Vampire Weekend is an indie band that formed at Columbia university back in 2006; with lyrics that are full of clever puns and references they became an all time favorite of mine.
By now, I am sure you have heard them playing in the background of a commercial or two, a video game, or the soundtrack to Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. I believe you may have heard them at some point.
I remember the first time I came across Vampire Weekend. A friend of mine; Lauren, posted about going to see Vampire Weekend on Facebook and I thought she’s into role-playing; I failed to read the word “see”. So I thought it stated I am going to Vampire Weekend and of course, I commented on the post: What is that? In my mind, she was going to dress up like a vampire, fangs, blood, and a cape for the weekend.
You know, things normal people do.
She responded that it was a band and she would bring me a copy of the CD. The next day, she showed up at my job with a copy of Contra. (Oh, I want to mention that I have the best of friends! Please don’t be offended but my friends are better than yours! ). After work, I throw it in the CD player of my car (I am not that old, I just had an older car and at the time fancy gizmos and gadgets like Bluetooth weren’t available in cars, SHOCKER!) and just like that, I became a fan. Witty word play over a unique blend of sounds that make me feel like I should be sitting on some pretentious beach wearing all white sipping on a Mai Tai judging everyone. Not really.
Take a listen if you don’t know them! Links below.
In December drinking Horchata under a White Sky speaking California English with my Cousins talking about an Oxford Comma. I mean come on, who gives a fuck about an Oxford Comma?
The truth is,
I knew then,
And I know now.
Have always been,
Will always be
The right one.
A few months ago I pitched face to face with a mid-tier publisher in NSW, Australia. The publisher in question was Allen & Unwin, an independent publisher that I have always dreamed of getting …
Source: Pitching face to face with a publisher – with cats
If you have a blog, take a moment and look at the map of countries in your stats.
When I realized what this map was, I knew I wanted to increase the number of countries on my map. I had no idea how to do that. I would stare at my map after logging in and wonder just how to reach people in different parts of the world. Though, I had no real plan of action for this; my followers were mainly in the United States, with a couple in the United Kingdom and one in India, and I had no idea how to market this blog internationally.
How was I going to reach parts of the world that I’ve only visited through movies, books or my imagination? Again, there was no plan of action for this, I just wanted people in different countries to visit my blog.
Last night my excitement swelled as my blog became an international pit stop. Albeit, my stats are humble, there aren’t hundreds of followers, but that is fine. What made me squeal this morning was that I had six; count them six, different flags listed in the countries that visited my blog. Someone sitting across the globe stumbled upon the thoughts of this American woman and viewed them.
I will contend that this is the best feature on WordPress. Why? Well take a moment to think about what it signifies.
Figure it out yet?
It signifies DIVERSITY. The map shows you that someone; somewhere in the world far from home, has taken the time out to view your thoughts, creations, short stories, poems, articles or pictures. Maybe they like it then there is a possibility that they don’t, but your words and ideas have traveled across the globe in an instant.
My map is below. How many countries visit your blog? Are there flags other than your home country listed on your map?
The sun, moon, and stars
Line the sky
From morning through night
They find our eyes
Transforming day to night
Trails through time
Dancing through the sky
The sun, moon, and stars
Your eyes pierced my heart
Your touch left me weak
Your kiss took my breath
And your being stole my hope
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