Wil Wheaton collating papers, originally posted on Wil Wheaton Dot Net in response to The Bloggess, who was looking for a witty response to inane PR proposals. (The internet is a strange and glorious beast)
My brother told me that my blog reminded him of Wil Wheaton's book, Just A Geek. My initial response to that was, Oh Gee, thanks! I'm as cool as a washed up child actor! (No offense, Wil!) After I sat down and read Wheaton's book, I instantly understood the parallels my brother drew. This year has been an incredibly busy one for me and I really do feel like I've grown a tremendous amount. I've also found my blogging voice and have been able to share much more of my thoughts and feelings. It's not so bad being compared to Wil Wheaton after all.
For those of you that don't know it, this is only my second year of blogging. I somehow managed to write nearly twice as many posts this year than I did last. Looking at my stats, I've had over 20,000 views this year! I know, I blinked several times when I saw that number. All I can say is thank you. I love sharing my work with you and I'm thrilled that you keep coming back to see more!
While this blog focuses mainly on photographs, every now and then I write something good. To start my Best Of week, I've compiled my ten favorite blog posts of the year. These posts, for the most part, are comprised mostly of words. I've included links and a brief description of each post below.
1. What's Your Normal? January 5th
Very early on in the year, I learned something new and interesting about my own eyes.
2. Commitments vs. Goals January 27th
One of my goals this year was to reach out to other concert photographers. Unfortunately, I was already booked to photograph a basketball game on the same night as a photo exhibit. In the end, it wasn't unfortunate at all.
3. Leap Year Treat: Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing February 29th
What better way to celebrate a day that only comes every four years than a blog post about the incredible Mrs. Miller?
4. Dinosaur Cookies March 7th
One of many interesting baking experiences this year. This post really exposes you to my sarcasm.
5. Throwback Thursday April 5th
I work for a newspaper company and in April, several employees were let go, including two of our staff photographers. To say it was emotional for me is an understatement.
6. Apparently, May is National Photo Month May 23rd
My spin on 100 Tips from a professional photographer with plenty of old photographs.
7. 5 Decisions Away May 30th
One of my main sources of inspiration comes from Matt Paxton, the extreme cleaning specialist from Hoarders. This post was in response to his podcast and has a really fun playlist associated with it.
8. Throwback Thursday: Family Vacations July 26th
Just a bunch of silly family photos from the 80's and 90's.
9. ParaNorman Soundtrack: Another Side of Brion's Genius August 14th
This was my first crack at an album review.
10. My Concert Photography Experience: Radio City Music Hall October 1st
I was really touched at the amount of people that enjoyed this post. It's one of my favorites because I was able to recount my most memorable experiences of the year.
Make sure you check back every day until the end of the year for the rest of my Best Of posts!