Three years and counting

St Patrick's Parade

I will begin this blog post with one of the most anticipated public events that took place today. Here are some pictures from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Waterford. The day was quite gray, but all these beautiful people made it shine.

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

St Patrick's Parade

Another important event is my third blogoversary :). Thank you my dear blogger friends for inspiration, motivation and encouragement during these three years, and for everything I have learned from you.

I use this occasion to share my portraits created by my blogger friends. I know it sounds like I have a diva complex or something, but I do love the portraits, and I also want you to visit and follow these bloggers.

This one is from my beautiful friend Rose. I love to see myself on this paper airplane that also looks like a rocket. Future, here I come! 🙂 Thank you Rose!

This one is from Michael. Thank you for for loving the foxes! 🙂

I had dreamed about blogging, but didn’t have courage to go live. I used to have a silent photography page in 2004, but soon joined Panoramio and it took all my spare time. Three years ago this February I finally went live with ten blog posts related to baby and children photography that I deleted soon afterwards, because of the spam attack issue. Advice for the new bloggers #1: Akismet only stops spam, but cannot stop the spammers from linking to your blog. Check your Spam messages to identify what post or image the spammer has linked to – it is in the column “In response to”. If it is an image, delete it, upload the same image and post it again (URL will be different and the spammer will lose the link). If it is a post that is really heavy spammed ( especially from the certain websites), you can either delete it, or redo it in the same way as the photograph. If your blog is constantly targeted, close comments on your posts that are more than 3-6 month old. If you do all of this, your spam folder will be much lighter, and you will get rid of the most malignant spammers.

Another thing I had to figure out, was my Gravatar page. Advice #2 –  if you want your followers to pay their due visits to your blog, give them a chance, make sure that your Profile image is linked to your current blog page, and your Gravatar page is also linked to your current blog. I have a handful of followers who visit my page but I have never visited them in return because I am not able to. So sorry, but there is nothing I can do.

Now you probably started to wonder, why I am giving advice that nobody asked me for. It is because I have got an award with two questions attached to it:

1 Share an experience that got you started blogging

2 Share a word of advice for fellow bloggers

This is The Blogger Recognition Award from Dwight Roth of Roth Poetry blog.


I am really grateful for this recognition, and happy that there are people who like my blog. To tell the truth, it is all recognition I need.

You can check out Dwight’s  books on Amazon.

I have got another award from Nilla of Image Earth Travel . Thank you so much Nilla for Sunshine Blogger Award you find me worthy of 🙂 Nilla has been traveling the world for many years, and she doesn’t treat awards lightly 🙂 Here is a page of her photography awards. You can click on each link and see her award winning images.


Here are the questions I am supposed to answer:

  1. Why did you start a blog ? – I wanted to share my memories of beautiful things and places. I did it on Panoramio but got really annoyed by those who used my photographs without permission.  My latest find  –  a website named POINTERST  is using my Panoramio photographs under Marsel Van Oosten’s name. What can I say? I am honored 😉
  2. What amazing countries have you seen? – Not many countries, but each was amazing.
  3. Why do you travel? – I travel to meet people I love and to see places I have read about.
  4. Who has been your biggest inspiration in your life and why? – My biggest inspiration has always been my Dad, and of course many famous people made a huge impact on my life, like Ray Bradbury, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
  5. What’s the wildest thing you have ever experienced? –  I think the worst was in the 1970s when my best friend and I agreed to take a ride in a small airplane with a guy who had been showing off to impress us. He flew the airplane in a very dangerous manner, to say the least. We were so mad at him, that we left the airplane in silence and never spoke to him again.
  6. What would be your dream job? – I have quite a few such jobs in mind, but none of them would pay my bills 😉
  7. Your favorite read? – any well written book.
  8. The scariest moment in your life? –  The scariest moment is when your loved one’s life is in danger.  This story  might be the one.
  9. Your deepest regret? – I have a few, but it has no point to focus on the past when there is a better future ahead 🙂
  10. The most memorable experience in your life? – I presume, it is about a good experience. Here is one of the latest. We were traveling by train, and there was an accident. My daughter was the only medical professional at the scene, and she made me proud beyond measure by her actions and ability to control the situation. She was a star. I hope she won’t read this 🙂

There are three more awards – I didn’t do the awards for about a year or so.

Gillian from Talking Thailand blog nominated me for The Creative Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Gillian! My award is your friendship 🙂 Please check out Gillian’s book. She lives in Thailand and has every bit of information you might need for your travels.


Mythology expert Aquileana nominated me for Treasure Trove Award. Aquileana is blogging many years, possibly ten 🙂 She is a very supportive person. Thank you dear Aquileana, there are many treasures found on your blog.


The most recent nomination is from one of my favorite authors, Millie Thom. Millie had a number of awards to choose from, and I like her idea to give a choice to the nominees. I chose The Black Cat Blue Sea Award, because I love cats 🙂 Thank you so much, Millie!


Check out Millie’s books on Amazon.

