Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dedicated to You

Tropical Flowers and Shutter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This week marks the first anniversary of Doug's Photo Blog. When I began it last year, I had no idea what I was getting into. I knew little about blogging. But I needed a spark, a way to have some fun with my photography. Since I had so many images to share, both slides from the archives and new digital photos, a blog seemed like a promising idea. Later, the idea improved when Becky, my lovely wife, joined the process of creating posts, adding a more exciting dimension to the fun (she is the Editor in Chief of my blog, and of many other things in my life).

What photo blogging has become is pure delight... not only because of the joy of sharing my photos with you, or the satisfaction of writing serious and informative (and often silly and disinformative) posts... but mostly because of you, all of you... friends who drop by for a visit.

One delightfully surprising aspect of blogging is how much I have learned from you. I am constantly amazed by the diversity of your styles, talents, imaginations, techniques and subjects. I believe my photography has improved because of you. And perhaps more importantly, Becky and I enjoy the variety of your personalities.

 Overall, what we have come to realize most about this blogging adventure is how much we enjoy your company. You are the driving force behind our blog.

So, since my eyes are attracted so readily to bright hues, I saved this picture, one of my more colorful images, to dedicate to all of you... our BBF's (best blogger friends). It is a small, humble thing... flowers from Charleston. I know, it is not a million dollars or a palace on the Riviera, or a box of rich chocolates, but nonetheless, it is from the heart.
Thank You Everyone!
(Please stay tuned... tomorrow I will have another offering).


21 comments:

  1. Hello Doug

    We will thank you also for your nice pictures and comments...... let's hope for many more good pictures on our blogs.

    warm greetings from Holland, Joop

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  2. Brilliant colors, nice flower, very good photo!
    I like it :)

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  3. you've expressed so beautifully how so many of us feel about this particular blogging community. few of us can really spare the time we spend in this blog world and yet the rewards are so rich and worthwhile. it has been nothing but joy to visit your blog each day. your photographs are stunning and your words always illuminating, either giving us a peek at your playful mind or teaching us something we are glad to learn. happy one year anniversary. here's to many, many more!

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  4. Happy Blogging Anniversary, it feels amazing to celebrate this one year milestone. I enjoy your photography and my visits to your blog. Here's to the next year.

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  5. Diggin that red background of the wall. Looks way cool.

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  6. Here's to next year, Doug and Becky. If you see my latest post there is a small token of appreciation for you.

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  7. Doug and Becky, congratulations! and thank you so much for your kind words. It is a two way street, thanks for sharing. It is always a pleasure to stop by and learn.

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  8. Like the white flowers against the red wall.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. well, well, well ... doesn't time fly?!? sincere congratulations, doug, on your perseverance - this is a fantastic blog that you and becky are managing here, and it is with great anticipation and pleasure that i stop by (almost) every day. what you say about meeting other photographers this way can only be seconded ... exactly my experience as well! so, keep on clickin' and postin', friend! i am sure many of us are counting on it!!

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  10. Congratulations! :o)
    Already a year? Feels like we've known each other for years... ;^)
    Well done, B&D!

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  11. Congratulations on your 5th year! We love seeing all of your beautiful photographs. Have a great Friday.

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  12. fascinating photo in beautiful light and vivid colors, nice Doug, perfect tribute

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  13. Thank you, Doug, for sharing your thoughts at anniversary! All you wrote is valid and vice-verso. I wish your blog Many Happy Returns of the Day!...And thanks for the flowers.

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  14. Colorful!!! Nice capture again!
    Have a nice day.

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  15. Congratulations on one fantastic year of photoblogging Doug! Your site is an absolute delight. It's hard enough to consistently create inspired photographs but you've managed to pair each shot with interesting, witty and heartfelt posts. Yours is a great destination on this crazy interweb thingy. Keep up the great work my friend!

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  16. congrats on your anniversary! and here i thought you've been here much longer with the quality of images you've been posting.. ;) keep it up!

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