In January, I visited my friend, Veronica, in Virginia.
I wrote the first of many 2014 posts about my favorite topic, going to therapy.
In February, a freeze came over New York City and much of the East Coast.
It felt like an big accomplishment to sweep aside my fear of self-promotion to expand my photo “store.”
In March, I increased my productivity by working in the library, which worked very well until I realized the library had internet service.
I wrote about a breakthrough in therapy that happened when I needed to ask for the wifi password at a coffee shop.
On my birthday, there is a near-accident while trying to take a nude photo of myself with my iPhone.
In April I attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park.
I wrote about life in my apartment building in Queens, including this “scary” tale of apartment living.
April brought an unexpected viral hit, a collaborative parody of a now obscure independent film titled “American Blogger.”
On Mother’s Day, I participated in Listen to Your Mother at Symphony Space, NYC. It was a wonderful working with so many other talented storytellers.
I also posted a video of my piece, titled “Glass Half-Full.”
In June, I attended a fun 1920’s era garden party on Governor’s Island.
I struggled with the fact that my special relationship I had with Juli in New Zealand had come to an end.
I tried shopping therapy to cheer myself up, crowdsourcing on Facebook for weeks about which jeans I should buy.
July brought the big 10th anniversary conference of Blogher in San Jose. I was honored to c0-present a Pathfinder session on Visual Storytelling. I also got to hang out with my friend JC Little in Los Angeles.
I had a wonderful time at BlogHer, but I didn’t hear much that was inspirational about blogging. The excitement has moved to other venues — social media and more traditional outlets, where there was a better chance to been seen, heard, and read. I had seem my own traffic take a dive. So, I decided to change things up, and started to write short fictional pieces based on New York City photos.
In September, I traveled to Nova Scotia to attend Kate Inglis’ Shed Photography Workshop. I had the best time there. I learned so much about photography from Kate and the other participants. I also got to spend quality time with some of my favorite online friends from Canada.
In October, I toured the Ford Foundation and other interesting NYC buildings during the Open House New York Weekend.
By now, my readers were familiar with my therapy-oriented posts.
In November, I socialized way more frequently. Jana from Georgia came to visit, and I attended an art gallery opening with two visiting friends from Canada.
By the end of the year, there was one undisputed fact about my writing — readers were much more interested in hearing about my mother than myself.
In December, most of my energy online went to “producing” the Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, which mostly involved reminding others over and over again on the deadline! Despite several who have never learned to read instructions, it was a huge success.
It was a pretty good year. Thank you for your friendship. Happy New Year.