3 Years of Blogging

3 Today!! Woop Woop!!

Thanks so much for your support along the way. Here are a few highlights and reflections on my journey so far.

God bless..


Year 1: Feel the Buzz

Exactly 3 years ago today, I was sat in a cafe along one of Bristol’s ever intriguing and eclectic high streets – Gloucester Road (See article: the longest stretch of Independent shops in the UK).

With background chatter, finely brewed coffee, and an overpriced slice of indulgent cake, I finally put the finishing touches on my new blog – Reposed Thought.

The first year was such an exciting adventure as there was so much to explore and to learn. From my testimony of how I became a Christian, to the never ending journey of an Architect, there was also much to share.

The inaugural year also gave birth to a newly formed interest in writing poetry with my personal favourites being Tales of an Introvert and Poor Mans Tale.

Year 2: Honeymoon over?

The second year was undoubtedly more challenging as the creativity started to fizzle out along with the initial buzz created when the blog first began. With the added pressure of starting my first full time 9-5 job post uni, the time to create was also drastically reduced. Still I persevered to create Big City Dreams and Morning Run Thoughts during that seemingly dry patch.

I constantly found myself reflecting on how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ a post was based on what response I got. I was determined to not let that be the case in the following year.

Year 3: Recreate the high

Throughout 2017, I have felt a combined desire to blog as an outlet for myself and out of respect for my followers. But also, for the sheer fun of it.

This has in turn freed me to create when inspired rather than posting to maintain some kind of  interest. I have felt some of that initial creativity creep back in. My undoubted favourite series from the past year was the daily Zambia photo journal.

Other more recent posts based on experiences include Love Your Neighbour and Plateaued Ambition. The latter recently came 8th out of 30 in my first poetry competition with an honorary mention.

Year 4: ?

Well.. Lets see what happens..

In all that I do, as a blogger or as a Christian, it is my deepest desire to use my God-given talents to help point people to Jesus and his love for us as a broken people.

I recently had an interesting conversation with a fellow blogger that I’ve never met about one of my poems. They said that even though they do not share my faith, they could appreciate what I had to say about life and its challenges and how my faith gives me strength through them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this piece and be sure to follow on here or via the links below..


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Best of 2017: Blog Info-graphics

Abstract: As we are fast approaching the end of another year, its time for another annual blog review. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for being a part of my journey with Reposed Thought. Your engagement and encouragement have been invaluable, and spur me on as a writer, designer and poet. Many thanks.

With so much to learn from, to be thankful for and to be challenged by, here are the stats from 2017 – the stuff you really cared about. Enjoy.

God bless.

Top 10 Posts:

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1. RT Evening Standard nomination: Best new-comer April Fools!! Lesson One – don’t believe everything you read on 1st April. On the flip side, I had lots of fun listening to friends congratulate me before reading further.. 😀
  2. 20 Favourite Poetic One-Liners (Rhyming) A compilation of my favourite lines from poems that I’ve composed. Enjoy!
  3. Love Your Neighbour- Short Poem Written  to go with a sermon from the bible passage Matthew 22:34-40.
  4. Zambia: Day Eleven – Final Goodbye Day eleven of 12: Part of a daily photography journal I kept whilst visiting my home country, Zambia.
  5. Zambia: Day One – Welcome HomeDay one of 12: Excitement, anticipation, reality. All the initial reactions & emotions of visiting home after 5 years.
  6. Screen Watching on the Train Reflections on this generations growing and worrying mobile phone addiction
  7. Zambia: Day Two – Copperbelt Day two of 12: Returning to my home city after 5 years; such a good feeling!
  8. Zambia: Day Five – Last of Kitwe Day five of 12: After a few days on the Copperbelt Province, it was time to head back.   
  9. London Bishopsgate – Walking Tour Photographic tour with a friend in one of the capital’s high-rise districts, Bishopsgate.
  10. 7 Days in B&W 7 days, 7 photo’s in black and white; No people. No explanations.

Top 10 Countries:

Top 10 Countries

Visitors to the blog came from a grand total of 53 different countries in 2017.

Countries as wide ranging as Venezuela, Namibia, Solomon Islands and Bulgaria. Thank you!

Most Popular Month:

Most Popular Month

April was by far the busiest month this year. This is mainly because of the ‘April Fools’ post and the daily photo journal of my trip to Zambia, my home country.


