2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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90,000 hits!

How has this happened?

How have I managed to lure in 90,000 hits to my blog?

Okay – it seems that cups of English tea have helped along the way… I’m not joking (I check my stats and how they find me).

 

I’ve been really ‘absent’ recently. I just haven’t had time to post – but my stats keep going up? How is that possible?

I really need to get some new stuff on the blog though.

 

Inspiration…

I need inspiration.

 

Bear with me people! More will come soon!

Dancing Through Life

So, my niece is also a blogger…. A recent discovery of mine, but one I want to share with my readers too.

Francesca is really keen on snapshots and photos – it’s quite different from my blog, but take a look and see what you think.

Read it here.

What did you think, guys?

Preparing for my BIG GAY 10K

I used to hate long distance running. I would watch runners go past and envy the fact that they could do it – and wondered why they liked it.

Strangely enough that all changed earlier this year. I had heard about an App for my phone which could help you get from ‘couch potato’ to a runner (possibly good enough for the Olympics… okay, I can dream).

I have stuck to the challenges and kept running a few times a week (once every two days when I’m being really good).

A friend of mine in London posted information about the first Big Gay 10K in London on Facebook and I was hooked…

A real challenge for me. Will you support me? Here’s my page.

What have I got myself into? The next thing I knew I was signing up for my very first ‘proper’ run. I am currently running distances of 3-4K. The 10K might just finish me off…

Here I am – Looking my most sporty….

I have set up a Just Giving page so that you can track my progress and see if I am still alive. Of course, I’ll be blogging more about it here too.

In short – this is what it’s all about.

  • It’s the FIRST ever Big Gay 10k run in London.
  • The run takes place on 30th September 2012.
  • The 10k has been put together to raise money for some of the UK’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender health and well-being charities.
  • The charities organising the event are London Friend and PACE.
  • The route will go along the River Thames – It means I get to run past icons like the London Eye, Tate Modern, Big Ben and Westminster! Fab!
  • You’re allowed to RUN it, WALK it, MINCE it…
  • It’s a great excuse to get my legs out.
  • I may not make it to October…

I would love it if you took the time to check out my Just Giving page – You may even like to make a small donation for the wonderful charity. (That’s the easy bit – I’ll be the one running around London in September).

20 things that make me happy

Life can be so simple if you allow it to be. There are so many things which make me happy, but these are the best ones.

In no particular order…..

  1. Waking up on Saturday morning (there’s nothing quiet like it)
  2. Bas. Spending my life with him makes me happier than I’ve ever been
  3. Arriving home when it’s been pouring down. Putting on the heating and curling up on the sofa
  4. Cadbury’s chocolate (the English cadbury’s)
  5. Opening birthday and Christmas cards from my mum
  6. Buying new clothes
  7. Packing for a holiday
  8. Visiting new countries
  9. Watching favourite films on the sofa with Bas (The Holiday, Love Actually, 27 Dresses, Devil Wears Prada)
  10. Getting emails/messages from old friends
  11. Organising trips away (especially the ones to the UK)
  12. Christmas with the family
  13. Walks in forests (I LOVE that smell)
  14. Snow, especially when the sky is blue and the sun is shining on the fresh snow
  15. My cats, Fudge and Cooper
  16. The first day of the summer holiday (every year I am amazed at how good it feels) – the joys of teaching
  17. Finally being able to speak Dutch with confidence
  18. The Eurovision Song Contest and counting down to it (this starts 6 months before the actual show)
  19. Listening to music on iTunes
  20. Bike rides

Looking back at my list there aren’t many which need a lot of money. Just to show that you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy life.

Jumbled Jittery January

2012…. How did that creep up on us all so quickly?

I am still recovering from the shock that Christmas arrived and went by in a flash. I’ve almost finished my Christmas chocolates. How many days has it been since that lovely day with the family? More to the point – How many days are there until next Christmas?

I’d better get my Christmas list ready…. (just kidding)

I’ve not been blogging very much recently. I have lots of excuses (all good ones). Here are a few:

  • I am such a popular boy – I have to deal with my fans.
  • I’ve been in England for two weeks and was unable to blog.
  • I enjoyed Christmas with family and great friends.
  • Work has been manic.
  • I’ve been hit by the old ‘wordlessness’. Eeeeek.

But – Fear not! I am back and aim to keep you all entertained with fresh and funny little treasures over the next few months.

Keep you eyes peeled – I’ll be making you all smile soon.

J x

I’ve got my QR code

I barely even knew what a QR code was a few months ago. But – after seeing these odd squares with black and white checkerboard patterns inside I became curious.

These odd barcodes are everywhere! I see them at tram stops, in magazines and on shop windows.

Good old google explained all.

They’re called Quick Response codes

If you have a ‘smartphone’ then you can download an app which will scan these new-style barcodes, a matrix code – QR codes. You can read more about QR codes here.

And…

Here is the code for my blog ‘One Life’.

Feel free to share it with someone. Don’t tell them where it will take them if they scan it – sometimes a little mystery is good.