Sunday, July 11, 2010

OOPS! A Missed Anniversary. (Oh and a Giveaway)

I’m back from my holiday at Merimbula. I realised the other day while I was driving home an important anniversary had passed.

Before you all think I am in the doghouse for missing our wedding anniversary, things are not that dramatic.

The anniversary I missed was my first blogiversary (probably not a word but what the heck).

It was on the Eighth of July 2009 that I posted the first time.

My blog is a year old!

The nerd in me notes I have made 137 posts since then which means I have averaged a post about every 2.7 days.

I have posted 795 piccies over the twelve months, most of them my own photos.

My list of followers has grown to 143 since Kathleen Jones found my blog just a few days after I started.
Kathleen’s blog is well worth checking out by the way. Kathleen is a published author and poet who resides in a gorgeous spot in England’s Lake District (when she’s not spending time with her partner Neil in Peralta in Italy).

I would like to say a big thanks to all of you who have followed my wanderings and a bigger thanks to those who have taken the time to comment. Comments seem like the icing on an already pretty enjoyable blogging cake.

So where to from here?

Probably more of the same. I hope to post a little more frequently (because I’ve been a bit slack lately). Generally I guess I’ll post more piccies as I take them (or more realistically sort them, I’ve got over 2,000 that I have taken just in the past few weeks).
Hopefully I’ll also have more news about my book Veiled in Shadows in the near future.
I guess I’ll talk about the WIP from time to time.
My family and work will also no doubt feature.
Other than that I suppose I’ll just run with ideas as they take me.

In celebration of my blogiversary I’d like to run a little giveaway.
What am I giving away? Well it seems to me that the obvious thing to give away is some of my piccies.

So to that end the lucky winner will receive three 8” by 10” prints of any of my piccies from this blog. The winner chooses the piccies they want.
Just a few caveats: a small number of the piccies on the blog are not mine, I can’t give away prints of those; and a few piccies are cropped from larger images and would not print well at 8” by 10”, if the winner really wanted those I could organise smaller prints.

The rules to enter the give away:
The competition is open to people anywhere in the world.
You must leave a comment on this post.
You must be a follower of my blog (new followers are welcome to enter too).
Now my mercenary side comes out, if you post about my giveaway on your blog I will give you an extra 2 entries.
I will keep entries into the giveaway open until Sunday the 18th of July 2010 to give people time to enter.
Once I have chosen a winner at random (my decision will be final) I will contact the winner so they can choose the piccies they would like to receive as prints.

Now because a post from me would feel naked without piccies:
Rocks and Waves at Bermagui (an hour north of Merimbula)The “Blue Pool”, BermaguiMimosa Rocks National ParkBeach + Nobody, Mimosa Rocks National ParkEastern Grey Kangaroo and half grown joey, Mimosa Rocks National Park
Banksia Flower and bud, Mimosa Rocks National ParkBanksia seed pod (open)Tathra Warf at sunset.Tathra Bay at sunset


Lola Sharp said...

Happy Blogoversary! :)


Old Kitty said...

You go to the nicest places in aussieland!! These are gorgeous pics of a treasure in Aussie I've not heard of and have now thanks to you: Mimosa, Bermagui...!

Lovely!! And how could I resist kangaroos - long may they prosper!!!

And HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!! One year old and still going strong!

Good luck with your contest. I say this time and time again with contests that require me to do sums and mathematical equations - I just don't do adding and substracting and times tabling! LOL!

Take care

Ellen Brickley said...

Hi Al, this is a great idea for a contest, consider me entered!

I also blogged about it here:

Happy anniversary!

Kyna said...

Happy Anniversary :D

Time flies when you're blogging. Mine's 6 months old, and not only am I happy I stuck with it, blogging is what I love to do most these days! lol.

Christine said...

Happy Blogiversary, Al and long may you continue blogging.

Love the seascape pictures. The open Banksia seed pod is amazing.

Your giveaway is a marvellous idea. I posted to my blog earlier today but will post tomorrow or Tuesday, mentioning your giveaway.

Piedmont Writer said...

Oh my oh my oh my. A give away of piccies. Now THIS is a contest!

Congratulations on your blogoversary. Mine is not until October and I daresay I will probably miss it as well.

Jemi Fraser said...

Happy blogiversary! Awesome :)

You have the BEST pictures so this is a fantastic contest!

Lisa said...

Happy anniversary! As usual, great piccies!

Kristen M. said...

You know that I would love to have some prints of your piccies! In fact, my home is only decorate with photographs. Nature is the best art -- like that Banksia seed bod. Lovely! Happy one year!

Jayne said...

Happy Blog-iversary! I like that word. :)

And what a great way to celebrate - count me in, please! I will put a link on my blog sidebar as well. Your pictures are fantastic!

Falen (Sarah) said...

happy anniversary! I missed my 6 month anniversary by a few days as well.

OOH, enter me in the drawing please!

Cathy said...

