Blogging – Second Anniversary

Two years ago, I wasn’t quite sure what actually is blogging.

Towards the end of 2011, around Christmas, a friend of mine started blogging in Chinese and showed me her blog.

Without thinking much about it, I started blogging on 1st January, 2012 and have continued ever since – it has now become a part of my retirement life.

My initial thought was that I would write something everyday and therefore I called my first ever blog ” Retiree Diary”.DSCF3351A

I soon found it was almost impossible; I didn’t have that much to write.

Even if I am able to do it, I doubt whether it would attract a lot of readers.

The blog has since evolved to be more like a photo blog showing pictures of my travels – I am glad that I am able to combine my interests in photography, writing and travels. This perhaps is a gift from God.

I am also glad that I have met so many friends on the way and have received so much support and encouragement from them; many of whom I have also been communicating.

To express my gratitude and appreciation of all the support and encouragement; I am sharing a negative of  an image of the maple leaves which I took while visiting South Korea in November. Please enjoy  and Happy New Year!

231 thoughts on “Blogging – Second Anniversary

    • Hi twoscamps, I have also enjoyed your post and photos very much. Many thanks for the continued support and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi, I have started reading your book but must admit I have not gone too far. I notice some character in the book has a surname of Le which sounds like my surname Lai ( could be the same in Chinese writing). In fact, I understand my Dad (passed away) said he was born in Vietnam where my grandpa was doing business. Happy New Year and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Many thanks for regularly reading my blog – I am flattered by your comment. My English is only functional, for this reason, I have kept the writings short. Happy New Year and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi lingervisions, you must be one of those whom I have followed and be inspired since I started blogging. Many thanks for the continued support. Many thanks again and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Hi Irene, you are one of the top commenter for my posts – thank you very much for that. I hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

  1. Happy New Year, Michael! Your amazing photography and writings have truly inspired us. Looking forward to reading your posts this year and beyond. Warmest wishes from simple cherishes!

    • Many thanks for your kind words. Time really flies, we are now in 2014 and the Chinese Lunar New Year is only a month away! Many thanks for your continued support and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

  2. Hi Michael,

    Like you I thought I would write every day but haven’t found the time. How is it we are busier as retirees than when we worked? I always enjoy your photography and sometimes you give me ideas. Keep up posting them and also write when you have a chance.

    My blog, also a travel blog, was originally intended to document our trips as we were traveling. I found our days are full and I am too tired to write at night while traveling. My solution? Write when I get home. Since we are moving to Chile, I am also shifting my blog to include our expat adventures.


    • Hi Wooly, I also find it difficult to write while travelling, especially, when visiting places where you have no efficient access to the internet. As you do, I used to come home and write. It is interesting that you are moving to Chile – I look forward to perusing your post on this country and your experience. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

  3. And happy new year to you as well. I remember connecting with you when we were both quite new to blogging. Like you, I have evolved what I do since then, and like you, I am grateful for all the benefits this activity has brought me. Aren’t we fortunate, to have this means of sharing our interests with others?

    • Hi icelandpenny, blogging is indeed a great means of sharing our interest / experience with others. I remember very well following your blog – I still do. Many thanks for the continued support and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi, while I don’t write everyday, I feel happy to peruse others’ blog, to be inspired how others take their photos – and dreaming of visiting other places in other writer’s blog. Blogging has indeed become a ritual for me too. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi Rusha, you are one of my top 5 commenters. I must thank you for all the support you have afforded me. It has indeed been a great encouragement. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR, MICHAEL! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF BLOGGING!!! Enjoy your photographs very much and like to ‘travel’ with you. God bless you for visiting my blog and reading my posts as well! We don’t know what is in store for us for 2014 but know that our lives and our very breath are in the hands of God as we put our trust in Him.

    • Hi Liz, I was a religious person when I was young. In my retirement, I hope to become more religious again and hoping that God will guide me, my family and my friends in the years to become. There are many moments, I feel powerless and I have to put my trust in God. Happy New year!

