Monthly Roundup: September 2017

September sure flew like the wind, though to be fair, because I’ve been so busy applying for jobs whilst getting a good result back despite having to send my laptop in for repair, it’s safe to say I have been quite the busy bee.

Without further ado, I shall take a look back at the articles published over the course of September.

1.9.2017 – As I welcomed you all to September, I mentioned that this month was set to be just as busy as the last, as I mentioned I wouldn’t be publishing as often as I used to, considering that I would prioritise my time effectively around looking for jobs.

18.9.2017 – ‘The Harsh Reality of Social Media (Parental Guidance is Advised)’ was my way of expressing my own realistic views on how social media has changed the way we communicate with one another, as opposed to how negatively used social media can be, given that social media is often used by some or most people to criticise and judge those online without them even having the bottle to say their comments to that person’s face.

25.9.2017 – ‘My Personal Note to Reality’ was my way of finally being open to everyone about where I stand, and that I would treat everyone equally and diversely, but that I would refuse to tolerate, let alone mix with the judgmental type that are in-equal and lack diversity for others.

On the same day, I published an article, called: “Mindfulness”, in which I would give a short but straightforward run-down about how mindfulness can be helpful to certain aspects of our everyday lives, based on the life experiences that we are or may have already been through.

26.9.2017 – ‘Camden’ was an article I wanted to share with you all, as I had paid a visit to Camden a few weeks prior to writing the article, given that Camden is a wonderful and friendly place, which is home to the late music legend, Amy Winehouse.

29.9.2017 – ‘Should We Listen to the Non-Believers?’ was my way of describing how the non-believers were and always would be the bad people who would spread poison wherever they go, intentionally bringing others down when they don’t deserve it.

On the same day, I published a small but quick-fire article in which I announced I had decided to put publishing my photography work on hold, given that my laptop was sent off to be repaired after the Audio Enhancements tab wouldn’t work whilst headphones were connected, but that I would publish the photography work I wasn’t able to publish at a later stage. I also mentioned that I finally passed GCSE English after three years and that I no longer have to do GCSE English, which is the best result I wanted.

Thank you so much, everyone, for such a fantastic month, and although I haven’t published as much lately considering I have been making sure to put my priorities first, I will try to fit a few articles in now and then when I can get the free time.

Before I say goodbye to September, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Coronation Street actress, Elizabeth Dawn, who sadly passed away on the 25th September 2017, but I want to take this opportunity to also pay tribute to Bobby Knutt, who also passed away on the same day. They will be greatly missed, but shall never be forgotten and we’ll all remember them for bringing positivity, humour and joy into our lives. Also, to the victims of the recent earthquakes that have devastated Puerto Rico, I want you all to know I am thinking of you at this time and that I am keeping you all in my prayers and hope that something good comes soon.

Again, thanks so much everyone for such a fantastic month and I shall see you all in October.

Alex Smithson

Broaden Your Horizons With All-New Ideas. Here’s How.

We all have ways of being able to come up with a range of new ideas, but it’s the kind of ideas that we come up with that can depend on how we bring something to fruition.

For the most recently published articles that I’ve done within the first few days of this month, you may have noticed that I’ve published more in the last few days than what I would be able to publish in one month alone. This is because I’ve been making sure to come up with all new ideas planned for the following day, as I’ve been using a lot of the free time I’ve got over the two-week holiday to produce more articles, given that I have absolutely no work to do until I go back to college next week.

Coming up with new ideas, whether it would be to do with something that makes the world a better place, or whether it would be to do with something that helps us get around in the world, coming up with fresh, new ideas can help us to develop something good into something far better than what we first imagine.

An idea is like a concept, and that concept can be produced with fresh ideas that bring it together.

Here’s my 5-Step Guide on how you can broaden your horizons with all-new ideas:

  1. Refer to what you’ve already created and build on some new ideas based on what you’ve already created, so that you can create something new.
  2. Come up with a concept that can support your new ideas as to how you want to produce something.
  3. Once you have the concept in mind following the new ideas you have come up with, make sure to bring them to life by developing that concept either on paper, or in a software program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  4. If you want to improve the concept you had in mind initially, make sure to develop it further until you have a final concept that you can work from.
  5. Once that final concept is ready, put all those new ideas, including your final concept into motion.

Once I publish any articles, I like to make sure to use any new ideas, including any unused ideas from the previous articles to put them into something new. It’s a bit like my way of recycling the unused ideas and new ideas and putting them together again, but this time in a new form. Call it like a form of reinvention, you take what you didn’t use before and you reimagine it into something completely new, but something completely different, so that no two things are the same.

