A lot of bloggers seem to be doing this, and although I don’t want to go on and on about my year I suppose I should say a few words. 2015 for me is a year of… Decline I suppose I would call it. It’s been shit, and I’m really happy it’s over soon. I had the same feeling in 2009 at the end of my masters, and I think and hope that means that next year will feel like 2010 which was pretty great. I have been neglecting my blog because of several things.
My job ending, and finding myself unemployed.
My boyfriend dumping me.
Now the situation is :
I’m finishing my thesis in January.
I’m moving out of our broken home in January.
I’m defending my thesis in March.
I am applying for jobs everywhere, and have no idea where I will be in a couple of months. Certainly not in a year!
And… I feel rather good about the future. 🙂
Thank you all for reading my now less frequently updated blog. I follow many of you, and enjoy your blog posts immensely, even if I have been in a bit of a vacuum the last 5 months.
Have an absolutely splendid 2016! I certainly plan to.
I just went through my blog roll (those that I follow) and found a whole lot of dead blogs. Some blogs I don’t even remember anymore how I found. Like Lois’ blog for example, I’ve been reading her blog since I signed up here and now I just consider her part of my blog routine (in saying that, I mean that I enjoy her blog :-)). But many of the other blogs that I started following over two years ago are dead now… or perhaps just dormant?
When I just started I had a grand vision. I wanted to use my camera a lot more than I do. I started the blog with the aim of doing it for a year, and then just see what I could be bothered doing. One year passed, and I blogged a photo almost every day. But some things changed. I used my phone more and more to capture the life in Vienna, and my camera started to gather dust. And perhaps that’s just a natural evolution when I think of it… every day is a bit of a high frequency for something as demanding as dragging a SLR around and post processing all photos before they end up on the blog – daily. So, ok, I use my phone most of the time, and most of the time the photos are not processed. But I kept at it. For one year… for two years… now I’m on my third year, and I’m still enjoying it! That’s where I’m at right now, I want to do it for as long as I have the motivation to do it.
Now that I have passed the two year mark however I’m more relaxed. I’m very happy to share other Viennese bloggers’ posts on my blog, to show the world that there is much out there to cover, and hopefully they also get some traffic from that. On a day where I’m stuck inside working, I’m very happy if a fellow Viennese blogger has something interesting to share!
I’ve also learned that it matters WHEN I post. I never would have thought that. Posts that I post during my evening are not nearly as popular as when I schedule them to appear between 11am and 3pm. How weird is that?!
Now that I’ll be moving into the final six months of my PhD, with lots of writing and a shrinking amount of free time I wonder if I’ll be able to keep it up. I hope so, and I’ll try! I’m more used to reading the blogs I follow than the news paper nowadays. 🙂
Happy birthday to my blog! Because I failed selfie-school the picture is blurry, but it is related to the post I published earlier today. 🙂 Here’s to another year of Vienna blogging!
As some of you may have noticed, an icon popped up in the side-bar a couple of days ago with a link to InterNations. I found out that they have a blogroll there, recommending blogs from expats to people considering moving to a city. After a very smooth process, I have now been featured in the Vienna-section! Yay, supercool! 😀 If you would like to read my interview, you can click on this link.
Hopefully my blog is now of use to people wondering what Vienna is really like. There is definitely more to the place than all the spectacular tourist views, but that just makes it even more exciting to come here. Once you’ve checked off all the 'must see' things on your list, there is another layer of events and attractions to be found behind the tourist scenes.
I've been registered with InterNations for about three years now… probably a bit more than that. I haven't fully capitalised on all that they offer though. They have a lot of events, and there are so many great people there. Here in Vienna they have two get-togethers every month, usually one clubbing and one 'drinks', or sometimes two clubbing events. I’d hugely recommend InterNations to people who are new somewhere, and who want to find some like-minded people. Not just for people in Vienna, but all over the world! You can go to http://www.internations.org and check out if they have a chapter in the city where you live. The sign-up process also prevents the site from being run over by creeps. Big plus! 🙂
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
It’s been a good year. Some periods of my life have been much more busy, and especially July and the last three months. I’m happy that I’ve (mostly) managed to put up a picture a day. In 2014 I’ll continue on, and I hope to see many of you here still.
Happy new year everyone!! May 2014 be a blast for you all!!!!!! 😀