Hello Al
Thank you for dropping in recently and for your comments - yes its a testing time at the moment. The man is quite bright this morning but from past experience will have collapsed into a heap by early afternoon. Thanks for your thoughts tho'
We haven't done much travel up that eastern coast - Lakes Entrance would have to be as far as I can remember. Maybe we'll go in that direction one day
Take care

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Hey, we started blogging on the same day!!!! Congratulations on your Blog-iversary.

And I was thinking of doing a very similar giveaway to yours. You know I would absolutely love to enter- I think I have already told you how much I love your photographs. And I will be sure to blog about your give-away, not because it increases my chances of being chosen, but because I just love your photographs.

Incidentally, the kids and I were looking at your pictures of the rainbow parakeets the other day, and they love it so much, they make me show them all the pictures twice every day!

Amanda said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I adore the photos you take. I'm very behind on reading, writing, and reading other blogs so I'm catching up. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Happy one-year blog anniversary!! What a perfect way to celebrate - I really like this idea :)

arlee bird said...

Congratulations on the blog anniversary. I'll hit my one year in September. The pictures are very nice. Good luck with your future bloggin endeavors as well as your other writing.

Tossing It Out

RosieC said...

Happy blogiversary! And your pictures are amazing.

KarenG said...

Happy birthday to your blog!! I always enjoy stopping by to see your awesome photography.

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations and happy blogiversary! And thanks for sharing the lovely photos, as always!

Theres just life said...

Congratulations on your first year... I just made my first month. I've got a lot of catching up to do. I agree with everyone here your pictures are fantastic.

Culture Served Raw said...

Happy birthday!!! How many wonderful photos is that all up?? Looking forward to another fantastic year Al

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I blogged about this yesterday. How could I not when I think your photographs are absolutely awesome- though I would be happier if fewer people enter because it increases my chances of winning - just kidding.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging. (I'm at ten months...)

I came over via Susan Field's blog. I had to become a follower. My cousin lives in Australia, my Nanny's name was Kathleen (like your #1 follower) and I spent time in the Lake district when I was a child....Oh, and I love taking photos.

Congrat's again!

Al said...

Hi Lola,
Thank you!

Hi Jennifer,
We have piles and piles of gorgeous spots. Most of them are tiny so often even people in the same state haven’t heard of them.
Kangaroos are cute aren’t they? The big species like Greys and Reds have proliferated like crazy since European settlement. Some of the small wallabies have suffered with a few sadly even going extinct (foxes and habitat loss).
Thank you!
Luckily you get one entry just by commenting (assuming that is you want one)

Hi Ellen,
Thank you for entering and a big thanks for blogging about my little comp.

Hi Kyna,
Time just flies full stop (I guess you would say period).
Blogging certainly is fun.

Hi Christine,
Thank you.
I love seascapes. Banksias are amazing and each species is different. Some of the seed pods look like furry little trolls.
Thanks for the shout out!

Hi Anne,
I have wanted to do a give away for a while and this seemed a good way to start.
Days kind of just slip past don’t they?

Hi Jemi,
Thank you!
Thank you for the praise. Consider yourself entered!
Hi Lisa,
Thank you and thank you.

Hi Kristen,
Consider yourself entered!
Nature is fascinating, life is simply amazing. The forms of the Banksia pods are amazing. As I said above each species has a different form of pod, but all amazing.

Hi Jayne,
It works as a word doesn’t it.
You’re in (and of course the bonus entries for mentioning my comp).

Hi Sarah,
Thank you. Busy lives mean missed anniversaries.
Definitely, you’re in!

Hi Cathy,
I am so pleased to hear from your blog that your other half is doing well.
The NSW coast is a bit of a hike from here, but well worth the effort if you get the chance.

Hi Rayna,
What a coincidence that we started on the same day!
Congratulations to you as well!

You have some great pics if that is what you are thinking about.
Consider yourself entered, and thank you for the shout out!
Your kids sound absolutely charming and very curious. I am pleased they liked my piccies!

Hi Amanda,
Thank you!
You put up some great piccies yourself. I know how busy you have been recently, so being behind is not at all surprising!

Hi Jaydee,
Thank you!
Pleased you like my idea. Consider yourself entered!

Hi Lee,
Thank you!
September huh? Good luck to you as well!

Hi Rosie,
Welcome to the blog, and Thank you!

Hi Karen,
Thank you!
And thanks for the praise!

Hi Susan,
Thank you and you are welcome.

Hi Pamela,
Thank you , and pleased you like my piccies.

Hi Valerie,
Thank you! Well I’ve posted about 750 on the blog and taken about 25,000 during that time. Digital is really liberating I can snap away all day and never worry about processing costs.
Thank you again.

Hi again Rayna,
Thank you! I really appreciate the shout out!

Hi Sharon,
Welcome to the blog.
What a string of coincidences! Not quite the longest I have known but pretty amazing.
Thank you!