From the River Shannon ferry.
I think I’ve shown this one before, but it was just too perfect for this week. For our trip to Ireland, my mom and I got new walking shoes…identical ones! We even wear the same size shoe (5.5 US), so they are quite a good match! These shoes were also waterproof, so with a good pair of insoles, they carried us all around the island for a week very well (we broke them in before we went).
I think I’ve decided that I’m on the left in the picture, based on the angle and the jeans.
Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match
I was nominated twice recently for the Blogger Recognition Award! A big thank you to Jeyran Main of Review Tales and Green Onion of The Green Onion Blog.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.
The History of Jedi by Knight
Way back in 2012, I kind of felt like my life was stagnating. I had graduated college, gotten married, bought a house, and gotten a job in my field, but I wasn’t feeling particularly “fulfilled.” I had also basically stopped writing and drawing; I was consuming a lot of content (books, video games, etc.), but not creating much. I don’t know why I hit upon the idea of a blog, but it seemed like a good outlet; my husband came up with the name Jedi by Knight and got me the domain. I knew from the beginning that I would be covering a variety of nerdy and geeky topics, with heavy emphasis on books and Star Wars (and sometimes Star Wars books).
Advice for new bloggers
First, some practical advice: make friends with the “schedule” function. Sometimes I feel really inspired to write, and will write several posts in one weekend, but other times I’m too busy to write for days at a time. So probably 99% of my posts are scheduled to post, instead of hitting “publish” right when I finish them; this allows me to have consistent, weekly posts which I think is really key to maintaining a blog.
Second, take your place in the community. I had no idea how many blogger friends I would make, or how many great conversations I’d have in comment sections, or how I’d be inspired to write my own posts by jumping off a point in someone else’s. We bloggers are a pretty strong community, so spend some of your time looking at others’ blogs (try using the Reader to find other blogs on similar topics, and check out the bloggers who follow you).
Along those lines, I’d like to nominate two bloggers that I’ve had great collaborations with this year:
From Dingle, Ireland.
I actually love taking pictures of cars when I travel. As part of a scrapbook, they really provide context for the time and place I visited. I also love European cars, which are typically smaller than American ones, and you would never see a row of hatchbacks like this in the US.
But I was surprised to find that one of these cars is the exact same model as my own here in Ohio! Color and everything. What are the odds? (Actually pretty good, it’s a popular model both here and in Europe. >_< But I was still tickled. Plus, mine is a stick shift, and I’m guessing these are, too.)
Can you guess which car is mine? ~_^
Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds