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“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” – William Edwards Hickson
So here it is, another year gone by. And I’m trying again! The only comment I have about the past year is: depression sucks. Sorry!
Even if I haven’t kept up with the blog, I HAVE kept writing. Just this past November, my writers’ group published our first anthology, “Stories From the Heartland.” It’s available on Amazon for anyone who wants a copy! Recognize the cover image? 🙂 The book consists of 55 stories from 20 central Indiana authors. I have four entries in it myself, one of which was a story previously told on this blog. Can you guess which one?
But wait, I said something about FREE, didn’t I? 😉 We’ve also uploaded a 7-story excerpt of the book to Noisetrade for free downloads. So hop over there and grab your copy! And if you like the sampler, consider getting the entire book!
Meanwhile, I will try my best to get this blog back to a semi-regular posting schedule so you folks can enjoy more stories and pictures from around the world! Here’s to a better and more productive 2015!
Did you make any resolutions this year? What are they?
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
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Happy New Year! As we get ready to start the next year, make (and break) resolutions, and throw wild parties that involve streamers and kazoos, it’s often time to look back as well. We look at all the things we’ve learned the past year and wonder, “What the heck was I thinking?” Ok, so maybe not all our memories give us warm fuzzies. But I hope most of them do!
We’re celebrating over here as well, because on January 1st, the Shine4Him Photography blog will be one year old! In honor of that, and of the New Year, I thought it would be fun to take a look back over the past year’s top posts. I chose these due to the number of comments (including Facebook and FORUS Athletics posts), how often they were searched in Google (yes, I can figure that stuff out. Creepy, huh?), as well as how much fun I had writing them. So, without further ado, let’s take a step back in time.
- This year was a time for some serious topics. I tried to keep up with the news when I could. First, we had the earthquake in Japan. Then, I wrote about my experience at the Indiana State Fair. Finally, we looked at an everyday occurance – the plight of temple children in India.
- Some of my more serious topics were inspirational. In a few posts I discussed who inspires me, a lesson learned from an Indian beggar girl, and how a team of volunteers saved a group of orphans from jail in Mexico (in three posts: here, here, and here).
- True to the point of this blog, we covered cultural and tourist-y things as well. It seems tons of people loved reading about the Queen’s Guard in London and a slew of hidden crosses around the world (my two most-searched posts). Others got some laughs talking about statue actors and Singapore’s crazy laws.
- Finally, we can’t forget the funny, strange, and just plain awkward! These posts included real things people have told me, a rural ‘urban legend‘, and the fact that I actually am crazy enough to pet a tiger.
Expect more fun times in the year to come! This spring, I will also be adding another country to the lineup: Poland! I bet you can’t wait!
What was your favorite blog post this year?