Stay tuned for more content in 2018.

Happy New Year!


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”

PSALM 23

Top 10 posts in 2016

Here’s a belated look back at your favourite content on Reposed Thought in 2016. Thanks for stopping by:

Top 10 Posts

1. Big City Dreams – Short Poem (poetry, creative writing)

2. Father I Turn To You (by Jahaziel) (Lyrically sound music)

3. Words I Never Said – Short Poem (poetry, creative writing)

4. Emeli Sande – Clown (my piano cover) (piano, music)

5. Chasing After The Wind – Short Poem (poetry, creative writing)

6. A Writers Struggle – Short Poem (poetry, creative writing)

7. Psalm 46:10 (Christian, graphics, photography)

8. Random Summertime Photography (photography, art)

9. S.O. – So It Ends (Lyrically sound music)

10. Morning Run Thoughts (thoughts, life)

 

2 Years and counting – Bloggerversary

Wow! Where has the time gone..

Thank you so much for following, liking, encouraging and supporting Reposed Thought to this point, it’s second birthday. Its so exciting to see this little hobby grow from its humble beginnings in the midst of deep procrastination to seeing out two amazing years of creative writing. It’s also been a real joy discovering other bloggers with similar interests in writing, poetry, photography and more.

Lessons learnt…

One of the biggest challenges has always been consistency. As most bloggers will tell you, it is so much easier to craft a well written piece than to consistently reproduce content of a high standing.

Top tip…

Post rubbish. By that I mean keep churning away, share incomplete stuff because the longer you try and perfect it, the further it will get from its route.

Every story is unique… Share yours!

A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending a football match along with nearly 90,000 others. Every one of us saw the same game, but each from his/her unique perspective. There was the eager cameraman on the touchline looking through his camera lens all game; the rowdy hooligan in row Z proudly donning his teams colours and singing like no-one was watching. And then there was me (no I wasn’t in row Z).

One of my goals from the outset was to inspire others through storytelling, poetry and simply life.

2 years on, I want to take this opportunity to say thanks for supporting me on this journey.. so far.

God bless

Gome

Oct ’16 Review

Hello! And welcome back to my monthly reviews. Just taking this opportunity on my 1 year 9 month ‘bloggerversary’ (coz that’s a word) to say thank you for all your support. I reached 100 followers this week on the blog (not incl. Facebook). It really has been a joy to do this for fun while still being productive.

Here’s a brief overview of the last months activity on Reposed Thought. Enjoy!

Sept 12- Oct 12 2016

I want to be – Childhood Dreams

An unaltered story that I wrote aged 11 about what I wanted to be when I’m older.

S.O. – Give it to God

“Where do you run to when the doors close off? Who do you call on when it all goes wrong..” Riveting, heart-searching song by 2016 Mobo Awards Nominee – ‘S.O.’

Footsteps to humility

Philippians 2 gives an insightful blueprint for humility as demonstrated in the life of Jesus.

A Writers Struggle – Short Poem

The struggles of a writer, an artist, a poet; how to stay relevant and how best to show it.

October Photo Reel

A collection of recent photos as captured through the lens of my phone-cam. Opportunistic photography I call it. Enjoy!

1 Year 1 Month: Review

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Hello! Many thanks for stopping by, supporting or following my blog @Reposed Thought. As ever, here’s a brief look back at what I’ve been up to in the blogosphere this past month. Peace, Gome.

All Posts (12 Jan 2016 – 12 Feb 2016)

  • Young.Black.Unarmed (9 Feb) – Police violence against black people in America has been in the news a lot recently. The statistics are ridiculous! This is what inspired me to write this piece. check it out..
  • J.Miles – Love Letters (ft Leah Smith) (3 Feb) – This song beautifully shares a simple yet necessary message that the world needs to hear; a love like no other..
  • Last Nights Weird Dream (#2) (3 Feb) – Another one of those nights. This the second weird dream I’ve managed to record straight after waking up.
  • John 16:33 (19 Jan) – Words to live by: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jesus).

1 Year Today: Annual Review

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Wow!! What a year it has been.

