Another month has come and gone and it is now December, the last month of 2014. Personally, I love this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner which means lots of excitement and anticipation for the arrival of the holiday season. We will soon bid farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year which brings with it a sense of new beginnings, hope, and renewal.
However, before I get all excited about what I want to do in December, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the things that I accomplished in November.
Analyzing November: The Blog & Book
My Very Own Domain Name
My blog is moving up in the world with the purchase of a domain name: foreignsanctuary.com – I have my very own domain name, a place to call my own. Plus, I am getting use to the idea that maybe, just maybe, I am not that technologically challenged after all. See what I did with the feature picture for this post – not too shabby for someone who never ever tried anything new.
Another ‘Best Month Ever’
November was another ‘best month ever’ in terms of number of views and hits. Thanks to all of you who read, commented on, and shared my posts. You guys are the best!! 🙂 I love communicating with each and every one of you.
Shares and Blog ‘Love’
Thanks to Ri of Ichigoichielove for mentioning some of my posts on her blog. I admire how up-to-date she is in terms of Japanese Pop Culture and current events. Be sure to pop over to her blog and see what she is up to on her facebook page.
Also, a shout-out to TaiwaneseAmerican.org for sharing my Meinong post on facebook. I love how this organization keeps Taiwanese Americans informed with what is happening in Taiwan.
I started using Pinterest in November. Apparently, it is a very useful tool when blogging. However, I have no idea how it really works and how to optimize the benefits of using it – so I clearly have a lot to learn. If you use Pinterest, pop by and check out my boards! (https://www.pinterest.com/foreignsanctuar/ – It looks really weird without the ‘y’)
Another Guest Post (or should I say ‘contribution’)
It looks like my husband may become a regular contributor on Foreign Sanctuary. This is great news as he has many good ideas for posts and it gives me a little blogging break which means more time for me to dedicate to my book. Check out his latest post ‘Modern World, Modern Thoughts.’
Most Popular Post in November
My most popular post this month was one that was written a long time before it was actually published as it shared a more personal side of me and gave a glimpse into the reasons why I am a more ‘private’ type of blogger. However, the feedback was amazing (thanks to everyone who commented – your thoughts and ideas and words mean so much to me) and it gave me the confidence to write about things of a ‘deeper’ nature (and not only the fun and positive stuff).
I worked on it a lot during the first and last week of November. I did my fair share of revising and editing, as well as writing new content. I have a post all written and ready but it seems that other posts have taken priority and I feel that they should be published first. I really want to document about the writing process as it is sometimes very challenging and difficult to reflect on and write about the ‘not so pretty’ moments of our lives – you know, those parts that take you back and relive the difficult events and situations.
Thinking Out Loud About December
Some things I would like to accomplish during the month of December are:
~~> learn the ins and outs of Pinterest + create a Pinterest widget for blog
~~> continue blogging twice a week one Monday and Friday (but there may be some extra posts in lieu of the holiday season)
~~> exercise daily
~~> accomplish specific book goals
~~> complete what need to be done in terms of work
Things to look forward to:
~~> Bear Displays Pt 2
~~> Saying good-bye & the beginning of something new on December 30th
~~> New Year’s Eve Fireworks
– Everything Christmas
~~> Christmas displays around the city
~~> Christmas & holiday decorating
~~> Christmas turkey feast & get together
~~> Christmas Day 🙂
All the pictures included in this post were taken during the month of November!!
Hope you are all getting into the holiday ‘swing of things.’ What did you accomplish in November and what are your plans for December?
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