2017 Posting Schedule (One Year of Wonders)

This is the final post celebrating the first birthday of Wonders in the Wind. As this year draws to a close, I want to explain what you can expect from this blog once the new year begins.

I will continue to publish a new post every Thursday; however, the type of post will vary throughout the month.

New Posting Schedule:

  • 1st Thursday of  the month: A new Authentic Living post
  • 2nd Thursday of the month: A new episode of Asked And Answered, your scripted comedy question and answer talk show
  • 3rd Thursday of the month: A new Thankful For… update
  • 4th Thursday of the month: A new Experiments post (this could be a new Unquote, Unseen Magazine cover, satire post, comic, DIY card idea, or something else comedic or satirical in nature)
  • 5th Thursday of the month: When the month has a fifth Thursday, a bonus Experiments post will be published. Lucky you!

For another way of looking at this, here’s a fun chart. Well, I guess it’s just a chart, since all charts are fun.

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Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this blog over the past year. This has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to what the new year has in store for Wonders in the Wind. With the passing of each day may we continue to move towards the alignment of our thoughts and actions.

Enjoy the last few days of the year! I’ll be back next Thursday for the first post of 2017!

Hey, Statistics (One Year of Wonders)

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Honesty is very important to me. So as I spend this week celebrating one year of blogging, I’d like to take some time to be honest about my statistics.

Above is a screenshot of my monthly views for the last year. You can see changes over the months; the main trend seems to be the average monthly views settling at just above 100.

On a different note, Wonders in the Wind has been read all over all the world. Here are all of the countries from which people have read this blog: Continue reading

One Year Recap (One Year of Wonders)

277-2Wonders in the Wind is now one year old! To celebrate I’m running a special series today, tomorrow, and the day after that reflects on this past year. Kicking things off is a collection of some of my favorite quotes from past posts. I’ve also provided links in all of them so you can read the post the quote is from.

“The inevitability of change can empower us to truly savor every moment that brings delight. It can also help us to appreciate the tough situations in life, as they too are not forever. Accepting that things won’t always be the way they are now can inspire us to live in a more intentional way.”

-From Accepting Change

“There is a difference between having a position and being unwilling to listen to anyone else. There is a difference between holding to our beliefs and attacking the beliefs of others.”

-From Dangers of Absolute Answers

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NaBloPoMo: What To Expect This Month

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Announcement: I am doing NaBloPoMo!

What? Surely you know what that is! Or not… NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month. Bloggers who participate are expected to publish a post every day for the month of November. Technically, the challenge is to start and finish a new post every day. However, I am graduating from college soon and am incredibly busy, so I have already created most of what I will post this month. I would rather bend the rules and have 30 quality posts for you than follow the rules, produce 30 mediocre posts, and be overcome by stress and a lack of sleep.

Moving on, I am SO EXCITED for this month. I don’t believe I have ever used all caps in a post before, so please note that I am really truly honestly excited for this month. I have been working hard on preparing my posts for this month since July, and I can’t believe the day has finally arrived where I get to start sharing all of them with you.

The main theme of my NaBloPoMo efforts is Experiment. Outside of the Thankful For… updates (which will be back to every week for this month), everything I will post this month will be new. Yes, new to you, but also different from what you’ve seen so far on this blog. I am so excited to show you some different types of posts, six new types to be specific.

This month might seem like a departure from what you are used to, and it is in some ways. However, I think everything that will be published this month connects back to my main idea of aligning our thoughts and actions. Yes, this month’s posts will express that idea in some more creative ways, but I think they are still true to the purpose of the blog. After all, they are true to me. They speak to the more creative parts of me, and I am thankful to have had the inspiration, energy, and time to create these posts.

As this month continues, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts, questions, and comments on the posts. What made you laugh? What raised interesting questions? What surprised you? Anything you have to say, I would love to hear. So please do not hesitate to write a comment or send me an email. And if you like any of the posts, go ahead and share them with the people in your social networks.

