An explanation.

So according to my archives, there was a grand total of 1 (yes one) post for the whole of 2019. Hmm. That’s quite pathetic 😉

It wasn’t that 2019 was an uneventful year, on the contrary it was action-packed with plenty of happy, sad, exciting (and boring) happenings.

Inspiration seemed to pass me by last year :/

I started this way back in 2011 (seems an eternity ago now) and have managed a paltry 263 posts (well 264 including this one). I have lost count of the number of themes I’ve taken into use, only to discard them some time later… some of the themes lasted a mere 24 hours. In fact, over the last day I have managed to adopt and then discard two new themes before settling on the current one (Twenty Eleven if you are interested). This time however I am taking the time to learn the theme properly, so the page / blog might be a bit on the wobbly side for a few days while I iron out the kinks. WordPress have also added in a new editor that needs some getting used to 😉

Obviously my relationship with the blog is not the same as it was back in 2011. I certainly need to improve my photography skills. The other area that needs work is determining the subject matter, tone and frequency of posts. Not just here but also on the accompanying Facebook page. Twitter / Instagram are a little separate because I like to use them a little more impulsively than the blog 😀

Working for myself I sometimes feel like I a lack a certain sense of discipline or urgency, especially if it isn’t work related. So getting my routines back on track is also important.

No better time or place to get started than here and now!

How do you reboot? Where do you find your inspiration?

Featured image: Coffee cup from the restaurant Rikhard von Trappe by Hans Välimäki. There’ll be more about Hans in the future – especially his Ramen soup recipe!




New Year. New Theme.

Why not?! I’m feeling a general dissatisfaction with the blog, how it looks, what it says etc. etc. So bear with me while I go through the process of finding a new theme that will assist in my efforts to get back on track and reinvigorate the blog 😀

Things I can share with you about the new theme: it will support all formats and be free (insert eye roll emoji here!).

Time flies :)

Wow! I’ve been blogging for 6 years already. Although to be honest, the last two years have been less about blogging and more about stalking 🙂

So for now, here are my Christmas greetings. Both Finnish & English.

The observant readers might notice the somewhat bizarre # character thrown in where there should be a nice R. My lightbox is a litttle low on certain consonants. I could use a few more H’s as well…

Until next time! Cheers & Merry Christmas


Blogging ABOUT school # 01

So back in 2013, I was sitting in the classroom and wrote this post about blogging! Fast forward to 2017 and I was once again in a blogging workshop, although for a different course. This time, I thought I’d put my time to good use and update the blog that I started at the beginning of the course (back in September of last year) and post a few things.

One big adjustment was to invite myself to be an administrator for the school blog. I thought at the time I should set it up as a different user, then I found out that the WordPress app does not handle that – as in I couldn’t sign out as myself and sign in again as my other self! So now user Kanvera has rights to post on the school blog I’ve set up – and shortly will usurp the existing ‘owner’ of the blog so that all of my blogs will be under the one roof / user id!

There is an associated Facebook page as well (of course) which is also getting plenty of attention from me – I’ll be using that to ‘check in’ to places when the class out in the field.

Posting again


I seem to have relocated the motivation for posting. Stay tuned for more random posts about my daily life in Finland…

Blogging from school!

Today I’m sitting in room 302 at Helmi-Liiketalousopisto taking part in a blogging class. So far I am a little ahead of my classmates, if only for the fact  that I already have a WordPress account and an active blog. My neighbour just asked why I am here, to which I answered that I am always looking to learn new things!

I’ve just created a new blog, however I’m not ready to share it with you just yet.

In the meantime, let’s examine my spam that has arrived in the recent days:

In response to my tongue-in-cheek Hat post came this little gem: Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Wonderful. I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your hard work. Glad to know that I’m not the only specialist in this area!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


I’m thankful for the wonderful people who visit my blog and return, again and again and again! You make it all worthwhile. THANK YOU!

Now to why I am participating in this particular challenge. Well, I need to stretch my photography talents! To date, the majority of the photos that appear on my blogs have been taken with my phone or the tough little ‘point and shoot’ that loiters in the bottom of my bag. They are not always the most clear, and often fail to get the big picture across (pun fully intended!).

