Since it’s the end of the year and all, let’s take a look back over the last year through the eyes of this blog. You can click on each month’s name to view the posts from that month, just so you know 🙂
The year got started off with me showing off one of the best recipes I’ve ever made – roast chicken baked in dough – a Jamie Oliver recipe. Later on in the month, I explored some possible ways for cricket to get a foothold in the USA. Not surprisingly, the planned series for New York didn’t happen. Might I suggest to the BCCI and CA that a possible location could be the international-class stadium in Florida?
This was the time when I started to get involved in other projects, thus the number of posts would be low for the next couple of month. However, I did put together a review of the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. I also wondered about MySpace’s amazing networking abilities – the random profile I clicked on is no longer in my “Extended Network”. Maybe they got some sense…ah, who am I kidding? 😉 Lastly, I also flirted with salmonella. Luckily I didn’t get sick 🙂
March definitely came in like a lion, with my monitor breaking down, which led to LG sending me a replacement. For a while though, I thought it was lost, and for some reason it was sitting a mere 200 miles away from me for a whole weekend. Finally, I got the replacement, and it turned out to be a larger monitor that I am still using today – it’s an amazing piece of work. 🙂 By the way, I did manage to get the base off of the 19″ monitor and shipped it back in original packaging. I also questioned the arrogance of my countrymen when the Bob Woolmer story broke.
By far, this was the slowest month for my blogging, as there were only two posts, including a discussion of YouTube’s control over what is posted there…thanks copyright holders…
This was a big month; first, I finally upgraded my Firefox to version 2.0 – after finding out that support for 1.5 was being discontinued. Then, I made the 200th post to the blog, and on the 23rd, I started the US Blogs Community on BumpZee. As of today, there are 243 members and 206 blogs in the community, and is the 8th most popular community on the site. Well done to everyone in the community! 😀 Also, I made the most awesome chicken recipe ever!
In June, I did my first guest post – How to NOT Make Money on the Internet – on Freshblogger, about various job scams that you will find out there. Also, on that front, I published a scambait I did with one Don Fabiano Jutolio Chichi, to show people what would happen if you take on these scammers. With the US Blogs Community, I introduced two elements – the US Blog badges, and the US Blogs community blogroll.
I talked about coming to accept the words that most TV networks bleep out, gave tips for getting a passport, and saw the Outback Steakhouse blimp. Then, I went and bought myself a domain name and started a little feature you may have seen – This was the Week that Was. 🙂
July was really the month where I started a big turn around. However, let’s get the business posts of the month out of the way 😉
I did a bit of cooking during the month – Salmon with Bruschetta, a new microwave and also cooking on a new (to me) grill. Also, I published the first of my how-to posts – burning a feed with FeedBurner and integrating it with Blogger. I did a bit of controversial topics, including talking about Alexa and also MyBlogLog’s decision to enable spammers to use their service. Thankfully, both of these issues were resolved quite quickly – and good on them for doing it 🙂
Now, the personal stuff. I started the month talking about my last job, and the experience I had at the end of it. In the middle of the month, I said that I was lacking focus and trying to fix it. Then, I made the decision that it was time for a change. The first change was actually getting my license renewed – then, I announced that I was making a wholesale change in my life – including adding walks and doing other stuff to sort out my life. Essentially, I was letting go of a lot of things that have held me back. I also talked about the first experiences of finally walking out of the hole by way of a reply, which was posted both here and at Snoskred’s site, to this post of hers.
Out of this came the other weekly post – The Week in Walks, etc. – which can be found posted each Sunday, as a wrap-up of my walks from the week, and an update to my world in general.
The month didn’t start out the greatest – I found out that my laptop had died from being in the basement. However, I continued on, with reviews of the first two legs of the Indiana Jones trilogy – Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Temple of Doom. I also got the chance to spend some time at the mall, and sample some sausage; celebrated the first anniversary of the blog, and introduced another new feature – the Tuesday Think Tank, with All About RSS.
The controversy of the month was the revelation that people were being paid to comment on blogs that didn’t have nofollow turned on – simply put, they’re not allowed here. Also, at the end of the month, I talked about the hassles I had with trying to take advantage of a free hosting offer that was available. Strangely, they never replied to my comments – I guess they never did care about customer service anyway…
I had a bumper crop of how-tos – “Stealing” code, adding a Google search box, and adding co.mments and StumbleUpon to posts on Blogger.
I also talked about going to volunteer with a charity organization in the area, cooked a whole bunch of food – Zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and fresh salmon from the lake. All amazing food if I say so myself. 🙂
This was the month of my big move over to WordPress. I could leave it there and say that it was the only thing that happened, but of course it wasn’t. 😉
I asked a question that would become a major talking point over the next month – How much control do Google have over us? I also talked about more music – Lloyd Cole Knew My Father, Duke’s 3 Suites and the albums I found while digging through some boxes. Then, I took the role of Mr. Clueless and bought some wine, and showed you how to move your Blogger blog to your own domain.
November was NaBloPoMo, and I started the commenting challenge – I didn’t get as far as I did in 2006, but I did get a start on the list. 🙂
During the month, I talked about catching up with an old friend, as well as firing my phone company and about getting out there and into a car. As part of my impending driving test, I was putting a plan together just in case I wouldn’t pass.
I also showed you how to change your reader to either Bloglines or Thunderbird easily. In addition, I talked about my musical history and then, for the second year in a row, provided all the states of the turkey, this time with sides! 😉
As it turned out, this has been the second snowiest December since records have been kept in the area – the media have been going hog wild with coverage and I talked about that.
I also doled out advice for the tollway – which I heeded this time, and had some to spare. Then, I made an alternative Christmas dinner – which made a good Plan B Chicken, and that brings us to the last day of the year, where I recapped the year with a really long post linking to a lot of my other posts. 🙂
So, what will the next year bring us all? Based on the last few months of this year, I have to say that the future looks amazingly excellent.
I want to give a shout-out to the folks behind the newly-launched Aussie Bloggers forum, which is down right awesome. The brainchild of the project was Meg from Dipping into the Blogpond, who brought both Snoskred and Andrew Boyd along with a whole host of Aussie bloggers to build up the site. Of course, you don’t have to be an Aussie to join the forum, though I suspect that I hold the honor of being the first overseas person to join up, hehe 😉
Happy New Year y’all; I’ll be back next week with the normal TW3. 😀