My WordPress Blog – 2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog and so I thought I’d share it.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”.  I’d always wondered what it would be like to have a blog and here I am now a year onward. It was quite challenging at first to make sense of how WordPress works but I feel much more confident now, so much so that I  intend to upgrade to Pro so that I can have a more individualised blog when I start the next Module (still have Part 5 to tackle though on Art of Photography before then).  Thanks to everyone who has dropped by and also made comments.  Happy New Year to everyone with the wish that 2012 sees you happy, enjoying life, successful and as healthy as possible.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Beginning

I bought my first DSLR in June this year.  Previously I’d always used my compact on auto and resisted the idea of being more creative – mainly because I find technical details difficult.  Still, I made a conscious effort to use the various settings, joined Flickr as a motivation and did a couple of short courses.

Recently I’ve felt I’m on a plateau (after  a brief learning curve) and acknowledged to myself that, even though I like the idea of being able to take photographs intuitively, I do need to understand more about how my camera works.  I decided that I really do need to do a more intensive Photography Course and looked first at the Open University as I’ve done Courses with them before and that style of learning suits me.   However, the reviews I read referred to peer review rather than academic feedback.  That’s always good from people as enthusiastic as oneself who want to learn and I find Flickr good for that.  However, I decided I needed challenge from experienced professionals as well and the Courses of the Open College of the Arts looked really good to me.

Well, here I am on the 30th December 2010,having enrolled two days ago and waiting for the Course material to arrive next week.  I feel somewhat apprehensive I have to admit and, have spent so much time in the last few days thinking about the Course that I’ve hardly been out taking photographs!  I’ve also struggled with this blog site, trying to understand how it all works.  I’m definitely at the stage of “conscious incompetence” at the moment but keep telling myself that it will pass.