These are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Nominate 10-15 bloggers (or as many as you can) for the award.

I will use Millie’s strategy. There is a list of my nominees. You can choose the award you like, because I don’t know which awards you already have 🙂 You can also choose more than one. Please answer questions about yourself as I did ( these are Nilla’s questions), and if you are Award Free blog, fair enough 🙂 Thank you and happy blogging!

Jean Lee

There are many more great bloggers I would love to add to the list, but I know for sure that their blogs are award-free.

Now I officially announce Making Memories an award free blog.  I will figure out some other way to promote my favorite bloggers, but I really, really have no time for doing awards anymore. I hope you will understand. Thank you again for all the nominations, and for our friendship! Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. While the world will have its sunshine spots like you, it will have the Marsel Van Oostens too. We just know where to stop for a view, though. Happy Blogaversary!

    1. Thank you so much dear Uma! Your support is precious.
      As to that website, they are taking bookings too. I hope they are not scamming people using Marsel Van Oosten’s name.

  2. Congratulations, Inese ^_^ It’s wonderful to follow your adventures as this green happiness. Rose’s art is quite beautiful and original as her mind and soul is one of a unique, bold and wonderful nature. I recognize me in you and try to be like you in several things, you are a great inspiration to me and I am happy to be able to see you again as I couldn’t enter time ago. Take care so much ^^

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Francis! It is thanks to you and other supportive and inspiring blogger friends that I am still here 🙂 Wishing you all the best!

  3. I’m afraid I missed Honolulu’s St. Paddy’s day march but since only 3 % of the population is Irish, I heard it wasn’t that large. Still they did close down a section of Honolulu’s Chinatown for celebrations. (??) We spent the day at Bishop Museum of Hawaiian culture which was fascinating. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get the time to blog about! Love those foxes!

  4. Wishing you a happy 3-year blogging anniversary, Inese 🙂
    It looks as if a very jolly time is being had by all, in that St Patrick’s parade.I learned something new this week from a bishop doing Thought for the Day on Radio 4 — that St Patrick was a Brit, captured by the Irish. For some reason, I never knew that.
    I love that portrait of you with the fox.
    Like you, I’m grateful for the blog awards I already have, especially those awarded to me in my first year of blogging, but now my various existing blogging and writing commitments have reached the stage where it would be hard for me to find the time to do full justice to such an award if I received one.

    1. Thank you Sarah! I know that most of bloggers quit doing awards after a while, because it is very time consuming. I do love to say thank you but I have no time for all the formalities that come with the awards. These five awards were waiting for me to take care of them since last year. Bloggers seldom read award-related posts anyway, as I noticed. Every time I have a chance I write about the Gravatar page and the links, but bloggers don’t read it, and many of them have never sorted that out. So I am giving up 🙂 No awards, no interviews, no challenges, at least until I retire 🙂

      1. Inese, let me know when you retire, and I’ll book you for an interview 😉 What I did with my last few awards, was to say that I didn’t have time to hand them on to 15 people or so (this was the most time-consuming part of it, posting all those links and notifying people of their awards) so I would just choose one person to pass it onto and make it clear that they were by no means under obligation to do anything about it.

        1. Yes, it was clever, because the most time consuming part is linking and notifying. I quit notifying long ago. If one reads my blog, one will know without the notice 😉

  5. Such vivid life here, such colors on a cloudy day!
    You are a rare soul, Inese, and a blessing to all who love and know you. Thank you for summoning the courage to reach out into the void with your art, and giving us life like no other. 🙂 xxxxxx
    And I’m honored by the nom! I’ve already got a few ideas stirring for a response next month. 😉 xxxxxxx

    1. Jean, thank you, and don’t feel obliged with the nom. I am giving up, it was my last award post anyway. I respect the bloggers who are doing awards and promote their favorite bloggers, but I don’t have time for that anymore, and I understand that you might have no time either 🙂 All is voluntary, blogging is supposed to be a joy, not a burden. You deserve all the rewards, and beyond xx

      1. As do you, Dear Inese! I wouldn’t mind tackling a few questions, never worry, and it gives me a chance to shine lights on fellow artists in word and image who inspire me to continue on despite the Potty War and everything else. 🙂 xxxxxx

        1. Yes, exactly! It is why I feel so bad, but I absolutely have no time. I barely put up the blogs and answer comments. I loved doing awards 😦 xxxx

  6. The St Patrick´s Day parade looks wonderful! Wish I could have been there! And I just love that lovely drawn portrait of you! It reminds me very much of Miró! 🙂
    And many congratulations to all those blog awards and thank you for nominating me!! 🙂 I gladly accept as I haven´t been nominated in a while now and look rather forward to it 😉 And I totally understand why you´ve decided to not do them anymore – with all those lovely followers and comments I sometimes wonder how long you sit at your computer each day 😉 It´s a full-time job I guess! 😀 Have a very beautiful weekend, Inese! Thank you for letting me share in the wonderful festivities! 🙂 xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, blogging is time consuming, especially when you read and comment on other blogs, but you know, following doesn’t mean we are obliged to comment every time. I am glad when I get a ‘like’, which means that my post was noticed, and I haven’t wasted my time in vain. And I don’t feel sad knowing that only 10% of followers actually read SOMETHING. 🙂 As I say, blogging is supposed to be a joy, not a hard burden 🙂 xxxx

