A Look Back at 2015

Every year, WordPress gives each blog a year in blogging page. It’s not as thorough as my monthly reviews, but it’s interesting nevertheless. Take a look at my 2015 year in blogging.

So, I had around 37,000 views, and my best day had 250 views. And there have been posts every single day of the year. Not only that, 2 posts a day at least! What I set out to do this year, I achieved in terms of blogging. It was my biggest year in terms of views, comments, and posts.

I always make a monthly post on my top commenters. Well, looking at the year in blogging, the top commenters are stomperdad (467), Joanne Corey (345), S. R. Carrillo (313), Thomas Weaver (208), and H. Anthe Davis (166).

It was a slow year for reading, though. I only finished 10 books. I’ll do another post regarding these after I’m no longer in the company of in-laws. But the last two days proved that I can read more than 10% of a long book in just a couple hours. So, there’s no reason why I can’t make 2016 a much bigger year in reading. All I need to do is spend an hour or two reading every day, which I think I could easily do. We’ll see how that goes.

I had a big writing event this year, and that was the A to Z Challenge. I completed it successfully, writing a very short story for each letter of the alphabet in the Ariadne universe early after colonisation. I even made it into a chronological series of loosely connected stories. I think I’ll collect them all and put them on my official author’s page in the new year.

And so, this post marks the final post of 2015. May 2016 bring another few hundred posts and even bigger things. And I have some big things coming up. I have an international book project to start up in January, an interview on a podcast sometime in the new year, an international move in March, and a big return to writing after April. So, look forward to it!

How was your 2015?

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Ninety Days to Canada

It’s now only ninety days until we go to Canada. It’s getting so close, it’s finally feeling real. One of the biggest real things happened today.

We sent five boxes of things to Canada. We’ll send more another time, but this is just the first part of our actual physical move. They should take about two months to arrive in Canada. Much of what we sent were some clothes, some personal use things, our daughter’s hina dolls, and twenty-nine of my books.

As for sending my books, I’ll probably only get to send about half of them, while the other half is either thrown away or sold to Book-Off, which I discovered has an English section near where we live. Some of the books I’ll try to sell include Harry Potter, some Terry Brooks books, Terry Pratchett books, and some others. I can easily buy them again in Canada. Some others I hope to take are some of my Japanese textbooks. I have to remember that I can take two checked suitcases and a carry-on bag, and so can both my wife and daughter. My daughter has a lot of toys, but not all of them are coming with us.

One thing my daughter needs to do when we arrive in Canada is get registered for kindergarten. She also needs to get used to speaking English. She’s been making big strides recently with English, and has been using a lot more than she used to. She still speaks mostly Japanese, though.

Well, I hope everyone’s having a good holiday season. One more post this year, and that’ll be it until January 1st!