100th post! Results and plans

Hm, I can’t believe it, but yes, it my hundredth post. Considering, that I try to post something every day this might not be a big deal, but still I wanted to mention it somehow.
This site is a greatly loved hobby of mine, it gave me the reason to dig in my archives, pull out some old photos that would never see light if it wasn’t for the post. I feel an obligation to make up a new post every day, this might sound bad but I like it, it gives me purpose to make up something new, to take pictures of something new, to visit new places.

I looked back at the stats and the most visited posts over the last months were:
1. Abandoned Cork
2. Seal colony on Aran islands
3. Halloween in Cork: street fashion
4. One Sunday in Cork
5. … Homemade sushi – the process in photos

This is an interesting info which makes me think of what my visitors really like to see on this site. The page Life in Ireland is the most visited one after the first page, so looks like Irish life is still interesting (non regarding of what some grumpy people say about this country).

I have a lot of plans for this site, standalone blog gives a lot of opportunities that would be hard to fulfill on other blog platforms. I am thinking of continuing taking pictures of Irish windowsills which I started to do when I came here. Don’t be scared, it’s really interesting how people here decorate them )
After my Halloween post i am thinking of taking more pictures of the people, of how they dress and what they do. It’s still hard for me though.
If I could find any (ANY!) mushrooms here in the woods I would take more pictures of them and make a separate page about it, but we’ll see about that. Also I am thinking of moving all my photo gallery here from http://public.fotki.com/blackiephotos/.

I will continue writing every day, I think its a good thing, but someone told me yesterday, that it might get old after a while, what do you think?..

If you have any ideas of comments about what I do here, please tell me) Any thought would be highly appreciated.

This might be my longest post so far, and since I couldn’t leave it without a photo I took a picture of the Halloween candle holder that I brought from Russia. Love it!

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  • http://fiveeurofood.com Charles Smith

    Congratulations on post 100! I love the idea of the window sills – it’s a cool idea – always something fun and unique in each one!

    As for writing every day… it depends really on the person. Personally, I couldn’t do that – I post a recipe in almost every single post I make. Having to post a new one every single day would be really stressful I think, especially the work which goes into each one (since I need to actually cook each dish as well!). Personally, I enjoy posts which are a bit longer – I feel like I can get more involved in the topic and it’s really engaging. For the writer, they don’t feel a pressure to have to post every day – even on days when they feel shitty or something – and they can take a couple days in between each post to have a good think about what they want to post next time.

    Always enjoy seeing your photos! Need more photos of slutty Hallowe’en zombies though!

    • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

      I need to find the photos of the windowsills that I already have, i could make a category “Windowsill of the day” )) But that would also mean that I will have to carry my camera everywhere, and if I take a camera, I will need few lenses, if I take few lenses I will need few filters, if I need filters…. and so on and so on.

      So you think it would be better to have like 3 big posts per week instead of 7 small ones? Maybe… It’s easier for you, cause you have a new recipe to publish in every post, which is a big deal already. And for me, I don’t know if I can find a significant enough topic to justify the lack of daily updates. Hmhm.. What do you think? maybe I should make up more stories to accompany the photos?

      Thank you for your support by the way, I really look forward for your comments every time I post something! )

      • http://fiveeurofood.com Charles Smith

        No problem! :) I follow quite a lot of blogs. Personally I prefer it when someone posts maybe 2, 3 or 4 times per week. They’ll write a bit more and the post is more engaging – more fun to read. It’s not so much a question of having a problem finding something to say – if you post some photos of beautiful scenery in Germany or something… it’s just a case of telling us more about the photos. Don’t just write about the moment – write a story about the events which led you to that place, how it made you feel, are you going to go back, etc. You could make a 3-post feature on a trip you took… post day-1 photos on Monday, day-2 photos on Wednesday etc.

        For the window-sill of the day – I don’t know about you but you don’t need to get the window-sill on the same day. Just go out on a saturday and photograph 20 window-sills and you’re set for days to come. I have like 5 recipes queued up right now waiting to be auto-published. You could do the same thing with the window-sills!

        • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

          About windowsills – yeah sure, I do that now too, for example when I go somewhere I usually queue few posts in advance since I am sorting out the photos anyway. What I meant is to post 1 windowsill at a time, which could potentially take space in between bigger posts anyway )

          I know what you mean about the stories, I guess I am better with the camera than with words ) I used to write for the living before I started at my current work place, so every time I start writing a post I remember it all – deadlines, structure, mentioning what should be mentioned. Reminds me of work sooo much, so I guess I tried to avoid it as much as possible ) I will try to find a more casual style tho, which can take some practice.

        • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

          About windowsills – yeah sure, I do that now too, for example when I go somewhere I usually queue few posts in advance since I am sorting out the photos anyway. What I meant is to post 1 windowsill at a time, which could potentially take space in between bigger posts anyway )

          I know what you mean about the stories, I guess I am better with the camera than with words ) I used to write for the living before I started at my current work place, so every time I start writing a post I remember it all – deadlines, structure, mentioning what should be mentioned. Reminds me of work sooo much, so I guess I tried to avoid it as much as possible ) I will try to find a more casual style tho, which can take some practice.

        • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

          About windowsills – yeah sure, I do that now too, for example when I go somewhere I usually queue few posts in advance since I am sorting out the photos anyway. What I meant is to post 1 windowsill at a time, which could potentially take space in between bigger posts anyway )

          I know what you mean about the stories, I guess I am better with the camera than with words ) I used to write for the living before I started at my current work place, so every time I start writing a post I remember it all – deadlines, structure, mentioning what should be mentioned. Reminds me of work sooo much, so I guess I tried to avoid it as much as possible ) I will try to find a more casual style tho, which can take some practice.

  • Tobias

    Happy 100ths post!

    i have to concur with charles here- don’t force yourself to post everyday.
    It’s okay to sometimes have a break in between if there are no intresting stories available.

    Personally I want to see more food!
    Irish Stews, Seafood chowders, Breakfast and more!
    Especially if you try them in different towns across the country. :)

    • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

      Thank you Toby ) I like to post something every day, but it makes the posts smaller of course. Maybe I should write more stories but 3 times per week, I will think about that. And well, btw, I will have to carry my camera around if I want to get good shots of the windowsills!

      You only want pictures of the food cause you will be the one eating it anyway ))

  • http://yumyumbites.blogspot.com Christy

    I am with you on the passion of writing and keeping track of my blogs! (I have so many blogs on my list to keep me going!)
    It feels like an obligation sometimes, but I’d prefer it to be more of a passion. Passion fuels while obligation will eventually make you feel like it’s a lot of work and you could probably grow out of it. Take this as a passion; and when you don’t feel like it, well, you don’t have to post. Do it when you are happy and when you really want to. We are not here to judge; everyone has things which occupy them daily, and fundamentally, you need to remind yourself of the main reason you started blogging/writing and focus on that. If you treat this as a hobby, well, it IS :) So, don’t pressure yourself or compete with others who update every single day, even they have their days when they don’t know what they want to post.
    Enjoy blogging! :D

    • http://www.blackiewarner.com Blackie Warner

      Thanks a lot, Christy! I think I just need to find this mood that would keep me going, I’m still searching and experimenting) For now I’m just happy that I can find something new in the old photos I took, relive the moments and show them to all of you)

      About writing every day… It’s not about competing, I guess, but about keeping me in the form. If I don’t push myself I will get lazy, that’s for sure ))