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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Duck photo source: Lisa's Chaos
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Giraffe Journal

and/or website ... Labyrinth Journal
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where I publish as myself
rather than under a

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Thanks for your visit and have a delightful day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

T-13 ... Celebrating my SECOND Blogoversary!

Make Time for Small Reflections
Watery Outdoor Wednesday is in the next post
Scroll down for Thursday Thirteen
Color Carnival & Haiku Friday

Who knew how much fun
blogging would be way back when
a friend encouraged

me to create my
first site in October of

Celebrating here
today ... this post brings me to
six hundred twenty

Small Reflections posts!
Tomorrow I'll celebrate
on my second blog

where I have published
four hundred seventy-three
times as of right now

for a total of
One thousand fifty-seven!
Amazing enough ...

yet that is not all
for I have two other blogs
created later,

one to share awards
and the other to
learn to use WordPress.

Once upon a time
my posts contained many words
but more recently

I share photographs
and mosaics mostly with
a bit of Haiku.

Here's a memento
for all those who visit and
leave us a comment!

Please accept this gift as a token of our appreciation
for stopping by and commenting ;--)

on What I've Learned
in the past two years as a Blogger

1. Looking back, I'm amazed at how far I've come ... how much I've learned along the way.

2. I'm grateful to those who found me early and encouraged me with comments and assistance when I encountered problems.

3. For
another T-13 this week at Happily Retired Gal, I've shared once again reasons why I blog as a response to acknowledging the lovely Nemo's Award shared by Alice Audrey of Alice's Restaurant.

4. In addition to links to my other blogs, over time I've created sidebar category links to different types of posts to make it simpler for visitors to find things of interest.

5. I've also added a handy 'search widget' to each blog.

6. Each post contains 'labels' at the bottom and clicking there sorts my posts for easy viewing too.

7. I've enjoyed keeping a Gratitude List in my sidebar here at Small Reflections for the past year. Clicking on the link above takes you to my lists created from November of 2008 to September of 2009.

8. Creating & sharing mosaics of my own photos has been fun as my Photoshop Elements knowledge & skills have evolved over time, but more recently I've enjoyed using photographs from my sister who has been traveling the USA and Canada in and RV with her husband for the past 5 years.

9. Sharing Quotes is something I used to do daily in my classroom with my students as a teacher and it's been fun to continue that practice of sharing Thoughts for the Day on each of my blogs.

10. I've enjoyed encouraging and assisting other bloggers ... passing along what I've learned whenever possible. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask in comments or drop me email and I'll respond as quickly as I'm able.

11. I'm always grateful for comments from visitors. I appreciate all who take the time to respond and who 'follow' my blogs.

12. Although I no longer publish daily on each blog, I do make an effort to create and publish on at least one of the blogs every day ... and I do my best visit & leave comments for others as time permits.

13. Here are colorful review mosaics for your viewing enjoyment ... just because ;--)

Click to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in Thursday Thirteen
Color Carnival & Haiku Friday too.

Click to see my 2nd Blogoversary post
at Sacred Ruminations

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure." George E. Woodberry


Mike Golch said...

Congrats on year 2!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! Congratulations! I celebrated my fist year in August and can't believe what a difference it has made in my life. Most fun ever!

On with year 3!!

Enjoy your day!


LV said...

I am glad you stopped by my place today. I hope I make it two years. Sometimes it is not easy, but you have done very well. Keep up the good job.

Wildflowerhouse said...

Wow you certainly topped the mosaic list. Fantastic and congrats on two years! Sharon

Inday said...

Congratulations on your Second Blog Anniversary. It is truly a milestone to keep record with all those statistics you have kept track with all your postings. Being a retired teacher yourself, I love all those artistic mosaics and the quotations wrapped up in Thoughts for Today.

Most of all, thank you for allowing me to take part of your prestigious blog.

Mary said...

Wow, congratulations! Isn't it wonderful how much we all learn, and how much we all flex our creative muscles as we blog?! Wishing you many more happy years of blogging. :)

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh my goodness, those are wonderful collection of photo collages.

I am so glad that I have joined memes, at first i was hesitant because I was thinking that no one will visit my entries, now I am loving it.

