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one year of blogging

Truth to be told I’ve got this (original boring) title already last year figured out. I always saw it clearly in my head, with a text of medium length, beneath it everything clear and structured, for it was my goal. A year ago I set up the goal to keep on writing this blog for at least a whole year and I’m still quite astonished that I managed to do so.
Well, not too successfully but at least I managed to get a better result than the one I got with my first blog.
Looking back, it was a bit of a bumpy year and I see now that I’ve chosen my time rather unlucky for it’s been a year with quite a lot of things going on. For some this rather may seem as a fortune but for me it’s quite inconvenient – I always need quite a lot of time to get a post done and time is what was lacking the whole last year.

Anyway, so far, I guess, I’ve succeeded in a rather fair share of posts done; I wanted to write at least 52 to fulfill my PostAWeek2011-duty and I’ve written even more. In fact these are the results of one year of blogging on boredmaiden:

  • 1 page
  • 8 categories
  • 120 tags
  • 17 followers
  • 181 comments not written by me
  • 6439 views of all time (of which I must say most of them were of weird sites)
  • … and 73 posts.

Hooray! In fact, I’ve got to say that these are amazing numbers. One year ago I’d thought that by this year I’d probably have one up to two readers, if it even comes to that. But looking at these facts I actually feel immensely proud of what I’ve achieved so far. It hasn’t been easy for most of the time and I’m utterly and terribly sorry for the many times I abandoned this blog and broke my promises. It’s my goal for next to year to catch up with my work and fix these huge post-holes; I want a post for every single week of last year written out and published and I’d be damned if I don’t!
Most importantly I’ve got do to this for you readers; thanks to all of my 17 followers! The discovering of the growing number on my site stats have every time conjured in me various, very positive feelings: I truly felt honoured all over again each time I’ve heard of a new follower. And I was truly touched and I felt very grateful for the fact that you’re following me. I follow quite a few amazing blogs myself and I know that compared to them, this is nothing – and I’m not even talking about the differences language-wise.
I’m also very thankful for all those people who are not following me but still find the time in their busy lives to stop here and there to read some of the posts, to the ones of them who also leave comments and feedbacks and thoughts and generally being very supportive of this whole blogging thing.
Many, many thanks as well to the few bloggers out there who actually have recommended me in their blogroll.
I haven’t thanked you all but let me say to you, be it the first time or the most recent time I’ve found out about someone recommending me – you don’t know how my heart jumps for joy and I feel a lot like giggling all the time and generally being very childish and very girlish. It’s one thing to have your work being praised but it’s another thing to have your work appreciated through recommendation. I’ve never dreamt of it and I still have a hard time believing it these days. So, thank you lots for making me very, very happy in this busy year.

In the end, I guess, I haven’t got much more to say. I can only say that it’s been one hell of a year and a wonderful experience and lots of fun. At first it took me some courage to start; but now I even miss writing in busy times and interacting with all these new acquaintances I’ve made this year. I started as boredmaiden; I’m still boredmaiden at times – but blogging has taken away a lot of boredom out of my life.
So to a new blogging year! You’ll hear from me soon.

Lots of love,

Stella


Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

Hi guys!

After visiting a television studio with my class, preparing a short text (about a big topic) for our oncoming class trip, attending two concerts in one night, having choir and theatre rehearsals and being at some smaller and some bigger parties, I seem to be pretty much dead and am in no mood to write an accompanying text for this photo. So just enjoy this photo and the next week! (Oh joy, school life starts again.)

Photo shot during a stroll a week ago while frantically trying to accomplish this photo challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

 

Yes, I know. Very edited, very supernatural. Very… shiny.

But I just saw that there are two gaps which needed to be filled if I want to perform my PostAWeek challenge and in the last few weeks there were two mini-posts that I meant to delete and replace with other posts and so I decided to, once again, fill the gap of this week here with a Weekly Photo Challenge.

