Happy Birthday, Blog!

On June 20, 2009, I uploaded the first post on this blog.

Highlights since then? Interviewed the fourth subject twice. Incorporated him into the sample at VCCA,  laid out the framework for the rest of the film at the MacDowell Colony.

Highlights on the blog? Great comments from you, readers! Especially nice to read comments from Jill Tarter of SETI and Robert Darden of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. A wonderful exchange on the value of artist residencies with Suny Monk, Executive Director of VCCA. Big gold stars to frequent commenters Haroon Butt and Jane Waggoner Deschner. Two contests, two separate winners.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and the exciting events and the posts they will inspire. Some things to look forward to: at least two more contests, more reports from another artist residency (thank you, BMC), a conversation/interview with another documentary filmmaker, and  guest bloggers. (If you’re interested in writing a post, contact me. The only condition is it has to be related to A Life’s Work in some way, thematically or to the subjects. E-mail me; I’m sure we can come up with something.)

So, to quote a notorious New York City mayor, “How am I doing?” What would you like to see here? What would you like to see more of, or less of? What can I do better? Seriously, tell me.

The Stats
Posts (including this one): 98.
Comments: 165
Video from A Life’s Work: 25 minutes and 42 seconds. That’s 1,542 seconds, or 36,971 frames.
Spams vaporized: 1,242
Total Views: 3,563*
Badly bruised finger tips: 1

* This does not include the first month of the blog’s existence, when it was at a different URL.

Photo: The filmmaker’s eldest brother, Joe, and their father, Jersey Joe, celebrating Joe’s fourth birthday. Taken by unknown, 1956.

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