2013 in review!

I was going to do a post on 2013 recap but since WordPress did one for me, here’s the simple version while I put together my more detailed one. Check this out! ūüôā Visit some of the posts that are popular if you’d like. ¬†I’ll be back with something very soon! Some 2014 forecasts as well and some last minute decisions to make as to the direction of where all this is going ūüôā I know some of you will cross the New Year’s point and if you have: Happy 2014!

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 47,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Time For Some Changes!

Today, WordPress came out with the new theme! How do you like the new look? I’m not exactly sure about the background color. ¬†What do you suggest to match with those little pinkish white blobs on the top. ¬†I’m not much of a color matching person. ¬†I do alright for clothes but I don’t know.

So this is just a short post to say that if you see things missing, I’m working on that gradually tonight. ¬†I’ll also be putting in new pages to replace the missing widgets at the side bar from before. ¬†I had been wanting to make a change and this theme felt extremely right. ¬†It doesn’t change much from before but I like the colors and its a cute design.

I’ll be working out the appearance and organization in the next day or two. ¬†Feel free to drop me a comment or email, tweet (whatever works for you) to tell me what suggestions you have? I’d love to hear some design layout feedback ūüôā

Posts will still be going up as I have a few Burlington ones planned and a movie review as well!

I’m working hard to make this look prettier, please forgive any problems you may see. ¬†I’m deciding what to keep and give up, but the end goal is to make this better than before ūüôā

Have a great Thursday evening!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Wrap it Up

Wrap it Up is this week’s Writing Challenge. ¬†If you’d like to join or see more entries, please visit them HERE.

Initially, I was going to do this (and had already drafted the beginning of this for the end of the year) to be posted right before New Year’s came by. ¬†But since, ¬†it was brought up in this week’s writing challenge, I don’t think there would be much of a difference anyways. ¬†We’re going to look at stats of 2012, because its been an AMAZING year here. ¬†I’ve commented or “talked” to a lot of people that I’d love to call as my friends on this blogosphere. ¬†Many of you have opened my eyes, some have given me a lot of laughs to get me through the stressful, boring, long days, others have introduced me to movies of all genres. ¬†Its been a fun year running around here.

I started this year, changing my old blogging ways and kicking it up.  I started getting more involved and gradually, things did move uphill.

To wrap up the year, I’m going to do some stats and small facts:

1) Followers (only on WordPress, not other social networks):

2011: 2 –>¬†2012: 204

2) Views (annual totals)

2011: 673 –>¬†2012: 6,394

3) In October, I finally beat my highest daily views of 31 from January 19th, the first day I started on WordPress officially and now, my highest daily views is at 142.

4) Since February 2012, viewers from 88 different countries have visited.  Some of them, my common knowledge does not even know where they are exactly on the globe.  Time to polish up on my world geography!

5) As of late October, I’ve been working hard to expand myself on Twitter and understand how the whole tweeting works. ¬†If anyone has crash courses or tips, please tell me. ¬†Most days I stare at the feeds and wonder how people write all these awesome messages with multiple # and @.

6) I have gone from posting weekly in the beginning of the year and to mid year 2-3 times a week and now I try to post at least daily.

7) Comments:

2011: 0 (around there) –>2012: 824

8) All-time Views: 7,072 (as at 1:09am EST Dec 21, 2012)

9) One of the search engine terms was “Kim (klling) @ Tranquil dreams”. ¬†Isn’t that amazing?

10) This post will be my 257th.  Pretty good, right?

EXTRA: I received 2 awards this year: One Lovely Blog Award and Beautiful Blogger, and a few days ago when I started writing this draft, I had received a 3rd award, which I will post up soon.

It was hard to come up with all that information about my blog. ¬†I realized how much info the stats section provided. Now with just a bit more. ¬†I’d like to introduce you to ¬†my 10 most popular posts in 2012. ¬†Maybe you didn’t follow me back when they were up, feel free to click on the links and take a look.

1. Who, What, When, Where, Why…The Last

2. Pumpkin Inferno

3. About Tranquil Dreams

4. A Word A Week Challenge: Love

5. A Word A Week Challenge: Journey

6. Christmas in Hong Kong

7. When Is It Okay…

8. My FIRST: One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

9. A Word A Week Challenge: Celebration

10. Thanksgiving Dinner: Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Looking at this list, I learned quite a bit about this and what is a good focus for my blog. ¬†I’m surprised at how many people did read my About page. ¬†I actually change it every few months to keep things up to date. ¬†As for A Word A Week Challenge, Sue over at A Word in Your Ear¬†has reblogged the three challenges there and is probably the reason my view count was increased. ¬†A huge THANKS for everyone who has reblogged one of my posts and a huge THANKS for just taking a moment to like and/or comment. ¬†It means a lot that you like what I posted up.

I should wrap it up for real, its getting a bit lengthy.  Since this was posted up earlier, I have decided to give you a view of what to expect in 2013.  I have a few long-term projects I plan on working on, just have a few more details to work out to make it my own original one.  Choices and decisions on the final direction.  You can call them goals or whatnot, but it will open up more segments and over the holidays, I plan on changing the layout (and maybe the theme) to make it easier to navigate.

If there are any comments on my current layout or something you want to see more on the blog or to keep on doing or doing more frequently, feel free to contact me by email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com or send me a tweet or leave a comment below. Its fun to get to know all of you and what you think. ¬†Don’t be shy!

Beautiful Blogger Award!

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Wow! Another award! I just can’t stop thinking about how awesome it feels.

First of all, I’d like to thank¬†http://mridubala.wordpress.com¬†for nominating me for this Beautiful Blogger Award. I absolutely love the short stories on that blog. You definitely should check it out.

Beautiful Blogger Award Rules:

The idea behind the Beautiful Blogger Award is to recognize some of the bloggers we follow for their hard work and inspiration.

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Seven things about me:

1) I am usually great at multitasking but I am incapable of multitasking when I play action video games. ¬†The whole moving your camera angel and shooting simultaneously doesn’t work for me.

2) I always finish what I start. It just feels right to do so.

3) I am frightfully scared of the dark.

4) I cannot be alone with a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie or else I will eat the whole thing in one sitting.

5) The best discovery this year was soy based ice cream.

6) I am in love with the Les Miserables musical and hope to see it live one day (I could watch it on repeat).

7)¬†I’m just (about an hour ago) won the NaNoWriMo Challenge and had the whole word count validated for the first time. ¬†Thats also why this took me more time than usual to post up. ¬†I had to get some way to share it ūüėČ

I would love to nominate these 7 bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award (in no particular order of preference):

Life Out of the Box

Tvor Travels

Cindy Knoke

Oceanbound’s Adventure

The Better Man Project

Lyndamichele

Rarasaur

These blogs are all ones that I love and enjoy. ¬†You definitely should drop by their blogs to check it out. ¬†There’s a whole lot of awesomeness going on for all of them.

A big thank you again to Mridula for the nomination! I appreciate this a lot!

Have a great weekend!