It’s Time to Play Catch-Up Once More

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A green field in the Cypriot countryside

Good day and welcome back to my humble blog.

Yes, I have realised that today is the 31st of March. This is the first and last post for this month. For the sake of not letting one whole month fly by without a post, I decided to make sure to have something typed up and served for this month and to explain a little about my disappearance.

As I have mentioned in my previous post in February, I am a busy man. I have many commitments in school and life here and I can’t afford to forgo these commitments for the sake of this blog. I have set my priorities, and my blog isn’t something that will directly determine my future, such as whether I will be entering the university of my choice, or whether I’ll be getting better grades. From now on, if my life here has become just too busy, you will have to look forward to at least one post for that month. Any less than that would mean something very unusual has happened to me, such as a serious illness, a prolonged breakdown of all internet services in Egypt, etc.

I am pleased to announce that I could now add a new country to the list of countries I have visited over in my lifetime: CYPRUS! Yes, I have mentioned this in my previous post, and I have so much to tell you all about how this trip went. It was a significant achievement in my life, because it was also the first time I have ever undertaken a school trip which involved travelling abroad. I have photos, a video and even made a special song to memorialise the whole experience for the trip, which hopefully, In-Sha-Allah, will be shown in a special post in the coming days.

In addition to that, before the week of the Cyprus trip, my whole family went to Antalya, Turkey for a short but amazing holiday. There I took far more photos than in Cyprus (I wasn’t able to use my phone in Cyprus to take photos as much). I will also explain the whole trip in another upcoming post which I will post in a few days.

I have to work much harder to catch up with all the time I had been away. Yes, the two travel events made it tough to update anything but the school that came after the holiday and trips is worse. Here is a list of all the things I must complete by the end of April which should be in my blog:

Please, please, please, I really need encouragement from you all as readers because, frankly speaking, you’re the fuel for my motivation. I want to continue writing but I need reminders and pestering from you guys so that I could meet my goals in blogging. If you notice that I am not keeping up to my promises and plans, please comment, personal message, give a shoutout through social media, whatever, I don’t mind. I will be fully appreactive of any response I get from those who come by here.

Starting the end of this week spring break will start at my school, so I will of course devote as much free time as possible with making updates on my blog and to the other blog in Blogger, which I have not given enough attention to. In addition, I will try to be more active among the WordPress community by reading more other people’s blogs, blogs of people I subscribe to, liking blogs, reblogging, updating any outdated info and other sort of things bloggers are supposed to do. Until then, I have to focus on the last few days of Arbeit which I can’t avoid. Thank you for reading!

A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain

Good day everyone! As you already know from my previous post, I will be blogging much more regularly from now on, but I did not specify whether that would be on this one or my old one. Well, I hope this ‘reblog’ would clarify everything – it’s this post from IaATR@Blogger but placed in a WordPress format. The the post was written in a Blogger-specific context. Just for the record, there is no convenient way of reblogging Blogger posts on WordPress and vice versa. What you’d have to do to ‘reblog’ is to copy and paste the content like the way I did here. Continue reading “A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain”

“Perhaps weekly posts aren’t enough… Hmm…”

I promised myself before to publish a new post each weekend so that I could be a consistent blogger worthy of global attention. For most part I kept to this promise and posted something on Friday or Saturday, the weekend days here in Egypt. However today, I realised that many successful bloggers here publish on an almost daily basis – ranging from a post a day to even a post every several hours.

I follow quite a few blogs here but each time I look into my news feed, I’d have 6 to 14 new posts each day calling out to me. I make the effort to look into what new stuff are in store – maybe an uplifting inspirational story or a travel journal to a far-away land. The thing is though, I often see the same names popping up in my reader feed and they are the most prolific – posting about 2 to 7 posts a day. With the amount they post each day, it would be impossible for me to catch up with every single post.

As a loyal follower, I hope I am not expected to read everything. But what if I am in the place of that blogger – the one who has around hundreds of followers on WordPress and beyond, whose readers expect a regular serving of fresh written entertainment? What if I had that pressure on me to keep going and to produce quality pieces all the time? Continue reading ““Perhaps weekly posts aren’t enough… Hmm…””

The Versatile Blogger Award

It has been a little more than about a week since I first switched sides to join the WordPress family. All week I’ve been spending my free time fiddling around with my blog’s appearance and settings to make it more reader-friendly. I hope you like the way it looks now, because it’s likely that it’ll stay that way.

Last week on, my best blogging friend ASpaceWithin nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much! I never expected to be nominated so soon :P. I never got nominated before in my old Blogger blog, so I was a little clueless at first on what to do. I had a read of ASpaceWithin’s post about her award after her nomination, but I felt like it wasn’t enough to understand what this blog really means. Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

Making the Move to WordPress (and leaving Blogger)

Welcome WordPress, Goodbye Google Blogger

It’s a new year, a perfect time to make a fresh start. For me, I’d like to make that fresh start by making the move that will forever change the (short) history of my blogging career: switching to WordPress.

For those who are reading this from my WordPress site for the first time, allow me to give a bit of explanation. Before starting up this site here, I had this exact same blog hosted in Blogger. The blog has the same name “Аку Ўартаўан Рәмажа – I Am A Teenage Reporter” with a slightly different address: http://iamateenagereporter.blogspot.com. This blog has been running for over a year now. When I transferred from Blogger to WordPress, I migrated almost all of my blog content without any changes. All posts, images and comments I have made previously on the Blogger site are retained in this one. As a result, it may seem like this WordPress blog is over a year old, but it’s not.

For those who are reading this from Blogger site, I have written and posted this simultaneously on both sites. I am still posting here because a lot of traffic still come here anyway and that my WordPress blog is relatively new. FYI my new WordPress blog is at this address: http://iamateenagereprter.wordpress.com. It is the same blog with the same content, just with a different design theme and address. Why am I making the move? I will explain down below…

Continue reading “Making the Move to WordPress (and leaving Blogger)”