With the year coming to a close it seems an opportune time to reminisce. I don’t have lots of good memories of this year— having completed a thesis and having not enjoyed it much at all. However, looking back over the last year of posts I think it was a pretty good year for blogging and developing skills of all kinds.
Then in February, thanks to his new job at Google, my husband and I got to go to San Francisco. We had to pay for my part of course… It was a great trip though, I loved it.
Easter happened and I was quite a bit more positive about it than in previous years.
I also wrote a sort of photo noir tutorial. Good for learning to use paths to create selections in GIMP.
Google brought out a predictive search tool to get tomorrow’s news today, just in time for April Fools’ Day.
Expressive words were good fun and did the rounds of some design and design related blogs.
I also had the chance to check out a whole lot of image editors for Mac. If you’re a Mac user definitely check out this list, which has both lightweight and heavy duty editors.
I redesigned my blog this year and as part of that process thought a lot about semantic code, CSS and the details of a website, including favicons, which I think no site is complete without.
You just ended that sentence with a preposition— bastard!
Col. Jack O’Neill SG1
I also did my first video tutorial about grid masking using Inkscape and GIMP.
You can tell August was a nasty month, since there were no posts really worth mentioning! To relieve a little of that uni stress and maintain some semblance of life I took part in the $50 camera challenge, which was excellent.
Somehow, what was honestly an attempt to keep my blog active and put to use some photos I’d taken with my phone, the Life through my phone post was a bit of a hit. I’ve been taking a few photos and even a video on my phone lately, so there could be another one of those coming up.
Now I’m thinking I was just starting to procrastinate at this point: I implemented clickable tags in the WP write panel. Of course, it’s obsolete now that WP has finally implemented that feature themselves. Yay!
October was Breast Cancer awareness month again. Although I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked (due to it also being thesis writing month *shudder*), I did turn my blog pink and I was able to go to a Pink Ribbon brunch.
November & December
These two months deserve to be rolled into one, since I not only had finished my thesis and was on holidays (until further notice!), but it was a big two months for me and WordPress.
I ported my blog design over to Thesis and I’ve never been happier with it (of course, I have ideas to make it even better). Along with that move came tutorials on full-width headers and full-width footers in Thesis.
At the end of November I went to WordCamp Australia, where I met some excellent people, started some good relationships, and heard some exciting things.
Tonight is New Years Eve! I don’t think I’ll have a chance to take photos of fireworks, but I think it will be a great hang-out time with friends.
Happy New Year!