So, without further ado, here are the types of posts that I’ll publish this month: Continue reading

Asked And Answered: Channel Trailer

There are several big announcements I’ll be making in the next few days, but I want to give a preview of one of those to let you all know more about what is coming. Enjoy…

Asked And Answered is a scripted comedy question and answer talk show that is about to join Wonders in the Wind! I’ll let the trailer speak for itself, but more information about Asked And Answered as well as some other exciting developments will be revealed in a few days!

Intrigued by Michael Reads Minds? Check out the trailer for this channel that is totally real…probably.

8 Smart Strategies To Change Someone’s Mind

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In life, we often come against people who for some crazy reason have the audacity to hold an opinion that is different from ours.

Disagreements are lame, so we usually have to work out some sort of compromise so everyone feels heard and valued to some degree.

This post outlines some natural* and scientifically backed** strategies to change someone’s mind and smooth out any disagreement.

1. Reverse Psychology

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Tell them what you don’t want, acting like it is what you want. This strategy is so straightforward and is impossible to be misinterpreted. Continue reading

My First Six Months Blogging

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I have been blogging for six months! To mark the special occasion, I am going to reflect on what I have learned in the process of running this blog.

Beginning

I did a lot of research before starting this blog. In the early stages I read somewhere that I should come up with at least 40 post ideas before starting. That way I could see if I had enough ideas to make it past my first couple posts. So I did that.

I wanted to be really sure that I had the drive and interest to blog consistently for more than a month or two, and I didn’t want to be fumbling for ideas a few weeks in; nor did I want to announce that I couldn’t continue writing a month after starting; nor did I want to blog at random intervals whenever I had something to write on.

It’s true that there is a lot to learn from our mistakes. I figured I would learn much through starting and maintaining a blog, so once I held a decent amount of information about starting a blog, I dove in.

Posts

I wrote my first series early on. Part one of the series on pining was my third official post. I knew it was a bit soon to start a series, but I really wanted to write about A Fine Frenzy’s album, Pines. Though I thought the series might be a detour, in a way it helped set the stage for the future of the blog. It established some majors themes that I have written on in several posts, and also set the precedent of bringing in wisdom from outside sources. Continue reading

A Lot of People, But Not Everyone

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A lot of people have a blog, but not everyone.

A lot of people like to cook, but not everyone.

A lot of people are business owners, but not everyone.

A lot of people can sing, but not everyone.

A lot of people are parents, but not everyone.

A lot of people can act, but not everyone.

A lot of people are students, but not everyone.

A lot of people enjoy writing, but not everyone.

 

We are kidding ourselves if we think that we are totally unique, in the sense that no one can relate to us.

In fact, we are more like those around us than we sometimes care to admit. We are all human beings; breathing, laughing, living. We eat, we sleep. We wake.

There is so much that people have in common, yet in those commonalities reside a host of variations. Continue reading

Behind The Redesign: Room To Grow

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You might notice Wonders In The Wind looks a little different. That’s because this is the first post on the brand new blog design!

I have been working on redesigning the blog for the last couple of weeks, and the time to reveal it is finally here. I really enjoy the new design, and I hope you do too!

The idea to redesign the blog came to me about two weeks ago. I entertained the thought, and imagined it taking place several weeks or months down the line. But the more I thought of the different changes I could make, and I got more excited and decided to have the new design up in the matter of two weeks.

Growing up I rearranged my room quite frequently for the fun of it. I liked the challenge of getting used to something different. Also, it helped me keep an open mind about the way things look.

Being open to a redesign can be equated to being open to the possibility that perhaps I’ll like something else more. Continue reading

12 Reasons Why Complaining is the BEST!!!

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As all good Americans know, when we perceive that even one of our totally fundamental rights is being indirectly threatened, we must fight back by all excessive and shocking means conceivable. Some people today have gotten the loony idea that complaining is somehow bad for you. Next they’ll say chewing gum is pointless. These crooked clowns espouse things like gratitude and mindfulness. Well my mind is already full of the truth, and the only thing I am grateful for is that I am right.

So in order to protect all that’s good and decent, here are 12 reasons why I am sticking up for the right to complain.

1. As they say, misery loves company. Those old sayings are always true. Cheaters never prosper, right?

2. Complaining shows others how important your thoughts and experiences are. Other people may have the same words, but they don’t sound as effective if they aren’t coming from your mouth. Continue reading