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Random on a Saturday – 14/03/2015

I know I said last week I was going to start a new feature called This Week in Pictures but ha! I’ve changed my mind (I’m prone to that kind of thing). I woke up this morning with vague memories of a random-type post that I used to write here, and even vaguer memories that it was usually on a Saturday (or a Tuesday but I’m doing my Snapshot posts on Tuesdays, so that’s taken).

Being too lazy to look it up, I’ve decided to just go ahead with it.

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Woke up to a bit of a puzzle this morning. The WordPress app on my phone had sent me a notification that my stats were going through the roof (there was something about things going “boom” but I can’t remember the exact wording). Since there’s nothing at all on this blog that could possibly send my stats going through the roof, I checked the app and discovered that I was somehow getting all this traffic from Google News.

Of course, it’s impossible to figure out exactly why I was on Google News, since the links on there keep changing. But the really puzzling thing is that all the people Google News was sending my way were landing on my home page, rather than to any particular blog post. Google News only links to posts and articles on specific sites, rather than to sites themselves, so how was this happening?

I’ll probably never figure it out. On the bright side, people seemed to have liked what they saw, as most of them clicked through to read 2.48 pages. Yes.

Update: I should probably mention that to WordPress, “stats going through the roof” seems to be all relative.  So if you normally get a couple of hits a day, and it sees ten visitors in two hours, it will interpret this as your stats going through the roof. At least, that’s how it seems to have been working in my case – my “stats explosion” didn’t even get into triple digits!

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Filing this under “it figures”, I was all set to read Pet Sematary today while waiting for Dylan to finish his dance classes (on Saturday afternoons, I am there for three and a half hours) and my Kobo ran out of juice. I can’t fathom how this happened, because I checked the battery gauge before I packed the darn thing, and it was nearly full. If it hadn’t been, I would have taken the charger with me. So I ended up having to do some work instead.

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This week’s photos

(Thought I’d sneak this in here, which will then also save me the trouble of scrambling around for a graphic for this post.)

Photo 2015-03-08, 1 25 31 PM

Photo 2015-03-08, 4 23 22 PM

Photo 2015-03-08, 1 25 47 PM

The first two photos were taken last Sunday on our walk back from the ballet. The last picture was taken on our way there. I thought the book-reading demon‘s shadow looked so eerie.

This Week in Pictures #1

I like the idea of taking pictures every day. On a practical writerly level, I think it  will hone my observation skills. And on an intentional level, I can’t help but feel it will help me to be in the moment, because as I’m looking around, observing, my mind’s got to stop its usual chitter chatter so I can focus on where I am and what’s around me.

So one of my intentions this year was to take more pictures. But I haven’t had much success. I tried a couple of different things. Like Shuttercal, where you’re supposed to upload one picture a day. Total failure, that. Now I just get emails from Shuttercal gently reminding me I haven’t been uploading anything.

Then I tried the Collect app, reasoning that maybe an app would be the ideal solution for me, since I’m on my phone so much every day anyway.

That didn’t work either.

So this is my last-ditch resort. I’m going to experiment with a weekly feature called This Week in Pictures (so original, I know) where I inflict my bad iPhone photography on you post pictures here once a week to keep me accountable to my intention to take more pictures (and be more present and all that).

And rather than being all Project Life and stuff, I’d like to take pictures of the world around me -unusual things that catch my eye. I don’t know how well that will work out, though.

Since I just came up with this idea today, I actually only have one picture for this first post (I told you I wasn’t doing well with my picture-taking intentions!).

So to make up for the lack of photos, I wrote a lot of words instead. Everyone is probably used to such behaviour from me by now.

Here’s this week in (one) picture:

Creeper with book

I took this last night. Creeper just looked so adorable lying there next to The Gift of Rain, which the book-reading demon is currently reading.