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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My 200th Blog Post - A Retrospective

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There's an unwritten rule that bloggers have to do something special for posts whose numbers end in "00." And since this is my official Post #200, I've prepared - just for you, dear reader - this retrospective of my blogging journey over the past 22 months:
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I built this blog around CycleCasts - a word I created to describe psychic forecasts the way I do them, using the unique Star+Gate cards I've mastered for use in my professional readings. So far, I've posted 61 CycleCasts since this blog began in January 2008! To focus this retrospective, here is my first CycleCast for 2009, giving my predictions for the year we've nearly completed. Take a look back - how did I do as a prognosticator?
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The year 2008 found me taking on the political side of blogging - one of the things that has fascinated me about blogging, even before I began doing it myself. It was, after all, and election year! I kicked off my political blogging with this 4th of July post from 2008 - one of my most popular and commented-upon posts to date! As the time got close to Election Day, I paid increasing attention to the online news, as well as contributing my two cents worth to a number of online forums. It was exciting to be part of this great online discussion, a benefit of Internet connections I would never have expected if I hadn't tried it!
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In August of 2008 I began selling crafts, especially crochet and collage, online through my fabulous Etsy shop, Eclectica By Jan. Over time, I expanded into selling my images for reprint through print-on-demand site support. This developed into a whole new category of posts I call Jan's Eclectica, dealing with shop news, creative ventures, and even tutorials. Here's a sample post that shows how working with collage/mixed media can turn a bad day into a better one!
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In addition to my other ventures, I am a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu bodywork. I haven't written as much about this beautiful harmonizing art as I could have, perhaps because I'd rather just do it than write about it! But the posts I have written turn up in a lot of search engine requests, so it brings new folks to my blog on a regular basis. My sample post for this topic tells you what Jin Shin Jyutsu is, and why I'm so passionate about it.
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Then there's that catch-all category of Everything Else. What better way to end this retrospective than by showing a post of my outtakes ~ proving once again, that I'm only human, and willing to laugh about it. It's a good summary post that hits on several of my interests.
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I hope you've enjoyed this retrospective, as much as I have in putting it together. Sometimes, when I just really don't want to sit down and write another blog post, it helps to reflect on what I've gained and learned from this venture. Among other things, I've learned that blogs are perhaps the most exciting things on the Internet - and that the programs which support these blogs can be temperamental, but like everything else, that too will pass. I've come to appreciate being able to connect with an international community - blogging truly has connected me with people I would never have met otherwise. And above all, I've learned to keep my spirit of adventure: you never know where a link will take you - and most of the time, it's been good!

3 comments:

MaritimeArts said...

Great post! I enjoyed reading it. And congratulations on your 200th post :-)

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thank you for the nice complement :) Yes, 200 posts sounds like a lot, but if you just writing one post at a time, again and again, it adds up!

digitaldoodlebug said...

wow congrats on so many posts.

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