My Blogging Year: 2013

I was beginning to wonder when this would arrive… But today I got the e-mail from the kind people at WordPress describing my blogging year in 2013. So, like I did last year, let’s have a look!

The Fun Facts:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 260 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 417 posts. There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 4th with 140 views. The most popular post that day was Thinking Friday!: What is the Best Quote?.

So this was pretty cool!

The Top 5 Posts of the Year:
These are my top 5 posts that got the most views in 2013…

1. Sherlock: The Three Clues Explained (SPOILERS) – May 2013

2. Dr. Who: 50th Anniversary Predictions (SPOILERS) – May 2013

3. Musical Discovery: Endorphins by Sub Focus feat. Alex Clare – March 2013<

4. imPRESSive: Webisode One – Blog Names and URLs – February 2013

5. Is there anything technology can’t replace? | The Friday Article – February 2013

So this was interesting, and for every one (minus the imPRESSive blog post, which went great and I’m SO glad it’s up there!) it shows that blogging about current affairs helps. I mean, who doesn’t like Sherlock or Doctor Who? A handy little tip to all bloggers!

The Ways People Found Me (without that sounding weird)
People searched mostly for blogging vs vlogging, why are reality shows so popular, and day of the doctor spoilers.

And the top 5 sites that were used to see my posts were:
wordpress.com
twitter.com
tumblr.com
facebook.com
dailypost.wordpress.com

The Places they Viewed From:

This one has a nice info graphic to show, but the text at the bottom still helps…

“104 countries in all! Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.”

I remember this being quite a lower number last year, and oh my, over 100 countries?! Thank you!

And lastly…The Top 5 Commenters Are…
This has since become a tad bit competitive after last year’s results, where Jackie came first. But will she remain top commenter for another year?

So, in order…

At Number 5 with 16 comments is kanundra!

At Number 4 with 18 comments is Change it Up Editing!

At Number 3 with 22 comments…Oh, this is interesting… It’s last year’s top commenter JackieP!

Now this is where it gets interesting, at Number 2 with 23 comments (one away from 3rd position!), is Richard Leonard!

And lastly, in the number 1 spot with a huge 32 comments is Ellie!

Woah, that’s a lot of comments! Thanks to all 5 of you, and to everyone that’s commented!

And lastly, as I said last year, a big thanks to you for reading, liking, sharing, re-blogging and commenting. It all helps and is very kind of you, so THANK YOU!

If you want to see the report but with very snazzy pictures you can click here to see it in full!

So all that’s left to say is… Happy New Year! And expect to see some more exciting posts in 2014!

Liam

Thoughts on 2013

My, what a year! I’m afraid it has been one of those years for me where my memory is that bad I had so much fun this year that I can only remember the previous few months off the top of my head. But eitherway, this year for me, has been the year of opportunity.

I have mentioned on this blog a few times recently about how seizing opportunities helps in life, and this year is the year. What I’m about to say next is completely cliche, but it’s true. Blogging on here has since got me places, and created new opportunities. I have since blogged for other magazines and online blogs, which then lead to me going to London, receiving Journalism masterclasses and then going off and doing some professional reporting. It’s been great!

This year in May also saw me take my Grade 6 exam, and Pass! Another opportunity taken and has lead to success! (P.S. I am hoping to take my Grade 7 exam in May 2014 – all going well).

Volunteering has also changed my life massively this year as well. Opportunities involved with volunteering, both nationally and locally, have since helped to make this year awesome. March this year saw me attend the vInspired National Awards, I then searched vInspired‘s directory of volunteering opportunities and have since blogged and PR’d (not a word, I know), for even more people. I also helped blog for my local council – which greatly increased my social groups further! Similar is NCS, which I am still partaking in, which has helped me socially even more! This year has been massive!

So in conclusion, seizing opportunity can have an effect on more opportunities coming their way, and can definitely give you a sense of accomplishment. But as for next year, that will be the year of experience (although I’m not sure of the different between opportunities and experience), where I can see and do more!

So, the question is, will you continue to read my adventures on my blog in 2014?

Happy New Year everyone!

Liam

Musical Discovery: Capital Cities

After the success of Safe and Sound this year launched the electronic duo into the musical spotlight, Capital Cities are likely to continue their achievements with an equally exciting and successful debut album.

Entitled In A Tidal Wave of Mystery, the album sees a few collaborations with other musicians, as well as solo tracks with beautifully constructed and catchy melodies.

As well as the single Safe and Sound, there have been other tracks I have since heard of and enjoyed from the album.

Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast sees a powerful and fast-moving synthesiser riff combine with cheeky tempo changes to create a memorable and intriguing track.

Guitar and bass tunes set the scene for the track Centre Stage. It is these, as well as the fitting vocals that establish a funk feel for this song.

