Four Years Blogging on WordPress and Domainless..Break Dulu.

Mungkin cuma gue aja yang merayakan anniversary blog dengan mencancel domain blog gue. Tahun 2010 empat tahun silam,ย gue membeli domain Bucketofcherries.com karena gue pengen memiliki sepetak lahan di dunia maya dengan nama Bucket of Cherries ๐Ÿ™‚ berharap gue bakal menggunakan nama tsb untuk usaha gue yang lain. Saat itu gue gak tau usaha apaan yang bakal gue lakuin cuma gue iseng dan sedikit percaya bahwa gue bakal ngebuka usaha kreatif di dunia maya dengan nama tsb. Gue hamper membuka Etsy untuk ngejualin koleksi barang vintage karena kecintaan gue dengan segala sesuatu yang berhubungan dengan vintage. Tapi karena kurang dedikasi gue pun gagal jualan. Empat tahun berlalu dan gue masih aja gak tergerak untuk melakukan sesuatu dengan nama ini. Dan emang gue harus move on kali ya, sutralah akhirnya gue cancel aja nama domain ini dan kini blog gue menjadi bucketofcherries.wordpress.com

Banyak topic yang gue tulis di blog ini, dan gue selalu aja tersenyum manis kala gue baca-baca lagi tulisan lampau yang pernah gue tulis. Blog ini ngebantu gue banget ketika gue sakit, terbaring lemes antara tahun 2010-2011 disaat gue kehilangan kepercayaan sama diri gue sendiri.. Jobless..dan sedikit depresif. Ketika banyak problem dtg bertubi-tubi dan gue gatau gimana cara menyelesaikannya…Gue duduk, nulis di MacBook gue dan tulisan pun mengalir setelah itu gue ngerasa plong. Dari blog ini gue kenal temen-temen blogger walaupun tadinya gue sangat anti social di dunia blog karena gue gak mau orang lain baca tulisan gue. Dan gue males baca tulisan orang! Hahaha. Parah ya bow ?

Tapi gue teteeup setia sama blog gue tercinta ini, ketika masalah gue perlahan-lahan berkurang gue pun masih suka nulis disini…gue ngerasa lebih terbuka, lebih less depressed pastinya, dan juga lebih menikmati ketika ada silent reader yang ninggalin komentar di blog gue. It made my day! Sampai ketika “problem berat” gue hilang dan kehidupan gue kembali berjalan normal, gue semakin cinta sama blog ini. Udah kayak ritual aja deh kayaknya kalo gue punya ide, pasti gue nulis dan berbagi, blogwalking, sebuah rutinitas yang menyenangkan buat gue. Walau gue kadang males nulis tentang kegiatan traveling dan berburu barang vintage tapi gue berusaha untuk update tentang hal-hal yang menurut gue menarik. Sayangnya, udah beberapa bulan ini gue males buka blog, karena:

  • Sibuk di kantor dan dunia off-screen. Banyak banget project di kantor yang menyita waktu gue, site visit, lembur, dll, sehingga kalo di rumah gue harus keep up sama my personal life.
  • Terlalu banyak draft, sampe lupa ini tadinya mo nulis apa yaaa hahaha, maklum memori otak musti di upgrade ini!
  • Punya hobi baru!
  • Pengen break dari dunia perblog-an. Setelah ngeblog non-stop dari taun 2007 (dulu di BlogSpot) kayaknya pengen istirahat aja dulu…

So, kesimpulannya gue mau untuk sementara waktu ciao dulu dari blog ini. Rencananya sih gue pengen menyibukkan diri sama beberapa kegiatan lain, kayak mendalami hobi gue yang lainย (hiking, weaving, traveling) tanpa merasa harus nulis tentang kegiatan itu. Dan ngerasa jadi beban kalo cuma nongkrong di draft tanpa jadi dipublish, padahal juga kegiatannya gak keren kereen amat cong! Gue pengen ngerasa bebas tanpa ikatan sehingga gue dapat menikmati kegiatan-kegiatan baru gue tanpa merasakan ada kewajiban. Walau gue tau rasa kewajiban itu gue sendiri yang create..