Hoping this little 5-step guide helps :-).

If you liked my guide and if it’s helped you to reinvent and reuse any ideas you didn’t use before, then please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to March!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to March on Mother Nature, as this month is set for some possibly nice weather, despite the weather forecasts suggesting possible rain and snow, this month is set to be not as busy, but more so full of energy, and is also set to be quite a relaxing month, considering that the clocks will be going forward 1 hour on the 27th March at 1:00 AM.

As I’ve been able to keep as productive as possible over the course of the first two months of this year, I will be making sure to keep a productive mindset as I want to make sure I can get more articles published so that there is more for all of you to read and not less, after all, although the last few months of 2015 were productive, given that much of last year wasn’t as productive due to the amount of articles I published almost each month, given that I also had a lot of work to do, I want to make sure that I can publish a lot more than before, considering that I want to make the most of the free time that I have available when I don’t have work to do.

As I want to publish those tribute articles that I wasn’t able to publish over the course of January and last month, I am currently working on them, though they will take a lot of time to make before they can be published, so please forgive me dearly if I can’t get the articles published straightaway, but I will make sure to keep to my promise of getting them done as soon as I can.

So what will be happening this month? Oh yes, the photos that I weren’t able to publish last month following the laptop problems I had initially towards the end of February will be published this month, so I can promise all of you that, and I’ll make sure that none of you go without :-).

I will also be making sure that I can publish on a frequent basis, as I want to be able to keep in the loop and keep as active as possible. I will also be making sure to publish at the right times during each week, which reminds me, I will be putting up a little widget on the sidebar for the times I’ll publish articles from Monday’s to Friday’s, and then the times I’ll publish articles over the course of each weekend.

I’m doing this because I want you all to be rest assured that I can publish any articles at the chosen times, so at least that way things are balanced out better. Of course, there are going to come times when I won’t be able to choose what times to publish, considering that I’ll be re-taking my real English GCSE exams, which I hope to pass by the end of the first year of this two-year course, though I will be making sure to publish articles on a daily basis, so at least that way none of you will go without something that will keep you reading for the rest of the day.

But still, I will make sure to keep to my promise of doing those tribute articles, but I will also be making sure to keep to my promise of being more productive by publishing more articles over the course of this month.

Until then, I just wanted to say:

WELCOME TO MARCH!!!!!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: September 2015

To round off what has been an energetic and hard-working month overall, I will now take a look back on the articles that have been published over the course of September.

1.9.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for a hard-working & energetic month. I also mentioned that September would become the month where it would start to get a little bit chilly, considering the fact that August had experienced a Summer washout. I also mentioned that I may have to post less frequently considering the fact that I have my course to think about, as well as my GCSEs which I would be re-taking, considering the fact that I expressed my joy of wanting to go back to college. I also mentioned that I would be starting on Book #4 soon, to which I mentioned that I wasn’t exactly sure as to whether I would release it this year or at the start of next year.

16.9.2015 – As this day marked the release of iOS 9, I published an article focusing around this release, and in this article, I went through a complete rundown of the new features and changes that iOS 9 had brought with it, and also with iOS 9, this was the first update that became available at just a storage-friendly 1.3 GB, which was a lot lower in download size than iOS 8, as iOS 8 weighed in at 4.58 GB in download size. Also in this release, iOS 9 had finally brought about the ability of expanding the regular 4-digit passcode limit to 6-digits, which is much more beneficial as this will help to up the security of iOS, as well as the security of personal photos, videos and also apps, that’s including the ability to further protect the user’s iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

25.9.2015 – My first few weeks back at Croydon College were absolutely perfect, and after going back to college on the 8th September, college felt like a welcome of open arms, as I couldn’t wait to go back, and I wasn’t nervous at all, but I was actually excited to be back. The 8th September had also marked a milestone of its own, as that day was exactly one year to the day that I had started my first ever day at college. A huge amount has changed in that time, everyone has matured, the respect of the students and the lecturers in the college are much better, and everyone gets on really well.

26.9.2015 – As it was coming up to ten weeks since Windows 10 was released, I published an article on Microsoft’s all-new browser, which was Microsoft Edge. As stated in the tagline, the tagline defined the browser to be: “Your no-fuss online browser for doing.” In the short space of the time that Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge have been out, Windows 10 was installed on almost 100 million devices across the world.

30.9.2015 – Exactly 10 weeks ago today, Microsoft Corporation released the last version of Windows to the entire world, and that last version of Windows was Windows 10. Windows 10, in the 10 weeks since it was released, has been installed on up to almost 100 million Laptops and PCs across the world. Windows 10 has also revolutionised the way we use computers, and with the recent release of Office 2016, both tie in effortlessly and work perfectly with no problems at all. Altogether, I gave Windows 10 an overall rating of 10/10, considering just how perfect it has been on me, given just how speedy it has been since I installed it.