A repetitive synthesiser melody in Chartreuse sets a smooth tone for the track. Then, in the strong chorus, a variety of instruments (including the duo’s clever use of trumpet solos – as seen in Safe and Sound) join together to make a powerful and feel-good chorus. Later on, the trumpet performs a solo that ties in perfectly with the track, creating a rhythmical song for the album.

The tone for Origami changes at the start, with the first trumpet introduction setting a low melody and feel, but the bass introduction and vocals set a positive and catchy off-beat to dance to. With small but clever solos throughout from different instruments, the musical contribution leads to a great finish.

So with 2013 being a great year to debut for the American duo, I am looking forward to their success increasing in 2014 and future years.

Liam

Weekly Update: The Last Week (ish) of 2013

This week was rather exciting for everyone really, what with Christmas arriving – in this instance – by surprise, and we are left looking forward to what 2014 holds, once again shocked at how quick the year goes.

So Christmas was, like most people, a good time to unite with family. Christmas was very good this year.

Then came Boxing Day onwards, where the buzz of excitement created by Christmas dies down and leaves us with 5 or so days to wait until New Year’s Eve.

But recently, I have been able to complete planning my book! Yay! So I am now in the phase of writing the actual thing – double yay! I was even quick to tackle the task of the opening sentence! I now have 30 chapters to write, and look forward to continue work on it in the New Year. That, and the eagerly-awaited Sherlock Series 3, which I will be watching – and reviewing.

Has anyone got anything to look forward to in the New Year? Comment below!

Happy New Year in advance!

Liam

REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (No Spoilers)

After the premise of the first film, the second film in the Hobbit trilogy was slow to pick up where the end of the first film left off. Though this may be a good thing, with unnecessary walking scenes being cut out, but we are soon back into the action.

This time the gang of dwarves, lead by Gandalf the Grey, venture on another quest (where the true purpose is not made 100% clear), where they later battle with deadly dragon Smaug, voiced by Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

But before that, the Orcs are once again orc-ward (pun intended) when trying to catch the dwarves. But this time they have appeared to have upped their game, creating many epic battle scenes that the films are known for.

In all the fun, excitement and craziness that occurs, the main plot gives birth to a small sub-plot that takes up a needless amount of time in the film (no spoilers).

On the other hand, the film once again shows fantastic special effects and scenery common in the franchise. Then came the ultimate scenes with Smaug. Cumberbatch’s role in those scenes was very clever, but the plot paved the way to a rather predictable ending. But, having said that, the rather intriguing cliffhanger leads to a grand finale indefinitely filled with action.

I anticipate the final release.

Liam

I have a deadline, please actively encourage me

Sorry for the Caps Lock title. I understand going full-on Caps Lock is probably not the best approach to a blog post for Friday, especially when Friday is a day for settling down and getting ready for the weekend – not to mention Christmas…

But if there’s one thing that Caps Lock is useful for is that of conveying urgency. Sorry, getting carried away. What I mean is that I have some very urgent and panicky-but-in-a-good-way-news…

My book (yep, still going strong) is going well, but in order to actually finish a book I intend to publish (still haven’t done it), I feel the need to be strict with my routine. In this instance, setting deadlines.

In the past, I have always hissed and boo’d at deadlines. When taking part in NaNoWriMo, I admired the freedom it gave me with the “ability to be rubbish”, but at the same time my mind started to panic about the deadline of the end of the month. This then lead to me rushing, and creating a book I wasn’t really proud of.

However, since I am still planning, there’s no real sense of rushing if I impose a deadline on myself. In this instance, I have set myself the rather short-notice deadline of finishing planning my chapters by the end of this year. How this doesn’t “rush” me as such is through the fact that at the current moment in time, my ideas are yet to be confined to the short parameters of a chapter. So hopefully this will allow me to condense my ideas into these 30 blank canvases. All I can say is wish me luck.

Oh, and back to that title… I would appreciate any encouragement I get – it might possibly help.

Liam

Thoughts on Non-Fiction

Ever since a young age I always considered non-fiction to be a “boring” genre of books. Fiction books were always my favourite as I could use my imagination, which was always exciting. My idea of non-fiction as a young child comprised primarily of boring factual books, with no element of surprise to them. But boy was I wrong now!

As a writer, research has always been important when writing a novel. Factual accuracy is always encouraged to make readers interested, and to make it a believable story. As a crime writer, it needs to be more accurate than any other genre – in my opinion at least.

So, more recently, I’ve bought a large amount of reference books. The majority of my non-fiction books at the moment comprise of how-to books for writing. However, with my books focussing on the small details, I’ve since used libraries and bought other books for my research. They have all been very helpful – besides, reference books are so much easier and fun to read than those of websites.

So if you compare me to my younger self about my perception on non-fiction books, you’ll find that my view on them has definitely changed!

Liam