March 2nd, 2020–A New Beginning

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 – Changes to the bryandspellman Blog and Site

My Blogging History

I’m making a lot of changes to the bryandspellman Blog and Site. As a blogger, I have had a presence on-line since December 2006.  If you’ve been following me, you know that my posts have been intermittent, with more gaps than actual posts.  Beginning with my If There Were Witchcraft blog on blogspot, I have tried to keep my readers informed about my life, my travels, my photography, cooking, weaving, and, of course, what I’ve been reading. That is not changing, but below I talk about the changes to the bryandspellman Blog and Site.

When I started using WordPress, I thought this would be a good place to post my travels. I wanted to post about Washington State and her thirty-nine counties. This is what I did with Montana back in the blogspot days.  I was frustrated, however, in that I wanted to talk about more than just Washington. I couldn’t find a way to get everything I wanted to talk about in one place. 

Changes to my blog

If you’ve been following me, you know that this site has had many changes over the past few months.  More will follow, count on it.  As of yesterday, March 1st, 2020, I started a new chapter in my life by enrolling in Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blog Academy, and I will be studying many aspects of being a successful blogger and online businessman.  You will be seeing what I’m learning, following along as it were, while I grow and develop and as my blog/website develops as well.  I sincerely hope you enjoy what you see, and even more, I ask that you leave comments telling me what you like, what you don’t like, and what you would like to see from me. Especially let me know what you think about the changes to the bryandspellman Blog and Website

Looking for my Washington blog?

One big change is that while I will continue to write about Washington’s Thirty-Nine Counties, I won’t be doing it on this site.  I have set up, a subdomain, and I will be moving all my Washington writing to that site.  The move hasn’t happened yet, so no point in looking for the new subdomain. This site will focus on my photography, my weaving, my cooking, and on guest sites and videos that I think you’ll enjoy.  I will also post a short piece each day talking about the pictures and links I’m sharing.

So, without further ado, as they say, let’s look at my March 2nd offerings and the changes in my blog and site.

Photo of the Day

Utah's Wasatch Mountain Range
Wasatch Mountain Color

The Photo of the Day is one I took back in 2013 along U.S. Highway 6 in central Utah.  When you head east out of the valley south of Provo, you drive through the Wasatch Mountains.  As I say in my photo description, it is an incredibly beautiful drive, and I think this photo captures the color of the area well.  I hope you enjoy the photo, and if you click on the main page photo, you can see it full sized. 

If you go to the Photo of the Day page, you can click on the blue photo caption and be taken to my RedBubble sales gallery. There you can purchase this image, or any other of my images, on a wide variety of formats.  I do invite you to visit my RedBubble gallery. Maybe get lost a bit in all the images I’ve posted over the years.  They are all for sale.

Classic Car of the Day

1963 Corvair Convertible
1963 Corvair Convertible

The Classic Car of the Day is a 1963 Corvair Convertible.  The car was on display at the 2019 Local Yokels Car Show. Ripples Ice Cream Parlor and the Plains NAPA Auto Parts Store sponsored the show on July 6th, 2019.  Of the twenty plus cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display, the Corvair won the People’s Choice Award.  I am entering the photo in the Art on the Walls Photography Show sponsored by the Sanders County Arts Council. If the jurors choose it for that show, the framed photo will be on display in the halls of the Clark Fork Valley Hospital. That’s here in Plains, for two months starting March 19th.  I am entering five photographs in that juried show, and I’ll be sure to let you know which of my work is chosen for display.

Recipe of the Day

The Recipe of the Day is what I plan to make for supper tonight.  Ground Beef Enchiladas look both easy and tasty, and since Kevin enjoys our regular taco Tuesdays, I’m hoping he’ll like these enchiladas as well.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Video of the Day

The Video of the Day features the music of Rudolf Boukal, an accomplished composer and performer who lives in Thompson Falls.  I came to know Rudi when he posted a message on Facebook looking for a photographer interested in collaborating with him on a project focused on Sanders County at the time of British Explorer David Thompson.  I responded, and I’m looking forward not just to the David Thompson piece, but also to a joint work where my photos accompany Rudi’s music as we look at Sanders County Barns.  It’s going to be an exciting time.

Guest Site of the Day

Finally, the Guest Site of the Day, Air Streaming, is a new blog by fellow Elite Blog Academy Student Brigitte Kardolsky who writes about all things Airstream and the benefits of living in a small home.  In the future, I plan to give you links to the web sites/blogs of many of my fellow students, as well as other blogs I follow and enjoy.  If you have favorite blogs you’d like me to feature, let me know.

A Final Note on Using My Blog

Note this, please.  The main page will show only one recipe, one video, one guest site, one photo.  But if you, like me, get frustrated when you miss a day, take heart. If you want to know what I cooked that day you missed, I’m keeping everything on its own page.  Click on Recipe of the Day in the menu bar toward the top of the page, and you’ll see every recipe I’ve posted, and when I posted it.  Same for the Photo of the Day, the Video of the Day, etc.

A Personal Plea (Or Call to Action)

Again, let me know what you think of the changes to the bryandspellman Blog and Site.  There is a comment space on the bottom of the main page, and a subscribe button at the top right.  I really do want to hear from you, and I’d really appreciate it if you subscribe to my blog.