Thanks so much for a fantastic month on Mother Nature, I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to publish as many articles as I had hoped, but I will try my best to publish more articles as and when I can find the free time that becomes available.

Until then, thanks so much for a fantastic month on Mother Nature, and I’ll see you all in October.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to September!!!!!!!!! A Hard Working & Energetic Month Awaits!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for an Autumnal September!!! As this month is set to start getting a little, if not, a bit more chilly what with the bad weather we’ve had that caused the Summer washout for August, this month is set to be hard working and energetic, as I am feeling more than ready to go back to college next Tuesday, as I’ve officially been accepted onto the UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, which I can’t wait to start, but as well as that, this will mean that I will, of course, have to try and find the time to write articles as and when I can, as I’m making sure to prioritise my time effectively this time around, as this past year has given me the kick up the backside I definitely needed.

As the long holiday comes to an end, I am delighted to say that I have absolutely enjoyed it, though I must admit, it’s been more relaxing now than it was before, but I just find it very hard to believe that I’ve come this far in such a short time, and I didn’t think I would be in the best position that I’m in now.

But back to the subject of things, I may possibly end up having to publish less frequently as I will be putting my course first, among other subjects that I will also be doing, but I will try my hardest to publish as and when I can find the time. Thankfully, this time around, my studies may be a bit more relaxed as I have now been able to prioritise my time more effectively on my studies, this website, and everything else.

I will be starting on Book 4 soon, but I don’t know exactly whether I will release it this year or at the start of next year, so my mind will be focused around that as soon as I start my course.

Other than that, how has your holiday been everyone? I would be delighted to know what you’ve done over the holidays. Please feel free to leave a comment below this article what you did over the Summer holiday :-).

Until then, Welcome to September on Mother Nature!!! A Hard Working & Energetic Month Awaits!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to June!!! A Relaxing & Peaceful Month Awaits!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for a relaxing, and peaceful June!!! As this month is set to be a peaceful month, given that there is not much art work left for me to complete, this month will be a much better one, as my third book is around 95% complete, and with just 2 weeks to go until I turn 17 on the 16th June, this month will be a good month to remember.

As I prepare to get myself back to publishing articles frequently, just as the course comes to an end, I will be making sure that I can finalise my work before the final deadline on Friday, even if it means getting all of the work stuck in and ready for when the work is prepared for private and public view on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th June.

Aside from this, I will be making sure, once the work is out of the way, to get back to publishing articles on Mother Nature. Last June, Mother Nature recorded the highest amount of articles published within the short space of two weeks, clocking up to 41 articles published in June last year (after I made a comeback to Mother Nature exactly one minute before midnight on Sunday 15th June 2014, crossing into Monday 16th June 2014).

As previously mentioned, last year, I took a near-enough almost 5-month hiatus from Mother Nature, considering that I had my exams to worry about, and after allowing myself at least two to three days to relax and recuperate, I used that weekend wisely after finishing school for good on Friday 13th June 2014 to get myself back in to the swing of things by preparing my comeback article to Mother Nature. You can say I technically finished at 15, because after I finished my final exam on the 13th June, my 16th birthday came exactly three days after I finished my final exams at Oasis Academy: Shirley Park.

This year has been fantastic so far, because I have written articles over the course of these past few months, without taking a hiatus at all, and it’s better now that I can actually commit more to Mother Nature, as I have balanced my workload for college, this website, and my book effectively, all in good time.

As I prepare to see this course through to the end, it gives me the greatest pleasure to know that I can do Level 3 Lens-Based Media at Croydon College, starting from September, with this next course guaranteed to run all the way through to 2017. Other than that, I feel extremely proud to have come this far in just the short space of almost a whole year.

Until then, welcome to June on Mother Nature!!! A Relaxing & Peaceful Month Awaits!!!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to May on Mother Nature!!!!! As this month begins on a relaxing and delightful note, I wanted to take the chance to ring in the nice and lovely weather that the UK has been getting most recently. I absolutely love this weather, as it is not too hot, not too cold, but just right, even though there has been a bit of a breeze which has been quite cold, though I’ve managed quite well to just brave the cold breeze.

May is also the month of the year where the Whitsun season kicks in, with the Whitsun holiday being set to fall on Sunday 24th May 2015. As there is a month left to go until the start of Summer arrives, this will be the perfect time to make the most of these next few weeks while the temperature is just right, as we will all need to prepare ourselves for any of the scorching hot weather which is set to arrive around the end of June, into July.

