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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 132 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 427 posts. There were 726 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1gb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 9th with 1,693 views. The most popular post that day was Today is not a good day.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Today is not a good day September 2010


Winged Victory of Samothrace March 2010


I give homage to poetry April 2010


Letters to: May 2010


Words that turn me on and the Ampersand May 2010


Day 2: Something I am grateful for

If I had written this post on the day it was suppose to be, it would have fallen on Thanksgiving, which seems so appropriate. But as I tried to write about something I am grateful for, I was too blinded by my own pain to get more then a few words. But despite my desire to lock the door, turn off my phone and sleep the day through, I was able to enjoy several hours with my family and then shared a few hours with a friend.

And now several days later, after the holiday pains have subsided, I decided to take a leap of faith. Not a religious one, but an emotional one. I may feel hurt and abandoned, my life may never be as bright or as beautiful as it was, but nonetheless, I must take a path of my own choosing. I can no longer wear these invisible chains that bind me to my past and the man who represents it. And if that means walking into the unknown, alone, with a hole in my heart, then so be it.

But I’m not alone, not all the time. I have friends. The bestfriends, the occassional friends, the friends far away I haven’t seen in years, the blogging friends who I have never even met and even those friends who cross our paths briefly and then disappear. I am grateful for them all. They are like rays of light, scattering warmth and love upon the path, helping keep the darkness at bay and hope in my heart.

Thank you friends.

Day 1: The meaning behind my blog name

My blog was originally called Suzanne’s Sanctuary. Last month I changed the name of my blog to A blossom in the snow after coming upon the following quote.

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
– Alice M. Swaim

I felt something spark by the poetic simile behind the blossom, something fragile and soft, not only surviving but thriving despite it’s world being blanketed by the cold, hard snow.

30 Day Challenge

Oh, I can be selfish and I do like my alone time, but I’ve always had someone else to consider in my life and that was what I wanted. I find it foreign to me to have no one else to account for and to be selfish all the time. To come to the realization that I’m suppose to be selfish right now, to enjoy the moments and to look towards the future, my future.

So, to stay focused on ME, I am taking the approximately 30 Day Challenge (I know for a fact I won’t do this everyday, but no matter since that really isn’t my goal in doing it). I took a few 30 Day Challenges from other blogs and mixed them and then changed a few of them myself. Here is the full challenge list. Do a 30 day challenge yourself and let me know and I will read it.

Day 01- The meaning behind your blog name
Day 02- Something you are grateful for
Day 03- A hobby of yours
Day 04- Favorite foods
Day 05- Pictures that make you smile
Day 06- Things you’ve learned over the years
Day 07- What are you looking forward to
Day 08- What do you like now that you never used to like
Day 09- What items are on your wishlist
Day 10- What songs are you currently listening to
Day 11- What are you scared of
Day 12- Why you made a blog
Day 13- Your favorite art piece
Day 14- What have you never done, but want to
Day 15- What kind of animals do you have/like
Day 16- Something you are craving
Day 17- Describe your bestfriend
Day 18- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 19- What do you do to make yourself feel better
Day 20- Nicknames you have and why you have them
Day 21- Favorite books and what are you currently reading
Day 22- 6 things you can’t live without
Day 23- Describe your style
Day 24-  Something you would not change about yourself
Day 25- A story from your childhood
Day 26- Any tattoos or scars
Day 27- A poem you wrote
Day 28- A picture of yourself
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days


August has been and still is a busy month for me. Had a chocolate party, went to a Buc’s pregame and looking forward to a sushi bar hopping party and concert this coming weekend. Also celebrating more birthdays and I’m taking some time off work to pack. Yeah to cutting my commute in half, Boo to having to move again. But to save a bit, the internet has been turned off, which means little to no blogging time.

So, to those that read my blog and to those blogs that I read, I will be mostly offline for probably a week or two with some sporadic contact. But I will be back, and when I do I will have posts and pictures and I will catch up on all my favorite blogger’s sites. So, don’t abandon me yet!

I'm back baby!

Vacation was wonderful, superb, glorious, refreshing, lovely, delightful, invigorating, relaxing, much needed.. do you get the picture?

Catching up on the blogoshere world was a bit intimidating though. To help myself I will make a blog to-do list for myself.

1. Catch up on over 100 entries on my blog reader.
2. Visit my “must read” bloggers on my blogroll and then some.

like Roger’s Place (if you haven’t kept to your guns about taking a reprieve from blogging)
and Jacky Rants Stuff (see if you found a way to post from China)
and Shouts from the Abyss (need to see how his gerbil is doing)
and Something New Please (because I’m addicted to your stories)
and Studio EightOneSix (because you are just cool)
and SwaggTalk100 (I never know what topic you will talk about next, but always fresh)
and Slam Dunks (you have such a great look on life, thank you for sharing)
and Fashion Nerdom (what cute outfit have you discovered since I have been gone)
and Consciousness (what beautiful catch and lovely words did you find)

and of course And Yes I said Yes I will Yes and Defiant (<3 you guys)
and poets Vagabond Lit and Sender Up Words (inspirational, keep it up)
and newcomers to my blogroll Temporary Sanity, I Want Ice Water, Live Life and Matt Dutiel
and finally to those bloggers who rarely post, but I still visit The Event Hill and Recession Grad

Shout out to you awesome bloggers! (Damn there is a lot of you, be patient with me)

Now where was I? Oh yea, my list.

3. Make a decent post. Post and pictures from my trip will be forthcoming soon. (Teaser picture from my trip below)

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Issues with Askimet

Well, my comments all seem to be going to spam! I’ve sent an email to Askimet and wordpress to try to solve it. I thought it strange a few days ago when neither the moderation nor my comments showed up on posts. I should have noticed something earlier when comments on my own blog went to spam. Very frustrating!

So I may have sent you a comment, but you have to check your spam box.

Side note: if you make lots of comments like I do, you may like coComment. It keeps track of all the comments you make across the web.

Update: someone at Askimet fixed my problem. Yea!