The door above is actually the entry to a church in St. Märgen, a village in the Black Forest in Germany, where I spent the weekend about 2 weeks ago. And for the editing… I just had really fun when I stumbled upon this effect and I missed “over-editing” my photos… I hope you like the result as well!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned

I’ve only got 27 minutes left until midnight – which is not enough time for me to write something real. So I decided to post – once again – a WeeklyPhotoChallenge with the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in mind.
Short info: I took this picture this december, when our class was rehearsing the play “Communicating Doors” by Alan Ayckbourn. In spite of the many time leaps in this play we wanted to keep the stage design as simple as possible and one of the few indicators of the time were the different typewriters.
When I had time, I would just roam on the set and take photos of just everything coming into my way and this photo was exactly one of them. I just love typewriters (just the nostalgic person I am) and I love the way the light shines on these keys.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

These are shots of the Tanah Lot Bay my dad & I made 2 years ago, when our family went on vacation to Bali. It was the most amazing summer I’ve ever had and I was so happy that this week’s photo challenge was about water, so I could reminisce in old memories back from that time.
And yeah, I know, it’s about water & water’s blue, but I “re-discovered” b/w photos and just couldn’t resist to edit these photos here…


Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

Hi guys!

I’m still attending my home economics course and on the weekends (when I’m home) I’m busy seeing family & friends and organizing stuff I couldn’t during the weekdays. So, I’m sorry that in the near future Weekly Photo Challenges will have to suffice.

Here again a teaser for my Hungary trip report (and the only photo I found with a significant red on it):


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

Hi!

I’ve just been back from my Hungary trip of 8 days. First 2 days Budapest, then 5 days near Lake Balaton and finally 1 day in Budapest again. During traveling I made plans for a report from my trip, but due to my lack of time in the near future, I won’t be able to post it right away, I’m afraid. As a “teaser” for my report I brought you these shots of the Hungarian “wildlife” we saw:


Weekly Photo Challenge: One

Hi guys!

I almost forgot to post this week – somehow time’s just flying by and I  still feel like midst of my PhotoWeek. I tried to come up with several topics to write about but somehow was never in the mood for them. And I can’t write if my intuition doesn’t agree to the topic; it just doesn’t feel right.
And there’s also this realisation I’ve experienced early this week: It’s way easier for me to take photos –  ergo post photos than to write texts. Maybe it’s laziness because I stick to the saying “a picture says more than a thousand words” but maybe I’m just not that made for writing. Anyway this all here ought to lead to an excuse (again) from my side because I’ve got to post a filler again. I hope that next week I’ll be in the right mood to write something out, especially because I want something bigger for you before I’m off to Hungary (I’m so, so excited! There’ll be a lot to post you about this upcoming trip.) and the week following next week I’ll be gone (except for the weekends) for a home economic course with my class for 3 weeks.
So and here comes the three (my three favourite versions) pictures (concerning my laziness this topic’s almost perfectly convenient because I only had to search for “one” motif) and I hope you guys like it! (And still stick with me though I’m not the most diligent blogger.)

Actually, I first didn’t mean to take this shot with this man in it. My actual motif was the trees, which to me seem like “one” together. But when I tried to shoot the trees from different positions and angles this man appeared – he caught me pretty much off guard, I have to say. But in the end, I’m glad that he appeared! Because he, walking this path so alone, to me makes this perfect “one” in this picture.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Light

Hi guys!

I’m so sorry, I just forgot that I haven’t posted anything yet this week! I’ve got quite a few topics I want to write about but just simply don’t find the time to fully write them out. So, again, I have to fill the week with a photo challenge.

I took this shot in Berlin last summer. (I’ll post about Berlin another time, maybe tomorrow.) I just wanted to say that I love this light and shadow combination in this picture. Actually there was another shot, a better one (without the train), but my father just deleted it (grr…), because – you know – men just prefer a version with something mechanical in it rather than aesthetic beauty, right?

Anyway enjoy this and the last few hours of this weekend!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

This is the first time I participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge, but since I haven’t posted so long, I think I make it up to you, readers, by presenting my favourite self-shot photo of the ocean:

This was shot while being in Spain with our school choir. We made a little tour through Catalonia, spending time in Tarragona, Montserrat, Barcelona and finally Llançà, where we spent our final days. Although windy, it was beautiful weather everyday and one afternoon, me and a friend decided to go for a walk along the beach, climbing over stones and paying attention to not slip on algae while enjoying our last days and the bright Spanish sun. Of all the shots I made during our “trip” this one’s my favourite; you can see only part of my friend’s figure, standing in a very natural pose, looking on the sparkling water.
Oh, I think I’ll just go look at my other photos, to dwell on memories… summer, please come soon!