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Blogposts structure of 2019

Hi readers,

2019 is already a month on the go and the past month I thought about starting the new year with some new changes / adjustments / improvements . An improved blogstructure!

I bought a lovely calendar of Dutch’s most famous quotes brand: Loesje.
And I bought a agenda from the same series as well. In the calendar I organise my blogposts and make some extra notes about all my ideas. The agenda is just a agenda for the personal life and to have a good overview of all the different appointments in my life this year. Of course stuff like deadlines and presentations for study, days I’ll be working as a student software tester, days to spend with friends and family and free time for some events, blogging, sports, household and selfstudying/preparations for everything thats coming up.

The new structure I thought of kind looks like this:

  • Monday #Book review
  • Tuesday #Top Ten / Interesting Ten
  • Wednesday #Series review
  • Thursday #Travel
  • Friday #Film review
  • Saturday’s #Healthy & Saturday’s #Tech
  • Sunday’s #YouTube

Writing a blog post for every day is quite a big challenge and it takes some big effort to investigate and write down everything I have gathered since the beginning of this blog in March 2015. But I am looking forward to this challenge…

How my life in 2019 (probably) looks like?

  • Studying Computer Science / Software Engineering with a particular interest in Data Engineering.
  • Working a couple of days per week as a Junior Software Tester
  • Writing, creating and redesigning this blog
  • Reading for The Bored to Death bookclub in Rotterdam
  • Working on some smaller (tech) projects
  • Socializing with friends and family
  • Somewhere sports… yeah still have to figure out how exactly. Having a warmth-allergy doesn’t make it easy to start something and go recklessly for it without proper guidance. 
  • Travel bits because I want to keep exploring the world, start small and in a couple of years more far away travels.
  • Blogging… writing and designing and communicating

Meanwhie I am also studying, working on some (tech)projects, reading for The Bored to Death bookclub, working as a Junior Tester and developing myself furthermore in (programming) languages.

I am still so curious and feel challenged by improving my languages the next couple of years. Such as:

  • Dutch (literature e.g.: style, words, sentences)
  • English (more fluent, better descriptions of emotions)
  • German (basic)
  • French (basic)
  • Italian (basic)
  • A Scandinavian language (Norwegian or Swedish)
  • A Celtic language (Scottish Gaelic or Irish)
  • Latin (basic), it is an ancient language but interesting for it’s use in history.
  • Greek (basic) and there is old-Greek new-Greek. I’ve had classes about old-Greek, still interesting with all the history and mythology and stuff.

And of course as an IT student I am also interesting in improving in my programming languages and architecture designs.

And I’ll try to use the new WordPress block editor, which looks at first nice because you can embed a lot of stuff.

So this is the ‘Blogposts structure of 2019’ update.

Have you used the new WordPress block editor already?

And what do you think of it?

And what do you think of my new ‘Blogposts structure of 2019’?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Computer Science · Travel

Life of an IT student | May 2018

Hello readers,

The month of May was quite a month of opposites. From the daily work at the internship and traveling a few hours a day, to several travel days, day trips and events. Lots of little different things came by this month.

For the internship my final few weeks of work started since December 2017. It feels good to have a little break in the work rhythm right now, but all the stuff I have learned at the company feels even better. It was an incredible journey and my first real external internship for more than half a year as a student Software Engineering. I am still writing my final report on it and will finish the whole subject completely at the end of the month of June.

The month of May also started with a visit to the famous ‘Keukenhof’ or also known as the ‘Tulips Garden’. I have photographed a lot on this beautiful sunny day and this year the ‘Tulipa Denmark’ is my favorite. It was a lovely sunny day in spring.

Halfway the month I visited the city ‘s’Hertogenbosch’ in the province of Noord-Brabant. Except for a stop at the train station I had never been there before. A lovely town for shopping, some drinks, food and cultural events. Every Sunday around noon is a concert in the local theatre and the cathedral of this city is wonderful! When I was walking around as a  ‘tourist-for-a-day’, people were enjoying the sunshine on the terrace and at every pub and restaurant where little festivities going on. It felt like I was walking to a little town with it’s own close but lovely community.

