Tag Archives: Blogging

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…

 

SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

Originally published on the agile42 blog aimed at our clients.


I am very happy to participate in the very first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria, South Africa, on the 3 of June 2017.

The purpose of the Coaching Day is to provide an opportunity to learn new tools and get practical skills in your role as coach to teams or organisations. Participants will learn and be given the chance to practice coaching skills in a safe space.

I will talk on how to facilitate and foster Collaboration within teams and across teams, with a special focus on traditional non-agile teams such as Internal Audit, Governance and Compliance.

If you are interested in improving your facilitation and coaching skills and want to help people realise the changes it takes to practice Agile well, be sure not to miss the Pretoria SUGSA coaching day.


Preparing for the above is keeping me busy so Wide Eyed In Wonder has “gone dark” for a few days this week. As ‘bridging reading’, below are a few random posts that I particularly like:

A Tale of Two Countries

My Origin Story: Mythologies and Narratives

How to Realise Your Dreams AKA the Deaf Frog

And in the News Today

House and Home Edition: Is Your Sink Shiny?

Until tomorrow.

I’m Different, Just Like Everyone Else

Meme Dalai Lama

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Far From Normal.”

At last, a WordPress prompt that I think is interesting. Not happy with today’s prompt I kept clicking through “try another prompt” and getting progressively annoyed at their lack of sophistication. I’m a serious writer after all… 😉

Continue reading I’m Different, Just Like Everyone Else