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June 1, 2012

June Wallpaper And Personal Update

First of all, I want to say a special word of thanks to you, yes you, for reading this blog. I don’t like to obsess about statistics, but May was the best month I’ve had in years (in terms of traffic). It caps off a great run of growth that stretches back to this time […]

First of all, I want to say a special word of thanks to you, yes you, for reading this blog. I don’t like to obsess about statistics, but May was the best month I’ve had in years (in terms of traffic). It caps off a great run of growth that stretches back to this time last year.

Numbers don’t mean much, but people do. And, this blog is growing because people like you are taking the time to read it – thank you!

New Design

Last month I also rolled out the deepest redesign this site has seen in some time. This included new portfolio pages for music and photography. Also, given the way blogging has gone in recent years, I included a disclosure page as well.

Life In Singapore

It’s been a very up and down start to the year. The highlights were photographing Thaipusam in February and attending MusicMatters last week here in Singapore (reviews of Day One and Day Two). But, I did get a bit down with all the rain at the start of the year and my own medical issues in January.

Regardless, I’ve settled into a productive pattern and am enjoying the day to day reality of life here. I love the clean air, the feeling of being surrounded by trees and the extra space, indoors and out. I miss Hong Kong from time to time, but I don’t regret the move.

Catch Up On Some Reading

If you are new to this blog, or missed some posts (I have been posting more often in recent months), here are the most read, commented upon and emailed posts so far this year.

A Better Music Scene In Singapore?
Are Personal Blogs Making A Comeback?
iPhoneography 101
iPhoneography (or is it Smartphoneogaphy?)
Living Without TV
Russell Peters Live In Singapore
Singapore SoundCloud Meetup – The Review
The Cult Of Collaboration
The Universal Mind Of Bill Evans

And, some older posts that keep getting attention,
7 Kinds Of People You Need In Your Creative Universe
Is Facebook Making Us Stupid?
Moving To Hong Kong?
The Long Goodbye

This Month’s Wallpaper

I’ve missed a few months, so I decided to post what has probably been the most popular image so far this year as this month’s wallpaper. It’s the InfraRed photo that caught a lot of people’s eye in April. Back then I posted the unadulterated JPG as it came out the Fuji X-Pro1. But, now that Lightroom has been updated to read the X-Pro1’s RAW format, I have been playing with InfraRed images in more detail.

This one has only been worked on in very subtle ways, but there is a little Lightroom and Photoshop magic going on there. I’m still warming to the X-Pro1 and I plan to take it with me on upcoming trips to London and Adelaide.

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Toni 11 years ago

I’m glad the blog is increasing in popularity, Fern – you’ve put a lot of hard work and careful thought into it. Numbers certainly aren’t everything, but they can certainly be encouraging. I do like the new, more ‘open’ design, which makes it feel much more accessible.

    Fernando Gros 11 years ago

    Toni – thank you. I’m not a good graphic designer, but I am quite happy with the way the site is looking and feeling. I’ve also been getting more comments via email than before, which is really nice.

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