August Break 2016

I just read Susannah‘s July love letter (you can also read it on her site), which was so full of positivity, despite heaps of bad news we’ve been hearing from all over the world lately. It feels good to have people like her to keep you sane and in touch with your inner optimist. It really helps a lot especially in the most difficult times.

So right by the end of her newsletter was the poster of the August Break for this year! You can click on the poster below to see how it works.

I first learned about this through another blogger/photographer I follow. I used to do the #FMSPhotoADay challenge (which is really good and really fun, btw), but I just couldn’t get myself to complete even a single month of that year-round challenge and it was disappointing for me. Of course, the blame is on me for not taking it too seriously or rather for taking it way too seriously.

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So this isn’t my first time to do something like this, and it definitely isn’t my first time to take part in this particular challenge, but since I always never complete any of them, I was hesitant to join in on this year’s August Break. But I’m cutting myself some slack. I need this break and I will do it again! Plus, I could use the practice in photography. 31 photos in a month? That should do it!

I’m also thinking, maybe an annual, 1-month photo challenge wouldn’t be as hard to keep up with as #FMSPhotoADay, which is a whole year challenge.

So It has been a long time since I took part in a daily photo challenge, and I can’t say I didn’t miss it. With the more flexible rules, it has less pressure on me to keep up and less chances of me getting disappointed in the end. Although, I’d really want to commit to posting a photo a day despite the more lenient rules.

So here it is! I’m ready for you, #AugustBreak2016! I’m in it not only for the challenge, but more so for the connection I’ll be making with the rest of the August Break community!

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Blogging 201 / Day1: Goal Setting

I can’t believe I only found out about this now, but still, I’m so glad I signed up just in time before the course started.

I’ve been a really bad employee yet again today but a great multi-tasker (which may either be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it) and have been browsing stuff at work, while still working at the same time.

I checked my emails and saw that the course actually starts today and I got the first ever task which also includes tagging everything we’ll be writing under “blogging201”. So there I was, itching to write about the first task on my blog, but since I’m not that good of a multi-tasker, I decided just to read everyone’s goals first.

So I did and got to interact with a couple of bloggers and even gained 1 new follower. How exciting was that? Anyway, I think I would really love this course and I can’t wait to learn more. For now, just to set my mind on what I would be working on for the next 2 weeks, here are my 3 little goals:

  1. Just like everyone here, I would also like to increase readership mainly just to connect and learn more from them, so my first goal is to increase traffic and get about 15 new followers (same goes for my 2 other blogs) by the end of October and get about 3-5 people to like or comment on each post by the end of the year! Seems realistic? I hope so!
  2. Next goal is to get myself to start a new weekly series or 2 and make them more engaging and fun not only for readers but for me too! (Goal also includes looking for a new blog series or making one myself).
  3. Last of all, which I think I got from reading people’s goals today (or yesterday), is to follow 2-3 new and inspiring bloggers per week and to get myself to interact with them when I can.

That’s it! So one last thing is to post these goals some place where I can see them all the time!