At the end of the month of May I had a few day off from work and went to the Belgian Ardennes. Stunning view of colors, depths, a river and the natural stalagmites and stalactites artwork inside the caves of a mountain. To a castle and hiking to the heights of the Ardennes from the sunshine in the valley to the top and a bit of thunder when climbing down again. It has been an amazing and exciting experience for a few days a nice mini holiday.

How has been your month of May?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Computer Science · Travel

Life of an IT student | March and April 2018

Hello readers,

March 2018

March was focused on the exams of study and at the end of the month it was Easter! But inbetween I have been to a special museum night at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with the exhibition theme ‘High Society‘. It was a really special evening with lots of portraits, stories and a walkaround at the museum. Together with a good photographer I have been to this special event and we ended our tour with visiting the well-known ‘The Nightwatch‘, painted by Rembrandt van Rijn. There were just a few people walking around in that wing too, so we had plenty of time to look at it and the other surrounding paintings. What a beauties and what a beautiful wing too with all the bright colors and details! I had not seen it yet since the museum was restored.

April 2018

It feels like I have time travelled a few weeks and skipped a few days. Life as a student has been busy, as usual, but the last couple of weeks between Easter and the first week of May – yes that is circa a full month – have been a rollercoaster full of closeby extremes.

In study I got a few more results back of the exam weeks I have had, nice :). And I arrived at the last few weeks of my internship. Writing code and code and code I have been literally doing every day, haven’t even written any blog post or word document inbetween. Writing a lot of code means also discovering some errors, trying to solve them and success or fail at the end of the day. Luckily there is always another tomorrow if I could not solve it immediately. And I have learned already so much at my internship! I still have to clarify everything and just make a list of the full workproces for the final internship report.

The next couple of weeks, until the beginning of June, will be more or less the same: code code and code.

In april I have been also participating at the Data Driven Challenge organised by one of my teachers and the KNVI (Royal Dutch Society of Information person). Together with my team Grofgemalen { } we designed a system to be more efficient with the available data and combining it with weather conditions for better predictions and making ad hoc actions possible.

I had the opportunity to pitch twice and I am very thankful to my team for these amazing chances and experience.

The result: we have won the Data Driven Challenge of 2018!

See the full story on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6394600370055708672

The end of the month is celebrated with a trip to my brother to celebrate his new job – really proud sister over here. And the month ended with the typical Dutch Kingsday! Family, friends and some nice music made it a happy friday.

The weather in The Netherlands…that were extremes but I am glad spring has finally really started.

How has been your start of spring?

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Tuesday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read about it here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my third day – Sunday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Sunday
How my fourth day – Monday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Monday

The morning

On Tuesday morning I woke up early to write for my blog and have a little morning walk. The planning of today: visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia. The ship I have seen in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. The ship is famous for serving the British Royal Family for decades and has sailed thousands of miles around the world. The morning was not that interesting, just my morning habits before I leave the house.

The afternoon

The afternoon started with the ‘Majestic Bus Tour’ that has a stop at the Ocean Terminal where The Royal Yacht Britannia is docked. The bus tour gave me a nice view of the neighbourhoods next to the harbour. And after I left the bus, I ate my lunch on a bench in front of the Ocean Terminal. I had brought another meal deal with me, a tuna sandwich, a bottle of water and a little bag of apple slices. After lunch I entered the Ocean Terminal which is also a shopping mall. Lovely decorated in a dinosaur theme for kids and it gives some color to the big white venue. On the right part of the site at the second floor, you could enter The Royal Yacht Britannia area. An area that included a big souvenir shop – with really nice stuff for – such as – little presents or stuff for your household. It also included, after entering the entrance by passing a guard and the ticket area, a nice exhibition about the history of the yacht, the royal family and all that they have experienced between 1953 and 1997. Yes, the yacht has served for 44 years! That’s a long time for a royal ship. The exhibition gave you the general knowledge about its history and by entering the ship and visiting all three floors, you had a clear view of how the family and crew lived days, weeks or months on the ship. Incredible. More specifications of course in a special blog post about this royal yacht!

