Thursday, 30 April 2020

Looking back on month of April, a life in lockdown

Well, my friends, we have now gotten to that point in time where I spend some time together with you guys looking back on the month that has passed and at the same time share some thoughts on what has been and what's ahead for us. It's not going to be any different this time around. I do love my “new” beginnings small and big. I am weird that way, but when I look back on April I can't say anything but the fact that it has been a good month. Things have been good and we as a family are doing good. So if I ignore the fact that we are living under a lockdown regime, we have no real reason to complain about our lives. Things could have been so much worse than it is.

There is no doubt about the fact that we are living in stranger times and it seems to be sticking around for a good while into the future as well. If I am going to be completely honest here, the only real thing I want to complain about is the isolation. I do feel like a prisoner in my own home and I can promise you its not a pleasant feeling. I have never in my life felt the need to go outside as much as I do right now and this does affect my blog in so many ways as well. I do have problems focusing on more “harder” topics and its frustrating for me that I am unable to go outside to go photo hunting. Because of this, I have to reuse the photos I have on my computer, but this is luxury problems as I see it.

I am not going to dwell that much more on the COVID-19 situation we are in, we get enough of that when it comes to the news. Just wanted to get it out of my system in a way, but this is a situation that has had a big impact on my productivity related to my blog. 50 days or so in lockdown seems to have that effect on me. At the same time, I have plans for a walk to the store late next week and when I do my camera will join me on my journey. I need to get out and look around, but not going to risk anything for a few photos. So when I look back on April, I have published 4 posts (5 with this one), been growing quite a bit on social media (for the most part on Twitter). I have been almost completely unbanned the entire month.

Actually, its the first month in the entire history of my Twitter account where I haven't been on and off a complete shadow ban and this has had a positive effect on my statistics. At the same time, my blog seems to be growing day by day. Thanks to my improved situation on Twitter I can reach new readers through my tweets and growing numbers of followers. That's never a bad thing in my book, to be honest. Throughout April I have gained something like 46 new ones. I know, in the grand scheme of things it's not much, but with my number of followers its almost a 50% growth. I know it might seem silly, but for May I have a goal of reaching 250 (standing at 165 right now).

At the same time, I am looking at opening my own online store. Nothing big, just offering for sale things like t-shirts, hoodies and similar products. Not sure how this will kick off, but do hope to have it ready by the end of the month. I do look at it as a potential fun project, at least the part of trying to design my products. Another thing is that I have plans for moving away from typical COVID-19 type of content and back to my normal ones, like top 5 lists, starting to walk down my why I became a expat road and in general expat related articles. I do think this will be a healthy move for my blog. I am also thinking about opening up a pure photo and video blog, not to forget getting my YouTube channel up and running.

I do believe its about time for me to move on and expand my horizon on projects I work on, but my main focus will always stay on my blog. Try my best to improve my content. I am fully aware of the fact that its not a top tier type of blog and neither is my English, but I am having fun while doing it. There is some sad news in all of this, my best friend and princess Gin-gin are still missing. She hasn't come home yet, but I have kinda lost hope she ever will return. The straw that I am clinging to right now is that she has found a new and safe home on her journey, at least we have our new family member with us. He weird part is that he is turning more and more into a male copy of Gin-gin.

Anyway, all in all, I would say that we have had a good month. There have been a few bumps in the road, but we are the lucky ones in many ways. There are so many who has it so much worse than us. Our problems are of the minor type, I still have my job, we have a place to live, food to eat and my office fully up and running. If things go really bad, we have my family-in-law to retreat to, just in case. All I am hoping for is that this will blow over sooner than later. I am tired of being stuck on this roof 24/7. I guess its time for me to wrap things up and get it ready for my blog. Just wanted to do my usual end of the month type of blog post and I do hope you guys enjoyed it. Not the most exciting update, but its at least a blog post!

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