JET Eye: Seeing Through Pictures- Year One

Business first: I must give credit to AndreaMosaic which is the software I used to create this image. It’s a free download and I really like the results it gave me. So, while I did not actually take this picture, it is made up of all (or most) of the photos I took over the past year.

That’s right, today is my one year anniversary on Pixyblog! If you’ve read my About page you know that I started this blog as a way of motivating myself to use my slr camera. I had been visiting Pixyblog for a few months when I wrote Richard to tell him how much I enjoyed the look and feel of Pixyblog and how I might be interested in joining when it went public. I wasn’t expecting to receive an email a couple weeks later offering me a beta membership. Being an introvert, I was a bit hesitant about putting myself “out there.” But then I decided to take it as a sign that it was the time for me to step up to the challenge and join the blogging world.

My initial goal was to post an image every Monday-Friday for one month, to see if it was something I’d want to continue. When I reached that goal and realized how much I enjoyed taking photos, along with the positive reaction from family and friends, I decided to really challenge myself and pushed it to an entire year. I’m happy and a bit amazed to announce that I accomplished my goal. That’s 5 images a week for 52 weeks (with some days posting more than one image). That’s a lot of photos! While some pictures were better than others, they all added up to an amazing year of learning and growth.

Technically, I’ve learned a great deal about photography. Not only by taking my own images but also by viewing other people’s blogs and studying their images and camera settings. It’s exciting to know that I have so much more to learn and look forward to the experience. Personally, I’ve learned a great deal about myself. Since the beginning I have found the written part of this blog to be very challenging. As you can see from this post I’m becoming more comfortable with it! Yes, I could have just posted a title and nothing else but I felt I should add something in about my experience or even just thoughts for that day.

I’d like to thank Richard for the little push I needed to get started. Thank you Mom, for sending emails with corrections to spelling/grammatical errors. Thank you to my family and friends for their encouragement and support. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog whether you posted a comment or just browsed the images. I really appreciate your interest.

One area about blogging that I wasn’t very familiar with is the social aspect of community blogs. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed commenting on other people’s blogs and having people I don’t know comment on mine. There are a handful of people who I’ve never met yet look forward to hearing their comments and checking out their blog each day.

Here’s hoping for another successful year of photo blogging!

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  1. What a stunning eye-catcher!
    What I really like about your posts, besides the great photography, is that you share your techniques and ideas.
    Happy anniversary. I look forward to seeing what you come up with this year.

  2. Whoa, that is so cool!!
    What year full of wonderful photos, thoughts, memories, and insights. Congratulations, looking forward to the next year!

  3. Very cool picture Jamie. Quite appropriate given the ‘JET Eye’ blog name.
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I look forward to viewing your pictures over the next coming year.

  4. Thank you everyone. Here’s hoping I can keep it up for another year.

  5. Congrats on your anniversary! I hit your blog every morning and look forward to reading your captions. Keep it up!
    BTW – I still miss the little math puzzles to verify posting a comment 😉

  6. Congratulations Jamie; posting 5 photos a week is no small task. I’m glad you accepted my invitation and decided to put yourself “out there”; PixyBlog is a better place for it. Bring on year two.

  7. What a really cool mosaic…love the eye and it’s very appropriate!
    Congrats on your one year anniversary…I’m looking forward to my daily visits to your photoblog in the year to come!

  8. Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary. Blogging and photoblogging has changed my life in so many ways. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. I’m also glad to have found Pixyblog and I look forward to following your adventures into your next year.

  9. Excellent to hear you have been here a year and will continue on sharing your wonderful photography with us! And I can’t believe you post 5 photos a week. That is an amazing undertaking!
    This is a great EYE mosaic by the way… I have tried a few of these, but not with a lot of success yet. I won’t give up though… because this whole photography thing is so damn fun!!!!

  10. This post has been selected as PixyBlog’s Daily Shot for Wed, 29 Oct 2008

  11. Congratulations for your work! What a first year! I wish you an happy “Pixy-birthday” and i hope to still be there to wish you the second.

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