Highlights from 2023

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Highlights in 2023

Despite the quieter pace surrounding my blog in 2023, the year still held moments of significance worth recognizing. As I look back on the past twelve months, I find reasons to celebrate modest achievements and unexpected victories. While the year may not have been as bustling as anticipated, it was not devoid of progress or meaning. Here are some highlights from 2023 that remind me of the importance of acknowledging every step of the journey, no matter how seemingly uneventful it may appear.

What I’ve Been Up to…

Here are some of the life projects that I’m preoccupied with for the past few months:

  • Parenting: I have been busy guiding my son through his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). For those familiar with the Singaporean education system, you understand the weight and stress that accompanies this crucial milestone. I am thankful to God that we made it out alive, and my son has entered a secondary school of his choice. This journey stands as a testament to the unwavering grace and mercy of God.
  • Educators’ Conference: My other big project in November last year was a presentation at an international educators’ conference in Tokyo, Japan. It was my first time presenting at an overseas conference, and I cherished every moment of it.
Photographs from the IAFOR Conference. Met many inspiring speakers and educators, and connected with fellow teachers from Singapore. Photo Credits: Various sources. Apologies for not being able to trace who sent me the photos.
  • Learning Japanese: After having made plans to attend the conference in Japan, I picked up learning Japanese as a language in April using Duolingo. The experience has been nothing short of transformative. From mastering basic phrases to grasping the intricacies of grammar, each lesson helped me become more fluent and curious. After the trip, I’ve been continuing my journey to learn this language.

How This Blog Has Been Doing…

My various commitments have made it challenging for me to keep up with my blogging in 2023. So I’ve also been reflecting on the direction of this blog. But first, it’s good to take stock of how this blog has been doing.

1. Surpassed 10k views in a year

Blogging operates on a cumulative principle. With each article written and published over time, the traction and impact of your blog steadily grow.

2023 was a year that my blogging efforts began to see some fruits:

This may not seem like a significant milestone to a seasoned blogger, but for me, it’s a tremendous source of encouragement. My primary aim in writing is to help my readers connect more deeply with their calling, so reaching almost 10,000 visitors serves as a reminder that my blogging efforts are meaningful.

To all my readers, thank you for taking the time to engage with my articles. I sincerely hope that they have contributed positively to your lives in some way.

2. Posts on Calling, Dispensability and Deep work are among the top 5

I was curious which type of posts were most popular with readers, so I checked out the posts with the most views. :

The No. 1 post, “I have a calling” – What does this mean? was no surprise. It was one of my first posts on my blog, but I’ve reworked some of its content. I’m glad readers find this useful!

The No. 2 post, “No one is indispensable”. Really? – – came as a surprise to me. Initially, I hesitated over its headline, recognizing that it might not be the most SEO-friendly choice. However, I struggled to devise a better alternative at the time. Despite my initial uncertainty, it’s unexpected but gratifying to see that this post has garnered significant attention and engagement from readers.

I suppose the question of whether or not we are dispensable in today’s modern working world struck a chord with many. We all desire to be recognized and valued for our unique contributions and skills. However, the pervasive hire-and-fire culture prevalent in many workplaces can often undermine this sense of worth and stability.

If you, too, find yourself grappling with this question, I encourage you to read the post and share your thoughts in the comments section. Your insights and perspectives are invaluable contributions to this ongoing conversation.

The next mention is the best performing book review on Cal Newport’s Deep Work. This is somewhat related to the post on the 3rd-ranking post, 7 Habits to Keep Your Calling in Focus. In an age characterized by constant distractions, it’s all too easy to lose sight of our true calling amidst the noise of everyday life. Through discussions on cultivating deep focus and prioritizing meaningful work, both the book review and the post on habits serve as timely reminders of the importance of staying aligned with our purpose in the face of today’s challenges.

If you haven’t read any of the above articles, I encourage you to hop in and take a read. Do share your comments with me so I can improve my writing.

What’s Coming in 2024

2023 has been a busy year, and I suspect 2024 will be even more busy for me. To keep my blogging life sustainable, I’m going to make some adjustments to the way I blog. Here are some changes you can anticipate moving forward:

  1. I will switch to writing shorter, more concise blog posts, offering useful insights without overwhelming your time. Occasionally, I’ll write longer form posts, but only if time permits. 
  2. I will use my social media platforms as a testing ground for bite-sized ideas. If you haven’t already, do follow my Facebook or Instagram accounts and join in the discussions there!
  3. I will be focusing on providing practical advice and actionable strategies to help you stay faithful to your calling, no matter where life takes you. Your time and attention are precious, so I want to make your reading time worthwhile for your personal growth. 

Do you have any thoughts or feedback? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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