Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Looking back on a really weird month of March

Well my friends, its this time again where spend some time looking back on the month that has passed and at the same time sharing some thoughts on everything that has happened during this time. I would say, it's not going to be any different this time around, but at the same time I have to be honest and say that life here in Peru has gotten a lot stranger than I have been used to. I am sure you guys have guessed it already, it is the COVID-19 outbreak I am talking about here. This is a virus that has turned my life upside down in such a way that I am having a hard time recognizing it these days. I would say naturally, this has ended up becoming the somewhat main focus here on the blog as well.

Trust me on this one, I have tried to focus on other topics and write blog posts with different content, but when everything around you is about the outbreak and you are living under a quarantine and curfew regime it's hard not to be overly focused on, to be honest. This you can see on the posts that have been published, 5 out of 7 posts (including this one) are in one way or the other about the current situation. All I am hoping is that this hasn't harmed the blog and my readers, it doesn't look like it, to be honest, because the traffic has gone up. So now when I am looking back on the month of March, I have to say that all in all, it has been a good month, but I am going slowly losing my mind over the mind-numbing isolation.

Another problem that I have been having had to do with my Twitter account because for some weird or unknown reason I am being put on and taken off something called ghost ban. I am not sure why this is happening to me. Yes, I have been debating different political topics, but not in a way that should result in a soft-ban that a ghost ban in reality is. Have to underline the fact that it's not like its end of the world for me in any way shape or form, just frustrating that I cant use Twitter to promote my blog, as I used to do before this happened to me. Despite this issue, my blog seems to be growing and attracting more first time readers than ever before and this might relate to my posts about the COVID-19 virus

On top of everything with the COVID-19 outbreak and the frustrating Twitter situation, my princess and best friend Gin-gin went missing a week before the lockdown went into effect. To be honest, I am not sure how this happened, because one moment she came for a visit at my office and all of a sudden she was gone. You know, like someone took her or something, it's not that I have my theories or ideas on what happened to my beautiful Gin-gin without going any deeper into the details of it. The frustrating part is that I am unable to go out to look for her because of the ongoing lockdown. One thing is for sure, I miss her and extremely worried about her, she isn't used to be on her own.

At the same time, as I wrote in my blog post (Not all are doom and gloom), there has been some glimmer of good things too since we got an extra family member a week time after my Gin-gin vanished. Yes, we have gotten a new cat, but not to replace her in any way, shape or form. We have been talking about finding a friend for our princess and sadly she wasn't here when her friend arrived. Yes, we have gotten a kitten, a male kitten that we have named Thom. He has a lighter red colour than our princess and has an amazing personality. Some kids found him walking around in the area and brought him to us, so now our family has grown with one more member, only hope our beloved Gin-gin returns home soon.

I would without a doubt say that this month has been an extremely weird one in so many ways. Everything from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, to my ghost ban on Twitter to my princess disappearing on me. At the same time, do feel I have had a productive month and I hope it will spill over into April because I have big plans for the next four weeks when it comes to content for my blog. Won't be many new photos, since I can't go out, but hopefully many new posts and not just about the COVID-19 virus and my isolation situation. There are several posts planned for the coming week or two that I hope you guys will enjoy and that you will help me spread the good word.

All in all, have to say that I have had a good month. As said, I have been relatively productive with my now 7 blog posts, the traffic to my blog has increased and life is good even though we live in lockdown and that my best friend is missing. Those two things are something I have no control over, sadly. Anyway, I guess its time for me to wrap this attempt of rambling up. If I don't stop myself I can keep on forever, to be honest. At least I hope you have enjoyed my look back on the month of March and if you did, why not check me out on social media? You find me on Twitter (Jack BowlerSr) and Instagram (Beyond our Horizon), you can also support my blog through Ko-fi (Jack Bowler Sr).

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