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Hello again!

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Oh wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve made an appearance here. Over a year, I can’t believe it! And to be honest, I don’t really know how to start after such a long hiatus. Should I just continue where I stopped? Or should I explain? I don’t even know how it came to that long break from blogging. There were many times during the past year when I had an idea for a post and made a note in my mind to write it down. Sometime. But then for some reason the urge to write wasn’t strong enough and quickly I had other things on my mind. And somehow, over time I forgot that this blog even existed.

This past year, there was so much going on in my personal life that I somehow lost my interest in creating things. Not only did I stop blogging, I also stopped making music. Partly, this was due to a lack of time, but mostly because I was busy creating something else. Probably the most amazing “thing” a human being is able to create. A miracle. And I gave birth to that miracle 11 weeks ago. That’s right, I am the mother of a beautiful baby girl now! 🙂 The cutest baby in the world (of course!). I still have to pinch myself from time to time to make sure this is not just a dream. That we really are parents now. And I can’t help but think that life does have its funny ways. When I started this blog back in 2011, having a baby wasn’t on my mind at all. To be honest, starting a family seemed more like the opposite of how I wanted my life to be at the time. When I was younger, I was sure I wanted to have kids one day. But when I was approaching 30, I wasn’t that sure anymore. There were still so many things I wanted to do and see and explore. And I certainly didn’t feel mature enough to raise another human being. Then, when I met the boyfriend (who is now my husband btw, I know, crazy, right!?) my view changed again. Early into our relationship, we had the kids talk and were both sure we wanted to have children together. One day.

That day came sooner than I thought though. One day it just hit me out of the blue. Suddenly, the world was full of pregnant women and young mothers with babies. And I wanted nothing more than being one of them. Immediately. I had no idea where that utter wish to have a baby suddenly came from. But it was there, not willing to leave me alone anytime soon. Of course, I talked to the boyfriend about it who wasn’t as enthusiastic as me about the idea of having a baby. Not just yet. But over time, he grew more and more fond of the idea and so one day in June we just decided to go for it. 2 months later I peed on a stick and a magical pink line appeared. I remember that day like it was yesterday. How we were standing in the bathroom looking at that piece of plastic in disbelief. It was one of the happiest days of my life, only to be topped by the day we said “yes” to each other and the moment we heard the first scream of our daughter.

And now here I am, writing a new blog post while our cute little baby (who is actually not that little anymore, they’re growing so fast!) is peacefully sleeping next to me. Oh wait, did I say peacefully? Of course, she just woke up screaming at that very moment I wrote the word “peacefully” down. No kidding! So, I gotta go for now. But I promise I’ll be back soon. I’m not sure how often I’ll actually be able to post something because it’s not entirely up to me anymore how I spend my time. But I promise it won’t be another year. And I also promise it won’t just be all about babies from now on. Because I’m still me. Even though being a Mom is making up most of my days now, I’m more than that. I’m still a dreamer, a traveller, a music lover and so much more. My life is still an adventure, probably more than ever. So I hope you’re staying around.

My year in blogging

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Every year, WordPress has a little surprise in store for its bloggers: an annual review with stats of the past year. I’m always looking forward to that report because as probably most bloggers I’m a little obsessed with blog stats. I love to see how many people visit my blog, which posts they read, how they find me and which part of the world they’re from. I frequently visit the stats page of my blog thoughout the year, but it’s especially nice to get an overview of the whole year. And while this blog is still tiny, I can’t help but be proud that quite a bunch of people read what I have to say and sometimes even leave a comment. So how did 2013 go for Exploring Maybeland?

All in all I’d say it was an average year in blogging for me. I wish I would’ve sticked to writing more regularly, but I still feel that I shared a lot of things during the past year. I wrote 37 posts which makes a post every 1,5 weeks (not as bad as I thought) and posted 55 pictures. The busiest day was February 4th. That day I published a post called “February? Really?” in which I was surprised at the fact that the first year of the month had already passed and I felt like I’d accomplished nothing at all. Rereading that post just now made me wonder if this January is going to be the same. Well, I hope not. That post surprisingly wasn’t among the 5 most popular posts I published last year. Here are the post people were most interested in reading:

