Back in November 2008, when I joined RB, I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped I’d get some comments on my work, which I regarded as strictly amateur. I really wanted to get ideas, suggestions, critiques, anything to help with my self-education in this craft.
As for getting a Feature, I was hoping this might happen eventually, because I felt it meant some hosts/moderators felt an image was good enough to make the grade.
Getting the first one was a pleasant surprise, getting a few more was even better.So a few months ago I thought I’d try to achieve a goal of 100 Features by my first anniversary. Since it all depended on being selected by other folks, and nothing I could do about that, it was going to be a case of carefully selecting my postings, sending my best, and then wishful thinking and watchful waiting..lol!
Well today, July 24, 2009, I decided to sit down and make a list of my Features, and to my astonishment I have 117 !!! One of them was on the RB Home Page! And still about 4 months to go! Good thing I was sitting down quite firmly because falling off my chair might have cracked a few of these old bones..
Well, I’ve always believed in setting goals, but usually it meant I had to sink or swim on my own efforts. I suppose that’s still true on RB, but we should always keep in mind that getting features, and winning challenges or getting into Top Tens, always depends upon the consideration, judgment and/or votes of others..folks we may never meet or even contact, though I’m happy to say I have had nice exchanges with quite a few of you, and made some great friends all over the world.
So to all of you out there who helped me achieve my goal, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You now have me all fired up to see what I can actually manage by November. But I always remember it all depends on me posting decent work, and you liking it.
North Saanich,British Columbia
July 24, 2009