#321 Happy Christmas 2022

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Happy Christmas!

I would like to wish you all a very merry and happy Christmas! This year, has been a time with a mixture of emotions for me.

Introduction

As I reflect there was joy, achievement, yet also some of the hardest of times, missing friends who live far away, suffering losses of my best job offers, hearing about the death of hundreds of innocent people in Ukraine, and facing some of the economic shock-waves of that, in the prices of everything I review on this blog, and buy.

The Joy

So starting with the joy. This was best captured in my outdoor adventures, exploring many coastal locations, taking and editing photos which provided memories from each of these (Follow OUR Socials, below), and spending time communicating with friends, family, and our blogging community (which I only truly discovered this year).

Achievement

So I won’t boast about the specifics of my years achievements, but I will say those still reading, are a big part of those. I often find belief in myself is increased greatly by support from those around me. Likes, comments, and follows, are all part of that support. I’ve had many challenges with work this year, and thankfully I’m in a position to take the blows, as well as riding the crests, of many different waves of employment alongside study.

Hardest of times

With the loss of my beloved grandfather, who was an inspiration to me, as well as a dear childhood friend, this year was naturally very tough emotionally. Not least, reinforced by harsh working relationships in various healthcare settings, strained emotions during house moves, living with different housemates, and not realising the community around me at times, where the focus heavily zoomed in, on much of the above. Again, a big thank you to all reading, as you were part of the solution, helping myself find the strength needed to focus on driving through.

Celebration

Another year is almost complete, and I’m very lucky to have some people to spend Christmas with. This includes my fellow bloggers (I’m only a comment away on this post), my friends, colleagues from university, and some of my family. For everyone out there, you are not alone, and you are enough. It’s good to remind yourself of that once in a while, as it’s very easy to not see who is there, when you are focused on your next task, relationship, or job. I, like many, am very guilty of this. Happy Christmas:)

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Food for Thought

0) Do you celebrate Christmas?

1) What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?

2) What have you most enjoyed about Christmas this year?

3) If you could have any present in the world, what would it be?

4) State 1 thing you liked about the article above, in the comments section below.

5) State 1 thing you would like improved, in the comments section below.

6) State 1 thing you would like to see in future articles.

7) Consider 1 relatable experience that the words above remind you of.

8) Where was your last holiday?

9) Where would you like your next holiday to be?

10) What is your favourite thing to do, whilst on holiday?

11) Why is that your favourite thing?

Closing statement 

Reaseaorg blog is working on its content to enhance viewer experience. Over the previous few years, we have been gaining momentum until recently, and are currently looking at ways to continue to improve user experience of our blog.

We deeply thank all 81 of our followers, especially those who are still reading at this point in this article. You really do shape our content and maintain our focus on producing content which appeals to our audience. Based on WordPress insights, we have learnt that certain types of product reviews are most popular. Fortunately, all recent blog posts appear to have increased in popularity considerably, regardless of the focus topic of the article. This is a real improvement, which will help to vary future content.

Please feel free to advertise related content in the comments below, but all I ask is that you please be respectful. I have had some comments in the previous few months, which have gone against the spirit of my blog.

That is to be a friendly place for fans of Horror, movies, drinks, and adventures, and particularly those who are interested in writing or reading engaging content.

It is not a place for those who posted links of an explicit nature, reducing visibility of helpful comments, providing insight for my future blog writing.

I thank all of those who have liked my articles, but I won’t ask you to press like on any of my content, unless you do actually like it, as it helps me to gather further accurate information about the types of articles you, the reader, actually would like to see moving forward. 

Please comment below with ideas for future content, or any thoughts not covered by the points outlined above.

I will continue to post this statement on articles to come, to ensure optimal visibility for viewers. A big thank you to Neil Patel, for producing a helpful video on search engine optimisation (SEO), to assist my content popularity. I hope it helps anyone else who has content online to get their voice heard, be it through writing or video, or other creative forms of expression online. 

Based on insights gained, I have increased my blog content article length, introduced a “food for thought” section to encourage creator-viewer engagement, introduced a “why you should read” tag-line under each article title, added a closing statement which will be used on future articles for the same purpose of updating you on how the blog is progressing, and increased content from my critical eye.

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17 Comments

  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your grandfather. It is beautiful that he was your inspiration and childhood friend. You are right there is much to grieve over that happened this past year, the many thousands of dead in Ukraine that you mention, etc. However, I hope 2023 and the future will be better for you and for all of us. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  2. My mother passed away two years ago. You will be okay, just stay strong. The impact that they had and made ( your loved ones that passed) in your life and on you is enough to inspire and keep you going. Faith will maintain you also if you believe.

    Things have a way of turning out better than we expect when we do not imagine them to.

    I enjoyed everything about this post and can relate to the ups and downs of life in general just as many others can.

    Keep on sharing , expressing your thoughts and exchanging ideas. I wish you a very healthy and content New Year to come.

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    1. What a beautiful response. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and indeed those memories are very consolidating In my present experiences. There will be many more posts to come next year 🙂

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