Halfway the afternoon I stepped into the Majestic Tour again for another part of a city tour and I stepped off at the stop at The Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the palace H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II always visits in the first week of July for the famous Garden Party. This is a special occasion where ~600 important Scots are invited to this festivity. I walked through the palace, the adjacent abbey of which sadly only the ruins are left. But beautiful ruins! You can even see it from different directions. From left gate in front of the palace, from Holyrood Park which is next to and behind The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and of course from the royal gardens itself. A wonderful and vision with a little bit of spirit from history attached to the venue. There was also a little special photographic exhibition of the royal family and one of the grand children of H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II that married in 2011. Princes Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (Philips) married Mike Tindall back in 2011 and they are married here in Edinburgh at Canongate Kirk. At the end of the exhibition it was time for an afternoon cup of tea. The typical English cup of tea. I went to the tea room of The Palace of Holyroodhouse and had a ‘Twinings English Breakfast Tea‘ together with a piece of fruitcake – yes that one they make for the Christmas Cake as well – and a piece of The Palace of Holyroodhouse shortbread. Not that healthy but very local and delicious! At the tea room they sell only local products from all over Scotland.

 The evening

The afternoon came to an end and the tea room was nearly closing. I left the venue and walked on the Royal Mile. Yesterday I visited Edinburgh Castle, located at the other end of the Royal Mile. So today I started at the lowest point of it. Climbing uphill, enjoying the sight of shops and pubs and I get bothered by the little drops of rain. Which quickly turned into a rain shower that lasted for an hour or so. Along my way I passed the Scottish Veterans Residences – they support already for 107 years! Which I highly respect. I was walking wandering around in the Canongate area, walked through a little alley, passed a parking lot and stumbled upon the mural of the backyard of Canongate Kirk. Yes I was at first looking for a shortcut walk to Calton Hill – yes a hill, high, photographic view, just a few paths, have to know how to get there – and I didn’t know nor found a path from my route to the top of Calton Hill. So I turned sort of around and walked back to Canongate. I visited the graveyard at Canongate Kirk and what an impressive view those huge gravestones have. Nearly every important family have/had it’s own ‘tomb’ space on the graveyard.

After the visit to the graveyard I went back to South Bridge where I had been before by bus – Google Map it I would advice because it is an well known bus stop and centrally located. At the corner of the street they have a royal blue cute looking bookshop named ‘Blackwell’s‘. From the inside it is a great bookshop and even see how big it really is when you walk around at the first floor. They have every imaginable category of books and most of them related to study subject as well. And they have, when you step inside and walk to the left area, a complete corner filled with Scottish history, literature, travel, authors, fiction, language, cooking and so on. And yes they sell books for learning the Gaelic language as well. I was amazed by the numerous books they sell. I just discovered – after Google’in – that I maybe can buy ‘The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World’s End and Other Stories‘ (Hardback) and ship it to The Netherlands – flight kg’s limited and stuff – because the other famous bookshop named ‘Waterstones’ does not sell it online nor ship it. Wow, is it such a limited copy book? I photographed several books I would love to buy and read. But first things first. I have only bought three little study books from publisher O’Reilly about software engineering. My three little kind of dictionaries in those particular languages.

The evening had started and I had nothing special for dinner except the haggis kind of sausage roll. I headed back home, changed my clothes into a bit more casual classy formal and headed back to South Bridge. Because nearby is a famous – you don’t say by looking at the entrance – hidden Jazz bar. Thé Jazz Bar of Edinburgh with free open jam sessions on Tuesday Night. It was lovely! And it is a bar you should visit for at least a drink and listening to live music.

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Events

Sunny Sunday in May

It’s just a sunny Sunday in May and the upcoming day the weather will be good too in The Netherlands according to the weather forecasts.

