Festive Beginnings

Ho! Ho! Ho!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so let’s be at it then!

Yes, I know that theme doesn’t begin until December, but I’ve had to decorate the blog in readiness for December 1st, otherwise it wouldn’t have been ready until December 2nd, and I didn’t want to miss the boat, as it were, so the holiday season begins right here on Beyond the Sphere!

So, the trees are up – four of them this year – I only usually have the one; and I have a spare Santa hat there, just in case one is needed. Well, you never know… what with Brexit and all that we can be surprised in any number of ways at present – ‘tis the way of the world, it seems.

This year, I’ve decided to resume my Christmassy Snowman images – usually done digitally, but I may be able to squeeze in a watercolour or two… and I have this year’s Beyond the Sphere Christmas Card to create. Plenty of time, however… it isn’t December yet (unless it is when you are reading this, then it is. Sorry about that!).

Happy – no, I shan’t say it yet – December!!!

Post 2,000

Hehehehe! Hahahaha!!! Bwahahahaha!!!!!! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Do you remember recently, I mentioned I had an announcement to make? Well, yesterday’s Party Like It’s 1999 post should have given a really HUGE clue as to what the announcement was going to be. Especially when I stated in the party post:

In some ways, it actually is!

That’s right. The party post was my 1,999th post.

Which means that this post, this very post, this actual very post that you are reading these words on right now, right at this time is, wherever and whenever you are, and for now and forever, will forever be my 2,000th post on this blog! I DID IT! And well over a month before my deadline of December 31st 2016.

No bells or whistles, though, with this one. Just a little post, that’s all.

Here’s a cobbled-together image which shows just how the countdown began from when I officially had fifty days left:

I was determined I was going to see this challenge out. On February 29th this year, I outlined what I needed to do. I simply had to publish another 399 posts back then by the end of the year to achieve my goal. Well, I SMASHED it!

OK, some of the posts were filler posts, but they were still posts. They still brought the total up to my 2,000 goal. And here’s to my next two thousand, although I’ll be taking a slightly more relaxed approach from now on. One thing is for sure, this is actual proof that if we set a goal, decide to stick to it, and decide to go for it, then we can do it. We really can achieve anything we put our minds to, with perhaps a little, a smidgen of, extra work.

Way back on May 13th 2010, this blog (or a variation of it) sprung into life. I had no idea what I was getting into, how long it would last, where it would take me, the people I would meet along the way, the fun I would have, the places I would go to, the adventures I would experience, the things I would learn, the challenges I would face, the fun I would have (I think I’ve mentioned that one!). Now, 2,000 posts later (hehehe!), I can say one thing. I love writing. I love this place. I love the people who visit and the interactions I have with everyone. I love the other blogs that I visit. I love seeing the world through my computer screen, learning about folk’s day to day lives through their writing or photos or poems or artwork. Yes, blogging is a fun experience. It’s an escape. And it’s a bloody good one. OK. I said more than one thing.

Thank you all who visit for sharing this experience with me. I chose this month’s theme ‘With Gratitude’ with this also in mind; as well as with Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving also falling in this month. I’m just grateful I managed to achieve my goal within this month.

And now… we move forward…

The Frowning Nose

‘Tis such a blow
You know
When all you see
Is ya nose

And all the more so,
When it looks so frowny.

It’s a slow blogging day today.

My Gravatar Avatar has served me well over the past few years. A representation of my face in a perfectly formed square, with a pleasant smile, and the ability to add the odd special effect here and there, when needed. The problem with my Gravatar Avatar lately, however, is that it doesn’t fit the new round Gravatar Avatar windows that are appearing on more and more themes. Now that I have a new theme (Have you noticed? (Yes, I know I change my theme every third month, but I like to try them out!)) they’re round when you comment and I reply. And in my image, all I can see is a frowning nose. Yes, I have seen this before, and I could handle it on other folk’s fine blogs, but now that it’s on my own, things need to alter.

I shall be in need, therefore, of a new Gravatar Avatar.

Change. It’s constantly evolving.

It’s time to peel away the old face and start again!

Catapulted into Spam?

Just a quick post this to mention something that appears to be going on at present, which is beyond the reach of the technical team here Beyond the Sphere.

I’ve noticed a few comments lately having to be rescued from my Spam folder; I’ve had no indication at first that there are even messages inside the Spam folder, and then, later and quite suddenly, I’m advised. As soon as I know, I delve right in, and retrieve the comment.

I’ve created a quick question and answer section which may help:

How would I know I’ve been flung into Spam?

When this has happened to me in the past, my comment just seems to disappear. The post I’m commenting upon appears again as normal on screen, without my comment. When I try to comment again, that too vanishes. It is most odd. but it happens from time to time.

Told you it was a quick question and answer section.

Rest assured, that as soon as I spot your comment within my Spam folder, it will be retrieved and moderated without haste (unless it is a genuine Spam message – and then it will be catapulted further on within the Spam Realm!) Hopefully this will be a short-lived issue, and I apologise if you find yourself caught up in this spammin’ predicament.