Gue pastinya masih akan BW walau frekuensi nya bakal lebih berkurang. Tapi, gue udah attach banget sama kalian para bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚ dan kangen kalo seminggu gak BW rasanya ada yang hilang. Maaf banget karena gak ada tradisi giveaway untuk merayakan anniversary blog gue. I hope I will come back writing soon! Lebih fresh dan penuh dengan inspirasi baru tentunya ๐Ÿ™‚ Saat ini empu nya blog mau holiday dulu ya. Tapi jangan kuatir, komentar masih akan dibalas!

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2013 in review

After more than 3 years of blogging on WordPress I think it is time to publish this summary, just for fun..I do not really care about my blog’s traffic but I do care for my readers ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s nice to show you about my sweet fellow bloggers who read and send their comments to my blog. Thanks a lot for reading my ramblings!

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

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Green Green Grass

This year I am trying to write more posts and to blog walk more. Although sometimes it seems impossible due to my hectic schedule but so far it goes quite OK. I started blogging in 2008 on Blogspot, mostly to release my frustration as a newbie living in a new country. I did not try to write for readers, and I did not want to share it to people, it was more like my online journal. If I read them back now, I get instantly a headache ๐Ÿ˜€ And then when things got a bit easier for me with the study, my job and I was getting more acclimatised with living abroad, I made this blog. I am now writing about my deeper feelings, opinions and ideas I have about life in general, or just random holiday pictures. I did not read other people’s blogs, well some..but mostly, I read street style blogs or blogs of friends from school or from work. I do not care with my blog stats, I am more of a secret blogger. But since 2013, something tickles me to be more social in blogosphere. I want to share more to the world ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever compared yourself to other people? I bet you have done it at least a couple of times in your life. Me too, and I hate it. I think the first time I learned this sick habit was when I was a kid. I’ve noticed that many (older generation) parents loved comparing their children to other people’s children. I don’t know what the reason behind it, please do not ask me. I think they never thought about the consequences and the impacts to their children, though they never meant to do us harm by their comments. It started with an “innocent” remark, ” Look at Minah*, she is a diligent person and likes to study not like you, lazy bum. You should look up to her!” . *Minahย is apparently a bright student and has flying marks. Or with a “good-intentioned” remark like this, ” You are getting chubbier, stop eating or else you can be as fat as Minah!” (poor Minah, hehehe. I just use Minah as an example). The parents are obviously trying to help their kids to be a smarter student, or push their kids to achieve better marks at school but this kind of remark is hurtful and does not really help kids. Kids will feel more that they are useless and resentful. The other remark about weight, is absolutely hurtful. To compare your child who is perhaps a little bit overweight to someone who is obviously obese, is just mean. To mock your kid rather than to cook healthier and guide your kid to a better and healthier life style, is a no go. I feel really sorry to parents who still do this to their kids. I am personally not a parent yet, but I was once a little kid. I felt how it was to be compared to someone else, and it was no fun..It was more traumatic, actually. And it made me really insecure about myself. And from that moment on, the compare button grew in me. But, I am a big girl now and I understood long time ago that it was actually considered as a constructive criticism ๐Ÿ™‚

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

A New Cherry Header!

Finally Bucket of Cherries has a new header!! I had been planning to design something fresh, something me, but never got further than my doodles on my sketch papers ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I blamed my lack of self-determination..

And to my surprise, my dear best friend Mels gave me a super sweet present…a new header for my blog!! Ain’t it so sweet? She is a freelance artist in Jakarta, and I have been her ultimate fan since forever. When we were in high school, I had told her, “Mels..you are my favorite artist after van Gogh!” . It was a half joke back then, but nevertheless, we all really admired her art works. She was so talented, and she always painted beautiful paintings for her friends who nagged often enough to finally get some art pieces from her. I mostly loved her comic series, with her original style, carrot style!! Check her cards design and illustration blog here .

The new header is uber cute! I really like her interpretation, and how she created a noddy car! It’s just brilliant. I am so happy with my new header, and I hope you like it as well ๐Ÿ™‚ .. And Mel, I love sending postcards! I will never get tired of sending you ones hehe

{ Van Gogh’s starry night }