Before the clock runs out on 2015 I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you. Whether you are reading this blog for the first time or you are a repeat reader, I sincerely thank you. In two years of writing Soundtrack Of A Photograph this has by far been the best and most successful year. Partly that has been down to pure numbers, and in those number of views, followers and comments the blog has done well. But far more importantly than that are the friendships I have made with some fellow bloggers this year.
Over the summer in one of my posts I described how I briefly thought of actually ending this blog, but instead I decided to make a number of changes. Shorter posts, only one photo per post usually, and a new theme got me excited to post more and I began interacting with more bloggers. Then I took a course here on WordPress and came in contact with so many diverse and creative bloggers and we all became a huge support network of one another. I added another element to my regular blogs called ‘Photo Shuffle’ and I did my first collaboration with a blogger from New Orleans. The results of all of this activity has been wonderful but the best thing about it is the friendships I have made. The following bloggers listed below are mostly ones I have come across this year, along with a few that I have been following for longer than that. More than that, every single one of them is a friend.
So thank you and Happy Holidays to all of you. Please forgive me if I missed anyone, I assure you it wasn’t intentional! Please do yourself a favor and check out all of these wonderful bloggers!
Carol at Writeful Mind is a prolific blogger on a variety of topics. She also spends a lot of time thinking about blogging, which gives her a wealth of information she readily shares with all. Her blogs are engaging and honest with a healthy dose of humor included. Oh, and lots and lots of coffee!
Danielle at The Thought Card writes a life and travel blog. Her tag line is ‘Embrace The Adventurous Spirit’ which she does with one of the most infectious attitudes towards life in general. Expect to see The Thought Card grow to something much bigger with Danielle in control. The sky is the limit with Danielle as you will read!
Tasha writes a blog about women’s self defense and safety, but the tips she provides in her blogs are good for everyone and are often the types of things one does not think about. She also posts a Funny Fridays feature which always gets my weekend started off right. She also likes to tease me about my shoe box apartment compared to her luxurious Midwest digs 😉
Soranny is an amazing photographer I came across through Community Pool on WordPress. We both admired each others work and decided to do a collaboration blog about bridges. Definitely one of the most fun things I have been a part of with blogging and I look forward to working with her again. Her photography is special.
Scott is actually someone I have known for awhile now here in New York. Fellow neighborhood resident, bartender, and an excellent writer who never fails to crack me up with his posts. Even the title of his blog gets me every time! Take an afternoon and go through the vast catalog of his posts folks, you will not regret it!
Liza is a writer. Pure and simple. Mark my words you will be reading much more from her in the future. There are a lot of people like me who write interesting blogs. Then there are pure writers like Liza. Like me she sometimes takes inspiration from songs for her writing. Or sometimes she doesn’t. Either way she is one of my favorite writers.
Janani writes the blog Jan’s Doodles, which is a little bit of everything. She has a section on her blog about ways to spend time screen free which I especially love. She also has a strong social conscious and writes about important issues like domestic abuse. She and I also shared the same love for one somewhat obscure piece of art in the Metropolitan Museum Of Art so right away just based on that, she is a friend!
Anna is another blogger I have known for about a year now. Her blog Monochrome Moments is another one of my favorite photography sites. Anna also writes her own poems based around her monochrome photography. You will fall in love with her photos and her words.
Krstn is someone I came across in the blogging course. She is another blogger who just writes so openly and honestly about what is going on in her life, good or bad. She has a great segment sometimes called Little Victories, where she recounts what has happened to her in the past week that was positive, no matter how small. Her blogs always make me think about ways I can make different choices in my own life.
Tony is one of my oldest and dearest friends. He was writing blogs before anyone else. He probably knew the words social media before everyone else too. He is a minister and has been a tireless human rights activist nearly his entire life. I have noticed he has been posting more on his blog recently. Which is a great thing for all of us. I just wish he wasn’t a Red Sox fan!
Amy writes a terrific blog called Circa 77. They are little snippets of her life that are part of a longer series that will be a book one day. And it will Amy…don’t give up. Her stories are so vivid and leave me wanting more. As a matter of fact, Amy how about giving me a proof reading copy 😉
Amrita is another blogger I came across in Community Pool several months ago. Her blog Of Opinions is a culture blog, which is a nice way of saying it is some of the best and most thought provoking essays in the entire blogosphere. Her ideas are always solid, her opinions are always spot on, her views are always meaningful. Virtually every comment we make to one another eventually works its way around to music! Amrita, I will get around to that guest post one of these days, along with watching Dylan Moran and listening to Kate Bush. I promise!
Summer is a young blogger who writes about books. Lots and lots of books. Rather than taking selfies, she takes ‘shelfies’, photos of her books (and there are many) lined up on her bookshelves. She also leaves me some of the best comments. Though how on earth she has time for all of this and being a college student I will never know!
Trudy at Rendezvous En New York writes a terrific lifestyle blog about my own city that makes me feel like a tourist, so fully does she charge into everything this great city has to offer. Food, concerts, things to do, places to go…Trudy knows them all seemingly and writes about them with ease. Whether you know New York well or are planning on a visit, do check out her blog.
Again, if I missed anyone I apologize, I’ll get you the next time. But just know that if we have shared words on each others blogs, if we have enjoyed each others work, then this post is for you as well. You all help sustain me and drive me towards making my blogs better. Thank you to all of my fellow bloggers. Enjoy the holidays!
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