This breakthrough is added to the 'Media Coverage' archive of my life found here.
My writings with photos and videos produced over the years surprisingly produced a record number of views. Let's go backwards along memory lane to note how things began and how they progressed to arrive at where we are today :
Going back in time to see the changing platform of my writings due to advancement of technology is quite interesting. The 1 Million viewers milestone was achieved this year reported by Google+ which includes blogger and youtube that provided the platform for my writing and sharing of graphics as well as to receive the analytics too. I have also used other platforms to draw viewers including facebook, my own triple websites of familylane, fastlane and spiritlane with a lesser extent of using linkedin and twitter.
The shift in the media used for viewing from the computer monitor to the tablet and eventually small touch screen of smart mobile phones created a need to modify the output of my writings. Most media such as Google+ or Facebook had automatically updated their software to fit the smaller screens. For my own triple websites, I started working on www.familylane.info website that was originally designed to be viewed on computer screens only and I had to make coding adjustments to make the website mobile friendly with the creation of www.familylane.info/photolinks. Work will continue on the other web pages through time and focused attention. I did try some quick fixes that made my writings from the original familylane website more readable but it didn't look nice. You can sample view it by typing the url of familylane.info on a mobile device, or if you're reading this on a smart phone, just click here to see that all the graphics and photos have been trimmed off losing the original menus as well that navigates the user to other pages of the original website.
As these online blog posts increased, creating a familylane website to highlight the different posts over the years was created by Dec 2005 as mentioned in that year's Newsletter below.
A Bigger than Life purpose of my writings
Questions, Questions, Questions???
I feel my writings to this date has been a result of all the questions I've asked about life to publish the results of my choices and actions I took after thinking in my mind the most proactive question, the "What If...?" question.
What do I mean by this in simple child like terms? It means like every child, I would ask firstly a lot of "What" questions like "What is this?" Then it may progress to "How" questions like "How does it work?" Ahh... then as I grew up to become more advanced in my thinking, it would turn to "Why?" questions. The first two type questions I found could usually be answered quite objectively to my satisfaction. However the last question always seems to be answered more subjectively to prompt me to ask another "But why?" question or a series of it when my mind cannot understand or accept the answer given to me!
So what soon came to my mind at an early age, to get the best or real answer that will satisfy my own curiosity, was to imagine the possibilities of the "What if...?" question first in my mind to figure out what could be the possible outcomes. Then if I'm bold and passionate enough to want to know what the truth or reality will be, I will optimally choose a course or path to act upon that I had imagined in my mind to be the best one to experience reality for myself, noting that I would already have included in my imaginations what some of the worst possible outcomes could be!
The early beginnings of photos and writings to make a scrap book
"What if Dogs could Talk....?"
As early as in the 70s, when I was about ten to thirteen years old, the number of dogs increased in our family home. I was old enough to handle the old camera where black and white photos could be produced in a dark room with chemicals. That was the early beginnings of putting my imagination on a scrapbook of cut out photos and writing captions of my own as if dogs could talk! :
"What if I worked hard and played hard?"
"What if I traveled the world?"
"What if I added to my Science discipline the Arts?"
"What if I studied Accounting and Computers as well?"
"What if God was real?"
"What if I was called to serve by God?"
"What if I got married and raised a family?"
"What if I left the audit profession to start a computer business?"
"What if we had many children?"
"What if I could always stay connected closely to friends and family?"
"What if I could lead a Direct Sales organization?"
"What if I could be a public speaker?"
"What if my wife got sick and passed away?"
"What if I became a writer?"
"What if my wife could still talk to me after she is gone?
"What if I can master social media?"
"What if I got married again?"
"What if I can overcome all my physical weakenesses?"
The way I satisfied myself with all the "What if...?" questions was...
Do it! Do it Right! Do it Right Now!
My writings could be categorized into the BODY MIND SPIRIT (BMS) aspects or three dimensions of my life discovered when I was in New York City of USA as shared here. The three dimensions of my life also began to be linked to my Chinese name (张山福) spelled in English with the acronym CSF arranged in the Chinese order with the surname first (CHONG Sun Fu) and not the Western order (Sun Fu CHONG). This link was color coded where red represented the Body, blue for the Mind and green for the Spirit.
My interest in life was added to sync with the initials of my name which also correlates with my understanding of each of the dimensions of my life. This means I understand the Body has the interest to Connect, the Mind to Synergize and the Spirit to Futurize. This became an icon seen at the bottom of each page of of my Heart and Mind website as displayed below :
Synergize - As I matured, my mind seemed to make sense of all the experiences and knowledge that it was absorbing like a sponge. At first they didn't make much sense and often times had to be rote learned or memorized but like musical notes learnt without meaning at first, beautiful music began to appear that flowed naturally or in harmony, metaphorically speaking to allow the different people, entities or modalities to create more common sense, beauty, results and even relentless energy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Recording the results of each separately allows me to identify the characteristics of each that are unique from the others. Combining them creates a unique tapestry of my three dimensional life that I feel has helped increased my understanding of who I am and why I behave the way I do or why I am capable of doing what I am able to do. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts indeed. (Click here to see how others explain it.)
As I produced more stories with my photographs to create for example a Travelogue through time, places and people such as I had done in this post with it's spiritual counter part, I could also create a video with photos adding inspiring music as the video below where the music was composed and played on the piano by our oldest son of our family. My multi vision combined with multi media skills has created a home for me in the social media world.
Having found my home in the world of Social Media, I believe this will propel me forward to another transformation of life that I look forward to in this progressive world of ours! I will definitely continue to write my journals and set a goal for myself to publish my first book completely based on the inspirations I have received from the experiences and thoughts recorded in my journals that I have maintained for almost all my life.
Postdated Development :
The video below was created on the 35th Anniversary of my marriage to Geok Lee that took place on 22nd December 1982 in Kuala Lumpur :