Saturday, January 1, 2011

What happened in 2010

Australian Floods - Nrothern NSW
In an attempt to wind up on 2010 and move on to 2011, I thought I would review my blogging experiences in 2010. But first, I want to celebrate that I have achieved 150 posts since my blog commenced in 2008. I'm not a prolific blogger, (I'm generally not prolific at anything), but I have tried to be constant and regular. I feel it is an achievement to reach 150 posts, so I will celebrate!

So, in January last year, I posted on my guilt for not blogging enough - I've moved on from that now - but also about the flooding in Northern NSW. It's now flooding again, this time in Queensland.

In February I posted on a few ramblings, thoughts from what I had read in other peoples blogs, newspapers and things from my own head.

In March and April I did a few book reviews, but also posted on a short holiday experience, and something about a tea towel.

In May I started doing Friday Fill-ins more regularly. These seem to give me a bit of inspiration, because I also had other posts about movies, gardening and reading.

June was a turning point for my blogging slump in 2010 - when Karen [Bookbath] and I announced our Paris in July event. It also seems that I continued with my blogging inspiration with some book reviews too.

July was our Paris in July event - which we loved doing, and our participants enjoyed also. I have to say this was one of the highlights of my blogging year.

In August, I started by reviews for the Japanese Literature Challenge 4. Again, this challenge has been the highlight of my reading and blogging year.

September, October and November saw a few regular Friday Fill-ins, books reviews, holiday reviews, gardening reviews - and yet again - some reflective posts about blogging.

So what happened in 2010?
I read 16.5 books, noted 11 movies, I participated in the Japanese Literature Challenge 4, and tried to do the Madame Bovary Read a long, and co-facilitated the Paris in July event.

I also carried on with other personal goals such as growing my own veggies and fruit, studying French, increased my cycling (to join with my partner), attended a vegan yoga retreat, continued my voluntary roles in emergency services and increased my commitment to supporting and promoting the small not-for-profit girls school in India.

Again, I am reminded, blogging is a useful tool to facilitate my ongoing learning. I just love to visit many blogs of different varieties - bookish blogs, travel reviews, social justice developments, gardening, green and frugal living etc...

What happened in 2010? A Lot!
I got to 150 posts in blogging world, I made new friends, I had a virtual trip to Paris in July, and I learnt so much..... new and amazing authors are introduced to me each month, I learn new recipes every time I visit another gardener, I started drinking white tea and green sencha because of a fellow tea loving blogger, I planted Yakon and Artichoke, and I've preserved Parsley and spinach for another season. The list is endless what you can learn in blogging world..... I am soooooo looking forward to 2011.


JoAnn said...

Paris is July was a highlight of my blogging year. So glad to have 'met' you in 2010. Happy 2011, Tamara!

Karen said...

Congratulations on making your 150th post! A great review of the year that has gone - looking forward to 2011 now!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I loved the Paris in July event! It was a lot of fun!

And that vegan yoga event is right up my alley! I was a vegan for a while and then became a vegetarian, and for 2011, I think I need to return to my healthy vegan ways! I felt MUCH better as a vegan!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your 150th post..doing better than me:) Have enjoyed reading your blog and your friendship :)

Hoping you have a wonderful 2011 in all that you do

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

Another Paris in July fan here too. It was such fun and so interesting too.

Electra said...

I love your summary, Tamara-Happy New Year to you!