Happy Canada Day!

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgIt’s July 1st, and that means it’s Canada birthday. In 1867, Canada achieved its independence from the British Empire. Now, we celebrate it with fireworks, barbecues, and beer. Sounds remarkably similar to the American Independence Day.

To all my Canadian readers, friends, and family, Happy Canada Day! We don’t do anything special for it here in Japan, but I talked about it as much as I could with students today.

Canada, I’ll see you next year.

Have You Lived in More than One Country?

I’m from Canada, but I’ve been living in Japan since 2005. When we move to Canada next year, I will have been in Japan nearly 11 years.

Living in another country can give you a different perspective on many things. You learn about different cultures, languages, and food. And you can also learn more about your own country from outside. I have a very different perspective on Canada now, and I can appreciate it more, as well as see where the problems are more clearly. I feel like I want to get more involved in things in Canada. I also want to travel a lot in Canada.

How about you? Where are you from and where have you lived? What did you learn when you lived abroad?

Month in Review – June 2015

June was an interesting month for stats. There was no upward or downward trend at all. It was pretty flat. It was probably my most consistent month yet without many big ups and downs. I made two posts a day as usual, though with four extra.  The increase in followers is also pretty consistent. It’s now up to 965, an increase of 47.

June Stats

As I said before, the daily stats were pretty consistent in June. Nothing surprising.  20 out of 30 days reached 100 views with an average that was exactly the same as May’s average of 104 per day. The busiest day was June 16th with 140 views. There were 3,112 views in June, which is the 9th month in a row to surpass 2,000, and it’s the 4th time over 3,000. The total views at the end of June were 44,816. There were 64 posts in June, to bring it to a total of 1,119 posts.

The month ended with 7,319 comments, with 528 coming in June.

The top 10 countries were:

  1. United States (1,773 views)
  2. Canada (401 views)
  3. United Kingdom (213 views)
  4. Japan (179 views)
  5. India (72 views)
  6. Australia (58 views)
  7. Singapore (29 views)
  8. Germany (27 views)
  9. Netherlands (24 views)
  10. Philippines (23 views)

Top Posts

The top 5 most popular posts made in the month of June were quite surprising. Authors Answer was strong! They were:

  1. Authors Answer 31 – Our Projects (59 views)
  2. Authors Answer 32 – Controversy (57 views)
  3. Do You Know Anything About Canada? (57 views)
  4. Authors Answer 34 – Writing Software (56 views)
  5. Life in Japan: What Japan Needs From Canada (50 views)

My most popular post written before June was my only viral post INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 513 views. This is up from last month.

Here are some posts that I think you should read. They’re good, and deserve more comments and views!


There were no reviews posted in June. The books I’m reading are long, so I’m nowhere near finished them. I really need to make more time to read.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,705 followers, which is an increase of 42.  I follow 2,667, which is up by 15. I finished with 7,090 tweets, with 120 coming in June.

On YouTube, I uploaded no videos in June.  I have 38 subscribers, which is up by 1.  The month ended with 7,955 views, which is a small increase of 116. I’ll be making a lot more videos coming soon with some focused content.

Looking Ahead to July

This month will see the revival of my 365 Rotations blog, as well as the beginning of another blog that’ll feature my photography. I’ll also start adapting the Life in Japan series of posts to video.

As far as writing goes, I should be able to have parts 4-6 of Journey to Ariadne finished and critiqued, and they may all be up by the end of the month.

Blogging will continue strongly. I’d like to make a push with my Quick Facts series, adding more moons, while starting with the geography. Also expect some good content regarding worldbuilding. I will also continue with the Instagram photo polls, which I hope you will all vote in. Probably no book reviews, though. Also, Authors Answer should be interesting this month.

Lots to come in July! I’m looking forward to a lot of comments and great conversation.