    • Michael, there’s nothing religious you need to do, but only continue to believe in God and put your life in His hands. He will faithfully guide you and bless you. And if your friends and family will do the same, He will bless them likewise! Read Acts 16:31; Romans 10:13. See you in 2014!

    • Hi Liz, you are right, you don’t need to do things particularly to be become religious. As advised, I read the passage in Romans. Many thanks! M8ichael

    • Hi Elisa, many thanks for the continued support. Yes, here’s to another year of travels, writing and friendship. I feel very blessed to be able to “meet” so many friends in WordPress!

  5. The intense blue is the actual color of maples there or did you Photoshop/touch-up the photographs? Very pretty and vivid.

    • Hi, this is the negative of one of the photos I took while travelling to South Korea last November. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi travelerlynn, I remember following your blog when I first started – I still do – and always inspired by your posts. I hope I could also travel to those countries you visited too. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • My present family, taichi, calligraphy and Spanish lessons commitment have reduced my time available for travelling / photography. Many thanks and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi, I still don’t know how to change parts of photo to a different color – I am still a dummy in using Photoshop. All I know is to change to sepia, B&W and negative. happy New year to you too!

  6. Thank you so much for visiting my blog site and liking my post. I have started to blogging only since a few months. Though I don’t have much time and English is my second foreign language, I find it is worthy to do it. No matter how many views I can attract, I will try to keep on posting. Just like the title of your blog, it is kind of a diary.
    Happy new year and looking forward to see more nice posts of you!

    • Hi, you are welcome, if you treat it as a diary, a means of self expression and writing it at least to yourself – you are already achieving something. Happy New Year and hope to share something more interesting in the year ahead 🙂

    • Hi, because of other commitments I may not be travelling that frequent this year. Hope my posts will not be disappointing. Happy New year to you too!

  7. Happy New Year Michael !
    You certainly made the right decision with your blog !
    One doesn’t always needs much words to say something , what you share is so inspirational and you make an impact!
    Looking forward to reading your blog .
    thank you and my best wishes for the New Year .
    Evangelia (My real name !)

    • Hi Evangelia, you have a very special name, I suppose it means something good. You are so right, you demonstrate so well your talent in your post. Thanks for the kind comment – I feel flattered. Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

  8. Michael, after like yourself experimenting with blogging I have been very remiss about posting. Did it really to check out the process as I teach IT to Seniors ie over 55’s who missed out on learning about the digital age. Have since blogged for a couple of EU projects eg . After following 3 or 4 blogs yours is the one I still have time to follow as it also serves as an example for learners and an inspiration to them that life does not stop after retirement! Happy 2nd anniversary and all the Best for 2014.

    • Hi, I have almost missed out on IT. We used punch cards then magnetic cards etc. Then we were spoilt by secretaries who did most of our word processing / spread sheets/ powerpoints. You are so right, retirement doesn’t mean that you stop learning – it is just the beginning of a new phase. Many thanks for the continued support. happy New year to you and yours too!

    • Hi TouringNH, I am happy with so many comments on this post. I well know my readers do care about me ( as they did when a super hurricane was approaching last Summer too). The number of comments I got is just unbelievable. Many thanks and Happy New Year to you and yours !

    • Hi Carol, I hope to show at least one more post on abandoned homes. I have a feeling that my blog has now reached its peak – hope I am not correct. Many thanks for the continued support. happy New year to you and yours !

    • Hi amras88, glad that you said that. I hope my readers can travel vicariously with me and like the things that I saw and photographed. You are always welcome. Best wishes for the coming year!

  9. Keep it up 🙂 I enjoy it a lot. Retirement might be end for working on a job, but I believe it’s the beginning for exploring yourself and the world again.

    Happy new year!!

  10. Obviously blogging agrees with you and provides an opportunity for you to share your lovely photos that are part of your life experience. Many of us enjoy what you see.