In about 5 to 6 weeks from now, Mother Nature will be celebrating its 2nd Year on WordPress, as this website was started up on the 6th June 2013, and for Mother Nature to come this far in that time, I feel so proud to have come this far and I also feel proud to have achieved a huge amount in that time. It gives me the absolute pleasure to say a massive thank you to every single one of you, because without you all, my friends, my family, and even my teachers, I wouldn’t have got this far. Again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I love you all so much, and I want to make sure that the journey continues forever.

There is exciting news in store for this month, as I will be finishing up work on my third book, which is being penned for a release sometime around the end of this month, so I will be working my socks off as much as I can to make sure that this book is completed and ready for release. Don’t worry, this book will be free to download, and will become available for download on the day of its release in the Free Books Widget.

This book is set to not just be the biggest book I will have ever produced, but it will also be the longest ever book I’ve written over the course of around 7 months. Packed with over 300+ pages, this book will focus around some of the photographical articles I have created and published on Mother Nature, as well as some of the articles that focus entirely on many other different subjects that I have covered.

6 Case Studies will also be included in this book, which will focus around some notable historical icons of our past time, and as well as this, there will be some pages that focus on the musical songstress, Madonna, following the recent release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, with our Croydon lad, Ben Haenow, the X Factor Winner of 2014 (WE LOVE YOU BEN!!!!!), being featured in this book.

I have so much in this book to offer to all of you, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed, because I have been making sure to fine-tune this book and correct any possible mistakes that have been made along the way, and I have also been very cautious as to how I have created this book, because I want to make sure that it’s perfect for all of you to read, and that this book doesn’t suffer from any form of confusion.

Aside from that, there is a lot I have to offer in store for this month, so stay tuned for the latest updates on the articles that I publish.

Until then, Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Alex Smithson

The Silhouette of Darkness, Light & Wonderwebs – Painting + Video

Hello everyone!! I have been using the Colors! application on the iPad mini I got today as a Christmas present, and created this Silhouette painting of the Rosebud in darkness, it took 15 minutes approximately to create this, as I wanted to go into a bit more detail with the clouds and the sun rays, so I made the clouds look almost completely dark to show the cloud formation, and the sun rays I wanted to blend the sky in a little more to show two different sides to the painting.

The video of yesterday’s storm is currently uploading now, so fingers crossed it doesn’t take as long as it did last night. Feel free to save the painting to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to use as a wallpaper.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful Happy Christmas!!!

-Alex Smithson

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[UPDATE]: The video is now available to watch in full HD here. Thank you for a fantastic 6 months, and I’ll post more in 2014 🙂

Check back on January 1st 2014 for the all-new blog experience!!!

Hello, and welcome back for the final, chilly month of the year, December!!!

After taking a trip to Wimbledon last week, which I mentioned in my last blog post for last month, I wanted to welcome all of you back for the final month of this year.

As this year draws to a chilly close, I wanted to mark the occasion by making the header and background blend in to every exact detail, giving the blog a flat, elegant Christmas festive feel.

As 2013 ends and 2014 approaches, I thought I’d supply the background for all of you to download and keep for everyday use.

Please let me know what you think of the new look for Christmas in the comments, or even drop me an email via the Contact page.

Thank you.

– Alex Smithson

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Welcome back to my blog for a chilly November, a month of Remembrance!

Hello everyone, how did your fireworks night go? As Autumn begins to draw to a close, I thought I’d give the blog a slight makeover in terms of the header. I’ve redesigned the header for this month to celebrate a well known event, which is based on rememberance day, commemorating and paying tribute to a lot of our soldiers that died in the first World War. I’ve provided a link from Wikipedia that gives an in-depth description of World War I that went begun in 1914 and ended in 1918: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I

I also redesigned the header to mark another event that continues through the whole of November, Movember!!!

I’ve updated the pages bar on here with an ‘About Alex’ column, where I introduce myself to all of you, and what I like to blog about. I also gave an in-depth description of what kind of things I do on my blog to keep myself occupied. Feel free to give it a read anytime you want. Here is a preview of what the pages bar looks like now with the new column:

New 'About Alex' Column

Please send in your photos of the fireworks via email, also please include your name with the photos so I can put the photos you sent in into a separate gallery. To email me your pictures of the fireworks, my email address is: asterisk1598@outlook.com

Please make sure to wrap up warmer this winter, as we could be facing a harsh winter, after all the baking hot weather we had a couple of months back.

Thank you for reading.

Alex Smithson