The last couple of days I have been busy with study, travelling as a little tourist in my own country and family and friends. As well as going to some IT related events and speaking to some startup businesses. These days have been very inspiring and I am planning something to do during summer as a blog tour. Ideas ideas and ideas. And it is all noted in my new notebook – in the other little one was no space left for all my ideas while being travelling now and then. Are you curious for where I have been to the past couple of days? Take a look at my Instagram or LinkedIn for parts of the answer. The rest will be blogged about.

Have a nice sunny Sunday!

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Events · Lifestyle

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Two years ago, in the early days of March, I started with this blog. I love reading and writing since I can read and write. Being creative with poems about animals, people or just things that happen during a normal day. Writing little stories with those poems and writing little stories in diaries. Now and then I thought about writing a book. I specified all the characters to start with, wrote the first half chapter and then…probably…my inspiration was gone or I was distracted in so many other things that can inspire you when you are a teenager. I was back then.

Before this blog I had as a young little girl my own “magazine” written in Word, I think this was during my Elementary School years. During my junior High School years, I had some designed ‘pet pages’ on Neopets and my own ‘Kindertent’ website with a fan page of ‘Harry Potter’ – somewhere until around 2006. And after a few years I started with my own Blogger.com website. This was somewhere during the summer holiday after graduating in 2011. Sadly I have deleted this blog, well I have transferred it to another version I made on Blogger and so on. Two blogs on Blogger and even a Google Sites blog – to have more creative possibilities – later and a little break….and it was March 2015.

During 2014 I was experiencing a bit with WordPress because this was the biggest ‘other blogging option’ left after my previous – not satisfying enough – tries. It took a couple of days before I was satisfied with the layout and thought I had all opportunities maximized in use. And back then when I just entered my early twenties…I started this blog! Two years later I am still in my early twenties though haha.

And maybe you have noticed for this anniversary: an own domain name and a new layout! 🙂 Read on for the whole story about my blogging experience.

The Headers

Twenty Fourteen theme, first header 2014 experiencing

I started back then with the ‘Twenty Fourteen’ theme and this header above.

Twenty Fourteen Theme, header 2 2015 Later on Hemingway Rewritten theme as well – switched back shortly

Later on I changed the header into a more photographic one with a butterfly. I love the blue colour of the butterfly and the green differences in the background, not just one color but a bit lively.

Theme Hemingway Rewritten primary Switched to Twenty Fourteen theme shortly – 2015

During the summer of 2015 when I started with my Facebook Page: Sophie’s Blog , I  thought about making my own featured images in a header style to show the category of a blog post. This way every post from then on has a featured image with information that shows to which category the blog post belongs. This is still my method only the header – and therefore also all those featured images by category – has changed.

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme for a long time

Simple and minimal became the new thing. Not to bright, to colourful or a bit sloppy. I started experiencing with a black and white header and attached through Photoshop symmetric two flowers bound by a line that marked my blog title and subtitle. Yes, I called my blog ‘Sophie’s Web’ because it was me writing on the web and experiencing what to do with it. Will it become a blog with one single subject? Will it become a personal website?

New layout and an own domain

Here we are! Anno 2017 at the blog anniversary. A new layout and a new own domain! Welcome to the .blog world!

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme shortly | 2016 + 2017 Button theme for a long time | 2017 – March: Dara Theme and own domain name

It became a mixture: A blog with all my personal interests. Not a completely single subject – or three what you see often too – blog. Not a specific book blog, film blog, series blog, IT blog, Lifestyle blog, cooking blog, recipes, gadgets and so on….

This became my combination of everything I am interested in and the subtitle of my previous header was already present in my subconscious – only doubting how it all would result.

The way it is nowadays, designed by myself in simply black and white and a touch of a curly blue sign, I feel most content with. I did some research on signs and if some were religious or had other meanings. This one does not have a particular meaning as far as I discovered. But every time when I see it, I see a bit of a music key in it. For example a twisted simplified G-clef. And I love the font too. It has also its little semi curly effects by thick and thin and straight and italic combined. Took a while before I found a font I was satisfied with.

