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December 30, 2013

2013 in Retrospect

2013, I have to admit, has been a long year. It's been a bit of my year too! For the eight short months that I have started blogging at my new home (which is blogspot), I had come to learn more things about blogging and the blogosphere. This year, I took my blogging one step higher and I am more than happy and thrilled that I did! 

2013 was a year full of fun, surprises, new discoveries, learnings and more importantly, new friends! Given that, I have decided to do a recap to look back on some highlights/favorites as well as a summary of each month! I hope you enjoy! :) P.S. A wave of links is coming right up!

Yep! That would be my second name. :)

APRIL

As much as I want to keep my old posts, transfer them to blogger and just continue on with it, I had decided to start in another clean slate. Thus, a new beginning. I started with the name Maryiad for a blog name and url (mary + myriad = maryiad. genius! :p), which means 'the many sides of Mary'. Later on, I noticed it's a little bit corny haha. So I thought hard of what to name my blog, something I can use in the long run. Finally, I thought of Secret Obsession, which is perfect! You can read the blog name story here.

I was on a writer's block and wondered 'what now?'. So what I did was transfer a few not-so-personal posts to the new blog. There's our October 2012 Asian Adventure divided into three parts (because it was too damn long and I think I wrote too much haha) and our Celebratory Outing to name a few. Also, I posted some bad habits I need to break, of which I think I still haven't. Lol!

TOP 5 PICKS: Life Lessons Worth Sharing | DIY Paintbrush/Pen Holder | The Asian Adventure 2012 | The Visayan Invasion 2011The Garinfarm Adventure


MAY

Ah, summer! I think it was during this month, or perhaps late in April that I was introduced by Ms Camie to the Better Blogger Network. I had met a few Filipino friends here! :) This introduction to BBN led me to the Blog Every in May Challenge hosted by Jenni of SOML. Though I wasn't able to finish it, I still had so much fun! Aaaand, I was able to meet new people and learn the rule 'comment to those who comment unto you'.
  1. A Day in my Summer Life
  2. What and Who I'm Missing
  3. Ten Words that describe me (Oops! I mean Eight)
  4. A Moment in My Day + Embarrassing Moment!
  5. Advice: Choosing A Course
  6. Things I'm most afraid of
  7. The Perks of being in the Tourism Industry
  8. Blogueurs que j'adore
  9. A Quote to Inspire
  10. Things that make me Uncomfortable
  11. DIY: Perk Up your White Sneakers!
  12. Allow Me to Educate You
  13. My Little Autobiography
  14. Blog Everyday in May Challenge!
  15. An Essay Lovely as a Tree
  16. Expect the Unexpected
TOP 5 PICKS: Expect the Unexpected | Advice: Choosing a College Course | My Little Autobiography | Essay lovely as a Tree | A Quote to Inspire



JUNE

June was still vacation for me since I was waiting for my OJT (on the job training - a course requirement) to start. This time, I had started the concept of Takeover Tuesdays wherein every Tuesday (duh), a blogger gets to be exposed in the blog (for free!) through a series of Q&A! I had recently stopped it but I'm planning to have it back, but this time, no Q&A's. :) Also, I had made a List of Seven series in case I run out of blog ideas. haha On a personal note, this is also where I had traveled to Zambales (5 butt-aching hours away from Manila) along with my aunt to attend my cousin's wedding.

TOP 5 PICKS: My First Liebster AwardWhat to do when you're alone and bored | Gotta Love Pants | Cousin's Chicken Breast Recipe | Cousin Camwhore



JULY 

So our Training has commenced. Blog posts were scarce as I and my co-ojt's had things to accomplish (and memorize!) Most of the blog posts were about Five Among Friends (a Q&A that Taby of Closet Intellectual started) and the Takeover Tuesdays. It's a good thing I have these lovely ladies to take over my blog for me while I was away making lemondes (if you know what I mean!

TOP 5 PICKS: Clothing HaulFive Among Friends 3.0Five Among Friends 4.0 | Five Among Friends 5.0 | The Training + Giveaway

AUGUST

No post this month. Boo! I wonder what I did that I haven't updated the blog for a month! Our training was already finished by then and I guess I had totally enjoyed my vacation that I decided to be on an unannounced hiatus. Or, I had so much fun tinkering with html codes and such that I had no time to blog!

 

SEPTEMBER

Vacation extension! Our OJT is our only subject for the semester that started from June to October. So I was in Manila from June to the first two weeks of August, had my OJT starting July, and no classes onwards. Fun, eh? It would have been boring since I was the only one left in the house with chores to do (everyone was at school). But thank goodness that the internet existed to keep me company! I had made my very first playlist named This Love. I think it was during this month that I found time to read posts that discussed the pros and cons and how to's of blogging. Given that, my own version of blogging tips was born.

