Posts Tagged ‘thank you’

xtumbler5“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”~  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Last night I was looking at this blog and its stats and there were a few things that I noticed.

First and foremost, since the beginning of this blog I have now reached a total of 800 individual posts.

This being the 800th post. I find it amazing.

And in that time, there are 145 of you who decided that this blog’s content was important enough that you wanted to keep up with it and subscribed for whatever your individual reasons were.

There are blogs out there that have so much more for sure. But then there are blogs that have so much less. And I am grateful for all of you being here and sticking it out. Especially over the last three years or so that this blog nearly went silent and was on the edge of disappearing into extinction.

It is true. There were times where I thought about just deleting the entire blog website.

But I did not, and so here it is. blogmap

The other thing that I noticed was the list of countries where this blog website had been accessed. To me, seven years is a short time. Especially knowing the fact that this blog has reached every nation on the planet. With the exception of about seven countries in Africa. And the Federation States of Micronesia.

There are tiny islands are also not accounted for. For example: South Georgia Island. A tiny island that is claimed by the country of Argentina. Population of only thirty people! I don’t expect anyone to just happen to cross this blog from there any time soon.

Bigger surprises were countries like: China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba just to name a few. All of which had at least viewed the blog webpage ONCE.

Greenland was also a country that had not viewed the blog webpage for the longest time. But I guess it happened over the past year. So thank you, Greenland.

It was funny about Greenland because at the time nobody from there had read the blog webpage. And I thought about trying to draw them in by putting their country in the list of tags and then talk shit about them in the blog posts. Thankfully, I didn’t have to.

Maybe I should for the Federation States of Micronesia to get them on board????

At some point around 2015, I stopped writing blog posts about different live music shows that I went to. It didn’t appear that they were getting a lot of traffic. And that greatly decreased the traffic to the site. I’m not sure if that was a mistake or not. I know that a number of you who are subscribed to this blog are from the music scene, but I just could not tell if that was something that people were reading at all.

As with everything in life, this blog constantly evolves because of time, source material, and the thought of “Will anyone actually read this?”.

There was a lot that kept me busy in life in between 2015 and 2017 that I was not able to write as much here as I used to. Maybe it can pick back up again?

Now that I don’t have that burning desire to just delete this entire beast, I can once again come back and fill it with content. I still struggle to figure out what will make it and what will not. But that’s for another time.

This is 800. It seems so crazy! But in all of its insanity, thank you to all of you. Hang in there. There is more to come.

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“…. And just before I lay me down to never wake
I look up and I see you
So with everything I am
Thank you…. ” ~ ‘Thank You‘ by Céline Dion (written by S. Smith)

So many of  my friends and colleagues got together for a little video collaboration in celebration of Céline Dion, their idol’s birthday, which was the 30th of March.

People who collaborated in the video also wish her husband well since he’s dealing with cancer yet again and the news came out around the time everyone was making their part of the video.

It was very thoughtful and I am sure very sincere for many of the people who participated in the activity.

I guess it goes to show that there are some truly devoted fans of certain music idols.

There’s nothing wrong with this video. And there’s nothing wrong with what the people said and done on the video as it was basically get well wishes either in spoken word or on hand made signs. And of course wishing Dion a happy birthday. I mean I know a few of the people on the video. So good for them for doing that. People who are fans from one side of the world to the other and back getting together as a collective group.

But there’s a really BAD problem with the song choice. A deep dark desperate problem with the song “Thank You.”

And that is the lines in the song right before the chorus:

And just before I lay me down to never wake
I look up and I see you
So with everything I am
Thank you

Umm… huh? Really? Nobody caught on to this while making the video. Nobody caught on to this when this album was released. Nobody caught on that the lyrics are talking about DEATH………… and possibly a suicide.

Shaffer Smith wrote the song. I’d love to know what Shaffer Smith was thinking.

“Just before I lay me down TO NEVER WAKE I look up and I see you”

She is never going to open her eyes again… she is going to die! And these poor unsuspecting die-hard fans are saying “Thank You” to Dion while using the song “Thank You” to say thank you.

