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August 14, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Time Marches On – 50,001 and Still Going

Time Marches On

Time Marches On

Today I was sitting in the Apple Store waiting for a 1-on-1 lesson on how to promote my long-planned-for, new website when I decided to pop open my blog and see what was going on. It was 2:58 pm CDT and my eye caught my blog visitors counter-50,001 visits. Wow! That’s a lotta clicks. Seems like a milestone to blog about…

I started posting on this photoblog on October 5, 2007. My intention when I began was to post a photo a day for a year. I wasn’t sure who would look at the photographs-I was just learning how to use my Olympus E- 500 and didn’t know much about photography-or who would want to read my rambling words. But it was something I needed to do for myself. I needed to set a goal for myself and then work hard until I achieved it. Prove something to myself, in a way.

I’ve not quite finished the year-I still have another 50 days to make that goal. But I’ve been pleased with my attempt at blogging. I’ve learned an amazing amount of stuff about WordPress and all that techie stuff I always claimed I would never need to bother with. And I’ve got a website – Seeded Earth Photography – that I’m planning on unveiling on October 1st in response to the kind visitors who have asked how to purchase my photographs. (more on that coming soon)

I’ve taken thousands of photos and written nearly 400 posts and I’ve had 3,126 comments. Some of you who comment now have been commenting since the first weeks. I’m rather proud of that. You guys who have been hanging around a long time include Montucky at Montana Outdoors, Chrisy at visuallens, Ron at rtd13, Bernie at BFK Photography, nouveau fauves, Ankush at Ankush Vimawala Photography, Mon@rch at Mon@rch’s Nature Blog, amuirin at Stop and Wander, Robin at Bountiful Healing. How awesome! I didn’t even know that happened in blogland!

I also read and hear from other bloggers regularly, including Anna and Preston at Surface and Surface Photography, Gypsy-Heart at Gypsy-Heart I Am, Marcie at Daily Practice, ybonesy at red Ravine, Jules at The Way I See It , Grace at The Wild Pomegranate, Laurie at Capture This Photography, Richard at Capturing Light, Pat at Wandering Wonderings, and Joanna at Confident Writing. If I’ve missed you, sorry-check my sidebar for more of my favorites places and people. I love all of you!

So – thanks everyone. I don’t know what will happen on October 5. I’m writing for a Wisconsin website now, WisconsinNative.com, and with the launch of Seeded Earth Photography, I don’t know quite what I will do with this original blog. But I’ve learned a lot and have climbed mountains and swum oceans, as the saying goes. So thanks again. Your presence has been an important part of these last 10 months for me.

14 Comments

  1. gypsy-heart / Aug 14 2008 10:36 pm

    Bo, we come here because your work and your words are wonderful!

    How exciting about your new adventure..keep us posted.

    Good and creative energies to you!

  2. Robin / Aug 15 2008 7:43 am

    I’m very excited for you. It looks like a whole new world is opening up for you, Bo. 🙂

  3. QuoinMonkey / Aug 15 2008 8:57 am

    Bo, congratulations. It’s so exciting that you are launching a new website for your photography. You are a masterful photographer (love the shot at the top of this post) and a deep thinker. I feel gratitude for having met you in blogworld. Here’s to another year.

  4. Anna Surface / Aug 15 2008 9:23 am

    Well, I ditto the comments above by gypsy-heart, Robin, and QuoinMonkey. I was attracted to Seeded Earth when I first explored WordPress. I was impressed with the depth of your photos as well as your words. Congrats to all your creative endeavors, and following your heart/bliss. 🙂

  5. Gandalf / Aug 15 2008 9:26 am

    50,000+ now that’s a large number. Congrats.

    I do enjoy your photos immensely, particularly the shadow play and the items with the “S” word in them. Pretty soon we’ll be getting back the “S” time of year so i’ll be pestering you for some of those shots.

  6. Visuallens / Aug 15 2008 10:32 am

    Thanks for tagging to my blog. Wish you all the best.

  7. ybonesy / Aug 15 2008 1:01 pm

    Bo, I agree with what others have said. Your photos have your very own imprint, perhaps it’s a sort of Midwestern quality that has become you and you it. I think of the barns and old vehicles and this photo — they all seem to signify wisdom and solidness, and old-fashioned sort. And then nature. I’ve learned about flowers and their names. 8)

    It’s hard to keep up with blogging, so that seems a good goal to set if one wants to challenge oneself every day or nearly every day. With 400+ posts and 50K visitors and all those comments, you seem to have far exceeded what many bloggers are able to do. Kudos to you and for all the doors that are now opening to you.

  8. Ron in L.A. / Aug 15 2008 2:04 pm

    Good job Bo and good luck with the new site… 😉

    R(etc… )

  9. Laurie / Aug 15 2008 5:47 pm

    Lovely post. It is a milestone and we have been enjoying the ride. You have some really wonderful photos to share. Thanks for sharing them with us here. I look forward to seeing many more.

    I love the lines in this one. It’s a great interesting study and a very interesting find as well.

  10. HeyJules / Aug 15 2008 8:15 pm

    Bo, you have really come a long way in a year! My goodness!!! I can’t wait to see the new site. May it be as big a blessing to you as this one has been to all of us.

  11. Bo / Aug 16 2008 12:49 am

    Hey, everyone, Such kind words. Thank you. Thank you all very much.

  12. Susan / Aug 20 2008 8:47 am

    Congratulations, Bo — what an achievement — here’s to many more creative milestones! Btw, I recently recommended your blog to a friend from Wisconsin who now lives in Seattle — I knew she’d really appreciate your breathtaking photos of her home state!

  13. mon@rch / Aug 24 2008 11:12 pm

    Little behind but congrats!

  14. Bernie Kasper / Sep 8 2008 1:46 pm

    I am behind as well Bo, but Congrtas on the milestone, you have a great blog and your photography is wonderful as well !!!

    I won’t be around too much for the next couple of months so I will try to keep up as best as possible !!

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