Tag: milestone

On a year of blogging

Given that tomorrow’s the end of 2013 I’m not going to do a Song Title Challenge today.  Anyway, last week’s story was number 30, which is a nice round number on which to end.  You don’t agree?  Tough.  My blog, my rules, as I’m sure I’ve said before 😉

Instead, I’m going to look back a bit over my year on if all else fails…use a hammer, as is apparently traditional for those few still blogging at this time of the year. Continue reading “On a year of blogging”

On Another Milestone

So, not only is today Friday the thirteenth.  It is the second Friday the thirteenth of twenty-thirteen and falls exactly thirteen weeks after the previous one.  As stated previously, I’m not superstitious, but just in case your computer explodes as you read this, I’ll keep today’s post short.


Yesterday marked the two-hundredth post on if all else fails…use a hammer.  No, I’m not going to regale you with two hundred facts about myself, I just thought it worth mentioning.

Last week I did a post on five truths and a lie.  I was planning to reveal which one is a lie this week, but Nelson Mandela’s passing and lack of internet last weekend have upset my schedule somewhat, so the reveal will come next week.  That means if you haven’t guessed which of the six facts about me are made up, go there now.

I have a couple of song suggestions lined up for the Song Title Challenge, but I’d love it if someone can suggest me an interesting Christmassy song for the week after next.  Bonus points if it’s something I’ve never heard of.  Last year I did Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (posted here in June).  Go read it.

While I did not have internet last weekend I was within fifty kilometres of a cinema, so the wife and I went to watch Catching Fire.  I won’t be doing a review, but it’s definitely worth watching.  It did what The Hunger Games couldn’t do: convince me that something is missing from my life if I don’t read the books.

Next week Tuesday we’ll be driving 150 kilometres to the nearest cinema to go watch The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug.  Why Tuesday?  Half price (which won’t cancel out the petrol costs, unfortunately).  However, I absolutely can’t not see it on the big screen, so it’s a justifiable expense.

The novel has not moved a word since NaNoWriMo ended, I’m ashamed to admit.  Perhaps I shouldn’t allow myself to go to the movies unless I finish 10 000 words this weekend…

That’s it for today.  Hope you survive your Friday the thirteenth without tripping over black cats, having ladders fall on you, or getting stuck inside broken mirrors.  More seriously, if you find yourself in one of the areas experiencing some extreme weather, good luck.  The sun is still there behind the clouds.  Just hang on.

Happy Blogaversary to me

A little orange trophy just informed me that I’ve been a WordPress user for one year now, and I just thought I’d quickly share that before turning in.

If you go back through my archives (which I wouldn’t advise) you’ll notice the first post is dated somewhere in March last year, but those first few posts were merely imported from Blogger where I had my first attempt at blogging.  My first post on WordPress was actually only on 13 November last year, and not on this blog (though I reposted it here later).  The first actual post on if all else fails…use a hammer was only on 16 November (though I wouldn’t advise reading it either).

Still, it has now been a whole year that I’ve been on WordPress.  In that year I’ve brought you about hundred-and-seventy posts, including twenty-two Song Title Challenges, eleven reviews (seven books; four movies), vacation photos, puppets, silliness and seriousness.  I’ve passed both the hundred-followers and hundred-posts milestones and made quite a few new friends from all across the world.  I’ve watched the world map on my stats-page fill up with colour as more and more flags were added to my collection (including the only non-rectangular national flag in the world) and I can only hope that by this time next year I’ll have them all.

I must confess, at first I didn’t expect to enjoy blogging this much, but in this year it has become such a part of me that I don’t know if I’d be able to give it up if necessary.

To my regular followers, thanks for sticking with me so far.  I hope to keep giving you reasons to do so.

You may now congratulate me 😉

P.S.  If you haven’t yet, go download Issue 4 of The Paperbook Collective right now where you’ll find an original piece of never-seen-before flash fiction by yours truly (that’s me) on page 5.  Then come on back here and tell me what you think, okay?  (P.P.S.  It’s my first ever piece of published fiction outside of blogging.)

Have a great week.

We interrupt our regular programming for this special update

Shortly after my last post the notification area lit up with a cute little trophy and when I clicked on it I got this:


Yes, dear readers, I have reached one hundred followers.  Granted, some of them are not readers, but just spam-followers.  Still, this is considered a milestone in blogland and I appreciate having reached it.  Thanks to those who are following who actually do read what I write.  This blog wouldn’t be the same without you.  And a special word of welcome to the follower who pushed me over the mark, number 100, Steven Fox from SFoxWriting.  I hope you enjoy it here.

Let me also take this moment to announce that this site will be undergoing some construction over the next couple of days.  Some of the pages will be temporarily down and the overall appearance is going to change a few times as I experiment with a new look.  Everything should be back to normal by Sunday.

Have a terrific weekend.

On turning 100

On turning 100

This marks my 100th post on If all else fails…use a hammer (not counting reblogs – if I didn’t write them, they don’t count).  I also considered not counting posts I imported from my first blog on Blogger, but that meant I’d have to do some math and I really didn’t feel like that.  For the same reason I decided to count asides as posts even though they technically…aren’t.

So, this is post one hundred by solemn decree – mine.


To mark this auspicious occasion, I’m going to share with you 100 facts about me.  I saw this on Brilliantly Novel and decided to steal borrow the idea.  I hope you don’t mind that I stole your idea imitated you which they say is the sincerest form of flattery.

But without any further ado I give you…

100 FACTS ABOUT ME Continue reading “On turning 100”