Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shades Celebrates Four Years Of Tons of Fun


Four years ago today with this post, No Place For A Lady, Shades started down the road to blogging history. The history part is that I'm still enjoying my Shades life four years later.

It's been a bittersweet year for Shades.

First, the sweet part. Shades Of The Departed was again voted one of Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs, and Shades was honored to win best of category for heirlooms and old photos. Thank you, to all those who voted and to Family Tree Magazine. Shades is honored to be in such esteemed company. And thank you to those who write for Shades, the regular columnists and those who contribute feature articles. They are Shades. Shades is all about the fascination with old photographs and our connection to them. We love what we do.

The bitter part of the year is the interruption in the flow of our beautiful online magazine due to a few personal difficulties. To all who regularly check on Mr. M and me on faceBook, you know this has been a very slow road to recovery. Shades is in the works again, back and better than ever with the advent of an iPad and Android app for each issue.

I'd also like to thank the Shades readers who have have twittered, emailed, and commented Shades happenings. We do it for you, but we can't do it without you. Thank you!

Let me introduce you to the heart of Shades. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank the finest writers and best friends Shades and I could ask for in working toward building an online community dedicated to old photographs and the part they play in our family history.

The excellent writers of Shades write for their own blogs as well. If you enjoy their work, please take a moment to say so and support what they do.

Returning Columns:

Appealing Subjects – Where Law & Photography Meet - Craig Manson
Healing Brush – Preserving Our Ancestors One Pixel At A Time - Janine Smith
In2 Genealogy - Discovering Family History Today - Caroline Pointer
Penelope Dreadful – A Dreadful Tale - Penelope Dreadful AKA Denise Levenick
The Last Picture Show – Behind The Photograph - Editor
The Year Was – What Happened The Year OfSheri Fenley
Saving Faces – From The Eye of An ArchivistRebecca Fenning

New Columns:

Ancestor ArtiFacts – Questioning PreservationDenise Levenick
Putting Down Roots – Writing Your Family History - TBA
iAncestor – Technology - Denise Olson
A Brush With History – Scrapbooking Old Photos (Tips & Tricks) - fM
Dressed To The Nines – Godey’s Ladies - Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

Special Appearances:

A Date With An Old Photograph – Case Studies & Clues Dating Old Photographs -Editor
Behind The Camera – Photographers of Old – Editor
Captured Moments - Featuring Heritage Scrapbooking and Art - Show & Tell From Readers
The Future of Memories - Where Memories Meet The Future - Denise Olson
The Humor Of It - Through A Different LensDonna Pointkouski

And of course:

The Last Picture Show - The Beautiful Imprints That Grace The Verso of Old Photographs - Editor

The next issue of Shades The Magazine will be School Days (May/June 2012). In the meantime, why not revisit the Women's History Edition of Shades as we celebrate and look forward to the coming year.

MARCH 2010

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Blogger GeniAus said...

Congrats from downunder on your Blogiversary. Robert and I send you wishes for good health and look forward to the return of Shades

March 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Dorene from Ohio said...

We have enjoyed each and every issue of Shades!!!

March 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

OMG has it really been 4 years? When one is in the company of brilliance, time seems to stand still. You my Dahling shine so bright I must always wear shades!


March 15, 2012 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Jim (Hidden Genealogy Nuggets Blog) said...

Happy Blogiversary. I started my genealogy blog less than a year ago and certainly hope I'm here for four years of fun.

Regards, Jim

March 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Congratulations on four fabulous years! Every issue of Shades is beautiful. Thank you.

March 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Happy Fourth Bday to our favorite Publisher! And now we can savor Shades on-the-go. You're the best!

March 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Such a wonderful publication...congratulations on four years and many more to come.

March 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Your Shades work is absolutely beautiful, and so informative. It's inspirational to those of us who love to write.
Thank you to all the contributors. Congratulations on four years and good wishes for many more.
Nancy Hurley

March 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM  

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