Happy Anniversary To Me!

sf_fireworksHello blog friends! Thanks to life and work and all the rest (and OK, maybe just a little laziness), I’ve been a tad absent from my blog lately. I ushered in the New  Year by being shot out of a cannon, and so far January has been a madcap roller coaster ride, and it’s been almost a month since I posted my last post!

But like the proverbial phoenix, Arsenio Hall and certain foot funguses, I just keep coming back! And this time I emerge from wilderness not only tanned, rested and ready (for what, I couldn’t tell you) but at a very auspicious time. It was on this date two years ago that I launched my very first WordPress post, a pic of the Sydney Harbour that I took on my second trip to Australia back in 2008, which in a way was something of foreshadowing, since I’ve gone to great lengths in the annals of this blog to profess my undying love for Australia in general and Sydney in particular.

Funny, thinking back to that first post, prior to that I had no idea what to do with this WordPress blog thingee — what the heck do I post? I can’t even remember my motivations for starting my blog, and I had no clear agenda when I first got started; I just thought it would be a great place to showcase some of my creative stuff, and to have some fun.

But since then it’s really blossomed into something pretty cool … a lot cooler than I expected and a LOT more people checked it out than I had anticipated. It seemed like I was on to something; again, I’m not sure exactly what, but a lot of you guys brought your eyeballs on over to my pad for a little look-see.

IMG_0517_800In fact, according to the overview that WordPress sends at the end of the year, 54,000 people visited my blog in 2013!!! According to WordPress, “The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed 54,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Isn’t it ironic that they were able to link me (once again) to Sydney?!?

And, in case you’re interested, my most visited post of 2013 came on December 23 when 840 people checked out Merry Christmas: The Art Of Santa Claus! In second place was this essay (“My Life As A Superhero”) that I wrote back in February of 2012 that people really seem to enjoy. It would have come in first if it weren’t for that pesky Santa Claus! Anyway, it’s all pretty darn cool!

But let’s get back to that 54,000 viewers thing … that just astounds me!!! I’m not big on stats and stuff, and I don’t really track how many people are visiting my blog, so that number really blew me away. But it also got me to thinking of the biggest benefit of having a blog: the fun and interesting interactions I’d had with so many fellow bloggers from around the globe. They say the world is small and getting smaller, and for me the chance to interact with people and learn about where they’re from and the little details of their lives is the best thing about all this blogging stuff.

So I’d like to use this opportunity to thank every single one of you guys who visited my blog, from long-time blog friends to one-time viewers. Without you my blog would be nothing, and I’m really grateful for your support and all the fun we’ve had over the past two years. Why, if I could, I’d give every one of you a new car, but who do I look like — Oprah?

Now, let’s get busy … here’s to more photography, more writing, more art, more goofy Internet stuff, more travel, more fun — more everything!!! As seems to be my MO, I might disappear for a bit, but I always come back. It’s just too much of a hoot!

Oh, and I think I forgot to say … Happy New Year, everybody! I have a feeling 2014’s going to be a good year. Frankly, though, any year that doesn’t end in the number 13 is just fine by me!

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About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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37 Responses to Happy Anniversary To Me!

  1. fgassette says:

    WELCOME BACK! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  2. Two years already? Your blog is a toddler! This means you can expect 57 tantrums a day and roughly 6 bajillion crushed Cheerios between the seats of your car in the coming year. 🙂

    I missed the Santa Claus art the first time around because I’ve been away, too, but nothing nearly as cool as being shot out of a cannon. I’m glad you linked to it and I’m sorry I missed it. Good stuff.

    Happy Anniversary!

  3. Congratulations and many more hits!

  4. Kongo says:

    That’s great, Stephen! Keep on blogging. I really enjoy your posts.

  5. Angeline M says:

    You return tanned and rested you say…that sounds like a pretty darn good way to begin any year!
    I always have fun when I visit your blog! Keep it coming!

  6. Happy anniversary and happy new year! Can’t wait for more of your great photos this coming year!

  7. Congratulations, Stephen. It is good to have you back and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year. —Allan

  8. Happy anniversary and please supply more of same, Stephen! Not only more anniversaries, but more photos and art collages and just plain fun, which should be no trouble for someone as talented and joyous as you are!

  9. Honie Briggs says:

    That fireworks fountain shot is terrific! I think a trip to Australia may be in my future. Possibly in 2014. That would make for a very happy new year!

  10. Impybat says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!!

  11. Amy says:

    Happy anniversary! What a great milestone. Thank you for sharing all the remarkable, amazing… photos!

  12. Max510 says:

    Welcome back Stephen !

  13. The Guat says:

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. Happy Anniversary indeed! Welcome back and I agree with you on Australia once you’re there you totally fall in love with it and become an ambassador.

  14. cocomino says:

    Happy Aniversary. That’s great day. and welcome back 🙂

  15. viveka says:

    Stephen, yes … happy anniversary to you. And just keep on doing what you have been doing – I love when I land here. *smile

  16. pommepal says:

    Shot from a cannon!!??? I am amazed, how brave are you my Sydney loving friend. That almost qualifies you to be a dare devil Aussie…. Have a great year and here’s a toast to all things blogging…

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