  • What I like: It seems like the simplest post I wrote was the most popular one. Sometimes it’s that easy I guess. I simply listed things I like. Which are quite a few. Take a look.
  • Rock bottom: In this post I dealt with the immediate aftermath of my breakdown. This was probably the most difficult topic I ever wrote about. But also like a therapy. I’m not very good at talking about my problems, so writing it down, getting it all out certainly was important in order to get better. And who knows, maybe it can even help someone who’s in a similar situation.
  • Creativity is not a talent!: I found this quote in a speech by John Cleese and I found it to be very true. And even better: I believe that anyone can be creative. You just have to set your mind to it and let inspiration flow.
  • My theme song for 2013: At the beginning of every year I pick a theme song to accompany me through the year. A song that reflects what I want that particular year to be about. Last year I chose “Invincible” by Muse and it turned out to be very true to my experiences. So much so that I put a lyric (“Together we’re invincible”) on the back of our love lock (see my previous post for more on that).
  • Forward: In this post I introduced a prototype of our band shirt and had a little rant about how hard it is to find fellow musicians who are as passionate about our music as we are.

What I find particularly interesting is that all these posts were published between January and March. So I’m either writing more interesting posts at the beginning of the year or people are generally reading more blog posts during that time. Who knows.

The funniest part about blog stats are the search terms through which people find your blog. The most popular ones this year were: “exploring maybeland” (obviously), “maybeland” (also no surprise), “gary lightbody laugh” (Interesting, I wonder if he has a particular sexy/funny/whatever laugh? I hope they weren’t too disappointed when they found out it was actually Snow Patrol’s guitarist who was laughing in the post they were referred to by this search term), “maybeland makeup” (I wonder if they meant Maybelline?) and “creativity is not a talent”. My personal favourites, however, were these:

  • “fuck as many girls as many time in frankfurt” (Um, I have absolutely no idea why someone would find my blog through this!!!)
  • “what are my chances of getting to meet Jared Leto” (I have no idea how the internet is supposed to tell you what the chances are. Unless by “meet” you mean being in the same room with him and dozens or even hundreds of other fans, in that case money will give you a 100% chance.)
  • “porn hub kim and ray j sex tape” (I just wish I’d never seen this one.)

Unfortunately, most search terms are encrypted. I’m sure there would be some other hilarious ones.

Another interesting stat are the places visitors of my blog come from. One reason I’m blogging in English is that I’d love to have readers from all over the world. And I certainly did. There were people from 54 different countries reading my posts last year. By far, most people came from Germany, followed by the United States and the UK. But there were also people from as exotic places as Barbados, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Panama, Lybia, Guam and Iraq. Wow!

I for one can’t wait for another year here in Maybeland. And I really hope you’ll join the ride. Cheers!

2 years!

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When I came here last week to write a post, I noticed that the notification button on the top of the page was blinking orange. This is usually to tell me that someone started to follow my blog, liked or commented on a post. I’m always very curious and excited when this happens (because it doesn’t that often). But this time, it wasn’t a usual notification.It was an anniversary notification. From WordPress. Wow, I thought. Has it really been 2 years already? Did I really manage to keep this blog going for such a long time, at least more or less? Unbelievable!

When I went to bed a little later that night, I couldn’t help but think of my life 2 years ago. And while I was going back in time in my mind, the boyfriend came into the bed room. He looked at me and said: “I was just thinking how everything right now is the way it’s supposed to be. The only thing I wish for is to have more time for making music. But other than that I’m happy with the way things are.” I looked at him in disbelief because he was speaking exactly what I was thinking the moment before he entered the room! It’s not the first time this has happened. Soul mates and all that, huh!

2 years ago I was single. My life was a bit stuck in a job I wasn’t happy with anymore and a private life that was lacking a direction. It was a turning point for sure and I see this blog as a first step into my new life. Writing down my thoughts helped me to reflect, to get a clearer vision on what I really wanted. And sharing this with other people who gave me feedback and reassurance helped me even more. So, I want to thank you, dear readers, for being around over the past 2 years. For listening to my moanings and doubts and sharing my joys and dreams. I am very grateful you’re sticking around. And I hope you will do so for the next bazillion years. Cheers!