Maybe I seem a bit picky in every aspect that has to do with my blog – such as menus, social buttons, widgets, fonts, headers, colors, sizes and so on… .
Even after two years, I won’t switch to something else than WordPress. I won’t change my whole personal website and blog.

This is who I am as a blogger, and blogging and reading and broaden my knowledge is what I like to do. Together with writing and telling – ya, people who know me personally know I can talk now and then a lot – stories about everything exciting and positive I experience. In such a broad interest because I love many sorts of things in life and I appreciate every big and every small little thing. Do things that let you smile or just enjoy.

I hope I’ll be for someone an inspiration to do joyful things in life.
Enjoy the little things as well such as watching a film, reading a book or just watching an episode of a series.
Or appreciating a nice photograph or quote or a nice supporting comment.
Appreciate it when someone gives you advice, you can probably learn from it.
Stay always true to yourself.
My blog let’s me smile for already just being there, the space where I can write stuff, gather all my interests an where I can be creative now and then.

I just keep on enjoying the joyful things in life and writing about it.
Thank you for reading this long – personal blogging – story!
Thank you for being one of my true blog fans!
Thank you for your advises!
Just thank you!

Cheers to this Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happily greetings by Sophie

Blog · Culture · Events · Lifestyle · Social Media

Christmas Eve 2016

Today on the Christmas Eve of 2016

I

WISH

YOU A

LOVING WONDERFUL

AND HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL

MERRY CHRISTMAS – and a good – 2017!

LOVES FROM SOPHIE

Pinterest · Technology

Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign

Lots of people work with one of these three programs to design a website, your own blog, just an image for Instagram and so on.

But when should you use one of the three best design – and expensive – software?

All three software programs are developed by the company Adobe. And Adobe has since a couple of months introduces the possibility to buy a financial plan where you could make use of the online cloud and have access to the major programs. They have special programs for students, photographers, business and integrated with Adobe Stock. A library with millions of images so you don’t have to search for it on the internet anymore and can spend more time on designing.

The software package

Continue reading “Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign”

Blog

Sophie’s Blog Header Gallery

Yesterday I suddenly had a creative idea of changing my blog header. I was not satisfied with the old one anymore. Sometimes it was a bit out of range and together with the Hemingway theme from WordPress it was oke but not good enough in my opinion. So I decided to look for something different. First I changed the header by being creative with Adobe Photoshop Elements. A new design, even more ‘less is more’. And a bit of color with the blue little wave. I changed the name as well to ‘Sophie’s Blog’ because that was already how it was partly called at the social media profiles. In this post I show my main header together with some of the the categories headers. Last but not least I changed my Hemingway theme into the Button theme.

What do you think of the new theme?

I hope you like it!

Which of these categories is your favorite?

Greetings by Sophie

The headers:

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Blog

Summer Holiday to Study Structure

The summer holiday has come to an end for me. Two weeks ago already in fact because today I had an important exam and assignment for my study in computer science. The rest of the week I don’t have college yet but the summer holiday has ended and studying needs structure and blogging needs structure.

The Blog structure of 2016

I have written previously about my blogging structure in december 2015 –> Blog structure for 2016 and this is what I’m gonna use again during my weeks of study. It did not work out that well during the project weeks, but this year I will try to combine them better.

This is the structure in short again:

  • Monday – Book review
  • Tuesday – Category post / YouTube video / Pinterest post / Recipe post
  • Wednesday – Series review
  • Thursday – Category post / YouTube video / Pinterest post / Recipe post
  • Friday – Film review

I have lots and lots of stories to tell for the tuesday and thursday at the Category Post days. I am still free of blogging during the weekend, so what I will post during the weekend could be a surprise.

“Note: it works for me and maybe for you too, but most important have a structure that fits you most. Maybe my structure gives you some inspiration. And for all readers: you know what category mostly to expect on which day.” – Sophie van den Akker 22 december 2015

Good luck to everyone who’s summer holiday is at an en as well and is back working or studying again.

Greetings by Sophie