Last month, April 9th 2011, was the first anniversary of this website of mine. On the one hand, a lot of things have been done in the real life since that day which will bring some changes to this site soon.
On the other hand, it took me almost one month to finally post a blog to mark the first year of this website. I couldn’t help but wondering, what to post for my ‘a year in review’ blog?
The challenge lies in being honest with what I have been doing here all these times. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look any further because the answers are right here on this site.
As usual, I’m doing it my own way.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have several categories on this blog and one of them is Do It Yourself. It was inspired by the reason I’m on-line which is ‘to learn by sharing’. Basically, I have learned a lot of things by being on-line such as blogging, web design and photography. Therefore, I do believe in learning new things by sharing and if I can do it, then anybody can do it too.
So far, I have posted 8 blogs under this Do It Yourself category. Most of them are about blogging and the lessons I got by doing it. I have passed some of those lessons but the rest are still a part of an on going process. That is why I decided to use all of them but the last one (I’m using it on a future post) to review the first year of Thesunsetgirl.Com.
First, a blog titled Do It Yourself: In the Beginning. I talked about the reason why I’m on-line as I mentioned above, to learn by sharing. What I gain by blogging which is more than new knowledge and skills. I have also met great people from all over the world and I’m honored to be their friends.
Second, a blog titled Do It Yourself: Building Your Home. I shared why I went to a more serious way of sharing on-line by making my own website. My families – parents and sister – are the main force behind it. They want nothing but seeing me happily doing what I love doing. That is why I always find comfort in their supports despite all the challenges I have to face. They make all these feel like ‘home’.
Third, a blog titled Do It Yourself: Courtesy. I ranted on that blog about a website whose owner posted my picture without asking my permission first. Did it stop right there? Not a chance! As a matter of fact, the main picture used on top of this blog was recently ‘stolen’ by an admin of a Facebook page. He shared that picture of mine on the wall of that page without my permission. I’ll follow up about this on another post.
Fourth, a blog titled Do It Yourself: Sitou Timou Tumou Tou. It is a slogan of my hometown, Manado – North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The meaning is ‘we are blessed to become a blessing to other people’. I wrote about my gratitude for being able to bring blogging into the real life. I started it all by myself and now I can share it with family members and best friends. I am glad to provide a place where they can practice their English.
Fifth, a blog titled Do It Yourself: Finding a Rhythm. It was a blog where I shared about writing my blogs under three main categories. I also mentioned that the inspiration to write comes from within me. I’m grateful for that. It is mostly expressed by the pictures I have taken so far. That is why I need to organize them on my Flickr.
Sixth, a blog titled Do It Yourself: Walk the Talk. This is the only blog showing a lesson I haven’t passed yet. I posted it after Do It Yourself: Finding a Rhythm so it was about writing blogs under my three main categories consistently. I mentioned that I had posted 30 blogs after three months of blogging. After one year, I only managed to post 60 blogs. Do you see where I ‘failed’?
Seventh, a blog titled Do It Yourself: On Moving On. I shared about how I created other pages to learn by sharing on-line by the time this blog was posted. I created more things after that but not all of them are still around. I guess the lesson in this is: no matter how many challenges a.k.a. distractions we face, we are never truly lost if we do it from our hearts. So keep moving!
I hope I will learn more lessons in this second year of my website.
Thank you so much for being here all these times!