Introducing: Exploring Maybeland’s Musings on Music

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I know it’s still been pretty quiet on here lately and I don’t like it very much. Believe me. I’ve been busy with various things, yes, but it’s not like I couldn’t have made time to post. I just didn’t really feel like it. Not that nothing’s happening in my life that I could blog about or anything. I did have ideas for things I could blog about. But then I felt like it didn’t really fit on here. Because I don’t want this blog to turn into a clusterfuck about everything in my life. I want it to have a theme, a clear direction, so readers know what they can expect. Which doesn’t mean there can’t be any surprises here and there. That’s how I as a reader want a blog to be like.

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The thing is: When I started this blog, I didn’t really know where it would take me. I didn’t really know where my life would lead me. It was all about exploring potentials and possibilities. And it still is. But something has changed. I have found that one thing I was searching for. The one thing I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Even though I still fail a lot at putting this into practice in everyday life. And this one thing is music. Making, listening, breathing music, every spare second of the day. So I thought why not give music a bigger space on my blog. I’m going to concerts all the time, I’m discovering new music all the time, I’m learning about making music all the time. So why not share it with you all. So this is what I’m gonna do. It’s time for a new category which I’m gonna call “Musings on Music”. I already have a little something coming up I want to post about. On Saturday, me and the boyfriend are going to play a little acoustic set at this awesome charity event a friend of mine and a musician friend of hers are setting up. I’m really looking forward to this since it’s the first time we’re going to play in front of an audience that doesn’t just consist of my friends since the Open Stage gig in June.

I hope you’re looking forward to this new chapter of Exploring Maybeland as much as I do. If you have any specific themes you’d like to read about, let me know in the comments.

What I like…

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Reading others people’s blogs can sometimes be a great inspiration for a new post. Yesterday I came across an awesome post over at just be. love all. live life. which was inspired by another blogger. Which was inspired by yet another blogger and so on. The question is simple: What do you like? Since life has been tough again at work and elsewhere (well, mostly at work), I really feel the need to focus on the positive things in life. The things that make life interesting and fun and exciting. The things that really count. I’m just making this list up as I’m typing. Enjoy!

I like travelling. Music. Playing the guitar. Singing. Concerts. 30 Seconds to Mars. Japan. Tokyo. Sushi. Nutella. Hiking. Running. A warm breeze on my skin. The Ocean. Skyscrapers. Loving and being loved. Spending time with my boyfriend. My sister. My awesome friends. My family. Movies. Muse. Books. NYC. Getting lost in the moment. Adventures. Photography. Art. Crossing my own boundaries. Summer nights. Spending all morning in bed. Babies. Dogs. Elephants. Berlin. Scotland. Snowboarding. Blogging. Songwriting. Being creative. Nature. Chocolate. Laughing. The sun. Blue skies. Birds chirping. A home-cooked meal. Being up high. Chasing dreams. Challenges. Lists. Personal revolutions. Life.

What do you like?

1 year in Maybeland

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Today “Exploring Maybeland” celebrates its first anniversary! Can you believe it? On the one hand I feel like this year has gone by super fast. And on the other, so many amazing and crazy things have happened that it almost seems like a decade to me. I remember exactly how I felt when I wrote my first post in here. I knew that I was about to embark on an interesting journey. And this blog was supposed to document my adventures – for me and for others. And while I wish I would have written more and especially on a more regular basis, I feel like it worked quite well. By thinking things through  that happen in my life and putting them down here, I feel that I’ve come to understand myself a lot better. I’m finally seeing why I feel certain things, why I am the way I am. It also gives me a clearer image of who I want to be. And this is something I can work on every single day. A year ago, I never thought my life would turn out the way it has. It’s become so much more fulfilling and that was exactly what I was looking for. It certainly has become more of a challenge, too, and again – this is what I had been looking for.

Of course, my blog would be nothing without you, my dear readers! I know I’ve said it before, but it still seems unbelievable to me that there are people out there who come to Maybeland on a regular basis. And I am so grateful for this! So THANK YOU! I’ve found so many other inspiring people and bloggers through this blog. And that’s amazing! I think that’s what blogging is truly about. It’s about connecting with other people. People you wouldn’t just be able to meet in the streets. It’s about getting inspiration from others and turning it into something productive. And that’s something I’d like to see increase in the 2nd year of Maybeland. I want this to be a place where people not only read, but share their experiences and discuss them. Don’t be shy! I will try my best to keep this place alive and interesting for you.

So here’s to year 1 in Maybeland. I can’t wait to see what year 2 has to offer. All I know is that it’s gonna continue to be an amazing journey!