Looking Ahead – What’s in Store for 2016 on Norm 2.0

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to take stock of how things went and look at where we’re headed.

I won’t bore you with tons of stats from the WordPress monkeys about how many times I supposedly filled the Sydney Opera House last year, because quite frankly I cannot imagine that anyone in their right mind would want to hear me perform in any opera house, anywhere.

However, I will say that aside from a few bumps in the road I was very happy with the progress I made in 2015. Followers, visitors, likes, comments and the number of posts were all up substantially from 2014; all of which is very encouraging.

As the actress Sally Field once said, You like me! You really really like me!! And all I can say is, that’s cool because it sure is mutual.

Sorry I don’t have a teddy bear emoji but you can insert sincere warm fuzzy feelings here 😀

At the beginning of 2015 I had set out with the idea that there was probably enough interest in Thursday Doors to turn it into a weekly link-up event that a fair number of folks would want to participate in and have fun with, and boy was I ever right about that!

Thursdays have turned into the biggest traffic day by far on Norm 2.0 and we’re fast approaching three dozen regular weekly contributors.

I have a few ideas that I’m looking into to expand things a little further. I’ll be keeping those ideas under my hat until I can confirm things, but do stay tuned because I’m hoping to have a few fun surprises in store for door fans in 2016.

The one thing I found myself disappointed with in 2015 was my ratio of photography vs writing posts. As I’ve said before, what started in the spring of 2014 as a place to display my creative writing projects, opinion pieces, and my different writing styles for potential freelance clients has morphed into more of a photography blog.

I could go a step further now and say it has become a photography blog with one star topic, plus some occasional other pics and writing posts thrown in when the mood and inspiration strike me.

However, even though I’d like to increase the number of writing posts in 2016 I’m going to be realistic about the amount of time I’m willing to dedicate to this hobby and say that I’m okay with things as they are for the moment.

With that in mind I can tell you that if my health situation stays stable in 2016, the blog content won’t change that much. Wordless Wednesday and Silent Sunday photo posts will continue – though hopefully with a bit more regularity.

I’ll be getting back to Weekend Coffee Share and Share Your World posts at least once a month each, and I will try to take part in other photo or writing challenges whenever time allows.

Another plan for 2016 would be to take the next step and actually meet more of you wonderful and talented photographers, writers, artists and poets.

I had planned on putting together a spring meet & greet for Montreal area folks last year but that was sidetracked when I got sick in April. Hopefully we can try again this year, so please stay tuned. And if any of you locals are interested, send me a note to let me know.

We have no major travel plans for 2016 but I do have a few short trips within North America tentatively scheduled: southern Vermont and New Hampshire, Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, Atlanta, and NYC are all possible destinations for business and/or leisure this year. Once those plans become more definite I will reach out via email to blog friends in those areas to see about getting together.

Of course if any of you from elsewhere are planning travels to the Montreal area this year and would like to get together, send me an email and hopefully we can make it happen.

In the meantime, I want to thank every single one of you for clicking that follow button here as well as on Twitter or Instagram.

Your likes, faves, comments and encouragement, and most of all your friendship and kindness have confirmed that I made the right decision when I first hit Publish back in April 2014 to join the WordPress community.

Here’s to fun and successful blogging and much health and happiness to all for 2016!

Cheers and as always, thank you so much for reading 🙂

About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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31 Responses to Looking Ahead – What’s in Store for 2016 on Norm 2.0

  1. Inger says:

    I think this is the year I will try and join in on your Thursday doors. So far I have just followed it from the sideline:)

    Wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2016 Norm!

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  2. Hi Norm – it’s been a pleasure joining the Thursday Doors group this year and I look forward to more in 2016! It’s a great community and no doubt will continue to grow. I enjoy your other posts and photography as well so keep up the good work!

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  3. Holly says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this year as well as continuing what you have been doing. 🙂

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  4. susielindau says:

    Here’s to another great year, Norm! *clink*

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  5. joey says:

    I LOVE the door posts, and hope you do not stop those! That being said, the few writings I’ve read, I’ve truly enjoyed, and I have thought, ‘gee, i wish norm would write more stuffs.’ So I look forward to your writing posts increasing 😀

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I really appreciate your enthusiasm for Thursday Doors Joey. It’s kinda silly, harmless fun, but it’s turning out to be edumacational cause I’m learning lots about your corner of the world through your posts too.
      And yes, I’ll try to writes me some more stuffs in 2016 🙂

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  6. Jill's Scene says:

    Looking forward to reading more from you in 2016, Norm! I thoroughly enjoy your ThursdayDoors feature and have some more contributions planned in the “nearish” future. Happy 2016 to you and yours!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the kind words Jill. You’re welcome to join in whenever you want for Thursday Doors and don’t forget to share them on Twitter and Instagram too – we’re going to take over the internet, one door at a time 😉

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  7. Deborah says:

    I’m glad you’re going to continue Thursday doors. I want to start participating at least occasionally in 2016. Best to you with your health and your plans for 2016.

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  8. I wish you all the best with your health and your hobby. 🙂 I started my blog late in March 2014, similar as you, and also thought it would contain more writing. Lately I’ve been lazily adding photos with not much commentary, let alone a longer text. It seems that the effort of giving and receiving written word surpasses that of doing the same with images. But we shall not give up, I’m sure. 🙂 Looking forward to the news about the doors, and the rest.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Maybe it just means we were meant to be photographers more than writers? Who knows; I do love doing both though.
      In the meantime here’s to a great year of wonderful doors!

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  9. Thanks so much for not sharing your WP “info.” Although there are things that can be learned from the year-end stats and I don’t mind too much if someone shares them, a rush of them turns me off. I much prefer your personal summing up.

    I love meeting fellow bloggers and have been blessed to meet quite a few, even some in Europe. If you ever are in the Chicago area, let me know, and if you can get me two tickets to a Canadians hockey game, we’ll be there in a flash. 🙂 Otherwise, I’ll just enjoy you and the Doors another year. 🙂


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Janet. Be careful what you wish for – I have an old boss I still keep in touch with who has a pair of really good season tickets 😉
      I definitely want to go back to Chicago. I’ve been a few times already for short trips and was lucky enough to do a game at Wrigley and Soldier Field. I’ll let you know next time, maybe you can point me to the neighborhoods with the really nice doors 🙂


      • Norm, we don’t live in Chicago, but in the metropolitan area. However, Naperville has some great doors and we can pick you up at the Metra station, the suburban train line that goes from Union Station, Chicago to Naperville. Otherwise, I could come into the city to say hello and we could go door hunting.

        As for the tickets… I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where Monteal had a farm team, the Omaha Knights, on ring down from the NHL when there were only six NHL teams. Needless to say, our guys would have all been in the NHL now and many of them did go on to play there. We had season tickets in a 5,000 seat venue, which was great. I’ve always wanted to see a Montreal game at home, although now I am, of course, a big Blackhawks fan as well. 🙂

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  10. Amanda Lyle says:

    Sounds like a you have a great year in-store! Welcome back & Happy New Year! 🎉

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  11. So great to read that Norm and you know you can count on me for a greet and meet. Looking forwards to another positive, busy year on WordPress.

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  12. Dan Antion says:

    Sounds like 2016 will be another fine year Norm. Keep me in mind if you do step into New England or New York, as I am frequently running around those areas as well. I look forward to reading/viewing your work throughout the year.

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  13. Sounds like the year is starting off on a very positive note, and that is always a good thing. 🐻

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