I’m expanding my blog!

So recently I have looked at other social media platforms out there, some I have been on and some I haven’t, as it would be great to share my posts in other ways.

I have been blogging pretty much anonymously until recently, I did not tell my close family until last year and have only told a handful of friends in recent months. I didn’t want the attention whilst I blogged as some posts had opinions and feelings I wasn’t really comfortable with sharing. But I am now coming out of my blogger shell more and wanting to share my posts with others, especially now my blog has been documenting the amazing trips and experiences I have been having.

For that reason I have linked to both my Instagram and Twitter. Instagram I have had for a number of years and Twitter since… 1pm today. I currently have 0 followers there and would like to increase that by a couple.

My Instagram is @samest89 if anyone would like to follow

My Twitter is @octstw, an acronym for my new blog title.

Thank you if you have already stepped into my Insta world and gave a like or a follow, these are both HUUUUUUGE platforms to be on so it is only sensible I make an appearance on both and try to make my way on these sites. The majority of posts and pictures you will see will stem from my blog, and I hope you stop by to say hello at some point.

In the upcoming months these will gain momentum, now is a great time to follow as these will start to bloom soon.

Watch this space! (well, over at Instagram and Twitter)…

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Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary, Instagram and Twitter

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Quitting blogging

On my recent days off I have spent a lot of time on my blog and have been reading quite a few posts from other bloggers, looking in particular at posting rituals of a wide variety of blogs. I like to see how everyone is different and how blogging works for them. Whether this is once a week or five times a day, posting frequency depends on the kind of blog.

However what I have noticed is there are certain blogs that have posted rather frequently (at least once every 2-5 days) that have seemingly just put and end to posting. The ones I noticed seemed to be relatively new blogs that I guess trialed out this whole WordPress thing and decided to call it a day. This is a big shame.

We all feel that we have a story to tell. And we do. The problem is when we set up a platform to share those stories we feel the little effort it took us to do so deserves the world’s attention immediately. This isn’t the case for everyone, some people just get bored of the repetitive nature or just move on to other things after realising this isn’t for them. But some bloggers quit after finding out that gaining a following and traffic doesn’t come overnight.

How many blogs don’t you know about? Most of them. WordPress has tens of millions of websites and the reason we don’t know about them isn’t necessarily because they are bad. Some of them will be for sure, however the main reason is because there are just so many of them out there.

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They say if 99% of people think you’re ugly, 75 million people find you attractive. That is a hell of a lot of people that would be happy to call you theirs, but it isn’t easy to find those people. We have to put the effort in, leave our comfort zones and get out there. The chances that those 75,000,000 are knocking on your door are incredibly slim, life isn’t that easy. But it isn’t too difficult either, it just takes time and effort.

I was going to say it takes patience, and although this is true I didn’t want to use that word. I am not really a fan of the phrase ‘good things come to those that wait’, as it promotes reward for laziness. Good things come to those that want good things to happen, usually by action. Wealth doesn’t come by being patient enough to see the day, and blogging success doesn’t come by hitting the publish button and expecting people to read it. Readers like bloggers commitment. They like to know the routine of upload as to know when to expect new material. Readers like bloggers that don’t expect everything handed to them and acknowledge the time and effort that needs to be put into writing. Bloggers that set up a site and expect overnight success are doomed to fail, and this is true in almost every aspect of life.

What I love about blogging is that writing has taught me this and helped me understand the path to success isn’t an short one. I have a long way to go but a long road still has an end. Turning that car around isn’t going to do anything but take you back to where you were before, and there must have been a reason to start that journey in the first place.

 

Featured Photo by Eidy Bambang-Sunaryo on Unsplash


 

 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary or follow me @samest89 on Instagram

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Update: The artist behind the blue dragon!

Just a quick thank you to Gretchen over at Thoughts Become Words for letting me know who the artist is that added this dragon to a tree, close to the Goodwill Bridge over the Brisbane River.

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She very kindly notified me in a comment and provided a link to some information over here at BrisbaneTimes.com on the artist and various pieces they have over the city of Brisbane. I have just added them on Instagram and linked to their account below.

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It has been there for a while, two and a half years! However due to weathering and time this is a more recent version and has been designed to last a lot longer.

Thank you Gretchen for the information, very cool! This is why I love to blog, to share the things I find and speak to people both locally and internationally that may know more. I thought it wouldbe hard to find some info about a piece so small and hidden however delighted that this was the case.

Happy hunting!

Insta: @blu.artxinja

 


 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary or follow me @samest89 on Instagram

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Evening strolls to clear the mind

There is little I like better than an evening walk. The cool air being a welcome break from the searing heat and the quieter streets making it possible to think straight. This is my unwind time.

Today I headed down to South Bank and alongside Brisbane River. This is the third night in a row I have done this as it is a good walk to take on an evening to chill me out and tire me out.

I really need to be tired to sleep in a hostel.

The route goes down the south side of Brisbane River, across a pedestrian bridge and through the Botanic Gardens before entering the CBD and getting back home. The picture above is the sight I was greeted with as soon as I got off that bridge into the gardens, this is just outside of where Florence and the Machine were performing yesterday.