      1. Perfectly put: blogging is supposed to be a joy, not a hard burden! 😀
        And it truly is, isn´t it? I feel so blessed with all the wonderful friends I have found through this! Happy Blogoversary, Inese! May many more years of blogging make you happy! 🙂 xxxxx ❤

  7. Congratulations on three years and a clutch of awards! What a lovely cross-section of shots from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Waterford. Love the cheeky motorbike rider.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I have to put up a blog about bikers some day. I have a couple of friends, and bunch of pictures. I saw the cheeky guy last year, he is probably a regular participant 🙂

    1. Yes, everyone was OK with the Irish colors, happy, smiling, no fighting or bombing. If someone didn’t like the Parade, they simply ignored it, which is fine with me too 🙂
      This is only a tiny slice of the parade. I focused on portraits.

      1. Do you know what? Looking at your pictures I didn’t really notice the colours – being colour helps I suppose – I just saw great photos of an all-sorts of people.

        1. Oh yes, sorry, I forget about your conflict with colors 🙂 So, this parade was green-themed because of the new greenway that is opening this month. The greenway is a former railway adapted for cycling. It is a big deal for the city. This parade was even greener than usual.
          I was always interested in people, since I was very young. Just love watching them, listening, taking photographs 🙂

  8. Inese, I am so glad that you decided to join the blogging world. I so enjoy and look forward to your posts. Congratulations on your blogaversary.

  9. Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary and many, many thanks for the lovely pics of the St Patrick’s parade. You’re right – the people taking part were all beautiful:). And I read your responses to the Blogging Awards with huge interest. A wonderful post!

  10. Your usual wonderful rendering of such events, Inese. Congratulations on your awards. Your thoughts on any future ones are the same as mine – although I was thrilled to receive my first ones I soon realised I could not match the requirements that come with them. Sometimes I just refer to my favourites with a link – if that is relevant to what I am posting.

    1. Exactly Derrick, I too cannot keep up. I would love to say thank you and share links, but it is too time consuming. I am not participating in challenges for the same reason. I am posting pictures that I have, but looking for some particular subject ( like doors or anything ) is beyond my time limit.

  11. Not had any issue with spammers (that I know of) but I’m pretty hopeless at all this stuff! Will keep a note of your advice, for sure as fate, I’ll get targeted some day ….. probably when I become famous after my next book becomes a bestseller!) 😀 ;-D

    1. Did you ever check your spam folder? you might be surprised 🙂
      I don’t know how they choose their victims, but sure it has nothing to do with being famous 🙂

  12. Congratulations on your three year milestone! Blogging is a rewarding experience and it’s because of people like you who share their corner of the world.

  13. Hi, Inese! I don´t know where to start 😀 Happy St. Patrick´s Day! Lovely parade!! And your photos are stunning as always!
    Happy Blog Anniversary, wish you many more years of happy blogging to come 🙂
    Also, congrats on all the well deserved awards, and welcome to the “quiet side” 😀
    Have a great weekend,

    1. Thank you so much, David! This award post was long due – I don’t have time for doing awards. Now that I finally found the courage to announce the award free zone, I feel much better ( I still think it is a bit snobish, but alas, I just cannot do it anymore).
      Hope you have a lovely Patrick’s Day weekend.

      1. I remember the struggle when I decided to do the announce 😅 if you feel it’s the right choice, it is!
        Big hug, David 😊

  14. Happy (day after) St Patricks Day Inese! The parade looked like it was a lot of fun. And loved seeing the wide variety of expressions. (I’m trying to coral my overactive imagination before I get caught up creating backstories for quite a few of them)

    Congratulations on reaching your third blogiversary! I have no idea whether this is true, but I was recently told that the average lifespan for a successful blog is about 2 years. I can see why you’re still going strong, and hope to be following you here for the next 3 years. Yikes, now I wonder what blogging will be like in 2020…

    Also no surprise that you’ve received multiple nominations for blogger awards and I can understand why you’ve also transitioned to an Award free blog. I wish I had time to participate, but it’s all I can do to keep up with my current bi-weekly schedule.

    1. Thank you so much, Gabe! Blogging community is the reason I didn’t give up yet 🙂 There are some people who are blogging more than five years. It is amazing.
      Some of these awards were waiting a year – it is why I decided to go award free. I just cannot keep up.
      St. Patrick’s Parade is a colorful event, but people have always been my main interest. I love to catch a moment of beauty, inspiration, true feeling. I love to show a story behind the face. Beauty comes from inside, there are no plain faces 🙂

      1. Yes- I can see the stories in these expressive faces. And I’m pretty sure the photographer (you) deserves a lot of credit for bringing these moments to life.

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