Funny story: My mom and I went to the Tri-Cities area (about 1.5 hours from my parent’s house) to shoot a bridal session. On the way back we were coming home from an unfamiliar area so we decided to try out her birthday present, a new GPS. It told us to took a road, let’s call it Road 1.5 (because I can’t remember the name) and though we were skeptical, we figured the GPS knows best. Right?
Wrong. The dang thing took us on a road to nowhere. Literally! We drove about 20 minutes up a dirt road on the Saddle Mountains that ended at a concrete block, which we assume randy teenagers use as a make-out spot. What is the intended purpose of said cement block? We shall never know.
So this picture commemorates the night I visited a Royal City make-out spot with my mother. She was thrilled I didn’t already know about said spot during my mischievous high school days.
And did I mention that all of this happened after midnight after a full day of running around taking pictures of a bride and groom? We were exhausted.
Now, on to the post I intended to write when I opened this window.
Caitlin tagged me in a meme called 7 Links. Tripbase started this one, and the rules can be found here. In short I give you 7 links based on a prompt, nominate 5 other bloggers, and they send it on into the blogverse, rinse and repeat. I love this meme because it helped me discover a few posts from Caitlin I didn’t know about. Remember how I said once that I won’t shred? Her review of the 30 Day Shred has me rethinking that mindset.
Most beautiful post: T1′s birth story. Technically a series of 4 posts, but I don’t care if that isn’t allowed. It’s the story of how our family of 2 became a family of 3 and how I muscled my way through the hardest challenge I’ve ever faced.
Most popular post: Long time readers will remember the madness that was My Husband is Not a Jerk. Made so popular because it was picked up by a hate site that linked to me and made fun of me for being… me. It was a pretty awful time, but it helped me handle criticism better, and gave me the chance to analyze my relationship and realize that I am happy with the way things are, even if it’s strange and undesirable to some.
Most controversial post: There are lots of people who strongly dislike my Mothers Working Outside the Home post, one meant to explain my opinion of the LDS perspective on the importance of mother’s raising their children instead of putting them in daycare. This topic comes up on Formspring pretty frequently still.
Most helpful post: Postpartum recovery. This isn’t a post that necessarily has the most comments, but I think it’s a topic that isn’t discussed enough among women. How did we do such a great job demonizing labor, and somehow completely gloss over the effect that pushing a baby out has on your body?
Post whose success surprised you: My review of my Kelly Moore Bag has been viewed over 3000 times! I’ve written over 1000 posts, and it sits as one of the top 10 most popular posts based on page views. It sounds like a lot of people are curious about this big and there just aren’t many reviews out there yet. Or maybe not very many negative ones like mine. To try one more time to clarify, I set out to buy a bag that I could use for travelling, and I felt this big was a horrible choice. These past few weeks I’ve been using it to shoot with, and I’ll be honest, I hate it for that purpose as well. I think I’m going to try to sell it and buy another for our next trip to Europe.
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: This one was hard for me to come up with. I’m going to go with the one titled Taking Your Photos from Blah to Bam! (which I would actually like to redo now that my skills have developed more). It’s a post where I talked about things you can do, even with a point and shoot, to make your photos look better. Only the pictures labeled with my Jenna Cole watermark were taken with a dSLR, the rest were done with a point-and-shoot!
The post that you are most proud of: This choice breaks the rules twice over. It’s two posts AND I didn’t even write them. TH did. TH Tells All, Pt. I and TH Tells All, Pt. II. They are the posts that I am most proud of for several reasons. First, TH wanted to write these posts to stand up for me (see the My Husband is Not A Jerk post above). Second, he doesn’t write as quickly as I do, and it took him hours and hours to do. And he responded to all of the comments in a slightly obsessive manner afterward. I views these posts as a manifestation of his love for me.
Jackie of Blueberries for Me
Sarah of Sarah for Real
Janssen of Everyday Reading
Molly of These Little Moments
Mandy of OMGMom
That was a really fun exercise in diving back into old blog posts to see what I’ve written in the past. I hope the girls I linked to will do the same and keep the chain going!