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December 22, 2008

Big Picture on Holiday

Just a brief note - starting today, The Big Picture will be on holiday until its next entry on Friday January 2nd, 2009. Thank you so much, every one of you who has viewed, commented, and participated in this blog this year - it's really completely blown me away, and my life is richer (and a bit busier) for it. (more inside)

This blog started as an idea of mine early this year, and I was so happy to eventually launch it in June. In the seven months since, I've posted 98 entries, which have been viewed over 35 million times - and commented on nearly 50,000 times. (Yes, I read and moderate all the comments. It's been a long seven months)

And wow - the things I've learned, the amazing people I've met along the way - it has been an unbelievable emotional rollercoaster, unlike anything I've ever been a part of before. Again many thanks to you and to the many photographers who have provided so much to this effort. And the comments - all of your insightful, infuriating, encouraging, discouraging, banal and inspirational comments... they have taught me (and maybe a few others) a great deal as well, and I'm grateful - for all of them.

I plan to continue The Big Picture in 2009, and am hoping to start a companion blog soon to act as a "meta" blog, a place for me to make occasional commentary (like this entry), to point out amazing websites or other things I've discovered along the way, and to take questions, comments and suggestions that might not be appropriate on the main site.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Happy Festivus - and most of all, Happy New Year to everyone. See you in 2009.