Monday, September 22, 2014

The Other Dani is Four Years Old!!!!

I started this blog 4 years ago and made my first post on September 22, 2010.
I celebrated my first blogiversary with a photo collage, and belatedly recognized my second blogoversary/200th post with a retrospective look at some of my favourite posts.
It's been a while and I didn't have a better idea to recognize all that this blog has meant to me over the years, so I thought I'd do it again.
My life has changed so much since I started this blog, and since 2012 when I last did a round up of my favourite posts.
Here is the last one I did if you missed it.

Since then I have settled into my new town; built a home and a life here; taught for two years (currently on my third); started a new job; travelled to Europe; had friends move away, move back, grow apart, grow closer to me; read, listened to, and watched many things; and I'm sure a few more things. It doesn't seem like much but I am a different person than I was two years ago.
With that in mind, here are my favourite things I've done on this blog since Autumn 2012.

1. My New Favourite Place
A virtual tour of my home office - the room we call "the library." A year and a bit after S bought this house and a few months after I moved in, we could finally afford to finish the basement by installing carpet and baseboards. After we did that things kind of shifted around in the house. The music studio moved downstairs, the spare bedroom moved to the old music studio and this room became the library. It represented working hard for something, putting down roots, and having a place to call your own. This tour allowed me to show off some things I am proud of: my postcards and my books. While the room has changed a bit (I've added more postcards and more books) it is still a place where I work, relax, get inspired, and feel at home.

2. Book Recommendations 
This was a fun little graphic I made because I missed recommending books to people when I worked at a bookstore in high school. It became insanely popular on Pinterest, leading lots of new people to my blog; and helping them find new, great books to read! I actually snuck in a book my mom wrote (Never Leave Your Wingman), so maybe I introduced a few new readers to her book, too.

3. 13 Utterly Uplifting Facts About Reading
I am proud of this one. I did some research and put a lot of thought into my response to some dumb BuzzFeed article. Reading is my number 1 hobby and I really needed to defend it. I shared this post on my personal Facebook page and got a lot of nice comments from fellow book lovers. Looking back at all the statistics about reading and people loving books still makes me really happy.

4. The Europe Chronicles
Our trip to Europe in the summer of 2013 was the trip of a lifetime for me. I am so happy I kept journals and took all the photos I did because I cherish those memories. The blog posts I made combine the journal entries and photos to help me chronicle our trip, and they also helped me share our experiences with people we know, and strangers searching the internet trying to plan their own trip. I don't want to link to all of them so I just linked to the Packing Tutorial I made, which links to the rest of the posts at the bottom. I am proud of the packing tutorial, too, because I know it has helped other people planning a similar trip, trying to pack light to backpack around the world.

5. a door marked Adult
a bit of an epiphany re:growing up (one of many on this blog). I like going back to this one because I wrote advice to my teenage self and sometimes I can still benefit from reminding myself of those things even now.

6. My Christmas Song
I wrote, recorded, and shared an original song about the Christmas season. Stephen helped, of course. I am proud of the song because I think it's good and I am proud of myself for sharing it because I am not always brave or confident with stuff like that. I also shared this one on my personal Facebook, which meant a lot more people saw it than just my usual blog audience.

7.On Jobs and Identity
major epiphany re:growing up/careers that I posted last June after spending about a month unsure of whether I would be able to continue teaching. I learned a lot about myself during that time and tried to articulate my thoughts in this post. Funny story: a friend of mine who lives far away left a note on my Facebook wall after reading this post, congratulating me on my new job, and unintentionally "let the cat out of the bag" because I had told my family and close friends, but hadn't yet announced it to everyone. My aunt (who also lives in another province) commented "What? New job??????," prompting me to make an official announcement, haha.

8. Feminist Fridays
I really enjoyed the series I did in July, Feminist Fridays, but I am especially proud of this combination album review/person review of everyone's idol, Beyoncé.

9. On the Run Tour Review
And in related news, I am adding to this list my concert review of the On The Run Tour. I have enjoyed writing concert reviews on this blog, and sharing concert photos since the first time we went to Sasquatch, in 2011. This concert was one of the highlights of the summer of 2014, and was an amazing concert, so I wanted to share my thoughts and photos.

That brings us almost up to now. I can't believe I've been doing this for four years.

I may go through phases of not having anything to say, and wanting to spend time off the internet and away from everyone, but when something big happens in my life, or I read a great book, or hear a great album, or take a pretty photo of a flower, it's nice to have somewhere to share it, a little space on the big ol' internet that's just mine.

Thank you to all of you - whether you have been reading this blog since the beginning, stumbled over here from Pinterest or a random google search and stuck around, or however else you landed here. Thank you for supporting me with your comments and page views, and giving me a reason to keep this creative outlet public.

Thanks for reading,

-Dani

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