Top 10 of 2010
In the vein of both Dooce and Pawcurious, I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorite posts from this past year. This should have been not hideously difficult, given that I didn’t blog much if at all for a fair amount of the year (I somehow only managed ONE post in August — can you believe it?) but yet it ended up being somewhat of a challenge. I mean, what do I look for in a post? Humor? Bad puns? Good pictures? Sheer awesomeness? It’s hard to say.
So I decided to go for a combination of all of those, and I also decided to do a separate post (Monday’s post) with my favorite pictures from 2010. So without further ado (since I seem to tend toward ado) and in chronological order, here are my 10 favorite posts of 2010.
Note: Unlike my normal blog posts, where clicking a picture takes you to a larger version of the picture, here clicking the picture will take you to the blog post for that picture, as will clicking on the post title above the picture.
June 3rd: The Urban Forest in Which We Live
This post, and picture, sum up just about everything I love about living in Sacramento. Like I said in my post, I live in an urban forest: vibrant, dense, and full of life, and I love it. I may not always stay here, but for now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
June 19th: Here, have a map
View Euro Trip Summer 2010 in a larger map
Venimus, vidimus, transivimus. We came, we saw, we traveled. I don’t know what else to say about this absolutely epic summer trip except that I want to go again.
June 18th: Euro Trip Day 14: Best.sunset.EVER
I’m not sure why I kept coming back to this post as one of my favorites. It wasn’t my favorite day of the trip (wasn’t bad, but doesn’t seem like it’d be that interesting) and the pics I posted are just cameraphone pictures. But it’s of a day I went to a country I never thought I’d visit, and where I saw some pretty amazing views, and I ended the day floating in warm, calm ocean water and watching the sky change colors toward sunset before getting out and running back up the hill for my camera. There’s just something that captivates me about the island in the picture that was our view from where we were staying with one of my coworkers–so beautiful.
Besides the fact that I like the history in this post I wrote about being in Sarajevo, I chose this as a “best of” because the only pictures I have of Bosnia are the ones I posted on my blog. This past September I got a new laptop, and somehow when I was making file backups and copying everything over from my old laptop to my new, I left off the folder of all of my Bosnia pics. I have ABSOLUTELY no idea how this happened, but I managed to wipe the folder not only off the computer, but also off of both layers of backup that I have.
I’m obsessive about backing up my most important files and pictures, but like all things, backup processes are subject to human error, and I made a big one. I didn’t even have the ones from my regular camera backed up to Flickr, because I hadn’t processed them yet (and Flickr doesn’t take RAW files.) I feel absolutely sick all over again every time I think about what I lost. I would have rather lost just about any other country’s worth of pics on our trip than Bosnia, because honestly, when am I going to go back there? I’d honestly like to, though–it’s a beautiful country. But losing those just hurt.
This was my first paid photo job, and I was quite proud of it. I still am. Even if I did spend three hours on a freezing, windy day in SF shooting a stupid glass of bourbon, and the one that ended up going on the cover was the one that I shot as a bored afterthought while waiting for Josh to finish consuming the rest of the prop. :-p
July 8th: Euro Trip Day 32: I don’t care if there are other neat cities. I want to stay in Budapest, darn it
Budapest is my favorite European city. I don’t know why, but it just is. Just looking at these pictures makes me want to go back. That said, I was torn as to whether or not I should use this picture, or the one of the playground slides on Castle Hill. You’d think there’d be no comparison, but really, click on this picture to go to the post and check out the slides. They were fantastic. :-)
October 4th: Yesterday was one of the best days of my life
Moose came back. I don’t know that there’s much more I can say to sum up the awesomeness of this. This post still makes me choke up when I read it.
November 23rd: The best field trip EVER–Google!!
This is the only post I’ve written to break 1000 pageviews… and in fact, it’s over 2000. Not a lot compared to “real” blogs, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. :-) Guess people like Google! :-)
November 26th: Thanksgiving 2010: warm, dry, and quite well-fed
I loved this whole thing. My cousin and I got some great pictures that day, and I love how it came together. This post is probably more like an actual scrapbook (versus a journal with pictures) than any other one I’ve written.
December 11th: Take Five. I mean ten. 10 on 10.
This is probably my favorite post of the year just for the laugh factor of the turkey story. A snippet: “I thought for sure I was going to see a mangled turkey on the ground, but when the SUV continued down the road, what I saw was worse — a turkey lying in the middle of the road, flat out on its side except for its head, which was STICKING STRAIGHT UP, looking for all the world like a reverse Gobbles from South Park.” Oh dear.
2010 wasn’t an easy year, but it was the best year of my life, and I can’t wait to see what 2011 will have in store for me. Happy New Year, y’all!! :-)