TOP 5 PICKS: Blogging Tips from an AmateurThings that a 20 year old should know | Korean Restaurant Experience | High School Reunion 2012 | Getting the VSCO Effect with Photoshop




OCTOBER

I must say, October has been the bestest blogging month for me this year! I had come up with a blogging challenge called the October Daily and hoped that at least a few bloggers would join. I was so thrilled when 54 bloggers signed up! More participants equals more fun! This was the month were I met more great friends from all over the globe (or most parts of it).
  1. I Will Remember You
  2. Even a little help can feel fulfilling
  3. Happiness is...
  4. Beautiful Brights
  5. My 18th Birthday Bash
  6. How to Win My Heart
  7. My Little Hometown
  8. A Letter to Yong Hwa
  9. A Day with Erich
  10. Book Review: True Blue by Luanne Rice
  11. What's in my [School] Bag
  12. The Things I believe in
  13. Smelling memories
  14. The Real Purpose of Blogging
  15. Goals and Dreams before 2014 Ends
  16. A Problem-Free Philosophy
  17. Top Five Favorite Posts
  18. A Quote to Remember
  19. Saturday in Photos
  20. Things to Do on a Sweater Weather
  21. Blog Lovin!
  22. Songs that Elevate My Mood
  23. Tips: Designing your Blogger Blog
  24. A Day Sans Sleep
  25. A Childhood Snippet + Sunday Currently 3.0
  26. Filling in the blanks
  27. Update + My First Few Weeks in Blogging
  28. An unforgettable High School memory
  29. Soundspiration
  30. Why blog?
TOP 5 PICKS: Soundspiration | Tips: Designing your Blogger Blog | Things to Do on a Sweater Weather | Even a little help can feel fulfilling | My First Few Weeks in Blogging



NOVEMBER


I finally got a domain name! Huzzah! What else? Hehe. I think this was during this month, or late in October that I got to receive Sunshine Awards from seven awesome bloggers! Whoa! And a Liebster from Marla that I still haven't done yet. Boo..But seriously ladies, thank you so so much from the bottom of my hypothalamus! :)




DECEMBER

This is where I frequently say 'Can you believe it's only __ days until Christmas?'. And now, it has come and gone too fast. TOO FAST. I can't even. This month, I had come up with another challenge called 12 Days of Christmas. All the while, I thought December was going to be a not-so-busy month for most of us. Only to find out that with the arrival of the holidays, and with more holidays than classes, most of us are indeed busy. I feel like such an awful host. :( Still, I am happy that some of you who joined in were able to finish or post more than I did! :) Kudos to you! This month, I finally got a 2014 planner - a doodle planner! I'm not much of a doodler but let's see how this goes in the end. Haha.

TOP 5 PICKS: Villa Igang Beach | Typography-ish | Things I'm Thankful for this ChristmasDear Santa, here is my wishlist... | What To Do on Christmas Eve

So that was how 2013 went for me. Given those above, 2013 is a blogging year to be treasured. I am sure that 2014 will be a more productive one too! I am currently planning on some posts and a series (hint hint!) that I'm hoping you'll like! :) Since you're already reading this, I would like to thank YOU, yes YOU, for being a reader and a friend. You are one of the main reasons why I keep this blog. :) THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sending my big cyber bearhugs to all of you! I do hope that we'll 'see' each other next year and in the years to come! Goodbye 2013, and in a few days, hello 2014! Happy New Year everyone! Saranghae! ^___^

I challenge you to do a recap of your blogging year too!
So, challenge accepted? *wink
If you did, put a link to it in the comments or tweet it to me at @itsmaryspeaks!
I'd love to read it! :)

4 comments:

  1. I think I abandoned my blog for more than 6 months this year? Hahaha.
    I've been a graduating student too last January to March so I'm terribly busy during that time plus I need to maintain my grades to remain on the list. Then I focused on my review last April and May so I rarely use the internet. My volunteer job started last June and I decided to end it last October and try blogging whenever I had the time. Wala yata akong marerecap hahaha :D

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  2. Oh how can you do that your blog? ;p
    Heheh That's understandable and besides there are more important things. :)

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  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR MY DEAR!!! It sounds like your 2013 was awesome even if it was long. I LOVED the October Daily Challenge you did :] And I still am dying for that doodle planner haha. But anyways I am really glad we "met" in 2013!

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  4. It sure was! Hahah! THank you Marla! I'm glad you liked it and Im REALLY happy that it has brought me friends including you! :) It's still not too late to get that doodle planner though! Hehe Im not sure if they still have stocks but you can check here shop.filed.com.ph :)

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