Really bad juju, people. Probably unintended bad juju. But bad juju is bad juju. ridic-celine-dion-main

But take a look at the video. Its more than just that. There are a lot of kind hearted people with very very sincere messages that they wanted to get out to their idol by way of collaborating on this video. Its just the wrong song that they used. If they left all of the video content the same and chose a different song, it would be just as excellent.

OOPS.

Great message. Horrible song choice.

Still proud of my friends and colleagues though.

 

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“Fundraising is very, very time-consuming.”~Arlen Specter  

Dear readers: 

For most of you who have been around long enough, you know that I have been doing my best this season to raise enough funds so that I and the other assistant captain of the team can go to the USA HOCKEY DISABLED FESTIVAL  in Boston this  coming April.

Our original cut date was supposed to be the 31st of January. However with just a week and a half remaining and the lack of donations in the past few months (sadly), the two of us honestly did not see that we would reach our goal in that short amount of time.

We had even trimmed our goal by $1,000 and we’re still under 25% of reaching the full amount. We just did not know the right people to ask for donations and the nation’s economy is still pretty bad.

But all reasons and politics aside, we still want to thank those who read about our campaign through the blogs and thank those who tried to help spread the word. 

We also want to thank Author Jodi Ambrose and those good people up at Cape Cod Cookie Company for offering their personal incentives for this fundraising campaign. It was a fun deal for those to give to a good cause. 

Now we know that the website link will always and forever be available to receive further donations. We haven’t figured out how to “delete” the campaigns.

I will have it in the Blogroll for a little while longer, but I after this post …. I will not be advertising the link. Eventually though, it will be removed from the Blogroll. Unless its found a different purpose later on in the future.

If you still wish to donate or are the kind of person that likes to wait until the last minute, NOW IS THAT TIME!!!

We will be letting the ship sail at MIDNIGHT PST…. tonight!! For those of you who do donate and I receive the e-mail that you had done so before the cut off date, then your donation amount will be considered towards those incentives. 

And for those of you who find it too late and still wish to donate, I think that the idea that we had was to hold the money for the next season in case there are plans to go to the next tournament in 2015. So your donation money will still go towards the Austin Blades sledge hockey team, specifically for me and for my partner in crime in this adventure. We thank you in advance!!! 

No matter what, we will always be thankful to everyone who supports us, whether it be financially or moral support or whatever. We love you all. Thank you most sincerely!! 

 

Our donation page:

http://www.gofundme.com/2t2pvs

 

100

I just reached over 100 subscribers/followers to this blog.

I’ve been reaching around the blogosphere and I have found some really AWESOME people! Not to mention BEEEE-AUTIFUL people!! They have me in stitches with their content.

Ironically enough, the 100th follower is someone who writes the blog called “You’re Just A Dumbass.”

Its just really good stuff, especially if you’re the relationship type. OR if you’re the single type wanting to be the relationship type.

http://yourejustadumbass.wordpress.com/

Tell her DAMBREAKER sent you.

And now with 106,085 total views and 103 followers, I am grateful and want to take this moment to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! And I hope that you continue to read here.

For those of you who have been transplanted from the other project: Welcome. This is basically a PRIMARY blog for me. But I will do work in both. And thank you for your double duty dedication.

Until the next time, which will probably be another SIX MINUTE CENTURY post. I’m excited to have to get up in the morning and get on a bus to go rock out with my friends, and hopefully see Little Baby Froth. He’s such a cute little boy from the photographs I have been seeing on Facebook.

But thank you for helping me make this step. And I hope for many, many more.

500

Posted: July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Wow. Ladies and gentlemen, you just have no idea how impressive this number is for me.

THIS IS MY 500th BLOG POST on Dambreaker.

And to think that it came in less than two and a half years since I started it.

A lot of ups and downs and a lot of posts that didn’t make sense to a bunch of people and a few that remarkably had changed lives, unbeknownst to me at the time that it happened.

I know that I have some people who read this and they have not subscribed to this blog. To those people, I STRONGLY encourage you to do so, so that you do not miss anything.

I am amazed in the fact that in this short amount of time, I nearly 100 people who have subscribed to this blog and receive each post via e-mail every time I write.

