kristarella.com in 2008

With the year coming to a close it seems an opportune time to reminisce. I don’t have lots of good memories of this year— having completed a thesis and having not enjoyed it much at all. However, looking back over the last year of posts I think it was a pretty good year for blogging and developing skills of all kinds.

January

To start off the year, I discovered a bit more about using the Mac Color Picker for colour management. I also made my own protective camera wrap in preparation for my trip to San Francisco.

February

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Then in February, thanks to his new job at Google, my husband and I got to go to San Francisco. We had to pay for my part of course… It was a great trip though, I loved it.

March

It looks like my first month of honours was a good month for image manipulation, with an Introduction to the GIMP for Creative Curio, a mammoth example of adjusting a fireworks photograph in GIMP

Fireworks photo

Easter happened and I was quite a bit more positive about it than in previous years.

I also wrote a sort of photo noir tutorial. Good for learning to use paths to create selections in GIMP.

April

Google's G'day MATE

Google brought out a predictive search tool to get tomorrow’s news today, just in time for April Fools’ Day.

Some more fun with GIMP found a newsprint/halftone effect and I also had a wallpaper published among Smashing Magazine’s April wallpapers and wrote a tutorial on it.

April wallpaper callendar

Expressive words were good fun and did the rounds of some design and design related blogs.

Expressive Words

May

I learnt a lot about WordPress and PHP this year and shared some of it in the form of tutorials. Including, How to create a custom homepage and putting content in that homepage.

Pixelmator icon

I also had the chance to check out a whole lot of image editors for Mac. If you’re a Mac user definitely check out this list, which has both lightweight and heavy duty editors.

I redesigned my blog this year and as part of that process thought a lot about semantic code, CSS and the details of a website, including favicons, which I think no site is complete without.

You just ended that sentence with a preposition— bastard!

Col. Jack O’Neill SG1

June

The second half of the year was very busy at uni and not particularly pleasant, but I did find a little fun and release in The rather difficult Font Game on iLoveTypography.

I also did my first video tutorial about grid masking using Inkscape and GIMP.

splash grid mask

July

I created my Haiku blog, which uses a few custom functions to take advantage of categories more.

I began using Coda, a top notch site management and text editing program for Mac. I’ve loved using it in conjunction with MAMP to test and manage sites locally.

September

Kodak Retinette 1A

You can tell August was a nasty month, since there were no posts really worth mentioning! To relieve a little of that uni stress and maintain some semblance of life I took part in the $50 camera challenge, which was excellent.

Somehow, what was honestly an attempt to keep my blog active and put to use some photos I’d taken with my phone, the Life through my phone post was a bit of a hit. I’ve been taking a few photos and even a video on my phone lately, so there could be another one of those coming up.

Now I’m thinking I was just starting to procrastinate at this point: I implemented clickable tags in the WP write panel. Of course, it’s obsolete now that WP has finally implemented that feature themselves. Yay!

October

October was Breast Cancer awareness month again. Although I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked (due to it also being thesis writing month *shudder*), I did turn my blog pink and I was able to go to a Pink Ribbon brunch.

November & December

These two months deserve to be rolled into one, since I not only had finished my thesis and was on holidays (until further notice!), but it was a big two months for me and WordPress.

I ported my blog design over to Thesis and I’ve never been happier with it (of course, I have ideas to make it even better). Along with that move came tutorials on full-width headers and full-width footers in Thesis.

WordCamp Schedule

At the end of November I went to WordCamp Australia, where I met some excellent people, started some good relationships, and heard some exciting things.

location exif

Post WordCamp, I got around to adding location functionality to my photoblog and thought a bit about WordPress licensing and how it relates to themes and affects theme developers.

Tonight is New Years Eve! I don’t think I’ll have a chance to take photos of fireworks, but I think it will be a great hang-out time with friends.

Happy New Year!

New Year's fireworks 2007

Comments

  1. says

    I am glad to have met you, Kris, and I am glad to have been able to know more about you as a blogger, and as a friend. Looking forward to “spending more time” with you in 2009!

    I wish you a happy, successful and productive 2009 :D

  2. says

    Wow, how fun to look back on the year! I remember all these things, too! Some of them seem like they happened so long ago and some, I think to myself, just happened yesterday, didn’t they?? :) Happy New Year! It’s still 2008 over here on the West Coast of the US!

  3. says

    Where was this photo from? Good to hear you had a goodish 2008; more interestingly, what’s up for 2009?

    .e

  4. says

    2008 was the year that I discovered your blog!

    Looks like you had a pretty solid year, and I’ve enjoyed reading all about it. I’m sure 2009 will be another great year for you and I wish you, your husband, and your families and friends, all the best for 2009. Enjoy it!

  5. says

    Wow, a power packed year! Happy New Year! All the best in 09. I should review my 08 that way you did here. Nice work. 08 was the year you helped me take my blog to another level! :) Cheers!

    -Mig

  6. says

    Thanks everyone. It was great getting to know you guys in 2008.

    Eddie (with a ‘y’?), the photo was from the 9pm fireworks at Mim’s last New Year’s. So far 2009 is a bit of freelance photography and web development stuff, which I hope to continue doing for a while.