  11. Hello, it’s been wonderful seeing your pictures for as long as I’ve been following your blog. There’s a great deal of positive energy in the spirit of your pictures which definitely emanates from you. Best wishes and looking forward to more posts year after year!

    • Hi, hope we will have a more positive year in 2014. Many instances, I have to tell myself that I have to be positive and hope that those influence by me would feel the same way. Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year to you too.
    The great thing about blogging is that it evolves into something we never imagined. I look forward to reading some more of your posts 🙂

  13. Happy New Year! I have enjoyed your blog in 2013 and look forward to more in 2014. Congratulations – blogging for two years is quite an accomplishment! 😀

    • Many thanks for praying to the Lord for me. Sometimes, I feel I need that strength to continue what I have been doing during my retirement. Best wishes and Happy New Year!

  14. Michael, Hi recently started my own blog. Like you, I thought I would treat it somewhat like a diary, or journal. However, it is taking a different shape. I found your blog just a few days ago, and I appreciated your photos and comments very much. Thanks for posting them.

    • Hi Deb, think blogs do evolve, I am glad that it has evolved to a form which both my readers and myself like. I hope your blog is also going in that direction too. Many thanks for your perusal and Happy New Year!

  15. This aquamarine hue often graces various elements of Chinese and Chinese-inspired arts, pottery, fabrics, etc. It is one of my most favorites. I love the joy it brings to my heart!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    • Hi, you must have a deep knowledge of Chinese arts. Indeed, the color represents graciousness and bliss and appear on many objects of Chinese arts. Many thanks for your continued support and comment. Happy New Year!

  16. As a child, living in Southern California, my father would take me to the Chinese district in Los Angeles with all of its fascination, colorfulness and wonderful mandarin cuisine. Through university I studied the various Asian histories, arts, etc. Asian studies, philosophies, arts, are a part of my daily life. I feel that the architecture, pottery, calligraphy, textiles, gardens and philosophies are all a very integral part of my everyday being. Your narratives of your Asian travels and photography of such elements brings me great joy and fascination!!!!! Happy New Year to you as well!!!!!!!

    • As a child, we were brought up with a lot of Western influence, both in culture and in religion. I would jeered at things which represent old Chinese culture. With age, there seems to be a swing back, to cherish more of the fine things in the old Chinese culture and arts. This is one of the reasons for studying Chinese calligraphy during retirement. I am glad that you like arts / cultures of other countries that much. Regards, Michael

    • I understand!!!! With the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the destroying of the things the wealthy Chinese could afford, the communist movement, which has many Taoist elements, the Chinese individual living in China and Communist politics, were “re-socialized” demanding and instilling great fear of life. Thus “socialized” according to the politics of the time and your time. Through the Chinese politics through the ages, whether it was Confucianism, Legalist, wars, etc. the people are forced to transform through the draconian measures of political wars of the times. It is wonderful to have as one’s heritage of the various expressions of the refined “Chinese mind” through the various “ages” and “arts” as a legacy. I certainly understand the hardships of the Chinese people trying to bring harmony and balance, overcoming “ego expression”. It is all beyond what words can express. From the broad perspective being an astrologer-cosmologist), one can have a sense of greater understanding and empathy for all concerned, having to go through such socialization, by
      the leaders of such a vast population and over population within the great Chinese cities, including Hong Kong!!!!!!! I hope I have not offended you in any manner, that is never my intend. I honor the Chinese and all they have gone through, through the ages.

    • Hi, history has shaped our lives and many of those in China. I hope that China is now putting more emphasis on the good and fine things of our long history culture. Thanks very much for the comment. Regards, Michael

    • I also understand that since you are a resident of Hong Kong, your experience under the British influence and the commercialism of the Western world is more advanced than mainland China because of the freedoms of Hong Kong before reverting back to China’s domain.

