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Blog Anniversary 2018!

Happy Blog Anniversary 2018!

Today is the 1st of March 2018 and this means that this month is my blog anniversary month!

Three years ago, back in 2015, I started with this more structural blogging. The history of my blogging experience is written in the blog series named: ‘The Blogging Experience’ that consists of five blog posts, with an explanation about what I am using now and last but not least some tips on blogging.

The list of ‘The Blogging Experience’ series.

The top three blog posts of the past 365 days are:

  1. The 72 Cutest Animals
    Just a series review of a small cute series I watched on Netflix.
  2. Essay | Leprosy in the 12th and 21st century | Conclusion
    This is the last blog post of a series about leprosy. For a course, at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, named ‘History of Health Care’ I wrote this essay as part of a final assignment. The subject, general knowledge and impact of leprosy is underestimated. I have learned a lot about it by writing this essay.
  3. Happy New Year 2018!
    A very recent blog post, just two months old. My New Year’s wishes to you all, accompanied by a compilation video of the fireworks I have seen that night. Just shot with my iPhone 7 and edited with Quick.

The past year I have been combining the study work load and the blog feeling to write, a bit better than last year. Especially writing about my holiday in Edinburgh is a part I am really proud of because I am happy I could share through this way my holiday experience and provide you with some recommendations or just the way how I managed it all. And for me personally, writing it all as an overview, was also my guideline when I was telling people about my travel and experiences. I am a student on a student budget and that’s the fun challenge. How to get the best out of it with enjoying the most out of it.


I am looking forward to write even more blog posts about what I am experiencing, visiting, travel to, plan to do and so on… So excited! This month will also be a bit of a recap of the past year. A few blog posts that are drafts will be finished and they will be more in-depth of my big and smaller travels.

“Blogging is a thing I am passionate about.” – Sophie van den Akker, March 1st 2018

Where are you passionate about?

Happy wishes and greetings by Sophie

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The Blogging Experience | Tips

Thinking about the start of blogging:

There are so many steps a new blogger goes through. If you are not a blogger or have not tried it yet, maybe you did not realize it until now. Do not panic! I do not want to discourage you. People are so different, you can think simple or you can think complex about starting a blog. Or just somewhere inbetween.

A couple of things every blogger thinks about
  • Who am I as a blogger?
    Be always true to yourself! The blog and all it’s posts are written by you. This does not mean the blog has to be about you!
  • Where am I blogging about?
    Authenticity is very important! Discovering where you are really blogging about, passionate for, love to write about most of the time, feeling good about it… this process of discovering always takes time so it does not have to be specified at the start of your journey!

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The Blogging Experience | WordPress


A few years ago I heard for the first time of WordPress. I thought back then that you probably must be a very experienced web designer, websitemaker…all sort of jobs like that. But experienced and you had to have a big business to afford it. That was my first impression of WordPress.

WordPress exists since 2003 and is a CMS (content management system) that uses PHP and SQL as a base. It is founded by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg who were already familiar with the precursor of WordPress named ‘b2’ or also known as ‘cafelog’. But those two men did not came up with the current name for their project. The woman Christine Selleck Tremoulet – whose is a friend of Matt Mullenweg – suggested that they should name the project ‘WordPress’. A bit over a year ago after I had a blog on and made a website with Google Sites, I asked myself the question: What can I do with WordPress?

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The Blogging Experience | The Google’ing


Before I started this blog, I have made around 3 or 4 other blogs. A few on, I started after I had a blogging break – better known as the writers block – over and over again. Then I discovered some disadvantages about . Some things I wanted couldn’t, such as making your layout more precisely the way you want, or something more with HTML and stuff. I am talking about the years 2009/2010/2011 and so on.

Sophie's Web Google Sites
Caption of Sophie’s web on Google Sites Copyright to Sophie van den Akker

After I started with Google Site, another option Google gives you.

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The Blogging Experience | Later on…

LATER ON…[~2005…]

And later on the first social media websites, or websites going from a forum style to a social media style, I experienced with making a nice beautiful website. Or just things I like. Well I haven’t changed that…this blog is still about the things I like only I have now a bag full of experience and live life as a 23 years young adult woman.

Well known websites are for example MySpace, the place for your own website about music if you had MSN Messenger (yes yes the old quick only pc chatting times). No smartphone yet, though simply said every new kind of mobile phone is a newer smartphone than the previous one. Or how about Hyves? Yes, now only known as, it was a social network for the Dutchies or Flemish among us. Facebook has been the big concurrent, but I had a social network profile on Hyves much earlier than Facebook. Facebook was not that popular in Europe yet. And back in 2010 when I had both, you saw many similarities. Such as giving ‘respect’ on photo’s or statuses – on Facebook known as ‘likes’. Having ‘friends’, being ‘member’ of some groups and so on.

Image from published on – Barnhard Blog

The image explained…

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The Blogging Experience | The Start

The Blogging Experience
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The Blogging Experience is my own idea of a new series of blog posts I will write to explain how I started years ago with making websites and started blogging. In this series I will write as well some tips on how to blog or where to think about when you start blogging or want to make it serious from blogging to business.

I hope you will enjoy these new blog post series! Any tips comments or tricks, always welcome: leave a comment or through Contact Me.

Greetings by Sophie

June 2nd, 2016

The start [~2004…]

Maybe you are wondering: How did I start as a blogger? How did I get inspired? What does it have to do with my current studies? And so on…or maybe you have other questions: leave a comment or through Contact Me.

When I started blogging as a young girl years ago, I was first of all experiencing how to make a website. Or do something with images and so on. I think it was somewhere back in 2004 / 2005 that I first learned about HTML and CSS codes. Such as the [ b ] [ /b ] making text bold, [ i ] [ / i ] making text italic, [ u ] [ /u ]making text underlined, adding an image by [ image ] [ / image ] or an URL by < a href= ” “> title < / a href>. Obviously I started learning with HTML 4 because HTML 5.0 didn’t exist until october 28th, 2014.
Note: without the extra spaces after [ and before ].

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