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131. My days are a blur

I know it has been a while but trust me when I say I have not been ignoring this blog because I wanted to or because I didn’t know what to talk about. The past week or two, my days have actually become a blur of waking up, taking the train, going to uni, coding and courseworking and then taking the train back home to do more coding and courseworking. I literally can’t tell my days apart. I feel like a zombie.

This has been the most exhausting and challenging academic terms of my life. Coupled with all the work I need to be doing for my fourth year project and the fact that it’s my final year, at times I have been feeling overwhelmed. I just never feel like I’m finished. Every time I hand some work in, I can’t even celebrate or take a break because I have another two to do. It has been relentless.

One of my modules has been particularly bad: Statistical Theory. Even the name is off-putting. Stats and theory. Someone hand me a bucket. I made the mistake of thinking that the course would be decent based on the past papers. To be fair for the first few weeks, it was quite good but after that it got worse at like… an exponential rate. We must have studied sufficient statistics for about 3 weeks- I still couldn’t explain to you what they are. The lecturer, bless him, is erm…oh I’ll just say it…ancient. He’s ancient. He has a tendency to call everything trivial and assumes we know a lot more than we actually do. Coupled with his muttering and frightening hysterical laughing at his own jokes, his lectures can feel torturous. However he always seems so pleased that people are attending his lectures and now I don’t have the heart to leave and disappoint him.

I don’t want it to all sound awful so I shall say this: while this term has definitely been stressful, it has felt oddly rewarding too. Coding is so frustrating- little things can completely mess it up- but when it works you feel like a superstar. Most of Mathematics is like that.

Still I am really looking forward to the end of term so I can hibernate, catch up on my tv shows and just have time to go through my notes thoroughly. More importantly I want to spend time with my family and with my cousins. I have really missed their annoying lovely faces.

Over and Out!

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50. Looking back on 50 posts

50 posts and 2000 views later, I thought it would be nice to reflect on my blogging experience so far.

I should probably start off my saying thank you to everyone who visits. You guys make this whole experience worthwhile. I hope my posts have been mildly entertaining.

How has it been?
It’s been really therapeutic for me to get things off my chest and I love having a way of remembering everything’s that’s happened to me. I’ve enjoyed it too. Some things have been really easy to write about whilst others took a long time to formulate. I find that rant driven posts seem to flow effortlessly. Clearly frustration is good motivation for writing!

Can I call myself a blogger? 
Recently I have been feeling like one but I don’t think I’ve quite there yet. I definitely still feel like a newbie but if an interesting thought occurs to me, I have the urge to write it down and share it with you guys. If I see something funny, I take a picture of it. If something is thought provoking, I like to ask myself why I find it so. In general I’ve just been asking myself more questions and reflecting upon what I’ve been doing. That’s a good thing me thinks.

What have I learnt about myself?
I started this process thinking I was a mentally stable person but looking back on everything I’ve written, I sound like an emotional rollercoaster. My posts are erratic- deliriously happy one day and rant-y and frustrated the next. I sincerely apologise if I am all over the place like this in reality.

What have I learnt about WordPress?
Wordpress is amazing. There are so many fascinating people blogging and WordPress has helped me find some of them. I really enjoy reading about other people’s daily lives because it’s so different to mine. I’ve also seen a lot of amazing photographs and thought -provoking articles.

I am completely obsessed with the stats that WordPress provides. You can go full stalker on your visitors and see what they searched for and how they found you, where they’re from etc. I’m trying to ‘colour in’ the world map depicting where my visitors are from (it’s also a really good way of learning flags). Not bad so far:

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People have searched for many bizarre things and stumbled across my blog, including the phrases ‘rafiki onesie’, ‘mature shiny’… oh and ‘hench teenager boy’. How do search engines work again? But hey, I’m not complaining.

Over and Out!