    • My friend was in Toyko but blogged in traditional Chinese (she still does) – I am not sure that she has many readers. She is now in New York as a columnist for some Taiwanese newspaper. I also understand a sister of my friend blogs in simplified Chinese in Mainland China blogs and have quite a bit of following!

  17. Happy Anniversary! I must say that I consider myself lucky to have discovered your blog. Your photos are amazing and your captions and comments so profound and yet easy to understand. I am always eager to stop by your blog and enjoy the beauty and wisdom you so selflessly share with the world.
    Looking forward to your new posts! Happy New Year! May it be a memorable one! 🙂

    • I am also happy to discover your blog. I think you can be my English teacher! Many thanks for the continued support which is appreciated. Happy New Year!

    • I only found out recently that red/ orange color will become aqua blue in the negative and therefore has been turning some into negatives to see whether they look good. Thanks for the perusal.

  18. Happy anniversary, Michael! Yours was one of the first blogs I saw when I started blogging. I thought you had been doing it for a long time! Well done! Yours is one I used as a model when I was trying to figure out what I wanted mine to be. I didn’t expect to do photography either, but isn’t it fun? Wishing you much success in the coming year!

  19. Michael, as we say … in Sweden – Hjärtliga Gratulationer!!! 269 likes .. you have a fantastic world here and it’s always so enjoyable to land here with both feet at time after time. Good Luck with the new empty pages.

    • Many thanks for the congrats. In fact, my readership has plateaued off. It would be a challenging job this year to maintain the readership. Thanks very much for the continued support. Regards, Michael

    • Michael, I think people have stopped blogging too .. because it takes time to write … to edit and to visit others – so I think many has just faded off .. or found others that maybe is more interesting. People comes and goes in this world.
      For me the readership is not that important so long as the ones that read my post enjoy them. I love the comments, but I’m glad that not everyone leave a comment, I would be totally stressed out.
      By the way I have been looking at going back to HK during 2015. What is the name of the hotel that is connected to Ocean Terminal??? It was once Hong Kong Hotel.

    • Hi Viveka, yes this is what I notice as well – in my two years of blogging, some of the bloggers I remember are no longer blogging – this could be a full time activity. I have decided not to respond to any Award nomination, I am also cutting back on reading other blogger’s posts but I still insist on answering all comments. The hotel name is now Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel; a warm welcome to you !

    • Thanks for the hotel name .. I thought that was the new name, I love the location of that hotel, can’t afford to stay on the Peninsula Hotel next time.
      You still have so many likes to every post you do .. you have a good thing going with your blog. I always feel so guilty if I don’t visit read others blogs in return, maybe I should be more relaxed about that.
      Thanks for your support … to my world.

    • Hi, I also feel guilty not reading others blog in return but then I have other commitments that I have to spend time so am now getting more choosy in reading. regards, Michael

    • Michael, blogging is all about a healthy balance, but it can stress me out at time, when I open my email box and have over 200 mails in day. I need to get my head around that in a better way.

    • This also occurs with me. Even deletion of all the mails from my Outlook and Gmail takes some time. This is a complicated issue – while I love people giving me the “Like” and I love the Comments even more,but as you said, they take time to respond. Yes, we need a better way of dealing with this.

  20. Well, this is definitely one negative that I would like to love…hehe…

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy anniversary to your lovely blog and do have a blessed Year 2014! Cheers~ 😀

  21. Happy (Blogging) Anniversary! I, too, started blogging in 2012. I’ve been following for a year now, and I love your photographs. Thank you for sharing your life through your photos. Happy New Year and I look forward to reading your posts for 2014!

  22. The photo is quite beautiful. I enjoy good photography but have no natural talent for composition.

    It’s definitely difficult to post daily, and I can imagine how much more so when you spend time traveling. Congrats on your two years, and may you enjoy many more ahead!

    • Hi, skills in photography can be developed. Many thanks for your kind words and I’ll keep blogging for as long as readers like my posts and photos. best wishes, Michael

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