So while I ponder the many different models and brands of cameras out there, I’ll start trying to get in the frame of mind required to take better pictures and follow The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge. No time like the present to get started…

PS: I hope screenshots count as photos…

A better blog reader… perhaps

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There’s a new widget in town! See below at the foot of the page. I’ve been busy adding my followers and blogroll entries to Bloglovin (love the idea, hate the name). So now I’ll never miss another post again.

WordPress reader hasn’t been doing it for me, neither google reader or RSS. So if you noticed that I posted on old posts today, it was me catching up on things buried deep in the bottom of the email!

My blogging life… or how did it get like this?

I love Pink and Raise your glass (better known to me as Why so serious) is as good a song for today as any. The first thing I remember hearing this morning was Cher and Turn back time, and that fits today’s theme of what I’ve learnt about blogging so far.

If I could go back in time, I would know NOT to click the notify by email button for more comments after commenting on a freshly pressed page.  I often read my mails on the go, and after commenting on a post that had me laughing out loud from start to finish I commented (as you do and should after something good comes into your life). Now, I’m a pretty modern woman and much of my life (with the exception of actually writing a blog) is done via my phone.

I use my phone for pretty much everything and life would grind to a halt fairly quickly if I was to lose it. What I wasn’t ready for (as I’m quite sure neither was Sweet Mother) was the total deluge of comments and subsequent mails. For at least three days after my post, every time I opened the mail icon the unread message count climbed and climbed. I’ve since found that there is link to comments I’ve made so I don’t have to subscribe for comments anymore and can go back and see if the host answered / noted  my  comment. What’s more, the comments still keep coming. Bravo Sweet Mother for answering us all!

When I started this it was practice for my setting up the business blog, which does still exist and where I’ll be heading just as soon as this gets posted. This blog has a life now that has taken me totally by surprise. (I’ve also noted that my English can do with the practice. I’ve just edited a couple of sentences above that were very Finnish in their construction!) I have regular readers who comment and it’s not surprising to see the same names & faces pop up here and there on other blogs I follow. The Word Press world is not so large after all!

As much as I would like to post everyday, even with the publishing later option, it’s just not always possible, plus I can’t honestly write something today to post later. I did it once, and it felt so weird and false that I’m not heading down that track again. Also, I’m a little old-fashioned in that if someone takes the time to comment then that effort deserves at least an acknowledgement,  and I know that my current daily routine doesn’t allow me the luxury of having word press open ready to comment back. The email option works, provided I get to through the daily flood in good time… or I don’t get sidetracked into reading a new blog…

I’m not a huge stats follower, as I presume if I visit a page today, and have to go back tomorrow to finish reading that will count as two visits. The page I like the most is the map highlighting (top of this page) where you, the reader are. The little winking dots make me think of those night-time pictures of earth and all the big cities spread out.

This is not the post I had planned for today. It is lurking in the back awaiting some editing. I’m on anoppi’s computer and it’s a Mac and I’m having a heap of problems working out how to use it.  Adding links and pretty pictures seems to be a task equivalent to launching the next mission to Mars so I’ll wait until I’m in front of my own machine.

Hyvää pääsiäistä / Happy Easter

editing question here: why is Finnish the word always tagged in my spell check?!?!

Ugly presumptions

The other side of my life 🙂

Helsinki Buy Design

My circles have expanded somewhat in recent months. I’ve made more of an effort to get out there and meet people and do stuff and be involved generally.

When you meet new people quite often the initial conversation will go along the lines of ‘what do you do?’  or ‘where do you work?’ Subsequently I’ve been saying well I’m working for this company until the end of the month and then I’m going off to DO MY OWN THING!  The key word here of course being OWN.

So why do people insist on throwing business ideas at me? Three times in as many weeks I’ve had new acquaintances mention that they have a really great idea for my business. Despite my earlier explanations of tourism, visitors to Helsinki and similar clues. So thanks but no thanks. I am not interested in being a distributor of all-natural products from a scheme that seems to…

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