I don’t know where all these years have gone, but they have been wondrous. 233 posts, at least 2000 photographs… Happy Blogoversary to me! 🙂
The beginning was shocking. I got the WAMP and wrote a bunch of articles related to the family photography since this blog was meant to be a portfolio. I launched the blog in February, but to my horror, it got a close attention from various adult websites, and I had to delete all my articles and children photographs.
My Blogger Friends, I would quit right there if it wasn’t for your support.
I started from scratch in March.
Please, click on the photos and it will open the pages.
I wrote about myself, shared my memories and adventures. I also wrote about my friends. That year I started my annual Saltee Islands series.
I went to many street festivals, like the Durrow Scarecrow festival.
I also started Pat Gibbons and his Foxes series.
It was a great year, I blogged twice a week.
I started getting more feedback. It was wonderful. People asked questions, commissioned photographs. That year I wrote about Clonmel photographer William Despard Hemphill, and what a rewarding surprise it was to get this email:
Just a quick Thank you for your excellent blog on Clonmel and William Hemphill. I am his great great grandson and my dad has all his books and helped produce the book about his pics. His mum lived in Oakville, Dr Hemphill’s house in Clonmel and I went there once before it was demolished and the supermarket car park built. When I left school (1976) I cycled round the area taking pictures also based on Dr Hemphills…
…Thanks again for the blog. I’ll be showing it to my dad (93 on Tuesday) and he will be thrilled. Born in Carick-On-Suir he has incredible recall of the area, and your pics will bring them back again.
That year I also wrote about my travels, and as always, about birds and animals.
I didn’t forget to visit Pat and his foxes.
I did some street photography. This is Cian Finn.
He sings about life, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.
I also started Waterford Walls series that summer. In October I went to Donegal to attend Elena Shumilova’s first international workshop, and the trip resulted in four blog posts.
That year I started Anne Valley series and wrote three blog posts. Since then I regularly visit the trail.
I started Clonegam series.
I wrote about myself, and shared my opinions 🙂
I met two journeymen, and after a month, got a feedback from a fellow blogger on their further travels in Ireland.
I started Comeragh and Knockmealdown, Greenway, Mount Congreve and Curraghmore House series.
The blog posts about Pat and his foxes were the most popular. Many websites around the world translated the story into different languages, and some of them actually asked permission. There were also some who removed my logo 🙂 It doesn’t matter to me, because the sole purpose of my blog was to spread a word. I was so delighted when my friend told me that Bored Panda website used my pictures along with the story from the Irish Examiner :). Anyway, I am happy that Pat and his foxes are getting so much attention.
I continued with the street festivals-related posts: Waterford Walls, Harvest Festival, St Patrick’s Parade, Spraoi.
I didn’t blog much last year.
I started, and will continue Follow The Vikings series, and Kerry series.
Puffins and foxes surely took all the limelight, as always 🙂 Amazing Poet Rummager Rose Perez wrote a charming haiku inspired by the tiny puffin
I have wings to fly
They never are really used
‘Til I see your smile
Another lovely feedback was received last year in response to my post The Last Butler of Curraghmore.
… I am Basil Croeser’s daughter, living in Montreal, Canada. My brother… sent the link to your blog post entitled The Last Butler of Curraghmore and I just wanted to thank you so much for your lovely words and photos.
…They were really chuffed and surprised and I think it made their week!…
Thanks again and best regards,
What you won’t find in my blog:
– ANY sort of radicalism and also lies, defamation, hate, envy
What I want to ask:
– Please, link your Gravatar picture to your current page so that every blogger could easily visit your blog ♥
– Use Calendar and Archives widgets so that your visitors could access your earlier blog posts. You deserve to be heard.
I don’t know how long I will blog, but I think that all my efforts throughout these five years were worth it 🙂
Thank you so much for all the inspiration and support! ♥