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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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I’ve always liked the stats page. First and foremost I look at the insights – posting activity. That is for incentive. I’m on a no grey challenge. I have enough grey in my beard already. No its just a mark of posting consistency. And that is a goal, and I know if I’m doing that, I’m doing more right things than wrong. My history with idle time is not the best.

One thing I just saw at the bottom of that page is the Annual Site Stats which show Comments, Likes and Total Words. I should scroll down more often because I hadn’t seen this before today. Maybe its new? Probably not, I’m just lazy sometimes. Anyway the thing that caught me was I put down over 85,000 words for around 343 per post last year. What the hell? Had no idea it added up like that. Kind of like steps on a fitbit I guess. I don’t have one of those either.

I would think with all those words and practice I would be improving but not so sure, so I’m going to push myself more in the writing regard also. Not to create more words but string ones together with subjects that are interesting or phrases or my quotes and thoughts that work better. I’m going to reach out to a few writers and editors I do know and get their opinions and ideas. Not my normal nature. I’m an independent cuss at times. I like doing things my way.

From Sunday morning in Ballmore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Yes I look at the daily and weekly graph, not really for anything else than I hope its going up. Counts are far from impressive and I’m very fine with that. In some way operating in obscurity is very freeing. You can have incorrect english from time to time and few catch. I can get away with clunker of a photo. Boring topics or me just rambling on doesn’t cause great numbers of people distress or disappointment. I don’t limit my random thoughts.

Oh yeah, my favorite part is the map of the world and seeing countries other than mine lit up (viewing my page) and that is very nice. Other than that I don’t spend time on the stats page. I’d rather be reading and looking at inspirational art and words of others, but foremost, creating my own.

Random Thoughts of the Day

If I were younger the things on my to do list now would overwhelm me, and depress me, and frustrate me, and cause me great stress and worry. Good thing I’m older and do the best I can and try to leave it at that.

To express is to live. If you see people who haven’t had that outlet and then they do, they come alive.

Each day is like this random slate. Fill it up with beauty and good thoughts. Ah bullshit, we got some problems on that plate and we all need to step forward and come to a solution as a society. Or its going to tear us all apart.

Feeling like I wasted too much time recently.

If you are thinking about how you can do more for your family and friends and fellow-man. Then you have your priorities in order. Oh, I forgot to add our animal friends to that first part.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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