For those of you who are silent readers and for those of you who are subscribed. And for those of you who have no problems leaving comments: I send to all of you my love and thankfulness.

Thank you for making Dambreaker what it is today!!!

 

Blog Giveaway!!!

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
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On the 20th of June of this year, I noticed that I had reached what I am calling a “milestone”. 

My view stats had reached 20,000 views.

I was thrilled. So much so, that I have in celebration have decided to have a giveaway as a way to say “thank you” to all of the readers of this blog.

December 2011… I reached 5,000 views.  February 2012… I reached 10,000 views. April 2012… I reached 15,000 views. And now 20,000 VIEWS!!! WOOHOOO!!!!

I know that a lot of posts are viewed because someone is searching for something specific. And I am also aware that others have come across this blog because of people doing image searches.

So entering this giveaway is going to be fairly simple. The rules are as follows:

  1. Be a subscriber/follower of this blog.

  2. Write a comment on this post. Not any other post but this one will be considered for your entry. For one, tell me how you came across this post. Whether it is because you ARE subscribed or an Internet search, whatever it may be. And then the other half of the comment, write anything you want. But be eloquent, don’t just write one or two words. Write something that will capture my attention!! If you do not say how you found this blog post, your entry will not count.

  3. Comments must be submitted BEFORE 11:59 PM CDT on the 31st of July, 2012.

So you have plenty of time!! This will also allow me some time to figure out exactly what I will be giving away. Right now, I am considering a gift card. But if anything better comes up that I can give away, I will do that. But since I am not Oprah Winfrey, my budget won’t allow for $100,000. I will promise you that if a gift card is to be given away, it will be for at least $25. Perhaps more if I can fit it into my budget.

That’s it!

For those of you who are already following/subscribed, you are already half way there.

The winning comment will be randomly selected. If you are still subscribed/following when the winner is chosen, YOU WIN. It will not matter if you know me in person or not. No favoritism will be given into consideration for this giveaway. So marriage proposals, although fascinating and curious, will not count. Nor will they give you any better chances of being selected as the winner. GOOD LUCK!!

And as always, I appreciate everyone who has read or commented or subscribed and followed my blog. I appreciate your support as well as your feedback.

10,000

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
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‘I couldn’t have been any more surprised.’

So then we’ve reached what I feel, is a milestone. I wrote a blog post when I hit 1,000 views. This afternoon, I’ve reached over 10,000!!!

 
I honestly didn’t think that it would come this soon on the day that I noted that I had just over 9,000 views.
 
I remember at one point, I did some basic math and estimated that I would get 1,000 views every seven weeks or so. That’s not the case any more.
 
But I think that with the expansion and the higher number of blog posts, that the view count also went up. On the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day no less), was my first day in which I had in a 24 hour period over 100 views. I was literally floored. Since that point nearly two weeks ago, views were over 100 four other times. I can remember way back when I got started that I thought that receiving 50 in a day, would be an absolute miracle.
 
If I have counted correctly, I started this blog about 55-56 weeks ago. And now I am over the 10,000 view count. Amazing!
 
I am proud of my efforts to this blog. In the over 225 different posts that I have so far, it is kind of interesting to see just which blog posts receive the most views. “The Frontal Lobe”, which was reader specific, seems to have captured the attention of many, many readers as the view count on that post alone is over 1,000.
 
And there seems to be a lot of people with a fascination for Lizzie Borden, just like me. Even if they disagree with the information that I wrote in that particular post.
 
Very frequently, I will post and think that it will just go through the roof with views. And then I will proven wrong. And vice versa with posts that I never thought that anyone would pay a lot of attention to. Funny how that works.
 
With nearly 30 people either following or subscribed to this blog, the last 12 months definitely has been an eye opener. Never in the world would I think that I would reach that many views in a year’s time. But to those people, thank you for hanging on this far. Thank you for putting up with everything that I throw out there.
 
And of course I must say thank you to the people whom I call “my blog parents”.
 
J.S. Chancellor and Frothtonomy… whom without their inspiration and encouragement, this blog would probably never exist. Their own blogs are on the list of links on the side. Check them both out.
 