Thanks for sharing this and also for casting your vote for my daughter!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Congratulations on your second year of blogging; quite an accomplishment! I have come a long way myself in the year I've been doing this. Lots of fun and lots of friends. Wonderful!


Unknown said...

Happy Blogversary!
I always look forward to your mosaics. They just keep getting better and better.

Happy T13!

Journeywoman said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Kristen said...

I want to add my voice to all of the well-wishers. I enjoy your mosaics when you add them to your 13 list. You have quite an eye for putting things together.

Tracie Nall said...

Happy Blogoversary!! I always love your mosaics, but today's are awesome!!

Alice Audrey said...

Sidebar category links is a brilliant idea. I need something along those lines for my Jack and Jill, Suzie's House and Mr. Al posts.

Hootin Anni said...

Well now....happy, happy anniversary! And you've learned so much over the years...what a great, positive post.

Mia Celeste said...

Wow, four hundred and seventy three times! Amazing. I wish you many happy blogs ahead.

MCJART Fine Art Artist said...

Wonderful Sharings ~ thank you

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

First Congrats on your second blogversary, woow two years of blogging was quite a journey. Your picture collage of color carnaval are fun to watch. Awesome! youare so creative.

Susan Cook said...

Happy 2nd Blogaversary. That is awesome. You've accomplished a lot in 2 yrs.

DoanLegacy said...

Happy blogversary! Two years are quite an accomplishment!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Very, very Happy Blogoversary! My blog has become a huge part of my life and I'm so grateful for it. How else would I meet marvellous people like you?

Sherrie said...

Great TT list!! I feel the same way since I started blogging. Have made lots of new friends and learned a lot from them also. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


P.S. Thanks for the award I'll happily post and link back to you.

Anonymous said...

A major color carnival & collage fest going on over here at Storyteller's place! How cool! These are so cool - I love how you color coordinated the flowers. They're all so neat

Sherrie said...

Beautiful Mosaic Photos!! Lots of beautiful colors and your list is awesome. I feel the same myself about blogging. Have a great day!

Sherrie's Stuff

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary :)

Gattina said...

Congratulations to your 2nd Blogaversary ! I for me it's the 3rd year I started in 2006 without knowing what a blog was and what I could do with it, lol !

Calico Crazy said...

Congratulations on your 2nd Blogoversary! Isn't it funny the things you learn about style and design along they way.

Calico Contemplations

Joy Des Jardins said...

My gosh those two years went fast Virginia...HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY Sweetie. Boy have you come a long way in two years. Your list is wonderful...and so are you. What a pure joy you are and we are so lucky to have you in our little blogging community...Miss Lady of Leisure. Enjoy every minute of your retirement...Much love to you, Joy

jillconyers said...

Happy Blogoversary! I just celebrated 5 blogging years last month. It was fun to look back and see all realize I've learned.

Hazel said...

Congratulations on your second Blogversary. There so many things to learn and I've been loving the learning. Cheers and here's to year 3!

Barbara said...

congratulations on two years of blogging. Looking forward to reading more in year three.

Tammie Lee said...

Happy Celebration to you! Sounds as though you have had a wonderful journey and will continue to do so. Having you as part of our blog experience is a gift. Big warm smile to you. Tammie

maryt/theteach said...

Well, congratulations to you storyteller! My, time sure does fly! thanks for the award. I promise to stop by more often! :)

Martha said...

Happy blogoversary! I saved the first collage for the Color Carnival - it probably won't show up real well but I'll post it as is for this special occasion :-)

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

I missed my 2 year. I should have thrown a party. Maybe for year 3??? I love the mosaics too.

Unknown said...

your collages are wonderful! congrats on your 2nd year!

Kay said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogaversary! I'm still working on year #2.

Magpie said...

Happy congratulations!

nightfall00 said...

Beautiful collages and congrats on your anniversary! I loved the lemonade stand. Was that one photo you split up? If so, how did you do it?

Pamela said...

congratulations... and blog on!

Mary (MPJ) said...

And Happy 2nd Blogoversary to you over here too!! You're amazing! :)

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