Looking forward to 2015

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Happy New Year!  Best wishes to all for the coming year.

Last year my blog grew tremendously; according to the “stats helper monkeys” I posted 116 times, and received around 7,000 views from 104 countries.  Considering that as I write this I’m at 10,737 views, 2014 hits make up the vast majority of that.  Here are 2 graphs that show how significant 2014 was for my blog:

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That crazy bump in March was when my Introvert Haircut post randomly got linked by an introvert Facebook group—564 views alone on one day.

Thank you to everyone in the community that has taken the time to stop by to read and/or comment on my blog.  I hope I can keep my blog growing in 2015.  I will continue with my Weekly Photo Challenge: Galápagos posts on Mondays for now, and hopefully get out one other post per week.  I may also start messing with the layout and formatting because I’m growing unsatisfied with my current theme.

As a habitual planner, I have many goals for 2015.  I want to write more of my novel that’s been slowly growing through 2 NaNoWriMos, and maybe start some of the others in my head.  I want to do more gaming, and write about it here.  I want to read more “grown-up” books; as I mentioned yesterday, I read a lot of YA last year, and while I love it and will continue to read it, I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of great literature.  I want to explore new geekery!  Most of all, I want to figure out what makes me happy, and do it.  Seems like the simplest thing in the world, but it’s really the quest of a lifetime.

Anything you would like to hear more about from me in the new year?

Year of the Horse

Rin Sohma, the Horse
Rin Sohma, the Horse

Happy New Year to those of you celebrating–Friday started the lunar new year, which is celebrated in many East Asian cultures.  This year is the Year of the Horse.

In the shoujo manga/anime Fruits Basket, the Horse is represented by Rin Sohma–not one of my favorite characters, but a very strong, independent girl who feels things deeply.

I have kind of a personal quandary when it comes to the Chinese zodiac.  My birth year is listed as a Tiger year.  However, my birthday is in late January…it falls just before the lunar new year.  That means I am actually an Ox.

Truthfully, my personality is more like the Ox: placid, steady, diligent.  However, I still like to claim that I am a Tiger.  I even wear a necklace with the kanji: 虎.  It serves as a daily reminder of things I aspire to, namely courage and passion.