Category Archives: Blogging

Well, It Became A Sabbatical…

…it sounds so much better than saying I “had no time for blogging” or “I was too busy to blog” or any other reason. It became a sabbatical from blogging, it sounds so much better. I’ve never taken a real sabbatical, oh I would so love to do it – blog all day, write, take photos – hmmm…something to look forward to indeed.

My blogging had been patchy at best since October last year. We had a bereavement in our family – I don’t know how to describe it better, it is still so raw.Click on image to go to source Click on the image to go to source

It was during this time of confusion and chaos that I decided to throw myself wholeheartedly into completing all I needed to be able to submit my application to become a Certified Scrum Trainer.  I’ve now done so and am waiting to know if I’ve made it to the Trainer Approval Committee in Vienna in October. Well, I’m going to be in Vienna anyway to attend the Scrum Gathering, it would also be amazing to make it to the TAC. I’m holding thumbs, toes and other fingers.

I’ve also been traveling a fair bit. Apart from the usual jaunts to Cape Town, I’ve been to New York (oh man!), Raleigh, Zurich, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Lisbon, and Istanbul. All triggered by work trips. I’ve taken mountains of photos and I’m busy sorting through them now. I only managed to download the New York and Zurich ones on Friday.

This means that I have loads of content. I’ve started writing a list of all the stories to tell and there are many, so ja, loads of content.

I want to post every few days to ease into things, participate in Cee’s challenges and the Weekly Coffee Shares. That’s the plan.

It’s becoming warmer hotter here in South Africa, we went straight from cold to 30 degree (celsius) weather. I’m not complaining – our days are longer and it’s easier to wake up in the morning due to the sun rising earlier and earlier each day. We have the heat of summer and the wonderful smells of spring, fresh, flowery, perfumed, all the gardens up and down the street competing to see which one contributes most to the heralding of a new season.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

So my sincere hope on this summer afternoon is that you’ll continue visiting me here; I will also be doing some catching up.

Until the next post…

 

The Observer With A Lens

Mslazyboots in Himalayas wrote something that resonated with me. She said that:

“The more you document your life, the more you check in, you tweet, you blog, you capture moments, the more you do all of this stuff, the more you make stories out if it, and if you do that much, you become a spectator to your own life.” (Mslazyboots in Himalayas).

I like the proposition of using this blog to document my life. Not everything but most of it, especially the fun parts. The wandering and wondering parts. Especially where there are lots of photos to accompany it.

Then there is the part of becoming a spectator in my own life. The 1st position of being a part of it and also observing it, from 2nd position. That is an enticing prospect because of the insights from the past that I will get, and applying the learnings from that into what I do going forward.

That is why I blog and post photos.

Many times the words are inside me, roiling around, lost in my critical notions of what should see the light of day and what must remain in the dark, locked inside me, the depth of varying degrees, the conversation eclectic, chaotic and noisy.

When this happens no words come out and instead I post photos, like a silent 3rd position, the observer with a lens.

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
― Ansel Adams

 

My Blogging Proclivity

Dear friends,

As 2017 starts transitioning to 2018, I want to thank you for visiting Wide Eyed In Wonder during the past 12 months.

I thought it would be fun to have a look at the year in stats, and see what insights I get, so here goes, according to WordPress:

Number of posts - 165

Number of views - 9043

Best month in terms of views - January with 1,400 views

Best month in terms of number of posts - September with 24 posts

Most popular day - Tuesday

Most popular hour - 7:00PM

Number of likes - 2,476

Number of comments - 367

I didn’t blog as prolifically this year, not like 2016 which has been this blog’s best year to date with more than double the amount of posts and views.  There’s room for improvement and probably the biggest one I can make is to prepare posts in advance and schedule them because it is still my intention to post at least once a day. Blogging is a proclivity of mine.

I’d like to close off this post by wishing you and your loved ones an amazing festive season and a fantastic transition to 2018…and a few thoughts…

It’s more fun when you have to go through Z to get to M…imagine all the learning…and the photo opportunities 🙂But remember to focus on your priorities first…whatever your fuel, remember to always top up…Thank you for following.

Stay cool.

Regina

 

Oh, How I’ve Missed You!

Indeed yes!

As I go through the comments left 2 weeks ago (sorry I’m only answering now), I smile, and realise that I’ve missed this space and the people who make it richer – you, yes, you!

In the last 3 weeks, I’ve spoken 3 times at conferences and user groups, all out of town – number 4 coming up on Thursday. Not to mention the final scramble to finish my action learning project and exams and I feel like my time is not my own.

After December 2nd I am going to celebrate. Of course,  for a few weeks, I know that I’m going to feel a tad aimless and like I should be somewhere or doing something.

Fortunately, Christmas is coming up. As usual, we’re staying home, getting together with family and enjoying the summer weather around the pool. There is also home renovations that I’ve been putting off since May mainly because of my studies.

I’m hanging in there for a couple more weeks. I hope you will too. Thanks for still coming by even though there’s not much new content.

If you haven’t yet read these posts, try them and let me know what you think – oldies but still goodies…

This is my most read post, can you believe I wrote it in 2014 and it’s still top of the pops:

15 things that happened the year the internet was born – written on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

I delivered this piece as a speech at Toastmasters and then posted it here and on LinkedIn. I got some good views and feedback:

How to realise your dreams, aka the deaf frog – written in January of this year.

This post is one of my personal favourites. I was relaxed when I wrote it and it’s about what being South African is:

South Africa, my house, my home – proudly ZA! – it has music too.

I hope you enjoy them.

Cheers for now…

 

Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Mondays Cee hosts Share Your World – this is my world this past week. It’s fun to enter.

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Black mostly, although when I wear pink or white tops I get compliments on my choice of colour. My favourite colour is green and I don’t have too much green in my wardrobe. I’ve taken to wearing sandy tan shades and i feel good in them too, very earthy. But 99,9% black pants, at least.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie).

I’m more of a cat person. I have never owned a dog. My nephew’s favourite stuffed animal is a dog called Ruffles which he sleeps with. So cute.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

Roses – love them

Ferns – hardy all year round plant and they look good and green all the time

St. Joseph Lillies – they smell so good

Image credit: The Gardening Blog

Orchids – my wedding bouquet consisted of a purple orchid – so lovely and different to the rest

All trees, especially the ones found in southern Africa, like the acacia tree. It is so evocative of the African bush.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The warm spring weather has inspired me to take up my DSLR again which in turn has inspired me to buy a new Kelly Moore camera bag, this time one that can take my laptop too. I have a red B-Hobo right now and it doesn’t fit my Mac.

I’m checking out reviews on youtube and I’ve narrowed the search down to 3. More on this later…watch this space.