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My 1,000TH Blog Post

Greetings my friends. It’s Wednesday January 25TH 2023, and as the title suggests – this is my 1,000TH blog post – since my January 2018 restart here on WordPress. (I published another 1,321 blog posts from 2007 to 2012 – mostly between 2008 and 2010.)

Between the two WordPress eras I posted my blogs over on my Facebook site – with mixed results. I discovered that most people on Facebook – even family and friends – don’t feel like reading blog posts that take a couple of minutes to read. If you’re here on WordPress – then you expect to read blog posts, so here we are.

After I ended my blog on Facebook on New Year’s Eve at the end of 2017 I thought that would be the end of it all, but here we are now with my 1,000TH blog post since then.

I know that this blog has a large robotic readership. The bots tend to “like” my blog posts from many months ago to several years ago to even 15 years ago. But I also have a nice worldwide audience out there of real people who look forward to each new entry whether it be #TravelThursday, or #RetroFriday, or #SundayScripture, or #Top10Monday.

I look forward to writing each new blog post, and I’m happy that you find them interesting enough to keep coming back for more. Thank You for your loyalty. Thank You for spending a couple of minutes with me 4 times per week.

#TravelThursday is up next in less than 24 hours. I hope that you’ll check it out sometime during the day tomorrow.

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Blogging Internet

Welcome To My Blog

Greetings my friends. It’s Wednesday November 30TH 2022, and with this special edition I begin a new weekend of blog posts. It’s also the 15TH anniversary of my blogging here on the WordPress platform. (I moved over here from Myspace.)

Normally I publish new blog posts 4 times per weekend – on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 0300 U.S. east coast time. (That’s 0800 in the United Kingdom and 0900 across much of Europe where many of you are reading this from.)

Each day has its own unique theme. My Thursday posts center on travel. My Friday posts center on retro music from years gone by. My Sunday posts center on Scripture and the Gospel. My Monday posts center on current Christian pop music. So my hashtags are #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday, #SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

A few times per year I publish occasional special posts on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (like today). It all adds up to over 200 blog posts per year. Each blog post is about a 2-to-4 minute read.

If you’re new here – then I welcome you to my blog. Thank You for checking it out. You may have clicked on my link on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. Perhaps Google or Feedspot sent you here awhile back, and you’ve been returning on a regular basis. Maybe you only read my posts on #TravelThursday, or you’re only interested in my Gospel messages on Sundays. Either way I’m glad you’re here. This is a no-judgement zone. This is also a political-free space online. There’s plenty of judgement and politics elsewhere. There’s a lot of hate in this world. I try to shine light and bring love into this world.

Feel free to comment with relevance on any post. You can also reach out to me on Twitter @ChrisMDay. Some of you have your own blogs that I check out on a regular basis. Keep doing what you do. Keep blogging alive !

I’ve been blogging since 2007, and really I was blogging for 14 years before that via my own dial-up bulletin board system (BBS) and its spinoffs on the early World Wide Web of the late-1990s into the early-2000s. It’s my favorite hobby online. But I can get too much of a good thing; hence, the typical 4-post-per-week schedule.

#TravelThursday is up next in less than 24 hours. I hope that you’ll check it out sometime during the day tomorrow.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2002

Hello again retro music fans. Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 13TH 2002:

And here’s an actual snapshot of my Top 5 exactly the way it appeared on my web site at the time:

That’s from the 370TH online edition of my “Weekly Top 40” at the time. That was right in the middle of the 2ND era of my chart that lasted a little over 14 years from October 1995 to January 2010. For a little over 2 years from 2002 to 2004 I was immersed in the #EDM culture, and my weekly hit music chart was a pure dance chart. It was quite the experience !

DJ Sammy’s cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” was an International mainstream pop smash, and of course a dance smash in the clubs. DJ Sammy is Sam Bouriah from Spain. His take on “Heaven” spent its first 20 (out of 42) weeks on my chart at either # 1 (13 weeks) or # 2 (7 weeks). At the time “Heaven” was the 7TH song to spend at least 10 weeks at # 1 on my chart.

It should be noted that the original “Heaven” from Bryan Adams spent 2 weeks at # 1 in June 1985 while I was in #USAF “boot camp” at Lackland AFB in San Antonio Texas. That was certainly not “Heaven” for me !

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 25 years ago to October 1997. It’s when a # 1 country song became a 134 BPM # 1 pop-dance smash on my chart.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going retro with me !

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1990s Blogging Computers Geography Internet Music Radio Television Travel

Perth Australia

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. This month I’m virtually visiting 5 continents in 5 weeks. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Luxembourg in Europe. Last week it was Yunnan China in Asia. This week it’s down under to Perth Australia.

I’m a big fan of Australia and New Zealand from afar. I’ve never been to either. (I’ve never been south of the Equator.) During my upcoming retirement chapter of my life – I definitely wish to somehow someway visit either or both nations for an organized 2-to-3-week tour. I actually want to see and experience Australia and New Zealand over any other destination in the world.

Every time “House Hunters International” (on HGTV) does an episode from either nation I’m glued intently to it – especially the scenery in the background. I get ecstatic when the house hunters are in Perth Australia.

About 25 years ago when I was discovering the Wild Wild World Wide Web (after I weaned myself off of AOL) I used RealAudio (remember that ?) to listen to pop music radio stations from around the world. I ran a pop music web site at the time that was gaining in popularity in Europe (particularly Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany) and Australia and New Zealand. I couldn’t believe that I was creating an electronic product, placing it on the Internet at my very own web site with its own domain name, and people from thousands of miles away and on the other side of the world were interested in it.

One of the many radio stations that I used to listen to from Australia was 96fm out of Perth. It was fun to hear tomorrow’s zany morning show at night here on the U.S. East Coast. Back then (in the late-1990s) pop music in Australia was like a hybrid of both U.S. and U.K. pop music. I remember hearing Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” for many months, and thinking to myself that it should be played on the radio here stateside. Eventually it made it here, and it was a MASSIVESMASH. (That’s an ode to my old web site.)

I learned a lot about Perth listening to the radio, and I even catered my website somewhat to Perth and other cities in Australia and New Zealand, since my fanbase there outnumbered most everywhere else in the world.

Perth is located on the southwest coast of Australia near the 32ND parallel south. Summers are mostly sunny, warm, and dry. Winters are mostly cloudy, cool, and wet. Spring is on its way Perth, and so are many sunny days !

Perth’s skyline from the sea is beautiful. Its metro area is vast along the coast. Over 2 million residents call Perth home. It’s one of the most isolated major cities in the world !

#VisitPerth

From Australia to South America. Next #TravelThursday I’m visiting Santiago Chile. Let’s keep traveling together.

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