Daily Archives: April 10, 2011

I want to be a better blogger

Blogging regularly can be difficult.  Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have the time or desire to blog something.  Other times, I have far too many pictures to put into a blog post, and I procrastinate.  Procrastination is my biggest problem, I think.  But I’m going to work on that.  I have some big posts coming soon from last year.  There are so many things I need to work on, Japan by Train, photos from the past year, and photos from before June 2009.  Believe me, there are probably over 2000 photos to go through and post, and I keep adding more.

Blue Shoe of Just Another Day in Japan posted a 2 part blog post about being a better blogger.  Click here for part 1, and here for part 2.  It’s very useful advice for anyone who wants to have a more effective blog and just be better at blogging.  Some advice I have taken, such as using Twitter and Facebook (please click on these and follow for updates).  I’m also going to make an effort to comment on other blogs more often.  Blogging can bring you into a community of people with similar interests, and you can meet some great people.  The past few months have changed my attitude toward my blog.  I want to do better and provide more content more often.

I’ll admit that I do want to see more people visiting my blog, as well as more comments.  I will reply to all comments.  I have several aims for this blog.  First is to show my friends and family what I’m doing and what I’ve seen in Japan (and hopefully get them to visit).  Second, I want to help those outside of Japan see what it’s like in the country.  Third, I hope to provide people with some useful information if they plan to visit.  I love comments.  Most bloggers love comments, as we want to see what our readers think.  Feedback is wonderful!  So please comment often!

Finally, I have a few things planned for the future of the blog.  One is to get to work on my backlog.  Second, I’m planning to take some more walks like I did last April.  I’m also planning to buy a new camera, one that is very good quality, but also not too expensive.

If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment!

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Cherry blossoms at night

This time of year in Japan is well known for cherry blossoms. Although they are late this year, they are almost fully blooming. Last night, I was walking along the Hikichigawa River in Fujisawa, and had a great opportunity to take some night photos with my iPhone. In popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) locations, they are lit up. However, due to the power shortage caused by the tsunami, this is not possible this year. But I could find some lights on the path along the river. The different colours are from the lights. Enjoy the pictures!

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