Sunday, 30 August 2020

Looking back on month of August, back in lockdown

Well, my awesome friends, it does look like we now are back at that time of the month again where I sit down to spend some quality time together with you guys looking back at the month that has passed and at the same time share some thoughts on what has been and what's ahead for us or more like my plans for the upcoming month both online and offline. This has kinda become a tradition for me and my blog and I am not about to make any changes, no matter how tempting it is to do so this time around. I will be getting back to this later in the post, but I can say it for several reasons, to be honest. As I am looking back at August I would say it has been a super weird one at best.

I am not a guy that complains a lot, but when I am looking back at the month August I have to say it didn't turn out as I had hoped or planned for when going in. When it comes to the blog side of things, I would say I had a good start writing and publishing no less than two blog posts pretty much the first week (I have nowbeen living in Peru for 4 years) and (Looks like we are moving to anew place, next week), but from then on and out things kinda went sour in away. If there is one thing I am really happy about when it comes to my blog and my other online “projects” it has to be the statistics.

Looking at the statistics for my blog for the entire month it had no less than 2300 clicks with days with over 120 clicks per day and that is for me pretty good. Not to forget a new record in the history of my blog. It's up with almost 500 clicks from July. When it comes to Twitter I would say it has been yet another good month. I never managed to reach my initial goal of 600 followers but did manage to grow to 455 after a long period of stagnation. Where I yet again have completely failed my Facebook pages, but still had a small growth. At the same time, I do not have any reason to complain about my online statistics since there are more or less a steady growth in general and its still just a hobby of mine.

As of the end of August, I am still working on getting my YouTube channels up and running, the one that most likely will go live first is my gaming channel (Gaming with Jack) where the plan is to focus on live streaming of GTA Online and other games that I do enjoy. The reason for this is that I have gotten my PlayStation 4 or this one is a pro version of the console. All I need to get this to go live is a half-decent microphone and a simple to use editing software. The only question now is when I am going live with my first stream, but this is not something that will be my main focus. This is somewhat in the future anyway!

As I am now talking about the future and my plans, this month I have to stay focused and at least publish 1 to 1,5 blog posts per week. First one out is a top 5 post on “documentary” YouTube videos about Peru or more like my top 5 favourite YouTube videos on or about Peru. I always get so excited about videos on my beloved Peru made by YouTubers that I subscribe too. From there I have plans on returning to the COVID-19 situation here in Peru and some “shocking” news or development when it comes to this in my own personal life! Not going into more details about this right now, but we are on something I like to call as a soft lockdown right now.

There is no hiding it, we are in a bad place when it comes to this virus and from what I can see from official numbers we are the worst-hit country in the world right now where we are closing up to a 1000 deaths per million and we are closing up to that number fast. So the response from the government is that they have put in place a curfew. Where stores have to close at a set time that kinda varies from day to day, but on Sundays, everything is completely closed. The public has to stay indoors between 8 am to 4 pm, but again no one is allowed to go outside on Sundays. On top of it, it's not allowed to have parties or gathering of people, not even for a funeral. If this works? Didn't last time around.

Anyway, as I mentioned in my blog post (Looks like weare moving to a new place, in a week) we have moved into our new place, gotten settled in and really enjoying our new situation. To be honest, I hadn't seen the place so I had no idea until the moving day and looking back at it its not much for me to complain about because I am loving it. The place is bigger and has a much higher standard. The only downside I can think of is that my office is a lot smaller. I think my office is like a third of the size or something around that and I do not have the same privacy in a sense. Not that I am complaining about it because I love the house we are living in now, but the next step is for us to build our own.

One thing that has created problems for me is an infection I have had in my elbow for the past couple of weeks and that has given me some issues writing on my computer. At times it has been really painful, but it seems to finally get better. There always has to be something, again not that I am complaining but I have had more than enough just to focus on my work. With that said, now that we have gotten settled into our new home I am looking into the future and planning what to do next. There is so much I want to do and especially when it comes to my blog and the website plans that I carrying around on, but right now I need to focus on my blog and social media.

So as tradition goes I have set some goals for myself with my online projects. When it comes to Twitter I want to reach my 600 goals from August, I will focus more on promoting my blog on that platform and tweet more about topics that relate to my expat lifestyle and less about politics, but that's hard now that there is a presidential election in the US coming up in a couple of months. When it comes to my Facebook pages, that's something I really need to focus a lot more on because that's a platform that I have more or less been ignoring these past few months. At the same time, I want to start working on my first video for my YouTube channel since it's just sitting there gathering dust!

Well, I guess its time for me to wrap this post up and get it to read for my blog. It has gotten way longer than I had plans for when I got started working on it. For some odd reason, this always happens to me. It's weird in many ways. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed my post and if you did, why not check me out on social media? You can find me on Twitter (Jack White Sr), on Facebook (Beyond the Horizon) and (Jack White Sr), on Instagram (Beyond ourHorizon) and on YouTube (Beyond the Horizon 2.0) At the same time you can support my work through donating a cup of coffee through Ko-fi (Jack White Sr). You do not need to donate, would appreciate it if you just shared my posts and thing like that!


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