Welcome Back to an All New Look for a Chilly 2014!!!

Hello everyone!!! Happy New Year!!! Now that 2013 has ended, a new journey begins for 2014. A cold and wet start to 2014 was expected and the New Year’s Day fireworks were amazing to watch on TV, but 2013 marks the end of an era, and the beginning of a better one.

As promised over the last few weeks running up to the last day of 2013, I would change the blog layout to the all new Twenty Fourteen theme; this new theme marks the beginning of Mother Nature in an all new light. The new name of this blog: “Mother Nature | Life at the touch of a button.” gives the blog a better focus around nature, and also focuses more on the photography of plants, insects, animals and city landscapes I’ve created for this blog overall.

Below, I have provided a set of screenshots of how the new blog theme renders for a standard computer or laptop, the iPad mini (1st Generation) and the iPod touch (5th Generation). This new look will also render the same on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C:

New Blog Theme Preview

How this new look renders on a Laptop / PC

These screenshots may prove handy as they show what the new Twenty Fourteen layout does and how it appears in its formal glory. I have also updated the social buttons with a newer, up-to-date look so that this blog fits in perfectly with this year.

Thank you for reading this blog post, and a Happy New Year to all of you bloggers and viewers :-)!!!

-Alex Smithson

2013: A Floral Blast & A Brighter Future

NEW YEAR SIGN FOR BLOG TO END 2013

Hello everyone!!! I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the first 6 months of this blog, and wanted to thank all of you bloggers and viewers for helping me along the way, and I really appreciate the thought and kindness that all of you have given since this blog started, you have all made my life and love for blogging truly special.

Below, I’ve listed the amount of views I have received over the past 6 months, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for viewing my blog over these first 6 months since I started it up, and have a Happy New Year into 2014 where you are :-)!!!!!!!

June (The month I started this nature blog) – 126 Views Overall

July – 72 Views

August – 29 views

September – 42 views

October – 184 views

November – 173 views

…and finally, December – 917 Views!!!

The overall amount of views from June to December has brought my blog to an astounding 1,543 views, which I thank you all for solely, and also a massive thanks to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind blog and Ajay Tao of the Ajaytao2010 blog for viewing and commenting on my latest blog posts, and have a wonderful, and Happy New Year into 2014!!!

-Alex Smithson

Plus, check back at 12:00am for the all new Twenty Fourteen layout, plus the new name for this blog!!!

Photography | Nature is now Blog of the Year 2013!!!

Hello everyone!!! I wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you bloggers and all of you viewers out there for visiting this blog. Without you all, I wouldn’t have got this far in the first 6 months, and to top it all off, Photography | Nature has passed the 1,000+ view mark and has become the Blog of the Year for 2013. I owe a massive thank you to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind blog who nominated me for the 5* on the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and also a massive thank you to Ajay of the Ajaytao2010 blog for the 1* to make it 6*. Another great announcement is that Vijay of the HalfEatenMind blog has just won the Blog of the Year 2013 award as well!!! To follow his blog, the link is below…and again, thanks for a wonderful first 6 months

Thank you Vijay and Ajay, without you both, I wouldn’t have won the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and a massive congratulations to you Vijay for winning the Blog of the Year 2013 award, you deserved it as well and have a Happy New Year Vijay Shah and also Ajay Tao :-)!!!

Have a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you all in 2014 :-)!!!!!!!!!

Vijay Shah’s HalfEatenMind blog: halfeatenmind.wordpress.com

Ajay Tao’s Ajaytao2010 blog: ajaytao2010.wordpress.com

Final Header Before 2014 + A New Addition to the Blog

Hello again everyone!!! I wanted to let all of you know that I have made a final header for the Christmas holidays before changing the look of this blog to the new Twenty Fourteen layout on New Year’s Day 2014, and I’ve also created a new page titled “Nominations / Awards” to show you how many nominations or awards I’ve received. Here’s a preview:

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Preview of new Nominations - Awards Page

Feel free to take a look at the new page on this blog, and to make things easier, I have provided a link to the HalfEatenMind blog created by Vijay Shah, and have also provided the Dear Kitty. Some Blog. page created by petrel41 (Kitty), so feel free to drop by at these 2 bloggers sites anytime. I guarantee you won’t regret viewing these 2 blogs as they are both clear, descriptive, informative and very easy to get around.

Thank you for reading this blog post, and a massive thank you to all of you followers and viewers for getting this blog past the 1000+ view mark, I couldn’t have done it without all of you…again, a massive thank you :-)!!!

– Alex Smithson

[UPDATE]: Nominations / Awards name changed to “Nominations” to prevent confusion, sorry about that.

A New Way to Promote Your Blog

Hello everyone!!! I was away for a few days as I was doing revision for my 2-day Mock Exam for Art at School, and also revision for my Maths Mock Exam which I had today, but thankfully the hard work is over for now and there’s no pressure in terms of work at school, which is a sign of relief.

Over the past couple of days, I wanted to come up with a way of being able to promote this blog, so I decided to create an iPod touch (5th Generation) customized skin which will promote my blog for any kind of use. I used this opportunity so the blog would be ready and prepared for 2014. Using a tripod really helped as I was able to take these photos with the camera remaining completely still, and in full, perfect focus. To create your own customized skin, here’s the link: wrappz.com

The best news I wanted to share is this blog has received 3 different nominations:

1. The Blog of the Year 2013 Award

2. The I am Part of the WordPress Family Award

3. The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I wanted to say a massive thank you to Vijay Shah of HalfEatenMind, and also another massive thank you to petrel41 of Dear Kitty. Some Blog. As always, I will continue to post more over 2014, and make sure the new Twenty Fourteen theme is a lot easier to use. Please follow these bloggers as they both have really interesting blogs full of all the latest information you can read and they also talk about the latest events happening today, putting your life at a wonderful, comfortable ease.

Thank you for reading, and again…a massive thank you to Vijay and petrel41 :-)!!!

– Alex Smithson

Social Icons – Tidier Blog Design

Hello to all you bloggers and viewers out there!!! I wanted to mark the occasion by adding a few social buttons to this blog so you can follow me on any of these sites anytime.

Below are what these new social icons look like, and they are live on this blog now, to find these 5 icons, they are down at the very bottom of this site and are clickable, the same icons I have put here are preview icons but don’t contain the links, to prevent confusion.

Twitter

Google+InstagramNew YouTube IconRSS