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Any Second Now 2013 in Review

(The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.)

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Happy New Year again to you all!  I’d like to share with followers of Any Second Now my stats for the year 2013.  It was quite the busy year for me, and I just wanted to say thank you for following along my crazy little life.  According to this WordPress Annual Report (click here to see the complete report), my most viewed post this year was an outfit post, called “I Confess“, which featured The English Beat shirt I bought from the concert I attended back in January last year.  Next most viewed was when I got to meet Peter Hook the following month.  This goes to show the interest in my blog has evolved and changed, and I’m so honored to know I’m reaching a different audience, outside of fashion.

Thanks again to all of you who take the time to read my humble little blog.  Here’s to more fun in 2014, cheers!

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From the outfit post “I Confess“, February 1 2013

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From the post “Unknown Pleasures: Meeting Peter Hook of Joy Division & New Order“, February 4 2013

Any Second Now 2012 in Review

Happy New Year to all!  I’ve never really shared my stats before, but since this year will mark my third with this blog, I thought it would be fun to share where I’ve been and where I am now.  Here is a fun little fact as provided by WordPress, in addition to the link for my 2012 blog stats:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 32,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals.

(Click here to see the complete report on Any Second Now)

I would like to personlly thank Bella of The Citizen Rosebud and Sylvia of 40 Plus Style for being the top referers to my blog.  I would also like to thank Vahni of Grit and Glamour for sharing my my experience of completing the Whole30, causing it to have the highest views ever for one of my blog posts.  And finally, I would like to thank Stephanie of The Loudmouth Lifestyle for returning often to have the most comments on my blog.  These are blogging beauties who I have come to know in my time of blogging, and I adore and appreciate their support.

I want to thank everyone, including friends and family, who have followed Any Second Now throughout the nearly three years that I have been blogging, and I want to say hello and welcome to all new readers.  I am having a great time writing and sharing my personal style, fashion and music favorites, travel experiences, recipes, and family events.  I happily continue to keep in touch with bloggers I have met through this experience, whether it’s through their blogs or other forms of social media like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.  Additionally, I have met wonderful new friends and have had the thrill of collaborating with great companies and discovering fantastic new and interesting brands.  I hope you continue to follow and we’ll see what 2013 has in store!  Cheers!

Dear Diary: My Blogging History

Before I had a blog, I had journals. Like Bridget Jones and her infamous diary, I wrote faithfully in my journals nearly every night, telling it secrets like it was my best friend. Unlike Bridget, I have been doing so since I was 8 years old. During a much-needed spring cleaning while my husband and son were visiting family in Las Vegas, I found all 15 of them. In an effort to purge and clean out the spare bedroom for our son, I decided to discard the ones that were more about my trials and tribulations of broken relationships right before my marriage. But I kept the ones that were from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, because those were the times of my adolescence, high school and early college years.

I loved reading through the times I spent with my friends, events at school, songs that I was listening to, concerts I attended and clothes that I wore. They were full of angst over arguments with my younger sister and parents, but a good amount of time was spent on unrequited love. I knew I had several rock star crushes, but the most heartfelt ones were mainly over Alan Wilder. I always knew how big of a crush I had on him (post here), but reading my diary entries proved a little painful because it just goes to show where a 16 year-old’s mind wanders off to in times when she feels like there is no hope. My written pleas to the universe of “If I could only just meet him, it would make my life complete!” were almost gut-wrenching. I even had my sister sit down and read them and she almost couldn’t get through the entries because it was a bit uncomfortable. I had to keep reminding her that although I was sitting right there in front of her and the entries were in my handwriting, it was my younger and more immature self penning those anxious words.

Inside cover page of a diary circa 1985 to 1986

I laugh now because I have since met Alan Wilder, danced in front of him for a contest in the middle of a record store, and was later recognized by Alan at his show later that night (post here). I think that 16 year-old would never have believed that it could be true and would have probably squealed in delight and horror knowing that there was a possibility of even being in the same room with him in a non-concert atmosphere.

The saddest but most revealing part of reading my old diaries was how much I longed for a boyfriend. I really wish I could sit that poor girl down and let her know that she should continue to enjoy her family, friends, music, clothes and to not worry about when that boy will finally save her from herself. But despite reading my inner-turmoil over not having a boyfriend, it has been so much fun to see the timeline of events, milestones and just the little things that I did that I could never have remembered on my own, yet opened a whole floodgate of memories once I read the entries. It puts this blogging thing that I do into perspective and helps me understand my personal need to document my thoughts and feelings, even in a forum that I’ve mostly dedicated to fashion & music. That is why I have interspersed my family and personal life throughout my current blog entries, because feel I am capturing life as it happens. This trip through memory lane definitely does spark my desire to continue blogging because I enjoy writing, and because of the documentation of a timeline that I could look back on and say “Oh yes, I remember that!”