This was my favourite shot from the ones I had taken. I love that two couples are in the shot, one gazing at the lights seemingly dazzled and awed. It is a sight to behold, there is something magical about a scene like this that makes you feel you have just entered a fictional world. An escape from reality.

We all need these escapes from reality from time to time. I know that my blog has for a number of years consisted of posts wishing for a world that embraces reality more instead of what we are told to believe growing up, however as I grow I realise life can sometimes be too damn crappy to embrace and a little escape is of no harm.

What comes to your mind with a sight like this? What clears your mind?

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Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Brisbane has a very cool hidden running track

From the Kurilpa Bridge that I walk almost daily across the Brisbane River (I admit I had to quickly Google the name of that bridge as I had no idea), I have often glanced down and seen a running/cycle path however have found little reason to go down there myself.

This is the one I’m talking about.

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That was until Christmas came and I realised I needed to exercise and burn off all that food and drink. I decided to take a look down there.

It’s pretty cool, almost hidden underneath the highway above. This is great because a lot of the route is shaded and it is an escape from the millions of people commuting daily. A great place to run and escape the busyness of city life.

It is also great to be so close to the water without railings. Apparently joggers and cyclists can be trusted not to jump in more than other members of society… although I worry about the cyclist that loses control after a lizard jumps into their path.

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Does it motivate me to exercise? A little. It takes a lot to motivate me to run, however a view always helps as well as the feeling after finishing a run. A bit like writing really, the longer you stay away the harder it is. When you get a taste for it and you get the ball rolling it gets a lot easier.


 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Thank you to my 6,000 followers!

Six thousand. Wow. It’s hard to wrap my head around it because it’s a pretty big number and I am very grateful to have so many people follow this blog.

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What I love about blogging is that I have been doing it for years and I am still not bored of it. That’s because blogging is optional, unlike a job. It can be on whatever topic I want, as long as I want at what time I want. I love the freedom and this is what makes me happy to come back day to day.

It helps keep me productive and stimulated. I have something to focus my attention on and gives me something to aim for. That aim is to keep blogging, growing and hopefully improve my writing and creativity.

So with that, I want to thank you again for reading and for everyone that is following my blog. You are actually the reason that I can enjoy blogging as I know people are enjoying my posts and it is fun to write for people. It also gives me more motivation to travel as I know I can share my stories, and there will be many more stories to come I am sure.

I hope you are all having an awesome day, wherever you are. Keep blogging, and I will see you all again soon for the next post.

Sam

 


 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

Want to keep up with my travels? Click here for my Travel Diary

Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

When the eyes follow you…

This piece of street art I found in Katoomba, New South Wales near the famous Blue Mountains a little while back. This wasn’t in Beverly Place, the street full of artwork that I blogged about here but it wasn’t too far away and taken on the same day.


I find the image a little eerie, the figures in black and white and all stopping to look directly at the passer by. No conversation, all the attemtion is pointed towards you.

This plaque goes into a little detail regarding the nature of the art.

Just another little post for my streetart section, and I didn’t want to leave this interesting wall out.


 

Artist: M. Lynn

Location: Katoomba (Blue Mountains), NSW


 

Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

New to this site? Click here to visit my About My Blog section

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Want to introduce yourself and your blog and discover new ones? Click here for my meet and greet page.

Happy blogging,

Sam

Should I add a Street Art page?

I loved the Elon Musk street art that I shared yesterday, and it has motivated me to ask you lovely readers something that has been on my mind for a while.

Should I add a ‘Street art‘ section to my blog? I regularly add these to my posts whenever I find some on my wanders, and I think it would be nice to add a page at the top of my website alongside my About/Daily Ramblings/Travel Diary sections so anyone with an interest can find all the related blog posts in one place. I love street art and most of the works have the artists name alongside them, so it would be a little publicity for them.

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I think it is cool to discover these hidden around cities and if you are around these areas, find them for yourself.

I would appreciate feedback on this, I personally feel it would go well alongside my photography and I can relate to many of the messages in such pieces of art.

Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sam

Artist- @katiemarieshriner on Instagram

I was so close!

Yesterday, this happened. 


Dominic Howard, the drummer from Muse and one of my heroes, walked by my workplace and took an Instagram shot at the Opera House with his mum. I wasn’t at work at the time but I was right around the corner (blogging, actually at The State Library of New South Wales as my wifi is down at home). I took a couple of shots in fact as it is a pretty impressive building, the oldest library in Australia.


Then, today on Instagram, Tom Kirk posted a timelapse on the harbour. Tom is a childhood friend of the band and does a lot of work with them on the road. This is just a screenshot of that time lapse. 


It’s weird to think my biggest inspirations were walking the same streets as I have been recently. Of course, I had a little wander before work to see if the other two members of the band were snapping selfies, all to no avail.



There must have been a graduation on, I have never seen so much pink. Lots of people, a lot less Muse. 

Oh well, this time Saturday I will see them for the 5th time, I am even more excited now I know they are on Australian soil.