A note of Thanks

Looks like this week is a week of milestones ūüôā I got a trophy from WordPress. follow Yay!!! ¬†I have got a 1000 followers. Being my only social interaction platform, I have found that WP is a nice and cool place to hangout. I have made friends here, found that¬†one answer I was looking for to make my peace, have my share of daily laughs, share my love of everything with others, follow a lot of cool, exciting and wonderful people, learn something or the other daily, you name it. It has been a very enjoyable ride so far and promises to be so in the future too. As I had mentioned in my About, I did have a¬†blog in Google which was my own way of handling some tough times I was going through, but when my friend¬†suggested that I start a new one only for my views on books and movies, a way to share our ideas and suggestions for books (we are from different cities), I chose WP and from then on there is no looking back. But it sort of branched out to include my love of photography and well, you know how its going. For all the support, confidence, encouragement that I have received from the WP community, from each and every one of you (old, new, longtime friends, followers, visitors, viewers : everyone),¬†IMG_2803 These words may not exactly tell you how much I appreciate your visits, follow and comments, but these words are all I have.

As a giveback here¬†is a short list of¬†some wonderful bloggers and these are in no particular order (except for ascending order of the names) and I chose only 30 (out of a very big list) for this post, wishing and hoping that others don’t mind. Do check them out.

Apple Pie and Napalm
Bente Haarstad Photography
Everyday Adventures
Experiments with Card Making
Half a Photograph
Harsh Reality
J D Kittles Photography
Jim Holroyd
Keep Picturing
Leanne Cole Photography
Life Confusions
Life in Progress
Lignum Draco
Lunch Sketch
Maverick Mist
Northwest Frame of Mind
Pat Callahan Photography
Penguin Ponderings
Roberto Cabral
Stephen G Hipperson
Steve Says
Tarnished Sophia
The Mirror
Vic Briggs
Wandering Iris
We stutter and we don’t care

¬†Thank you once again to all and Happy Blogging and Keep Smiling ūüôā ¬†¬†

Islands I never knew – Thanks to Stats

One of the interesting things of checking out the ‘Stat’s page of WordPress, apart from the¬†views, visitors and the count is the ‘Countries’. My eyes always go there first to check if there is a country which is unknown to me. I know that when people use proxy’s (like me, when I am at work) it would always show a different country from the one they are actually browsing. So there is no definite way to figure out anything based on the country data. It is still¬†a piece of information. Once in a while I get to see a few new countries which haven’t been in the list till then. Out of the lot, so far, there have been two countries which I did not even know existed. ¬†Not that I knew about the rest in depth. But at least I had heard their names somewhere sometime, so they weren’t alien to me.

a) Guernsey: A wee island in the English Channel and not part of the European Union.

b) Réunion: A French island in the Indian Ocean and part of the European Union.

For the visitors and viewers from these two islands, I¬†am glad that you made the visit in turn¬†letting me learn about your country. Are there any countries in your ‘Stats’ that you found interesting or you didn’t know they existed ?