I can't believe it... I have been blogging for 7 years! And, I am actually remembering to mention my Blogiversary. I have been a bit sporadic with that over the years...
So, I do have one tradition:
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Written World,
Happy Birthday to you!
Now, what should I talk about? Twice I sort of got on a soap box about blogging and community and how people could be unfriendly. This year I have been anti-social myself. Do you ever wonder that by getting so big the community is actually dying? People don't join in things like they used to. And then there is commenting... People don't really comment on blogs. I remember when I started blogging I had a blog roll in my sidebar and it was perfectly manageable for me to go through it and see if there were new posts from each blog. Nowadays the thought of doing that hurts my head... But, part of me misses that simplicity. I didn't ignore everyone and feel overwhelmed all the time.
2012, for me, has been the year of projects. I got back in the habit of taking pictures. Yes, they are often of the cat, but I have also taken some pictures that I love and am proud of. I am hoping to take photography one step further in 2013 with my new camera and the photography courses I am signed up for. I also got back to my postcard collection. I have been collecting postcards since I was a little kid, but I hadn't been taking an active role the last few years. I made a project to collect the 50 states and I am very near completion. I also joined Postcrossing to branch out and get postcards from all over the world. To add to this experience I started a blog to show my collection off and not have it just sit around in boxes. It launched yesterday and is called The Postcard Project.
In many ways I got beyond reading and that is a bit sad. It was almost always my main hobby, but other things have taken over. I still read, but I haven't got a routine that I have time for everything else and the reading, too. I think maybe I have just read so much over the years that I needed to take a step back and remember that there are other things out there to enjoy... I still plan to read. I am hoping 2013 will see a return to that, but hopefully with other projects thrown in. I hate neglecting my books, so I can't stop reading entirely.
Anyway, here's to another year of blogging, friendship, books, conversation, Twitter chats, fun mail, gifts, cards, postcards, photography, and whatever else you find to keep you entertained. One goal I had for this blog when I wrote last years Blogiversary post was a template change. I at least managed that!