And to the other people who continue to read this blog in secrecy and in silence, still I thank you. I know you are out there.
 
To the rest of those readers, I also thank you for making this trip a wild one. I do enjoy blogging and writing, whether I am sharing a thought or a feeling. Or trying to help someone out with a specific situation, or whether I am bitching and moaning about people.
 
As for the future, I think that I will continue the blog. Although I have been given some quiet and self-contemplation about starting a whole new blog that would be separate from this one. As well as my desire to write a short story in the historical fiction genre. The research for it is going well so far.
 
I am thankful for each and every person who has made this blog what it is. Being that I am a very affectionate person in real life– you ALL get hugs! (okay, okay, okay, and kisses too.)
 
10,000 views is a lot. Especially in such a short amount of time. Like I said, I NEVER thought I would reach it so soon. But here we are. And here we began the next chapter of the journey.
 
Thank you for sharing it with me.
 
 
 
 
 

“Leaving on a jet plane”~ John Denver.

Okay, I didn’t leave on a jet plane, I took the bus. It makes better sense to have taken the bus. Plus I didn’t even travel over 200 miles. I’m not going to pay over $300 just to go up into the hour for about 50 minutes only to come back down again.

But I have been away so that I could attend a show by SIX MINUTE CENTURY. Also to have a visit with romance author, Jessica Trapp. Whom I adore both professionally and personally.

And that is why I have been absent from posting anything as of lately. But I wanted to write this post for My subscribers and readers and let you all know that I am okay.

NO, I did not fall off the planet. I did not end up in the hospital, and I did not die. I have received scores of e-mails asking these questions. Good grief, people!! Control your cognitive distortions!!!!!

But I had a wonderful time while I was away. But tonight I am totally spent. But future blog posts will be written as I am able to get well rested again.

Oh!! I noticed that I had 59 views yesterday alone. Thank you to whomever decided to pillage through my posts. That is the most views in a day that I have had since the 2nd day this blog has been in existence!! Which that total number was 43. Those people who viewed my posts yesterday deserve a cookie. And as always, special thanks to the disciples of Dambreaker… Thank you for always having my back!!

 

 

“I just open doors…you take the journey my friend.”~ Dr. Froth
 
That one small sentence that was told to me actually spoke volumes.
 
We were discussing how my blog has evolved and how it had came into existence. I humbly had thanked him for making me think and that was his response.
 
I do believe in the saying of giving credit where it is due, but he is also right in what he had said.
 
The influences of others around us are very powerful. We can either give credit (or give blame) towards others in our lives in whatever changes may come from those influences. However, whether we give credit or blame, we must also give ourselves the same. Because we are solely responsible for our own decisions.
 
I could tell you not to buy a certain product and give you reasons why I am telling you why not. And your life could be so much easier for it. Because you took my advice, you probably are grateful and most likely would tell me how thankful you are. But you also need to thank yourself because you made the decision on your own not to buy that product.
 
Most certainly, many doors open to us in life on a daily basis. Others may call it a crossroads. It is that point in life, in that very moment where we make a decision of where to go. Do we go through the doors or not? Do we turn left instead of right or stay straight ahead? Whatever we do, we have chosen to do that on our own. A lot of life changing decisions may come through influence of others but it is not the others who make that decision for us. We did it ourselves!
 
Do not take what I am saying wrong. I am not saying that you are allowed to walk around with a swollen ego because you are thankful towards yourself. I am saying understand it is you alone who made the decision in the first place.
 
I probably won’t be sending Dr. Froth flowers as a gesture of thankfulness. He would probably kick my ass for that! And I definitely wouldn’t be so vain as to send some to myself. But I will be very clear that I actually made the decision to start a blog on my own.
 
Thanking or blaming others is just what comes natural after a decision has been made and the consequences have been rendered and dealt with.
 
All of that aside, I still believe it to be a shame that the simple two words of “thank you” are not spoken enough in this world. I recall when I was a teenager that my step-mother would ‘force’ me and my brother to sit down at the table and write out “Thank you notes” after the beginning of each January. They were thank you notes to everyone who had given us gifts for Christmas. It really wasn’t a very long list. But what it did do was cut out the fun time in life because “we HAD” to do it. It is most certainly one of the things that I am grateful for having her do, was to learn the power of “thank you”. It most certainly was an important lesson in life I had learned.
 
