The Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer from the BBC Earth series and narrated by David Attenborough.
There is one kind genre in series, documentaries, films, photos and so on… I never get tired of! The genres that involve and envelop nature and animals! Especially when the text is written and / or narrated by David Attenborough himself! He is the professor who can explain to anyone how – a special part of – nature works. David Attenborough is has (co)written 42 distinct major works according to his profile on IMDb. When you count every episode…the score today is 137 episodes. Times the length of every episode, you understand you can watch this genre for many many relaxing hours! The music is written by Hans Zimmer and you recognise his style, it really suits ‘Planet Earth’.
The love for animals, the love for nature. And the wonderful lessons of life you learn through these kind of series, documentaries, films and just everything that is captured on camera, in photo or by text. The relaxed feeling while watching an episode. But realising as well that this is nature and in somehow or some way this started on earth and the animals developed, adapted and evolved over time and still do. And we as human being live next to it, together with it or above or under it haha. Miraculous nature, I love it! Read the official description of this trailer too for more information!
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.
I started back then with the ‘Twenty Fourteen’ theme and this header above.
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.
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.
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!
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!
It is nearly the end of the month so time for a little update.
November and December until 2017 started
For the past couple of years, and hopefully another 2,5 years successfully, I have been a student living in Rotterdam. And every year during the winter season, study is getting busy…or too busy… . Of course we have my birthday at the end of november, the Christmas holiday with the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and the New Year festivities. But from halfway november I have been very very busy with all sorts of things. From organizing my birthday party, little Christmas family presents, preparing a Boxing Day dinner and catching up with my social life and best friends around the New Year. But it was lots of fun in november and december.
Study was getting busier too and before I could start with all the preparations for the Christmas holiday, I had lots and lots of deadlines for assignments. And those assignments were not just only writing a documentation, not in my current study ‘Computer Science / Software Engineering’ you have to make little programs and testing sites too. That testing was new…well it still is, I am not completely used to it right now but I am making progress. And from half october on I have been working with a little team on a webshop – without using frameworks. Which means that without the help of the now available tools to work more efficient, less error-prone and code a decent website for a webshop…we have to do it all without. Like going back in time – which employer asks you nowadays to work inefficient?, not my preference anyways.