New Years Eve 2012. The last day of this year and everybody is talking about making resolutions for 2013. I already mentioned that I am not much for those, though I did get feedback from some of you that they did work for them.

But these last days of a year are also a good time to reminisce about the year gone by. So here goes. My year 2012 was pretty much filled with

  • 20121229-021taking a lot of photographs
  • applying new editing styles
  • working on my website layout
  • website layout
  • being interactive / blogging
  • social media
  • meeting and making new, virtual friends
  • my first (two) photography exhibitions here in the US
  • selling my first prints and
  • taking care of the household, house and doing renovations

Have I been successful? Yes, I think so. I definitely could have done better with some, but I am content with my accomplishments. Here is just one.

Yesterday I received my annual report from WordPress, my blogging software. And according to this report my blog had almost 16000 views in 2012! That is by no means big. However, the graphic shows beautifully when I started to put more emphasis on the blog, because visitors have gradually increased, December peaking right now at 3692!

The annual report also confirmed something that I already knew. My top four most active commenters these lovely Ladies, please check out their linked blogs/shops if you have a moment:

Debbi Decker of twistedpixelstudio + Etsy shop twistedpixelstudio

Jamie Lee of ChatterBlossom + Etsy shop ChatterBlossom

Deborah Jordan Sackett of Sackettdoodles + Etsy shop Skyspirit8Studios

Cathy Kennedy of CathyKennedyStories

Thank you all! Thank you for connecting with me throughout this year 2012. You cannot start to imagine how much it means to me that you kept on visiting and commenting on my thoughts. To properly thank you for being part of my achievements this year means, of course, photos. I would love to send each of you a set of two, 4×6″ or 5×5″ or 5×7″, of my photos. All you have to do is 1) choose 2 photos out of the collages below 2) send me an email with your choice and address and they will be on their way to you. Alternatively, if e.g. you prefer bigger prints, I’d be happy to swap this for a one time 25 % discount on any of the prints in my Etsy shop. Just let me know in your email.

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Now, while I leave you with my latest creation: Our Lady of Mercy Whippany in fantasy color, all that is left to say to all of you out there in the WebSphere: Have a wonderful new year! May it bring you health, happiness and everything else you might wish for. See you in 2013!


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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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