and misery, then death is the better company. Just saying. I’d rather live a shorter life and feel more competent throughout it than live a long life sitting and unable to do anything that I actually want to do. Plus, $50 million dollars would go a loooong way in helping a struggling artist ;]
Getting into the Zone.
Okay well. I can’t really listen to music when I write unless it’s just instrumental. I might have answered this earlier, but it’s mostly because I get distracted and sometimes start writing words from the songs. Or I just stop writing to listen to the song or something. I’m easily distracted. So if I do listen to music when I write, it’s got to be instrumental or really really soft or else I won’t be able to concentrate. I think I write best in silence. Formally and creatively, at least. Blog posts I do need to have some sort of background sound for some reason. x3
Finish this sentence: there are two kinds of people in the world….
…those who wish and those who believe.
Which is cryptic, probably. Nonetheless, I suppose I’ll explain. Those who wish only yearn for whatever they want. They wish for a better life, they wish for more money. They take a passive role in their future by expecting mysticality to change them, for some metaphysical force to help them along. Not to say that this is wrong or bad, per se. There are some things that, when wished for, are given hope. And psychologically, the idea of wishes can be almost life saving…or at the very least a savior of sanity. This is in the sense that sometimes hope is all you can have. The only option; when the tangible is impossible, the intangible becomes a saving grace. I think (and I don’t mean to offend anyone) that sometimes this is where the idea of people in distress turning to God no matter what their beliefs comes from. Maybe not.
Those who belive are the active life-changers. Belief is something, I think, that more or less drives a person to continue on a certain path no matter te obstacles. For instance, if someone wants to make a better life for themselves, they can believe in that possibility and it will help them move forward in accomplishing their goal (whereas the wishers might only yearn). I’m sure that there are a lot of holes in my arguments, but that’s my opinion. There ya go.
**On another note, I have a new Youtube post up. The question for the day was to talk about my favorite book, so I rambled and nerded out about Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.