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April 21, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes

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My 1-year blogoversary passed by recently. April 6, 2010 was my very first blog post.  I had planned to do an “anniversary” post on the day, but the date came and went before I realized it.  I still wanted to do a little rememberance of my first year blogging, so I went first to my dashboard to gather some stats.  These stats are actually for a year and 15 days, but close enough, right?  I wrote 216 posts (including today), had 3,157 comments (but close to half of those are my replies to you!), 14,329 views, and my busiest day was January 20, 2011 with 123 views (I have no idea why).  I was trying to figure out which day was the most popular comment-wise, but WordPress doesn’t seem to keep that statistic.  If I had to guess, I’d say it was this post, which seems a bit ironic if you read the name of that post.

After I scoped out the stats, I looked back at my posts for the first month of my blogging.  The baby bunnies were what really got me going.  I was then reminded of what a wonderful, warm, early spring we had last year.  Things were blooming and growing earlier than usual and spring break week (this week for me) was gorgeous, sunny and warm.  Have a look at some pictures I took during this week of last year of some blooms around my yard and my neighbor’s beautiful tree.  More than a year later, we have a very different story:

The daffodils:

The rhododendron:

The bleeding heart:


The lilacs:

The neighbor’s tree:


Last year was exceptionally warm and beautiful; spring and summer were the best on memory in a long time.  I guess Mama Nature is returning us to reality this year.

By the way, don’t forget to get your spring photo hunt photos posted and leave me a link in the comments of that post! I’m hoping to see everyone’s shots by this Sunday, April 24Scott and Gerry have already posted so go have a look!


  1. Happy Blogoversary!! Time flies when you’re blogging, doesn’t it? Spring really has been slow to arrive this year. We have snow back in the forecast for tomorrow. Ugh. At least it won’t stick. Maybe.

    I’d better get to work on that photo hunt. I only have three things so far. Maybe four.

    Comment by Robin — April 21, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. Time does fly when you are blogging. Sometimes I am shocked when I realize just how long I’ve been sitting at the computer reading and commenting on blogs.
      Looking forward to your photo hunt results.

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2011 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  2. Oh, you are not kidding about the difference in years and Spring Break is even later than last year. Yet, I drove through snow this morning!

    Congrats on blogging for a year and 15 days. Many people start and then drop it leaving their orphaned blog to fend for itself. I am happy you take care of your blog and share your improving photography, fun stories and adventures. Here’s to your second year!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 21, 2011 @ 10:46 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott! And thanks for continuing to inspire me with ways to improve my photography.

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  3. Congrats, Karen! So happy to have met you first virtually and then in real life. Thanks for always commenting on my blog. I really enjoy your slice of life. The difference between last year and this year (spring) is unreal. Thanks for reminding me that last year was unusual since I was thinking that this year was colder than normal. Cheers to continuing for another year!

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 21, 2011 @ 11:03 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky – it was really nice to meet you too! Hoping we’ll have some time for hanging out this summer.

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2011 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  4. Happy belated Blogoversary! I’m so glad you stuck with it, and didn’t quit, because that is just SO annoying! I have a friend or two who did that, and one took it even a step further and quit her blog, started a NEW one after a while, quit that, and then started ANOTHER one!
    I can’t wait to see all your plants in bloom… you got some beautiful light for the lilacs!

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 21, 2011 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

    • Oh, btw. the busiest day on my blog was Oct.12, 2008 with 577 views!!! I remember it was all by the same person, but no clue who that person was or if I knew them. They must have been REALLY bored, though! LOL

      Comment by thedailyclick — April 21, 2011 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

      • That is really bizarre.

        Comment by Karma — April 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    • Thanks Michaela. I don’t feel like I’ll be quitting any time soon. It has been too much fine writing and reading and keeping up with all of you to give it up.
      I can’t wait for blooms either – really wishing spring would just get going already up here.

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  5. Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary! hasn’t it been fun? Hasn’t it been one of the most wonderful years of your life? Glad to know you’ll still be blogging onward and that spring is really truly (possibly) on its way.

    Comment by Kathy — April 22, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy – it has been a pretty awesome year; it was a year that led me to virtual friendship with people like you and opened my eyes and my world a little wider.

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2011 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  6. Happy Blogoversary 🙂 un joli nom pour une année bien remplie de jolies photos, histoires, expériences et connaissances. Bonne chance pour la suivante et une belle fête de Pâques ! Un printemps fleuri aussi 🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 22, 2011 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

    • Merci, Isa. J’aime le mot “fleuri!” Joyeuses Paques a tu aussi.

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2011 @ 10:23 am | Reply

  7. Oh Cr*p… Have absolutely no idea when my anniversary is.. lol.. But Happy (belated) Blogiversary to you anyways… I always missed mine on Flickr, and guess blogging hasn’t improved my memory much (at all)… Can’t believe you’ve only been on here a year though, as I’d have sworn you were older than me !!… lol.. 😉

    Have certainly loved your blog though, and am glad I found it (or did you find me ??… lol)… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — April 22, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

    • Check your archives Brian – look for your very first blog post there to figure out your anniversary.
      Thanks much. I think I might have found you first, but I don’t suppose it matters much now! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2011 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  8. Congrats Karma! Blogs are funny…you start out doing them for one reason or another and then realize just how much more they really mean. It allows us to look back and see where we were and how far we come. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 25, 2011 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. The best part of blogging, I think, has been becoming part of this wonderful community of bloggers. The comments and feedback have made it all worthwhile.

      Comment by Karma — April 25, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  9. Happy belated Blogoversary, Karen! Looking forward to another your of your beautiful photographs!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — May 7, 2011 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

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