12 things blogging taught me

a.k.a. August in review

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What do you now know about yourself at the end of this month-long challenge?

7 things I learnt from NaBloPoMo

About blogging

  1. I needed a writing space.
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NaBloPoMo Roundup #04 – And possibly the last one

a.k.a. Not much of a roundup now, is it?

With September around the corner, a lot of us are busy with professional and personal matters – especially for those who have kids – which probably explains why so few bloggers answered the NaBloPoMo prompts this week. If I missed any answers, please let me know in the comments so I can add them later – thank you!
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Weekly report #004 – Ruled by languages…

…at least my schedule is

Overall, this was a very satisfying week – a little stressful, sometimes exhausting, but productive nonetheless. I got my TV “addiction” under control, seem to have replaced it with a language addiction – although, let be honest, it was already here – and met interesting people while discovering my new workplace. I also designed a new schedule that – as this report confirmed – happened to be in line with all my “scheduling needs”. Now, if only I could get up earlier!
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How I found my calling

a.k.a. Reaffirming my number one passion

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What was your best subject back in school? Did you choose a profession that uses that subject?

My best subject

My passion for English began around the age of 9 when I started listening to pop songs by British and American artists and learning them by heart. At the time, I either had just began learning English at school or hadn’t even taken a class, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying myself. My friends and I would re-enact music videos in the playground to the sound of our own voices. I am sure it was gibberish to trained ears, but I can still remember the lyrics to those songs.
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What I’m reading #01 – German edition

a.k.a. What I’ll probably still be reading in 10 years

As I wasn’t inspired by today’s NaBloPoMo prompt, I decided to start a new series of posts about my readings. From time to time, I will share my impressions on the books that I am reading, as a way for me to remember them and introduce you to those you may not know. Today, I will focus on three books that I am currently reading on and off in German:

  • The devil lies in the detail by Peter Littger.
  • Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf.
  • Zerbrechliche Dinge, the German translation of Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman.

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It’s the end of summer again…

…but I’m not going back to school ever again

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Did you like returning to school at the end of summer, or did you always dread the start of the year?

In school

The way I remember it, I always looked forward to a new school year for the following reasons:

  1. I would get to see my friends again, most of whom I hadn’t see all summer.
  2. There would be some new friends, too – or at least I hoped there would.
  3. With some luck, new teachers would replace those I didn’t like or that didn’t like me.
  4. I would start a new subject that already interested me (e.g. initiation to technology).
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Drawing with ones and zeros

a.k.a. Binary for dummies

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Tell us one thing you remember learning in school as a kid.

Grid drawings

One thing I remember fondly is learning to do grid drawings. Our teacher would give us an empty grid with the same number of rows and columns (either a multiple of 10 or a power of 2, e.g. 10×10 or 16×16) and one sequence of ones and zeros per row.
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NaBloPoMo Roundup #03 – Where have all the bloggers gone

a.k.a. How many people use prompts anyway?

Today, I went through BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo Blogroll looking for participants who had answered this week’s prompts. I only discovered three “new” bloggers matching this criterion, and only a few of the participants I already knew about had blogged using the prompts. It is a shame, especially since I would love to read more answers to the prompt about instant fluency. Maybe I will find some later.
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Weekly report #003 – Don’t stop me now…

…I’m having such a good time practising languages!

This week in a nutshell: less TV, a very productive week on the language-learning front, new queries to analyse my diet, and not much else – but high hopes for next week. If only I put as much time and energy in marketing my business to potential clients as I do in learning German and Spanish!
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