From that point on, the transaction is complete. I received a gift, I thanked them, and now that person feels happy and blessed because I did stop to tell them thank you.
 
Not to say thank you during certain times just makes you come off greedy, selfish, and very undeserving. That is why I don’t understand why people won’t stop for a fraction of a second to say it. Go ahead, try saying it to yourself…. “thank you”. Didn’t take long did it??
 
Giving credit probably needs to happen a lot more in this day and age. I just don’t see it happening. Or maybe I am just blind to it.
 
Of course we all have our own ways of communicating and expressing ourselves. Some people write thank you notes, other people give gifts in return, and so on. But I feel that it is a very important thing to learn to say to others.
 
Then we must thank ourselves for making that decision to go through that door. If we did, and we came out clean on the other side? Then it is a fantastic feeling.
 
So remember, when you thank someone for something. You also have yourself to thank.
 
 

And just like that, after writing the post of “Poetry & Prose”, I come to this post.

MY 100TH POST on WordPress.

Not sure what I thought I was going to do about it when I noticed that I was getting closer and closer to this mark. I know that by now I could have passed this point many days ago, but I decided not to write about the negativity that was going on in my life and just vomit it all over my blog. I think that definitely would have made the 100th post a very long time ago. But I made the decision to wait until things were much calmer. I’m glad that I did.

Starting this blog back in February, I was not sure how long it would take me to get to 100 posts. Just the other day, I saw another blogger who had reached 1,000!! I could not even fathom it. But here I am, with many subjects written and I’ve reached this point in less than a full six months.

A lot of the content is not uniformed by any stretch of the imagination. The content spans from life experiences for sure. Some funny, some heartbreaking, some to be sought as a learning experience for others and as a warning, and yes…. the contest entries and personal blog posts that were sent to people vicariously.

There are some subjects that I posted in this blog that got more views than others. And of course, it has always kept me guessing. Just when I think that I am writing about something that is going to shake up the world, something else grabs their attention and the view counts on other posts soar by the tens and twenties day by day.

I didn’t set out to become something of an online professional. Neither do I claim to be. I just can write about my own experiences, thoughts, and feelings at the time. Many of which I hope deep down in my heart, have helped some reader.

As of this hour and the last time that I checked, I have over 1,800 views and very close to 1,900. I wonder what 2,000 will feel like? Stay tuned!

Over 20 comments have been left on various blog posts. And eight people decided to subscribe and become Disciples of Dambreaker. To them, I can never say “thank you” enough.

But a special thank you to the people whom I call “my blog father and mother”.

After reading Frothtonomy enough times, I actually made the decision to begin a blog of my own. The author of that blog here on WordPress gave me the influence to these 100 posts that exist today. He is “my blog father”. Thanks for being so moist, my man!!

Shortly after I began this blog, I became a colleague/friend with J.S. Chancellor, who is actually an author of wonderful fiction. I give her special recognition because she helped me along the way with how WordPress functions and could actually work better for me. She is “my blog mother”. Always willing to help and never holds a grudge when I ask her silly questions- especially when the answer was right there in front of my face. She’s been there to simply POINT at it and smile. Thank you, my wonderful friend. My heart always shines a place for you and your friendship.

These two people have their blogs in the list of links in the Blogroll on the left side of the page.

At some point, I began to include images in my blog posts. Then I began to add memorable quotes from well-known people or dialogue from popular American films that was in relation to the content of each blog. I don’t remember exactly when I started doing that, but I believe it has helped fill the blank void of just words on a screen.

To those who inspire, thank you. To those who have been supportive, again… thank you.

For those just seeking information, YOU’RE WELCOME!

This means at least a little something to me that I have 100 posts. Who knows how far this will go?? I enjoy it, and comments and questions are always welcomed. I am looking forward to the next 100 posts in the future.

So I sign off of THIS particular post, with all the love in my heart for those who are there and have been there.

Thank you & Much Love to All!!!!!!!