Last month while I was in Montana, I passed my five year blog anniversary. To celebrate, I selected five posts in each of five categories that give a taste of where this blog has taken me.
My five (six with tie) most popular posts, based on Google Analytics stats in the 15 months since I installed it. I am chagrined and amused that four of them are off-topic from the Highway 89 project.
- Hell’s Angels Prison Run
- Knitting aside – hand wind a pull skein
- Canary Springs, Yellowstone NP
- How to roast a pig – Antelope Island, Utah
- tie: Glacial remix: Yosemite National Park and Condors over the Grand Canyon
Five of my favorite posts
- NZ: Fun close to home (December 2003): I was shooting film in the early blogging days; the photos are from my husband’s point and shoot, because I had no scanner.
- Glass & Architecture (March 2005): learning the craft of photography.
- Two-fisted shooting (June 2006): an early remix.
- Bathing Beauty Neon – Mesa Arizona (January 2007): neon on US Highway 89.
- Who are you people?: (October 2007): the first PhotowalkingUtah wrap-up.
Five popular search terms that bring new visitors, linked to their landing pages on the Annalog
Five people I’ve (re)connected with through the blog
- Phil at A Family Runs Through It, a daddy blogger I met through my own dad
- Patti Digh at 37days. Her new book will have one of my photos
- Rich Legg (Leggnet) is one of the other two original PhotowalkingUtah members.
- Maria Langer An Eclectic Mind, an Arizona blogger, helicopter pilot, and Mac book author, is one of the fascinating people I’ve met through the blogosphere
- Mary Scriver aka prairiemary lives at the other end of Highway 89 in Montana. We had a great lunch with Mary at the Valier Lighthouse just last month, covering a vast range of topics, from northern lights to heating a 1930s home on the Montana prairies.
Five memorable blog comments
- Am I overly perfectionistic?
- I could understand this comment in Spanish after 2 weeks of language study in Argentina.
- Blog readers know stuff even when I don’t
- Was I lucky to be there or just lucky? to get the shot
- I am fascinated with obscure but interesting factlets
Five years ago, I started the blog (it was called Light Torrents back then, then Chromascapes, before I settled on the Annalog) to share my adventures in New Zealand with my family. I had no idea I’d go to Argentina, Ireland, or even Nova Scotia. I had only just hatched the Highway 89 project scheme. When I started blogging, I was just beginning to learn how to work a camera, and how to see the photographs I wanted to make. We had no Flickr or Twitter, much less FriendFeed or LinkedIn. Who knows what we’ll have five years from now, or even next year? And the best part is that I can’t even imagine where else I’ll get to go and who I’ll get to meet. Thank you, dear readers, for sharing in this great adventure called the Annalog.