Full of challenge, joy, reflection, creativity and more. I’d firstly like to thank God for being incredible through it all. Thanks also to each of you for supporting my blog in its first year. I sincerely hope you have been encouraged, motivated, or challenged in one way or another. Here’s to another year of art, music, poetry, and other random thoughts. Peace

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” [Proverbs 3:6]

All posts (12 Dec 2015-12 Jan 2016):

Top 10 posts in 2015

  1. Architecture: Isn’t that like 7 years?
  2. Learn generosity when you are poor
  3. Creative Blogger Award
  4. Father I Turn to You (by Jahaziel)
  5. My Testimony – New Life
  6. Tales of Insecurity – Short Poem
  7. Welcome to my world!
  8. “Poor man’s tale – Short Poem”
  9. “Tales of an Introvert – Short Poem”
  10. “Mindless Violence – Short Poem”

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2016.. the journey continues..

11 Month Review: November 2015

 Hello and a very Happy Christmas to you all. Thank you so much for your support of Reposed Thought. Its been an amazing 11 months and I’m so thankful to God for it. As ever, here is my latest monthly review which looks back on what I’ve been up to on my blog over the past month. As it hasn’t been a busy month of writing, I have included the most viewed posts during November to give you a flavour of what it’s all about. Check them out! Would love to know your thoughts.

May thanks and God bless

All Posts (12 Nov-12 Dec)

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Chasing after the wind – Short Poem (Nov 24) – Inspired by Ecclesiastes 1:14 (chasing after the wind). This short poem is about the victory that can be found in Jesus to overcome addiction.

 

Most viewed in November

10 Month Review: October 2015

So, its a Thursday and we’re in November. Things feel like they’re slowly coming to an end. As I look back on these past 10 months, my overriding emotion is that of gratitude. I’m thankful to God for my life, my family, friends, work colleagues, etc. I might not always appreciate them the way I should, but he’s placed each one in my life for a reason.

I also wanted to thank you all for your continued support of Reposed Thought. It’s been fun connecting with other like-minded people, who inspire thoughts of inspiration. I’m so excited to see how things progress in the future. I’ve found blogging a fun and refreshing way to de-stress, and a more productive way to spend time online. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.


This months review:

This month hasn’t been as busy on the blogging front unfortunately. It’s been a battle between posting things often and posting for the sake of it. As a result, my creativity has been held back a little, but stay tuned as there’s more stuff to come from my draft folder. In keeping with previous reviews, here’s a look back on all posts from the past month.

Blessings! Gome

All Posts (12 Oct-12 Nov)

9 Month Review: September 2015

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Hello and welcome to my latest monthly review. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed following Reposed Thought over the past 9 months. It’s been a real joy for me to write about all kinds of stuff that is close to my heart. Some of my favourite posts have included:

  • my testimony – new life
  • tales of an introvert – short poem
  • last nights weird dream
  • architecture: isn’t that like 7 years?

Some of my aspirations from the beginning were to inspire, motivate and humour you [the reader], but also to encourage you [through my insights] to share your own hidden talents with others.

As I lay down one evening and brainstormed potential blog names, a lot of different topics ran through my mind that I felt quite passionate about sharing (such as my Christian faith, love of music, football, photography etc). Having taken the first steps into the blogging world, I found the challenge of writing stuff to an audience that I didn’t personally interact with quite a tough yet exciting challenge. Several thoughts go through my mind before making any post. For example: Who might read this? How will they interpret it? Does it make any sense? If its a written piece, does it flow? etc.

Providentially, at the time I was starting my blog, there was a story-telling workshop organised by my tutor (quite random for architecture, you might think). Well, those were my thoughts exactly. What I didn’t realise, however, was how pivotal that workshop would be for my soon to be established blog. It was where I wrote my first ever poem called “The Angry Sharpness Monster” – Check it out here with its back story:

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/the-angry-sharpness-monster/

To date, I have written a total of 12 original poems (Including this months ‘Lost Ones’ listed below). I share this NOT as a way of gloating (sorry if it comes across that way), but as an encouragement for you to recognise that you are special and unique in your own beautiful way. I believe that God made each one of us with a purpose and as part of that, he has equipped us with different talents and abilities that are special. Even if its making other people smile, that in itself is a special gift. So let your light shine that others may see. You never know what might come from it or who you might bless. I know I’ve used this verse over and over again, but it never ceases to be true:

“I praise You [God], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

(Psalm 139:14)

Now onto this months brief review.

All Posts (12 Sept-12 Oct)