Zero to Hero: Day 30 or “We happy few…”

Day 30Extend your brand, think about a bigger strategic plan for promoting your online presence, and set a goal for the next 30 days.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

(…and sisters of course, which goes without saying)

Congratulations everyone! We made it, and my thanks to those of you who have been following theotherpalette and for your comments and “likes” which have all been very much appreciated. And special thanks to Michelle (OK, I’m humouring you as requested!) and to all the WordPress team who have guided us along the way.

I thought for this final blog of the 30 days I would be a little creative with one or two of my posts and re-present them in a different form.  

First, a final image to complement Siena revisited and my happy association with Magdalena’s Just Visit Siena, with a page from the journal I kept throughout our Italian “pilgrimage” in 1999, with more to come in the coming weeks. 

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Secondly, I have made our visit to St Antimo into a short video including that beautiful Gregorian chant. Since I do not have the video option on this site I have posted it on thechangingpalette and invite you to view it there; the same photos and music but in video form.  Let me know your thoughts.

And finally, I have also converted the seagull images from my submission to Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge into a very short video, complete with sound, which I have now added to the end of the original posting.

Both videos were good exercises using iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and the seamless video and sound options of WordPress.

Now that January and Z2H are over, theotherpalette will be on hiatus for a while with my goal for the next 30 days being to scan many of those old black and white and colour negatives that I wrote about on Day 29 into a gallery of the best, which I’ll post at the end of February. So stay tuned, and if you would like to continue following me on thechangingpalette, I will continue to submit regularly to the weekly photo challenges.

So until next time, happy blogging…

 

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Zero to Hero: Day 28

Day 28: Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post. 

Perhaps my most popular post over the past nearly 30 days on theotherpalette was  “Siena revisited” on Days 17 and 18, and it was also my happy introduction to Magdalena and her wonderful Just Visit Siena site.  I thought I would make my follow-up post about our visit to the Abbey of St Antimo, a former Benedictine Monastry in the commune of Montalcino in Tuscany.  On a day trip from Siena we took an unforgettable 10 kilometer walk through the magnificent Tuscan country side to reach St Antimo.  Enjoy the pictures and listen to the beautiful Gregorian chant, “Haec Dies” from “Mysterium” a recording made in the Abbey in April 1995 by the five fathers of the Communita die Canonici Regolari di Sant’Antimo.

Zero to Hero: Days 17 & 18

Siena revisited

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Having commented and activated a link to my twitter account I thought I would post something that came out of a happy meeting from my blog travels and comments yesterday.  Siena is a city we love and have visited on two separate occasions.  Its history, beauty, art and people make it a very special place indeed. How happy I was to come across Magdalena’s wonderful blog Just Visit Siena ! Everything you could ever want to know about this beautiful city is here.  Explore Magdalena’s blog and you will be on the next plane, train or automobile!

Here is my comment to Magdalena:

So happy to have found your blog of one of my favourite cities; so many wonderful memories. I will never forget the remarkable frescoes by Domenico di Bartoli in the Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala. Looking forward to following you and to returning to your beautiful city again one day.

And here are a few of our photo memories to encourage you to go: